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We've arrived at Roger Moore's penultimate Bond. But isn't it about time somebody fought Octopussy's corner?
After the comedown of For Your Eyes Only, the series is back on a high. A very good-natured, occasionally thrilling escapade that boasts an impressive roster of villains, a finely developed heroine, unusually meaty roles for series stalwarts General Gogol and Q, a nuclear bomb and a gloriously stupid title. Yes, Roger Moore has aged to the point where counting the wrinkles is a legitimate distraction. And many valid criticisms can be levelled about plot and credibility. But the good outweighs, or certainly overwhelms, the bad in Octopussy. Still, he really should have quit after this one.
The Villain: Kamal Khan got his break by winning the talent competition Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar - and that was just the beginning. 2012 hit Ishk Sufiana launched Khan into stardom and he bagged »
By: Jay Dyer
Ian Fleming’s James Bond is one of the most recognizable and successful characters in modern popular culture. The novels have sold over 100 million copies, and the film franchise is the second most successful in history, having been recently displaced by the Harry Potter series. For most readers and viewers, 007 is merely a Western pop icon. However, there is much more at work in the novels and films than appears on the surface. In fact, there are deeper undercurrents, themes, symbols, and messages that operate as psychological warfare propaganda and an in-depth semiotic analysis of the novels and films yields an interpretation that confirms this thesis. Much has been written on the subject of Ian Fleming’s James Bond. From Umberto Eco’s older essay “Narrative Structures in Fleming” to Christoph Linders’ modern collections The James Bond Phenomenon and Revisioning 007: James Bond and Casino Royale, there »
- Jay Dyer
Since 1962, the James Bond franchise has come to define the spy genre, for good or ill. More broadly, every thriller and action film that comes out now either uses them as inspiration, or attempts to ignore or re-work the tropes that have come to be associated with the series.
Coming off the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, and with the release of a new Bond film this year, now seems like the perfect time to take a look at a sample of the films which have been inspired by James Bond — either as homages, parodies or reactions.
The Ipcress File (1965)
Produced by James Bond producer Harry Saltzman as a more grounded alternative to the largesse of Bond, The Ipcress File is more concerned with the intricacies of real spy-work — the endless paperwork, »
Code number 007 is on the mind of fans as they anticipate the new Bond film which is expected to be released this year.
Commander James Bond, Cmg, Rn is a fictional character created by novelist and British journalist Ian Fleming in 1952. Bond is a Secret Service agent who is a composite based upon a number of commandos known by Ian Fleming during his service in the Naval Intelligence Division during World War II. The character’s name was appropriated by Fleming from American ornithologist James Bond. The code number 007 is from one of the key achievements of British naval intelligence, breaking the German diplomatic code in World War I.
Fleming’s fiction character appeared in a series of twelve novels, two short story collections, a number of continuation novels, and over twenty Bond films. Spanning more than half of a century, there have been several actors who played James Bond on the big screen. »
- Gary Collinson
Voice actor Robert Rietti has died, aged 92.
Rietti was known for lending his voice to James Bond villains when filmmakers wanted to re-record lines.
According to The Times, Rietti died on April 3.
"In nearly every Bond picture, there's been a foreign villain, and in almost every case, they've used my voice," Rietti once said.
Throughout his career, he also voiced characters in The Guns of Navarone (1961), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Doctor Zhivago (1965), Barbarella (1968), Frenzy (1972), Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and Trail of the Pink Panther (1982). »
Since his casting was announced at a press conference late last year, the internet has been abuzz with rumours that he will play Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who is known as the head of criminal organisation Spectre.
The character last appeared in For Your Eyes Only, although the character was unnamed due to an ongoing legal dispute.
Speaking to GQ about the Blofeld rumours, Waltz said: "That is absolutely untrue. That rumour started on the internet, and the internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser."
Meanwhile, the actor admitted to hesitating when he was first offered a role in the latest Bond film.
"I always hesitate... You ask yourself, hang on - what »
Israel’s Education Ministry, which oversees the prize, announced the award on Monday.
Topol, 79, is among Israel’s most decorated actors. The winner of two Golden Globes, including one for his performance as Tevye, he has also been nominated for both an Academy Award and a Tony Award.
He broke onto the Israeli screen in 1964’s “Sallah Shabati,” a racially tinged comedy that was one of the first true Israeli hits, and which made history for being the first Israeli film to ever earn an Oscar nomination.
- Debra Kamin
A strange offering this one, sandwiched between two considerably more significant films. Undoubtedly a lightweight outing, despite featuring a heavyweight star in more ways than one. The cartoonish tone is sharpened by lashings of violence and a surprisingly high body count. A moribund Connery and garish Las Vegas add to the sense of a series going to seed. Implausibilities abound through Diamonds Are Forever. Yet its dysfunctional parts create a film that, while far from a classic, has a certain battered panache – and a wry smile throughout. I rather like it.
The Villain: Like buses, Blofelds come in threes. After Donald and Telly, here’s Charles – utterly estranged from his predecessors in appearance and manner. This Blofeld has hair, a penchant for crossdressing and a rather winning air of bonhomie. Plus there’s three of him. »
The fourth installment of the Daniel Craig as 007 era will be upon us at the end of the year with Spectre, and with Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returning to the helm of the series, we've good feelings about where this is heading.
Perhaps that is why in our first actual behind-the-scenes footage of Spectre, Eon Productions is comfortable enough to let Mendes walk us through where James Bond 24 is heading with the character. While speaking in the below video blog, Mendes explains a concept that we haven’t seen really explored since GoldenEye: Bond is now the veteran and M is the newbie with something to prove.
In many ways, I am detecting that Mendes and screenwriter John Logan are in several sneaky ways pulling from »
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
Another accident occurred Tuesday during the shoot for the latest James Bond film, Spectre. While filming in Solden, Austria, a camera truck veered off the road and crashed into a barn, seriously injuring at least one crew member, sources tell THR. Second unit assistant director Terry Madden, who had also worked on the previous James Bond films Skyfall, Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale, was injured in the accident, suffering multiple fractures in his leg, according to those sources. Madden has worked on every Bond film since 1981’s For Your Eyes Only. Read More Filming Briefly Delayed on 'Spectre' After
- Rebecca Ford
After dozens of advanced screenings nationwide over the past month, Matthew Vaughn’s spy comedy “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is finally hitting Us theaters this weekend (read our A- review here) and a new espionage-themed supercut has arrived online to get you in the sneaky mood. Titled “For Your Eyes Only” and edited by Cineplex Movies, the three-minute supercut focuses mostly on modern spy movies, which means less “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold” and more “Salt.” Some of the movies that make appearances include both the Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner “Bourne” flicks, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” the “Mission: Impossible” series, every iteration of James Bond (minus George Lazenby, or at least he wasn’t easily spotted), “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The American” and, perplexingly, the Nazi-Tom Cruise-with-an-eyepatch-starring “Valkyrie,” which in our opinion is far closer to a war thriller than a spy one, covert operations. »
- Cain Rodriguez
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 »
It's a good thing that Netflix is always adding more things to streaming, because come February, the service will be removing some movies and TV shows. Luckily, we know exactly what will be expiring, so you can check out the list and plan your viewing schedule accordingly! Movies A View to a Kill Airheads Apocalypse Now Apocalypse Now Redux Babes in Toyland Batman & Robin Batman Forever Batman Returns Cocoon: The Return Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Down Periscope For Your Eyes Only From Russia With Love Goldfinger Jane Eyre Live and Let Die Mad Max M*A*S*H Nacho Libre Never Say Never Again Revenge School Daze Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie The Juror Wishmaster Zodiac Arbitrage (Feb. 5) Dredd (Feb. 23) Ali (Feb. 28) Monkey Trouble (Feb. 28) Panic Room (Feb. 28) TV Series Blackadder Fawlty Towers Hotel Babylon Mi-5 Red Dwarf Jem and the Holograms My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic »
Netflix has just released their lists of what films and TV shows we will see added in February…and what films and TV shows will vanish.
First, the good news: quite a few classic and popular TV shows are making the grade on the streaming service, including the first five seasons of Mash, Hawaii 5-0, and the new season of House of Cards. New additions to the film list include RoboCop, The Brothers Bloom, and Gimme Shelter. While there’s not a lot of quality stuff on offer, there are at least a few new films and TV shows that we can enjoy on the Netflix streaming service.
Now for the bad news: quite a number of favorites are going to vanish from Netflix come February 1. Among these are several James Bond films, Zodiac, Jane Eyre, and Dredd. The TV shows fare even worse, with tons of BBC shows expiring, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Having come to the conclusion that it's genuinely useful to tell its users what movies will soon be expiring from its service, Netflix is now releasing a list of the films that will disappear from its coffers (some presumably only for a short time) at the end of every month. Here is a list of what will expire on February 1. Several James Bond films will disappear from Netflix — since they have many times before, expect to see them return at some point soon. We will update the list closer to the end of the month with additional titles.February 1Blackadder (Seasons 1–4) A View to a Kill Airheads Apocalypse Now Apocalypse Now Redux Babes in Toyland Batman & Robin Batman Forever Batman Returns Cocoon: The Return Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Down Periscope Fawlty Towers (Seasons 1–2) For Your Eyes Only From Russia With Love Goldfinger Hotel Babylon (Seasons 1–4) Jane Eyre Live »
- Vulture Editors
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