10 items from 2015
"You're a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Bond." Last week, the boys finally saw their second James Bond movie. They'd previously seen "The Spy Who Loved Me," which was a huge hit, and this time, they selected "You Only Live Twice," which played better for the older movie nerd. It bored Allen silly, which is no surprise. I love the Connery era Bond films precisely because of the more measured pace and the way they take place in a button-down world where Bond is the splash of color. The Moore films are cartoons from start to finish with few exceptions, so they're easier for kids to enjoy. I was glad they saw "You Only Live Twice" because it also introduced the idea of Spectre to them, and it's been clear since the moment Sony won the legal rights back to use that organization in their films that they were »
- Drew McWeeny
This one's big. So big it exerts a gravitational pull, orbited by numerous pop culture satellites, sketch shows and 90% of Austin Powers. Has some nice little moments and memorable big moments. Shame about the bits inbetween. A film that I loved as a child and find increasingly flawed. Characters so two-dimensional you could stick them to the fridge, writing that dips into laziness and is occasionally outright indolent. Plus Connery looks bored by the whole thing.
The Villain: It seems perverse to label one of the great villains of cinema a disappointment. And, despite several incarnations, there’s no denying this Blofeld, Pleasance’s Blofeld, is still seen as the archetype. The cat, the baldness, the scar, the lack of stature have all entered into (pop) cultural lore. Yet I find »
Let's not beat about the bush: Empire's Spectre covers are here, and you want to see them. So what are you waiting for?Skyfall, the 23rd official Bond film, came out way back in October 2012. With over a billion dollars at the box office and Britain's finest espionage asset back in the hearts of minds of the world, the 24th Bond film can't come soon enough. So with "October 23, 2015" the all-important release date circled (with a thick black pen) in every 007 fan's calendar, Empire took one for the team and visited Eon's Pinewood set - and the snow-covered Austrian Alps to which Bond will be returning for the first time since The Spy Who Loved Me - to speak to Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the producers behind it all, as well as some of the new characters in Bond's life. Tidbits from the feature will appear here on EmpireOnline. »
Sure, there have been countless articles detailing the debonair men that portrayed the world’s most famous superspy in Ian Fleming’s creation of Agent 007 (a.k.a James Bond). And of course there have been many debates arguing who is considered the best Bond of them all (yes…I concur with the majority of the Sean Connery census that he is the ideal licensed to kill Lothario of them all). Plus, the listing of who’s the better Bond from top to bottom is always a lively discussion among Agent 007 aficionados.
Well, here is one more list to join the fray in terms of examining the actors that carried the action-packed load in bringing Fleming’s dashing Danger Man into the forefront of adventure, mystery, travel and romance. In Of Human “Bond”-age: Top Ten Actors That Had Played James Bond we will take a look at the actors »
- Frank Ochieng
Spoilers for Kingsman: The Secret Service, obviously…
Kingsman: The Secret Service is certainly doing better than many expected, having pulled in around $88 million worldwide amongst several praising reviews from critics and moviegoers. But if there is one thing that has split audiences, it was that joke at the end of the movie.
As a reminder, at the end of the movie Eggsy discovers the captured Princess Tilde who promises him anal sex if he comes back to rescue her. Which, he later does. While it has upset quite a few people who have seen the movie, Matthew Vaughn has defended the joke.
“If you’ve noticed, this is my Spinal Tap of trying to find 11 with every scene,” Vaughn told EW. “What happened there was I studied all the old movies, especially the Bond ones. At the end of Moonraker, he’s floating around in space on Dr. Goodhead, and they say, »
- Luke Owen
This post contains a spoiler for Kingsman: The Secret Service. But not until after the picture of a squirrel.
Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service will break through the $100m mark worldwide over the next day or two, as the film continues to be a strong box office performer. For an R-rated comic book movie without a Marvel or DC logo on it, nor anywhere near the level of budget such productions attract, it's fair to call if a sizeable success.
It helps, of course, that the film is really good too.
However, there's been one particular area of controversy, which we're going to talk about after the picture of Daphne the Spoiler Squirrel. If you've not seen Kingsman: The Secret Service, don't scroll down unless you want the ending spoiled for you. »
Be warned, there will be Spoilers below for Kingsman: The Secret Service if you haven't yet seen it in theaters, so read on at your own risk. The adaptation of Mark Millar's comic more than held its own against the blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey, taking second place with a healthy $35.6 million, along with high praise from the nation's critics. There is one point of contention among several fans, a sexual joke at the very end of the movie, that hasn't been received nearly as well as the movie itself. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Matthew Vaughn addressed these criticisms and defended the scene. This is your last chance to avoid spoilers, so don't read any further if you haven't seen Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Towards the very end of the film, young Eggsy (Taron Egerton) approaches Princess Tilde (Hanna Alström), who is one of the »
Warning: This article contains plot spoilers for Kingsman: The Secret Service which some readers may wish to avoid.
Vaughn, who co-wrote the film with Jane Goldman, defended the sequence saying that he wanted to subvert Roger Moore-style 007 innuendos.
"If you've noticed, this is my Spinal Tap of trying to find 11 with every scene," Vaughn told Entertainment Weekly. "What happened there was I studied all the old movies, especially the Bond ones. At the end of Moonraker, he's floating around in space on Dr Goodhead, and they say, 'Bond is attempting reentry'.
"In The Spy Who Loved Me, he says he's 'keeping the British end up'. The innuendo »
It seems appropriate that Matthew Vaughn and Guy Ritchie began their film careers working together, and that they each seem to have helped define the British film industry now for sixteen years, because this year, both have decided to take on the most British of all British subjects… James Bond. To be clear, neither of them is actually making a film about James Bond, but there is absolutely no doubt that both of them have Bond on the brain. This Friday, Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" will open in theaters, kicking off a year that should have filmgoers thinking about James Bond from one end of the calendar to the other. After all, Vaughn's film, which I liked quite a bit, is a loving tribute to the fetishistic totems of the Bond franchise, re-imagined by Mark Millar, then re--re-imagined by Vaughn and his co-writer, the fiendishly clever Jane Goldman. »
- Drew McWeeny
Unfortunately, Craig has apparently sprained his knee on the set of upcoming movie Spectre, and with every day of shooting costing a fair whack, there's no time to waste.
Fortunately, Roger Moore has a particularly eyebrow-raising proposition...
— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) February 6, 2015
Moore played James Bond in 007 films between 1973 and 1985 - more than any other actor to date.
Replacing Sean Connery, he was Bond in Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to a Kill, before Timothy Dalton took the role.
Moore recently described Craig and »
10 items from 2015
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