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2012 marked the 50th anniversary of James Bond’s cinematic debut in Dr. No and also saw the release of the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall. Though the film was meant to have been released earlier, financial trouble led to a delay in filming and it is hard to imagine Skyfall not marking the 50th birthday of the cinematic Bond. It was also ten years since Die Another Day, Pierce Brosnan’s final outing as 007 was released. This film, like Skyfall, tried to celebrate the longevity of Bond on the big screen but unfortunately, amongst most of the Bond fandom, it is considered one of the worst films in the franchise and its director Lee Tamahori certainly fails to celebrate Bond in the way Sam Mendes would ten years later.
One thing which Tamahori was praised about was the use of references to previous Bond films in Die Another Day. The »
- Liam Kent
Ja from Mnpp here, with the word that Sam Mendes is back in talks to direct another James Bond movie, after having removed himself from the conversation back in March. I found the news that he wasn't doing it earlier this year more surprising than this news today that he is - Skyfall was the biggest moneymaking Bond ever, not to mention scoring the franchise its first Oscar since 1965, and it seemed pretty cut and dry that he'd want to help Daniel Craig back into his blue trunks for another go-round (wouldn't we all).
Personally I had sort of a weird reaction to Skyfall - I loved it the first time I saw it, only to sense a precipitous decline with subsequent viewings - it didn't hold up for me at all, once that initial thrill wore off. But it sure was beautiful to look at, the cast was great, »
Last year I was watching Dr. No on the beach when the annual fireworks bonanza broke out over the water and I brought you pictures of what it looked like. This year I haven't had a chance to hit the Cinema de la Plage, but last night, just before I was about to head to bed, the Earth began to shake. The fireworks show here is deafening in that is sounds like World War III has broken out and my apartment is about five blocks away from the beach. As the fireworks began last night I sat here thinking about whether or not I wanted to head out and grab a few pictures and when I finally decided I would it had to have been about five minutes if not more. I grabbed my cell phone and walked down to the beach... didn't run, just a brisk walk, hoping to »
- Brad Brevet
Eon Productions is a British company that has been involved with almost every James Bond film since 1962.s Dr. No, and it.s rarely strayed from its 007 roots. Seeing as how there probably won.t be another Bond film until 2016, though, Eon is doing some branching out. ScreenDaily reports Eon.s Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are teaming with WestEnd and Neon Film to shop the romantic drama The Silent Storm around the Cannes Film Festival. Set to star in the film are Andrea Riseborough, who recently went sci-fi with Tom Cruise in Oblivion, and Damian Lewis, who is a major reason why Homeland is one of the best shows on television right now. The Silent Storm would be the first feature film for Corinna McFarlane, whose 2008 doc Three Miles North of Molkom was nominated for a BAFTA for Best British Documentary. She would direct from a script she »
I said yesterday that Bopping Tim was one of my favourite candidates due to his Tigger like attitude. So it's kind of sad to see him fired at this early stage of the game - especially when he shouldn't have been the one to go.
Week 2 of The Apprentice saw the two teams develop, create and sell a new type of beer - a task that seemed designed just so Lord Sugar Daddy could say, "you lot couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery".
After Tim's inexplicable outburst after the boy's won in episode one, he was made the Project Manager of the girl's team Evolve, while Scouser Kurt was put in charge of Team "Meh, We'll Try". With their teams chosen, it was time to come up with their drinks.
If you saw the first episode, then you'll »
For the last 50 years, the James Bond franchise has produced some of the best action / adventure movies in cinema and those that were fortunate to land the role of James Bond have went on to become icons of film. Casino Royale has the distinction of being one of the top casino movies of all-time and other films such as Goldfinger and Dr. No, and others are considered cult classic. Daniel Craig has certainly made the role of James Bond his own, but there are some other actors that we would love to see take on the role of 007.
The star of films such as The Transporter, The Italian Job, Crank, War and The Expendables has that perfect balance of rugged good looks and kick ass fighting skills that you would want out of James Bond. Who needs suave when you can beat a man to death with his »
- Flickering Myth
If you've got Netflix Instant Watch, now's the time to jump on and watch some movies, because soon nearly 2,000 of them will vanish from the online library. At midnight May 1, 1,794 movies will begin to disappear from the service, due to expiring streaming deals with Warner Bros, MGM, Universal and Viacom, The Atlantic Wire reports.
Some of the movies pulled from the library will be available through another service, the newly-launched Warner Archive Instant. Among the title being removed are James Bond movies "Dr. No" and "Goldfinger," along with "Cruel Intentions" and three films from director Robert Altman. A complete list of movies being pulled can be found at Instant Watcher.
Netflix likely isn't too worried, though. The company continues to add more recent movies, along with their original programming, including "House of Cards" and "Hemlock Grove." They're also set to be the exclusive home for a new season of acclaimed comedy "Arrested Development. »
Tonight on Movie New After Dark, you know you’ve made it when you become part of the rumor mill for a distant, not entirely in-production reboot of a superhero franchise. If only I could get my name in the hat for the 2020 reboot of Blankman… Allison Williams, because superheroes – No, I did not pick tonight’s top story because Girls star Allison Williams is absolutely gorgeous and worthy of a large, well-researched photo. Get your minds out of the gutter. This Josh Trank (Chronicle) directed Fantastic Four reboot is important (mostly because it gives Fox the opportunity to right some horrific wrongs). The fact that Williams is said to be on the short list to play the Invisible Woman, Sue Storm. Alright, I can see it. Film critics and The 20-minute rule – I don’t subscribe to this particular rule, but this CriticWire article is an interesting read. My policy: I don’t walk out of »
- Neil Miller
Netflix has a healthy streaming selection of T.V. and film from the most established genres to indie and foreign films. Today we’ll be looking at 10 gems you can stream on Netflix now. I decided not to include TV or documentaries, as those should be in a list of their own. Some films that were to be on this list had to be removed due to their streaming status being changed as of April, 30th. Dr. No, Adaptation, and Mulholland Dr. were three that were removed but will be streaming until May 1st.
So, what makes a gem? For the purposes of this list a gem is a film that stands out among other films of the same genre, and often becomes a work that other subsequent works are, in one way or another, measured against, or compared to. A film gem can be a film that has stood the test of time, »
- Frank Espinoza
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival lineup continues to grow, today with the announcement of the films playing in the Cannes Classics selection as well as the titles playing on the beach at night as part of the Cinema de la Plage selection. It was already announced Kim Novak would be in attendance to present the restored version of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, but the restorations that will be screening don't end there. In addition to Vertigo a restored print of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Cleopatra will screen along with restorations of Billy Wilder's Fedora, Yasujir? Ozu's An Autumn Afternoon, Hal Ashby's The Last Detail starring Jack Nicholson and a 3-D conversion of Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor. Additional notable names include films from Alain Resnais, Marco Ferreri, Chris Marker and Rene Clement. In addition to those titles a special presentation of Jean Cocteau's La Belle et La Bete »
- Brad Brevet
As one of the most iconic film characters of all time, you’re bound to have caught a James Bond film at some point. From the very first adventure in 1962, Dr. No, the series has continued to surprise and entertain viewers. Based on creator Ian Fleming’s own love of gambling, one of Bond’s regular habits is to bet big on different casino games; having done so in many of his 23 film outings. For many young viewers, these films probably represent the first time they’ll have seen a casino too – but which films contain the most memorable casino scenes?
The first film produced in the series, it’s also the first we’re treated to the immortal line “Bond…James Bond” delivered by Sean Connery with the aloof disregard you would expect from a super spy. It’s during a game of chemin de fer, a »
- Guest Guest
Directed by Cyril Frankel.
Tricked into joining the Raf by a wily judge, wide boy Horace Pope sets his sights on the main chance, teams with slow-witted, good-hearted gypsy Pedlar Pascoe, and works up a lucrative racket in conning both his colleagues and the Raf. By means of various devious schemes Pope and Pascoe manage to avoid the front lines until they are sent to France - where they find themselves making unexpected and uncomfortably close contact with the enemy...
Before becoming James Bond and becoming world famous, Sean Connery had appeared in a handful of films. On the Fiddle came a year before Dr. No brought James Bond and Connery both firmly into cinema history. A good old light hearted jape was a common occurrence around this period »
- Flickering Myth
Former Miss India Universe Puja Gupta who debuted with ‘F.A.L.T.U’ will be seen in forthcoming flick, ‘Go Goa Gone’. Puja will don a bikini in ‘Go Goa Gone’. It is heard that Puja will have a very catchy entry in the film in the style of James Bond movie scene and the scene is considered as one of the highlights of the movie. In the opening scene, Puja will be seen coming out of the sea in bikini. Puja will reenact the famous scene of coming out of the sea which was enacted by Hollywood hottie Ursula Andress in the all time favorite Bond films, Doctor No and Quantum of Solace. Puja Gupta has worked hard to get a well toned body »
Puja Gupta, the former Miss India Universe of 2007, has already achieved her big break. The newcomer made her debut with the film F.A.L.T.U and now will soon be seen in Go Goa Gone. Further to her role in the film, the actress has a very ‘well-known entry scene’ in the upcoming film Go Goa Gone. Puja Gupta has an introduction scene of her coming out of the sea in a sexy bikini. This particular shot has been quite popularly recognized from the all-time favorite films i.e. Dr. No and Quantam Of Solace. Read More »
From the very outset of the James Bond film franchise, it was abundantly clear that one of the films’ selling points was the promise that the protagonist, British secret agent James Bond 007, would travel the many foreign, exotic, romantic and dangerous locales around the globe. From the more familiar yet legendary European cities, such as Paris (A View to a Kill) and Venice (Moonraker, Casino Royale), the famous metropolises other continents are known for (New York in Live and Let Die, Tokyo in You Only Live Twice) to the roads less taken which lead to lesser known territories (Jamaica in Dr. Do, Haiti in Quantum of Solace, Iceland in Die Another Day), 007 has fought the forces of evil in just about every corner and every climate. However far and wide the iconic protagonist has ventured in his many adventures, there is one place he is almost certain to visit in every film. »
- Edgar Chaput
Warner Archive Collection 4th anniversary DVD / Blu-ray releases The Warner Archive Collection (aka Wac), which currently has a DVD / Blu-ray library consisting of approximately 1,500 titles, has just turned four. In celebration of its fourth anniversary, Wac is releasing with movies featuring the likes of Jane Powell, Eleanor Parker, and many more stars and filmmakers of yesteryear. (Pictured above: Greer Garson, Debbie Reynolds, Ricardo Montalban in the sentimental 1966 comedy / drama with music The Singing Nun.) For starters, Jane Powell and Debbie Reynolds play siblings in Richard Thorpe's Athena (1954), whose supporting cast includes Edmund Purdom, Vic Damone, frequent Jerry Lewis foil Kathleen Freeman, Citizen Kane's Ray Collins, Tyrone Power's then-wife Linda Christian, former Mr. Universe and future Hercules Steve Reeves, veteran Louis Calhern, not to mention numerology, astrology, and vegetarianism. As per Wac's newsletter, the score by Hugh Martin and Martin Blane "gets a first ever Stereophonic Sound remix for this disc, »
- Andre Soares
Before Jamie Foxx was set to play the role, writer-director Quentin Tarantino had another actor in mind to play the titular character in "Django Unchained." That actor is Will Smith, who will next be seen this summer in "After Earth."
While Smith as Django might have been a very interesting movie, the actor turned down the role for one simple reason. "Django wasn't the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead," he tells Entertainment Weekly. Smith even asked Tarantino to alter the movie, saying, "I was like, 'No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!'"
In a strange twist, come awards season Christoph Waltz was billed as the supporting role, which he won an Oscar for, while Foxx was credited as the lead. Still, Smith has no hard feelings, and enjoyed the movie. "I thought it was brilliant," he says, "Just not for me. »
I’m a month late in writing this up, but I want to give a seriously laudatory shout-out to the good people of Cinema Retro for their latest issue of Movie Classics—a Cinema Retro Special Edition Magazine dedicated to the first James Bond film, 1962’s Dr. No.
Cinema Retro/Movie Classics dedicates a 148-page special edition magazine to Dr. No.
The magazine and online site Cinema Retro offers some of the most amazingly researched and slickly packaged features on 1960s and 1970s cinema that I’ve ever seen and though this latest issue has been available for several months, it certainly warrants attention and respect right now.
I ran into Cinema Retro editor-in-chief Lee Pfeiffer at a press event in late January and he was nice enough to slip me a copy of the Dr. No special and I’ve gotta tell you, it’s one helluva magazine!
The financial crisis has been painful for many industries, but the global movie business seems to be growing. Technology has moved forward in great leaps and bounds, so that films look sleeker and run more smoothly. But for some, the issue of product placement has spoilt the purity of cinema. From the classic chic of 1962's Dr. No and 1963's From Russia with Love to Sam Mendes' dark and thrilling Skyfall (2012), the James Bond franchise has always kept abreast of the cinematic zeitgeist. The Bond films have made significant profits, but some commentators have accused the producers of indulging in blatant product placement. In fact, advertising revenue covered roughly a third of Skyfall's estimated £93.7m budget.
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- CineVue UK
If you were wondering who "Skyfall" director Sam Mendes thinks is the greatest James Bond villain of all time, the answer is apparently Dr. No, as Empire is reporting that Mendes has just given a big thumbs down to the idea of directing the next James Bond film.
Where's that Grumpy Cat meme when you need it?
"Skyfall," just in case you've somehow forgotten, has become to most successful Bond film of all time, racking up over $1.1 billion worldwide and reinvigorating the 50-year-old franchise. So naturally, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli were pretty darn keen on getting Mendes to come back for the next installment as well.
Unfortunately, though, that's not going to happen.
"It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie," Mendes said. "Directing 'Skyfall' was one of the best experiences of my professional life, »
- Scott Harris
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