Roger Moore Was My James Bond

Roger Moore Was My James Bond

Everyone has their James Bond. For my uncle, it was Sean Connery.

When I was around 10 years old, he visited from up north and sent me on a mission. I was to scour the local Blockbuster (remember when that was a thing?) and return with a James Bond movie on VHS (remember when that was also a thing?). There was only one parameter: it had to star Connery. In my uncle’s eyes, he was the only Bond. No one else mattered. Those other guys? Not worth the time of day. He specifically requested Goldfinger, a movie that he claimed featured everything you needed to know about being a man. Goldfinger was unavailable. I returned with Diamonds Are Forever, which proceeded to punish my entire family for two hours as we endured it.

I share this story because every James Bond fan has their quirks. You won’t find anyone who loves all of the movies. You won’t find a consensus on which actor best portrayed 007. And in my experience, the exact nature of these quirks are defined by very specific and very personal moments. Bond has always been malleable, a pop culture force that bends with the times and absorbs popular trends to create the artifice of youth. It’s always different. Always adapting. Always shapeshifting. Because of this, your Bond isn’t always my Bond. Agent James Bond of MI6 is a different thing for just about everyone.

And Roger Moore was my James Bond.

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James Bond Actor Roger Moore Has Died at 89

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Roger Moore, best known for playing the suave secret agent James Bond in a record seven films between 1973 and 1985, has passed away at the age of 89.

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Singer Chris Cornell Has Died at 52

Chris Cornell Dead

When James Bond returned to the big screen with Daniel Craig in the lead role of Casino Royale in 2006, the new run of 007 movies needed a theme song to bring the franchise into the 21st century the right way. Sony Pictures and MGM called upon Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell‘s signature growling singing voice to make it happen, and he created what I think is one of the better James Bond theme songs of the entire series.

Therefore, we’re sad to report that the rock musician and singer has passed away suddenly at the young age of 52 after performing with Soundgarden in Detroit last night.  Read More »

james bond lawsuit

Completion is often an important facet of one’s fandom: you have all of The Beatles’ studio albums on your iPod, or sitting on your shelf is every novel Virginia Woolf ever wrote, or you own multiple versions Cinema Paradiso. But what if you planned to have everything and you didn’t get what you thought you were paying for?

That’s the core issue of a class action lawsuit brought against MGM Studios and 20th Century Fox by plaintiff Mary Johnson of Washington, who bought the Bond 50: Celebrating Five Decades of Bond DVD box set, and filed the complaint when she realized the set did not include the 1967 film Casino Royale (the one with Woody Allen – yes, you read that correctly) and 1983’s Never Say Never Again. It’s a matter of whether this is necessarily false advertising, as there’s legal precedent for why these films weren’t included. But should these films be included in Bond box sets in the future? And do their very existence say about the 007 series in general?

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james bond 25 director

What kind of filmmaker is the perfect match for the James Bond series? On one hand, it seems like it should be a journeyman, the kind of director who is comfortable working alongside protective producers, a capable craftsman who knows how to deliver productions on time and on budget. But on the other, it seems like it should be an artist, someone capable of grabbing this 55-year old series by the lapels and giving it a good shake.

And after Eon Productions‘ flirtation with the latter, it sounds like they’re going back to the former. A new rumor suggests that the 007 producers are eyeing Paul McGuigan for the director’s seat on the 25th James Bond movie.

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james bond 25

The James Bond series may be 55 years old, but it’s still the prettiest girl at the ball. After finishing their four-film distribution deal with Sony following the release of Spectre in 2015, 007 owners Eon Productions and MGM started shopping around for a new partner. Right now, the bulk of the suitors are the older, more established companies. However, it seems that Annapurna, the young hotshot behind some of the most interesting and daring movies of the past few years, has thrown its hat into the ring.

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Daniel Craig Returning as James Bond

Daniel Craig has a love-hate relationship with James Bond. Recently the actor reiterated how much he loves playing 007, despite previous famous remarks indicating that he’d rather slash his wrists than consider starring in another James Bond movie while on the press tour for Spectre. Since then, there have been (false) rumors of Craig turning down anywhere from $100 million to $150 million to reprise his role.

Despite rumblings of other contenders like Tom Hiddleston being mentioned, producers still have Daniel Craig as their top choice to return to Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Now it sounds like they may have finally convinced him to return, at least if a new rumor is to be believed. Read More »

john wick james bond

After seeing John Wick: Chapter 2 twice, I’ve settled on the opinion that director Chad Stahelski should be allowed to whatever hell we wants next (provided that he also find time for John Wick: Chapter 3, of course). Both John Wick movies are among the freshest, funniest, and most unique American action films to come around in quite sometime – I’m pretty much in awe of them. So when Stahelski talks about dreaming of making a James Bond movie, I find myself snapping to attention and asking which mountain I can help move to make that happen.

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Christopher Nolan Directing James Bond

Last fall, there was a lot of buzz regarding whether or not Daniel Craig would eventually return to the role of James Bond. The actor was rather vocal about how exhausting the work on Spectre was, going so far as to say that he’d rather slash his wrists than do another James Bond movie at that time. Since then, he’s equated his answer to being the same he would give if someone asked him to run a marathon after just finishing another marathon, reiterating that he loves playing James Bond.

As of last year, Daniel Craig was still the first choice to play James Bond, according to the franchise executive producer, but that didn’t stop rumors from swirling about a possible replacement. One of those names was Tom Hardy, and in a recent interview he was hesitant to address any truth to those rumors simply because of his own personal philosophy. However, he had no problem putting forth his choice to direct a James Bond film: Christopher Nolan.

Find out what Tom Hardy had to say about Christopher Nolan directing James Bond after the jump. Read More »

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