Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style will open at the Barbican in London on July 6 and run through September 5. The major exhibition is a multi-sensory experience that covers all aspects of style relating to the legendary film franchise, ranging from clothing designers to original concepts for production design. For details click here
Our old pal George Lazenby is still stirring things up when it comes to the world of James Bond. He's the latest person to jump on the bondwagon to criticize the sponsorship deal with Heineken for the next James Bond film Skyfall. Lazenby accuses the producers of selling out in order to get promotional tie-in money. While there has world wide outrage that the beer company's sponsorship for the movie will result in a scene in which Bond is seen sipping the brew, the producers have never once said that this will preclude 007 from also engaging in his trademark vodka martini. Beer sponsorships for Bond movies extends all the way to the first film, Dr. No in 1962 wherein Red Stripe Jamaican beer was seen prominently in the movie. John Smith's, the British beer company, had sponsorships in The World is Not Enough. So what's the big deal? Does anyone really believe that the producers will water down the debonair image of 007 by having him be seen chug-a-lugging Heineken at the expense of fine wines and liquors? The sequence in question will probably last a millisecond. For his part, current 007 Daniel Craig says that modern movies cost so much money that promotional fees are necessary for financing. Heineken supposedly contributed $45 million to the production cost, but that will obviously include worldwide print, TV and web campaigns. For more click here
Cinema Retro has received the following press release:
CATCHING BULLETS –
MEMOIRS OF A BOND FAN
by MARK O’CONNELL
Published by SPLENDID BOOKS on 3rd
September 2012 (UK / US)
From the offbeat
vantage point of a movie-obsessed teenager whose grandfather was chauffeur to
legendary 007 producer Albert R. Broccoli,CATCHING BULLETS – MEMOIRS OF A BOND FAN
is a love-letter to James Bond, Duran Duran title songs and bolting down your
tea quick enough to watch Roger Moore falling out of a plane without a
When Jimmy O'Connell took a job as chauffeur for 007
producers Eon Productions, it would not just be Cubby Broccoli, Roger Moore and
Sean Connery he would drive to James Bond. His grandson Mark swiftly hitches a
ride on a humorous journey of filmic discovery where Bond movies fire like
bespoke bullets at a Reagan-era Catholic childhood marked with divorce, a
closet-gay adolescence sound-tracked by John Barry and an adult life as a
comedy writer still inspired by that Broccoli movie magic.
“Mark O’Connell is a great new writing talent and
we are delighted to be publishing his first book,” says Splendid Books’
Editorial Director Shoba Vazirani. “CATCHING BULLETS is very funny and he
brings a genuinely new insight into the Bond film phenomena.
“The book is a fascinating journey, in which Mark
reconsiders all the Bond films as they fire into his and everyone’s
A major feature film will depict the intriguing life of James Bond author and creator Ian Fleming. The legendary Fleming's colorful career included a good deal of exotic travel and wartime intrigue in British naval intelligence. Many of these aspects of his life were incorporated into the 007 novels. The film is based on author Andrew Lycett's acclaimed biography of Fleming and has the full approval of the Fleming estate. Duncan Jones (son of David Bowie) will direct. A previous Fleming biopic was made for American television in the late 1980s with Jason Connery, son of Sean Connery, starring as the author. There was also a British Fleming biography starring Charles Dance titled Goldeneye, released prior to the Bond flick of the same name. For more click here
The teaser trailer for the forthcoming James Bond flick Skyfall has been released. It gives a few tantalizing clues to the well-concealed plot points and features some stunningly photographed images. On the downside, no James Bond Theme...let's hope it appears in the final cut (along with the gun barrel opening!) Click here to view
the eagerly anticipated premiere of Skyfall,
the twenty-third James Bond film, counts down to its October 2012 release, Boston area fans of Britain’s favorite secret agent are
being afforded the rare opportunity to revel in all that has come before.The staff of the Somerville Theater (located on Davis Square in the
Boston suburb of Somerville, Massachusetts), are in the midst of celebrating
the fiftieth anniversary of Ian Fleming’s super-spy on the big screen in a big way; with an ambitious year long series-encompassing
twenty-two film retrospective.The
architect of screenings is Ian Judge, the theater’s Director of
Programming.Judge has not only been managing
the nearly one-hundred year old theater for the past ten years, but he has long
shared a history with the venue having grown up only a few blocks away from its
gilded entrance.Built in 1914 as a posh
nine-hundred seat forum for vaudeville-era acts and stage plays, the theater
began screening films right from the advent of the silent era.Though the intimate, wonderfully decorative
auditorium retains its opulent splendor, the theater combines old world
elegance with new world technology.Three
years ago the venue’s grand balcony was completely refurbished and, perhaps
more importantly, the theater was fit with a Dolby digital sound system and twin
Norelco DP-70 projectors, the latter addition allowing the venue to be one of
the few cinemas in New England to have the capability of presenting films in
the 70mm format.
it’s not too surprising to learn, especially given his enthusiasm and the
breadth of the 007 retrospective he’s programmed, has been a long-time fan of
the James Bond series. Though his
favorite Bond film is From Russia with
Love (1963), as a self-described “child of the ‘80s,” Judge admits to a
soft spot for Roger Moore’s swan song A
View to a Kill (1985), principally due to Christopher Walken’s smooth
portrayal of the genetically engineered psychotic industrialist Max Zorin.
nothing short of nirvana for some, the concept of screening, chronologically,
every James Bond film from Dr. No
(1962) through Quantum of Solace
(2008) is, without doubt, something of a gamble. But although neighborhood repertory theaters
are closing and/or having to devise methods to cope with a sluggish economy and
studio pressure to move toward all-digital projection screenings, Judge was
adamant that the James Bond films should be screened as they had been over the
course of the last fifty years, in glorious 35mm. That’s one of the principle roles of the
repertory theater, Judge contends, as “that’s what we’re here for – to show
people the magic of the movies, and to make a profit doing so. Despite their availability on TV and DVD, the
Bond films still draw a crowd.” There
was never any consideration of cheating moviegoers by splashing the 007 back
catalog onto the big screen via digital-projection. It was important that the Bond series be presented
to fans in the most authentic manner possible outside use of a time-machine… by
sourcing the best 35mm prints available. “There’s no question of not
doing it on 35mm,” Judge explained, “It is the superior format for these films,
and the format they were intended to be shown in. We’re intensely defensive of the 35mm and
70mm film formats. So long as there are
prints for classic films, that is the way we intend to show them.”
retrospective was launched on the weekend of March 2-4 with screenings of the
first five Sean Connery films and George Lazenby’s one-shot On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
(1969). The weekend of May 4-5 (which I
attended with my daughter Sara, one of innumerable father and child units
filling the seats) marked their second exclusive weekend of Bond films. The program featured such entries from the
‘70s as Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). The old-timers (present company included) instantly
noted that the strikingly pristine prints featured the original and nostalgic
“United Artists – A Trans-America Company” animation prior to the series’
iconic “gun barrel” opening.
Cinema Retro has received the following press release from MGM and Park Circus film distributors:
Glasgow, 1st May 2012.Park Circus and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios are pleased to announce a special celebration at the 65th Cannes International Film Festival to mark the 50th Anniversary on the big screen of Ian Fleming’s James Bond.
Five James Bond films will screen in new digital versions as part of the Cinema de la Plage screenings.
The celebration will kick off with a 50th anniversary screening of DR NO directed by Terence Young and starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress.
First released on 5th October 1962 Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli’s production of DR NO marked the first big screen appearance for Ian Fleming’s James Bond character.
DR NO will be followed by screenings of FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE and CASINO ROYALE.
This is the first time a James Bond film has screened during the festival.
The screenings in Cannes mark a year long celebration including a return to theatres worldwide of some of the classic Bond films. The celebration continues on the small screen with BOND 50, a collectible box-set featuring all 22 James Bond films on Blu-ray disc for the first time including the debut of nine James Bond films previously unavailable in high definition Blu-ray. Fans around the world can pre-order now with participating online retailers
Cinema Retro's Dave Worrall was recently interviewed by the Carjam radio program at the Bond in Motion exhibition at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England. The event is the largest exhibit of 007 vehicles ever displayed. Dave, the author of The Most Famous Car in the World, discusses the history of James Bond's legendary Aston Martin DB5. The interview will debut on May 7 at 2:00 PM (UK time) and there is a link to listen to the show if you miss the initial broadcast. Click here for more.