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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 »
It’s been 53 years since Dr. No first introduced cinema-goers to James Bond, author (and former Oss agent) Ian Fleming’s incredibly English secret agent. At this point, there have been 23 official Bond movies made since 1962 (there’s another on the way in November – you’ve probably heard), with six different actors playing 007 through six different decades.
Obviously it’s difficult to maintain consistency over 53 years, and not every Bond film has been totally successful. 007’s is a strange franchise in that it goes through periods of apparently immense cultural importance as well as periods where it seems like the character’s day is done, and through those times the series has been responsible for as many dire moments as great ones.
Thankfully, the Bond franchise’s best movies more than make up for the weaker ones. It’s the longest-running movie series for a reason, and the reason »
- Brogan Morris
Sometimes an actor is so perfectly suited for a role you can’t even imagine anyone else in the part. That was certainly the case when we first saw Robert Downey Jr. playing Tony Stark in Marvel’s Iron Man. He had the suave, debonair, devil-may-care attitude and the kind of real life demons that gave Stark the potential for an epic dark side. I doubt there’s a lot of people who watched Iron Man and thought that Marvel hadn’t hit a home run with both the film and their choice to launch their long-awaited Cinematic Universe.
The second Iron Man was an absolutely awful follow-up. A movie that got so much wrong with the same creative team that you began to wonder if the success of the original was little more than dumb luck. Downey »
- Anghus Houvouras
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
In his recent review of the Nitehawk Cinema’s splendid and rare 35mm showing of the James Bond film, “A View to a Kill,” our intrepid correspondent Hank Reineke was skeptical of a claim made that night that the movie played on its first-run at Manhattan’s notoriously déclassé (circa 1985) Selwyn Theater on West 42nd Street. According to a newspaper display ad from May 24, 1985, and held in his own files, Reineke determined that the only midtown Manhattan theaters showing “A View to a Kill” on its original release were the Loews Astor Plaza on West 44th, the Loews 84th Street Six, the Loews New York Twin, the Loews 34th Street Showplace, and the Orpheum on 86th and 3rd Avenue.
Following Reineke’s metaphorical throwing down of the gauntlet (however accidental!), Joe Berger, one of the presenters of the Nitehawk’s wonderful film series, “The Deuce,” was quick to contact Cinema Retro to defend their claim. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
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
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 »
20. Dead Man Walking
Directed by: Tim Robbins
Susan Sarandon earned herself an Oscar for her work in “Dead Man Walking,” a film directed by her then husband, Tim Robbins. She plays Sister Prejean, a nun who befriends a death row inmate named Matthew (Oscar nominated Sean Penn) as they confide in one another and build a convincing relationship as the days and hours tick down until his execution. Robbins intercuts the scenes with Sarandon and Penn with moments of the actual crime taking place, creating a storytelling rift that both supports and contradicts moments within the film, creating two very carefully drawn and developed characters. In addition to visiting him regularly, Prejean begins the crusade to find him a lawyer to make an appeal, doing all she can to delay his sentence being carried out. But, as she meets the families of the victims, she finds herself torn between right »
- Joshua Gaul
Roger Moore has offered a candid assessment of his 12 years playing James Bond.
Moore looked back on his years as James Bond in an interview with Fox News, when he was asked where he would rank himself among his fellow Bonds.
"I think a little bit behind George Lazenby, I suppose," he replied.
Lazenby only starred in a single James Bond movie, 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Moore went on to offer his thoughts on who the all-time best James Bond actors have been.
"I believe [Daniel Craig is] an excellent Bond," he said. "He's much stronger than I am. I think he does a hell of a good job of it. He and Sean are, I think, undoubtedly the best Bonds."
Craig returns to »
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
12 items from 2015
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