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The reason I loved Skyfall so much was because of the way that it perfectly blended classic James Bond elements into the modern world. In the hands of a lesser craftsman the movie would have seemed like a cheap throwback, but the way that director Sam Mendes implemented parts like Ben Whishaw's Q, the casinos, the Walther Ppk, the women, the villain... it all harkened back to a classic age of 007 while maintaining modernity and stressing the importance of progression. It's style fits in so well with the rest of the series, in fact, that you could take one of the best titles in the franchise and edit it to be just like the latest one. YouTube user UnusualSuspect2011 has taken Lewis Gilbert's fantastic You Only Live Twice and edited it to match beat-for-beat with the Skyfall theatrical trailer. My favorite part about it, though, is that it »
Enter now for your chance to win a CD copy of Best Of Bond… James Bond and a copy of the Xbox 360 videogame 007 Legends. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, this prize pack can be yours for the holidays. The Music Best Of Bond… James Bond features the memorable theme songs from all 22 official Bond films and is available on CD and digitally, and as a deluxe, “50 Years - 50 Tracks” 2Cd and digital collection. Best Of Bond… James Bond [CD, digital] 1. James Bond Theme – The John Barry Orchestra [from Dr. No, 1962] 2. From Russia With Love – Matt Monro [from From Russia With Love, 1963] 3. Goldfinger – Shirley Bassey [from Goldfinger, 1964] 4. Thunderball - Tom Jones [from Thunderball, 1965] 5. You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra [from You Only Live Twice, »
- Keven Skinner
It is shocking that no James Bond theme tune has won an Oscar for Best Original Song. But Grammy darling Adele could change all that. Her title track for "Skyfall" is currently in second place according to our exclusive odds behind the new song "Suddenly" penned for the film version of the Broadway musical "Les Miserables." (Take a listen to Adele's song below.) None of the tunes that kicked off the Sean Connery films even received nominations. Those snubbed include chart toppers like Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger” and “Diamonds are Forever,” Tom Jones’ “Thunderball” and Nancy Sinatra’s version of “You Only Live Twice.” “Diamonds are Forever” was rumored to have shocked academy members with its raciness, which is confusing since the eventual winner was the “black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks" -- i.e., & »
In the box-office lull before the arrival The Hobbit next weekend, Skyfall returned to the number-one spot at the box office, becoming the first film since Avatar to lead the chart in its fifth week. It also became the highest grossing Sony release of all time. Not too shabby, Mr. Bond.
Skyfall topped the domestic rankings with an estimated $11.0 million (down a slim 34 percent from last weekend), which brings its North American total to a stunning $261.1 million. It’s difficult to adequately express how incredible — and somewhat inexplicable — Skyfall’s run has been. The former franchise high-point for the Bond series was Quantum of Solace, »
- Grady Smith
Concluding a very successful James bond marathon, comes our list of the very best 007 films, as chosen by the Sound On Sight staff. In just 30 days, we managed to publish over 40 articles and reviews, making it our most successful monthly movie club to date. I’d like to once again thank everyone who participated and furthermore, thank everyone who voted for having good taste. I cannot argue with the final results. These are indeed the best Bond films. Enjoy!
Directed by Terence Young
50 years later, and with twenty three “official” entries, From Russia With Love represents the very best of the Bond franchise. Skyfall is the closest to be considered, at best – almost equal to what was achieved in ’64 – but From Russia With Love is still unparalleled. Although it is the second in the series, and although »
Public confession time: I am a bit of a geek. I obsess over punctuation and fuss over math. In fact, in the part of my job that pays the bills (because acting as Festival Director for the YoungCuts Film Festival is more a labor of love) I just celebrated the 2 year anniversary of a project to create “Video Study Guides” about Economics for the web and for the iPad. This included interviewing close to 200 economists across North America. In the process, I became keenly aware of a number of economist pet peeves. One of the biggest is the media’s inability to distinguish between nominal and real values. This happens all the time when we compare what a film made this year with what a film made a decade ago as if prices have stayed exactly the same in those ten years.
For example, if you paid attention to the news from Skyfall, »
- Michael Ryan
Welcome back to our weekly look at the new podcasts available at our “partners in podcast crime” the GeekCast Radio Network. As usual here’s our weekly look at the podcasts from Gcrn, This Week in Geek and the latest toy review videos from Baltmatrix and Optibotimus, with descriptions and links to each and every podcast for your audio/visual pleasure!
Beyond The Knight – Episode 09
In the 9th episode of Beyond The Knight TFG1Mike and Duyahn The Music Man Turbo Boost into Season 2 of Knight Rider Classic. They find themselves up against Garthe Knight and Goliath, in the epic 2 hour Season Premiere, then we find out who the Brother’s Keeper is, and finally we are trapped by Merchants Of Death! All in the latest thrilling episode as we take you Beyond the Knight!
Star Joes – Episode 82 – We Share Blood, We Share Everything
In this episode the guys respond »
Well, we did it. After 23 weeks of spies, gadgets, and alarmingly unhealthy sexual behavior, MTV Movies Blog crossed the finish-line of the first ever Bond-a-Thond.
Along the way, we kept an eye on some totals, chronicled the most memorable moments, and simply basked in the glory of 007 and the world of Ian Flemming. It was a rip-roaring adventure that got a little dark somewhere around 1979, but just like Bond, we persevered and made it through.
Click past the jump to check out some of our more unusual superlatives, as well as, the totals from our "by the numbers" counts and my closing thoughts on the series.
Best Unused Songs
Best Villain Death
Without a doubt, this award has to go to Yaphet Kotto as Dr. Kananga, who inflates after getting shot with a shark gun capsule. »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
The oddly chaste vampire saga comes to an end with Breaking Dawn - Part 2. We've watched all five films so you don't have to
Awkward, lip-biting teenager Bella Swan moves to Forks, Washington, where she falls in love with mysterious, moody, tan-averse Edward Cullen. Who turns out to be a vampire! But, y'know, a vegetarian one: he only eats animals. Edward and his foster brothers and sisters (who, er, also date each other: go with it) protect Bella when some evil vampires turn up. After smelling her. Sexy.
Lessons learned ...
Men will always be there to save us weak women
Whether Bella (Kristen Stewart) is walking in front of cars, falling off motorbikes, getting mugged, or merely condemning her soul to Hell by trying to have premarital sex, there's always a vampire (Edward, Robert Pattinson) or wolf (Jacob, Taylor Lautner) to save her. You know what us silly women are like! »
- Issy Sampson
As a production designer, Sir Ken Adam consistently pushed his imagination to the limits, creating movie sets, each different, as thrilling to look at as the action unfolding up on the screen. His work on seven James Bond films—including the first of the series, Dr. No—set the tone for what became the Bond franchise. His vision behind the war-room in Dr. Strangelove, the interior of Fort Knox in Goldfinger, the flying car in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Blofeld's lair in a volcano’s crater in You Only Live Twice, are just a few examples of the heightened sense of reality Adam so deftly created in his 50-year-career, making him the film industry’s first production designer to reflect the rapidly advancing electronic age of the 1960s and beyond. »
London, Nov mber 16: A great-grandmother has revealed how she was the real-life Miss Moneypenny to original James Bond star, Sean Connery.
Olive Young, 75, was the film stars' personal secretary for six years during the 1960's after he poached her from his management agency where she worked as a receptionist.
Like the on-screen pairing the employer and secretary kept their relationship purely professional.
And while they did not drink vodka martini. »
- Amith Ostwal
Welcome back to our weekly look at the new podcasts available at our “partners in podcast crime” the GeekCast Radio Network. As usual here’s our weekly look at the podcasts from Gcrn, This Week in Geek and the latest toy review videos from Baltmatrix and Optibotimus, with descriptions and links to each and every podcast for your audio/visual pleasure! But first a word from Gcrn founder TFG1Mike:
So at the end of October beginning of November we held Tmnt Week! Previously in September we had Batman Week! Now from November 10th to December 22nd will be Bond Month! With blogs from MovieRevolt Dan, and the Shaken Not Stirred Series on Movie Week In Review. Where TFG1Mike and MovieRevolt Dan will review 18 of the 23 Bond Films! Before we get to that though, here’s last weeks regular content:
Interviews – Space Guys In Space
In this GeekCast Radio Interview, »
Despite taking an initial backseat to some of the Pierce Brosnan movies, in the end it was Daniel Craig's Quantum of Solace that won out in last week's survey of the worst that James Bond has to offer. Personally I don't think it's really deserving of the title of Worst Bond Movie, but I realize that it's the one on the list that most readers have seen. I also think that votes were probably split between the Pierce Brosnan flicks with Die Another Day coming in second and The World is Not Enough coming in fourth. Roger Moore's Moonraker took the #3 spot, while Octopussy rounded out the top 5. As for Sean Connery, it appears that even his worst movies are still well-regarded, with Diamonds are Forever and You Only Live Twice pulling up the rear. Do you agree with these results? 1. Quantum of Solace -- 26.1% 2. Die Another Day -- »
We continue our look at one of 2012′s biggest and most anticipated Blu-ray sets… Bond 50. The set celebrates fifty years of Bond with special feature-filled Blu-rays for each film, and while most have already seen HD releases the collection also includes Blu debuts of You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds are Forever, The Spy Who Loved Me, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies. The box-set breaks the 22 films into two halves, twelve from 1962-1981 and ten from 1983-2012, each in their own sturdy book. Due to the sheer volume of material this Disc Spotlight will be broken into two halves as well. Keep reading for a look at 1983′s Octopussy through 2008′s Quantum of Solace, and go here for part one covering 1962′s Dr. No through 1981′s For Your Eyes Only. The Movies: Octopussy (1983) Villain – 3, Girls – 3, Gadgets – 3, Action – 5 “Having trouble keeping it up Q »
- Rob Hunter
The most commercially successful Bond film to date is Thunderball. The pic earned over $141 million worldwide, of which more than half was generated domestically in the U.S. The film was such a success, it was remade some 18 years later as Never Say Never Again. This is without a doubt my favourite Bond film (although not the best), and the film that perfected the ‘Bond Formula”. Every key player is back: lead actor Sen Connery, director Terence Young, longtime Bond screenwriter Richard Maibaum, cinematographer Ted Moore, title sequence designer Maurice Binder, and composer John Barry.
11: Thunderball - Opening Title Sequence
Maurice Binder returns to the fold after two films away, and creates the quintessential Bond title sequence. The titles of Thunderball are visually striking, showing silhouettes of naked women swimming around against coloured backgrounds. Binder hired two dancers who actually swam about in tanks in disco clubs and convinced »
Interview conducted by and copyright Edward Gross He first joined up with Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman, Terence Young and the rest of the 007 team for 1962's Dr. No, on which he served as editor. He repeated this task on From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice. From there he segued to the position of director on the sixth film in the series, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, considered by many to be one of the best Bond films ever despite the fact it marked the first time Sean Connery didn't play 007. Unfortunately, after that film Hunt (who passed away in 2002) left the folds of Bondage, turning his directorial sights to other films. Our conversation begins with the director's assertion that the impact of James Bond was every bit as significant to the sixties as the Beatles. Media Geek: My feeling has always been that what »
Welcome to The Last Sci-Fi Blog, a column dedicated to science fiction on film. There's always been some vague science fiction going on in the James Bond series. It happened incrementally, of course. No one noticed the Bond series' transformation from slightly elevated espionage stories to full-blown fantasy until it was too late. The critical and commercial failure of the grounded, character-driven On Her Majesty's Secret Service convinced the Bond producers to retreat to the bizarre, fantastical antics that had begun to define the series with Goldfinger and had reached ridiculous heights with You Only Live Twice (that's the one that features a villain stealing a U.S. and U.S.S.R. spacecraft from his volcano lair). For the next decade, the Bond films would grow...
- Jacob S. Hall
Through the many iterations of James Bond, the filmmakers have occasionally latched on to the popular films and genres of the time, and worked that formula into their films in an obvious attempt to bolster box office returns.
Moore’s first outing as the superspy in Live and Let Die was partially indebted to the blaxploitation era, while Moonraker was clearly cashing-in on the late-70’s sci-fi boom, ushered in by the likes of Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Casino Royale heralded a leaner, meaner Bond and comparisons between the Bourne series and, in particular, Quantum of Solace were pretty explicit.
This time around, critics and audience members have picked up on The Dark Knight beats evident in Skyfall. While the film is far from a derivative experience, and director Sam Mendes has crafted a genuinely thrilling and fresh take on the property regardless of any similarities, »
- Adam Lowes
Javier Bardem is earning raves for his turn as a yellow-haired ambisexual baddie in Skyfall. But according to a new interview over at CinemaBlend, Bardem almost wound up playing a very different role in the James Bond franchise: James Bond. When asked if he was offered the part of Bond, Bardem nonchalantly says, “Years ago, I was. I don’t remember what movie it was for. But yeah, it was not that time.” Considering that the British super-agent has classically been played by actors who are, well, not Spanish, this news might come as a surprise. However, a source tells »
- Darren Franich
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Written by Richard Maibaum
Directed by Peter Hunt
To call On Her Majesty’s Secret Service underappreciated is to call the sky blue. Only in the years since the release of Daniel Craig’s introduction to the series, Casino Royale, has Ohmss begun to be reappraised as a realistic, character-driven approach to the Bond series. Its failure at the box office compared to the Connery entries that preceded it led to the producers, Albert “Cubby” Broccoli and Harry Salzman, returning to the Goldfinger formula of larger than life villains, iconic henchmen, ludicrously elaborate take-over-the-world schemes, and a generally heightened sense to the proceedings, all of which are noticeably absent from Ohmss.
Sean Connery had a rough experience during filming of 1967′s You Only Live Twice. The media scrutiny, long filming periods, and promotional duties caused him to leave the role that had made his career. »
- Gabriel Bucsko
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