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Iconic James Bond Actor Roger Moore Said He Was ‘Not Very Self-Confident’ with Women in Interview Just Months Before His Death

Iconic James Bond Actor Roger Moore Said He Was ‘Not Very Self-Confident’ with Women in Interview Just Months Before His Death
He was the suave spy who could seduce women with little more than a shaken martini and the utterance of his name: “Bond, James Bond.”

But Roger Moore, the actor who deftly embodied the iconic character for years, said he never felt as confident as his alter ego when it came to romancing members of the opposite sex.

“No, no, I was not very self-confident with them,” he told U.K.’s The Telegraph last November in one of his final interviews before his death Tuesday at 89.

“I got lucky occasionally,” he added with a twinkle. “But with a lack of confidence.
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Josh Brolin Nicks Role of Cable in "Deadpool 2"

by Daniel Crooke

After ages of anticipation, Marvel Cinematic Universe fans’ long international nightmare is over: Deadpool 2 has finally cast the coveted role of Cable, the central villain for the sequel.

In one of the more noteworthy examples of franchise double duty since Swedish soap star Maud Adams seduced audiences in two separate James Bond outings (Octopussy and Live and Let Die, for those keeping score at home) Josh Brolin – Thanos, Destroyer of Realms, himself – has landed his second role as a Marvel baddie in the upcoming sequel to the surprise 2015 superhero hit. Beating out Michael Shannon and David Harbour to clinch the part, Brolin now has the distinction of not only playing the McU’s preeminent bad guy, but the antihero’s enemy in the Deadpool offshoot as well; while they share a foundational mythology, the Deadpool films belong to Marvel Entertainment and not the Disney-owned Marvel Studios.
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‘Octopussy’ delivers the thrills and villains in a jet-setting adventure, seemingly despite Bond’s presence

Octopussy

Directed by John Glen

Written by George Macdonald Fraser, Richard Maibaum, and Michael G. Wilson

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.
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Best Bond Scenes: The Roger Moore era part 2: the 1980s

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
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‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ catches Bond in transition

The Man with the Golden Gun

Written by Richard Maibaum & Tom Mankiewicz

Directed by Guy Hamilton

UK, 1974

One hallmark of the venerable Bond franchise is its willingness to change with the times. Sometimes the changes feel organic, like the shift to a more brutish Daniel Craig after international terrorism took center stage in the early 2000’s. Other times, however, you can smell Bond’s desperation to stay relevant. Such is the case with 1974’s middling entry, The Man with the Golden Gun.

Guy Hamilton’s fourth turn as Bond director (Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die) is a study in uncertainty. As Bond, Roger Moore is still searching for the debonair persona he would find in the upcoming classic, The Spy Who Loved Me. Surrounding Moore’s tentative performance are a collection of unfocused action set pieces, a less-than-formidable duo of Bond girls, and the most repugnant character in the series’ history.
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Countdown to Spectre – Octopussy

Ricky Church continues his countdown to Spectre with a review of Octopussy

Though people are raging over the new Star Wars trailer (and rightly so) there is still a new James Bond film coming out and as much as I might want to talk about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, its time to continue the Countdown to Spectre with the next film in the franchise, Octopussy. So let’s dive into James Skywalker’s next adventure. I mean Han Bond. I mean 00-D2. Damn it.

After the murder of a fellow 00 agent Bond is assigned to investigate possible Soviet involvement and gets caught up in a smuggling ring, led by the beautiful and mysterious Octopussy, a woman with numerous followers and a connection to Bond’s past. He also comes into contact with Kamal Khan, an exiled Afghan prince who’s partnered with Octopussy and a radical Soviet general for his own nefarious purposes.
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Jessica Chastain wants to play a Bond villain, and we want her to too

Jessica Chastain wants to play a Bond villain, and we want her to too
Jessica Chastain would like to play a Bond villain, and the more we think about it, the more we want her to play a Bond villain too.

The award-winning Crimson Peak, Interstellar and Zero Dark Thirty veteran would make a fantastic antagonist to 007, so don't go suggesting any Bond Girl roles.

"One of my goals is to play a villain in a Bond film," Chastain told W Magazine.

"People ask me if I want to be a Bond girl, and I say, 'No, I want to be the villain'. I'm waiting for that call!"

She's previously alluded to her Bond bad guy desires back in 2013, when she told The Playlist: "Enough of the graceful characters, I want to get my hands dirty."

Previous female villain roles in the Bond canon include Octopussy's, um, Octopussy (Maud Adams), A View to a Kill's May Day (Grace Jones) and The World Is Not Enough
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R.I.P. Christopher Lee – Here Are His Ten Best Roles

The day monster kids have dreaded for some time has arrived. Mournful, nostalgic, and melancholy – it’s the end of an era for more than one generation of horror fans. It seemed like Christopher Lee would live through all eternity, but unlike some of the characters he played, there’s no bringing him back to life this time. He made it to 93 and went out on a high note, appearing in the final Hobbit film just this past winter. He had an amazing career of fantastic performances and remains the greatest villain actor in film history. Rip to the last classic horror star and thank you for all the monster memories.

Christopher Lee was married to his wife Birgit (Gitte) for 54 years.

Here, according to Movie Geeks Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Sam Moffitt, and myself, are Christopher Lee’s ten best roles.

10. Frankenstein

It’s only fitting that The Curse Of Frankenstein,
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James Bond 007: revisiting Octopussy

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
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Rollerball (1975) Blu-ray Review

Director: Norman Jewison

Starring: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn, Ralph Richardson

Cert: 15

Running Time: 125 mins

Special Features: Return To The Arena: The Making Of Rollerball, Bloodsports with James Caan, The Fourth City locations featurette, The Bike Work: Craig R.Baxley, From Rome To Rollerball Epk, Commentary: Norman Jewison, Commentary: William Harrison, Isolated Music & Effects, Trailer, TV Spots and more…

Sport is often described as the opium of the masses. If one movie took that idea to its logical extent it was Rollerball, bringing audiences an unusual blend of rough-housing and corporate satire in the turbulent mid-Seventies. European viewers lapped up the social commentary while Americans craved the thrills of the invented sport itself. Now this sinister tale of the future arrives on Blu-ray – where every studded fist and bloodied face is presented with crystal clarity – and people can judge the result all over again.
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Blu-ray Review – Rollerball (1975)

Rollerball, 1975.

Directed by Norman Jewison.

Starring James Caan, Maud Adams, John Houseman, John Beck, Moses Gunn, Burt Kwouk, Pamela Hensley and Ralph Richardson.

Synopsis:

In the not-too-distant future the corporations control everything, and when they tell top sportsman James Caan he can’t play the game of rollerball anymore he decides to challenge the controlling bodies.

Do you remember the old Bitmap Brothers computer games Speedball and Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe? For those that don’t they were a pair of games where the idea was to get the ball in the opponent’s goal using a variety of throws, rolls and casual violence as you kick, punch and barge as many other players as you can. Great games and they would have made a great film, if only one hadn’t been made over a decade earlier in the shape of Rollerball, a dark sci-fi thriller that has loftier
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‘Rollerball’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn, Pamela Hensley, Barbara Trentham, John Normington, Shane Rimmer, Burt Kwouk | Written by William Harrison | Directed by Norman Jewison

We live in an age where remakes take movies from the past and look to modernise them, sometimes changing them completely. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it ends up in a complete shambles, dumbing down what the original stood for and losing the whole point of what they were trying to replicate. This is the case with Rollerball, a cult classic which suffered the bad remake treatment. Thankfully in this review though I’m looking at the original film which is being released by Arrow Video on Blu-ray, so from this point on we can forget the remake even existed.

In a future controlled by corporations war is a thing of the past and the only conflict is Rollerball. Jonathan E.
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Blu-ray Release: Rollerball (1975)

Blu-ray Release Date: May 13, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Twilight Time

The 1975 sci-fi-tinged action-sports film Rollerball, one of the Seventies great dystopian future-shock flicks, finally makes its Blu-ray debut courtesy of Twilight Time.

In the future, there will be no war. But there will be Rollerball.

Rollerball posits a future—in this case a not-so-far-away 2018—in which war has been replaced by the titular game, a gladiatorial spectacle of violence that helps keep the global populace entertained and anesthetized. Emerging from this hard-hitting “sport” is a champion, Jonathan E (James Caan, Thief), whose individual expertise defeats the worldwide corporate leadership’s design: to emphasize the futility of individual effort. Corporate big-wigs (icily incarnated by The Fog‘s John Houseman) need Jonathan to retire, but Jonathan begins to have his own dangerous ideas.

Directed by Norman Jewison (Fiddler on the Roof) and written by William Harrison, the film also stars Moses Gunn (Wusa
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Big turning points in the James Bond movie franchise

Feature Michael Reed 21 Feb 2014 - 05:56

We take a look at some potential turning points that could have altered the Bond legacy significantly...

007 lists resurrection amongst his hobbies, but speculation is our game today. Your own ideal fantasy James Bond film probably depends on what sort of Bond you're into. If you like serious Bond, you probably consider it a crying shame that Timothy Dalton didn't get to make at least one more film. A fair proportion of the fandom consider Never Say Never Again to be one of the worst of the series, so for them, rolling the dice on a 1976 production with a different actor and a more exciting script would have been worth it.

Furthermore, a Sony Pictures produced rival film with, say, Liam Neeson in the late 1990s could have been fascinating. How about Connery returning to the role in his 60s? All of these possibilities
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FEARnet's Silent Night, Deadly Night Retrospective: Part Three

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FEARnet's Silent Night, Deadly Night Retrospective: Part Three
If you missed Part 1 and Part 2 of our Silent Night, Deadly Night retrospective, be sure to check them out before you proceed!

After Silent Night, Deadly Night: Part 2 failed to garner even half the reaction that the original film did, the subsequent installments in the franchise from that point forward all went straight-to-video. It was in 1989 that rights holders Live Entertainment – who had released the first two films on VHS – spearheaded the revival of the series, rushing a second sequel into production.

Independent producer Arthur Gorson was the man put in charge of the third installment, hired for the job in March of 1989 with the mission of having the film finished and released on video in time for that year’s holiday season. Gorson was and still is to this day good friends with veteran filmmaker Monte Hellman (Two-Lane Blacktop), who he suggested as director of the project. Though Gorson
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Bondraker: how one woman has turned 007's world upside down

From Bond girls to plutonium rods, Taryn Simon has photographed all things 007 to scrutinise how the blockbuster franchise taps into our fears and fantasies

As any 007 obsessive will tell you, before there was James Bond, secret agent, there was James Bond, ornithologist. When keen bird-watcher Ian Fleming, who lived on a colonial-style estate in Jamaica, was trawling around for a suitable name – "brief, unromantic, Anglo-Saxon, and yet very masculine" – for his fictional hero, he settled on the author of one of his favourite non-fiction works, Birds of the West Indies. Published in 1936 by the other James Bond, it detailed the 400-plus bird species on the islands and soon became a classic work of reference.

Sixty years after the first appearance of Fleming's James Bond, photographer Taryn Simon has created a visual taxonomy of all things 007 – Bond girls, gadgets, cars, weapons – but taken Birds of the West Indies, by the other James Bond,
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Movie auditions: How Hollywood cast Harry Potter, James Bond, Superman

Movie auditions: How Hollywood cast Harry Potter, James Bond, Superman
The Dark Knight Trilogy's upcoming 'Ultimate Collection' Blu-ray release packs in a host of never-before-seen special features. For real film geeks, there's the chance to get a glimpse of Christian Bale and Cillian Murphy's screen tests for Batman Begins.

The sets are a bit wonky, the Batsuit is Val Kilmer's and Amy Adams (!) is Rachel Dawes, but in Bale's performance you can still spot the seeds of his powerful turn as the Caped Crusader.

With millions of dollars on the line, Hollywood have to make absolutely certain they're picking the actor for the job, so elaborate in-costume scenes are frequently filmed to get a sense for the finished performance.

Digital Spy has trawled through the video archives to find 10 screen tests featuring actors trying out for the roles that made them famous, and a few who missed out on a career-changer by a whisker.

Tom Selleck for Raiders of the Lost Ark
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MI6 Confidential Magazine- Limited Edition Octopussy Issue Signed By Sir Roger Moore, Maud Adams And Kristina Wayborn

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MI6 Confidential, the British James Bond tribute magazine, offers a limited edition of their latest issue, which is a celebration of the 1983 007 film Octopussy. You can get a copy signed by Sir Roger Moore and both of his lovely co-stars, Maud Adams and Kristina Wayborn, or an issue signed by only the ladies. The inventory is limited and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Click here to order 
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Top Ten Tuesday: Christopher Lee – His Ten Best Movie Roles

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman

The film career of legendary English actor Sir Christopher Lee began in 1948 and continues to the present day. Lee is best known for his roles in horror films, especially the string of seven Dracula movies he starred in for Hammer Studios between 1958 and 1974, but be may be best known to younger audiences for his roles in the Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. Almost all of the roles that Lee has played have been villains and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best.

10. Frankenstein

It’s only fitting that The Curse Of Frankenstein, the film that truly began England’s Hammer Studios’ theatrical run of full color gothic horror epics, should team (well, they’re both in the 1948 Hamlet, but have no scenes together) their greatest stars, Peter Cushing as Baron Victor Frankenstein
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All Time High: Cinema Retro's Matthew Field Covers The "Octopussy" Celebration At Pinewood Studios

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Once again, Cinema Retro is proud to bring you behind the scenes on a world-class retro movie event.

By Matthew Field

It seemed only appropriate that Octopussy, the only James Bond film with a tenuous link to Wimbledon, should be the theme of BondStars’ summer barbeque on the very day Andy Murray became champion. (Octopussy actor and former tennis player Vijay Amritraj was semi-finalist in the men’s doubles in 1976!)

On a sweltering summer’s day, Octopussy At 30, re-united cast and crew from the 13th James Bond movie at Pinewood Studios where the movie was made back in 1982/83.

The day kicked off with a screening of the Blu-ray master (kindly lent by Eon Productions) in Theatre 7. Director John Glen, assistant director Anthony Waye and stars Maud Adams and Kristina Wayborn, were on hand to introduce the film to fans at the sold out event. Glen told the audience that Octopussy
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