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This two part examination of James Bond looks at how Ian Fleming’s character has remained popular for over 50 years.
Since Dr No was released in 1962, James Bond has captivated the cinema going public and delivered a character that is synonymous with Britain and sophistication. Originally from the pen of author Ian Fleming, Bond was immortalized by Sean Connery, who delivered what many to believe the best portrayal of Fleming’s fictional killer.
The Bond films have been incredibly successful, with allegedly one third of the world’s population having viewed at least one of the spy’s exploits over the years.
When the first James Bond film was released, the world was a very different place: The cold war was in full swing, Beatlemania hadn’t yet exploded on the music scene and the thought of exotic locations was a pipe dream for many. In the 1960’s the life »
- Niall Browne
A love affair with the James Bond series is like a marriage; it's for life, and it's definitely a "richer or poorer, better or worse" proposition. Some days you get Casino Royale (2006) or Goldfinger (1964), where everything is bliss, but then other days you get Grace Jones or a cameo from Madonna or someone named "Christmas Jones." Some days are Connery and some are Lazenby. Some days your director is Guy Hamilton or Martin Campbell, and some days your director is John Glen or Marc Forster. But, like a diamond, the imperfections are what make it all worthwhile. From among the dregs, then, here are a few of my favorite things: 1. The entire supporting cast in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
I confess it's one of the weakest Roger Moore entries, but come on! Motherf---in' Christopher "Dracula/Dooku/Saruman" Lee is the bad guy! And Hervé Villechaize as his diminutive villainous sidekick! »
- Jeffrey M. Anderson
(In anticipation of Quantum of Solace, we're rerunning some of our favorite Bond posts alongside a few new ones. Enjoy!)
By: Jeffrey M. Anderson
One of the pleasures of anticipating a new James Bond film is considering which singer or band would be most appropriate to add themselves to the long and diverse list of James Bond themes. (Wouldn't a Radiohead theme song be just great? Or the Pixies?) It's almost like winning some kind of award. These songs will likely be revived and re-packaged for generations to come. Not all of the choices have been particularly timeless ("The Living Daylights" by A-ha), and many others are not without a cheeseball flavor (Tom Jones strutting through "Thunderball"). It's also obvious that a great song does not guarantee a good movie, and vice-versa. Hence, as terrific as Casino Royale was, the song by Chris Cornell was only so-so. But no matter »
- Cinematical staff
Following the one-two punch of Dr. No & From Russia With Love, Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli & Harry Saltzman decided to make their next Bond film, Goldfinger- a lavish affair. The result- Bond-mania! How does the film hold up forty four years later? Read on. Goldfinger Plot: Bond is pitted against a wealthy, Gold-obsessed billionaire- who seeks to dramatically increase his wealth by irradiating the American Gold supply- which involves detonating an atomic bomb in »
- Chris Bumbray
A car driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond movies has been named the most iconic motor ever in a new poll.
The Aston Martin DB5, first driven in 1964 film Goldfinger, topped a survey to find the coolest vehicle, with 16 per cent of the vote.
In joint second place was the Jaguar E-Type and the Mini Cooper, in the poll of 2,300 people for British TV channel Dave.
Rounding out the top five was another James Bond car, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and the Austin Mini. »
Call it sipping into character. Daniel Craig, the current James Bond, says not only has he tried a Vesper martini – the drink 007 invented in Casino Royale – but he's done a taste test for the best recipe. "I've tried about 10 of them," Craig, 40, tells London's Time Out in its Oct. 23 issue. "They're knockout. We did a proper taste test: full measure of gin, full measure of vodka and then another liqueur on top of it. I ended up on the floor." When he's off duty, the actor says he prefers vodka martinis with an olive. Shaken or stirred? "I don't know who drinks stirred cocktails anymore. »
- Courtney Rubin
This weekend was a James Bond weekend for me as I just received all six of the upcoming James Bond Blu-ray titles releasing tomorrow, October 21. They include, as you can see from the pic above, Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Thunderball, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only and Die Another Day. I have no idea how they came up with this order since they don't match up with any one of the Ultimate DVD sets released one year ago and outside of having three of Connery's first four turns as Bond (minus Goldfinger) there doesn't appear to be any real logic to it all. You can buy each title separately, which wasn't an immediate option with the Ultimate DVD releases, which is a nice bonus or you can save money if you plan on buying the whole lot in two separate volumes. Volume One contains Dr. No, »
- Brad Brevet
Photo: Sony Pictures Peter Bradshaw at The Guardian apparently likes the new James Bond outing Quantum of Solace one star less than he liked Casino Royale, which he gave 4/5 stars back in November of 2006. Bradshaw appears to have what is the first review of Quantum of Solace and he weighs in with a 3/5 stars saying it "didn't excite" him as much as Casino Royale and "the villain is especially underpowered. This is a crash-bang Bond, high on action, low on quips, long on location glamour, short on product placement." His disappointments center around too much action and a lack of "dialogue, flirtation and characterisation" and "was baffled that relatively little was made of the deliciously villainous [Mathieu] Amalric: especially the final."encounter. The action he refers to is pretty much summed up in one paragraph: There are plenty of references to other Bond moments. A horribly dangerous skydive recalls The Spy Who Loved Me. »
- Brad Brevet
Honor Blackman has laughed off claims that her James Bond character p**** Galore was a bimbo, describing her as a "strong feminist". Blackman told the TV Times that her Goldfinger Bond girl didn't just "fall flat on her back" for 007. She said: "In so many of the films, the girls just looked at James and fell flat on their backs. Yet p**** Galore was a career woman - a pilot who had her own air force, which was very impressive. She was never a bimbo." Though Blackman described her co-star Sean Connery as "the (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
(Below) Gemma Arterton is covered with liquid during Quantum of Solace
Photo: MGM and Sony Pictures courtesy Daily Mail The Daily Mail has a fantastic new article showing how Quantum of Solace (11.14) pays a direct homage to 1964's Goldfinger as new bond girl Gemma Arterton's character is drowned in crude oil and her lifeless body is left draped over a bed in a scene deliberately reminiscent of the 1964 Bond classic Goldfinger. Arterton tells the Mail, "I couldn't move. I couldn't see, I couldn't breathe or hear because it went in my ears. It was unpleasant, but it's something I'll always remember and it will be an iconic part of the film." An oily Arterton blows a kiss to the camera after filming
Photo: Sony Pictures courtesy Daily Mail Arterton (pictured above and below) was quoted saying, "Kissing »
- Brad Brevet
This seems like it ought to be a huge Quantum of Solace spoiler, but the Daily Mail says their new Bond babe photos come from an official source. If the film's producers don't think this a spoiler, then maybe it's not. Read on. Quantum of Solace is doing an homage to Goldfinger, by covering Gemma Aterton's character in oil and leaving her filthy and presumably dead in a nice clean bed. The image you see below is one of a series of images released to the Daily Mail, depicting Aterton's oily predicament. In Goldfinger, Shirley Eaton suffered a similar fate, when she was coated in gold and left lying on a bed in an identical pose. »
The X Factor brought in another strong audience to ITV1 on Saturday night, with a peak of almost 11 million viewers. The second episode of this year's series pulled in an average of 9.43m (45.4%) in the hour from 7.30pm, down slightly on the 10.19m (48.2%) for last week's premiere. Spinoff show The Xtra Factor was also a hit, drawing 1.23m to ITV2 at 8.30pm. Earlier on ITV1, a screening of Sean Connery's Goldfinger engaged 1.6m (13.6%) over two hours from 4pm, then at 6.30pm, Funniest Ever You've Been Framed! had 4.84m (26.8%). After The X Factor, a celebrity edition of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? with Johnny Vaughan and Denise van Outen interested 5.48m (25.6%). The 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair starring Pierce Brosnan delivered 2.2m (12.5%) over two hours from 9.30pm. BBC One was in second place for most (more) »
- By Neil Wilkes
Alicia Keys and White Stripes frontman Jack White have been lined up to appear on a special Bond-themed X Factor live show. The pair have agreed to give a performance of their duet 'Another Way to Die', which is being used as the theme for forthcoming 007 movie Quantum of Solace. Meanwhile, the show's finalists will be asked to belt out other Bond theme tunes, including Madonna's 'Die Another Day' and Shirley Bassey's 'Goldfinger'. An insider (more) »
- By Daniel Kilkelly
Ledger's performance in new Batman sequel The Dark Knight, the last movie he completed before his death in January, has been lauded by critics and tipped for an Oscar nomination.
But editors of Moviefone rank him behind Fiennes; James Earl Jones and Hayden Christensen's Darth Vader; Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch of the West and Sir Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter in the onscreen evil stakes.
A Moviefone editor explains the decision to crown Voldemort the most dastardly, "He is the most powerful dark wizard to ever wave a wand. What's more, he schemes to dominate the whole world. Without his slithering presence, would J.K. Rowling be the best-selling author of all time? The answer, a resounding "No."
The top ten is as follows:
1: Lord Voldemort, Harry Potter - Ralph Fiennes
The Box Of Paperbacks Book Club: Goldfnger by Ian Fleming (1959) (Not long ago, A.V. Club editor Keith Phipps purchased a large box containing over 75 vintage science fiction, crime, and adventure paperbacks. He is reading all of them. This is book number 42.) In writing about Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels I’ve tried to avoid talking too much about the film series. The bulk of Fleming’s novels preceded the films and had an audience all their own, even if it would take the movies to make Bond into an international icon. Separating the two hasn’t been that hard. The Bond I read on the page is different from the one Connery brought to the screen. For want of a better term, he’s a bit simpler. Connery portrays Bond with a suggestion of an inner-life that Fleming never spends that much time dwelling on. Emotions, »
A set of James Bond postage stamps commemorating the 100th anniversary of 007 author Ian Fleming's birth have been issued in the U.K. The six extra-long stamps feature a selection of original cover artwork from Bond novels including Dr. No, Casino Royale, Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and From Russia With Love. Actress Samantha Bond, who played Miss Moneypenny in the Pierce Brosnan Bond movies, launched the British Royal Mail stamps posing alongside an Aston Martin DB6, the secret agent's car of choice in the films Goldfinger, Thunderball and Goldeneye. She says, "Being involved with the Bond legend is always an adventure, and these new stamps are a wonderful start to this centenary year. James has always held a special place in my heart, and now he will set millions of other hearts fluttering around the world." »
16 items from 2008
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