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A Quantum Leap: Bond’s First Sequel

“There’s something horribly efficient about you.” Camille’s words to James Bond could apply equally to the film Quantum Of Solace, a quantum leap of sorts for the Bond series – the first direct sequel, and a film some say suffered from hyper-kinetic editing and the bad timing of the writer’s strike. Praise was muted, but […]

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The Real Casino Royale

Around the time of Martin Campbell and Dniel Craig’s blistering reboot of the James Bond series with Casino Royale in 2006, the BBC made this tie-in documentary on the origins of Ian Fleming’s novel of the same name that unleashed James Bond on an unsuspecting world. In it, according to the synopsis, “Andrew Graham Dixon […]

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Scene Of The Crime: Casino Royale (1967)

  Throughout the history of cinema there have been spoofs and pastiches, tributes, and vainglorious failures. Then there is Casino Royale. To paraphrase Woody Allen’s character Fielding Mellish in Bananas, Casino Royale, in which he plays Jimmy Bond, the nephew of the great spy, is “a travesty. A travesty of a mockery of a sham.” […]

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