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Bond Without Borders: The Trailblazing “Reboot” Of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

“The lasting impact of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is that it showed that a James Bond film could be made without Sean Connery in the lead role. The producers maintained that audiences came to the films to see James Bond, not necessarily the actor playing him.” — Bruce Scivally, The Digital Bits. Unjustly dismissed […]

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The Man Who Would Be Bond

In 1983 there were few men on God’s green Earth to compare with Lewis Collins. He was a real man. Not a namby-pamby, simpering wimp of a man like you or me, no. A real man. Women wanted to be with him, men were beaten up by him. Furniture doubtlessly orgasmed by having been sat […]

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Ken Adam: Designing 007

Draw a Venn diagram making up the formative influences on the James Bond series, and a sizeable slice would be taken up by legendary designer Ken Adam. German born Sir Ken Adam OBE and his Jewish family escaped the Nazis in 1934. He went on to rival James Bond for derring-do exploits in the RAF […]

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The Great Unmade? James Bond In Thunderballs: Octoprostate Vs Roboshark

Most people know Sean Connery was tempted back to the role of James Bond in 1983 in the unofficial production Never Say Never Again. Fewer know he almost returned to the role in the late 1970′s. This adventure would have seen the return of Blofeld and SPECTRE, operating from the Bahamas and a secret base […]

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We’ve been expecting you, Mr Brosnan – 2nd time lucky

1994 was a testing time for the Bond series. After being mired in legal wrangles, a new Bond film was finally under consideration after a five year gap. A new actor was being considered in the role, without Cubby Broccoli’s guiding hand. Could Pierce Brosnan deliver the goods? Brosnan was very close to securing the […]

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What About Bond?

James Bond is sad. Really sad. He seems to spend most of his time these days moping around like a teenager who isn’t allowed to go to the prom. He is so mentally fragile of late that he looks more likely to don a Cure T-Shirt than a tuxedo. It’s a growing concern. Now I don’t […]

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