In the relatively short amount of time Daniel Craig has played James Bond, the entire series has been reinvented in a dynamic way, as evidenced by the $1 billion+ international grosses for Skyfall. Yet, in 2002, the year Die Another Day was unleashed on unsuspecting audiences, many of us 007 purists were just about ready to throw in the towel despite the fact that the movie was a boxoffice smash. We had suffered through The Man With the Golden Gun, Moonraker and A View to a Kill, but each of those was followed by a strong entry in the series that kept the films from falling off the precipice. Pierce Brosnan was always a good Bond, but he never quite had a film that truly made the most of them. Die Another Day was an overstuffed, over-budgeted and over-produced bit of nonsense littered with cringe-inducing sexual puns that would be over-the-top in a high school locker room. It left even those of us who had the privilege of attending the premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in the presence of Queen Elizabeth muttering to ourselves, "Well, at least the after-parties are always fun." I remember discussing the film later with producer Michael G. Wilson and telling him that I found it very disappointing. I can't speak for Wilson, but I truly believe he was in agreement, as evidenced by he and Barbara Broccoli's bold move in revitalizing the series with the next film, Casino Royale. DAD was the last Brosnan Bond...he deserved better, but, as Clint Eastwood says to the doomed Gene Hackman in Unforgiven, "Deserves got nothing to do with it." The film does boast some admirable aspects: Toby Stephens' excellent portrayal of the villain and the brilliantly-staged fencing sequence, partly shot in London's famed Reform Club are probably the best elements. But the movie does have at least one ardent admirer: Entertainment Weekly writer Darren Franich, who posts a passionate, extensive and amusing defense of the film. (Notice I didn't say it was a convincing defense of the film). Franich pulls out all the stops to analyze why he believes this is the most underrated Bond ever. Click here to read and see if you agree.
Adele will perform her Oscar-nominated theme from Skyfall at this year's Academy Awards on February 24. It will mark the first time she has performed the song in front of a live audience. The theme from Skyfall won the Golden Globe Award for Best Song earlier this month. James Bond fans will anxiously await to see this becomes the first 007 theme to win an Oscar. (Themes from Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only had been nominated previously.) Click here for more
While it's progress that James Bond, the ultimate symbol of capitalism and democracy, can have his exploits now shown in Chinese cinemas, old totalitarian habits die hard. Skyfall - the Chinese version- has undergone some judicious editing, eliminating a scene in which 007 kills a Chinese security guard. In another scene, the English language dialogue was left intact, but the Chinese sub-titles were altered to change the meaning of the conversation. For more click here
Writer Graham Milne, a true blue James Bond fan, is delighted that Skyfall has racked up five Oscar nominations. However, in a detailed analysis, he dismantles any hopes the film will win in any category except for Best Song. Click here to read and see if you agree.
Skyfall, the blockbuster James Bond film, has already earned more than $1 billion worldwide. Now it's also reaping critical accolades, having received 8 BAFTA nominations including Outstanding British Film and acting nominations for Judi Dench and Javier Bardem. Beginning with the 2006 version of Casino Royale, the 007 franchise has managed to shake the long-time practice of ignoring the franchise when it comes to nominations for major film awards. The Oscar nominations will be announced tomorrow. Bond fans wait anxiously to see if Skyfall will break the "Bond Curse" on nominations, as the last 007 movie to receive an Oscar nomination was For Your Eyes Only way back in 1982. For a complete list of BAFTA nominations, click here.
One of Our Spies Is (Usually) Missing: Will Sean Connery end his boycott of 007 tributes and make it possible for all six Bond actors to appear together?
The Oscar snub of all things 007 has ended. We don't know yet if the critically-acclaimed Skyfall will have the distinction of being the first Bond film to score a nomination in any category since For Your Eyes Only was nominated for Best Song in 1982, but the Academy is planning a major tribute to Bond's 50th cinematic anniversary. (The 1982 show combined a performance of the song within a major Bond tribute, followed by the Thalberg Award presentation to Cubby Broccoli by Roger Moore.) The telecast will be shown worldwide on February 24. No further details were given, but the announcement immediately fueled speculation on the web that this would seem to be the last, best hope to get all six Bond actors together on one stage. Five of them would probably participate, but Sean Connery sat out all of the 50th anniversary celebrations and it may be a long shot to get him to participate. For more click here