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8 coolest things you didn't spot in the Spectre trailer
22 best and worst Bond theme songs ranked
Why it could be them: No stranger to movie soundtracks, Goulding has lent tunes to everything from About Time to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Fifty Shades of Grey. Her ethereal voice would certainly add an interesting flavour to Spectre, and Sam Smith certainly seems to think she has it in the bag.
Most Bondian track: 'My Blood'
Why it could be them: The 007 producers successfully brought back director Sam Mendes »
Theodore Bikel. Theodore Bikel dead at 91: Oscar-nominated actor and folk singer best known for stage musicals 'The Sound of Music,' 'Fiddler on the Roof' Folk singer, social and union activist, and stage, film, and television actor Theodore Bikel, best remembered for starring in the Broadway musical The Sound of Music and, throughout the U.S., in Fiddler on the Roof, died Monday morning (July 20, '15) of "natural causes" at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Austrian-born Bikel – as Theodore Meir Bikel on May 2, 1924, in Vienna, to Yiddish-speaking Eastern European parents – was 91. Fled Hitler Thanks to his well-connected Zionist father, six months after the German annexation of Austria in March 1938 ("they were greeted with jubilation by the local populace," he would recall in 2012), the 14-year-old Bikel and his family fled to Palestine, at the time a British protectorate. While there, the teenager began acting on stage, »
- Andre Soares
Don't believe us? We've gone through the trailer frame-by-frame to pick out the Easter eggs, homages and talking points from the action-packed new Spectre trailer.
Ranked: Every single James Bond theme from worst to best
Everything we know so far about the latest 007 movie Spectre
That insane helicopter barrel roll? We've seen that before in The Man with the Golden Gun's breathtaking practical stunt that saw a car execute a 360-degree cork-screw jump. Fortunately this time it's not ruined by a slide whistle!
2. Showing some love to Live and Let Die
Blimey, it's hard to beat a good James Bond trailer these days. Mirroring the memorable marketing campaign for Skyfall, the new trailer for Sam Mendes' second Bond movie gives us far more to chew on than March's teaser. Our analysis of that one is here.
It also gives us an idea of how the film will go back to the basics of the series while simultaneously tying up loose ends from the previous three films starring Daniel Craig, by bringing back the titular criminal organisation from the original run. If you haven't watched the trailer yet, take a look at the embedded video below and then read on for some potentially spoilery analysis of what's going on...
Looks good, right? Planes, trains, automobiles and »
To mark the occasion, we've gone back through every single 007 song to find out which ones are earworms and which need their 00 status revoked. A quick point to note: we've discounted instrumentals so the opening credits pieces from Dr No and On Her Majesty's Secret Service are not on the list.
The first and only duet in the entire Bond theme back catalogue, on paper this sounded great but what emerged was a sludgy, lifeless and unremarkable track that went in one ear and out the other.
Compounding the horror of her on-screen cameo in this stinker of a film is Madonna's »
Are you ready for the Solid Goldfinger Dancers?
A week ago, Playbill announced that Placeholder Productions has reportedly acquired the rights for a spy-centric stage production based on Ian Fleming's super spy character.
Currently going by the not so subtle title of "James Bond: The Musical," the project is being executive produced by Merry Saltzman, daughter of legendary Bond film producer Harry Saltzman.
Dave Clarke ("Keeping Hannah Waiting") is said to be handling the show's book, while country composer Jay Henry Weisz will pen the music and lyrics. The project is said to have an original storyline, one that uses several pre-existing Bond villains along with some new ones, and its very own Bond girl.
The aim would be to get the show out late 2017-early 2018 either on Broadway or in Las Vegas. No casting has yet been announced.
That story first hit last week, since then however several »
- Garth Franklin
So this is the anti-Bond. Stripped of the requisite wit and mischief. Short of temper, heavy of touch. The SPECTREs of yore replaced by a drugs cartel. World domination downgraded to a heroin monopoly. Glamour smothered by grit. Joy drowned in the bloodshed. The icon of British cinema reduced to an American cop show – MI6 Vice, Hawaii 007 – timeless style swamped by the vulgarity and cash of the late-1980s, a case of ‘Sayonara, Mr Bond’ and everything you stand for. Derivative, needlessly violent, no identity, no soul – it’s just Not Bond, dammit! All nonsense, of course. The open-minded know this brutal, brilliant outing is about as good as the series can get.
The Villain: Franz Sanchez is unquestionably the great forgotten villain of the franchise. He possesses all the vital characteristics: charm, »
Cinema Retro has received the following press release from Shout! Factory:
Modern-day Robin Hood. Wealthy man of mystery. Debonair rogue. Call Simon Templar what you will, but never cross The Saint. A timeless figure of adventure since his creation by Leslie Charteris in 1928, The Saint has thrilled adventure aficionados with his exploits in a variety of media, including novels, movies, and radio—but nowhere was the dashing Mr. Templar more indelibly realized than in his 1960s television series, presented here in one outstanding collection: The Saint: The Complete Series. Fans of the dashing spy will finally be able to revisit his adventures with the release of The Saint: The Complete Series on DVD from Timeless Media Group, a division of Shout! Factory, LLC.
Available for the first time as a complete series, the 33-dvd box set features all 118 episodes of the classic espionage show, including first 71 episodes of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
By Alex Simon
They say that clothes make the man. They also make the man in the movie and, sometimes, even make the movie itself live on in the annals of classic filmdom. With that in mind, here is a list (in no particular order) of ten gents and the characters they played who changed our sartorial habits forever.
1. Michael Douglas/Gordon Gecko—Wall Street
Arguably the movie that set the style for second half of the 1980s, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street featured Michael Douglas’ Oscar-winning turn as corporate raider Gordon Gecko, whose ruthlessness in the boardroom was only matched by his sense of style. Douglas is all clean lines in his pinstripe suits, suspenders and slicked-back hair, creating an iconic look that screamed “power” and “go fuck yourself” simultaneously.
Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian sci-fi allegory is one of cinema’s great dark satires, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
I interviewed Pierce Brosnan in conjunction with his third outing as James Bond, in Michael Apted's The World Is Not Enough, in 1999. Brosnan was alternately charming, erudite, thoughtful and intense during our two hour chat. His native intelligence shone through it all, as did a sense of decency which many people seem to acquire after enduring and surviving hardship in their formative years.
Bonding With Brosnan
There are several dangers in becoming a cultural icon, not the least of which is the stigma that your public will forever keep you imprisoned in the mold of your iconography, allowing the recipient a privileged, if imprisoned, existence, particularly if that person is an artist. Sean Connery faced just such a dilemma during the height of James Bond-mania in the mid-60's. A serious actor, Connery desperately wanted to break out of the action hero mold that was British Superspy James Bond, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
You can’t help but feel sorry for George Lazenby. Not only is his solitary Bond outing On Her Majesty’s Secret Service almost universally under-rated, he’s also the only lead unable to see himself on the big screen in glorious digitally remastered Sony 4K format.
In a move that will make all Bond fans rejoice, Vue Cinemas have decided to host a special ‘Best Of Bond’ season over the course of June and July, with double bills showcasing some of 007’s most iconic films (and The World Is Not Enough) – in the Sony 4K format.
The character’s silver screen debut, Dr. No sees James Bond travel to Jamaica following the disappearance of another British agent. »
- Mike McCarthy
Roger Moore has revealed the key to playing James Bond: that he doesn't enjoy killing.
"When I first took on the part, I read Fleming's books," said Moore. "There was little offered in them about the character.
"However, I remember reading one line that said Bond had just completed a mission - meaning a kill. He didn't particularly enjoy killing but took pride in doing his job well. That was the key to the role as far as I was concerned."
A passage from Ian Fleming's original Goldfinger novel reads: "It was part of his profession to kill people. He had never liked doing it and when he had to kill he did it as well as he knew how and forgot about it. »
Roger Moore bows out as James Bond 007, in A View To A Kill. It's a film with a few problems...
This one's an unworthy last hurrah for Sir Rog. Yet such is life. Received wisdom pegs A View To A Kill as a lacklustre final outing in which an inspired song, villain and Grace Jones are smothered by slack plotting, a not-at-his-best Moore, weak characters and a general sense of weariness. Received wisdom is a terrible thing. But occasionally it has a point.
The Villain: To waste one great villain on a rubbish film may be classed as unfortunate. To waste a second is damned careless. Max Zorin is Exhibit B to counter the hoary old adage that a Bond film is measured by its antagonist. Zorin is fresh, vibrant, energetic – the inverse of the film he terrorises. He’s played by a Hollywood legend in his prime: good for the character, »
It was announced this week that Pussy Galore would return to the world of James Bond in Anthony Horowitz's upcoming novel Trigger Mortis.
Horowitz's novel is set after the events of Goldfinger and uses material from Fleming's unproduced Bond television series.
It got us thinking... if Trigger Mortis were to become a movie in the near future, who could play the classic Bond girl?
Let us know your picks for Pussy Galore and why you think they'd make a good choice in the comments box below. »
Though fans are scrutinizing every detail of his next big screen outing Spectre, it’s easy to forget James Bond gives aficionados eyestrain in another medium – books.
Original author Ian Fleming is long-since deceased, but recent years have seen scribes as diverse as Charlie Higson and William Boyd create new adventures for 007 in print. The latest name to bring Her Majesty’s finest serial seducer to the page is the maddeningly prolific Anthony Horowitz, who has announced details of upcoming novel Trigger Mortis.
And there’s a surprise for expectant readers, as not only is the entry set two years after the events of spy classic Goldfinger, it brings back possibly the most notorious Bond girl of all into the fold – Pussy Galore. Honor Blackman’s brief but memorable stint in the movie cemented Galore’s status as a more proactive presence, laying the groundwork for stronger women in the mix of Martinis and mayhem. »
- Steve Palace
Iconic James Bond villain Pussy Galore will be back to wreak havoc in the official novel Trigger Mortis.
Trigger Mortis takes place shortly after the events of Goldfinger in 1957, as 007 finds himself involved in the space race between the Us and the Soviet Union.
Pussy Galore turns up to cause trouble for Bond just as a historic Us rocket launch is about to take place.
Details about the new James Bond novel were announced today (May 28) to mark what would have been author Ian Fleming's 107th birthday.
Horowitz said of the new book: "It was always my intention to go back to the true Bond, which is to say, the Bond that Fleming created and it was a fantastic bonus having some original, »
So does this count? Never Say Never Again stirs many arguments by shaking up the official order, splitting fans on the issue of its legitimacy. Ruins pub quiz questions such as ‘How many actors have played M?’ due to the inevitable argument whether Edward Fox should be numbered. Put such issues aside and enjoy what remains: a sly, witty semi-pastiche that doesn’t attempt to recapture past glories but can easily hold its own alongside Diamonds Are Forever and Octopussy. And with much less swimming than Thunderball.
The Villain: Ignore Emilo: Maximillian Largo is his own maniac. Short, tubby, lanky blond hair receding, Largo is Draco Malfoy gone to seed. Easily visualised shuffling around Comic Con, accompanied by Mr Kidd and the reformed Jaws. Yet Largo is one of the film’s strengths. »
We've arrived at Roger Moore's penultimate Bond. But isn't it about time somebody fought Octopussy's corner?
After the comedown of For Your Eyes Only, the series is back on a high. A very good-natured, occasionally thrilling escapade that boasts an impressive roster of villains, a finely developed heroine, unusually meaty roles for series stalwarts General Gogol and Q, a nuclear bomb and a gloriously stupid title. Yes, Roger Moore has aged to the point where counting the wrinkles is a legitimate distraction. And many valid criticisms can be levelled about plot and credibility. But the good outweighs, or certainly overwhelms, the bad in Octopussy. Still, he really should have quit after this one.
The Villain: Kamal Khan got his break by winning the talent competition Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar - and that was just the beginning. 2012 hit Ishk Sufiana launched Khan into stardom and he bagged »
By: Jay Dyer
Ian Fleming’s James Bond is one of the most recognizable and successful characters in modern popular culture. The novels have sold over 100 million copies, and the film franchise is the second most successful in history, having been recently displaced by the Harry Potter series. For most readers and viewers, 007 is merely a Western pop icon. However, there is much more at work in the novels and films than appears on the surface. In fact, there are deeper undercurrents, themes, symbols, and messages that operate as psychological warfare propaganda and an in-depth semiotic analysis of the novels and films yields an interpretation that confirms this thesis. Much has been written on the subject of Ian Fleming’s James Bond. From Umberto Eco’s older essay “Narrative Structures in Fleming” to Christoph Linders’ modern collections The James Bond Phenomenon and Revisioning 007: James Bond and Casino Royale, there »
- Jay Dyer
New posters featuring the main three characters from the psychological horror film, Sun Choke (which recently made its world premiere at the Stanley Film Festival), are featured in our latest round-up. We also have release details and cover art for One Way Static Records' upcoming vinyl soundtrack release for Mark of the Devil and its sequel, as well as a new poster for the upcoming prison-set thriller, Vendetta, which is directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska (See No Evil 2, American Mary).
Synopsis: "Janie’s just trying to get well. As she recovers from a violent psychotic break, she’s subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. She begins »
- Derek Anderson
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