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Cinelinx honors one of the longest running movie franchises in history by ranking all the primary Bond films from worst to best.
Our month of James Bond comes to an end. For our grand finale, we're ranking all of the Eon Productions/MGM Studios films. That's 24 films in total, starting with 1961's Dr. No and ending with the latest, 2015's Spectre. During this time, the franchise has seen a lot of sucess, but also has had its fair share of miscues and issues with legal rights. Six actors have played James Bond himself, each with a unique take on the character that has, in turn, led to different styles of films. James Bond is originally based on the character created by British novelest Ian Flemming. Although many of the films borrow their titles from Flemming's novels, they tend to borrow few aspects from their respetive novels/short stories and have unique plots. »
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With Spectre out in theaters, there has been no shortage of debate among Bond fans about where this entry lands in the series’ spectrum of quality, with some like PopOptiq’s own lead film critic J.R. Kinnard calling it “a glorious love letter to classic Bond”. To some this will sound like exactly what they want to hear, but after twenty-six movies (the Eon productions, along with 1967’s Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again), is an homage to classic formula the best way to close out what had seemed to be an attempt to genuinely take the franchise in a new direction during the Daniel Craig years? Tributes are for those who have no more to offer- those who soon will be gone, if they’re not already. Life and movie franchises are about pushing forward to stay alive; Spectre‘s safe retreat will only make regaining momentum that much more difficult. »
- Patrick Murphy
Earlier this month former 007 Pierce Brosnan shared his thoughts on Spectre, stating that he wasn’t too impressed by the 24th instalment in the long-running spy saga, and now the Irish actor has been speaking about his own exit as Bond after Die Another Day, stating that he felt “kicked to the kerb” by the unceremonious way it was handled.
“I was in the Bahamas, working on a movie called After the Sunset and my agents called me up and said, ‘Negotiations have stopped. [Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson] are not quite sure what they want to do. They’ll call you next Thursday,’” states Brosnan in Matthew Field and Ajay Chowdhury’s book Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films. “I sat in Richard Harris’s house in the Bahamas, and Barbara and Michael were on the line —‘We’re so sorry.’ She was crying, Michael was stoic and he said, »
- Gary Collinson
Former 007 describes his ‘shock’ after being dismissed as the charismatic British spy in brief phone call with saga’s producers
Interviewed for a new book, Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films, by Matthew Field and Ajay Chowdhury, the Irish actor said his dismissal after four films as 007 came completely out of the blue. Die Another Day was the highest-grossing Bond movie at the time, though the film suffered from derisive reviews.
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- Ben Child
You.d have thought that once the decision was made to bring Pierce Brosnan.s tenure as 007 to an end, he.d have been sent away with a warm embrace. Instead, it.s now been revealed that the Irish actor was told of his James Bond exit in a rather brutal fashion that the famous spy would have been rather proud. Pierce Brosnan has explained that he learnt of Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.s decision over the phone, while he was actually in the middle of shooting another film. But what struck Brosnan the most was just how callous and quick his sacking unfolded, especially since his last James Bond film, Die Another Day, was the most successful installment in the franchise at the time. Well, financially at least. It was rightly panned critically, but that.s beside the point. Brosnan recalled that his final days as Bond were »
Part of the fun of being a spy is using nifty spy gadgets to accomplish your mission. As perhaps the most famous spy in cinema, James Bond gets to use all sorts of these crazy gadgets, courtesy of Q branch. But what about the rest of us? When do we get to play with all of these cool gizmos?
This is a collection of James Bond gadgets that I think would best translate into real-world use. Granted, most of James Bond’s gadgets are usually some sort of covert explosive or fancy way to kill somebody, but there are a select few that are not lethal. These are gadgets that, if technologically possible, would help make our lives easier. If only we had a Q in real life...
Gadget: Miniature Rebreather
As Seen In: Thunderball, and Die Another Day
Is It Possible? No
The idea behind the rebreather is that »
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33 years ago today, at age 7, Drew Barrymore hosted “Saturday Night Live,” making her the youngest ever host of the NBC sketch comedy show. She still holds that record today, and she’s hosted the show five additional times since. Her 1982 gig on the show came five months after the release of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestiral.” She reprised her “E.T.” role when she played a homicidal Gertie on “SNL.” Above she’s pictured in the iconic healing E.T. pose with “SNL” cast members Tim Kazurinsky, Gary Kroeger, Brad Hall and Joe Piscopo. As for the second and third youngest “SNL” hosts, Macaulay Culkin and Fred Savage hold those titles, respectively. Other notable November 20 happenings in pop culture history: • 1955: Rock and roll pioneer Bo Diddley made his television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” • 1959: “The Twilight Zone” episode “Time Enough at Last” — featuring first aired. It featured Burgess Meredith in his »
- Emily Rome
Despite an initial onslaught of positive reviews, and the fact that it.s a money making juggernaut at the box office, the latest James Bond movie, Spectre, hasn.t been as warmly embraced as its predecessor, Skyfall. The movie teeters on a 63% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes (for comparison, Skyfall is 93%, and the audience score discrepancy is similarly wide), but it wasn.t just critics who have taken issue with Spectre, as one former James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, has added his voice to the chorus of disapproval. The star of Die Another Day, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World is Not Enough recently spoke to Hitfix about the upcoming home video release of his disaster film No Escape. When the subject of the new James Bond movie came up, he did not mince words, saying: I thought it was too long. The story was kind of weak . it could »
Despite healthy box-office, the latest James Bond film "Spectre" has ended up with a mixed reviews overall. Scoring a 60/100 on Metacritic and a 63% (6.4/10) on Rotten Tomatoes, that puts it only just above the 58/100 and 65% (6.1/10) respectively earned by current Bond star Daniel Craig's least liked film "Quantum of Solace" - and far behind both "Casino Royale" and "Skyfall" which scored stellar reaction.
Now, one former 007 has also expressed disappointment in the newest entry - Pierce Brosnan. Speaking with HitFix, Brosnan shared his review of the new film which praises Craig but mostly criticises the story and more specifically the pacing - a common complaint considering this was the longest Bond film to date:
"I was looking forward to it enormously. I thought it was too long. The story was kind of weak - it could have been condensed. It kind of went on too long. It really did.
['Spectre'] is neither fish nor fowl. »
- Garth Franklin
Sweet, sweet hyperbole. Where would we be without you?
Let’s just put it out there: Spectre was terrible. A lazy, lifeless, sloppily put together excuse for a 007 outing. It had all the elements of a 007 outing: action, espionage, scenic locations, beautiful women. However, none of it seemed to click. I contend that Spectre may very well be the worst Bond movie ever made. Here’s why…
1. It’s Lazy
There’s a moment towards the end of Spectre which seemed to encapsulate the laziness of this latest Bond outing. Bond as his lovely accomplice are trying to shoot their way out of Spectre’s super secret lair. Bond fires a couple of bullets into a fuel tank and continues towards a helipad to make his escape. As they ascend a staircase, multiple explosions ensue. Bond pauses and watches the chain reaction unfold as a massive fireball engulfs the entire facility. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Writer: Mark Gatiss
Director: Justin Molotnikov
Synopsis: The Doctor and Clara land on a space station orbiting Neptune in the 38th Century, where they find a rescue crew, mysterious sleep pods and something altogether more horrifying.
It’ll be interesting to see even the staunchest of Doctor Who defenders explain this one. Capitalising on the popularity of found footage only seven years too late, Sleep No More takes an all too familiar concept, adds an extra layer of ridiculousness and packages it all up in a headache-inducing format.
The premise has been seen before, as far back as the Bond film no-one talks about (Die Another Day, 2002) – and if you’re borrowing story elements from there, it’s probably time to give it up as a bad job. Writer Mark Gatiss drafts »
- Chris Wharfe
There’s been a fan theory going around for several years that James Bond 007 is just an alias used by many British Agents over the years. Cinelinx looks at the arguments for and against this theory.
Is there a connection between the Sean Connery James Bond and the current Daniel Craig incarnation? Could they, in fact, be two MI6 Agents who’ve used the same alias as Agent 007, Aka James Bond? Have there been seven different people to carry the Bond name over the years, all claiming to be the genuine article? Does British Intelligence recruit a new 007 to replace the previous one if he is captured/quits/gets killed? Maybe so. Let’s look at the concept to see if the theory holds up under scrutiny.
This idea has become popular in recent years but the genesis of it actually began way back in 1967. In the original film version of Casino Royale, »
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The Bond title sequences are an important tradition for the franchise. Join us as we count them down from worst to best.
The title sequence is a trademark of the Bond franchise. It sets the tone for the film while using artistry to bring important themes and ideas to audience’s periphery. It’s more than just guns and girls, it’s a calling card that gives the Bond films a sophistication and uniqueness that its competitors and impostors lack. Through the years, these sequences have become more complicated and sophisticated, but the goal is the same: wow the audience.
Below we've listed the title sequences of all of the Eon Productions/MGM Studios films from worst to best based on the following criteria:
Song Rating = How good/memorable is the song?
Creativity = Have we seen it before?
Wow-Factor = The impact on the viewer.
Execution = How well made is it »
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Chicago – James Bond is back in his latest adventure, “Spectre,” but what about his movie life before this film? Spike Walters of HollywoodChicago.com ranks the 24 official James Bond films from worst to first, an overview of 007’s movie and cultural presence from 1962 through today.
The legacy of James Bond began in 1953, with the release of the first in a series of novels detailing the spy’s escapades, written by Ian Fleming. The British agent with a “license to kill” designation (007) was featured in 12 novels and two short story collections. In 1962, the first of the 24 official films – “Dr. No” – was released, starring Sean Connery, and began a series that maintains its popularity to this day. Many fans of the series consider Connery the essential James Bond, but many other actors followed him as Bond in the official film canon – George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and the current 007, Daniel Craig. »
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Back in 2012, our staff decided to group together and come up with a list of the best films in the 007, James Bond franchise. With Spectre rolling out this weekend, we decided to republish the article. Let us know which is your favourite, and be sure to check out our review of Spectre here.
Directed by Terence Young
50 years later, and with twenty three “official” entries, From Russia With Love represents the very best of the Bond franchise. Skyfall is the closest to be considered, at best – almost equal to what was achieved in ’64 – but From Russia With Love is still unparalleled. Although it is the second in the series, and although it feels like no Bond film that followed, it is the film that solidifies all the Bond elements into a formula – a template that carries on, »
- Ricky da Conceição
Directed by Lee Tamahori
The end of Die Another Day’s first act provides a set up to what could potentially have been one of the most freshly original Bond installments, an opportunity to explore deliciously dark corners of the iconic spy’s psyche. Forward wind an hour and the last major set piece leading up to the film’s climax includes an invisible Aston Martin dodging a minigun and stinger missile shooting Jaguar in an ice castle and a CGI Bond surfing laser cannon induced tidal waves. Between time spent with faces buried in palms, the audience must have wondered exactly how it all went so wrong.
- Scott Patterson
2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise and the world’s greatest secret agent. Amid MGM’s financial troubles, they had to push the next Bond film back a bit, but this served to help them really celebrate Bond’s milestone. Skyfall is a film that commemorates Bond’s legacy in cinema, honouring the many films that came before and examining the character in a way very few of the previous Bonds have done.
After a mission goes horribly wrong, a list containing the names of MI6’s undercover agents goes missing. Someone who has a mysterious connection to M’s past is behind the theft and Bond must come out of hiding to stop them. However, he must confront long-held personal demons in order to achieve victory.
- Ricky Church
It is no secret that Roger Moore holds the record as the actor who played James Bond the most, his tally an impressing 7. There are a bevy of reasons why this was the case, the most obvious being that each one of his films were massive financial successes, the only bump in the road being his second outing, The Man With the Golden Gun, which itself speaks to the immense stature of the franchise when the film that earns 97 million dollars is the ‘bump in the road.’ There was a shift in tone that permeated in the Bond films once Roger Moore took over the mantle from Sean Connery. Whereas the latter brought toughness and grittiness to his interpretation of the famous super spy all the while proving to be as smooth as butter, the former injected some light comedic flair. It was definitely still James Bond on the screen, »
- Edgar Chaput
During the Black Women of Bond Tribute Tuesday night at the California African American Museum, actresses of the “007” series shared their opinions about who should be the next James Bond after Daniel Craig.
“I don’t like the way that the conversation is framed,” said Harris. “Whether or not we want this person to be black, do we want this person to be this ethnicity, blond hair or whatever — these are irrelevant questions. What we should be focusing on is the character that we want for the part.”
She continued, “Bond is all about sexual magnetism, capability in the field, his intellect and that’s what we want for Bond regardless of who they are.”
Former Bond girl Gloria Hendry said that the “007” franchise still had room to further diversify »
- Mannie Holmes
James Bond 007: Vargr #1
Written by Warren Ellis
Art by Jason Masters
Letterer: Simon Bowland
For fans of James Bond and comic books, the wait has been excruciatingly long. Not since the mid 1990s, when an incomplete run of books adapting the film Goldeneye was published, have people who enjoy both Bond and comics been given a smidgen of consideration. This is all the more curious when considering how well the 007 brand sells worldwide and how visual the storytelling is when done right. Fleming’s novels were easily adaptable to the silver screen because his writing was so colourful and precise. Despite some obvious elements working in favour of such a project, it is only now, in November of 2015, that followers of the famous British secret agent’s exploits get to relish in a new monthly series, this one courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment, who signed an agreement in »
- Edgar Chaput
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