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The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood is offering three days of James Bond double features commencing on January 1. Titles to be shown are Dr. No, You Only Live Twice, Goldfinger, Thunderball, Moonraker and For Your Eyes Only. James Bond expert, author and Cinema Retro contributor Steven J. Rubin will introduce the Connery screenings. During the course of January, there will also be a Sergio Leone Western film festival and a great double bill of The Adventures of Robin Hood and Robin and Marian. Click here for web site »
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Only in the 1970’s could Hollywood have turned its attention to the subject of racism in the deep south and come up with something so jaw-dropping in it’s political incorrectness as The Klansman. On the surface the 1974 film is a serious depiction of the bigotry and the racial confrontations that tear apart an Alabama town in the 1960’s, but watching it today The Klansman comes off at times serious, laughable, mean-spirited, sleazy, and racist. I’m sure the movie wasn’t meant to be racist, but it is filled with characters mouthing so many racist beliefs and committing so many racist crimes that the movie seems to gloat gleefully in its outrageous depiction of bigotry and delivers one ham-fisted, hypocritical message. The Klansman really has to be seen to be believed but you can’t, because it’s Not available on DVD!
A New Book is reopening the files on some of James Bond's most famous adventures later this month.
Get ready for gadgets, girls, globetrotting escapades and nefarious villains bidding for world domination.
The James Bond Omnibus includes stories which appeared in daily newspaper comic strips in the late 50s and early 60s, before the film adaptations were made.
Released by Titan Books on September 25, priced £14.99, the omnibus collects for the first time eleven of Bond's most thrilling missions, adapted from Ian Fleming's novels.
The first bumper volume of its kind from Titan Books, Volume 001 presents Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia With Love, Dr No, Goldfinger, Risico, From a View to a Kill, For Your Eyes Only and Thunderball.
With an introduction by former Bond actor Sir Roger Moore, this paperback features 304 pages of action and the occasional vodka martini, shaken not stirred. »
- David Bentley
Daniel Craig has been voted Hollywood's Hottest Torso. The 41-year-old actor topped a lovefilm.com poll for the scene in James Bond film 'Casino Royale' where he emerges from the ocean wearing a pair of tiny blue swimming shorts. He won 34 per cent of the vote, while Gerard Butler came second with 21 per cent for his shirtless scenes as Spartan king Leonidas in '300'. Brad Pitt's sculpted chest and abdomen in 'Troy' secured third place with 13 per cent of the vote. Sacha Baron Cohen came an unlikely fourth for his "mankini" scene in 'Borat', followed by Sean Connery in 1965 Bond adventure 'Thunderball' and Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Beach'. Music icon Elvis Presley, British comedian Russell Brand, »
Daniel Craig has been voted Hollywood's Hottest Torso. The 41-year-old actor topped a lovefilm.com poll for the scene in James Bond film 'Casino Royale' where he emerges from the ocean wearing a pair of tiny blue swimming shorts. He won 34 per cent of the vote, while Gerard Butler came second with 21 per cent for his shirtless scenes as Spartan king Leonidas in '300'. Brad Pitt's sculpted chest and abdomen in 'Troy' secured third place with 13 per cent of the vote. Sacha Baron Cohen came an unlikely fourth for his "mankini" scene in 'Borat', followed by Sean Connery in 1965 Bond adventure 'Thunderball' and Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Beach'. Music icon Elvis Presley, British comedian Russell Brand, Us »
Bond star Daniel Craig has pecs appeal - he has topped a new poll to find Hollywood's hottest torsos. The scene in which the British hunk emerged from the sea wearing only tight trunks in Casino Royale proved the biggest hit with women in a Lovefilm.com poll. Scottish tough-guy Gerard Butler was second for his ripped appearance in Spartan epic 300.In third place was Brad Pitt, who showed off his toned torso in Troy, while hairy comic Sacha Baron Cohen's green 'mankini' scene in Borat was voted into fourth.The hapless Kazakhstan reporter even beat out competition from veteran stud Sean Connery, who came fifth for his topless appearance as 007 in 1965's Thunderball.Leonardo DiCaprio, Hank Azaria,Elvis Presley and Russell Brand round out the top ten. »
Daniel Craig has reportedly topped a list made up of actors with the best torsos. The 007 star was recognised for his bathing suit scene in Casino Royale. The 41-year-old bested such competitors as Gerard Butler in 300, Brad Pitt in Troy and original Bond Sean Connery in Thunderball on the poll conducted by Lovefilm.com, according to The Guardian. Russell Brand, Sacha Baron Cohen and Hank Azaria (more) »
- By Tim Parks
Bond star Daniel Craig has pecs appeal - he has topped a new poll to find Hollywood's hottest torsos.
The scene in which the British hunk emerged from the sea wearing only tight trunks in Casino Royale proved the biggest hit with women in a Lovefilm.com poll.
Scottish tough-guy Gerard Butler was second for his ripped appearance in Spartan epic 300.
Colin Jacobson reviews the James Bond classic in HD.
For my money, Bond never got any better than Goldfinger. The series got bigger and flashier, but no film ever portrayed the fun, action, and danger, and the high-tech nuttiness of the world of James Bond any more perfectly than this 1964 classic. This was the film that convinced me that Sean Connery was unquestionably the best Bond ever. It may sound like heresy, but for much of my life, I thought Roger Moore defined the character. It's a matter of timing. By the time I became interested in the series in 1979 with Moonraker, Connery had been without his license to kill for eight years and Moore was firmly ensconced in the role. Considering that these were the days before common and affordable VCRs, that meant that for all intents, Moore was Bond to my generation. We had very little experience with anyone else. »
Colin reviews the second James Bond film in the series.
For reasons that seem absolutely mystifying to me now, I used to dislike 1963's From Russia With Love, the second James Bond film. I always liked its predecessor, 1962's Dr. No, and I absolutely adored the follow-up, 1964's Goldfinger.
For reasons unknown, I just couldn't get into Russia. I vaguely recall an impression that it was dull and slow moving, but now that I've seen it again, I think I must have watched it on Opposite Day, for the truth of the matter is quite different from my old perception.
In fact, I now feel that Russia is clearly one of the best Bond films. It surpasses Dr. No and definitely rivals Goldfinger and 1965's Thunderball. Man, what was I thinking when I disliked this movie? I guess I'm not infallible after all!
In any case, I find Russia to »
Turner Classic Movies (North America) is presenting a full day of Yul Brynner films tomorrow. Among them is the rarely-seen 1967 WWII spy thriller Triple Cross that pairs Brynner with a stellar cast including Christopher Plummer and Trevor Howard. The film is directed by Terence Young, who helmed the early James Bond classics and, intriguingly, the movie features three prominent Bond cast members: Thunderball leading lady Claudine Auger, Dr. No baddie Anthony Dawson and Goldfinger himself, Gert Frobe. The film has never been released on video in the USA. It airs at 3:30 Pm (Est) Incidentally, keep your video recorders in high gear because other Brynner gems showing throughout the day include Taras Bulba, Adios Sabata, The Magnificent Seven, The King and I, Kings of the Sun and Westworld. »
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We recently reported that Peter Morgan, who penned The Queen and Frost/Nixon, will be co-scripting the new James Bond movie with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and that Afghanistan might factor into the plot-line somehow.
Blofeld back for Bond 23...? That's what the UK paper is reporting.
"Michael is hot property right now and it is felt that he's the right man to bring Blofeld back to life," an unnamed source revealed. "Michael was a Bond fan in his youth, so this would be a dream role for him."
Blofeld is the head of Spectre and has appeared in six previous James Bond installments: From Russia with Love (1963), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service »
Connery and Lollobrigida on the set of Woman of Straw, which airs at midnight tonight on TCM. By Lee Pfeiffer
Turner Classic Movies (North America) is capitalizing on their acquisition of the broadcast rights to the James Bond films by screening Sean Connery triple features every Friday night in May. Tonight's blockbuster triple bill is Goldfinger, Thunderball and a very rare showing of the 1964 thriller Woman of Straw which has not been seen on American TV in decades. As usual, TCM will present uncut, pristine prints with excellent introductions by Robert Osborne. Woman of Straw is a well done thriller in the Hitchcock style, ably directed by Basil Dearden. The plot centers on a repulsive elderly millionaire (Ralph Richardson) and his scheming nephew (Connery). The two men despise each other but are locked together due to family and business interests. Connery's character, Anthony Richmond, concocts a scheme to convince his uncle's voluptuous, »
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DVD Playhouse—April 2009
Milk (Universal) Sean Penn deservedly captured his second Best Actor Oscar (and Dustin Lance Black a statuette for his original screenplay) in director Gus Van Sant’s portrait of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to hold public office in the U.S. Alternately heartbreaking, infuriating and very funny, a film that both captures a bygone era and is still very timely. Fine support from Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, James Franco and Emile Hirsch. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Three featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround.
Slumdog Millionaire (20th Century Fox) The Best Picture of 2008 is a kinetic, clever audience-pleaser about a determined lad (Dev Patel) from the slums of Mumbai, who has his chance at literal and financial redemption as a contestant on India’s version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Best Director Danny Boyle dazzles »
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Finally I am getting around to typing this up as the Blu-rays covered in this second report on Fox's James Bond titles on Blu-ray were released in stores two weeks ago. Unfortunately a variety of pressing engagements and other work got in the way, but is it ever too late to talk James Bond? This time around there is a smorgasbord of titles to choose from including the most recent Bond, an infrequently seen Bond and three more original Bond classics to consider. Across the five titles we will see Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig all inhabiting the iconic British spy, which one is your favorite is up to you. Personally I have found Craig's Bond to be a highly entertaining twist. I thought Brosnan may have been best suited to play Bond, but his films didn't exactly give me much to work with. Connery is »
- Brad Brevet
Yours truly is a big fan of that point on the compass where movies and cars intersect, and I'm guessing there's lots of other film aficionados out there like myself. Hollywood's love affair with the automobile stretches from Fast & Furious all the way back to Bullitt, and even well before that. But there's one film franchise that has given us more drool-worthy cars than any other, and it's the one with the numerals 007 attached to it.
From the iconic Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger and Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me, to the '71 Ford Mustang Mach 1 from Diamonds are Forever and the current Aston Martin Dbs from Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, the Bond films have showcased a laundry list of cool metal.
Yesterday, Englishman Peter Nelson, a 48-year-old Bond prop collector and auto museum curator, opened The Bond Museum in England, housed in a former supermarket in Keswick, »
The British Film Institute's SouthbankTheatre in London will honor the 100th birthday of legendary film producer Albert R. Broccoli by presenting screenings of his films throughout the month of April. The festival kicks off on April 8 with The Cockleshell Heroes directed by and starring Jose Ferrer. There will be screenings of other early Broccoli films that are rarely seen on the big screen including The Trials of Oscar Wilde Fire Down Below, Hell Below Zero and The Red Beret (U.S. title: Paratrooper). There will also be screenings of the James Bond classics Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The festival is being staged in cooperation with the Broccoli family and Eon Productions. (To read The Times of London's tribute to Broccoli, including comments from Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, click here) For the film schedule click »
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Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0 Chicago – James Bond continues working his way into your Blu-Ray collection with the release of Volume Three of MGM’s “James Bond Blu-Ray,” which includes HD versions of “The World is Not Enough,” “Goldfinger,” and “Moonraker”. Meanwhile, the unofficial Bond adventure, Fox’s “Never Say Never Again” hits Blu-Ray at the same time. All will make worthwhile additions to 007 fans with Blu-Ray players.
In case you missed it, Volume One of “James Bond Blu-Ray” included “Die Another Day,” “Live And Let Die,” and “Dr. No”. Volume Two includes “For Your Eyes Only,” “From Russia With Love,” and “Thunderball”. Both collections were released last October. With the new volume, that’s nine official Bond movies on Blu-Ray. In other words, there will be more volumes in the future.
James Bond Blu-Ray: Volume Three was released on Blu-Ray on March 24th, 2009.
Photo credit: MGM
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After being out of the role for over a decade, Sean Connery decided to step into the shoes of James Bond one last time. It seemed like a strange project to remake Thunderball, but some legal wrangling allowed it to happen. The even greater coup was snagging everyone.s favorite Bond to go into action one last time. James Bond (Sean Connery) is getting a bit long in the tooth. MI6 has a new M (Edward Fox) and he has little respect for Bond.s antics. He sends Bond to a health clinic to eliminate all his .free radicals.. Bond happens upon a masochistic nurse and a patient with an odd eye. We learn that the naughty nurse is assassin »
- Jeff Swindoll
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Stephen Sommers, the director of Channing Tatum's big budget film 'G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra', gives us some incite on what inspired the film. Here's a snippet from the EW article...Sommers adds that G.I. Joe, which also stars Dennis Quaid and features a cameo from his Mummy star Brendan Fraser, was partly inspired by the Sean Connery-era James Bond movies. "I always loved the old Bonds," he says. "It's funny now how Bond wants to be Bourne. I loved Quantum of Solace, but it was like, man, this is a completely different movie to the Bonds I grew up with. In a very contemporary way, G.I. Joe is inspired by the memory of the kind of movies I saw when I was younger. I remember being in the theater for Thunderball and the big underwater battle at »
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20 items from 2009
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