Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2015 by David Chen
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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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 »
Posted on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
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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Posted on Friday, October 23rd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Daniel Craig is the best actor to play James Bond since Sean Connery, but the two of them have more in common beyond providing audiences with a stellar 007. Connery famously hated playing the world’s most popular movie spy, famously saying “I have always hated that damned James Bond. I’d like to kill him.” Over the past few weeks, it has become obvious that Craig has similar feelings for the character.
Much like how being under a constant spotlight drove Connery to leave the series after You Only Live Twice (a reporter once followed him into the bathroom), the amount of media attention being lavished on Craig during the press rounds for Spectre appear to have completely and thoroughly broken him. “You want James Bond?” he theoretically snarls, his breath smelling of vodka martini, “Let me tell you about this James Bond you love so much!”
Read just how much Daniel Craig hates Bond after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The first reviews for Spectre have begun to trickle out of the United Kingdom, where the latest James Bond adventure opens nearly two weeks before it makes its North American bow. As you’d expect from a series that has such a passionate following – every movie fan has a different idea of what a 007 film should be – the reviews have been all over the place. Some critics say it’s as good as Skyfall! While others say that, ugh, it’s only as good as Skyfall.
While the responses have been generally all over the place, most of them lean positive and there are more than a few raves. At the very least, everyone agrees that Daniel Craig remains a top-notch Bond, even if the movie he’s is a little too long or if director Sam Mendes‘ action a little too bombastic.
Check out some of the early Spectre reviews for yourself after the jump.
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Before Daniel Craig even finishes his run as James Bond, fans are already asking, “Who’s going to play the character next?” We may see Craig in the role again after the upcoming Spectre, which comes out next month, but this guessing game isn’t going to end anytime soon. The actor isn’t done with the character yet, but he does have some wise advice for the next Bond actor. Learn what that advice is after the jump.
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Just last week, the final trailer for James Bond next’s mission, Spectre, arrived with a lot of action. It arrived not long after the film’s new theme song, “Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith, debuted online. And now the film and the theme song meet in the Spectre theme music video.
While there are a lot of shots of Sam Smith singing while looking very sad and introspective, there’s some new footage from Spectre in the video as well, including some shots of James Bond (Daniel Craig) getting frisky with Monica Bellucci and also sharing a tender moment with Léa Seydoux. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
There’s been a lot of speculation lately about who could take over as the next 007. Could it be fan-favorite Idris Elba? Are the U.K. bookies on to something with Damian Lewis? But in fact, the answer has been right under our noses the whole time: The next James Bond will probably be Daniel Craig.
The actor confirmed he’s in for one more film, and added that he’ll “keep going as long as [he’s] physically able.” Read the Daniel Craig James Bond future comments after the jump. Read More »
Throughout over 50 years of spying for Her Majesty’s Secret Service, famed agent 007 has driven an Aston Martin as his tricked out, luxury car of choice. Thanks to the magic of product placement, fans with the right amount of money have always been able to buy the latest Aston Martin from the most recent James Bond movie.
But now Aston Martin has crafted a new vehicle that has actually been branded as a James Bond automobile. The British car manufacturer unveiled an extremely rare Aston Martin James Bond Edition, and it’s just as slick and sexy as 007 himself. Read More »