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Eunice Gayson, First ‘Bond’ Girl, Dies at 90

Eunice Gayson, First ‘Bond’ Girl, Dies at 90
Eunice Gayson, the first ever Bond girl, died Friday. She was 90.

Gayson’s Twitter account posted the news, writing that she was “an amazing lady who left a lasting impression on everyone she met. She will be very much missed.”

Gayson played Sylvia Trench in the 1962 “James Bond” franchise starter “Dr. No,” starring Sean Connery as Bond. She first asked Bond for his name at a card table, resulting in the iconic, “Bond. James Bond.” She reprised her role as Trench in “From Russia With Love.”

James Bond movie producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli also remembered Grayson on Saturday in a tweet posted to the James Bond official Twitter account.

“We are so sad to learn that Eunice Gayson, our very first ‘Bond girl’ who played Sylvia Trench in ‘Dr. No’ and ‘From Russia With Love’ has passed away. Our sincere thoughts are with her family.”

Originally, Gayson
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Eunice Gayson, First ‘Bond’ Girl, Dies at 90

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Eunice Gayson, First ‘Bond’ Girl, Dies at 90
Eunice Gayson, the first ever Bond girl, died Friday. She was 90.

Gayson’s Twitter account posted the news, writing that she was “an amazing lady who left a lasting impression on everyone she met. She will be very much missed.”

Gayson played Sylvia Trench in the 1962 “James Bond” franchise starter “Dr. No,” starring Sean Connery as Bond. She first asked Bond for his name at a card table, resulting in the iconic, “Bond. James Bond.” She reprised her role as Trench in “From Russia With Love.”

James Bond movie producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli also remembered Grayson on Saturday in a tweet posted to the James Bond official Twitter account.

“We are so sad to learn that Eunice Gayson, our very first ‘Bond girl’ who played Sylvia Trench in ‘Dr. No’ and ‘From Russia With Love’ has passed away. Our sincere thoughts are with her family.”

Originally, Gayson
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Eunice Gayson Dies: The First “Bond Girl” Was 90

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Eunice Gayson Dies: The First “Bond Girl” Was 90
Eunice Gayson, who became the first-ever Bond Girl when she played Sylvia Trench in the James Bond film franchise kickoff Dr. No and then reprised her role in From Russia With Love, died on Friday. She was 90.

Gayson’s official Twitter feed related the news this morning.

“We are so sad to learn that Eunice Gayson, our very first ‘Bond girl’ who played Sylvia Trench in Dr. No and From Russia With Love has passed away. Our sincere thoughts are with her family,” James Bond movie producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli added today.

We are very sad to learn that our dear Eunice passed away on June 8th. An amazing lady who left a lasting impression on everyone she met. She will be very much missed. pic.twitter.com/c5kVHs256Y

— Eunice Gayson (@EuniceGayson) June 9, 2018

Comment from Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli: “We are so sad to learn that Eunice Gayson,
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Eunice Gayson, The First "James Bond Girl", Dead At 90

  • CinemaRetro
By Lee Pfeiffer And Dave Worrall 

Actress Eunice Gayson, who made screen history by playing the first love interest of James Bond on the big screen, has passed away at age 90. Gayson played the sexy, single woman Sean Connery's 007 encounters at a high end gambling club in the first Bond thriller "Dr. No" in 1962. Gayson's character set the standard for future "Bond Girls" by portraying an independent, self-assured woman who had no pangs of guilt in regard to engaging in a sexual relationship for the pure pleasure of it. In fact, it is she who seduces Bond, turning up in his apartment and putting a golf ball while clad only in one of his shirts. The character, Sylvia Trench, also appeared in a brief love scene with Bond in the second film in the series, "From Russia with Love". Gayson got the role because she had worked with director
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5 of the Most Thrilling Opening Sequences Ever!

There can be little doubt that the opening sequence to any movie is possibly one of the most crucial moments in a picture. It often sets the tone for what is to come, and rarely fools the audience into thinking that they are watching a feature in particular that then suddenly changes course. There are exceptions, such as in Alfred Hitchcock‘s ‘Psycho‘ (1960) where, judging by it’s opening, you would be forgiven for thinking that you were about to watch a film about a love-struck secretary turned thief who goes on the run to be with her boyfriend, only then to run into a sharp knife while taking a shower that completely alters the course of what one is experiencing.

But the likes of the above are one in a thousand. Excitement and appeal are huge factors, and it is important to reassure us that what we paid to
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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in November 2017

What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in November 2017
November may mean the end of Halloween, but that doesn’t mean that the creepy fun has to end as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon continue to add some freaky films to November’s list of streaming content.

Netflix will start the month off with films like “Oculus” and “Silent Hill” for fans of big scares and “Casper” and “Scary Movie” for those who looking for a milder way to keep the Halloween spirit alive, and will also add in “9” and “Piranha” later in the month. For those who would rather leave the October spookiness behind, science fiction comedies like “Chappie” and “Men in Black” or family-friendly films like “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Boss Baby” should make for fun movie nights.

Hulu will also keep the frights coming with offerings like “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and “Beowulf,” but will also get a headstart on the winter holiday season with “Christmas with the Cranks,” Happy Christmas,” and collection
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'It's Mueller Time!' Twitter Blasts Ex-Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort as He's Charged with 'Conspiracy Against the United States'

President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was indicted Monday on money laundering, tax and foreign lobbying charges, including one count of “conspiracy against the United States.”

It was almost too much for Twitter to handle.

In anticipation of Monday’s revelation, many on social media shared a parody video of members of the Trump administration — including Michael Flynn, Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Reince Priebus, Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and last but not least President Trump — all getting arrested to the sound of the 1963 James Bond theme song “From Russia with Love.”

“It’s Mueller Time! Trump Administration Season Ending,
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Christoph Waltz Won't Return as Blofeld in Bond 25

This is certainly an interesting development for James Bond 25. It was confirmed recently, after months of uncertainty, that Daniel Craig is set to return as the titular MI6 spy in the next installment of the series, which will be his last go as 007. So it has been assumed that, given the way Spectre left things, that Christoph Waltz would be reprising his role as Ernst Stavro Blofeld in James Bond 25. But that's not going to be the case, as Waltz says he's not coming back.

The actor was revealed to be the classic Bond villain toward the end of Spectre, despite denying that he was taking up the mantle of Blofeld prior to the movie's release. However, in a recent interview, Christoph Waltz was asked point blank whether or not he'll be coming back to finish the job in James Bond 25. He, sadly, stated that he's not,
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James Bond Fans Celebrate At Pinewood Studios: Mark Mawston Reports

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Bond girls Jenny Hanley, Caron Gardner, Francesca Tu.

By Mark Mawston

The ultimate “Bonding” session once again took place at the home of the 007 franchise, Pinewood Studios, on Sunday 24th September. Those lucky enough to attend were treated to a dealer’s room, a 50th Anniversary 4K screening of You Only Live Twice, at which organizer Gareth Owen read a message received from the e Prime Minister herself, Theresa May, which touched on the amazing feats of ingenuity and sheer technical mastery that went into the construction of the films famed volcano set; a three course lunch and afternoon tea and of course a "who’s who" from the world of Bond from both in front and behind the camera. These included:

Peter Lamont - Assistant Art Director - Art Director and Production Designer of 18 Bond films, Terry Ackland-Snow - Art Director on two Bond films, Alan Tomkins - Art director on five Bond films,
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Win tickets to Pinewood Outdoor Screening and book

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Author: Competitions

Pinewood Cinema has announced that it will host an exclusive outdoor screening of Damien Chazelle’s multi Academy Award-winning “La La Land” under the stars in the magnificent and iconic gardens of Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire on Friday 8th September at 20.00 (gates open 19.00). To celebrate the event we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to the event, along with a copy of the new Pinewood 80th anniversary coffee table book.

This special screening offers an exclusive opportunity to spend an evening in the historical gardens where a host of major feature films and television dramas were shot including, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Bugsy Malone, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Cinderella and more recently, Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns starring Emily Blunt.

La La Land” is a bewitching romance paying tribute to the Hollywood musical. Set in present day Los Angeles,
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Top Ten Movie Franchises Based on Books

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For as long as there have been movies, there have been movies based on books. This is a look at the best movie franchises that are either based on a book or several books.

It’s one thing to have a movie that is based on a book. It happens all the time. It’s more rare to have an entire franchise of films based on a book or set of books. Over the last two decades, it seems like we have been seeing more and more franchises emerge that are based on books. This seems to be happening for a few reasons. First, Hollywood is more than ever looking for established properties on which to base films. Book, have been and always will be one of the best established properties for a movie to be based upon. Second, if the books have a big following, chances are that the
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The Best Movie Fight Scenes — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Movie Fight Scenes — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of the bone-crunching “Atomic Blonde,” what is the greatest movie fight scene?

Read More‘Atomic Blonde’: How They Turned One Amazing Action Scene Into a Seven-Minute Long Take Erin Oliver Whitney (@cinemabite), ScreenCrush

I’ve got a soft spot for wuxia so the “best fight scene” immediately evokes Zhang Yimou in my mind. I could list every fight in “Hero,” sequences so spellbindingly beautiful and graceful you forget you’re watching violence. The bamboo forest battle from “House of Flying Daggers” is another all-timer, a mesmerizing fight that almost entirely takes place in the air. And the bone-crunching, table-smashing
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Daniel Day-Lewis and 11 Other Movie Stars Who Walked Away From Successful Careers

Daniel Day-Lewis and 11 Other Movie Stars Who Walked Away From Successful Careers
After winning three Academy Awards and establishing himself as one of the world's greatest living actors, Daniel Day-Lewis issued a statement last week announcing that he was retiring from acting, and that the film he recently completed, director Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, would be his last film performance.

The decision came as a shock to fans of the 60-year-old actor and father of three, many of whom feel like he has a lot more to offer in the way of brilliant performances. However, he's far from the first star to retire before his or her time. Here's a look at just a few major stars, throughout the history of Hollywood, who have walked away from their careers in search of something different.

Watch: Daniel Day-Lewis Announces Retirement From Acting, Final Film 'Phantom Thread' to Premiere This Christmas

1. Sean Connery

20th Century Fox

After a long career playing everything from James Bond to romantic leads, Connery
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25 Sizzling Bond Girls, From Ursula Andress to Monica Belluci (Photos)

25 Sizzling Bond Girls, From Ursula Andress to Monica Belluci (Photos)
A look back at all the lovely allies and femme fatales who’ve crossed paths with 007 over the years. Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder, “Dr. No” (1962) Widely regarded as the first Bond Girl, Honey Ryder’s emergence from the ocean clad in a white bikini is considered one of the most iconic moments in 007 franchise history. Eunice Gayson as Sylvia Trench, “Dr. No” (1962) & “From Russia With Love” (1963) Sylvia Trench introduced herself to James Bond as “Trench, Sylvia Trench,” which inspired him to reply with his now iconic “Bond, James Bond” phrase. She’s also the first Bond Girl to appear.
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Roger Moore Remembered: How His Light Touch Made Him the Most Enduring Bond

Roger Moore Remembered: How His Light Touch Made Him the Most Enduring Bond
The passing of Sir Roger Moore at 89 marks the first James Bond to do so. And the response from one of my sons was telling: “James Bond can’t die — he’s immortal.”

That sentiment will be shared by many Bond fans, particularly the generation that grew up with Moore in the ’70s and ’80s. Moore, who embraced the lighter side of Ian Fleming’s superspy, was also the most enduring, making a record seven franchise movies: “Live And Let Die” (1973), “The Man With The Golden Gun” (1974), “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977), “Moonraker” (1979), “For Your Eyes Only” (1981), “Octopussy” (1983), and “A View To A Kill (1985).”

While Sean Connery defined Bond as uber-cool and free-spirited (he enjoyed killing as much as shagging), Moore redefined him as devil may care to disarm the baddies. The first Bond to hail from London, Moore’s Bond wasn’t in it for the spying, he was
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The Godfather Celebrates 45th Anniversary: 5 Fascinating Facts Behind the Making of the Greatest American Epic

The Godfather Celebrates 45th Anniversary: 5 Fascinating Facts Behind the Making of the Greatest American Epic
The Godfather, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest movies of all time, is turning 45, and the Tribeca Film Festival is saying saluti on Saturday with a back-to-back special anniversary screening of the film and its sequel, The Godfather Part II — as well as a reunion event.

Celebrating the milestone, the film’s director Francis Ford Coppola and members of its cast, including Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and Talia Shire, will hold a conversation moderated by filmmaker Taylor Hackford after the screenings.

Released on March 15, 1972, The Godfather — with its multi-generational portrait of the
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Mike Gold: The Great Superhero Movie Backlash

Over the millennia, I’ve written enough reviews to denude the Shoshone National Forest. My fellow commentators here at ComicMix have as well, and some of my best friends have been critics. So, as you read the following rant, please keep in mind I am not referring to those people… but I am referring to damn near every other critic practicing their arcane craft these days. From reading their recent criticism, I have come to the following conclusion.

Most critics seem to be sick to death of superhero movies and teevee shows. Even many of those who are enthusiasts of the superhero genre.

It’s not hard to understand this. Even if you have seen 90% of all the superhero movies and teevee shows released in the past decade and enjoyed most of them, there’s an important difference: you made the choice to see them. For critics, it’s their job.
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New to Hulu in May: ‘Winter’s Bone,’ ‘Big Fish,’ the Return of ‘Casual’ and Many More Film and TV Titles

New to Hulu in May: ‘Winter’s Bone,’ ‘Big Fish,’ the Return of ‘Casual’ and Many More Film and TV Titles
Hulu has announced the new titles that will be available to stream on the platform in May. Next month will see the streaming release of Oscar-nominated films such as Debra Granik’s 2010 drama “Winter’s Bone,” starring Jennifer Lawrence, and Tim Burton’s 2003 fantasy drama “Big Fish.”

Read More: Hulu and Annapurna Announce Streaming Partnership, With Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Project First in Line

Hulu’s origial series “Casual” returns for a third season on May 23. The original documentary “Becoming Bond,” about the life of George Lazenby, who played James Bond in the 1969 film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” will debut on May 20. Find the list of all titles coming to Hulu in May below.

May 1

Line of Duty: Complete Season 4 (BBC One)

South Park en Español: Complete Season 20 (Comedy Central)

48 Hrs. (1982)

Another 48 Hrs. (1990)

Arrowhead (1952)

A View to a Kill (1985)

The Bad News Bears (1976)

Bad Influence (1990)

Bait Shop
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Daniel Craig Reportedly Back As Bond

The London Evening Standard is reporting that producers for Eon Productions have finally convinced Daniel Craig to take on the mantle of James Bond one more time. Apparently, Daniel Craig has been encouraged to talk with Barbara Broccoli after the success of his off-Broadway play Othello, which Barbara Broccoli helped produce. Daniel Craig had previously stated that he would rather "Slash his wrists" than work on another Bond movie again. Lrm has previously reported that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been working on the script for Bond 25.

If this turns out to be true, it is definitely welcome news. Daniel Craig has brought a gravitas to the Bond character that had only been scratched at with the previous actors taking on the role. James Bond, as presented in the original Ian Fleming novels, closely resembles the Bond that Daniel Craig has put on screen. With his amazing performance in Casino Royale,
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Horror Highlights: Funko’s Ellen Ripley Rock Candy Collectible, Hobgoblins on Splathouse Podcast, Reel Film Day, Bigfoot The Movie

Ellen Ripley in all her butt-kicking glory is kicking off today's Horror Highlights. Funko's Ellen Ripley Rock Candy collectible will hit stores soon! Also: details on Splathouse podcast's Hobgoblins (1988) discussion, Alamo Drafthouse and Kodak's first-ever Reel Film Day, and release details for Bigfoot the Movie.

Funko's Ellen Ripley Rock Candy Collectible: From Funko: "A Pop! and ReAction just aren't enough - Ellen Ripley will be joining the Rock Candy line soon!

Coming soon!"

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Splathouse Podcast Presents a Hobgoblins Discussion: From Splathouse: "For your consideration: Our four panelists (Sarah, Mike, John, and Jim) are joined by a Twitter friend (@parkerandcooley), an Academy Award nominee (Christopher Walken), a quiet coyote, and Rick Sloane (writer/director of The Visitants and Vice Academy). Can the gang survive the chaos or will they be seduced by the evil, mind-altering Hobgoblins? Find out this week!

Plus! All the regular bullshit you love: What Do Ya Know?
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