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The James Bond Archives: SPECTRE Edition

IMG_6086Three years ago I reviewed the original version of The James Bond Archives, which is a gargantuan book filled with terrific photos and behind-the-scenes information about all of the James Bond films. I recently received the new version of this book from Taschen. It’s more compact and affordably priced, and it has been updated for the new 007 film SPECTRE. Below is my video review of The James Bond Archives: SPECTRE Edition. Enjoy!

Blood, Sweat And Bond: Behind The Scenes Of SPECTRE

2CC2DBA000000578-3247907-Blood_Sweat_And_Bond_Behind_The_Scenes_Of_Spectre_curated_by_Ran-a-9_1443346701744If you’re a James Bond fan looking to learn about all of the behind-the-scenes details from the latest 007 film, SPECTRE, DK Publishing has a new book out you might be interested in picking up. It’s called Blood, Sweat and Bond: Behind the scenes of SPECTRE. Check out my review of the book below to determine whether or not it’s worth the price of admission:

Book Review – Bond By Design: The Art of the James Bond Films

BondbyDesignWith newest James Bond film, Spectre, about to hit theaters, several new 007 books are hitting the market, including Bond By Design: The Art of the James Bond Films by DK Publishing. For a look what’s inside this big, beautiful book, check out my video review below:

 

Die Another Day – Live Tweet

Die Another DayI recently contributed an article about the James Bond film Die Another Day to the 007 fansite www.007hertzrumble.com. You can read the article here.

Wednesday, January 15th at 9 p.m. EST I’m participating in a live tweet about the film, so make sure to stop by and join the discussion by using the hashtag #Bond_age_ on Twitter.

50 Years Of James Bond: The Movie

James Bond 50th AnniversaryI recently discovered a great James Bond video on YouTube that I had to share with you. Below is the official description and the video. Enjoy!

Approximately five minutes from each of the 22 Eon produced James Bond films have been cut together, in order and in sequence, beginning with the first five minutes of DR. NO (1962) followed by minutes 5-10 of FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963), minutes 10-15 of Goldfinger (1964), minutes 15-20 of Thunderball (1965), continuing on through each of the remaining 18 Bond features (accounting for variables in each title’s running time) culminating with the final five minutes of 2008’s Quantum of Solace.

This fresh look at the “James Bond Formula” provides a new exploration of the evolution of the series into a filmmaking genre uniquely its own. With few exceptions, each title’s transition into the picture that follows it is nearly seamless, creating a viewing experience that at first might serve to remind us “if you’ve seen one Bond film, you’ve seen them all,” but looking more closely it is in fact an endearing homage to a character who single-handedly shaped modern cinema’s action/adventure formula and who continues to leave an indelible mark on generations worldwide.

Review – The James Bond Archives

The James Bond ArchivesThis is my 100th blog post! Can you believe it? I’d like to thank all of you for checking out my content on a regular basis and helping me reach new highs each month. I appreciate your support and look forward to providing you with at least another 100 blog posts.

Speaking of things worth celebrating, it’s the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise. And one of the many ways the owners of the iconic film series decided to pay tribute was through the creation of a massive, 15-pound book: The James Bond Archives. Check out my video review below to learn more.

Movie Review: Skyfall

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I saw Skyfall on opening night and it was very good. As expected, it kicked off with a wild chase scene involving motorcycles, trains and, of course, guns. Then the film’s opening sequence, featuring Adele’s great new song, played. The score for this movie, by Thomas Newman, has been getting a lot of flack from Bond fans, and rightfully so. While it featured a good track here and there, it lacked a cohesive feel. It’s serviceable, just not impressive.

The plot surprised me, as it’s very different from previous films in the franchise. It focused on Bond, M and MI6 being “old dogs” that are out of touch with reality. According to the screenplay, today’s villain isn’t threatening the world with nuclear missiles, he or she is systematically taking it down from behind a keyboard. This point is driven home by the main antagonist Raoul Silva, brilliantly acted by Javier Bardem. Anytime he was onscreen, he had my rapt attention.

Judi Dench played a big role in this film and did a fantastic job, as usual. Daniel Craig also deserves recognition for clearly conveying the inner turmoil suffered by James Bond, especially in the beginning of the film. He’s grown into this role and made it his own. I’m glad Craig is sticking around for at least two more films.

Skyfall had the biggest U.S. box office opening for any Bond film, bringing in nearly $88 million. While I don’t consider Skyfall to be as good as Casino Royale, it is superior to Quantum of Solace. It’s a refreshing take on a film franchise that’s running 50 years strong. Here’s to another five decades of 007 reporting for duty.

James Bond 007: The Man With The Golden Gun

In anticipation of the new James Bond film, Skyfall, coming to U.S. theaters, I’ve been watching all of the previous films in the series. Last night, during the hurricane, I decided to watch The Man With The Golden Gun. Many Bond fans consider this film a low point in the franchise, but not me. While the title song was obnoxiously bad and certain moments in the movie were too campy, it was still highly entertaining. Roger Moore was both suave and physical in the film, and Christopher Lee was fantastic as the lead villain: Francisco Scaramanga. The film featured exotic locales, beautiful girls, great fight scenes, and an awesome car chase. But, for me, the most fascinating part was seeing a Bond film where, instead of being focused on taking down an entity, 007 was concentrating his efforts on the world’s best hitman – because his life depended on it. While this wasn’t the best film in the franchise, it was hardly the worst. Check out the fan-made trailer below and give it a go; I think you’ll enjoy it.

Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story Of 007

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October 5 was Global James Bond day, marking the 50th anniversary of one of the most popular film franchises ever. One of the ways the occasion was celebrated was with the world premiere of Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 on EPIX, a documentary chronicling the tumultuous history of Bond on and off the screen. It’s a well done production that had my rapt attention for the entire 98 minutes, and I highly recommend you see it. While it will more than likely be released on DVD/Blu-ray in the future, you can watch it for free by going to EPIX’s website and registering for a free trial. To give you a taste of what’s in store, below is the trailer and a couple of clips.

007: James Bond Turns 50

The name’s Bond, James Bond, and he turns 50 this year with the release of Skyfall in U.S. theaters on November 9. Daniel Craig, the sixth man to play James Bond, will reprise the role for what’s sure to be another edge-of-your-seat action film. To celebrate five decades of Bond, this fall will see the release of the entire film franchise on Blu-ray as well as the new video game 007 Legends. Furthermore, you can smell like Bond with the recently released fragrance James Bond 007, and starting September 28, Christie’s is having an online auction featuring Bond memorabilia.

The eternal debate among fans of the films is who was the best Bond? Many argue Sean Connery, but my favorites – because picking one is too hard – include Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. Who’s your favorite Bond? Vote in the poll below and make your voice heard.

Below is an excellent, fan-made video compiling 50 of the greatest moments from the franchise. It’s a treat to watch, so enjoy.

I was glad to hear that Daniel Craig signed on to be Bond for at least two more films. Below is the trailer for the upcoming film, Skyfall.

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