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Skyfall passes $1 billion milestone worldwide If studio estimates are on target, the latest James Bond thriller has passed the $1 billion milestone at the worldwide box office. Directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty), and starring Daniel Craig in the old Sean Connery / Roger Moore /George Lazenby / Timothy Dalton / Pierce Brosnan role of the indefatigable British secret agent, the mostly well-received Skyfall has reached $1,000,200,000 at Planet Earth’s box office. The vast majority of that billion came from outside [...] »
- Zac Gille
There.s a new James Bond film in the works but it isn.t what you think.
The Other Fellow, from first-time Australian feature film director Matthew Bowyer, is a documentary about real people named James Bond.
Filmed during the release of Skyfall, Bowyer has met with real life James Bonds, aged from 8-87, in the UK, Toronto, Texas, Gyana, Denver and Wyoming to talk about what it.s like living in the shadow of 007.
The idea came to Bowyer originally to speak to one James Bond and make it into a YouTube clip.
He hopped on Facebook and tracked down every James Bond he could find . .literally hundreds. . sent them a message and went to bed.
The next morning his inbox was flooded.
.I contacted hundreds of them, and got hundreds of replies,. Bowyer says. .The majority of them had the same story, all of them have problems booking »
- Emily Blatchford
The Warner Archive Collection continues its rollout of fanboy-centric DC Comics properties with the December 11 DVD release of the original 1974 television pilot, Wonder Woman, starring Cathy Lee Crosby; and the much-requested sophomore season of the Alexander Salkind & Ilya Salkind produced Superboy: The Complete Second Season.
Before Lynda Carter took the heroine back to World War 2 for her "New, Original" incarnation in 1975, statuesque tennis pro-turned-performer Cathy Lee Crosby swung the magic lasso in a very different TV incarnation of Wonder Woman. As developed by scribe John D.F. Black (Star Trek, Shaft), and seemingly influenced by her recent turn as a mod, cat-suited crime-fighter in the pages of her DC Comics home, this Amazon Princess was more superspy than superhero. Still, many of the expected wondrous elements from bracelets and lassos to Paradise Island and invisible jets all make an appearance, albeit with a sleek, seventies espionage super-action refit. Three years »
The Warner Archive Collection is hoping to lasso Christmas shoppers on December 11th, 2012 by releasing a pair of fanboy-centric DC Comic properties on DVD.
Though many associate Lynda Carter as the small screen incarnation of Wonder Woman, a tennis pro pursuing her acting ambitions starred in the original 1974 television pilot; Cathy Lee Crosby portrayed the Amazon Princess as superspy rather than superhero who seeks to thwart Richardo Montalban (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) from stealing ultra-secret code books resulting in her discovering an Amazon sister-in-exile played by Anitra Ford.
Superboy: The Complete Second Season (1989 to 1990) features the adventures of Gerard Christopher as the younger Kal-El who has to battle villains Metallo, Bizarro, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Yellow Peri and Lex Luther who marries the Kryptonian's high school sweetheart Lana Lang. The cast of guest stars includes 007 veterans George Lazenby (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) and Britt Ekland (The Man With the Golden Gun »
Concluding a very successful James bond marathon, comes our list of the very best 007 films, as chosen by the Sound On Sight staff. In just 30 days, we managed to publish over 40 articles and reviews, making it our most successful monthly movie club to date. I’d like to once again thank everyone who participated and furthermore, thank everyone who voted for having good taste. I cannot argue with the final results. These are indeed the best Bond films. Enjoy!
Directed by Terence Young
50 years later, and with twenty three “official” entries, From Russia With Love represents the very best of the Bond franchise. Skyfall is the closest to be considered, at best – almost equal to what was achieved in ’64 – but From Russia With Love is still unparalleled. Although it is the second in the series, and although »
Directed by Marc Forster
UK, 2008, imdb
On the Mousterpiece Cinema podcast, Josh and I frequently joke about our “Island Films” by which we don’t mean the films that we would hypothetically take to a desert island, but the films that we are alone on an island in liking or disliking. Sometimes, we are only alone on the island briefly. When we did our podcast on John Carter, Josh and I felt a bit alone in the wilderness liking the film, but when it was released on Blu-ray and people actually started watching Andrew Stanton’s film, our island got crowded rather quickly. Crowds are not a problem on Quantum of Solace island.
It’s not like people haven’t seen the film. Based on my calculations for my James Bond By the Numbers article, Quantum of Solace »
- Michael Ryan
Public confession time: I am a bit of a geek. I obsess over punctuation and fuss over math. In fact, in the part of my job that pays the bills (because acting as Festival Director for the YoungCuts Film Festival is more a labor of love) I just celebrated the 2 year anniversary of a project to create “Video Study Guides” about Economics for the web and for the iPad. This included interviewing close to 200 economists across North America. In the process, I became keenly aware of a number of economist pet peeves. One of the biggest is the media’s inability to distinguish between nominal and real values. This happens all the time when we compare what a film made this year with what a film made a decade ago as if prices have stayed exactly the same in those ten years.
For example, if you paid attention to the news from Skyfall, »
- Michael Ryan
Directed by John Glen
United Kingdom, 1983
1983 presented a unique challenge for the Bond franchise. For the first time since Ursula Andress strolled out of the water, there were going to be two Bond films in theatres in the same year. As if that wasn’t enough, Never Say Never Again was also going to see Sean Connery, the first man to ever play Bond and who had handed the reigns off to the current incarnation, reprise the role once again, pitting the two men most known for playing Bond, Connery and Roger Moore (George Lazenby’s one-time outing as the agent notwithstanding) against each other. It is against these conditions that Octopussy was made, with the necessity of having to prove itself anew. Fortunately, the movie delivers on several fronts, making for a thrilling film, albeit one with a curious third act. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Well, we did it. After 23 weeks of spies, gadgets, and alarmingly unhealthy sexual behavior, MTV Movies Blog crossed the finish-line of the first ever Bond-a-Thond.
Along the way, we kept an eye on some totals, chronicled the most memorable moments, and simply basked in the glory of 007 and the world of Ian Flemming. It was a rip-roaring adventure that got a little dark somewhere around 1979, but just like Bond, we persevered and made it through.
Click past the jump to check out some of our more unusual superlatives, as well as, the totals from our "by the numbers" counts and my closing thoughts on the series.
Best Unused Songs
Best Villain Death
Without a doubt, this award has to go to Yaphet Kotto as Dr. Kananga, who inflates after getting shot with a shark gun capsule. »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Daniel Craig is the highest-paid James Bond star ever. The 44-year-old actor - who reprised his role as the iconic British spy for the third time in 'Skyfall' - will earn £31 million to portray the suave secret agent in two more movies, dwarfing the pay cheques received by his predecessors. Sir Sean Connery was the first actor to play Bond in 1962, earning £10,000 to star in 'Dr. No'. His salary steadily rose, with the average pay for his work on six films in the franchise averaging at £218,000 - around £3 million in today's prices. George Lazenby earned £340,000 - the equivelent of £460,000 - for his one outing as 007 in 'On Her »
Directed by John Glen
It wasn’t guaranteed that the Daniel Craig films would successfully reboot James Bond, in part because such a restart had already been tried before. After 1985′s A View To a Kill, in which age had begun to
show on both Roger Moore as Bond and Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny, the first real reboot was attempted. Timothy Dalton – who had turned down On Her Majesty’s Secret Service because he felt that at 24 he was too young to replace Sean Connery – was brought on and a script was commissioned to return Bond to his Cold War roots. The result was The Living Daylights, which doesn’t quite work as a reboot but makes for deeply enjoyable viewing.
Too many of the old Bond conventions remained for The Living Daylights to be a true »
- Mark Young
As stated before, Bruce Timm was at the 2012 New York Comic Con talking about The Dark Knight Returns Part 2, in which he is the producer of. The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 is the animated sequel to the renowned film, The Dark Knight Returns. You can watch what he says below or read the entire article after the video.
What was the main challenge, especially with the second part, in keeping with the vision of Frank Miller but also doing it the way you guys saw it?
The biggest consideration in doing part 2 was that after all these years, the most controversial part of the comic is literally Frank Miller’s Superman. It’s at the point where people think, ‘Oh, it’s Frank Miller. Clearly he hates Superman, he loves Batman and hates Superman. And I don’t know if that’s really true, I think its probably an exaggeration of reality. »
- Catherina Gioino
With Skyfall being released today and receiving nothing but glowing reviews from the critics and fans alike I felt it was only appropriate to take a look back and see what other films starring the British Secret Agent were a cut above the rest. Bond . . . James Bond has appeared in 22 previous action packed adventures that stem from writer Ian Fleming’s popular books. Over the years the films have garnered over $12 billion dollars and have spawned fans all across the world. The film series was officially launched in 1961 thanks to Albert R. Broccoli (also known as “Cubby”) and Harry Saltzman when they formed Eon Productions. A year later the tuxedo suit wearing, Aston Martin driving, and martini drinking spy stepped out onto the big screen. Some of the films released since 1962 were “shaken not stirred” into the perfect concoction of espionage, intrigue, and excitement, while others were forgettable adventures for »
- Michael Haffner
With 50 years on the silver screen, amounting to 23 movies upon them, Ian Fleming’s James Bond has been an enduring cultural icon of unparalleled longevity and global appeal and among the most worthy recipients of a documentary. Moreover, rather than a biopic of the man behind the novels and his wartime escapades or a chronicling of a particular actor to inhabit the character, Bond, especially on this golden year, deserves and ode as much as an expose. Everything or Nothing delivers just that: a joyous celebration of the legend of 007 that is among the most absorbing, entertaining and accessible films of its format and one frankly I wish was twice as long as it was.
The title Everything or Nothing stems from a phrase said to be the origins of Eon Productions, the house that Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli set up to first bring Fleming’s character to the screen. »
- Simon Brookfield
Spoiler Alert: If you go beyond this point, you'll be reading about a major reveal in "Skyfall." Proceed with caution.
The last time we saw Miss Moneypenny in a James Bond film was 2002's "Die Another Day," during Pierce Brosnan's reign as 007. As one of the most legendary secretaries in movie history, she seemed to be the only female on the planet who could withstand Mr. Bond's advances. But what if we told you that, before the interoffice sexual tension, Moneypenny shot James Bond?
That's how we are introduced to the latest incarnation of Miss Moneypenny, played by Naomie Harris ("28 Days Later"), at the action-packed opening of "Skyfall." Well, as we're sure you could tell from the movie's trailers, she missed. Thankfully, Bond doesn't hold a grudge. In fact, she makes it up to him by giving him a very seductive shave at their next assignment. And, with that, »
- Jason Guerrasio
Directed by Guy Hamilton
Following up On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, widely considered by most fans to be the best Bond incarnation pre-reboot, here the series takes a step back to recast the iconic Sean Connery in the role of mischievous misogynist Jimmy B, and promptly trips over itself in a strangely crass and dull outing. Replacing the wooden George Lazenby with the series’ original super spy proves to be mere consolation rather than icing on the cake bomb.
Diamonds are Forever surprisingly starts with direct continuity, with Bond leading a ruthless and fisticuffs laden hunt across the world for wife killer Ernst Stavros Blofelt (played here by Charles Gray). He eventually tracks down the evil mastermind and gives him a searing exit to proceedings, or so it seems. Getting back to the small matter of his day job »
- Scott Patterson
I'm not writing this as some kind of definitive list, but more in response to The Playlist's ranking of what writer Oliver Lyttelton considers to be the five worst James Bond film. His list includes Diamonds are Forever (1971), Moonraker (1979) disagree, Licence To Kill (1989), Die Another Day (2002) and Quantum of Solace (2008). Of course, like all lists these are someone else's opinion and pretending one's opinion is "right" over someone else's is preposterous, but Lyttleton's list made for a good starting point. Of the films on his list, Diamonds are Forever and Die Another Day are spot on. The only real redeeming factor in Diamonds is Lana Wood as Plenty O'Toole and I will admit to liking Rick Yune's face scarred with diamonds in Die Another Day, but otherwise it is a disaster. I will say Moonraker is probably the closest of his remaining three films to making my list of »
- Brad Brevet
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Written by Richard Maibaum
Directed by Peter Hunt
To call On Her Majesty’s Secret Service underappreciated is to call the sky blue. Only in the years since the release of Daniel Craig’s introduction to the series, Casino Royale, has Ohmss begun to be reappraised as a realistic, character-driven approach to the Bond series. Its failure at the box office compared to the Connery entries that preceded it led to the producers, Albert “Cubby” Broccoli and Harry Salzman, returning to the Goldfinger formula of larger than life villains, iconic henchmen, ludicrously elaborate take-over-the-world schemes, and a generally heightened sense to the proceedings, all of which are noticeably absent from Ohmss.
Sean Connery had a rough experience during filming of 1967′s You Only Live Twice. The media scrutiny, long filming periods, and promotional duties caused him to leave the role that had made his career. »
- Gabriel Bucsko
Blond or not, Bond looks good for 50. Ian Fleming's secret agent man celebrates half a century on the big screen and that includes countless gadgets, hundreds of villains, multiple Bond Girls, many martinis and tons of well-fitted suits.
A franchise this successful has naturally spawned imitators, homages and parodies but there's only one James Bond, with ruggedly handsome Daniel Craig as the latest, and some would say best, actor to step into the covetable wardrobe previously worn by Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.
On the cusp of the theatrical release of Skyfall, the 23rd movie in the Bond universe, we're taking a look back at the first 50 years of Bond, from soundtracks to sirens, Connery to Craig, Live and Let Die to Die Another Day.
Dive into the fast and fashionable world of 007 with our stylish infographic, after the jump.
- Andrea Miller
There are now 23 official James Bond movies, so coming up with only six clips from the entire series for this week’s Scenes We Love was difficult. But where do you draw the line? One scene per film is too many, and if I picked all the scenes I truly love the most from the films, it would add up to even more. There would also be an imbalance, with multiple scenes from some films and no scenes from others. There’d be no focus. So, the best and simplest way to do this (in terms of clarity; I reiterate that choosing the clips was not simple) is to pick one scene I love from each of the six actors’ run as 007. In making the selections, I had to remind myself, and I should remind you, that these are not meant to be the best scenes or even necessarily my personal favorites. They »
- Christopher Campbell
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