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As James Bond prepares for his 23rd official outing in Skyfall and to mark the 50th Anniversary of one of the most successful movie franchises of all time I have been tasked to take a retrospective look at the films that turned author Ian Fleming’s creation into one of the most recognised and iconic characters in film history.
Ian Fleming died just one month before the release of the third James Bond film, Goldfinger in August 1964. Even though both Dr. No and From Russia With Love had been successful and well received it was not until Goldfinger that James Bond truly became a worldwide phenomenon and it is a tragedy that Fleming never lived to see the full impact his creation had on popular culture.
- Chris Wright
Brolin reveals he was the favourite to replace Moore as 007 in 1983 film Octopussy when the Brit opted to quit as the superspy, but then the Bond star had a change of heart.
Brolin reveals, "Roger Moore had made the decision to leave the franchise, but at the last minute he decided to continue playing the suave 007, which was a real disappointment." »
It’s official, Bond 23 is called Skyfall and filming is already underway for a release in cinemas next October (November in the U.S.) on the 50th anniversary of the film franchise. So as we all start to get hyped up with the series again (yes, a year to go is Not too early to get excited!), it couldn’t be a better time to chart the greatest moments from the Bond films so far…
The James Bond series has been a staple of the cinema-going population’s calendar for the past 49 years! Bond has become a character so ingrained within popular culture that there’s barely a human being alive in the world who doesn’t know who he is. He gets the most beautiful women, drives the best cars and travels to the most exotic corners of the globe. Men want to be him; women want to »
- Stuart Cummins
In the first of a two-part feature, Gary Collinson looks at 23 actors who could have found themselves uttering the iconic line, "The name’s Bond. James Bond..."
Despite the fact that Daniel Craig is only just gearing up for the production of his third outing as 007 in Sam Mendes’ oft-delayed Bond 23 (a.k.a. Skyfall), this year has already seen talk shifting towards Craig’s eventual successor, with actors such as Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, Clive Owen and Sam Worthington all linked to the coveted role. Of course, such rampant speculation is nothing new and these are just the latest names to join an extensive list of actors said to have been under consideration for James Bond at one time or another during the superspy’s illustrious screen career. Here, we look at twenty-three stars who found themselves in contention for Bond and give our verdict on how they »
Ok, so we should probably remind ourselves that we have entered silly season with potential, proposed and fake titles regarding the 23rd James Bond movie and it’ll be like this until Daniel Craig or Eon Productions, MGM or Sony Pictures announce with a press release just what the hell the film will actually be called.
So with that in mind and taking this with as big a grain of salt as you can grab, I got an email less than 30 minutes ago that makes a good argument for the 23rd James Bond movie, which begins filming soon for a release in just over 12 months time, to be officially titled…. Skyfall.
It appears that a brand protection company working for Sony Pictures registered a dozen Urls two days ago (on October 3rd) which suggest they are planning something around the term “Skyfall” and James Bond;
- Matt Holmes
Well, there are — as former Us secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld once said (about something else entirely) — some “known knowns”. Then there are some known unknowns and, quite possibly — although our head hurts just thinking about it — some unknown unknowns… and even…
Oh, look. Here’s what we know for sure — and what’s just been made up in the press, quite frankly…
What’S The Release Date?
We do know this one! It’s 26th October 2012 in the UK; and 9th November in the USA. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Who Are The Producers?
That would be Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson. The distributors (and what a tangle That caused when MGM went into financial meltdown) are MGM and Sony Pictures. The MGM/Sony pairing has also been confirmed for Bond 24.
Who’S In It? »
- Tony Greenway
James Bond isn’t always smooth. James Bond isn’t always cool. As a lifelong fan, it pains me to say it — but, sometimes, James Bond = total pants. Over 22 films (oh, all right, Bond geeks: 23 including the non-Eon produced Never Say Never Again) there have been some excruciating hands-over-the-eyes moments that make you go (for want of a better word): “Bleh.”
I don’t mean continuity errors or bloopers. I mean those scenes which make you slap your forehead in disbelief and shout ‘No, no, No!’ at the screen.
You know what I mean: Roger Moore snowboarding to the sounds of The Beach Boys; Roger Moore climbing into a submarine that’s disguised as an iceberg. Roger Moore climbing into a submarine that’s disguised as a crocodile. Roger Moore in space. Roger Moore (do you sense a theme here?) driving a motorised gondola. Grace Jones doing anything. Eric Serra »
- Tony Greenway
Netflix has revolutionized the home viewing market for movies with their instant streaming service. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about films of all genres worth holding a spot on your instant viewing queue. (Release dates are subject to change.)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Streaming Available: 09/01/2011
Synopsis: When he discovers that his evil nemesis, Blofeld (Charles Gray), is stockpiling the world’s supply of diamonds to use in a deadly laser satellite, secret agent James Bond (Sean Connery) sets out to stop the madman, with the help of beautiful smuggler Tiffany Case (Jill St. John). Connery’s final turn as Bond (until 1983′s unofficial outing, Never Say Never Again) boasts the gadgets, gunplay and girls that symbolize the heyday of the 007 series.
Average Netflix Rating: 3.8
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Streaming Available: 09/01/2011
Synopsis: In the 12th film in the series based on Ian Fleming’s short stories, British »
- Travis Keune
Daniel Craig's new James Bond movie will reportedly film in Delhi, India. Bond 23, Craig's third movie as Ian Fleming's secret agent, is to shoot at Sarojini Nagar Market, Daryaganj street and Ansari Road in the national capital. The production may also shoot in Mumbai and Goa after gaining approval from India's information and broadcasting ministry, reports The Deccan Chronicle. Roger Moore's Octopussy (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
The revered British thespian was part of a recent protest outside top store Fortnum & Mason, where activists were hoping to prompt bosses to end the sale of the pate produced from force-feeding ducks.
Fellow top stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols have already ceased the sale of the product following a storm of protest and Moore has long been campaigning to force Fortnum & Mason bosses to do the same.
Now, it seems he has been joined by Berkoff, who played the villain opposite Moore in Octopussy. »
When it came to saving the world, bedding the babes, breaking Q’s gadgets, James Bond was the man, even if his tongue-in cheek adventures are a long way from the very real spy world of John le Carre and Harry Palmer.
Although Eon productions owned the movie rights to the Ian Fleming novels, it hasn’t stopped film-makers from making a couple of unofficial Bond flicks as well as several interesting variations on the character. So here are some of the parodies, pastiches, parallels and strange oddities that make up this alternative world of 007!
Our Man Flint (1966): Hollywood was now getting in on the Bond act with the Matt Helm movie series (1966-69) and TV’s The Man from U. N. C. L. E. (1964-68). But this effort is the ultimate of sixties cool with James Coburn in fine charismatic form as brilliant super-agent Derek Flint. Armed with »
“My name is Bond - James Bond". That classic introduction to the cinema’s greatest secret agent is as famous as “I am Dracula, I bid you welcome.” When the box office success of Dr No (1962) turned the unknown Sean Connery into a movie legend, Hammer was never far away from the franchise. With their own films running parallel to the Bond series, Hammer and Eon Productions often made use of the same talent.
Dr No also marked the debuts of Bernard Lee (the first of 11 films as M) and Lois Maxwell (the first of 14 as Miss Moneypenny). Lee had a brief turn as Tarmut in Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973) and despite never starring in a Hammer horror, Maxwell turned up in their early fifties thrillers Lady in the Fog (1953) and Mantrap (1954).
As doomed double-agent Professor Dent, Anthony Dawson is best known as the vile Marquis in Curse »
Sampradaya Dance Creations, renowned for its innovative dance productions under the artistic direction of Lata Pada, has created Taj, an exciting new dance-theatre production chronicling the great human drama behind the magnificent architectural wonder, the Taj Mahal. Taj runs June 10-12 at Harbourfront Centre's Fleck Dance Theatre as part of, and commissioned by, Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity.Written by Governor General's Award-winning playwright John Murrell and directed by Dora-winning opera director Tom Diamond, Taj explores the saga behind the Taj Mahal through dramatic scenes starring international Bollywood film, television and theatre star Kabir Bedi (Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story, Octopussy, Sandokan, The Bold and the Beautiful) and acclaimed Canadian actress Lisa Ray (Bollywood/Hollywood, Water, Cooking With Stella), and through exquisite kathak dance choreographed by South Asian kathak legend Padmabhusan Kumudini Lakhia, performed by an ensemble of dancers from Toronto, the U.K. and India: Tushar Bhatt, »
With little more than a working title to go on, there is still much to learn about the Sam Mendes directed, 'Bond 23,' which has Daniel Craig reprising his role as the title character for the third time. A popular Indian tabloid, Mid-Day may have exposed one of the film's many secrets: one of its shooting locations. According to a source of theirs: "Director Sam Mendes recently made a hush-hush visit to the city along with production designer Terry Bamber in mid-April for the film's recce.The movie will be shot in Mumbai and Goa during the monsoon season on a month-long schedule." The Hollywood Reporter tried to confirm this report with the production company of the film, Eon Productions, but were met with a typical response: "Nothing has been confirmed yet." When a party working extremely close to a film doesn't outright deny a report, that's usually »
With news out today that Sony has agreed to co-finance and distribute a new James Bond with MGM -- hitting theaters November 9, 2012 -- we're taking a look back at 007 's many lady loves in over 20 films in the last 49 years. From Ursula Andress ( above ), who played bikini babe Honey Rider in " Dr. No ," to Maud Adams , who played " Octopussy " in the film of the same name, check out how James' women have changed since starring opposite the secret agent! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
The second volume of the collected comic strip adventures of James Bond has been released by Titan Books, and for your money you’ll get an enjoyably alternative take on some of the spy’s most famous adventures.
The three panel comic strips were printed daily in the Express and then The Sunday Times during the early Sixties, a time when Sean Connery was making a name for himself in the big screen incarnation of Ian Fleming’s most famous creation. The collected stories in this omnibus are “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, “You Only Live Twice”, “The Man With the Golden Gun”, “The Living Daylights”, “Octopussy”, “The Hildebrand Rarity” and “The Spy Who Loved Me”, stories well known to any Bond fan but they may not have seen them told in quite this way.
It’s hard to see the stories completely fresh given how iconic the movie »
- Jon Lyus
Well-heeled 007 fans can rejoice. Octopussy is for sale. That's the good news. The bad news is that the deal doesn't involve Maud Adams. Rather, it's a "superyacht" named after the 1983 James Bond film that starred Roger Moore. The price will also set you back a cool $5,900,000, which means your last name has to be Goldfinger in order to afford it. Click here for more »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Acclaimed actor Berkoff played a Russian general opposite Moore in 1983 spy movie Octopussy, but he and the former 007 are now on the same side in the fight against bosses at Fortnum & Mason.
The London shop - Queen Elizabeth II's favourite store - continues to sell controversial pate foie gras, and Berkoff and Moore are working with officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to convince company bosses to remove the product from their shelves.
Berkoff, who recently starred alongside Johnny Depp in The Tourist, says, "The methods by which foie gras is produced are absolutely villainous, so it's little wonder the vast majority of the British public want foie gras sales banned. It's time Fortnum & Mason joined other upmarket retailers and stopped selling a product that causes birds agonising pain and death." »
Simon Moore selects his Five Essential James Bond Films...
Picture this. It’s Saturday night. The TV schedule has failed you, yet again, on a Bank Holiday weekend, no less. Then a title jumps out at you from the onscreen menu. Ah... there’s a Bond film on...
It doesn’t matter what title, it doesn’t matter when it was made, a Bond title just clicks with everyone. It’s the ultimate shorthand for runaway thrills, face-melting puns and a consistently entertaining hour and a half. By now, we ought to know them by heart. And yet...they never get old. We forgive Moonraker’s dodgy sci-fi ambitions; we can time Roger Moore’s eyebrow twitches to the second; and every man on earth, without exception, automatically affects that pose when they put on a tuxedo.
007 is a tradition, a stalwart, and an icon. He’s survived nearly 50 years, »
Academy Award winning composer John Barry has passed away after suffering a fatal heart attack, aged 77. Born in York in 1933, Barry began performing as a musician during his National Service and formed The John Barry Seven before going on to work for the BBC on the likes of Juke Box Jury and Drumbeat. Barry made the step into motion pictures when he composed the soundtrack to the British youth drama Beat Girl (1960) starring Adam Faith and Christopher Lee, which became the first soundtrack album to be released on LP in the UK, and after working for Emi between 1959-1962 Barry was hired by the producers of Dr. No (1962) to rework a theme tune by Monty Norman, which led to the creation of the signature 'James Bond Theme'.
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