Posted on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
His arsenal of high-tech gadgets aside, James Bond’s tastes seem to run toward the classic: sharply tailored suits, ice-cold martinis… and 2D movies. While action properties from Marvel to Harry Potter to Star Trek have embraced 3D technology in recent years, 007 has been happy so far to stick with good old-fashioned 2D.
But that could be about to change. While nothing has been confirmed as of yet, a few clues scattered around the Internet are pointing to a possible IMAX 3D re-release for the very first James Bond movie, Dr. No.
If Sean Connery‘s Bond is coming to IMAX 3D, can Daniel Craig‘s be far behind? Hit the jump to keep reading. Read More »
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No matter how simple or elaborate a piece of art is, chances are the artist behind it made twenty different versions before arriving at what you see. Other times, they work on something and are forced to scrap it for one reason or another. This happens with everything: music, movies, posters, books. Most artists would never let the public see their unfinished works, but in the case of pop culture artist Olly Moss, he decided to let us in on the process.
Moss recently blogged about several projects he was working on during 2012 that either were either cancelled, scrapped or completely reimagined. Projects that weren’t even close to complete, just ideas and simple sketches. Normally, you’d think, “who cares?” But Moss was working on some truly incredible stuff: A Lawrence of Arabia poster, an Akira poster, a Blade Runner poster, Dr. No, Mad Men and more. It leads one to wonder why most of this stuff didn’t happen.
We asked Mr. Moss for comments on all of these posters and he was happy to oblige. After the jump, check out Moss’s incomplete work and read his comments on each. Read More »
The Bond film has become a genre unto it’s own, with specific rules and tropes. These have been imitated and appropriated, but the rules of a Bond film are very clear. Part of what makes Skyfall interesting is the way in which Sam Mendes and his associated creators try to subvert and circumvent the rules, even as EON Productions attempts to ensure that they’re followed to the letter.
If you need a refresher on the rules of Bond, you could watch one or two of the classic films. Or you could watch all of them, in a manner of speaking.
50 Years of James Bond: The Movie is a feature-length super cut that takes a novel approach to collating the evolution of the franchise: it takes five minutes from each film and puts them in consecutive order. So you’ll see (roughly) the first five minutes of Dr. No followed by minutes 6-10 of From Russia With Love, minutes 11-15 of Goldfinger, and so on. It’s a neat way to look at the series, and while there’s no argument that the transitions are precisely seamless, the fact that it does all flow to a good degree makes a good argument for the consistent rules and evolution (or lack thereof) of Bond. Read More »
As part of the screening put together in relation to the SXSW Title Design Competition, Ian Albinson from the website The Art of the Title Sequence put together a nice two and a half minute compendium of excellent film titles. (That features an occasional piece of television, too.) For any long-time film lover, this little video will probably elicit quite a few responses simply on the strength of the title cards on display. I queued several films to re-watch after exposure to just a few seconds of their titles.
Check out the collection after the jump. Read More »
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One of the great film composers has passed. It was revealed last night that BAFTA and Oscar-winning composer John Barry died Saturday of a sudden heart attack in New York. He was 77. Mr. Barry contributed a great many memorable cinema scores, including those of many James Bond movies as well as for films as diverse as Midnight Cowboy, The Black Hole and Dances With Wolves. For many his Bond work is his greatest legacy, but I still regard the plaintive harmonica theme for Midnight Cowboy as one of the most effective movie themes I’ve ever heard. Read More »