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With the brand new 007 movie Spectre only a couple of weeks away from release, and Sam Smith’s new single Writing’s On The Wall riding high at the top of the UK charts, the British public have been out in force voting for their favourite Bond theme of all time.
perhaps unsurprisingly Adele’s Skyfall from the film of the same name topped the poll, which was conducted by Bingocams. The track, from the 2012 film of the same name, attracted a huge 366 votes out of the poll of 1700 people, nearly double that of its nearest rival, Paul McCartney and Wings’ superb Live and Let Die, which bagged 188 votes.
Shirley Bassey’s scored a double-whammy with third and fourth place with her themes from Diamonds Are Forever (160 votes) at the number three position, and Goldfinger with 147 votes in fourth. Carly Simon’s Nobody Does It Better from The Spy Who Loved Me »
- The Hollywood News
22 best and worst Bond theme songs ranked: Do you agree?
Ah, Mr Bond! We've been... inspecting you. Yes, ahead of Spectre's release on October 26, Digital Spy has attempted the impossible: ranking all 23 films of the 007 franchise. From 1962's Dr No all the way to 2012's Skyfall, we've graded which films were 00-heaven - and which were, well, something of an oddjob.
Ok, we've ignored unofficial outing Never Say Never Again and that weird original Casino Royale with Woody Allen. Plus the radio version of Moonraker, starring Blockbusters' Bob Holness. But otherwise, read on for your definitive guide through a minefield of gadgets, girls and shaken martinis, starting with the abject worst. Violently disagree? Be sure to let us know...
23. Die Another Day (2002)
Ricky Church continues his countdown to Spectre with a review of Diamonds Are Forever…
After On Her Majesty’s Secret Service producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman sought Sean Connery to come back to the role he made famous one last time (officially at least) in Diamonds Are Forever, the conclusion to the Spectre era of Bond films (until next month that is). After the death of his wife, Bond attempts to move on and is investigating a diamond smuggling operation that is far more sinister than the typical smuggling ring when he discovers his arch-nemesis Blofeld is behind it.
After George Lazenby decided to drop out of the Bond franchise for fear of being typecast (on advice from his agent no less) production had to work fast to recast the role. Despite looking at new actors, they thought it would be best to gain Connery back one last time »
- Ricky Church
Mrs Henderson Presents will star Tracie Bennett as Laura Henderson, Ian Bartholomew as Vivian Van Damm and Emma Williams as Maureen who all reprise the roles they played in Bath. Full casting will be announced shortly.
Based on the film Mrs Henderson Presents – original screenplay by Martin Sherman, the musical has a book and is directed by the multi-award winning Terry Johnson. Lyrics are by the Oscar, Tony and Golden Globe winning Don Black with music by Oscar nominated George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain, who both collaborated on the original film. It is choreographed by Andrew Wright, has set design by Tim Shortall, costume design by Paul Wills and lighting design by Ben Ormerod. Wig, hair and make-up design is by Richard Mawbey, orchestrations are by »
- Paul Heath
When Sean Connery stepped down from the role of 007 after 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever,” he said he would “never again” play James Bond. Well, he hasn’t played the spy in a canon Bond film since “Diamonds,” but he did return to the role for 1983’s “Never Say Never Again,” which was released in theaters 32 years ago today. The film is not considered part of the canon of the Bond franchise since it wasn’t made by Eon Productions. It was released a mere four months after the canon film “Octopussy," starring Roger Moore — a situation that the media dubbed the “Battle of the Bonds.” Other notable October 7 happenings in pop culture history: • 1950: “The Frank Sinatra Show” premiered on CBS. The musical variety show lasted two seasons. • 1955: Allen Ginsberg read his poem “Howl” for the first time, at the Six Gallery in San Francisco. • 1960: Stanley Kubrick’s “Spartacus” opened in theaters. »
- Emily Rome
One of the most iconic aspects of the films of James Bond, one of the longest-running film franchises that has been going on for over 50 years, has been the title song. Unofficially referred to as the “Bond song”, past performers have included Shirley Bassey (who performed the Bond songs of the same name for both 1964’s Goldfinger and 1971’s Diamonds are Forever), Tom Jones (who sang the titular theme for 1965’s Thunderball), Tina Turner (who sang the Bond song of the same name for 1995’s Goldeneye), Paul McCartney and Wings (who did the main song for 1973’s Live and Let Die) and Garbage (who sang “The World Is Not Enough” for 1999’s The World Is Not Enough).
With the 24th entry in the franchise, titled Spectre, set to premiere later this year, Sam Smith will be taking over the reins from Adele, who performed “Skyfall” for the 2012 film of the same name, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Practically a curse for some this one, and now a contender for Worst Bond Ever. This is a bit harsh: Die Another Day doesn’t deserve the opprobrium heaped upon it. Not to say it’s good; just not utterly irredeemable. Perhaps its greatest problem is tonal. For a while it seems we might get the hard-hitting Bond that Pierce Brosnan so deserved; then suddenly we’re in an ice palace and Bond’s borrowed a car from Harry Potter. The second half of the film is utterly ludicrous but fun if you go along for the (invisible) ride; alas, the first half promised something far more intriguing. It wouldn’t be completely accurate to say it begins as Licence To Kill and ends as Moonraker; but nor is it totally unfair. »
This article contains lots and lots of spoilers for Under The Lake.
Under The Lake may not be the Dalek-filled continuity fest of the last couple of weeks, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t set our geek senses tingling. Here’s everything we were able to spot, from the obvious references to the slightly tenuous connections, from this week’s episode...
Under The Lake is a perfect example of what’s commonly referred to as a ‘base under siege’ story. These were a staple of the classic series, particularly during the Patrick Troughton era, not least because they meant the ever-stretched production team could save on the set budget. The first proper base-under-siege tale was William Hartnell’s final story, The Tenth Planet, »
With just over a month before the latest James Bond installment Spectre opens, the final trailer for the film has been released. After a series of backstory-heavy teasers and commercials that merely hinted at the fight between Daniel Craig's James Bond and Christoph Waltz's Franz Oberhauser – with the villain often shrouded in darkness – the final trailer finds Oberhauser stepping out of the shadows for a confrontation between the two leads.
"Why did you come?" Oberhauser asks Bond in a sunlit hallway. "I came here to kill you," Bond admits, »
Directed by John Boorman.
In the distant future a barbarian finds himself in the realm of the elite and immortal Eternals.
Originally released in 1974, John Boorman’s Zardoz is the movie equivalent of a prog rock band being given the keys to the studio, a big budget and told to just go for it and see what happens. This is because Zardoz is one of the strangest sci-fi movies to have gotten major studio backing; in fact, forget the sci-fi bit – it’s one of the strangest movies to have gotten major studio backing.
Released between Boorman’s classic backwoods revenge thriller Deliverance and his brave but ultimately disastrous Exorcist II: The Heretic, Zardoz is set in the 23rd century and stars a post-Bond Sean Connery as Zed, an Exterminator who, as well as »
- Gary Collinson
When it comes to theatrical theme songs, it’s hard to beat the ones that begin the James Bond franchise. I’ve loved the franchise since childhood (it’s the sort of thing a son bonds over, no pun intended, with the older male members of his family), the songs included. There have been over 20 songs to date in the Bond canon, as you obviously know, and a few are outright classics. Last time around, Adele made one of the biggest 007 musical hits with Skyfall from the identically titled Skyfall. Now, following in those footsteps, we learned earlier today that recording artist Sam Smith will be doing the theme song for this year’s Bond flick Spectre. It’ll be called Writing’s on the Wall and officially becomes one to look out for in the Best Original Song race in a pretty big way at the Academy Awards. Historically, »
- Joey Magidson
I have a Mustang. I love my Mustang – a 1967, inline 6 engine. There is no other classic car like it. No doubt about it – we Mustang owners have a deep emotional connection to our cars.
Even have the original owner’s manual.
Now comes the trailer for the upcoming film A Faster Horse.
Director David Gelb cuts in a rigorous, high-energy look at the history of Ford and the definitive muscle car. We all know it had a chassis cool enough for Steve McQueen in Bullitt (it is still the greatest chase scene of all time! It was a Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang Gt 390 fastback), James Bond drove a 1971 Mustang Mach 1 in Diamonds Are Forever and there was a song written by Wilson Pickett in 1966 called “Mustang Sally.”
This film goes way beyond a car lover’s documentary making it a resonant examination of American ingenuity, workmanship, and resilience.
Director David Gelb »
- Michelle McCue
Even though we have three more long months before the release of the next Bond film, Spectre, people are already buzzing about who will sing the film's theme song. It's going to be tough to beat Adele's Oscar-winning song "Skyfall," but we're sure whoever lands the gig will do a spectacular job. Bond-tune buffs Adrian Daub and Charlie Kronengold list off their best guesses in this post originally featured on Oxford University Press's blog. Image Source: Columbia Pictures Now's the moment to be a fan of the Bond songs. Spectre, the new film, comes out this November. That means we'll hear an official unofficial leak of the title song sometime this Summer. Everybody's been guessing who the singer is. Twitter says it'll be Sam Smith or Lana Del Rey. Sam Smith says it isn't him and claims that he "heard Ellie Goulding was going to do it." The Telegraph »
While July 28th may be a light day in terms of the amount of horror and sci-fi titles making their home entertainment debuts, we do have an interesting assortment of films and TV to look forward to. Kino Lorber has dug up two classics—The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein and Cherry 2000 (starring Melanie Griffith)—which are being released on Blu-ray this Tuesday, and Scream Factory has another underrated genre gem getting the HD treatment as well—the horror western Ghost Town.
For all you MST3K fans out there, Shout! Factory is putting out another collection of campy films that you’ll be able to add to your collections this week and Bayview Entertainment also has a double feature of cult movies from Germany—Strangler of the Tower / Monster of London—arriving on DVD.
After the death of Victor Frankenstein »
- Heather Wixson
8 coolest things you didn't spot in the Spectre trailer
22 best and worst Bond theme songs ranked
Why it could be them: No stranger to movie soundtracks, Goulding has lent tunes to everything from About Time to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Fifty Shades of Grey. Her ethereal voice would certainly add an interesting flavour to Spectre, and Sam Smith certainly seems to think she has it in the bag.
Most Bondian track: 'My Blood'
Why it could be them: The 007 producers successfully brought back director Sam Mendes »
The deserted town the Brady family got trapped in on their way to the Grand Canyon is charming compared to the one in 1988's Ghost Town. On July 28th, Scream Factory will release Ghost Town on Blu-ray, and we've been provided with three copies to give away.
Ghost Town synopsis: "A dusty ghost town, seemingly abandoned, holds the lives of its original inhabitants in an animated netherworld for 100 years…
When a modern-day sheriff's deputy is lured to a desolate, spooky ghost town in search of a missing woman, he comes face-to-face with a malevolent spirit from the town's past. The spell of death and suffering over the undead townspeople must end to set them free from eternal pain. The horrors of a possessed outlaw, in a time-suspended dimension are only the setting for a frightening battle for the mind, nerves and flesh.
- Derek Anderson
Explosions and moody silhouettes dominated the first teaser for Spectre, but the James Bond flick's official trailer fills in more of the plot. The two-and-a-half-minute clip follows Daniel Craig's iconic secret agent as he journeys across the globe, uncovering the existence of the titular nefarious criminal organization.
The trailer opens with Bond in Mexico City during the Day of the Dead Festival, strolling the streets wearing a skull mask before sniping an enemy from a rooftop. In Rome, he strikes up a romance with Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the »
There’s something beautifully timeless about the James Bond franchise. New entires might be new and shiny and equipped with improved gadgets and younger talent, but it’s still the same old dependable 007. And film-makers should really be forced to prove that they know as much before they get to take the reigns of Her Majesty’s Finest.
In Sam Mendes, any concerns about a lack of brand awareness are clearly unfounded. At times, Skyfall felt like a fan-boy treasure trove of references: as if Mendes was enjoying raking through the cinematic history of the character as much as his script was over his personal history.
Clearly, the director has done some serious homework again for Spectre: the trailer plays like a double-stuffed homage to every Spectre Bond film past. Even Mr Hinx feels like a nod to Diamonds Are Forever’s Mr Wint And Mr Kidd in name at least, »
- Simon Gallagher
Don't believe us? We've gone through the trailer frame-by-frame to pick out the Easter eggs, homages and talking points from the action-packed new Spectre trailer.
Ranked: Every single James Bond theme from worst to best
Everything we know so far about the latest 007 movie Spectre
That insane helicopter barrel roll? We've seen that before in The Man with the Golden Gun's breathtaking practical stunt that saw a car execute a 360-degree cork-screw jump. Fortunately this time it's not ruined by a slide whistle!
2. Showing some love to Live and Let Die
To mark the occasion, we've gone back through every single 007 song to find out which ones are earworms and which need their 00 status revoked. A quick point to note: we've discounted instrumentals so the opening credits pieces from Dr No and On Her Majesty's Secret Service are not on the list.
The first and only duet in the entire Bond theme back catalogue, on paper this sounded great but what emerged was a sludgy, lifeless and unremarkable track that went in one ear and out the other.
Compounding the horror of her on-screen cameo in this stinker of a film is Madonna's »
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