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The brief cast of actors named in today's New Year honours list reads like a triumph for middle England and its favourite long-running television shows, from Poirot star David Suchet to Last of the Summer Wine's Bert Kwouk.
Suchet, who has starred in 65 episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot on ITV since 1989, was made a Cbe for services to drama, as was fellow actor Sheila Hancock, the former Rag Trade star and widow of actor John Thaw who has reinvented herself in recent years as a best-selling author, musical star and judge on Andrew Lloyd Webber's BBC1 talent show, Over the Rainbow.
- John Plunkett
Despite Daniel Craig successfully taking over the role of James Bond in Casino Royale (2006), Eon Productions has now put the immortal series on a backburner because of a potential take-over of MGM. Whether another Bond film will be produced under the partnership remains to be seen, and even if the series kick-starts once more, there’s no guarantee that Craig will return as the world’s most famous secret agent.
The past 40 years has seen a number of actors who have contributed to more than one film. So with this imposed hiatus, it's worth taking a look at those performers who have been in the most 007 movies.
Making her debut in the first 007 outing Dr No (1962), the durable Canadian actress Lois Maxwell made 14 appearances as Secretary Jane Moneypenny, forever flirting with 007 when he returns home from another world-saving assignment. Ian Fleming always regarded Maxwell, who died in 2007, as the perfect Moneypenny because, »
Let's show some Christmas spirit towards these much maligned minions with their emotional baggage and superior masters
A "henchman" was originally nothing more sinister than a loyal servant who held your horse – or "hengst", from the German. In cinematic terms, of course, the word has since become synonymous with strongarmed subordinates responsible for ruthlessly executing the wishes of deranged masterminds, and it's these villanous vassals I'd like to put on display this week.
Rather than highlighting evil deeds only, I'd like to throw a slightly kinder light on these much maligned minions – after all, they're generally loyal to a fault, often have a nice line in witticisms, while even if they do tend to be murderous scum, they seldom come without damaging psychological baggage.
In going about their business they often display a thoroughness alien to their over-elaborate masters and their charisma often outshines the good guys and gals they're set up against, »
Cinema Retro's seventh year of publishing has officially started now that issue #19 is shipping to UK and European subscribers. Subscribers in North America and other parts of the world will get their issues shortly after the new year, once the issues arrive from England.
Thanks to everyone who has subscribed or renewed their subscriptions. If you have not done so, please do so today. Every issue is a limited edition collector's item, so don't delay and end up missing any issues of the new season.
Issue #19 is truly one of our best to date. Consider these highlights:
We celebrate the Blu-ray release of The Exorcist with Matthew R. Bradley and Gilbert Colon's in-depth interview with author William Peter Blatty, who discusses some fascinating aspects about the making of the classic movie. There's also an abundance of facts and rare photos including a cover photo that is bound to give you the creeps. »
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This is Oliver Richman. At the tender age of only 9 years old, his parents and grandparents (who feature prominently in the following videos) plucked tiny Oliver from obscurity, put a microphone in his hands, hired Martin Scorcese’s cinematographer, and attempted to turn him into a Youtube singing sensation. The next Bieber. The next Greyson. Oliver. Just one slight problem. Oliver’s videos are comically terrible. Truly and really just bad. Here is his cover of “Defying Gravity,” with an extremely necessary cameo by his admittedly fantastic Grandmother at the very beginning. His singing is fine — not amazing, just fine (says the girl who used to kill covering Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger” at 5). But Oliver is 4 and a half solid feet of walking stage parent lunch meat. Just a young boy thrust into the internet spotlight by parents who don’t understand that this will be around to haunt the poor boy Forever. »
- Michelle Collins
(London, UK, November 23rd 2010) MI6 Declassified, the full-colour magazine celebrating the world of James Bond 007, returns with its eighth issue.Whenever polls are conducted to find the best ever James Bond film, Goldfinger always rises to the top of the public's selection. In this issue, MI6 Declassified lifts the lid on the recipe that defined a genre and demystifies some of the alchemy that turned Sean Connery’s third outing as 007 in to 24ct cinematic gold. Also, Roger Moore recounts his time in Kung Fu training for The Man With The Golden, and Sylvan Mason reveals the role her acclaimed screenwriter father Jack Whittingham had in crafting 007’s on-screen persona. MI6 Declassified #8 is not to be missed!
Featured in the eighth issue:
The Midas Touch - behind the scenes of the best loved James Bond movie What Happened to 007's DB5? On the trail of the world’s most famous »
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In the latest Music in the movies column, we celebrate the Bond themes of John Barry…
A phenomenally successful composer with dozens of credits to his name; John Barry is best known for his contributions to the James Bond franchise. Throughout his work for the franchise, Barry helped create iconic scores that would set the foundation for those who would follow him, and whilst he didn't receive any recognition from the Academy for his work, the scores he created are held in high regard.
Below is a look back at the full scores Barry composed for the Bond franchise:
Barry's first full score for the Bond franchise really set the formula for what followed, and what is now deemed as being iconic and fairly typical as far as action scores go, was, at the time, seen as being quite dynamic.
All in all, it's a near »
Darren Aronofsky has officially signed on to direct the sequel to the crap-tacular X-Men Origins: Wolverine. At first I thought it was a joke. Did he see the first one? Wouldn’t he rather be doing another gritty art-house film instead of getting involved with this riffraff? But then excitement kicked in. Wait a minute—Wolverine is still an intriguing character… what if there’s a chance Aronofsky will bring that art-house sensibility and do the character justice this time? I think with this pedigree there’s no doubt that Wolverine 2 will be vastly better than the first attempt. This got me thinking: how often has a sequel not only been as good (or slightly better) as its original, but destroyed it? Destroyed in such a way that there’s almost no reason to watch the original again because its quality is so underwhelming in comparison. Turns out, I could »
- TFS Staff
October 29, 2010: In 1964, when Sean Connery drove the silver Aston Martin DB5 sports car in the James Bond film Goldfinger, he would have never imagined that the car will be sold for 2.6 million pounds in 2010. More than five decades have passed and now the James Bond car’s demand has increased manifold and has fetched this huge amount at an auction on Wednesday.
The classic car auction was held in London and the car of the world famous spy was the star attraction of the day. The car Aston Martin was specially outfitted for James Bond. Rocker Rod Stewart’s Lamborghini was also sold at this auction for 600,000 pounds. Earlier, auctioneer Peter Haynes estimated that the supercar will fetch around 3.5 million pounds.
Kelly is not only celebrating her 26th birthday, but also her recent weight loss. And nothing says newfound confidence like a sexy topless photoshoot!
The slimmer-than-ever reality star stripped and for the launch of Sky+HD reaching over 50 channels in high definition, hence the 50 shimmering on her arm. The gold body paint is inspired by Shirley Eaton’s iconic character from the 1964 Bond movie, Goldfinger, which was far from HD!
Kelly said, “I love watching TV in HD, you really can see everything in a lot more detail and it makes everything look so much better. Although if you’re on the other side of the camera then the pressure is on you to make sure you look good!”
Not that Kelly has anything to worry about — she looks great! She’s lost a healthy amount of weight without going overboard. The star has made changes in her lifestyle that »
She just turned 26 yesterday, but Kelly Osbourne is officially a golden girl. Ozzy 's daughter went topless and was dipped in gold paint for a new photo shoot to promote Sky+HD -- where she recreates Shirley Eaton 's infamous look from James Bond flick " Goldfinger ." The ads, shot by Andi Southam , were inspired by " Jill Masterson 's" toxic demise in the 1964 classic -- and we think they make Kelly look like a million bucks! Read more »
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Dave Worrall, author of The Most Famous Car in the World, is reunited with Jerry Lee after first meeting in the Us some fifteen years ago when the DB5 was on display in his home. (Photo copyright Cinema Retro)
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By Dave Worrall
A James Bond Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball sold for £2.7m in London last night, making it the most expensive film prop and movie-related car in history. The American bidder, who was in the room, was beseiged by the press afterward. Sold by Rm Auctions on behalf of Jerry Lee, it was hoped the sale would have topped £3.5m, especially as the proceeds were going to a charity foundation. However, Mr Lee paid just $12,000 for the car back in 1969, so his return of $4.1m wasn't such a bad investment after all. »
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In a reprise of Shirley Eaton’s role in the 1964 movie “Goldfinger,” the third spy film in the James Bond series starring Sean Connery, Kelly Osbourne slathers her body in gold paint and bares nearly all in a new ad campaign. The former pop star, who turned 26 yesterday, celebrated her shapely new figure by posing nearly naked in gold paint. The photo shoot signaled Osbourne’s growing confidence in her new slim shape. »
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James Bond's famous Aston Martin sportscar has sold for $4.1 million (£2.7 million) at a London auction.
The car was auctioned by Rm Auctions Automobiles of London and is the only surviving Aston Martin used in the early 007 adventures.
A second Bond-modified Aston Martin was reported stolen in 1997 and has never been recovered. »
London, Oct 28 – The iconic Aston Martin, driven by Sean Connery in two James Bond films, has been sold for 2.6 million pounds at an auction in London.
An American car enthusiast paid the amount to buy the most famous car and then vowed to take it for a spin around the streets of London.
The silver 1964 Aston Martin DB5, previously owned by American broadcasting boss Jerry Lee who paid 12,000 dollars in 1969, was initially expected to fetch more than 3 million pounds.
The unique car, which boasts an ejector seat, revolving license plates and bullet-proof shield, featured in the ‘Goldfinger’. »
As British secret agent James Bond, actor Sean Connery drove the famous silver DB5 Aston Martin in the films “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball.” According to London’s “Guardian,” Sotheby’s and Rm Auctions sold the car used in the films yesterday for a little over $4 million. Its U.S. owner, broadcaster Jerry Lee originally bought the 1964 car for $12,000 in 1969. “The James Bond car has brought me much enjoyment for some 40 years,” Lee said. »
A James Bond Aston Martin dubbed "the most famous car in the world" was sold at auction for £2.6 million yesterday.
The silver DB5, which was driven by Sir Sean Connery as the super spy in Goldfinger and Thunderball, had been expected to go for more than £3 million. A spokesman for the auctioneer said: "It's still a lot of money and I don't think anyone's disappointed."
American broadcasting boss Jerry Lee bought the 1964 car for $12,000 in 1969, and since then it has spent much of its time in the United States. He has said he plans to donate proceeds from the sale to his charitable foundation.
He said previously: "The James Bond car has brought me much enjoyment for some 40 years.
"Even as I sell it and use the proceeds to fund the Jerry Lee Foundation, »
London, Oct 27 – The iconic Aston Martin used in two James Bond movies is set to go under the hammer in London and is expected to fetch over 3 million pounds.
Its gadgets included a bulletproof shield and revolving number plates.
Lee, who paid just over 8,000 pounds when he bought it in 1969, is hoping to raise around 3.5million pounds and plans to put the money into his charitable foundation.
It was exactly twenty-five years ago today that Marty McFly travelled back to 1955 and launched a series of films that still hold up today. With today’s remastered release on Blu-Ray and DVD, it seems fitting to pay our respects to film’s dying tradition of the trilogy.
There’s been a flurry of sequel activity of late, with talk of George Lucas‘ plans for a new Star Wars trilogy, a Jason Bourne prequel and Pirates Of The Caribbean adding yet more cinematic bounty to its haul. But what of of cinema’s finest achievements: the trilogy? Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings trilogy seems almost quaint to an audience raised in the age of the film franchise, a trend which has seen the fall of many a great movie icon. Tellingly, it took filmmakers outside of Hollywood, such as Krzysztof Kieslowski, to keep the art of the trilogy alive. »
- Steve Clark
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The car in the reception area of the Rac Club, London. The same location it was first display back in 1969. (Photo copyright Cinema Retro)
Last night (21/10/10) saw “The Most Famous Car in The World” return to The Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London, for the first time since it was first displayed there in 1969. The car, the only remaining Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in the films Goldfinger and Thunderball and now internationally known as “The Most Famous Car in The World” after the title of Dave Worrall’s book, is being sold next Wednesday (27/10/10) by Rm Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s. Owned by Jerry Lee of Philadelphia for some forty plus years, »
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