James Bond

Franchise Rewatch: James Bond – Part 2: ‘Thunderball through Diamonds Are Forever’, or the End of the Beginning

Posted by Matthew on February 10, 2020
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Welcome to part two of this year’s franchise rewatch. I’ve watched three good films so far, and this time around I’m going to talk about four more.

I’m on pace to get this done before the April premiere of No Time To Die right now so let’s get right to talking about Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and Diamonds Are Forever.

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Matt’s Ten Most Anticipated Films of 2020

Posted by Matthew on February 06, 2020
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Every year is a good year for movies but every year there are always those few you are really looking forward to. Here is my list of those movies.

Will these end up being my favourite movies of the year? Who knows! Probably not! The only movies that we know anything about as far away as December are the big-budget blockbusters with marketing pockets so deep we can start hearing about them now. There are hundreds of movies per year that don’t have that.

This list should probably be re-titled “most anticipated big-budget films”, really.

In any event, here is the list. See if you can guess the first entry.

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Franchise Rewatch: James Bond – Part 1: Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and Goldfinger or The Definition of Bond

Posted by Matthew on January 21, 2020
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In each of the last few years, I have re-watched a franchise. If you follow my Letterboxd you might have noticed this. One year it was Star Trek, another it was Star Wars, and another it was Mission: Impossible. This year it’s going to be James Bond.

With 24 films in the franchise proper and a 25th due in April of this year, this is no small undertaking, especially if I am going to blog about them as I go. Why haven’t I blogged these in the past? Because I had an idea of what I wanted this blog to be and I have resolved to change that here in this new decade.

So what follows will be whatever I feel it needs to be after watching each James Bond film. I am going to watch them in order, and I am most likely going to stick to the main EON produced films in the franchise. Some of them will get some deep thought, others maybe not so much. I don’t have a real plan besides watch, write about each, and then finish up with some kind of conclusion.

So if that sounds like the kind of thing you’re into then let’s get started on this journey with the first three entries in the franchise: Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and Goldfinger

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Poster Gallery: Character sheets for The Gentlemen, James Bond, Wonder Woman, Star Wars, and a whole lot more

Posted by Matthew on December 16, 2019
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Yes, still playing catchup. Here are a bunch of the posters that I missed while I was resting.

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Spoiler Alert: The Next James Bond Film Will Have Awesome Stunts and Effects (Video)

Posted by Matthew on September 24, 2015
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James Bond / Spectre / Daniel Craig

There’s a new James Bond film coming. James Bond movies have a long history of awesome action. That’s been especially true lately and thanks to this quite featurette posted to the James Bond YouTube channel it looks like it’s going to continue to be true, too.

Let’s take a look!

Yeah. I’m on board.

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The Next James Bond Movie Is SPECTRE

Posted by Simon on December 04, 2014
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Spectre

Earlier this morning, director Sam Mendes pulled the sheet off the latest entry in the James Bond franchise – Spectre – and the Internet exploded in a flurry of Sean Connery ┬ájokes. Daniel Craig is back as the titular agent and the rest of the revealed cast is a great collection of beauty and danger.

Schplendid.

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Awesome: Lea Seydoux Joins Bond 24

Posted by Matthew on October 10, 2014
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Lea Seydoux

Turns out Bond is the Warmest Colour. Or maybe wants to go for a stroll at Midnight in Paris. Either way French actress Lea Seydoux will be joining the Inglorious Basterd himself the Bond girl in the next, still untitled, James Bond film.

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Awesome: Chiwetel Ejiofor Frontrunner To Be Bond Villain

Posted by Matthew on April 05, 2014
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Chiwetel Ejiofor

Maybe the Agent from Serenity will come back in time to menace James Bond?

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Huh: Liam Neeson Turned Down James Bond

Posted by Matthew on March 12, 2014
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Non-Stop

You know how Liam Neeson is pretty much a rock solid box office draw these days thanks to his action films like Taken and more recently Non-Stop? Turns that train could have come in the 90s when he was offered the role of James Bond for the film that would eventually become Goldeneye.

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Awesome: Muppets Most Wanted Posters Parody James Bond, Face/Off, and Tinker Tailor.

Posted by Matthew on March 08, 2014
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Muppets Most Wanted

I haven’t blogged any of the Muppets Most Wanted trailers yet because, well, it doesn’t really look good to me and I don’t think I wanted to admit that to myself because I love the muppets. However, these new posters are awesome so let’s check them out.

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Decembond

Posted by Matthew on December 11, 2013
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You Only Live Twice

Artist Sean Dove is re-watching all of the James Bond movies this December and reviewing them and creating illustrations inspired by each one in a project he’s calling “Decembond/” You guys should definitely check it out, he’s posted some great work so far including the above illustration inspired by You Only Live Twice.

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Awesome James Bond Fan Posters

Posted by Matthew on November 24, 2013
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You Only Live Twice

Arist Alain Bossuyt has created a series of awesome fan posters for James Bond movies. You should definitely check them out. Below the jump is my favourite and links to more.

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Awesome: James Bond and Blofeld Can Officially Face Off Again

Posted by Matthew on November 16, 2013
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Blofeld

There’s a bunch of legal backstory involved but basically: one company now has all the rights to all the James Bond IP, which means we might see Blofeld again. Seriously.

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Awesome: Sam Mendes Returning for Bond 24

Posted by Matthew on July 11, 2013
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skyfall

There was some doubt, but he’s now locked to return.

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Awesome: Kees van Dijkhuizen jr’s 50 Years of Bond

Posted by Matthew on February 27, 2013
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skyfall

Kees van Dijkhuizen jr is the guy behind such amazing zupercuts as the “[the films of] series –in which the tone and style of a director is explored in each video– and the [cinema] series –in which the years worth of movies are cut together in retrospect.

Now his attentions are turned to Bond, and this might be my favourite of his work to date.

Amazing, right? van Dijkhulzen is rather adept at picking his clips to capture the essence of a film/series/etc, and he’s done pretty masterfully here.

Here’s his write up:

When it comes to cultural icons, James Bond is one of the biggest and most influential. These past 50 years we’ve been able to experience 007s finest adventures on the big screen, including last year with the excellent SKYFALL which shattered box office records. This piece, set to Adele’s ‘Skyfall’, revisits Bond’s adventures, from Dr. No to Skyfall, taking you through the various eras of the Bond legacy. Get those Martinis ready!

This is in no way a full retrospective of the Bond films, the only way to truly live 007’s adventures is by seeing them yourself. And what better way to do that than with the Bond 50 Collection on Blu-ray! Each film has been restored to its former glory with pristine picture quality. They really outdid themselves with the 4K restoration process and so every frame of footage used in this video is straight from the source, maintaining the best possible quality from edit to upload.

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