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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
Although Moonraker had been a massive financial success, Bond producer Cubby Broccoli, must have realized that the series was quickly becoming a parody of itself. Serious measures had to be taken, and the decision was made to scale back the next Bond installment, once again bringing the super spy back to earth, in the most serious installment of the franchise since 1969.s On Her MAJESTY.S Secret Service. Would an audience that had become accustomed to a lighthearted, fantastical Bond accept »
- Chris Bumbray
After the smash international success of The Spy Who Loved Me, producer Albert R. Broccoli immediately began work on a follow up. Originally, the next Bond slated for production was For Your Eyes Only, but the success of Star Wars had changed the industry so much, that every studio in town was trying to jump on the band wagon. There was Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Black Hole, Alien, Battlestar Galactica on TV, etc. In order to stay competitive, Broccoli decided to make his own sci-fi »
- Chris Bumbray
Bond star Daniel Craig wants the superspy to quit smoking for the sake of his health - but is happy for 007 to carry on drinking.
Craig caused a sensation in his first Bond movie Casino Royale when he showed off his toned body as he emerged from the sea.
And he insists the cigarette-puffing hero created by author Ian Fleming is unrealistic - because tobacco would hamper the action hero's fitness.
He says, "I don't wish for him (Bond) to smoke. Fleming wrote a Bond that smoked 60 cigarettes a day. I can't do that and then run two-and-a-half miles down a road, it just doesn't tie in."
But Craig is still willing for 007 to sip his famous cocktails - adding: "But the drinking's there, the Dutch courage. In one of the books, Moonraker, Bond is about to play cards at a club with the bad guy, and he orders Benzedrine from M16, which is speed, which he mixes in with the Dom Perignon, and that's how he starts the evening..." »
Former Bond villain Richard Kiel has confirmed that fans are unlikely to see him making a return to the franchise in a future movie. The 69-year-old actor, who played Jaws in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me and 1979's Moonraker, claimed that there would be no place for him in the current films. "I'd love to but I think the new Bond is so realistic, it's a whole different kind of Bond," Kiel told ITN. "I don't think I'd fit in any more." Kiel (more) »
- By Daniel Kilkelly
Steven Spielberg, Bond director?
According to an upcoming memoir by Roger Moore, the man who appeared as 007 seven times in the 1970s and 80s, Spielberg once had designs on a middle-period Bond flick. In his new book, My Word is Bond, Moore describes meeting the up-and-comer at a Paris hotel in the late 1970s.
"He was a huge Bond fan and said that he would love to direct one of the films," recalls Moore. "He'd recently had great success with Jaws and Close Encounters and was considered a very hot property."
If my math is right, that would put Spielberg in line to maybe direct Moonraker, which, frankly, would have been the best option for both parties at the time. It probably would've been really cool, actually.
'I was rather excited at this news and went looking for (Bond producer Cubby Broccoli) to tell him." Apparently, the Cubster was not as excited as Moore, »
- Colin Boyd
7 items from 2008
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