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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
(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
After returning for Diamonds Are Forever, Sean Connery once again left the franchise to seek other opportunities. Producers Albert R. Broccoli, and Harry Saltzman- not wanting a repeat of the George Lazenby debacle, decided to hire an established star to take over the franchise. They offered the role to Roger Moore, who had been on the shortlist to play Bond twice before. Moore, who.d become a household name after his stint on The Saint TV show, was about as far away from Sean Connery as the »
- Chris Bumbray
After the relative failure of On Her MAJESTY.S Secret Service at the box office, Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli, & Harry Saltzman had to reconsider the direction the Bond series was heading in. After some soul searching, they decided to scale back the series, deciding to shoot the new film in the U.S, and hiring American actor John Gavin to play Bond (their first choice, Burt Reynolds, was unavailable). That.s right folks- James Bond just about became a Yank, until the bosses at United »
- Chris Bumbray
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." »
5 items from 2008
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