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    Best James Bond Scenes: Sean Connery Era

    1: Dr No – Opening Title Sequence The schizophrenic title sequence introduces John Barry’s famous James Bond theme, but instead of transitioning into the now traditional pop song (which uses the title as a lyric), random portions of two calypso songs were used instead. This was also of course the first of Maurice Binder’s many […] More

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    The Death of Marilyn Monroe, The Birth of James Bond

    Editor’s Note: This article was originally published November 1, 2012.  Fifty years ago this month, Marilyn Monroe passed away from a suspected accidental drug overdose (although conspiracy geeks love to contemplate more nefarious scenarios). The commemoratives are already showing up on magazine and newspaper entertainment pages, cable channels have announced their Marilyn film fests and […] More

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    ‘Goldfinger’ – 24 carat quality

    Goldfinger Directed by Guy Hamilton Screenplay by  Richard Maibaum and Paul Dehn Starred: Sean Connery, Honor Blackman Released September 1964 by United Artists Even if you had never seen this film, just as with Ursula Andress rising from the waves like a bikini-clad version of Botticelli’s Venus in Dr. No, you’d recognize the iconic image. The […] More

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    New on Video: ‘Persona’

    “Persona” is a supreme blend of ambiguity and stylistic flourish. It’s a film that rewards multiple viewings for the depth of character psychology and narrative discovery, and also for its astonishing beauty. More

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    Seth MacFarlane soars as Oscars host

    85th Academy Awards Hosted by Seth MacFarlane Produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Directed by Don Mischer Aired Sunday, Feb. 24th at 8:30pm (ET) on ABC It’s fairly well-established tradition at this point that viewers love to trash the Oscars: the nominees, the winners, the speeches, the ceremony. It’s an easy target, especially for […] More

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    James Bond by the Numbers

    Public confession time: I am a bit of a geek. I obsess over punctuation and fuss over math. In fact, in the part of my job that pays the bills (because acting as Festival Director for the YoungCuts Film Festival is more a labor of love) I just celebrated the 2 year anniversary of a […] More

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    To Toronto With Love: 007 at TIFF Bell Lightbox

    [vsw id=”Z8aK9GX2BvA” source=”youtube” width=”525″ height=”345″ autoplay=”no”] Toronto – Whether you know him best as Sean Connery, Roger Moore, or Daniel Craig, we all know him as Bond; James Bond. Tall, dark, and handsome, yet devilish, armed, and dangerous, Ian Fleming’s MI6 secret agent is the definition of iconic, influential, and indelible. Starting October 26th, TIFF Bell Lightbox presents the […] More

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    A Brief History of Title Design

    Put together to compete in the SXSW Title Design Competition, Ian Albinson has edited a large mix of some of the greatest film and television titles ever made. Slashfilm reports that the websites mission is: A compendium and leading web resource of film and television title design from around the world. We honor the artists […] More

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    Naked Lunch Radio #72-A- James Bond (Sean Connery)

    listen now Download show With 1964’s Goldfinger, the third James Bond story to reach the screen, the “Bond formula” had reached maturity. Screenwriter Richard Maibaum, a participant in the scripting of the previous two movies, Dr. No and From Russia with Love, had identified those elements of the series that audiences liked. So, for this […] More