It’s easy to take the James Bond movies and the iconography that accompanies them for granted. This character and his film series have been a part of pop culture for long that it’s easy to think that Agent 007 and his world arrived fully formed, to forget the many artists who contributed to his creation. Director Guy Hamilton, who directed four James Bond movies (including the iconic Goldfinger) has passed away at the age of 93. His death is sobering reminder that the men and women responsible for so many of our great movie moments are still among us and deserve to be treasured.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
If you paid attention to the press tour for last year’s latest James Bond mission in Spectre, then you know that Daniel Craig wasn’t exactly eager to return to work as 007 anytime soon. During one interview, Craig said that he would rather slit his wrists then go make another James Bond movie at that point. He pulled back on those comments a bit later on The Today Show:
If you’re 200 yards from the end of a marathon and someone comes running up to you and says, ‘Are you going to run another marathon?’ there’s two words you use, and not on a morning show.
However, if Daniel Craig’s close, personal friend and fellow actor Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes, Kingsman: The Secret Service), who just happens to be the godfather to Craig’s eldest son, is going to be believed, then the British actor may actually be done with his time on Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Find out more about whether or not Daniel Craig is quitting James Bond below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Though James Bond fans were excited to see what director Sam Mendes did with Spectre after knocking Skyfall out of the park back in 2012, plenty were disappointed when the film finally hit theaters last fall. While this writer didn’t find the film to be downright terrible, mostly enjoying the throwback elements of the story and villain being utilized, the film certainly lacked the kind of punch you hope to get from a 007 adventure.
Now, the Spectre Honest Trailer really sticks it to the movie, calling it “Bond-by-the-numbers,” which is pretty hard to argue with. Plus there’s a great reference to the Nintendo 64 video game Goldeneye. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 4th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Last fall brought the return of Daniel Craig as James Bond in Spectre, and along with him came a classic villain played by Christoph Waltz. As of now the future of the 007 franchise is uncertain, with no new movie in development and no official or unofficial sequel date on the horizon, but there may be one detail that is already set.
Christoph Waltz is rumored to be coming back not just for Bond 25, but also for Bond 26. However, there’s a catch. Waltz will only return for the sequels if Daniel Craig comes back as James Bond. Otherwise he’s out. Find out more below, but beware of spoilers for Spectre if you haven’t seen it. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 20th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Any movie franchise with a 53-year history is going to have some stories of things that never happened and what could have been. Fans of the James Bond films always like to play the “What If?” game. What if George Lazenby had hung around for more movies after On Her Majesty’s Secret Service? What if The Spy Who Loved Me could have actually seen the return of Blofeld and S.P.E.C.T.R.E., as originally intended? And now we have a new one to ponder: What if Peter Morgan‘s concept for the film that would eventually become Skyfall was filmed?
Morgan, a two-time Oscar nominee for penning The Queen and Frost/Nixon, contributed a treatment titled Once Upon a Spy, which was ultimately rejected by Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson. And we can see why – this lost James Bond movie would have taken 007 into territory that would’ve been a little too dark, even for Daniel Craig‘s morally gray run with the character.
Posted on Friday, November 13th, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
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 »
Posted on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 by Angie Han
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:
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson joins Ice Age: Collision Course.
- Kong: Skull Island adds up-and-comer Will Brittain.
- There are no plans (yet) for a Peanuts sequel.
- Kung Fu Panda 3 enters the sound mixing stage.
- Get details on the Jurassic World game that never was.
- What kind of Fantastic Beasts will Newt Scamander find?
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 »
Posted on Monday, November 9th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
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.