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Simon Columb with five films you can sneak in at Christmas…
Hurrah! The holidays are upon us! The snow is (not) falling and the mulled wine is (expensively) available! What a joyous time! Ring the bells! Set time aside and join in the age-old tradition of Christmas film-watching around the toasty fire. Of course your niece will recommend Frozen and your sibling, harking back to your shared childhood, will select Home Alone, but surely Flickering Myth readers of the world can choose something a little more niche. Something that not only reflects our sense of Christmas cheer but something that will share our film intellect. No need for Scrooged, The Muppets Christmas Carol or It’s a Wonderful Life – here is a yuletide selection of alternative Christmas films that add a little class to the annual viewing…
- Simon Columb
Tfe welcomes back its friend and resident 007 expert Deborah with a statistical investigation brought on that recent "Spectre" press conference. If you love Bond Girls or Bellucci, and who doesn't?, read on - Editor
With the announcement earlier this month that Monica Bellucci had been cast in the forthcoming Bond film, Spectre, the media has recently been replete with headlines like “James Bond finally falls for a woman his own age” It was the oft-repeated “finally” that put me in an analytic mood. Is this really the first time (“finally”) that Bond has been with a woman his own age? How often has there been a really large age disparity?
I decided to analyze each movie so I could derive some statistics. James Bond is almost always with two or more women per film, but we can generally identify the “main” and “secondary” woman. I decided, for the sake of my own sanity, »
- Deborah Lipp
From death by shark to fatal ingestion of air pellet, here's a run-down of the James Bond movies' grisliest deaths...
The James Bond franchise has entertained (most of) the whole family for generations, with one-liners like “shocking” and “I think he got the point” delivered while some poor soul is electrocuted or shot with a harpoon gun. But they were bad guys, so it was all okay.
However, regardless of how downplayed they might have been, we were shown some pretty disturbing ways to dispense with an evil henchman, the kind of thing that gave us nightmares when we were kids.
With work now underway on the latest latest Bond movie, Spectre, here's our look at the top 10 macabre ways 007 has dispatched evildoers in masterful fashion.
This feature contains spoilers for lots of James Bond films.
Scene: having defeated Goldfinger’s dastardly plan, Bond »
Earlier today Sony streamed a special announcement about the forthcoming James Bond film, revealing not just the new title ("Spectre"), but a list of new cast members, including Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux and Christoph Waltz. And of course, we broke the news a few weeks ago that "Interstellar" cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema would be stepping into Roger Deakins' shoes behind the camera. Exciting stuff, and a good enough reason, I suppose, to look back through the history of Bond at the Oscars. Eight of the 23 007 films released to date have score nominations. But it took a couple of swings before one of them finally scored some recognition from the Academy. That happened when 1964's "Goldfinger" netted a Best Sound Effects nomination. "Thunderball" followed the next year with some Best Visual Effects respect. Both won their respective bids. The franchise then took a few years off from the »
- Kristopher Tapley
A Bond title must convey many elements of the Bond formula in just a few brief words. Glamour, danger, sexiness, international locations! Try coming up with three words that capture all these. Some Bond titles have done this amazingly well. Today, the 007 folks took a stab at with just one little word when they unveiled the title of the upcoming 24th installment in the series: “Spectre.” How does the latest name stack up? Here’s our complete ranking of Bond titles through the years: 24. Quantum of Solace “Placeholder of Something” wasn’t available? 23. Octopussy There are people who think this is the best named Bond film. We’re very glad we don’t know any of those people. 22. Goldeneye All that is gold does not glitter. Time for Mr. Bond to get a new favorite color. 21. Tomorrow Never Dies And I hear the sun will come out then too. And hey, »
- Richard Rushfield
On Thursday, Director Sam Mendes dramatically revealed to a global audience the name of the 24th Bond film – Spectre.
Joining Daniel Craig (Ian Fleming’s James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M), Ben Whishaw (Q), Naomie Harris (Miss Moneypenny) and Rory Kinnear (Tanner) are Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, David Bautista as Mr Hinx, Andrew Scott as Denbigh and Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser.
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.
Also unveiled was the new Aston Martin DB10.
The film will be released November 6, 2015.
And Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser! #Spectre pic.twitter.com/CPUXDDf0jt
— James Bond (@007) December 4, 2014
- Michelle McCue
The last James Bond film, 2012’s Skyfall, brought the super-skilled MI6 agent back to his roots for a showdown that resulted in death for some and an altered future for the survivors. With Sam Mendes returning to the director’s chair for the 24th Bond film and principal photography beginning next Monday, the movie’s title and cast will officially be announced on Thursday morning and can be viewed via a livestream.
The announcement will fittingly be made from England’s 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios (originally built for the submarine scene in 1976’s The Spy Who Loved Me) at 11:00am GMT (3:00am Pst; 6:00am Est), and you can enjoy the livestream right here on Daily Dead (see below, via www.007.com). The event will be capped off with a photo shoot of the cast with director Sam Mendes.
Starring Daniel Craig in his fourth performance as James Bond, »
- Derek Anderson
On Thursday, December 4th at 11:00am GMT (3:00am Pst; 6:00am Est) Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment will present a live announcement and photo call from the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios.
The title and cast of the 24th Bond film will be revealed, marking the start of principal photography on Monday, December 8th. A global audience will be able to watch the announcement live via a web stream at www.007.com.
James Bond is the longest running, and one of the most successful franchises of all time, with twenty-three films produced and the twenty-fourth about to go in production. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and have produced the past seven Bond films together, including the highly successful, Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace and Skyfall. All of the James Bond films have been made in collaboration »
- Michelle McCue
We know Daniel Craig will be back, but also expected to return to the franchise are Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q, and Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny. Other actors that have said to have been cast include Monica Bellucci, Christoph Waltz, and Léa Seydoux.
Director Sam Mendes will start shooting the film next Monday, and as a huge fan of Bond, I couldn't be more excited to see what story they will tell this time around. Here's the full press release with all of the details:
The team behind the 24th James Bond film will reveal its title and cast online via live stream from the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios on Thursday. Principal photography starts Monday.The live »
- Joey Paur
The live stream will be hosted at http://www.007.com from 11 a.m. GMT (3 a.m. Pst) on Thursday. The event is being staged by Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for Eon Prods., MGM Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The live web stream and satellite feed are being be made available to all media outlets, and the announcement will also be live-tweeted via the official James Bond handle @007. A photo call with cast and director, Sam Mendes, will follow.
Alongside Daniel Craig, who returns as the iconic British spy for his fourth Bond movie, the cast is expected to include Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner and Ben Whishaw as Q. »
- Leo Barraclough
As you might've heard buzzing on the Twittersphere, "Kingsman: The Secret Service" has started screening for advance audiences, and word is good. Basically, if you've ever wanted to see Colin Firth going full on "The Raid" in an action/comedy, the latest effort from Matthew Vaughn will apparently more than fit the bill. And the brand new trailer is here showing off the self-aware, hyper-stylized flick that wants you very clearly to know that it's not taking itself, or the spy genre, seriously. “ 'Skyfall' is pretty exhausting, isn't it?” Vaughn told IGN. “It's serious. I wanted to make this a film where 'The Spy Who Loved Me' comes on, it's on TV, and you go, ‘Oh, f#@k it, I'll watch this for five minutes.’ An hour later you're like, ‘Oh, s#!t. I've got to watch the ending now.’ You have to be in the mood for it. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jaws from James Bond
One movie character who scared me as a child was Jaws, the shiny-toothed James Bond villain. Those silver teeth freaked me out, big time – I remember the early sequence from The Spy Who Loved Me was particularly chilling: Jaws lures a defenceless older man into a trap, and proceeds to bite into his neck, killing him. While we're shown no violence, the whole scene terrified me: the way Jaws walked slowly towards the man in a knowing, menacing way, and the idea of him simply biting the man to death (though at least he had the courtesy to stun the victim first).
Being bitten by Jaws isn't like being bitten by a vampire – he drinks no blood. Instead, he just seems to sink those artificial teeth into flesh and tear a hole big enough to cause fatal bleeding. Whenever I'd watch that scene, it made me deeply uncomfortable, »
"Nothing goes over my head! My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it." Over the decades, James Bond films have produced some iconic henchmen: 'Nick Nack' (Hervé Villechaize) from The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), 'Jaws' (Richard Kiel) from The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, as well as 'Oddjob' (Harold Sakata) from Goldfinger. Director Sam Mendes ("Skyfall") is looking to create his own iconic henchman for Bond 24. According to Latino-Review's El Mayimbe, that henchman will be played by former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista. You know him as 'Drax' from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. This will be the same role that were learned about in August when a casting call leaked for a character named, 'Hinx.' Hinx (Male, 30 – 45) - Ideally over 6′ 2″. Hinx is the main henchman/assassin. We are looking for an imposing extremely physically fit actor. He has several fights with Bond and »
The new issue of Empire - November 2014, on sale now - is set almost entirely in the future. With Christopher Nolan's space odyssey Interstellar blazing a trail that's followed by all manner of other sci-fi delights (The Right Stuff, which is really sci-fact, and 2001: A Space Odyssey), the issue is like a endless wormhole of exclusive features and first-looks.Our on-set access to Nolan's latest, however, is unquestionably the big issue centrepiece. Nowhere else on Earth can you find such comprehensive access to the Interstellarverse. To give a flavour of the piece, here's a short extract from our Interstellar feature...Christopher Nolan is flying a spaceship. Weighing 12 tons and mounted ten feet off the ground on a complex arrangement of pistons, this truck-sized, bevelled rectangle resembles the design sweet spot between The Dark Knight’s Tumbler, an Empire Strikes Back snowspeeder, a space shuttle and the submersible Lotus »
Los Angeles – He was 7 foot 2 inches tall, an imposing figure that made for one of the most memorable James Bond villains. Richard Kiel portrayed “Jaws” in two Bond films – “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Moonraker” – and left an unforgettable mark as a character actor with a distinctive look and persona. Richard Kiel died at age 74 on September 10th, 2014.
Richard Kiel in 2010
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
Richard Kiel was born in Detroit, Michigan, and made his first appearance in the TV show “Laramie” in 1960. Throughout the 1960s, he made appearances in low budget horror movies and television, most notably in a famous episode of “The Twilight Zone,” entitled “To Serve Man,” and in the TV series “The Wild, Wild West.” It was a western series in the 1970s, “The Barbary Coast,” that caught the attention of the Bond producers, and the villain Jaws was born. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Few Hollywood stars can sustain a 50-year career, let alone as a character actor. Richard Kiel, who played James Bond villain Jaws, passed away Wednesday afternoon in a hospital in Fresno, Calif., at age 74, but left us with several unique performances in dozens of films. Kiel's most iconic role was as the villain Jaws who debuted in the Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me” in 1977 and returned to the franchise in “Moonraker” in 1979. Modern audiences may also know him as Mr. Larson in the 1996 Adam Sandler comedy “Happy Gilmore” or the voice of the character of Vlad in Disney's “Tangled. »
- Gina Hall
Movie fans suffered an iconic loss today as iconic character actor Richard Kiel has passed away at the age of 74. The cause of death has not been determined. Kiel is best known for his performance as Jaws in the films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, but he is also recognizable from cameos in movies like Happy Gilmore and the Gene Wilder comedy Silver Streak. The 7'2" Kiel was also a writer and director. Other memorable performances of his include the classic Twilight Zone episode »
- Alex Maidy
Richard Kiel, whose imposing presence made Bond henchman Jaws into one of the series' most enduring villains, died Wednesday at the age of 74, reports the Associated Press. The seven-foot-two Kiel appeared in both 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me and 1979's Moonraker, and his popularity with audiences made Jaws the rare baddie to survive multiple brushes with the British secret agent. Outside of the Bond franchise, Kiel played a member of Burt Reynolds's prison football team in The Longest Yard and one of the Kanamit aliens in the famous Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man." »
- Nate Jones
'James Bond' villain Richard Kiel has passed away just three days shy of his 75th birthday.
James Bond villain Richard Kiel has passed away just three days shy of his 75th birthday.
Kiel died in a California hospital in Fresno, Calif. on Wednesday, Sept. 10. His cause of death has not been confirmed.
The 74-year-old actor was the villain Jaws in two of the Sir Roger Moore's Bond movies, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979), but to a younger audience, he's recognized for his cameo in Adam Sandler's 1996 comedy Happy Gilmore.
Moore, 86, reacted to his co-star's passing via Twitter, writing:
I am totally distraught to learn of my dear friend Richard Kiel's passing. We were on a radio programme together just a week ago. Distraught
— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) September 11, 2014
The affection and love for Richard Kiel which people shared with me @Harrods book signing »
Remembered best as Jaws, the towering steel-toothed villain of James Bond movies, Richard Kiel has passed away at the age of 74. No cause of death was given. The news was confirmed late Wednesday evening by Kelley Sanchez, director of communications at Saint Agnes Medical Center. Richard Kiel's agent Steven Stevens also reported on the news, both parties refusing to provide further details.
Richard Kiel was a giant of a man, standing at 7-foot-2-inches. He captured the public's attention in the 1977 James Bond adventure The Spy Who Loved Me opposite Roger Moore. Jaws was a cable-chomping henchman who towered over his co-stars. The villain was so popular, he was brought back for the 1979 Bond adventure Moonraker. Of his advisory, Bond would quip, "His name's Jaws. He kills people."
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