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It was announced this week that Pussy Galore would return to the world of James Bond in Anthony Horowitz's upcoming novel Trigger Mortis.
Horowitz's novel is set after the events of Goldfinger and uses material from Fleming's unproduced Bond television series.
It got us thinking... if Trigger Mortis were to become a movie in the near future, who could play the classic Bond girl?
Let us know your picks for Pussy Galore and why you think they'd make a good choice in the comments box below. »
Though fans are scrutinizing every detail of his next big screen outing Spectre, it’s easy to forget James Bond gives aficionados eyestrain in another medium – books.
Original author Ian Fleming is long-since deceased, but recent years have seen scribes as diverse as Charlie Higson and William Boyd create new adventures for 007 in print. The latest name to bring Her Majesty’s finest serial seducer to the page is the maddeningly prolific Anthony Horowitz, who has announced details of upcoming novel Trigger Mortis.
And there’s a surprise for expectant readers, as not only is the entry set two years after the events of spy classic Goldfinger, it brings back possibly the most notorious Bond girl of all into the fold – Pussy Galore. Honor Blackman’s brief but memorable stint in the movie cemented Galore’s status as a more proactive presence, laying the groundwork for stronger women in the mix of Martinis and mayhem. »
- Steve Palace
Iconic James Bond villain Pussy Galore will be back to wreak havoc in the official novel Trigger Mortis.
Trigger Mortis takes place shortly after the events of Goldfinger in 1957, as 007 finds himself involved in the space race between the Us and the Soviet Union.
Pussy Galore turns up to cause trouble for Bond just as a historic Us rocket launch is about to take place.
Details about the new James Bond novel were announced today (May 28) to mark what would have been author Ian Fleming's 107th birthday.
Horowitz said of the new book: "It was always my intention to go back to the true Bond, which is to say, the Bond that Fleming created and it was a fantastic bonus having some original, »
So does this count? Never Say Never Again stirs many arguments by shaking up the official order, splitting fans on the issue of its legitimacy. Ruins pub quiz questions such as ‘How many actors have played M?’ due to the inevitable argument whether Edward Fox should be numbered. Put such issues aside and enjoy what remains: a sly, witty semi-pastiche that doesn’t attempt to recapture past glories but can easily hold its own alongside Diamonds Are Forever and Octopussy. And with much less swimming than Thunderball.
The Villain: Ignore Emilo: Maximillian Largo is his own maniac. Short, tubby, lanky blond hair receding, Largo is Draco Malfoy gone to seed. Easily visualised shuffling around Comic Con, accompanied by Mr Kidd and the reformed Jaws. Yet Largo is one of the film’s strengths. »
In a year with movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens all being released, it’s easy to forget that this November will see James Bond, 007 return to the big screen in Spectre, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Skyfall.
Daniel Craig will play the iconic Ian Fleming creation for a fourth time, while Sam Mendes is directing. That alone is reason enough to be excited, and it’s going to be very interesting to see how this instalment of the 53 year old franchise matches up to its predecessor.
As with any movie this big or highly anticipated, there are a lot of rumours surrounding Spectre. The “Sony Hack” is responsible for many of them thanks to some leaked emails and even a rough draft of the script, and they all offer up a fascinating insight into the »
- Josh Wilding
It’s been 53 years since Dr. No first introduced cinema-goers to James Bond, author (and former Oss agent) Ian Fleming’s incredibly English secret agent. At this point, there have been 23 official Bond movies made since 1962 (there’s another on the way in November – you’ve probably heard), with six different actors playing 007 through six different decades.
Obviously it’s difficult to maintain consistency over 53 years, and not every Bond film has been totally successful. 007’s is a strange franchise in that it goes through periods of apparently immense cultural importance as well as periods where it seems like the character’s day is done, and through those times the series has been responsible for as many dire moments as great ones.
Thankfully, the Bond franchise’s best movies more than make up for the weaker ones. It’s the longest-running movie series for a reason, and the reason »
- Brogan Morris
By: Jay Dyer
Ian Fleming’s James Bond is one of the most recognizable and successful characters in modern popular culture. The novels have sold over 100 million copies, and the film franchise is the second most successful in history, having been recently displaced by the Harry Potter series. For most readers and viewers, 007 is merely a Western pop icon. However, there is much more at work in the novels and films than appears on the surface. In fact, there are deeper undercurrents, themes, symbols, and messages that operate as psychological warfare propaganda and an in-depth semiotic analysis of the novels and films yields an interpretation that confirms this thesis. Much has been written on the subject of Ian Fleming’s James Bond. From Umberto Eco’s older essay “Narrative Structures in Fleming” to Christoph Linders’ modern collections The James Bond Phenomenon and Revisioning 007: James Bond and Casino Royale, there »
- Jay Dyer
Not a terribly busy week of movie watching, but a decent one. Obviously it started off horribly with Hot Pursuit, and it seems to have become something of a habit of mine to go home and watch something I expect to be much better after seeing something so bad. No different this week as I got home and watched Cedriz Jimenez's The Connection, which will begin hitting theaters next weekend and is a movie you're definitely going to want to seek out. In fact, let me put it this way, if you're a fan of Michael Mann, this is the kind of movie you remember Michael Mann making, unlike the kind of movies he's been churning out lately. Finally, last night I rented The Road Warrior from Amazon and I think I'm finally going to give Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome a watch tonight. I've never seen it and I'll be »
- Brad Brevet
For some reason, 2015 is the year of the spy spoof.
Earlier this year we got "Kingsman: The Secret Service," which turned out to be something of a surprise hit (especially given its brand new IP and R-rating) and on June 5th comes "Spy," the latest collaboration between director Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy (this is their third, after the hugely successful "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat").
"Spy" turns the espionage thriller on its head; instead of a slick male agent, we get McCarthy's bumbling office drone who's recruited after a Bond-ish spy (Jude Law) gets killed in the field. It could be dopey and crass, but Feig treats the material seriously and gets genuinely inspired performances out of a varied cast that includes Rose Byrne and, surprisingly enough, Jason Statham.
"Spy" premiered at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, where we sat down with Feig to discuss »
- Drew Taylor
On a recent Saturday morning, I treated myself to yet another TV comic book show. But unlike Flash, or S.H.I.E.L.D., or iZombie or Arrow, this was an old one. TCM is showing episodes of the 1943 Batman movie serial. I’m sure you know about these serials. Long ago, kids would make weekly pilgrimages to the theater for cliffhanger style chapters of an adventure serial. Often it was shoehorned between a cartoon, a newsreel, and the main feature. During my recent TCM viewing, I was disappointed that the host didn’t offer any of his usual insightful perceptions.
This serial is important in “geek mythology” for all sorts of reasons, including the debut of the Bat Cave. But then a peculiar childhood memory was triggered. And I mused about how this peculiar incident was just a pale precursor to a big branding issue that seems to »
- Ed Catto
I didn't realize it until just now, but Avengers: Age of Ultron is all I watched this week, but man, it was a busy week and I felt like I never had a moment of downtime. I did watch the last third of Non-Stop last night on HBO and then a little bit of 2 Guns, but other than that it was a bit of a lost week movie-wise. I was able to finally finish reading "Casino Royale" and I've started reading "Live or Let Die", which has been a lot of fun. If you've never picked up one of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels I definitely urge you to, at least, check out "Casino Royale". I was rather impressed with how well the recent feature film adaptation stuck to the narrative, though they added about two more stories on top of what Fleming wrote and changed a little bit of it up, »
- Brad Brevet
Since 1962, the James Bond franchise has come to define the spy genre, for good or ill. More broadly, every thriller and action film that comes out now either uses them as inspiration, or attempts to ignore or re-work the tropes that have come to be associated with the series.
Coming off the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, and with the release of a new Bond film this year, now seems like the perfect time to take a look at a sample of the films which have been inspired by James Bond — either as homages, parodies or reactions.
The Ipcress File (1965)
Produced by James Bond producer Harry Saltzman as a more grounded alternative to the largesse of Bond, The Ipcress File is more concerned with the intricacies of real spy-work — the endless paperwork, »
James Bond is one of the most popular British secret agents to have ever graced the pages of a book and the silver screen. Since his creation by Ian Fleming in the 1950s, the devilishly charismatic and action packed spy has been a household name that has generated a considerable following.
There are many reasons for the huge fan base this series has obtained, such as the impressive musical composition and memorable opening songs as well as the wide array of gadgets that helps Bond beat the bad guys.
Although the classic Bond films are still popular, it is arguable that the newer 007 movies like Casino Royale and Skyfall have been the biggest successes with audiences young and old. As a result of the dynamic appeal of this series, and its new additions, there has been a long string of merchandise created to keep up with the high demand that James Bond provokes. »
- David Agnew
I have immersed myself in James Bond lately, taking the time recently to begin diving into Ian Fleming's original novels for the first time (I'll be finishing "Casino Royale" later today) and also purchasing the "Bond 50" Blu-ray set. The goal is what will be nearly six months of features surrounding the Bond franchise leading up to the Nov. 6 global release of Spectre, the 24th Bond film in the franchise. To say I'm excited about it would be an understatement and I'm growing increasingly excited reading Fleming's origin of the character, particularly because I'm learning just how well Martin Campbell handled Casino Royale, though I'm equally anxious to return to that movie as well, but I digress... Today we have a few new pictures and a new video blog for the upcoming Spectre, this one coming from the set of the new film focusing on a car chase through the »
- Brad Brevet
This week I started work on a feature I'll be publishing this coming week related to the Bourne trilogy, which meant I had to watch The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum and then, on top of that, I only watched The Water Diviner in theaters, which made for a rather standard week of movie watching. In addition to movies, though, I am one chapter away from finishing Dennis Lehane's "The Given Day", which is the first book in his Joe Coughlin series of novels, the second of which is "Live by Night", which Ben Affleck will be bringing to the big screen and the third book in the trilogy is "World Gone By", which actually just came out last month. I can't wait to get my hands on that one, though before that I am going to dive into some Ian Fleming novels. I've never »
- Brad Brevet
Code number 007 is on the mind of fans as they anticipate the new Bond film which is expected to be released this year.
Commander James Bond, Cmg, Rn is a fictional character created by novelist and British journalist Ian Fleming in 1952. Bond is a Secret Service agent who is a composite based upon a number of commandos known by Ian Fleming during his service in the Naval Intelligence Division during World War II. The character’s name was appropriated by Fleming from American ornithologist James Bond. The code number 007 is from one of the key achievements of British naval intelligence, breaking the German diplomatic code in World War I.
Fleming’s fiction character appeared in a series of twelve novels, two short story collections, a number of continuation novels, and over twenty Bond films. Spanning more than half of a century, there have been several actors who played James Bond on the big screen. »
- Gary Collinson
Last month former 007 Roger Moore caused some controversy when he was quoted as saying that James Bond should be “English-English” when asked for his thoughts on Idris Elba potentially playing the superspy. Although Moore subsequently suggested his quotes had been “lost in translation”, Yaphet Kotto – who played the villain Dr. Kananga / Mr. Big in Live and Let Die – has now waded into the debate, stating that Bond “cannot be black.”
“He cannot be black,” Kotto told the Big Issue. “Political correctness be damned, [we] have to stay with what is literally correct. James Bond was established by Ian Fleming as a white character, played by white actors. Play 003 or 006, but you cannot be 007. A lot of people say we should be allowed to play everything. Don’t be ridiculous. If I say I want to play JFK, I should be laughed out of the room. Black men should stop trying to play roles created by whites. »
- Gary Collinson
Yaphet Kotto, who once played the villain in a Bond film but who is probably best known for his role in Alien, is against the idea of Idris Elba being the next James Bond. He says “Political correctness be damned!” and that a black actor “cannot be 007.” Read on to hear why he thinks Bond should remain as is.
There have been a lot of rumors lately about Luther star Idris Elba (Thor, Prometheus, Pacific Rim) stepping into the role of James Bond in future films, despite the fact that Elba himself maintains that he has not spoken to anyone involved with the franchise about taking over the part. He blames current Bond Daniel Craig for starting the rumor, saying, "Daniel Craig actually set the rumor off. About four years ago he said Idris Elba would be a great Bond and then it started to creep. I blame Daniel.”
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Yaphet Kotto, who starred as Dr Kananga in the 1973 James Bond film "Live and Let Die" (starring Roger Moore, coincidentally, maybe), argued in a recent interview, that 007 should not be played by a black actor, because that would not be "literally correct," in reference to the the original novels the movie franchise is based on. "Political correctness be damned... [Bond] cannot be black,” he told Big Issue magazine. "James Bond was established by Ian Fleming as a white character, played by white actors. Play 003 or 006 but you cannot be 007," he added. Kotto, 75, also the first black actor to play a James Bond villain, said that he »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The discussion surrounding a hypothetical black James Bond continues as the first African-American to play a major villain in the franchise has publicly declared it a bad idea. “He cannot be black. Political correctness be damned,” actor Yaphet Kotto, who played Dr Kananga/Mr. Big in 1973’s “Live and Let Die,” told The Big Issue. “James Bond was established by Ian Fleming as a white character, played by white actors. Play 003 or 006, but you cannot be 007,” Kotto continued. “A lot of people say we should be allowed to play everything. Don’t be ridiculous.” See video: ‘Spectre’ Teaser Trailer: James Bond Has. »
- Greg Gilman
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