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SuBo courted for James Bond theme song

20 December 2009 11:15 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Susan Boyle may be the singer of the next James Bond movie theme. Boyle with her popular jazz style has been likened to Goldfinger singer Dame Shirley Bassey who recorded three Bond movie themes – those for Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker. The Welsh Dame Shirley has sold an estimated 135 million records to date and has had 35 hits in the UK Singles Chart along with 37 hit LPs in the UK Albums Chart. Boyle, already clocking up record-making sales with her debut CD and album, I Dreamed A Dream, looks set to mirror her success. SuBo, meanwhile, was reported to be thrilled over the prospect of being chosen to underscore the »

- Philippa Bourke

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'UFO' Lifting Off with Joshua Jackson

22 November 2009 9:30 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Actor Joshua Jackson is set to hop on UFO, a feature adaptation of the 1970-71 British cult TV series.

The Vancouver-born Jackson, who currently stars in the Fox television series Fringe, will play Paul Foster, a test pilot for an organization called S.H.A.D.O. (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization) which defends Earth from aliens who abduct humans and harvest their body parts. Col. Paul Foster was played in the original ITV series by Michael Billington, which also starred the late Ed Bishop as Cmdr. Ed Straker, the head of S.H.A.D.O.

The UFO movie will be produced by Henri M. Kessler and Avi Haas, from a script by Ryan Gaudet and Joseph Kanarek. Matthew Gratzner, who served as visual effects supervisor on such films as Iron Man, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, and the upcoming Shutter Island, will be making his directorial debut. »

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Review: 'James Bond Encyclopedia'

27 October 2009 5:27 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

James Bond Encyclopedia

By John Cork and Collin Stutz

334 Pages, Dk Publishing, $40

Nobody does it better. Dk Publishing continues to put out the best assortment of visual reference books on pop culture and as we near the holidays, they keep pumping out one must have collection after another.

Few literary figures have endured changing eras and tastes likes Ian Fleming’s spy, James Bond. Fleming created the spy in the 1950s and continued his exploits through the dozen novels and nine short stories before his death in 1964. He got to see his creation catch the attention of a world made uncomfortable by the Cold War, giving them a clear cut hero to root for as he traveled the world and dispatched the Red Menace in all its guises.

Bond has endured despite the constant change in performer, indelibly begun by Sean Connery and carried through by George Lazenby, Roger Moore, »

- Robert Greenberger

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James Bond has licence to thrill in new comic strip collection

9 September 2009 3:53 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

A New Book is reopening the files on some of James Bond's most famous adventures later this month.

Get ready for gadgets, girls, globetrotting escapades and nefarious villains bidding for world domination.

The James Bond Omnibus includes stories which appeared in daily newspaper comic strips in the late 50s and early 60s, before the film adaptations were made.

Released by Titan Books on September 25, priced £14.99, the omnibus collects for the first time eleven of Bond's most thrilling missions, adapted from Ian Fleming's novels.

The first bumper volume of its kind from Titan Books, Volume 001 presents Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia With Love, Dr No, Goldfinger, Risico, From a View to a Kill, For Your Eyes Only and Thunderball.

With an introduction by former Bond actor Sir Roger Moore, this paperback features 304 pages of action and the occasional vodka martini, shaken not stirred. »

- David Bentley

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The Blu-Ray Review: Goldfinger (1964)

2 September 2009 5:06 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Colin Jacobson reviews the James Bond classic in HD.

For my money, Bond never got any better than Goldfinger. The series got bigger and flashier, but no film ever portrayed the fun, action, and danger, and the high-tech nuttiness of the world of James Bond any more perfectly than this 1964 classic. This was the film that convinced me that Sean Connery was unquestionably the best Bond ever. It may sound like heresy, but for much of my life, I thought Roger Moore defined the character. It's a matter of timing. By the time I became interested in the series in 1979 with Moonraker, Connery had been without his license to kill for eight years and Moore was firmly ensconced in the role. Considering that these were the days before common and affordable VCRs, that meant that for all intents, Moore was Bond to my generation. We had very little experience with anyone else. »

- Paul

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“Nazis. I hate these guys.”: 15 WWII Movies Worth Watching Before You See Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.

26 May 2009 4:10 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Who knew that the Nazis -- one of the most brutal regimes in the history of brutal regimes -- would be responsible for such fun, mind-blowingly awesome entertainment? The second I see a dude in a grey German uniform and an eye patch enter the frame, I’m like ‘Whoa. That Nazi is going to provide me a great amount of entertainment this evening’. So, with Inglorious Bastards having recently premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, I figured I'd put together a list of some awesome WW2 films as a resource for anyone wanting to beef up their WW2 film knowledge before checking out Tarantino's self-proclaimed 'masterpiece'. It's worth noting that I focused on older films -- pre-1980 for the most part -- and only the stories featuring Nazi's. It was tough to cut this down to 15 films, but I'm sure you all will be able to come up with »

- Jay C.

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DVD Playhouse: April 2009

11 April 2009 11:58 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—April 2009

By

Allen Gardner

Milk (Universal) Sean Penn deservedly captured his second Best Actor Oscar (and Dustin Lance Black a statuette for his original screenplay) in director Gus Van Sant’s portrait of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to hold public office in the U.S. Alternately heartbreaking, infuriating and very funny, a film that both captures a bygone era and is still very timely. Fine support from Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, James Franco and Emile Hirsch. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Three featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround.

Slumdog Millionaire (20th Century Fox) The Best Picture of 2008 is a kinetic, clever audience-pleaser about a determined lad (Dev Patel) from the slums of Mumbai, who has his chance at literal and financial redemption as a contestant on India’s version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Best Director Danny Boyle dazzles »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Blu-Ray Review: James Bond Continues Blu-Ray Dominance With Four New Releases

1 April 2009 4:38 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0 Chicago – James Bond continues working his way into your Blu-Ray collection with the release of Volume Three of MGM’s “James Bond Blu-Ray,” which includes HD versions of “The World is Not Enough,” “Goldfinger,” and “Moonraker”. Meanwhile, the unofficial Bond adventure, Fox’s “Never Say Never Again” hits Blu-Ray at the same time. All will make worthwhile additions to 007 fans with Blu-Ray players.

In case you missed it, Volume One of “James Bond Blu-Ray” included “Die Another Day,” “Live And Let Die,” and “Dr. No”. Volume Two includes “For Your Eyes Only,” “From Russia With Love,” and “Thunderball”. Both collections were released last October. With the new volume, that’s nine official Bond movies on Blu-Ray. In other words, there will be more volumes in the future.

James Bond Blu-Ray: Volume Three was released on Blu-Ray on March 24th, 2009.

Photo credit: MGM

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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[DVD Review] Quantum of Solace

30 March 2009 12:18 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

After the meaty origin story Casino Royale, greeted with almost universal acclaim for its back to basics bravado, it would seem the honeymoon really is over for this latest reincarnation of cinema's longest running franchise. Looking to build on the accrued goodwill by refining the bloated Bond into something efficient enough to shed the anachronistic shackles, first time Bond director Marc Forster and scripter Paul Haggis have trimmed so much off the top as to render the series virtually emaciated and delivered a film as confounding as its nonsensical title.

Picking up right where Royale left off, Quantum opens hard and fast with Bond (Daniel Craig) weaving his bullet riddled Aston Martin in an out of traffic on a winding Sienna cliffside road while duly dispatching the customary bad guys in hot pursuit to deliver Mr. White for interrogation. It's an interrogation that's short-lived as an assassin is only too »

- Neil Pedley

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[DVD Review] Quantum of Solace

30 March 2009 12:18 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

After the meaty origin story Casino Royale, greeted with almost universal acclaim for its back to basics bravado, it would seem the honeymoon really is over for this latest reincarnation of cinema's longest running franchise. Looking to build on the accrued goodwill by refining the bloated Bond into something efficient enough to shed the anachronistic shackles, first time Bond director Marc Forster and scripter Paul Haggis have trimmed so much off the top as to render the series virtually emaciated and delivered a film as confounding as its nonsensical title.

Picking up right where Royale left off, Quantum opens hard and fast with Bond (Daniel Craig) weaving his bullet riddled Aston Martin in an out of traffic on a winding Sienna cliffside road while duly dispatching the customary bad guys in hot pursuit to deliver Mr. White for interrogation. It's an interrogation that's short-lived as an assassin is only too »

- Neil Pedley

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Jaws named as greatest Bond character

24 March 2009 1:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jaws has been named as the best ever James Bond character in a poll of nearly 5,000 film fans. The stainless-steel-mouthed villain was played by Richard Kiel in both The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. Q, played by Desmond Llewellyn and John Cleese, came second in the HMV and getcloser.com poll - which excluded James Bond himself. A spokesman for the DVD retailer said: "We all have our favourite Bond characters, but you can see why so many of us go for Jaws. Aside from his incredible physical presence, he's got a (more) »

- By Sarah Rollo

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Jaws Voted As Greatest Character From James Bond Movies

23 March 2009 2:50 AM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

Jaws has been voted the greatest ever James Bond character. The villain-turned-good guy, who was portrayed in "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Moonraker" by Richard Kiel, topped the survey of 4,900 film fans.

Jaws beat Q, the Head of Research and Development for British Intelligence - originally played by Desmond Llewellyn and in later films by John Cleese - into second place.

Gennaro Castaldo, a spokesperson for music and DVD retailer HMV who compiled the poll with getcloser.com, said: "We all have our favorite Bond characters, but you can see why so many of us go for Jaws. Aside from his incredible physical presence, he's got a great name and gimmick, and his stainless steel teeth are so wonderfully villainous."

"Ultimately, however, I think we like him because in the end he turns good guy."

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Jaws Voted As Greatest James Bond Character

23 March 2009 2:31 AM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

Jaws has been voted the greatest ever James Bond character. The villain-turned-good guy, who was portrayed in "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Moonraker" by Richard Kiel, topped the survey of 4,900 film fans.

Jaws beat Q, the Head of Research and Development for British Intelligence - originally played by Desmond Llewellyn and in later films by John Cleese - into second place.

Gennaro Castaldo, a spokesperson for music and DVD retailer HMV who compiled the poll with getcloser.com, said: "We all have our favorite Bond characters, but you can see why so many of us go for Jaws. Aside from his incredible physical presence, he's got a great name and gimmick, and his stainless steel teeth are so wonderfully villainous."

"Ultimately, however, I think we like him because in the end he turns good guy."

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James Bond 007: A Cinematic Legacy - Part 2 of 2

11 January 2009 7:36 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Welcome to the final installment of this two part examination of James Bond. We look at how Ian Fleming’s character has remained popular for over 50 years. You can read Part One here. When an aging Roger Moore finally retired from the James Bond series in 1985, a young Irish actor named Pierce Brosnan was hired to replace him. However, when his series Remington Steele featured a surge in popularity following his casting announcement an option in his contract for more episodes was accepted meaning that he had to turn the role down.

 

In 1987 Timothy Dalton finally appeared as Moore’s replacement in The Living Daylights. More serious than Moore, Dalton took Bond back to his literary roots as a fierce killer. However, Bond faced his biggest challenge yet - the 80’s action hero. Faced with action stars like Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Mel Gibson, it appeared that Bond had finally met his match. »

- Niall Browne

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