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 (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: Time Bandits (1981)

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SYNOPSIS: “A young boy’s wardrobe contains a time hole. Through this hole an assortment of short people (i.e. dwarfs) come while escaping from their master, the supreme being. They take Kevin with them on their adventures through time from Napoleonic times to the Middle Ages to the early 1900s, to the time of Legends and the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness where they confront Evil.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: British television comedy received a good shot in … Continue reading

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Film Review: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

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SYNOPSIS: In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, SF and adventure characters team up on a secret mission. REVIEW: I couldn’t imagine a cooler off-beat joining up of characters. This film has always stayed within reach but never seems to escalate to a favorite. After seeing it several times, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a pretty cool movie with an even greater idea. It does however have some … Continue reading

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Film Review: Zardoz (1974)

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SYNOPSIS: “In the distant future, Earth is divided into two camps – the barely-civilised group and the overly-civilised one with mental powers. A plague is attacking the second group, after which its members cease to have any interest in life and become nearly catatonic. When Zed, one of the barbarians, crosses over, the tenuous balance in their world is threatened.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: “I have seen the future and it doesn’t work!” cried the publicity … Continue reading

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