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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
Quantum of Solace, the latest installment in the James Bond saga, the second starring Daniel Craig, has to carry a lot of water. It has to tie up many loose ends left over from 2006's Casino Royale, a tangled web of betrayals, psychic scars, explosions, and what appeared to be the better part of Venice foundering like the Titanic. It had to keep the new, edgier Bond going strong and speaking to a world where adult super-hero movies (including actual dark adult comic book heroes) are competing with MI6's finest (something Sir Sean Connery never had to face). Most importantly, it had to clear the decks so that a fresh, new Bond film can take place after this one. Maybe they'll resurrect Thunderball?
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- Ken Krimstein
Producer Kevin McClory's shooting script for the aborted Bond film WarheadCinema Retro has received the following press release, which will be of interest to James Bond fans and collectors:
On Tuesday, December the 4th at Christies, South Kensington, there will be two lots of very rare and unique items relating to the cinematic history of James Bond, once the property of enigmatic film producer Kevin McClory, offered for sale for the first time.
They consist of firstly, Lot #85: Kevin McClory's personal copy of the 'Thunderball' shooting script and his spiral notebook containing 20 pages of mounted storyboard for the Vulcan Bomber ditching sequence & related notes. Secondly, Lot #86: Kevin McClory's personal copy of the 'Never Say Never Again' shooting script & corresponding underwater storyboard which accompanies his personal copy of the almost mythical script for the 'James Bond film that never was'; 'Warhead', written »
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The latest James Bond film "Quantum of Solace" grossed an impressive $70.4 million estimate on its debut weekend for Sony/MGM. Daniel Craig returned as James Bond in 3,451 venues and averaged a massive $20,400 per theatre. "Quantum of Solace" becomes the biggest Bond opener ever, 63% better in fact than "Casino Royale," which marked Craig's first appearance as 007. The film is currently placed as the fifth biggest-ever November opener almost on par with Disney/Pixar's "The Incredibles" at $70.467 million, although this will most likely change with the latter falling below. A remarkable feat indeed as all top November openers are either "Harry Potter" films (the first three rankings) or animated. Family genres rule the month. Second placed "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" from DreamWorks/Paramount showed a 43% change in its sophomore weekend at play with $36.1 million. The sequel animation passed $118 million. In third, surprise hit comedy "Role Models" which has enjoyed good word of mouth push, »
(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
As I mentioned in my Octopussy review, 1983 was a big year for Bond, as there was not one, but two Bond films coming out that year. This is due to the fact that, years before the official James Bond franchise began, Ian Fleming worked on a film treatment for the character with Kevin McClory. The script was not picked up, and Fleming turned the story into his novel, Thunderball. When the film version was produced, McClory was given a co-producer credit on the finished film. Afterwards, an »
- Chris Bumbray
After Thunderball came out, the whole world went James Bond crazy. Suddenly, everyone was making spy thriller. There was the Matt Helm film series with Dean Martin, the Derek Flint movies with James Coburn, Michael Caine as Harry Palmer in a trio of films made by Bond producer Harry Saltzman, The Quiller Memorandum, That Man In Rio, Kiss The Girls & Make Them Die, Deadlier Than Male, etc... On TV, there was I, Spy, The Man From U.N.C.L.E, Get Smart, It Takes A Thief, and many others. In »
- Chris Bumbray
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
The Box Of Paperbacks Book Club: Thunderball by Ian Fleming (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 48.) Post foreword number one: Sorry it’s been so long between posts. I’ll try not to let that happen again. I’ve been trying to keep to a three-weeks-on/one-week-off schedule but that fell by the wayside. There are projects in the works that have been eating into the time I usually use for Box Of Paperbacks. One will be unveiled very soon. One not so soon. Post foreword number two: Obligatory passage for all James Bond posts suggesting that Ian Fleming might not have had the most progressive views on race, ethnicity, other cultures… basically anything outside the life of a »
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." »
10 items from 2008
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