Ignoring the 1954 American television version of Casino Royale (and one really should), it’s been 50 years this month since James Bond first graced the silver screen and entered the world’s consciousness and collective hearts. Created by author and former secret service agent Ian Fleming, Bond was a Commander in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy who became a Double-o agent of MI6. He’s a spy who kills and loves without conscience, suave yet deadly. The classic cliché of a man who women want and men want to be. Six actors and twenty-two official movies later, and Bond is still just as popular. And now, Capitol Records and MGM Music have released a new album filled with all sorts of musical goodies from those films.
The two-disc set starts off with The John Barry Orchestra performing the now iconic “James Bond Theme”, which is just as exciting to listen to »
Flickering Myth's writing team vote for their favourite James Bond theme songs as Skyfall, the 23rd film in the franchise, hits cinemas...
The sky is finally falling. The 23rd official James Bond film, Judi Dench's 7th, Daniel Craig's 3rd and director Sam Mendes' 1st, Skyfall, swaggers into cinemas today. So far we've had to make do with teasers, trailers, video blogs, posters, stills and interviews. But one genuinely important, and indispensable, component of the actual film has already been released in its entirety.
Adele's theme song, innovatively titled Skyfall, has been worming its way into our eardrums for a while. Personally, I think it could have been better. Adele's powerful voice promised to deliver an unforgettable Bond ballad with punch and panache. For me, the power isn't quite there. It had the potential to be far more dramatic. Having said that, it's undeniably catchy and confidently understated. »
- Liam Trim
Welcome back to our comprehensive compendium of Bond movie titles. Yesterday we saw Connery’s first five flicks (have a butcher’s here). Next up, George Lazenby is On Her Majesty’S Secret Service. A very good name indeed, so I’m sure the man and the movie will do it justice. Right? ………………………………………………Right?
On Her Majesty’S Secret Service
(1969) dir. Peter R. Hunt
Does It Sound Like A Bond Film:
Definitively yes. While it lacks the impact of the previous two, On Her Majesty’S Secret Service implies a world of espionage, politics and subterfuge as well as invoking a feeling of national pride. So it conjures up that ethereal sense of what it is to be James Bond, without having to rely on a variant of the word ‘Death,’ which so many do. It’s probably my favourite title. Mmm-hmm.
Does It Get A Song:
- John Sharp
When the 23rd Bond movie was christened Skyfall, fans the world over were arching their collective eyebrow and saying, ‘Sherioushly? Shkyfall?’
It’s fair to say that it doesn’t have that Bondian ring to it. In fact it sounds more like a James Bond computer game. With titles like Agent Under Fire, Nightfire and Everything Or Nothing, they all sounded vaguely 007-esque, but by no means good enough to warrant a cinematic eponym. Skyfall fits in more with that mob than with its theatrical brethren, but just how good are the previous film names? Some are clearly great (Goldfinger), some are fun but tenuous (Live And Let Die) and some are straight up nonsensical (A View To A Kill… That… I… I don’t know what that means).
In this series, we shan’t be discussing the films as such, but the titles specifically and how they relate to »
- John Sharp
I meant to follow up February's very popular Meryl Streep Reader Ranking with another participatory countdown that's turned over to you! But I've been slow about it. Here's a perfect opportunity. Let's do everyone's favorite spy, James Bond. Deborah has been listing her favorites as we count down to Daniel Craig's third outing as 007, Skyfall on November 9th.
The official James Bond films as a reminder...
Dr. No (1962) Connery From Russia With Love (1963) Connery Goldfinger (1964) Connery Thunderball (1965) Connery You Only Live Twice (1967) Connery On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) Lazenby Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Connery Live and Let Die (1973) Moore The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) Moore The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Moore Moonraker (1979) Moore For Your Eyes Only (1981) Moore Octopussy (1983) Moore A View To a Kill (1985) Moore The Living Daylights (1987) Dalton License to Kill (1989) Dalton Goldeneye (1995) Brosnan Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Brosnan The World is Not Enough (1999) Brosnan Die Another Day »
- NATHANIEL R
"Just a drink. A martini, shaken, not stirred."
This is a big year for James Bond. Ian Fleming's iconic British spy celebrated 50 years as a motion picture hero on Oct. 5th, the golden anniversary of the debut of Dr. No in theaters, and the 23rd James Bond movie, Skyfall, will premiere in just one week in the U.K. (we Yanks have to wait until Nov. 9th). If you're a movie buff, chances are you've seen your fair share of James Bond movies over the years and you likely have your preference of Bond actors, whether Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, or the latest, Daniel Craig. But, just as 007 is superior to the other 00s in the service of Her Majesty, not all James Bond movies are created equal. Put on your tux, down a martini and help us sort through 50 years of James »
- BrentJS Sprecher
As we count down to Skyfall's November 9 release, we're taking time out to look back at all of the famous thesps who've hit the big screen - to varying degrees of success - as the iconic MI6 agent. To end our retrospective we take a look the original Bond: Sean Connery.
Aside from being the first actor to take on the role of Ian Fleming's fictional spy, for many fans the Scottish charmer is the only Bond. Surprisingly, the character's creator thought Connery completely miscast, saying, "I'm looking for Commander Bond and not an overgrown stunt-man." Upon seeing the success of the first 007 film, Dr. No, Fleming revised his opinion of the new star, going as far as creating a new half-Scottish, half-Swiss heritage for Bond in the author's later novels.
Though originally reluctant to commit to a film series when approached to take on the now-iconic role, »
- Emma Badame
Bond. James Bond. Synonymous with pop corn and over the top, ridiculous, mucho suave fun. We’ve come to know him through six iconic suave masters (some more than others) in Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig. Fifty years and twenty two films later, Bond is still alive and kicking, currently with a little more grit and a lot more blond. To celebrate MGM’s cash cow golden boy’s big 50 and the upcoming release of Skyfall, they have put together not only the most comprehensive Bond release to date, but one of the biggest home release packages ever released. All twenty two films, many of which have received thorough restorations and some of which are completely new to Blu-ray, are housed within a gorgeous shelf ready box set that contains an absolutely ludicrous amount of extra features. Bond fans rejoice! There is »
- Jordan M. Smith
James Bond has been outwitting bad guys and bedding the ladies onscreen for half a century, and even as the films’ tones, quality and lead actors fluctuated the character of Bond has remained an icon of cinema. Six actors have played him across twenty two films, and there are folks who champion each and every one of them. The key to calling a favorite seems to depend on which ones you saw first and at what age as well as your individual constitution for puns, crazy action sequences, talkative villains and films ending with lifeboats floating at sea. For the record, before digging into this set and watching all 22 films Daniel Craig was my favorite Bond and Casino Royale my favorite Bond movie. But also for the record? I quickly came to realize I had only seen a fraction of the Bond films. One of 2012′s biggest and most anticipated Blu-ray sets is Bond 50 which celebrates fifty »
- Rob Hunter
2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic James Bond film franchise, and in conjunction with Eon Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Capitol/Emi is proud to join the world.s celebration of 007. Best Of Bond. James Bond, a new commemorative collection of the legendary films. digitally remastered music, will be released in two configurations on October 9th (October 8th outside of North America). Best Of Bond. James Bond features the memorable theme songs from all 22 official Bond films and will be available on CD and digitally, and as a deluxe, .50 Years . 50 Tracks. 2Cd and digital collection. On October 5th, the 50th anniversary of the release of the first Bond film, Dr. No, James Bond Day was celebrated around the world.
The 23-track single-disc edition and deluxe edition of Best Of Bond. James Bond both feature the themes from all 22 Bond films released since 1962, including The John Barry Orchestra.s seminal .James Bond Theme. from Dr. No, »
- Movie Geeks
Photographer Terry O’Neill has been snapping shots of James Bond behind the scenes since his arrival in 1962. This book, tied together with essays written by journalists, cultural historians and interviews with Bond girls is a collection of O’Neill’s finest and most revealing work. Though many of the images have not been widely published, O’Neill’s work is easily recognisable by his eavesdropping, yet highly artistic style. Surely you have seen that classic shot of Bond creator Ian Fleming close-up in dotted silk cravat smoking a cigarette? O’Neill took it.
Despite some perfunctory text, All About Bond wisely focuses on O’Neill’s photographs. The best feature Sean Connery goofing about on set, primarily on Diamonds Are Forever (a film he reputedly hated shooting). See the man widely regarded as the best dressed James Bond of all time in two-button Savile Row suit and Turnbull & Asser shirt, »
- Chris Laverty
The 1001 Movies To See Before You Dieonly lists one James Bond adventure: Sandwiched between Joseph Losey's The Servant and Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising sits, awkwardly, Goldfinger. Kim Newman finishes his brief article on the film by stating that “Ever since, the series has been recycling”. Maybe so, but what a formula they created! Guy Hamilton, directing his first film in the series, managed to combine the cool of From Russia with Love with new, innovative elements - gadgets that were more than a briefcase, and an introduction that was simply unforgettable. Is it a duck? No, it’s James Bond. He is wearing a tuxedo underneath his wetsuit. Is this impossible? Not for 007.
This is the most iconic James Bond adventure – and the one film which, »
Today is the 50th Anniversary of James Bond, and as you might imagine, a plethora of material as hit the Web in celebration of the world’s most famous spy reaching a half-century milestone. Below are a few highlights from the celebration, including today’s release of singer Adele’s new theme from Skyfall, the lastest 007 film set to debut internationally on October 26, in IMAX theaters in North America on November 8, and conventional North American theaters on November 9.
Directed by Sam Mendes, Skyfall stars Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Helen McCrory, Ola Rapace and Tonia Sotiropoulou.
The first video below is a sizzle reel with clips from the various movies, and the second video features the talent behind the films talking about 007. You can check out both below!
You will also find new Skyfall footage from a new »
- Robert Falconer
We here at Cinema Blend are very much enjoying the recently released James Bond theme performed by Adele for the upcoming Skyfall. Completely different than the tracks recorded by Jack White and Alicia Keys, and Chris Cornell for Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale, respectively, the new track has a beautiful, soulful sound that reminded us of Shirley Bassey tracks for films like Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker. But what's most important is that the theme match-up well with the film its attached to, and judging by the new Skyfall trailer they can say mission accomplished. It's hard to tell if this is an official new trailer or simply a new edit put together by the crew over at IGN (there isn't any new footage to speak of), but regardless it's a great looking trailer with a great song played over it. Watch it below! Let's also sneak in »
It's official: Britain's most iconic young singer has recorded the new theme song for the country's most iconic movie series. And not surprisingly, Adele's take on James Bond doesn't sound half bad at all. Below is her track for the upcoming Bond movie Skyfall, and Adele has opened up about the excitement of recording it. Related: Adele Balances Dog Louie Over Her Baby Bump"I was a little hesitant at first … There's a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song," she said in a statement, according to the BBC. "But I fell in love with the script, »
- Tim Nudd
Will the trademark Bond theme woven into the orchestration interfere with the song’s eligibility? Depends entirely on the whims and vagaries of the music branch, so there’s no point even speculating. »
- Ryan Adams
Here's Adele's new Bond theme Skyfall in all its glory. Harking backt to the classic Shirley Bassey/John Barry themes for Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever, we think it's the best Bond theme in an age. The song - which entered the iTunes top five within hours of its release - was written by Adele and long-time producer Paul Epworth and was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with a 77-piece orchestra. »
James Bond 007 is a Hollywood legend. An instantly recognizable icon despite what actor is filling his shoes. He is practically an institution considering 50 years of films that span generations with no end in sight.
With James Bond's 50th anniversary comes the Bond 50 Blu-ray collection from MGM Home Entertainment. It is as much a celebration of 007's past, present and even future as a stroll through Hollywood history. From Sean Connery to George Lazenby, Roger Moore to Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan to Daniel Craig, James Bond is the only theatrical constant that can be traced back half-a-century. Considering the ongoing interest in Great Britain's most recognizable spy, the man who prefers his martinis shaken and not stirred could be around another 50 years or more.
Some Bond films far surpass others and even the most diehard Bond fanatics will agree. Bond 50 shows no preference in this regard. It is as complete »
With a mask somewhat reminiscent of Rorschach from Watchmen or Kroenen from Hellboy, the mysterious Dr Savior has been unveiled in upcoming horror film Donors.
Behind the mask of the "diabolical" doctor (above) is genre actor/producer DJ Perry. Earlier this year, we brought you the first teaser poster and some cast pictures featuring Perry alongside co-stars French/Philippine beauty Anne Gauthier and former Bond girl Lana Wood (famous for her role as Plenty O'Toole in 1971's Diamonds Are Forever starring Sean Connery), who is playing a character called Norma.
In desperation the woman seeks to get help »
- David Bentley
Last year MI6 decided to start an independent poll to see what everyone’s favorite James Bond film is. It took off with their readers and become the largest independent James Bond survey ever.
Here’s how the survey worked:
Tick the five 007 films you like the most, and the five you like the least. No complicated forms, surveys, ranking systems, essays or tie-breaker questions. Just a list of 22 films with check boxes opened up to the audience of the world’s most visited independent Bond website.
And now, the results, tabulated from over 15,000 votes:
Rank Film Actor Score 1 Casino Royale Daniel Craig 75% 2 Goldfinger Sean Connery 54% 3 From Russia With Love Sean Connery 53% 4 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service George Lazenby 46% 5 GoldenEye Pierce Brosnan 37% 6 The Spy Who Loved Me Roger Moore 33% 7 Thunderball Sean Connery 29% 8 The Living Daylights Timothy Dalton 26% 9 Dr. No Sean Connery 19% 10 For Your Eyes Only Roger Moore 17% 11 Live And Let Die »
- Philip Sticco
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