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    ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ – a challenging, invigorating and romantic piece of action filmmaking

    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Written by Richard Maibaum Directed by Peter Hunt UK, 1969 To call On Her Majesty’s Secret Service underappreciated is to call the sky blue. Only in the years since the release of Daniel Craig’s introduction to the series, Casino Royale, has OHMSS begun to be reappraised as a realistic, character-driven […] More

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    ‘From Russia With Love’ remains sans pareil

    From Russia With Love Directed by Terrence Young Written by Richard Maibaum and Johanna Harwood 1963, UK 50 years later, and with twenty-three “official” entries, From Russia With Love represents the very best of the Bond franchise. Skyfall is the closest to be considered, at best – almost equal to what was achieved in ’64 […] More

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    Best James Bond Scenes: Sean Connery Era

    The most commercially successful Bond film to date is Thunderball. The pic earned over $141 million worldwide, of which more than half was generated domestically in the U.S. The film was such a success, it was remade some 18 years later as Never Say Never Again. This is without a doubt my favourite Bond film […] More

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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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    ‘The Rock’ a revealing window into Project 007

    The idea of a Michael Bay film being open to interpretive scrutiny is, quite frankly, so fanciful that it practically defies the laws of our known universe. As his champions are so fond of adamantly stating, his flicks are popcorn movies designed purely for entertainment and occasional pre-pubescent escapist wish fulfillment. But it is a […] More

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