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On the 50th anniversary of "From Russia With Love"'s Us release our friend and James Bond expert Deborah Lipp (she even wrote a book about him!) is here to talk 007...
After 23 official films and 2 unofficial ones, From Russia With Love, the second James Bond adventure, remains the greatest of them all. Considered an iconic film in many ways, it may surprise the casual Bond viewer to note that certain "iconic" aspects of the Bond franchise were missing from or created in this film.
Let's focus on From Russia With Love's extraordinary visual signature on this anniversary
The first James Bond film, Dr. No, featured the production design of Ken Adam. Adam is justifiably famous. In Dr. No, he designed such sets as the nuclear launch room, and, needing one last set when the budget ran out, »
- Deborah Lipp
Son Terry (left) watches his Father Dickie, dance with lead vocalist Kerry Schultz and guitarist David D'Andrade (far right) during the band's performance of The Man With the Golden Gun.
By Dave Worrall
Last weekend (Saturday 22nd March) I had the pleasure of being invited to Jean and Dickie Bamber's Diamond Wedding anniversary celebrations held at Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios. Dickie has worked in the film industry for over 50 years on productions such as Genevieve, The Ipcress File, Thunderball, Battle of Britain, A Bridge Too Far and many of the Carry On comedies, to name but a few. Their son Terry, himself a veteran of the industry, and who I first met on the set of the James Bond film GoldenEye, did his parent's proud. Following a champagne reception we dined in the Pinewood house restaurant (remember the scene in Who Dares Wins where the hostages are held around »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Settle down, now. Sure, the Oscars have got you all excited, but for heaven’s sake, try to relax. Take some deep breaths while we return to where we left off last week.
The subject, a week ago, was how mythology and religion had more or less parallel evolutions… Well, not exactly that: more how what could be a subhead in the mythology section evolved in parallel with another such subhead, comic books.
Both began as technology-spawned mutations of forms that already existed: (drama>movies; comic strips>comic books.) Both began with stories that were simple, plot driven and self-contained – “this episode” was all there was to this particular narrative. And, over decades, both changed, in storytelling technique, in the kinds of stories told, and, finally, in the content of those stories. Heroes became flawed, villains became motivated, plots became complex and, finally, in comic books, the complete-in-one-episode paradigm started fraying at the edges, »
- Dennis O'Neil
Whether you call him Doctor number Nine, 8.5, the Other Doctor, or as my son refers to him, Doctor No More, we all love John Hurt and his portrayal of the War Doctor. Well the great man is in action again, though alas not as a Time Lord, in the forthcoming movie Snowpiercer, the story
Feature Michael Reed 21 Feb 2014 - 05:56
We take a look at some potential turning points that could have altered the Bond legacy significantly...
007 lists resurrection amongst his hobbies, but speculation is our game today. Your own ideal fantasy James Bond film probably depends on what sort of Bond you're into. If you like serious Bond, you probably consider it a crying shame that Timothy Dalton didn't get to make at least one more film. A fair proportion of the fandom consider Never Say Never Again to be one of the worst of the series, so for them, rolling the dice on a 1976 production with a different actor and a more exciting script would have been worth it.
Furthermore, a Sony Pictures produced rival film with, say, Liam Neeson in the late 1990s could have been fascinating. How about Connery returning to the role in his 60s? All of these possibilities »
Here at Reelz, we have been watching a lot of our daytime programming, and after seeing the true-crime stories featured on Snapped, Solved and Solved: Extreme Forensics, we were amazed at how likable and upstanding murderers can be. But maybe it shouldn't be a surprise, considering how many of our favorite fictional killers are charming and empathetic. In honor of all those upstanding murderers, we bring you our top seven fictional characters who have had some experience with homicide.
Walter White from Breaking Bad
The total count of lives taken by the hands of Walter White gets pretty high when you factor in the group of Neo-Nazis he hired to kill off nine witnesses and one lawyer who were former employees of drug lord Gus Fring. Don’t forget the many deaths he is indirectly responsible for.
Why we like him: The reason we root for the great Walter White »
- Megan Rivera
Herlihy worked in the British film industry for nearly 50 years. She began her career as a personal assistant to actress Deborah Kerr, where her duties included answering fan mail and signing autographs.
She worked as a production secretary throughout the 1960s, rising to the position of production manager - a position rare for a woman to hold at that time in the industry.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Review Rob Smedley 12 Feb 2014 - 22:00
Sky's glossy four-part Ian Fleming biopic is a sexy affair. Here's Rob's review of episode one...
This review contains spoilers.
Ian Fleming was good at sex. Writing it, that is. And not just in the way James Bond bedded women with the frequency of a man allergic to standing up. Fleming made sure everything in 007's literary adventures was writ sexy: destinations, clothes, food, drink, cars, planes, even décor... everything in Bond's life was veneered with the seductive, the alluring. It still is. Well, you only live twice, why not make it fun?
It was an especially potent cocktail when he first introduced Bond's 'shagnanigans' to the grey British public in 1953. It was the post-war era of austerity, when rationing was still in place and most people hadn't ventured further than Clacton-on-Sea, and even then that was only for some thoroughly workmanlike, 'best undergarments, »
John Travolta would say yes to playing the next Dr. No. The “Saturday Night Fever” and “Pulp Fiction” star said being a baddie in a 007 film is a dream that he’d like to see become reality, and would let him “close the chapter” on playing villains. “I would love that,” he said in an interview with the U.K.’s Telegraph. “They’re going a different way with their villain in this next film but I’ve spoken to (Bond movie producer) Barbara Broccoli about it and she loves the idea, so that would be great.” Also read: John Travolta »
- Todd Cunningham
Here’s a 1964 video of Sean Connery being a babe and discussing his most famous role, Zed in Zardoz… wait. We mean, James Bond in Dr. No. The first film in the spy series hit the big screen in 1962, and Connery took to the camera to discuss his thoughts about the role. He seems all over the place during the interview, but praises the “refreshing” character, the color photography, and says stuff about “sexual fantasies” more than once, natch. Connery states that he did read one of Ian Fleming’s novels before accepting the role of the gentleman gun for hire. He also notes that he added a lot of his own humor to the part. Then there’s a brief chat about Connery’s female audience, but his Scottish brogue distracted us...
- Alison Nastasi
Los Angeles-based film editor Vashi Nedomansky writes about visual effects, low budget filmmaking and editing techniques on his blog. Recently, he wrote about the innovative cinematography in Sidney J. Furie's spy thriller "The Ipcress File." Indiewire is republishing his post below. In 1965, Sidney J. Furie directed the spy thriller "The Ipcress File" starring a young Michael Caine. Producer Harry Saltzman used the same core production team he employed on "Dr. No" (1962), "From Russia with Love" (1963) and "Goldfinger" (1964). Editor Peter Hunt, Production Designer Ken Adam and Composer John Barry gave this film a stylized, signature look and sound, one that was the antithesis of James Bond. Furie and Czech cinematographer Otto Heller redefined their visual vocabulary by deciding to shoot as much of the film as possible through obstructions or foreground objects. They did this on 100 separate shots. In the past, a large foreground object usually meant it was the focus of. »
This week sees the rebirth of a screen action hero that we’ve previously seen portrayed three times before in four different blockbusters. Much like England’s 007, the changing face of Jack Ryan has had his ups and downs. Initially coming to the fore in author Tom Clancy’s gripping novels, the CIA analyst first made his entrance on the silver screen in John McTiernan’s The Hunt For Red October with Alec Baldwin. Harrison Ford then took over for Patriot Games and Clear & Present Danger, before Ben Affleck and The Sum Of All Fears’ disappointing box-office take saw the character temporarily retired.
Kenneth Branagh was chosen to breathe new life into Ryan and kickstart a much-needed franchise for Paramount Pictures. However, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, unlike those aforementioned features, is the first not to be based on a Clancy book. It’s an updated reinvention and origin story of »
- Craig Hunter
The fifty-year-old James Bond franchise is one of the most durable movie properties in existence, having reinvented itself with a new lead actor and new creative direction for each generation since Sean Connery originated the role in 1962′s Dr. No. Current franchise star Daniel Craig’s first outing, in 2006′s origin-story/reboot Casino Royale, was a critical and commercial success and for the first time in Bond history was followed by a direct sequel, Quantum of Solace, which was commercially successful but seen as a disappointment by many fans and critics (but not us).
- Anthony Vieira
It's only the second night of season 13, and Harry Connick, Jr. already has three nicknames. He was dubbed "Harsh Harry" during Wednesday night's season premiere, and was also called "Hatchet Harry" and "Dr. No" by Jennifer Lopez throughout the two-hour episode of auditions. Story: Candice Glover Talks Finally Releasing 'Music Speaks' Debut Album But the panel's newcomer says it like it is -- or, should be. "American Idol really is like a checklist -- can you sing? Do you have charisma? Things like that," he told one hopeful. "I wouldn't say you're the greatest singer I've ever heard, but
- Ashley Lee
In an era when studios are increasingly relying on franchises to boost their bottom lines, it’s no small feat to be the gatekeeper of the longest-running film series in Hollywood history.
For nearly two decades, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, the daughter and stepson of the late James Bond producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, have managed to keep the suave Agent 007 relevant to modern-day audiences in the face of significant competition from other high-octane action franchises — and studio turmoil that put Bond on hiatus more than once. The two have survived numerous regime changes at Bond’s home base, MGM, as they’ve fought to keep the Broccoli family business intact.
Broccoli, 53, and Wilson, 71, who reside in London and are being honored Jan. 19 by the Producers Guild of America with the David O. Selznick Award for lifetime achievement, have protectively watched over Bond as a team since 1995, and guarded »
- Dave McNary
15 items from 2014
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