Spectre Easter Eggs

Last weekend, Spectre took the top spot at the box office despite the film being considerably less acclaimed than its predecessor Skyfall. There are a myriad of complaints ranging from the length of the film to the unevenness of the story, but one of the more divisive elements is the use of some of the more old-school James Bond tropes. Whether it’s Monica Bellucci as a grieving widow suddenly turned on by 007, the cheeky one-liners, or the contrived climax, there’s plenty about Spectre that feels like it’s straight out of the 1960s and 1970s.

But beyond the old-school style of the film, there are also plenty of simple Spectre Easter eggs that merely reference earlier James Bond films without getting in your face about it. See if you caught all the Easter eggs after the jump, but beware of spoilers. Read More »

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In this edition of Sequel Bits, Future puts a new spin on the Rocky theme for Creed, Dan Aykroyd praises Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters, and Daniel Craig continues to smile through the Spectre press tour. Also after the jump:

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VOTD: Counting Down Every James Bond Gadget Ever

James Bond Gadgets

Since the latest James Bond adventure doesn’t seem to be faring quite as well as last year’s acclaimed Skyfall, maybe we’d be better served with another look at the legacy of 007 instead of focusing on the shortcomings of Spectre.

We just recently featured a countdown of every single kill in the entirety of the franchise (with the exception of Spectre), and now it’s time to look at the gadgets that made many of those kills possible. How many gadgets did Q Branch hand over to 007? Find out below! Read More »

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Who the hell is James Bond?

That question has been haunting the cinematic landscape for over half a century now, and it’s not easy to answer. Like any character who has had ongoing adventures for decades, the specifics of Agent 007 shift with the times. He collects baggage. He absorbs new traits. He reflects what people want out of him. Bond is less of a consistent character and more of a living time capsule – current popular culture stores itself within him, photographs him for two hours, and then catches up with him a few years later for another round.

So who was James Bond? Who is James Bond? Who will James Bond be next? These are the questions fans have been asking for years. Let’s try to answer them.

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Spectre has literally just opened in theaters and here we are, already talking about the next 007 movie. Then again, this comes with the territory James Bond – when you’ve been around for 53 years and 24 movies, the series itself becomes bigger than a single entry. You have to consider each movie as a part of the whole, and that includes speculating on where the next movie will take us.

Right now, we have no idea where the 25th James Bond movie will be going, who will direct, or even if Daniel Craig will come back for another round with the character. After all, director Sam Mendes sounds like he’s done and producer Michael G. Wilson has confirmed that Craig is not contracted for five films, as previously reported.

Hit the jump for the latest updates about what’s to come for Bond 25.

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VOTD: How Many People Has James Bond Killed?

James Bond Kill Count

With six different iterations of 007 spanning 24 films, it should come as no surprise to anyone that James Bond has killed a lot of people. Whether it’s with his trusty Walther PPK of the many gadgets that Q bestows upon him, wherever James Bond goes, death will inevitably follow.

But just how many people has 007 killed? A new James Bond kill count supercut runs through each and every death caused by her majesty’s most trusted secret agent, and not only is it quite a lot, but some of them are downright silly. Read More »

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I still remember how dazzled I was when Casino Royale first burst onto the scene in 2006. Gone was the campy, suave, gadget-y Bond of years past. In its place was Daniel Craig, a chiseled, rugged specimen of a man. Craig brought an amazing physicality and gravity to the role. The message was clear: This was a Bond for a new age — an age when spying was no longer some exotic gig just to get women and save the world, but a task that would brutalize you emotionally and take away everything you loved.

The Daniel Craig-era Bond films have been uneven at best, but I don’t think anything could’ve prepared me for Spectre. This movie takes a massive step in the wrong direction for the series: towards camp. Hit my jump for my full video review.
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LOL: James Bond Rents a Car from Stephen Colbert

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There are plenty of things that the James Bond franchise is known for, from gadgets to girls. And one of those iconic elements is the legion of fancy cars equipped with all sorts of goodies for 007 to use against his enemies. The only problem is that every single time Bond gets a new car, he ends up absolutely destroying it. And Stephen Colbert has had enough.

On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the talk show host revealed a new “clip” from Spectre, featuring a cameo from Colbert himself. Daniel Craig, as James Bond, is in need of a rental car as he’s desperate to escape from assassins. But before he gets a new vehicle, he has to go through all the red tape and rigmarole of applying to get one. You can guess what happens when Colbert asks for his name. Read More »

james bond songs ranked

Even as the James Bond series marches into the future and changes with the times, it’s a slave to tradition. Every 007 movie has a theme song sung by an artist who usually represents pop music at the exact moment of the film’s release. In an age where most movies don’t even bother to have opening credits, these movies feature extended title sequences that are deliberately constructed to show off the song that was recorded just for the movie. A Bond song is an event.

So with Spectre in theaters this week, it’s time to do what any James Bond fan likes to do whether they admit it or not: rank things. And with Spectre‘s theme song drawing mixed reactions from people all over the world, why not rank the James Bond songs from worst to best?

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