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19 items from 2015


The Evolution of James Bond

21 April 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

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James Bond 007: revisiting The Spy Who Loved Me

12 April 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The underwater car, the terrifying henchman and perhaps the most iconic opening scene of all time. The Spy Who Loved Me is a cracker...

And so we arrive at the best Epic Bond of the lot. A great big chocolate fudge sundae of a film with extra waffles and butterscotch ice cream. It begins by making a parachute iconic and cracks on from there. Boasts a henchman, car and girl to rival Goldfinger, and a villainous scheme even more deranged than You Only Live Twice. Nuclear Armageddon meets Finding Nemo – what’s not to like? Hops around the globe without losing its direction. Never once stops trying to please the audience. Never fails to.

The Villain: Overshadowed by his henchman. Stromberg isn’t a terrible antagonist but he hardly sets the pulse racing. Comes across a bit Blofeld-lite: (I Can’t Believe it’s not Blofeld!) Spectre were supposed to »

- simonbrew

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Spectre: 5 Things The New James Bond Trailer Got Wrong

30 March 2015 4:50 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Get your acronyms, jumpsuits and Illuminati parallels at the ready – Spectre’s coming.

After the still-confusing Quantum Of Solace and hitherto-unknown Skyfall, the name of the twenty-fourth Bond movie promises something concrete. Named after the criminal syndicate from the Sean Connery-era movies (and Ian Fleming’s original novels), the title’s created even more speculation for what was already one of the most anticipated, but also most risky, movies of the year.

It’s a particularly ballsy move on Sam Mendes’ part to return to the 007 franchise after Skyfall. Bond 23 was such an assured meditation on the series’ relevance, as well as a great entry in the canon by itself, that it already sits alongside Goldfinger as one of 007’s best. Just how do you top that?

Well, based on the first trailer for Spectre, it looks like the Oscar-winner has found the answer for that question. »

- Alex Leadbeater

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James Bond 007: revisiting Live And Let Die

28 March 2015 7:22 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Roger Moore takes over as James Bond 007 for Live And Let Die. And it might just be his best Bond outing...

This is the one where Bond does Blaxploitation. It's Roger’s debut. The One with All the Voodoo. Live And Let Die is memorable for numerous reasons. Great villains, the super-hot Solitaire, crocodiles and a distinct otherworldly flavour grant the film memorability: no small achievement when you’re the eighth child of 23. It’s nearly a classic, and certainly one of Moore’s best, but the final half hour falls a bit flat. Switch off after Bond’s Crocodile Dundee moment, just before the looooooooong boat chase. Avoid if easily offended by dubious racial politics. And sexual politics for that matter – but with Bond that’s kind of a given.

The Villain: Both ‘two-bit Island diplomat’ and Harlem gangster, Dr Kananga is a fine enemy for Moore to cut his teeth on. »

- simonbrew

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James Bond 007: revisiting Diamonds Are Forever

22 March 2015 5:43 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sean Connery returns to play James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever. It is not 007's finest outing.

A strange offering this one, sandwiched between two considerably more significant films. Undoubtedly a lightweight outing, despite featuring a heavyweight star in more ways than one. The cartoonish tone is sharpened by lashings of violence and a surprisingly high body count. A moribund Connery and garish Las Vegas add to the sense of a series going to seed. Implausibilities abound through Diamonds Are Forever. Yet its dysfunctional parts create a film that, while far from a classic, has a certain battered panache – and a wry smile throughout. I rather like it.

The Villain: Like buses, Blofelds come in threes. After Donald and Telly, here’s Charles – utterly estranged from his predecessors in appearance and manner. This Blofeld has hair, a penchant for crossdressing and a rather winning air of bonhomie. Plus there’s three of him. »

- simonbrew

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James Bond 007: revisiting You Only Live Twice

7 March 2015 8:29 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Arguably the first 'epic' James Bond film, we look back at You Only Live Twice, starring Mr Sean Connery...

This one's big. So big it exerts a gravitational pull, orbited by numerous pop culture satellites, sketch shows and 90% of Austin Powers. Has some nice little moments and memorable big moments. Shame about the bits inbetween. A film that I loved as a child and find increasingly flawed. Characters so two-dimensional you could stick them to the fridge, writing that dips into laziness and is occasionally outright indolent. Plus Connery looks bored by the whole thing.

The Villain: It seems perverse to label one of the great villains of cinema a disappointment. And, despite several incarnations, there’s no denying this Blofeld, Pleasance’s Blofeld, is still seen as the archetype. The cat, the baldness, the scar, the lack of stature have all entered into (pop) cultural lore. Yet I find »

- simonbrew

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'James Bond' Fan Film from 'Power Rangers' Bootleg Producer

3 March 2015 8:51 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

One week ago today, producer Adi Shankar released the latest entry in his Bootleg Universe short film collection, Power/Rangers, which ended up being ensnared in legal complications and was removed for a short period of time, before returning online over the weekend. Today, Adi Shankar keeps his Bootleg Universe going by tackling the James Bond franchise with his new fan film In Service of Nothing. The short is actually presented as an animated pre-visualization for a live-action movie, set in the present day but following Sean Connery's 007, with Christopher Gee voicing/impersonating Bond, decades after he retired and MI6 forgave his transgressions. Here's how the short is described on Adi Shankar's YouTube page.

"In this Unauthorized "Bootleg Universe" One-Shot, an aging James Bond struggles to find his place in a self absorbed world without boarders, where service to one's nation is an antiquated concept. Presented to you as a pre-visulation motion storyboard. »

- MovieWeb

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Watch James Bond fan film from Power/Rangers producer Adi Shankar

3 March 2015 3:20 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Producer Adi Shankar has unveiled a new James Bond fan film.

James Bond: In Service of Nothing tells the story of Bond - clearly inspired by Sean Connery's portrayal of the MI6 agent - struggling to hack it in the world of espionage in older age.

"I always wondered what would happen to James Bond in his old age and in our borderless world. I'm not referring to the Bond we've seen in recent films, that incarnation is closer to Jason Bourne meets Batman," says Shankar in the video description.

"I'm referring to the swanky, alcoholic, serial killer, with mommy issues that we saw in films like Dr. No and Goldfinger. How would he find a sense of purpose in a self absorbed and impersonal modern world once his license to kill has been revoked?"

Shankar teamed up with Tyler Gibb for James Bond: In Service of Nothing, which »

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Monica Bellucci, 50, Is the Oldest 'James Bond' Girl, And She Prefers 'Bond Woman'

26 February 2015 8:44 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

James Bond will soon be seducing someone his own age.

Monica Bellucci, 50, is the oldest Bond love interest in the franchise's history, and is four years older than her sexy co-star, 46-year-old Daniel Craig. The Italian actress admitted to The Sunday Times that she was shocked when director Sam Mendes called to tell her she landed the highly coveted role in Spectre. "My first thought was, 'How can I be a Bond girl at 50?'" she recalled. "I just blurted out, 'I'm not a girl, I'm a woman, I'm a mature woman. Do I have to replace Judi Dench?'"

Photos: Salma Hayek Shows Off Insane Bikini Bod at 48

"I told Sam he would be a hero among women for casting me in Spectre," Bellucci quipped. "For the first time in history, James Bond is going to have a story with a mature woman."

Before Bellucci, the oldest Bond girl was Honor Blackman who portrayed Pussy Galore »

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11 of action cinema's great movie villain pairings

25 February 2015 8:11 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From early Bond to 21st century sci-fi, here's Ryan's pick of 11 unforgettable villain pairings from action cinema history...

You're generally lucky if a movie has one genuinely great villain in it, let alone two. This is probably because creating a villain takes great acting and writing - it's one thing to create a preening character who stomps around a story doing unpleasant things, but creating a villain who's three-dimensional, witty, scary and above all memorable requires considerable skill.

Every so often, a movie comes along which gives us not one, but two classic villains, with the personality of one complementing the other. A familiar dynamic was once laid out by Steven Spielberg: one is smart and eloquent , while the other is the tougher, more violent of the pair. It's a template that we've seen time and again in cinema, but it's only occasionally that both characters leap from the screen. »

- ryanlambie

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Monica Bellucci on Bond Spectre role: 'I thought I'd replace Judi Dench'

25 February 2015 7:41 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Monica Bellucci has revealed that she initially thought she would be replacing Dame Judi Dench in the next James Bond movie.

The 50-year-old actress will become the oldest Bond girl when the 24th 007 movie Spectre is released later this year, and admitted that she questioned Sam Mendes if she would be auditioning for the role of M upon meeting with the director.

Speaking to The Sunday Times' Style magazine, the star confessed: "I just blurted out, 'I'm not a girl, I'm a woman. I'm a mature woman.

"'Do I have to replace Judi Dench? Why do you call me? I'm 50 years old! What am I going to do in James Bond?'"

Adding that Mendes laughed at her confused reaction, she explained: "He said, 'For the first time in history, James Bond is going to have a story with a mature woman. The concept is revolutionary.'"

Bellucci is four »

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James Bond 007: revisiting Goldfinger

22 February 2015 10:06 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sean Connery as Bond. Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore. Auric Goldfinger. Oddjob too. Our 007 lookbacks arrive at the iconic Goldfinger...

For many this is the Bond film. The quintessential Bond facing the ultimate villain who utters the greatest line midway through the most iconic scene. Plus you have the coolest henchman, the best car, the most memorable death, the loudest song, and the Bond girl with the silliest name. Plus Honor Blackman could easily lay a claim to being the premier leading lady. While Goldfinger can’t claim all the aforementioned categories, there’s little doubt that the film is a peak, a marrying of critical acclaim and popular appeal rarely achieved since.

The Villain: Monumental. A hugely charismatic figure and the most jovial of baddies, the Big Man utterly dominates the film. He interacts with Bond perhaps more than any other antagonist: over golf, cocktails and, immortally, beneath a laser. »

- simonbrew

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Hornby Celebrate 50 Years & Re-release Classic Corgi Aston Martin DB5

15 February 2015 4:45 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Our 2015 Corgi DB5

This week we’ve been getting a new look into Spectre with this new featurette and Daniel Craig’s James Bond getting his skiing groove on in the snow. Bond has a number of iconic looks but an unforgettable feature is definitely the classic Aston Martin DB5, which first appeared in 1964’s Goldfinger and then returned in Thunderball, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale and Skyfall.

In 1965, it also peaked in popularity because Corgi launched a collectible version for film fans and their small scale version sold over 6,000,000 models, plus they won the first ever ‘Toy of the Year’ award. In fact, after the Goldfinger, starring Sean Connery, Corgi began its decades-long relationship with the Bond franchise producing many different models, including a gold Aston Martin DB5 1:46 scale model complete with retractable machine guns, ejector seat and rear bullet screen. Why wouldn’t you want your own little version, »

- Dan Bullock

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From Kubrick to Marilyn Monroe, Oscar Has a Stellar List of Shut-Outs

13 February 2015 4:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are 195 individuals nominated for Oscar this year. And when the winners are named Feb. 22, they will become part of film history, joining such greats as Billy Wilder, Ingrid Bergman, Ben Hecht and Walt Disney.

But 80% of the contenders will go home empty-handed. However, there is good news: They are in good company as well.

Here is a sampling of nominees that didn’t win: “Citizen Kane,” “Chinatown” and “Star Wars”; directors Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick and Ingmar Bergman; writers Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Dashiell Hammett, John Steinbeck, Graham Greene, Harold Pinter and David Mamet; actors Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Blvd.”; Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”; and Peter O’Toole in “Lawrence of Arabia.”

They managed to do Ok, though.

It’s hard to say why they didn’t win. Sometimes tastes change. Sometimes there’s too much competition in one year. Frank Capra’s 1939 “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington »

- Tim Gray

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Here Are All The Problems With Goldfinger In One Tidy Little Video

12 February 2015 6:52 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

If you're a big fan of the James Bond classic Goldfinger, then you might want to skip this one. If you choose to watch the following video, you'll spend 16 minutes of the movie getting completely torn to shreds. I - like many other James Bond fans - believe that Goldfinger is the best that the 007 franchise has produced in its 53 years of existence. It's Sean Connery at his super-spying best, it has one of the most greatest villains in Bond history, features some of the greatest supporting characters, and even has one of the most iconic death scenes in action movies. When really looked at with nit-picking goggles, however, you do notice that it's a movie that take quite a few leaps of logic and doesn't have the most cogent narrative of all the movies. And that's exactly what CinemaSins has pointed out in this brand new installment of their »

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James Bond 007: revisiting From Russia With Love

12 February 2015 9:18 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

In the second of our James Bond retrospectives, we look at From Russia With Love, starring Sean Connery...

Two films in and the James Bond franchise reaches its artistic highpoint. Downhill from here? Certainly for some; others won’t see what the hype is. Yet critically, From Russia with Love remains the darling: a gritty, almost-plausible tale of gypsies, Spectre and sex tapes. It boasts a whole array of brilliant characters and a fight scene to make Daniel Craig crap his paints. Anyone who claims the film is slightly dull has my opposition and my sneaking respect.

The Villain (s): Spectre. A real team effort here. Until the release of Bond 24 (which it seems fair to bet will feature the organisation pretty heavily) From Russia With Love remains the definitive exploration of the creatively acronymed gang. (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.) Chief of Operations Rosa Klebb is calculating, »

- simonbrew

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Is Adele Recording the New James Bond Song?

22 January 2015 10:05 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Does Adele have a new mission to sing for James Bond again? The British songstress, 26, who won an Oscar for her theme song for the franchise's last installment, Skyfall, is rumored to be working on Spectre. According to The Daily Mirror, she was flown to Los Angeles to record potential new music for the film. Daniel Craig, who has begun filming in Europe, has lauded the singer's talent. "I cried," Craig said about Adele's work on Skyfall. "From the opening bars I knew immediately, then the voice kicked in, and it was exactly what I'd wanted from the beginning. »

- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag

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Is Adele Recording the New James Bond Song?

22 January 2015 10:05 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Does Adele have a new mission to sing for James Bond again? The British songstress, 26, who won an Oscar for her theme song for the franchise's last installment, Skyfall, is rumored to be working on Spectre. According to The Daily Mirror, she was flown to Los Angeles to record potential new music for the film. Daniel Craig, who has begun filming in Europe, has lauded the singer's talent. "I cried," Craig said about Adele's work on Skyfall. "From the opening bars I knew immediately, then the voice kicked in, and it was exactly what I'd wanted from the beginning. »

- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag

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The Best James Bond Film Is Returning To Theaters

20 January 2015 11:57 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Whoa, not so fast, Never Say Never Again fans! When we say the "best" James Bond film, admittedly a subjective qualification, we mean the most iconic, prototypical example of a Bond film there ever could be in Goldfinger. And guess what? It.s coming back to theaters remastered, restored and rekindled with Au-inspired awesomeness that will make the puissantly pleasing Pussy Galore seem all the more.galore-ious. Yes, the one and only film pitting Sean Connery.s template-setting original badass un-politically-correct Bond against "the Man with the Midas touch" is heading back to theaters and will be better than ever! Goldfinger will arrive in newly-restored ultra-high-definition (4K) form. It was announced on 007.com that MGM Studios, with distributor Park Circus, will debut the restored film at the 65th Berlin Film Festival in February in the Berlinale classics strand. Reportedly in attendance, will be Ken Adams, a two-time Oscar-winning set designer »

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