Cinema Retro has received the following press release from the publishers of MI6 Declassified magazine:
It is my pleasure to inform you that issue #5 of MI6 Declassified is nowavailable to order!
"Quantum of Solace" divided some fans and critics over its
style and substance, but one fact is undeniable: 007 was back at the
box-office in record-breaking form. With opening weekend tallies smashing
historical highs almost everywhere he went, Bond Fever was rampant once
again. MI6 Declassified #5 looks at how the 22nd film thrilled cities around
the world and speaks to some of the creative talent behind the movie... and
keep an eye out for an exclusive cut scene still!
The fifth issue
includes: o Premiere Bond - Coverage from Leicester Square for the "Quantum
of Solace" debut o Around The World With 007 - Following the worldwide
launch of the latest James Bond adventure o Box Office Bond - Bond
Fever hits at cinemas as records are smashed o In Their Own Words - Cast
and crew discuss making "Quantum of Solace" o Making Another Way To Die -
Jack White and Alicia Keys talk about the title song o John Gardner A
Life In Literature - A tribute to the late continuation author including his
last in-depth interview o Giving Bond His Booms, Bangs & Beeps -
Interview with Oscar-winning sound editor Norman Wanstall o Zig Zag
Comics - Uncovering the rare '60s series from South America o The Bond
Connection - A unique look at the world through Fleming's eyes in Thrilling
Cities o The Last Word - Mya Harrison on singing and starring in Everything
Seems everyone has an opinion regarding our recent editorial about Julia Roberts' use of expletives in her Lincoln Center tribute to Tom Hanks. Reader Doug Gerbino now weighs in:
I have just read the reply to your article on Julia Roberts language, and I think your reader is off the mark in her rebuttal of your first article. It is not what Ms. Roberts said, it is where she it. There is a time and a place for everything, and that award ceremony was not it. Your comments on the dumbing down of society are so true. As a school teacher, I see the daily sad effects of this trend. Forget Swine Flu...the Cultural Illiteracy is the real panedmic. As the Marschallin in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier says, "In the 'how'...there lays the difference."
- Doug Gerbino
Retro Responds: Doug, you took the words write out of my mouth. I don't know how many times I've used Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier to illustrate a point! Not that I want to contribute to the cultural illiteracy that we both agree is a plague on society, but isn't Der Rosenkavalier the German release title for Don Knotts' The Ghost and Mr. Chicken?
Well, it's midnight and I've just returned from attending the world's first showing of the new Star Trek film in IMAX format in New York City at the Loews Lincoln Center. When Paramount sent me the invitation, I confess I thought twice about attending. The reason is that I'm probably the only baby boomer who grew up in the 1960s and managed to emerge knowing almost nothing about Star Trek. Although I have seen some of the first feature films based on the show, I have never seen a complete episode of the original series. Nor have I seen any of the sequels, prequels or spin-offs. Wait - it gets better. Some years ago, I was introduced to Leonard Nimoy and only chatted briefly about films he directed, with nary a mention of his pointy-eared alter-ego (I think he was grateful, actually). Finally, back in 1990s, I was in L.A. to appear on a TV program and found myself backstage in the green room with a wonderfully witty gentleman whose face looked familiar, but whose name I couldn't place. After talking for about an hour about WWII history and the injuries he sustained in the war, I asked him what he did for a living. "I'm an actor", he said. "My name is James Doohan and you probably know me from Star Trek". Doohan was kind enough to say that my ignorance was refreshing, as it afforded him a rare opportunity to discuss something unrelated to the series, but I justifiably felt like an idiot. I tell you all of this because it is important for you to know that when I attended the Star Trek premiere, I had little interest in the film, and was far more intrigued by the prospect of simply enjoying the IMAX experience. Two hours later, I emerged from the theater a full-fledged Trek enthusiast, now determined to catch up with what others had the foresight to appreciate nearly a half century ago. The new Star Trek is a modern sci-fi classic and a personal triumph for director J.J. Abrams, who has reinvigorated the series in the way that both James Bond and Batman have been revitalized. This is your father's Star Trek - and that's meant as a compliment.
This is a movie so filled with energy, creativity and surprises that I will refrain from spilling most of the specifics here. Suffice it to say, you don't have to be a Trekker to appreciate its merits. While I am generally pretty grumpy about the overuse of CGI in films, this is a case where it is obviously merited - and they are the best CGI effects I have ever seen onscreen. However, Abrams- working with a literate and witty script by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman - has not lost sight of the fact that the series was about the human element (or Vulcan element, as the case may be.) The story tells how all the aspects of the original series came into being. I have no idea whether these plot developments have been explored previously in various Trek films and series, but they were new to me, including the surprising revelation that Kirk and Spock started their relationship as adversaries. The film traces how Kirk progressed from a brilliant but rebellious troublemaker into commander of the Enterprise - and how he assembled the now legendary crew. No one envies actors who take over legendary characters played by other beloved actors, but the most exciting revelation about the new movie is the brilliant casting. Virtually every role is a gem and is played by actors with extraordinary talent and charisma. Topping the list, of course, are Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, playing Kirk and Spock respectively. Both were unknown to me, though I understand Quinto is one of the stars of Heroes. (Since I haven't watched episodic TV since Mr. Ed was ratings gold, I was unfamiliar with his work.) Both actors generate the kind of chemistry enjoyed by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy in the original series. Amusingly, now freed by the constraints of TV censorship of the 1960s, Kirk's horndog instincts are on full display in funny sequences in which he tries to seduce the fetching Uhura (Zoe Saldana).We also get fascinating insights into Spock's motivations and background, extending to his early years on the planet Vulcan. The script hits all the right notes and Pine and Quinto (along with the rest of the cast), pay homage to their predecessors by invoking just enough familiar mannerisms without delving into cheap imitation.