Sean Connery on location in the Bahamas for Thunderball
In an extensive article for the British newspaper The Telegraph, thriller writer Anthony Horowitz provides fascinating insights into why he believes James Bond has continued to thrive. In his opinion, it is not because of the films, it is in spite of them. Horowitz analyzes the timeless qualities of Ian Fleming's source novels and says that beginning with the later Connery films, the essence of Fleming was lost in their translation to the screen. Curiously, while being overly dismissive of the entire Roger Moore era and Licence to Kill (a bold attempt to recharge the sagging series), Horowitz does not go into much detail about the series' renaissance with Casino Royale, the most realisitic and hard-hitting entry of all the Bond movies. Nevertheless, it's a enjoyable article with the additional quality of having been written by a novelist who relates how Ian Fleming influenced his own life and career. To read click here
"You light up my life" say fans of the Star Wars light sabre.
A new poll pertaining to movie fan's favorite film weapons of all time finds the Jedi light sabre at the top of the list. Two James Bond weapons placed on the list: Scaramanga's unique golden gun from The Man With the Golden Gun and Oddjob's razor-brimmed hat from Goldfinger. For the entire list click here
In defiance of recent trends that have seen many Hollywood women starving themselves to anorexic levels, Pierce Brosnan's wife, 43 year-old Keely Shaye-Smith is happily defying this craze and was proudly photographed wearing a bikini that emphasized her full figure. The photos were taken on a Hawaiian beach where the former James Bond star and his wife of seven years frolicked happily in the surf. With refreshing candor, Keely tells the press that when clothing gets too tight, she will move a button before trying to hide her figure behind baggy clothing. For his part, Brosnan seems unperturbed by his once-svelt lady love's trend toward a fuller figure. He proclaims, "I love my wife's curves!" Cinema Retro has often criticized the herd mentality of the Hollywood elite, especially among women who feel pressure to take extraordinary measures to control issues of weight and the aging process. Fighting the Battle of the Bulge is a natural part of growing older and we admire Mrs. Brosnan for taking an honest stand and not apologizing for who she is. To read the story click here
The announcement of the new title to the next James Bond film - Quantum Of Solace - was met in some fan quarters with puzzlement. The rather obscure meaning of the title refers back to Ian Fleming's short story (from the book For Your Eyes Only) and pertains to the situation James Bond finds himself in at the end of the previous film Casino Royale. The next movie will pick up where the last one left off. Star Daniel Craig defends the fact that the producers have not chosen another seemingly computer-generated title, saying "We could have gone for a
snappier title, but that sort of suggests we're insecure about what
we're trying to say. The statement is an Ian Fleming
statement. It comes from the idea that in a relationship, if you don't
have a quantum of solace left in your relationship, then give up. Where Bond is left at the end of the last movie, his heart's been broken and he doesn't have
that quantum of solace, he doesn't have that ... closure on what
happened in his life and he needs to find out. What is great about it
is it also applies to something very important in the plot." For more check the Cinema Blend site by clicking here
These are the first official photos to be released from today's press conference at Pinewood Studios for the new James Bond film Quantum Of Solace.
Producer Michael G. Wilson, Dame Judi Dench, director Marc Forster and producer Barbara Broccoli.
Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench and director Marc Forster
Producer Michael G. Wilson, Gemma Arterton, Mathieu Amalric, Olga Kurylenko, Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, Marc Forster (director) and producer Barbara Broccoli.
Mathieu Amalric, Olga Kurylenko, Daniel Craig and Gemma Arterton
Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arterton
(All photos copyright 2008 Danjaq, LLC, United Artists Corporation and Columbia Pictures Industries. All rights reserved.)
OFFICIAL FILM SYNOPSIS FROM SONY
QUANTUM OF SOLACE continues the high octane adventures of James Bond (DANIEL CRAIG) in CASINO ROYALE.
Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his
latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the
truth, Bond and M (JUDI DENCH) interrogate Mr White (JESPER
CHRISTENSEN) who reveals the organization which blackmailed Vesper is
far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined.
Forensic intelligence links an Mi6 traitor to a bank account in Haiti
where a case of mistaken identity introduces Bond to the beautiful but
feisty Camille (OLGA KURYLENKO), a woman who has her own vendetta.
Camille leads Bond straight to Dominic Greene (MATHIEU AMALRIC), a
ruthless business man and major force within the mysterious
On a mission that leads him to
Austria, Italy and South America, Bond discovers that Greene,
conspiring to take total control of one of the world's most important
natural resources, is forging a deal with the exiled General Medrano
(JOAQUIN COSIO). Using his associates in the organization, and
manipulating his powerful contacts within the CIA and the British
government, Greene promises to overthrow the existing regime in a Latin
American country, giving the General control of the country in exchange
for a seemingly barren piece of land.
minefield of treachery, murder and deceit, Bond allies with old friends
in a battle to uncover the truth. As he gets closer to finding the man
responsible for the betrayal of Vesper, 007 must keep one step ahead of
the CIA, the terrorists and even M, to unravel Greene's sinister plan
and stop his organization.
Michael G. Wilson and
2nd Unit Director
Neal Purvis & Robert Wade
and Paul Haggis
Credits not final
(Cinema Retro thanks Eon Productions and Sony for providing this information)
Sleeve art for the forthcoming DVD special edition of Casino Royale. Tellingly, the film's status as a maverick production is indicated by the absence of any mention of "James Bond" or "007" on the sleeve.
We reported previously that Steve Rubin, author of The James Bond Films and The James Bond Encyclopedia had teamed with fellow producer Steve Mitchell to create a special deluxe edition of the 1967 James Bond spoof version of Casino Royale. Alas, bad luck and lack of respect still continues to haunt this film. Fox, which is releasing this edition under the MGM banner, has inexplicably delayed the release until June 8. It had originally been intended to be released last October.Inquiries to Fox's home video unit did not result in any reason for the delay being given. There has also been no release date set for the forthcoming special edition of the 1983 Thunderball remake, Never Say Never Again. Both films had originally been made outside the banner of Eon Productions, which has made every "official" 007 film since Dr. No. In recent years, Eon and MGM have obtained all rights to the maverick productions. Although Eon has not "buried" either title, they have never been included in promotions of the official Bond titles. Further updates forthcoming.
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