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As one of the most iconic film characters of all time, you’re bound to have caught a James Bond film at some point. From the very first adventure in 1962, Dr. No, the series has continued to surprise and entertain viewers. Based on creator Ian Fleming’s own love of gambling, one of Bond’s regular habits is to bet big on different casino games; having done so in many of his 23 film outings. For many young viewers, these films probably represent the first time they’ll have seen a casino too – but which films contain the most memorable casino scenes?
The first film produced in the series, it’s also the first we’re treated to the immortal line “Bond…James Bond” delivered by Sean Connery with the aloof disregard you would expect from a super spy. It’s during a game of chemin de fer, a »
- Guest Guest
The final of the bland cooking competition sees Rahila's white chicken korma go up against the Star Bistro's summer fruit jelly. The ultimate prize – £20,000 and a place on the shelves of M&S – awaits the winner. Loyd Grossman looks a bit lost, Tom Parker Bowles mockneys like there's no tomorrow, and the beehive lady continues to look a tiny bit like Gizzi Erskine if you squint. A cold, dead-eyed imitation, this show had none of the charm or wit of BBC2's Bake Off. Cowell just doesn't get human warmth. Julia Raeside
Great Bear Stakeout
A documentary on grizzly bears is a no-brainer: they're big, furry and do funny things. So here we are »
- Julia Raeside, Martin Skegg, Andrew Mueller, Ali Catterall, Bim Adewunmi, Mark Jones, Gwilym Mumford
Exactly a year on from the announcement that William Boyd would be writing the next James Bond novel, publishers Jonathan Cape have used the occasion of the London Book Fair to finally announce the title. The book, taking Bond back to 1969 after Jeffery Deaver's modern-day Carte Blanche, will be called Solo.With perhaps a smidgeon of a Licence To Kill vibe, the story sees Bond going rogue from MI6. "Sometimes less is more," explains Boyd. "For me as a novelist the simple beauty of Solo as the title of the next James Bond novel is that this short four-letter word is particularly and strikingly apt for the novel I have written. In my novel, events conspire to make Bond go off on a self-appointed mission of his own, unannounced and without any authorization, and he’s fully prepared to face the consequences of his audacity."Bond's journey takes in three continents, »
From the very outset of the James Bond film franchise, it was abundantly clear that one of the films’ selling points was the promise that the protagonist, British secret agent James Bond 007, would travel the many foreign, exotic, romantic and dangerous locales around the globe. From the more familiar yet legendary European cities, such as Paris (A View to a Kill) and Venice (Moonraker, Casino Royale), the famous metropolises other continents are known for (New York in Live and Let Die, Tokyo in You Only Live Twice) to the roads less taken which lead to lesser known territories (Jamaica in Dr. Do, Haiti in Quantum of Solace, Iceland in Die Another Day), 007 has fought the forces of evil in just about every corner and every climate. However far and wide the iconic protagonist has ventured in his many adventures, there is one place he is almost certain to visit in every film. »
- Edgar Chaput
Throughout the month of April, the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California will be presenting big screen showings of classic James Bond movies including On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Live and Let Die, Octopussy, Licence to Kill and Diamonds Are Forever. Each screening will feature appearances and discussions with a star or stars of a specific film including George Lazenby, Benicio del Toro, David Hedison, Trina Parks, Lana Wood, Kristina Wayborne, Maud Adams and Gloria Hendry. Click here for info and to view original theatrical trailers. »
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The latest "Star Trek Into Darkness" international trailer is shaken, not stirred, echoing both "Skyfall" and "Licence to Kill" (fittingly on Timothy Dalton’s birthday). It features a terrorist bombing in London and an admission from Starfleet command that Benedict Cumberbatch’s baddie, John Harrison, was one of their top agents. He infiltrates their HQ and proclaims that “your commanders have committed a crime I cannot forgive” before blasting them from a hovercraft."Star Trek Into Darkness" hits theaters May 17, with an IMAX 3-D release on May 15.Read more analysis of the trailer here. »
- Bill Desowitz
"I'll do anything for a woman with a knife."
The first movie in Eon Productions' James Bond series not named after a book by creator Ian Fleming, today's feature, Licence to Kill — originally titled Licence Revoked — was also the first to be shot completely outside of the United Kingdom and the last to star Timothy Dalton as Bond. Dalton choose to step away from the role after only two movies due to the protracted legal battle over the rights to the character that put the franchise on hiatus from 1989 to 1995.
One of the darker and more personal James Bond movies, Licence to Kill finds Bond (Dalton) giving up his "007" designation and his "license to kill" in favor of pursuing a vendetta against Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi), a Latin American drug lord responsible for the rape and murder of the wife of his friend, CIA Agent Felix Leiter (David Hedison). Knowing »
- BrentJS Sprecher
"He was your friend. And now he is your enemy and you will kill him."
In 1989, Eon Productions, the company responsible for all 23 James bond movies, began a lawsuit with studio MGM over foreign broadcast rights to the Bond movies that would delay the follow up to Licence to Kill. Despite not performing to box office expectations, Timothy Dalton was still in line to play 007, but as the delays continued, he eventually stepped down from the role in 1994.
Replacing Dalton was Pierce Brosnan who was almost cast as James Bond in 1986 but couldn't accept the role due to his contractual obligations to the TV show Remington Steele. Eschewing the darker tone of Licence to Kill, GoldenEye brought Bond back to his suave, womanizing roots, prompting the new M (Judi Dench) to call Bond a "sexist, misogynist dinosaur."
- Ryan Gowland
Ian Fleming wrote his first James Bond novel in 1952, and finished 11 novels total before his death in 1964. The legacy of Fleming's creation lives on in the movies, the 23rd of which, Skyfall, has earned over a billion dollars in worldwide box office.
Of course, with that many movies in the series, it might seem difficult to be conversant on a character like James Bond with only 8 hours to work with, but we've come up with a group of Bond movies that spans the character's 50 years of cinema and will help you talk like a Bond expert in no time. And for anybody looking to be conversant in Bond, you're in luck — all four of the Bond flicks on the list are airing this month on Reelz.
Celebrating 50 years of Bond
007 Movies All February
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- Ryan Gowland
So...Bond is back, and after an astonishing run in the cinemas (he's still going too!), it would appear that he's more successful than ever. However, with the success of Skyfall (2012) comes an all too familiar question – just who is the best ever Bond?
Eight actors have tackled the part, with varying degrees of success; so here they are in reverse order: the best Bonds – according to me.
8. Barry Nelson (one TV episode)
Bit of a shame having to put him last! After all, he was the first ever Bond. This live television adaptation of Casino Royale (1954) was an episode of an American anthology drama series called Climax. Long considered lost in the TV vaults, it was rediscovered a few years back and has now achieved a belated cult status among fans. Nelson’s performance does have some curiosity value and for what it's worth, he rises above the fluffed »
Timothy Dalton has suggested that the newest James Bond film Skyfall is deserving of winning one of the major Academy Awards. The 68-year-old actor played James Bond twice in the 1980s in the feature films The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill. Speaking to The Sunday Express, Dalton backed current 007 Daniel Craig's performance. "It is absolutely time for Bond to get proper attention at the Oscars," he stressed. "On almost every level this Bond movie [Skyfall] is right at the forefront of what cinema is capable of." He went on to say: "[Skyfall] is an absolutely modern James Bond, a movie truly of its time. Daniel Craig is fantastic and it feels very real. "It has also got a great story about M with a nice (more) »
- By Justin Harp
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