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Cinematical (Double-o) Seven: Ways They Almost Killed 007

12 November 2008 7:02 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

I guess he'll die another way, to paraphrase Madonna's lousy theme song for the 20th Bond movie. Bond's survival of baroque death traps has been mocked on screen all the way back to 1965, when the noted character actor Robert Easton had the following line as a fruity-accented Bond type in The Loved One: "I think it could be dicey if he decides to use the giant squid." There was a giant octopus in the novel of Dr. No, though no villain ever actually employed sharks with laser helmets as in the Austin Powers films. However, there had been a planned robot shark in the kinda-non canonical Bond adventure Never Say Never Again. Our hero has dealt with seven especially exotic murder weapons over the years:

1. Death by giant yo-yo: Octopussy (1983) Resting after an exhausting shag with Maud Adams, Commander Bond (Roger Moore) is awakened by the sudden arrival in »

- Richard von Busack

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Cinematical (Double-o) Seven: Reasons to Love Even the Least of the James Bond Films

11 November 2008 7:02 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

A love affair with the James Bond series is like a marriage; it's for life, and it's definitely a "richer or poorer, better or worse" proposition. Some days you get Casino Royale (2006) or Goldfinger (1964), where everything is bliss, but then other days you get Grace Jones or a cameo from Madonna or someone named "Christmas Jones." Some days are Connery and some are Lazenby. Some days your director is Guy Hamilton or Martin Campbell, and some days your director is John Glen or Marc Forster. But, like a diamond, the imperfections are what make it all worthwhile. From among the dregs, then, here are a few of my favorite things: 1. The entire supporting cast in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

I confess it's one of the weakest Roger Moore entries, but come on! Motherf---in' Christopher "Dracula/Dooku/Saruman" Lee is the bad guy! And Hervé Villechaize as his diminutive villainous sidekick! »

- Jeffrey M. Anderson

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Bond: Never Say Never Again

10 November 2008 12:12 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

As I mentioned in my Octopussy review, 1983 was a big year for Bond, as there was not one, but two Bond films coming out that year. This is due to the fact that, years before the official James Bond franchise began, Ian Fleming worked on a film treatment for the character with Kevin McClory. The script was not picked up, and Fleming turned the story into his novel, Thunderball. When the film version was produced, McClory was given a co-producer credit on the finished film. Afterwards, an »

- Chris Bumbray

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Quantum Of Solace Director Hated The Title Too!

23 October 2008 5:55 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

You probably remember your exact reaction when you heard the title of the latest James Bond movie: Huh? Quantum of Solace isn't exactly the simplest title, or the easiest to understand-- it's no Octopussy, that's for sure. But who would have guessed the movie's director felt exactly the way you did? "I was like, 'Quantum of Solace, what's that about?'" Marc Forster told a group of journalists in New York today. He said the movie's producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson brought the title to him, and it never came from the screenwriter Paul Haggis. Mentioning its origins in an original Ian Fleming short story, Forster explained, "It's one of the last few titles left. There are only two more after that that Fleming ever used." Ever the diplomat, though, Forster said he eventually came around to the title. "At the beginning it took me a little while »

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Moore: 'I Was Too Old For Bond'

2 October 2008 12:06 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

James Bond legend Sir Roger Moore is convinced he looked like a "dirty old man" as the superspy - because he grew too old for the part.

The actor played the suave secret agent until he was 58 years old, and knows that his steamy clinches with young star in his final two Bond films - Octopussy and A View to a Kill - might have left audiences squirming.

He tells WENN, "Of course I was getting long in the tooth. I was 58 when I finished. My god, Gary Cooper was seemingly an old man when he was about 56 doing Love in the Afternoon with Audrey Hepburn.

"And I started to realise. When the leading ladies came in and they were younger than my daughter, I thought 'Hmm, this is getting on a bit'. And then...god, I could have had them as granddaughters. It becomes rather disgusting - dirty old man."

But despite the criticism from some movie fans that he played the role for too long and should have retired earlier, Moore insists he does not regret a thing about his time as 007.

He adds, "Well, I still got paid, and had a lot of laughs. I didn't regret any of it. I note that occasionally when I look at the internet and I've typed in a reference and then suddenly up comes my name again and then I see the blogs where (people write that) I was too light and I was too old.

"I would say to (my assistant) Gareth, 'Jesus, they hate me'. He said, 'You realise that people who sit down and blog have got nothing else to do - they're all bitter!' So I say, 'Well, they're all bitter' - sod 'em!" »

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Watch the Video for 'Quantum of Solace' Theme, "Another Way to Die"

30 September 2008 3:57 PM, PDT | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

Remember the brouhaha that emerged from the use of the song "Another Way to Die" in a Coke Zero commercial? Jack White, who wrote, produced, and performs the song with Alicia Keys, was upset that it was being used in that way, and he would've preferred people hearing the song in its entirety, perhaps in the opening credits for the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. After all, he wrote the song specifically for the movie.

Now there's a new video for the tune, which is interesting enough to watch, not that it makes the song that much better. Here it is, courtesy of Yahoo!

And while we're on the subject of Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig tells GQ that if you hate the name, you can blame him.

"I was involved in making the decision. Names were coming out, some ludicrous stuff was going back and forth - I can't remember exactly, »

- Colin Boyd

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Craig helped choose new Bond title

29 September 2008 12:40 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Daniel Craig has revealed that he was involved in choosing the title of the latest James Bond film. The actor said he vetoed a number of suggestions made by producers because of their gory references to death and blood before insisting on Quantum Of Solace. Speaking to GQ, he explained that the title comes from a short story written by the author of the James Bond novels, Ian Fleming. Referring to previous instalments such as Octopussy and Live And Let Die, Craig pointed out that the title often means very little. "I was involved in making the decision. Names were coming (more) »

- By Sarah Rollo

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Craig instrumental in new Bond title

29 September 2008 12:40 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Daniel Craig has revealed that he was involved in choosing the title of the latest James Bond film. The actor said he vetoed a number of suggestions made by producers because of their gory references to death and blood before insisting on Quantum Of Solace. Speaking to GQ, he explained that the title comes from a short story written by the author of the James Bond novels, Ian Fleming. Referring to previous instalments such as Octopussy and Live And Let Die, Craig pointed out that the title often means very little. "I was involved in making the decision. Names were coming (more) »

- By Sarah Rollo

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Craig Decided Bond Film Name

29 September 2008 5:15 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Daniel Craig chose the name of the forthcoming James Bond movie Quantum Of Solace - because he didn't want a grisly title with "death" in it.

The British actor rejected several potential names during a brainstorming session with producers - before insisting they go with the title of a short story by Bond creator Ian Fleming.

And he is adamant it was the right move - even though some movie critics have panned the name.

Craig tells Britain's GQ magazine, "I was involved in making the decision. Names were coming out, some ludicrous stuff was going back and forth - I can't remember exactly, but you know the sort of thing: 'The Blood On Your Face'.

"I knew I didn't want 'death', 'die', 'bleed' or any of those things in the title."

But the actor admits that in the great tradition of Bond movies, the film's title is often meaningless.

He adds, "As soon as it came out, people were saying, 'Ooh, it sounds like Harry Potter'. No, it's Quantum of Solace. I was saying, 'It's a Bond title!'

"The name of a Bond film is not about anything. Live And Let Die? Octopussy? What does it mean? It means very little." »

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