Film Review: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

SYNOPSIS: “Shipping magnate Karl Stromberg has employed two brilliant scientists to develop a submarine tracking system. Once it is finished, he assures them of multi-million-dollar payouts to their Swiss bank accounts, but not before ruthlessly murdering his young assistant by dumping her into a tank inhabited by a man-eating tiger shark. Shortly afterward, British and Soviet submarines vanish while on routine moves, and Bond is called into action. Also called to duty is his Soviet … Continue reading

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Film Review: Goldfinger (1964)

SYNOPSIS: “The powerful tycoon Auric Goldfinger has initiated Operation Grand Slam, a cataclysmic scheme to raid Fort Knox and obliterate the world economy. James Bond, armed with his specially equipped Aston Martin (its accessory package includes built-in machine guns, a smoke screen and an ejector seat), must stop the plan by overcoming several outrageous adversaries. First there’s Oddjob, the mute servant who kills at the toss of a lethal hat; next, the beautiful Jill Masterson, … Continue reading

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A Brief History Of Bond, James Bond (1987-2013)

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Actor Timothy Dalton had been considered for the role of James Bond several times before, in fact producer Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli first approached him in 1968 for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), but Dalton refused declaring he was too young for the role: “Originally I did not want to take over from Sean Connery. He was far too good, he was wonderful. I was about 24 or 25, which is too young, but when … Continue reading

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A Brief History Of Bond, James Bond (1962-1985)

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He may not have been a great producer – the case is arguable – but he certainly was a smart operator. In partnership with Harry Saltzman for fifteen years, Albert R. ‘Cubby’ Broccoli (1909-1996) revolutionised genre cinema by showing the major studios that it could actually be profitable. He thus opened the door to the multi-million-dollar financing of fantastic films, without which the genre could not have reached the dizzying heights (and abysmal depths) of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Doctor No (1962)

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SYNOPSIS: “James Bond 007, seductive British secret agent, has been sent to the West Indies to investigate the disappearance of British agent John Strangway and his secretary. Once arriving, 007 becomes suspicious of scientist Professor Dent, who was the last person to have seen Strangway before he disappeared. After learning Professor Dent is working for a terrorist with metal hands, Doctor Julius No, and Strangway is dead, 007 meets CIA agent Felix Leiter and his … Continue reading

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Film Review: Casino Royale (1967)

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SYNOPSIS: “Sir James Bond is enjoying his retirement when four international agents press him into service again in hopes of smashing SMERSH and topple Le Chiffre at the baccarat tables. Bond is taken in by Agent Mimi (alias Lady Fiona McTarry) who immediately falls in love with him. Bond’s illegitimate daughter, Mata Bond, whose mother was the late Mata Hari, is going to help out. The current agent using the Bond name, Cooper, has his … Continue reading

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The Villain Of The Piece (A-K)

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We have all been touched by fictitious persons at numerous points in our lives. They have moved or amused, horrified or inspired us since early childhood. Story-telling is one of the most fundamental of human activities, probably as necessary to our mental health as eating, drinking and breathing are to our physical well-being. Story-telling is almost inconceivable without villains. In some cases those villains are scarcely human, and take the forms of supernatural beings or … Continue reading

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