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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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Guest Review: SPECTRE, By Catching Bullets Author Mark O’Connell

Once again, Catching Bullets author Mark O’Connell has graciously agreed to let us post his own review of the latest James Bond film. In his book Mark covers his memories of growing up as a James Bond fan from the unique perspective of being the grandson of producer Cubby Broccoli’s chauffeur, catching every Bond bullet, as […]

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Spectre – Review

There is a moment during the opening titles of Spectre that says more than it probably more than it meant to.  We see a topless Bond, sitting down and being helplessly smothered by an octopus – this is quite possibly the most fitting metaphor I can find for what is wrong with Spectre. At its […]

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SPECTRE Song Video – Sam Smith’s Writing’s On The Wall

Well, the video for singer Sam Smith’s SPECTRE title song, Writing’s On The Wall, is with us, and, in the context of some suitably moody images from the film, is beginning to cement itself more in my favours. Catching Bullets author Mark O’Connell is one fan prepared to give it a go: “It is a […]

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Scene Is Believing: The International

Director Tom Tywker and writer Eric Warren Singer’s The International (2009) takes the corrupt business practices of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International in the 1980’s, and fictionalises it into a contemporary global conspiracy thriller –  “gangster warfare on a corporate level,” as Singer put it. Clive Owen as the improbably named Louis Salinger, a dogged […]

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Premium Bond – Who is The Best 007?

Six actors have played Ian Fleming’s super suave spy, but which is the best, or at least, your favourite? Via BBC Arts, writer and broadcaster Matthew Sweet, and fellow polymath Mark Gatiss (actor, writer) don tuxedos, corner the bar, and over a couple of Vespers, debate the relative merits of each Eon-era. “Ready 007?” “Absolutely, […]

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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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Entitled: Goldfinger

Here’s a “Dink” -y little fact for you – the “golden girl” upon whom is projected scenes of James Bond derring-do in the titles to Goldfinger is actress and pin-up model Margaret Nolan, who plays masseuse Dink, sent off by James with a spank to the backside when he needs to discuss “man talk” with […]

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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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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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