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For Your Eyebrows Only: the 007 regulars

21 December 2010 9:22 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

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, »

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Oozing Love for The Green Slime

20 December 2010 5:00 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

By Fred Burdsall

Back before the dinosaurs died off (sometime around 1968), a little film called Mad Monster Party made its way to my local theater, and like any kid…I had to see it. So, armed with some cash courtesy of my parents, I marched in and was handed a clip-on button that simply read “The Green Slime Are Coming.” I had no idea what that entailed, but if it’s slimy and green…I’m there. It took an agonizing four weeks but one day the marquee read “Saturday at noon..The Green Slime.” This was it, no turning back: Give me the worst chores you got, mom, cause I’m going to see The Green Slime, and I need money.

That being said, let me tell you all about it.

An asteroid is on a collision course with Earth–cue psychedelic late ’60s rock from Richard Delvy and we are on our way. »

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Irvin Kershner, Star Wars And James Bond Director, Dead At Age 87

29 November 2010 9:04 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Irvin Kershner, who directed The Empire Strikes Back, has died at age 87. Many Star Wars fans consider this to be the high point of the series and bemoan the fact that Kershner never directed another film in the franchise. Kershner, who also dabbled in acting, made relatively few films for a man with a resume extending back to the 1950s. Among his movies: Up the Sandbox, The Eyes of Laura Mars, Robocop 2, Return of a Man Called Horse, A Fine Madness, The Luck of Ginger Coffee and The Flim-Flam Man. In 1983 he also directed the troubled James Bond remake of Thunderball titled Never Say Never Again which brought Sean Connery back to the role of 007 for one last time after a 12 year absence. For more and to view trailers for Nsna and Empire, as well as a link to a recent Vanity Fair interview with Kershner, click here »

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Irvin Kershner, Director of ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’ Has Died at 87

29 November 2010 7:13 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Irvin Kershner, who directed the first (and best) sequel to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, has died in Los Angeles. The Afp [1] reports that he had been suffering from a long illness, citing his goddaughter, but does not otherwise report a specific cause of death. The director was born in Philadelphia in 1923, and had early training in music and photography before starting his directorial career as a documentary filmmaker in the '50s, when he made films abroad for the United States Information Agency. He developed and directed a good deal of television (directing the pilot for Peyton Place, for example) and made several successful films in the '60s and early '70s. Mr. Kershner's best-known stretch of films are now the unlikely trio he made between 1978 and 1983: The Eyes of Laura Mars, The Empire Strikes Back and the 'unauthorized' James Bond film Never Say Never Again, »

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Music in the movies: John Barry

29 November 2010 3:33 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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:

From Russia With Love

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 »

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Cinema Retro Reports On The James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Auction

28 October 2010 7:45 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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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Bond's Aston Martin Sells At Auction

28 October 2010 1:01 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

James Bond's famous Aston Martin sportscar has sold for $4.1 million (£2.7 million) at a London auction.

The silver motor was first driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and boasts an ejector seat, machine guns and other spy gadgets. It also featured in Thunderball.

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. »

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James Bond’s Classic Aston Martin Sells For $4 M

28 October 2010 12:20 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

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. »

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James Bond Aston Martin sold at auction for £2.6m

27 October 2010 5:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Us broadcasting boss sells silver DB5 driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball to raise proceeds for charity

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, »

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James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin up for grabs

27 October 2010 4:56 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

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.

The 1964 DB5, driven by Sean Connery in ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Thunderball’, is being sold by American DJ Jerry Lee, its first and only owner, Sky News reports.

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.

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"The Most Famous Car In The World" Returns To The Rac Club In London

22 October 2010 10:25 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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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)

Author and Cinema Retro publisher Dave Worrall (right) and Don Rose of Rm Auctions pose with “The Most Famous Car in The World". (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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10 fairly groovy, mostly forgotten songs from the movies

23 September 2010 5:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

For every classic theme song, a dozen are seemingly forgotten. Here’s our list of ten movie tunes that deserve to be rediscovered…

It seems like every studio-released movie today comes pre-packaged with a shiny soundtrack (Iron Man 2's AC/DC fest is a riff on 1986's Maximum Overdrive).

Sometimes a big hit emerges from the mix, but most often, songs used to promote the film in another venue, say iTunes, quickly disappear into the ether.

Gone, but not entirely forgotten, most, if not all, of the following songs from movies have found their way to the afterlife of YouTube.

Here are ten top tunes to seek out...

Sweet Talkin' Candy Man (Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls)

Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls features the usual perks of a Russ Meyer flick (including a star turn by Dolly Read), great rapid-fire editing, and boasts a script full of quotable lines by Roger Ebert. »

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Five Part Fours That Are Worth Two Hours of Your Time

17 September 2010 8:22 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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Last weekend, 'Resident Evil' joined the relatively small club of movie franchises that survive to the fourth chapter. A three-part series is nothing. Plenty of movies produce exactly two sequels and no more. It's so common that we have a word for it. That word is "trilogy." But Four parts! That is rarefied territory, so uncommon that the word we tend to use for it, "quadrilogy," isn't a real word. And to make a Part 4 that's actually entertaining is even rarer. In honor of 'Resident Evil: Afterlife,' here are five other fourth chapters that are worth watching.

'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.' The midpoint of the book series is the high point of the movie series -- if any of the novels should have been split into two films, it was this one. Once again fighting evil at his »

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Five Part Fours That Are Worth Two Hours of Your Time

17 September 2010 8:22 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

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Last weekend, 'Resident Evil' joined the relatively small club of movie franchises that survive to the fourth chapter. A three-part series is nothing. Plenty of movies produce exactly two sequels and no more. It's so common that we have a word for it. That word is "trilogy." But Four parts! That is rarefied territory, so uncommon that the word we tend to use for it, "quadrilogy," isn't a real word. And to make a Part 4 that's actually entertaining is even rarer. In honor of 'Resident Evil: Afterlife,' here are five other fourth chapters that are worth watching.

'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.' The midpoint of the book series is the high point of the movie series -- if any of the novels should have been split into two films, it was this one. Once again fighting evil at his »

- Eric D. Snider

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Original James Bond Aston Martin On Display In New York

15 September 2010 8:19 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

 

Cinema Retro readers know that our own Dave Worrall, author of The Most Famous Car in the World, has been serving as a consultant for Rm Auctions, the company that is overseeing the forthcoming auction of the original James Bond Aston Martin DB5 at Sotheby's. The car, the only remaining original Aston Martin to have been driven on-screen by Sean Connery, is currently on display in the lobby of Sotheby's New York City HQ through September 17. Click here for details (For Dave Worrall's news report on the Aston Martin's appearance at a Thunderball black tie dinner at Stoke Park in England, see the new issue of Cinema Retro magazine #18) »

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The Other Guys who make the stars look good

10 September 2010 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Christian Koch salutes Hollywood's sidekicks, the actors who skulk in the shadows

Will Ferrell's new film, The Other Guys, features the frizzy-haired funnyman appearing alongside Mark Wahlberg, playing the titular "other" dudes, a pair of disgraced NYPD detectives relegated to filling out paperwork for smart-aleck superiors Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L Jackson. The two pen-pushing cops then stumble upon NYC's biggest crime, before attempting to solve it. It's not unusual for underdogs to fare well in Hollywood, but what of the celluloid world's real "other guys", the subordinate sidekicks who skulk in the shadows? Here, The Guide gives them an adulatory shout-out …

Garth, Wayne's World, 1992

Wayne was the winsome slacker metalhead who got to stage his own festival (Waynestock) and play tonsil tennis with Tia Carrere. Garth Algar, on the other hand, was the highly strung, dorkish best mate who'd say things like, "Did you ever find Bugs Bunny »

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DVD Playhouse: July 2010

26 July 2010 5:59 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—July 2010

By

Allen Gardner

Two From Powell/Pressburger Criterion releases gorgeous new transfers of two of the greatest films to come out of post-war Britain, from that period’s greatest filmmaking team: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Black Narcissus was originally released in 1947 and caused a sensation with its explosive story about a nun (Deborah Kerr), cloistered in a remote convent in the Himalayas, who must battle elements both external (the punishing weather) and internal (temptations of the flesh over duty to the spirit). Also features stellar turns by England’s greatest actresses at the time: Flora Robson, Kathleen Byron and a young Jean Simmons. One of the most dazzling films ever made, bolstered by Oscar-winning cinematography from Jack Cardiff. Bonuses: New transfer, supervised by Cardiff, editor Thelma Schoonmaker Powell; Introduction by filmmaker Bernard Tavernier; Commentary by Powell and Martin Scorsese; Featurettes; Documentaries and interviews; Trailer. The Red Shoes, »

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Cinema Retro Attends Major James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Event At Stoke Park

4 July 2010 5:18 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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Cinema Retro publisher Dave Worrall (L) with Ajay Chowdhury, publisher of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang magazine.(Photo copyright Dave Worrall. All rights reserved.)

Cinema Retro’s Dave Worrall was reunited with James Bond’s fabled Aston Martin last weekend, some eighteen years since first seeing it in the home of its owner Jerry Lee, on the outskirts of Philadelphia, USA. Dave wrote and published the highly successful book ‘The Most Famous Car in the World’ back in 1991, which tells the definitive history of Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 as seen in the films Goldfinger and Thunderball. In total, there were four cars used back in the mid to late 60s: two for filming, and two for promotional purposes. At the time, Dave tracked them all down, and one of the cars driven by Sean Connery in both films is coming up for auction in October. »

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James Bond's 'Goldfinger' Aston Martin Now For Sale

2 June 2010 5:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Got an extra $4 million British pounds burning a hole in your pocket? We've got the perfect way to spend it.

The iconic Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball is going up for auction and conservative estimates indicate the tricked out ride will pull in roughly $4 million pounds for its owner. Two of the Aston Martins were purchased and prepared for use in Goldfinger, but one has since disappeared -- making this a one-of-a-kind collectible for the discerning 007 fan.

Since its cinematic appearances, the car has been in the possession of Jerry Lee, an American who purchased it from Aston Martin in 1969 for $12,000 -- sounds like a good investment in retrospect. The only condition of the deal was that Aston Martin could use the vehicle for promotional purposes whenever they wanted to. Lee drove the car, which has 30,000 miles on the odometer, back in the '70s, »

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James Bond’s ‘Goldfinger’ Aston Martin to fetch £4m pounds at auction

2 June 2010 1:58 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, June 2 – The Aston Martin car that James Bond drove in the film Goldfinger is expected to fetch 4 million pounds at an auction.

Hitting the open market for the first time, the DB5 sports car Sean Connery drove, comes complete with the full complement of ‘Q Branch’ gadgets including machine guns, bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, smoke screen and oil slick.

All of the gadgets are still in full working order, although the machine guns do not fire for safety reasons.

The car, which also featured in 1965’s Thunderball, was bought from Aston Martin in 1969 by American radio DJ. »

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