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4 items from 2012

‘Never Say Never Again’ is a fun look at an alternate vision of Bond films, but nothing more

25 November 2012 5:21 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Never Say Never Again

Directed by Irvin Kershner

Written by Lorenzo Semple Jr.

United Kingdom, 1983

Never Say Never Again is, in many ways, the red-headed stepchild of the Bond family. Made by a different set of producers than the other 23 Bond films that had been made previously, the movie cannot be found on any Bond boxset, and really shares nothing with its fellow Bond films outside of the names of certain characters, as by 1983, Connery himself had long since hung up the tuxedo in favour of Roger Moore (whose Octopussy, which did come from Albert Broccoli and Co. , had been released earlier that very year, giving audiences a good chance to compare the two actors playing the same character). The primary question of this movie, then, becomes whether or not the Bond franchise benefits from being molded by a different pair of hands at its very core, and the answer »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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"Lone Wolf McQuade" Reminds Us Where Chuck Norris Jokes Come From

18 August 2012 10:42 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

While on the interview circuit for the last Expendables film, Sylvester Stallone cited 1989's Batman as the downfall of the action film. "The action movies changed radically when it became possible to Velcro your muscles on," adding "I didn't have to go to the gym for all those years." The man had a point. No matter how dumb, repetitive, or insultingly ridiculous the films of the period got, they remain watchable due to their 'authority of authenticity' as producer Sam Spiegel used to call it, and nowhere is that more evident than in Lone Wolf McQuade, starring that parody of American virility, Chuck Norris.

As you can tell from the title McQuade's a real social butterfly, who happens to take kindly to drug dealers, terrorists, and people who look at him sideways. Except, of course, it's actually the opposite of all that. Pretty much everything in McQuade's life can be »

- Anders Nelson

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James Bond Retrospective: Octopussy (1983)

15 May 2012 3:15 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

To mark the 50th Anniversary of one of the most successful movie franchises of all time and with filming almost complete on James Bond’s 23rd official outing in Skyfall due for release later this year, I have been tasked with taking a retrospective look at the films that turned author Ian Fleming’s creation into one of the most recognised and iconic characters in film history.

For Octopussy, the thirteenth official James Bond film, 1983 proved to be rather unlucky. After a lengthy court battle with the co-writer of Thunderball, Kevin McClory, Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions had lost the right to use Bond’s nemesis Blofeld and his organisation Spectre in any of their films. McClory had been trying since 1974 to get his own rival Bond film made but due to a lack of financial backing and legal action from United Artists and the Fleming Trustees his project »

- Chris Wright

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Clip joint: Imaginary friends

2 May 2012 9:56 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Who needs real friends when you've got a vivid imagination? Help us identify cinema's most memorable made-up mates

This week's Clip Joint is by Norman Walton from Warwickshire.

Think you can do better than Norman? If you've got an idea for a future Clip joint, send a message to adam.boult@guardian.co.uk

It's always good to have friends you can count on. However it's even better if you make them up. Whether it's to help you regain control in your life, cope with stress or just offer a well-rounded argument on why the local pimp/drug dealer should be put down like a dog, imaginary friends can be handy.

However, as they are conjured up from the recesses of (often) troubled minds, they do not need to adhere to the rules of the real world and the boundaries of what they can do are only restricted by the limits of their protagonist's imaginations. »

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