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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 […]


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 […]


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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