I thought my days
of writing about or for James Bond were over. But as Al Pacino bemoaned in The Godfather Part III,
'They keep pulling me back in!'
And that's exactly what the recent so-called "Ultimate Edition"
DVD releases of the Bond series did for me. After having not viewed many of the pictures in years, it
was a treat to go back and watch them all again in chronological order, dip into the bonus features, and
reassess the official EON 007 films' something I hadn't done since the publication of the updated
edition of The James Bond Bedside Companion in 1988. Twenty years is a long time and I'm a very
different person than I was in 1988. For one thing, I've been on the other side of the fence with Bond.
Thus, I'm not really in a position to opine whether or not this or that film is good. It's the main
reason why I don't update the Bedside Companion-it just wouldn't be ethical for me to write critiques of
the Bond books or films since 1988. I leave that for others to do.
It's become an annual ritual to smear the Oscar telecast. To keep one's
credentials as as a smug entertainment journalist, it's vital to indulge in the pack mentality that
mandates one is compelely unimpressed with virtually every aspect of the show. In fairness, those who
produce the telecasts have often been masters of forming circular firing squads and providing plenty of
red meat for the wolves in the entertainment press. Despite almost universally negative reviews, this
year's ceremony may have been one of the longest, but was far from the worst. Here's a round-up of
CINEMA RETRO TEAMS WITH FOX FOR "THE GREAT FOX WAR MOVIES" BOOK AND DVD SET- NOW
publishers Lee Pfeiffer and Dave Worrall have teamed with Twentieth Century Fox tp write and design the
very first book ever published by Fox. The Great Fox War Movies consists of a unique book/DVD
package containing new, double-disc editions of The Longest Day, Patton and Tora! Tora! Tora!
plus and oversized, deluxe hardcover book giving the fascinating inside story on the making of these
You asked for memories of seeing a movie. Heres mine: The
early 70's..I was just 5 years old when I was taken to see On Her Majesty's Secret Service (on
re-release). Even as a kid, what struck me was the movie's tremendous atmosphere. It left an indelible
impression...I felt as if I was up there on Piz Gloria! The downhill ski chases...the avalanche...it
just seemed to go on and on! Okay, this may sound crazy, but really OHMSS should have been the
last 007 movie. How could you top it? It had the best villain, Bond girl, Barry score and the
perfect Bond in George Lazenby.
Ed Reily, Ireland
Cinema Retro responds: We
share your enthusiasm for OHMSS, Ed. It's great to see this long-neglected Bond film finally
gets its due in recent years. Lazenby has also had the satisfaction of enjoying this re-evaluation of
his work. He's mobbed at fan appearances and critics have also taken a much more enthusiastic view of
his performance in the film. In fact, had he not made the mistake of quitting after one film, the series
would arguably have avoided the turn to slapstick that began with Diamonds Are Forever.
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