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Before James Bond made his film debut in 1962′s Dr. No, starring Sean Connery, he made an appearance on a 1954 episode of the TV show, Climax! It was an adaptation of Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, with Bond portrayed as an American CIA agent played by Barry Nelson. This is, as of today, the only TV adaptation of one of Fleming’s novels- but could Bond ever make a reappearance on the small screen?
It wouldn’t be the first time a movie or film series became a TV show (Mash, The Odd Couple, My Big Fat Greek Wedding). There’s no plans to bring Bond to TV as of now, but this article will focus on some reasons why a James Bond TV show could be a good idea.
10. The ”Bond Formula” Would Work For a Weekly Series
While the Bond series has, throughout the years, »
- Andrew Edward Davies
Skyfall isn’t your typical James Bond movie, and seeing as it’s the 23rd of them to be released since 1962, that’s saying something. It’s not brand confusing, Never Say Never Again weird, or strange in the Moonraker, race-of-hyper-evolved-space-people sense, but it’s undeniably different from every Bond film that has come before it. That includes the previous two Daniel Craig movies, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, which already felt a bit more like stepchildren rather than full-blooded heirs to the legacy.
Both those films can be seen as stepping stones leading to Skyfall, with the serious tone, more grounded action, and rougher-edged hero establishing the telltale signs of the Craig era, like how a ridiculous number of gadgets lets you know that you’re watching a Roger Moore entry. Yet, Skyfall sticks out not just as a culmination of the “Craig trilogy,” but also as an »
- Sam Woolf
Well, we did it. After 23 weeks of spies, gadgets, and alarmingly unhealthy sexual behavior, MTV Movies Blog crossed the finish-line of the first ever Bond-a-Thond.
Along the way, we kept an eye on some totals, chronicled the most memorable moments, and simply basked in the glory of 007 and the world of Ian Flemming. It was a rip-roaring adventure that got a little dark somewhere around 1979, but just like Bond, we persevered and made it through.
Click past the jump to check out some of our more unusual superlatives, as well as, the totals from our "by the numbers" counts and my closing thoughts on the series.
Best Unused Songs
Best Villain Death
Without a doubt, this award has to go to Yaphet Kotto as Dr. Kananga, who inflates after getting shot with a shark gun capsule. »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Following James Bond’s out of this world experience in the financially successful (665 million, adjusted for inflation) if artistically vapid Moonraker, the series’ sole producer, Albert Broccoli, thought it best to venture in a different direction, one that would feel slightly more grounded, all the while still playing on the strengths of his star: cool wit, affable mannerism and charm. A new director in John Glenn was now on board, who would go on to direct every single entry from the 80s, including Timothy Dalton’s two adventures. A new production designer in Peter Lamont was also now in charge of sets. Both had worked their way up in the ‘Bond family business’ so to speak, and, along with the leftover story elements from the far grittier Ian Fleming novels, the 007 films of the early 80s would take on a different tone and feel from the voodoo, space travel and »
- Edgar Chaput
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Screenplay by Christopher Wood
Moonraker has the unique distinction of being the most absurd and over-the-top Bond film produced in 50 years of the series. Spy films exist in a genre unto themselves, but the Bond films sometimes like to crossover into other popular genres as well. The first clear example of this was 1973′s Live and Let Die, which mimicked the then popular Blaxploitation genre. When Moonraker was released however, the Bond series took this genre crossover to its extreme, resulting in a Bond film as much a science fiction saga as it is screwball comedy. Certainly one of the strangest Bond films to date, Moonraker holds a unique admiration among Bond fans and remained the highest grossing of all the Bond films until the release of Goldeneye in 1995.
- Tony Nunes
It is no secret that Roger Moore holds the record as the actor who played James Bond the most, his tally an impressing 7. There are a bevy of reasons why this was the case, the most obvious being that each one of his films were massive financial successes, the only bump in the road being his second outing, The Man With the Golden Gun, which itself speaks to the immense stature of the franchise when the film that earns 97 million dollars is the ‘bump in the road.’ There was a shift in tone that permeated in the Bond films once Roger Moore took over the mantle from Sean Connery. Whereas the latter brought toughness and grittiness to his interpretation of the famous super spy all the while proving to be as smooth as butter, the former injected some light comedic flair. It was definitely still James Bond on the screen, »
- Edgar Chaput
British secret agent James Bond first sprung to fictional life in author Ian Fleming's 1953 novel, Casino Royale, which needed three printings to keep up with the demand. Fleming followed with a series of novels and short stories featuring Bond until his death in 1964, at which point the character was also a big screen success as well.
Conversely, Robert Ludlum wrote his first Jason Bourne novel with 1980's The Bourne Identity, writing two more before his death in 2001. Ludlum did not live long enough to see 2002's The Bourne Identity or its subsequent sequels, but, like Fleming, Ludlum's character lives on, with other authors taking over the characters for the novels and the film franchises continuing to find success.
Yet, with Bond making his 23rd big screen adventure in this weekend's Skyfall, we began to wonder: which spy rules the other? There's only one place for Bourne and Bond to »
- Ryan Gowland
“Bond. James Bond.” Since the moment those words were spoken James Bond has been a mainstay in pop culture. What started as a novel series written by Ian Fleming has grown into one of the biggest franchises ever. Bond has been everywhere and has continued to rule the world since his arrival. When looking back at the lucrative history of James Bond one wonders what is the secret of this overwhelming success. I attempt to answer that question by looking at the Top 10 Reasons Why James Bond Rules the World.
As one would think Bond has some staying power. Fifty years is quite a long time to stay relevant as a movie franchise. That’s longer than both Star Trek and Star Wars. While there certainly have been some ups and downs Bond has made it through it all. To put it in perspective when Dr. No »
With Skyfall being released today and receiving nothing but glowing reviews from the critics and fans alike I felt it was only appropriate to take a look back and see what other films starring the British Secret Agent were a cut above the rest. Bond . . . James Bond has appeared in 22 previous action packed adventures that stem from writer Ian Fleming’s popular books. Over the years the films have garnered over $12 billion dollars and have spawned fans all across the world. The film series was officially launched in 1961 thanks to Albert R. Broccoli (also known as “Cubby”) and Harry Saltzman when they formed Eon Productions. A year later the tuxedo suit wearing, Aston Martin driving, and martini drinking spy stepped out onto the big screen. Some of the films released since 1962 were “shaken not stirred” into the perfect concoction of espionage, intrigue, and excitement, while others were forgettable adventures for »
- Michael Haffner
Whenever a new James Bond movie hits theaters, it’s an opportunity to bring up one of the greatest questions in the history of popular cinema: Which film about the dapper British superspy is the very best film. Which leads to a natural follow-up question: Which one is the worst? I grew up in a solidly pro-Connery household, and my personal favorite is the film that initially ended Connery’s run with the character: You Only Live Twice. After starting off with one of the series’ best openings (Bond gets killed!) and my personal favorite Bond theme song (sung by »
- Darren Franich
Through the many iterations of James Bond, the filmmakers have occasionally latched on to the popular films and genres of the time, and worked that formula into their films in an obvious attempt to bolster box office returns.
Moore’s first outing as the superspy in Live and Let Die was partially indebted to the blaxploitation era, while Moonraker was clearly cashing-in on the late-70’s sci-fi boom, ushered in by the likes of Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Casino Royale heralded a leaner, meaner Bond and comparisons between the Bourne series and, in particular, Quantum of Solace were pretty explicit.
This time around, critics and audience members have picked up on The Dark Knight beats evident in Skyfall. While the film is far from a derivative experience, and director Sam Mendes has crafted a genuinely thrilling and fresh take on the property regardless of any similarities, »
- Adam Lowes
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 »
Rip-roaring adventure, memorable enemies and beautiful women, the Bond movies should make great games. But they've only made one. Here's why
I can remember my first experience of a James Bond computer game. It was the Commodore 64 version of View to a Kill, released by Domark Software in 1985. I distinctly recall awkwardly driving a tiny block-like taxi around a depiction of Paris that resembled a series of green sticking plasters haphazardly slapped over each other. And I thought to myself, this in no way captures the experience of watching a James Bond movie. It would turn out to be a prescient observation.
Fast forward to 2012 and the latest Bond flick is thrilling movie-goers with its gritty action, complex plot and compelling central performance. But there is no direct video game tie-in. Instead, there are a couple of sequences from Skyfall tucked into a game called 007 Legends, a sort of best-of-Bond compendium, »
- Keith Stuart
Boyd Hilton, TV and reviews editor of Heat magazine
First of all let me say I do not take this position lightly. Working out who is the best Bond is possibly the most important cultural conundrum of our time. Even more crucial than deciding the best Doctor in Doctor Who (Tom Baker, obviously). I would also admit that until about two weeks ago I would have stuck to the position that the first 007 I ever saw, Sean Connery, was still the ultimate Bond. Connery clearly did a superb job of turning Ian Fleming's character into an indelible film icon, and rarely put a foot wrong (although the less said about his misguided return in Never Say Never Again, the better). I was brought up on Connery's Bond. I love Connery's Bond. »
Flickering Myth's writing team vote for their favourite James Bond films before Skyfall, the 23rd entry in the franchise, hits cinemas...
If an alien race observed our cinematic habits over the past 50 years they may well pick out one particular universal constant, one glamorously unchanging law. No matter what happens in the world or how the landscape of movies shifts around the rise of the multiplex, James Bond will always return. It's not quite as reliable as gravity, indeed our favourite secret agent has flirted with permanent hibernation several times, but it's a pretty good bet that every few years he'll dust off his tux to dazzle and charm us on the big screen.
Soon Skyfall will become the latest adventure of Commander James Bond. The whole world expects, not just England, every time 007 draws his Walther Ppk. But this time the pressure on our hero is especially immense. The »
- Liam Trim
James Bond's return to the big screen was given the royal seal of approval when 007's latest film outing held its world premiere in London.
The actor, starring as the agent for a third time, said he was "incredibly proud" to once more be playing the suave hero created by Ian Fleming, who first appeared on the big screen in Dr No in 1962.
"I've never been to a premiere like this, it's incredible," he said as he arrived at the venue, where guests filed past a huge gold 007 logo and a classic Aston Martin.
With previous outing Quantum of Solace criticised for being too glum and one-note, Craig revealed it had been important to get »
- David Bentley
Welcome back to our comprehensive compendium of Bond movie titles. Yesterday we saw Captain Eyebrow debut and George Lazenby come and go. Which, to be fair, is what Bond’s famous for. Today we start of with Roger Moore’s third outing as the gentleman spy. Altogether now;
Clang… Clang-alang Alang-alang Alang-alang.
Clang Alang…. Clang-alang-alang…
(1977) dir. Lewis Gilbert
Bond proves that he’s better than women and Russians.
Does It Sound Like A Bond Film: Incontrovertibly. It implies romance and espionage, two aspects we associate most with James Bond.
Does It Get A Song:
Not quite, but ‘Nobody Does It Better’ is (as Tom Yorke said just before covering it with Radiohead) one of the sexiest songs ever. Carly Simon sings of a nameless spy who is such an amazing lover that it makes her feel bad for the rest.
‘Why’d you have to be so good? »
- John Sharp
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
The Man with the Golden Gun marks Roger Moore’s second outing as the British secret agent James Bond and while there will always be an endless debate as to which Bond actor reigns supreme; his performance in this film for me certainly cements Moore as one of my favourites. The premise of the film sees Bond’s life being threatened by the world’s greatest assassin, Francisco Scaramanga, played by veteran Hammer Horror star Christopher Lee, whose performance as Bond’s arch rival is without a doubt the highlight of the entire film and an example of superb casting. Lee delivers a fantastically cool and calm yet menacing performance as the three-nippled assassin, who is looking to deposit one »
"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
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