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Scene Is Believing: Octopussy

No, that’s not Del Boy Trotter on the tarmac with the James Bond Bede Jet from Octopussy – it’s stunt pilot J W “Corky” Fornof, who flew it through a populated hanger in Octopussy, probably the highlight of that film. In a post from DGA Quarterly, director John Glen breaks down the brilliant stunt. The […]

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Top 10 Worst James Bond Films

  10. Quantum of Solace How do you follow an action packed and exciting rejuvenation of James Bond? With the filmic equivalent of a weak piss into an empty water bottle that you then throw from a car during a tired camping trip. Not a terrible film by any means, just incredibly MEH. Bond spends […]

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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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Blonde Ambition: Reinventing Bond

When MGM and EON obtained the rights to Casino Royale, it was akin to getting their hands on the Holy Grail. With Kevin McClory and his rival bids no longer dogging their heels, the way was clear to deliver Bond the way the world was used to seeing him. Except…why not go back to the […]

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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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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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Scene Is Believing: Parallel Hit-Lives

Below is another great video by Michael McLennan, entitled Gunmen In Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Shadows – A parallel edit of a climactic scene from Michael Mann’s Collateral with the Shanghai sequence from Sam Mendes’ Skyfall. Michael draws attention to visual parallels and pacing in each scene: “Both directors and their lensers (Dion Beebe and Roger […]

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SPECTRE: The Radiohead’s On T’Net

Yesterday (Christmas Day, for those of you in a post turkey / sherry coma) Radiohead front man Thom Yorke posted a Christmas present for fans via Twitter – the band’s official go at a theme tune for the latest James Bond film, SPECTRE. “Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the […]

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Licence To Grin : James Bond Gadget Supercut

“Now pay attention, 007. Here’s a supercut, in chronological order, of every gadget you’ve ever used, been assigned, laughed at or picked up along the way in your efforts to give me angina. But no gadget is worth anything if you don’t remember my most important piece of advice – “Always have an escape plan…” […]

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Scene Is Believing: SPECTRE

Rome, Open Throttle This piece contains minor spoilers From the brutalist, domineering architecture of a Mussolini-esque mausoleum, to her cobbled narrow streets and expansive piazzas, all Daniel Craig’s James Bond roads have finally lead to the glory of Rome, and SPECTRE. Wherein, at the multi-tentacled head of said criminal enterprise, a face from his past […]

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