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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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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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Sheer Magnetism – Sir George Martin & Live & Let Die (Interview)

  In 1973 James Bond was about to change. Long gone where the Martinis, the Walther PPK and the Scottish accent. Bond was now English, drinking bourbon whiskey, smoking cigars and carrying a Magnum. Though none of these changes stuck with the Bond films that followed, they are part of what makes Live and Let Die a Bond […]

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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 Property Of A Lady: Barbara Broccoli’s Bond legacy

Barbara Broccoli grew up with one foot in James Bond’s world. Indeed, as a small girl, it was a few years before she even realised he wasn’t real. She told Liz Hoggard of The Evening Standard that her first memory was watching the filming of the Japanese tea making ceremony with Sean Connery in You […]

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Scene Is Believing: Skyfall

Searching for Silva-man In The City of Lost Children Director Sam Mendes’ intention with James Bond’s Straw Dogs meets Home Alone siege  at Skyfall, his gloomy ancestral home, was to “go back in time”; to both exorcise some manufactured ghosts in the two dimensional agents life, and acknowledge a “purer” period before “exploding pens.” Equally, villain Silva (Javier Bardem) is […]

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Top 10 Things I want to see from Skyfall

    10. The gun barrel   While many among you may say, “Ah yes, but the gun barrel was in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace” I would counter that argument by saying, “No it wasn’t – sod off”. In Casino Royale it was barely there and in QoS it appears at the very end. The end?? […]

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Keep Moving 007

Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt didn’t do so much running after all in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. But he’s not the only spy on the block who can show us a clean pair of heels. Daniel Craig as James Bond gives literal meaning to the phrase, “active duty.” And ignore that ageist crack from Silva (“Your […]

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You Only Live Splice: Dan Gale on James Bond Editor John Glen

  We love James Bond at Cinetropolis. We love people who also love James Bond. So when we came across this delightfully droll, witty and informative video blog/podcast thing on James Bond lynchpin editor turned director John Glen and his stylistic choices, we had to share it with you. Trust us, creator and scene stealer […]

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The Top 10 Moments in Bond History

For absolutely no reason at all, I give you the top 10 moments in Bond film history. I am sure you will all say I am wrong, but here you are anyway. 10. “This Never Happened To The Other Fella” Taking over from Sean Connery was a very tough gig for George Lazenby, a bit like […]

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