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Though we've really just begun our Year in Review of 2012 no such survey would be feel complete without at least a perfunctory visit to the shadowy world of super spy Bond, James Bond. Skyfall, the 23rd official James Bond feature released to coincide with the franchise's 50th anniversary is already the top grossing Bond of all time with $1 billion at the global box office. That's enough cash to get any Bond Villain (or Bond Villain parody) rubbing his fingers together with greed "one beeeeeeeiiiillion dollars"
Bérénice Marlowe as "Severine" in Skyfall
Just before Skyfall came out I asked readers to submit their own rankings of the Bond films. It's such a big tallying project that I think I'll have to save the main results for the Skyfall DVD release (so if you still want to submit your ballot email it to me with "Bond Rank" in the title line and »
- NATHANIEL R
Just a month ago he celebrated his 85th birthday but Sir Roger Moore, star of seven James Bond movies between 1973 and 1985, shows no signs of slowing down.
He's been touring the country to promote his new book, Bond On Bond, which pays homage to 50 years of 007 as Skyfall becomes the most successful instalment in the longest-running film franchise in history.
Sir Roger has nothing but praise for the new movie, and considers Daniel Craig the best of the Bonds.
"Daniel Craig brings to Bond the killer instinct. He's quite sensational in the movie," says Sir Roger, in an interview to promote his new book.
"I saw a screening of it a couple of weeks ago. It not only guarantees another 50 years of Bond but probably 100. It's quite extraordinary."
He admits the movies have become much more gritty since he played Bond with a lot more tongue-in-cheek humour than his macho predecessor Sean Connery. »
- David Bentley
Directed by John Glen
United Kingdom, 1983
1983 presented a unique challenge for the Bond franchise. For the first time since Ursula Andress strolled out of the water, there were going to be two Bond films in theatres in the same year. As if that wasn’t enough, Never Say Never Again was also going to see Sean Connery, the first man to ever play Bond and who had handed the reigns off to the current incarnation, reprise the role once again, pitting the two men most known for playing Bond, Connery and Roger Moore (George Lazenby’s one-time outing as the agent notwithstanding) against each other. It is against these conditions that Octopussy was made, with the necessity of having to prove itself anew. Fortunately, the movie delivers on several fronts, making for a thrilling film, albeit one with a curious third act. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Directed by Irvin Kershner
Written by Lorenzo Semple Jr.
United Kingdom, 1983
Never Say Never Again is, in many ways, the red-headed stepchild of the Bond family. Made by a different set of producers than the other 23 Bond films that had been made previously, the movie cannot be found on any Bond boxset, and really shares nothing with its fellow Bond films outside of the names of certain characters, as by 1983, Connery himself had long since hung up the tuxedo in favour of Roger Moore (whose Octopussy, which did come from Albert Broccoli and Co. , had been released earlier that very year, giving audiences a good chance to compare the two actors playing the same character). The primary question of this movie, then, becomes whether or not the Bond franchise benefits from being molded by a different pair of hands at its very core, and the answer »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Divorced parent Sundays. Even as a seven year old, I could tell that Dad was running out of weekend trip ideas. A day at the Bluebell Railway in East Sussex to see the trains? Check. Packed lunch in a car watching the planes land at Heathrow? Check. Another day at the Bluebell Railway to see the trains? Check. Try to get your wimpish son interested in junior rugby to no avail. Check. Yet another day at the Bluebell Railway? Please, no!
My parents divorced when I was six. Thirty one years later, I am still an only child. The separation could have been calmer, but show me one that isn't. I stayed with my teacher mum and future stepdad. »
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
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 »
Flickering Myth's writing team vote for their favourite James Bond theme songs as Skyfall, the 23rd film in the franchise, hits cinemas...
The sky is finally falling. The 23rd official James Bond film, Judi Dench's 7th, Daniel Craig's 3rd and director Sam Mendes' 1st, Skyfall, swaggers into cinemas today. So far we've had to make do with teasers, trailers, video blogs, posters, stills and interviews. But one genuinely important, and indispensable, component of the actual film has already been released in its entirety.
Adele's theme song, innovatively titled Skyfall, has been worming its way into our eardrums for a while. Personally, I think it could have been better. Adele's powerful voice promised to deliver an unforgettable Bond ballad with punch and panache. For me, the power isn't quite there. It had the potential to be far more dramatic. Having said that, it's undeniably catchy and confidently understated. »
- Liam Trim
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
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
When the 23rd Bond movie was christened Skyfall, fans the world over were arching their collective eyebrow and saying, ‘Sherioushly? Shkyfall?’
It’s fair to say that it doesn’t have that Bondian ring to it. In fact it sounds more like a James Bond computer game. With titles like Agent Under Fire, Nightfire and Everything Or Nothing, they all sounded vaguely 007-esque, but by no means good enough to warrant a cinematic eponym. Skyfall fits in more with that mob than with its theatrical brethren, but just how good are the previous film names? Some are clearly great (Goldfinger), some are fun but tenuous (Live And Let Die) and some are straight up nonsensical (A View To A Kill… That… I… I don’t know what that means).
In this series, we shan’t be discussing the films as such, but the titles specifically and how they relate to »
- 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
After Adele's Bond theme failed to top the charts, we wonder if all Bond themes are commercially cursed
There were high hopes for Adele's theme song to the new James Bond film, Skyfall – not least the expectation that this would be the first 007 signature track to top the UK charts. It's not as if a number one chart position has been a problem for the multi-award winning Adele, after all.
Yet it seems the singer may have been struck down by what many regard as a Bond-related curse. Skyfall only reached number two in this week's charts, and was held off top spot by Swedish House Mafia, of all people. Here are a few past Bond themes that also failed to make it to the top of the charts – and a few that didn't make them at all ...
The organiser have already unveiled a spectacular line-up of movie, videogame, sci-fi, comics, anime and cosplay content for this month’s McM London Comic Con (check out those details here), but Britain’s biggest pop culture festival has just got even bigger! Here are some of the highlights from our second wave of announcements:
Film And TV Guests: Stephen Lobo and John Reardon, stars of Continuum, will be joining fellow cast members Tony Amendola and Roger Cross. Lobo plays former Liber8 member Matthew Kellog while Reardon plays Kiera’s husband, Greg Cameron. James Cosmo (Jeor Mormont) and Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel) from smash hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones will be at the show on Saturday, while Julian Glover (Grand Maester Pycelle) will be attending on the Sunday. Genelle Williams and Cch Pounder from popular sci-fi show Warehouse 13. Williams plays psychic B&B proprietor Leena in the show, while »
Toronto - Whether you know him best as Sean Connery, Roger Moore, or Daniel Craig, we all know him as Bond; James Bond. Tall, dark, and handsome, yet devilish, armed, and dangerous, Ian Fleming’s MI6 secret agent is the definition of iconic, influential, and indelible.
Starting October 26th, Tiff Bell Lightbox presents the North American Premiere of Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style, the most comprehensive James Bond exhibition ever. Running until January 20th, the showcase will explore the craft behind the Bond phenomenon, from the villains and femme fatales, tailoring and costumes, set and production design, and gadgets and special effects.
Notable highlights include Bond’s Samsonite briefcase with diamonds from Die Another Day (2002), his Omega Watch from Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), his bathing trunks from Casino Royale (2006), his Tom Ford tuxedo from Quantum of Solace (2008), Scaramanga’s golden gun and 007 bullet from The Man With the Golden Gun »
- Justin Li
Skyfall producer Barbara Broccoli has said that it was worth waiting for Adele to perfect her James Bond theme. Broccoli, who has worked on the Bond series since 1983's Octopussy, revealed that Adele read the whole Skyfall script before taking on the song of the same name. "She spent a lot of time working on it and getting it right," Barbara Broccoli told People. "But she was worth the wait." 'Skyfall' was released on October 5. It has already reached number four on the UK singles chart and is on course to make its Billboard (more) »
- By Colin Daniels
Outstanding Blu-ray presentations of two all-action classics, featuring the best of British are available to purchase right now. Arrow Video are proud to announce the release of The Wild Geese and Who Dares Win, available to buy on Blu-ray from 8th October 2012.
We have three copies of each Blu-ray to give away to our readers…
The Wild Geese (Arrow Video)
Available to buy on Blu-ray from 8th October 2012
British film legends Richard Burton (Where Eagles Dare; Cleopatra), Roger Moore (James Bond) and Richard Harris (Gladiator; Unforgiven) head up an all-star cast in the much-revered, all-action adventure film, The Wild Geese, coming to Blu-ray for the first time in October.
A high octane, thrill-ride directed by veteran action and western director Andrew V. McLaglen (The Sea Wolves; Chisum) and edited by John Glen (the director of the Bond movies For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View To A Kill, The Living Daylights »
- Matt Holmes
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
With James Bond having much to prove after his massively underwhelming follow-up (Quantum of Solace) to the brilliant Casino Royale, this documentary is a fantastic way to hold the anxiety at bay ahead of Sam Mendes’ hugely anticipated Skyfall. Commemorating the 50-year anniversary – to this very date – of Dr. No first hitting our screens, Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 could so easily have been a vacuum-sealed, toothless, glorified DVD extra, yet what makes it worth watching is its unexpected honesty with regard to the series’ less-favourable moments and countless legal wranglings that have stalled production, while interviews with all-but-one of the Bonds prove eye-opening and wholly worthy.
Though little information here will be of surprise to most Bond fanatics, Stevan Riley’s breezy format, snappily fleeting between subjects and iconic bond moments, condenses one of pop culture’s most iconic characters’ various highs and »
- Shaun Munro
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