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8 items from 2012

‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ is a thrilling showcase of Roger Moore’s turn as the Mi-6 agent

13 November 2012 10:31 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Spy Who Loved Me

Directed by Lewis Gilbert

Screenplay by Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum

UK, 1977

There’s an undeniable lasting appeal to Bond. Lasting 50 years is certainly proof of that, but there’s something deeper. After all, one can point to Star Trek and Doctor Who as cultural icons that have stood the test of time, but there’s something different about Bond. Trekkies or Whovians faced ostracization for many years, the fans relegated to dark corners and hushed tones of conversation. Ordering a vodka martini, shaken not stirred, however, paints someone as the very opposite of a nerd, something that has never changed throughout the run of Bond. So what stands Bond apart? It can’t be the saving the world aspect of things; after all, there are many heroes and heroines who’ve saved the world on a regular basis, perhaps with more frequency than Bond, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Best James Bond Scenes: The Roger Moore era part 1: 1970s

12 November 2012 7:10 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It is no secret that Roger Moore holds the record as the actor who played James Bond the most, his tally an impressing 7. There are a bevy of reasons why this was the case, the most obvious being that each one of his films were massive financial successes, the only bump in the road being his second outing, The Man With the Golden Gun, which itself speaks to the immense stature of the franchise when the film that earns 97 million dollars is the ‘bump in the road.’ There was a shift in tone that permeated in the Bond films once Roger Moore took over the mantle from Sean Connery. Whereas the latter brought toughness and grittiness to his interpretation of the famous super spy all the while proving to be as smooth as butter, the former injected some light comedic flair. It was definitely still James Bond on the screen, »

- Edgar Chaput

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Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection | Blu-ray Review

17 October 2012 10:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Bond. James Bond. Synonymous with pop corn and over the top, ridiculous, mucho suave fun. We’ve come to know him through six iconic suave masters (some more than others) in Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig. Fifty years and twenty two films later, Bond is still alive and kicking, currently with a little more grit and a lot more blond. To celebrate MGM’s cash cow golden boy’s big 50 and the upcoming release of Skyfall, they have put together not only the most comprehensive Bond release to date, but one of the biggest home release packages ever released. All twenty two films, many of which have received thorough restorations and some of which are completely new to Blu-ray, are housed within a gorgeous shelf ready box set that contains an absolutely ludicrous amount of extra features. Bond fans rejoice! There is »

- Jordan M. Smith

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My favourite Bond: The Spy Who Loved Me

28 September 2012 3:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It was 1977, the year of jubilee and punk, but Roger Moore's smirking Bond was fully at ease with Britain's lameness

The affection that Bond films inspire seems in no way connected to considerations of their actual quality: who, honestly, would voluntarily re-watch any of them other than slumped wearily in front of the TV on Christmas Day? That, presumably, is why they seem so linked to time and place: like Peter Bradshaw, I remember gawping saucer-eyed at this, my first big-screen Bond, as an 11-year-old: it seemed, as for Peter, to have issued from a world of impossibly grown-up glamour and excitement.

Rather weirdly, I realise I may have sat in exactly the same seat as Peter, a few years later. I too saw my first Bond at the Classic cinema in Hendon Central; while Peter, it turns out, was a tourist (visiting his auntie), I grew up there, at »

- Andrew Pulver

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Bond-a-Thond #10: 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977)

17 August 2012 10:00 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

MTV Movies Blog is currently running what we call the Bond-a-Thond. Every week we're taking a look back at a single (official) Bond film, giving you the vitals and seeing how it holds up, right up until the release of "Skyfall" on November 9. Feel free to watch along with us and share your thoughts or just kick back and enjoy the Bond.

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Plot: When Russian and British nuclear submarines go missing, MI6 and the Kgb send in agents to find them. Falling in love was never part of the plan. [Cue music]

Title Meaning: It is the moniker of Francisco Scaramanga, the assassin at the heart of the plot, who uses a literal golden gun to kill his targets.

Theme Song: "Nobody Does It Better" by Marvin Hamlisch and performed by Carly Simon.

Bond: Roger Moore

Villains: Karl Stromberg, played by Curd Jürgens, an ocean-obsessed shipping tycoon, »

- Kevin P. Sullivan

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On TCM: British Star James Mason

10 August 2012 11:09 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

James Mason movies Turner Classic Movies, Saturday, August 11 (Edt) 6:00 Am Lord Jim (1965). After turning coward, a naval officer tries to redeem himself by helping Asian natives stage a revolution. Director: Richard Brooks. Cast: Peter O’Toole, James Mason, Curt Jurgens. Color, 154 minutes. Letterbox. 8:45 Am Thunder Rock (1942). A disillusioned writer moves into a lighthouse where some ghostly visitors restore his faith. Director: Roy Boulting. Cast: Michael Redgrave, Barbara Mullen, James Mason. Black and white, 107 minutes. 11:00 Am The Seventh Veil (1945). A concert pianist with amnesia fights to regain her memory. Director: Compton Bennett. Cast: James Mason, Ann Todd, [...] »

- Andre Soares

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James Bond Retrospective: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

29 March 2012 9:49 AM, 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 well underway 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.

With James Bond well established as a worldwide phenomenon raking in countless millions at the box-office, the tenth film in the series, The Spy Who Loved Me proved unexpectedly problematic in its journey to the screen and marked the longest gap between films since the series began. Due to personal financial issues Bond producer Harry Saltzman decided to sell his 50% stake in Danjaq S.A., the company he had established with Albert R. Broccoli to produce the Bond series. United Artists, who had »

- Chris Wright

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Scarlett Johansson, Mario Adorf, Morgan Freeman: Golden Camera Awards

5 February 2012 4:18 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Denzel Washington, Dionne Warwick, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Dietmar Bär: Golden Camera Awards Initially a television award, the German weekly Hörzu's Golden Camera Award now covers a variety of categories, including movies, music, sports, pop culture, and even activism. Unlike the German Film Academy's prestigious Lola Awards — Germany's equivalent of the Oscars — the Golden Camera is basically a pop award. At a ceremony held Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Berlin headquarters of Hörzu's publishing house Axel Springer, this year's winners in the international movie categories were Scarlett Johansson and Denzel Washington, while Morgan Freeman received a Lifetime Achievement trophy. A couple of weeks ago, Freeman received a similar honor — the Cecil B. DeMille Award — from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Additionally, Dionne Warwick received her own Lifetime Achievement Golden Camera in the music category. Now, not that the U.S. media would know or care about this little detail, »

- Andre Soares

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