Tag Archives: James Bond

Lewis Gilbert 1920–2018

A hopelessly chopped up interview, but this is a talk with Lewis Gilbert, the director behind The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Roger Moore’s finest effort as James Bond. It was also one of Gilbert’s best films. We lost him last week at the age of 97. Born in Hackney, London, Lewis Gilbert grew up behind … Continue reading Lewis Gilbert 1920–2018

SPECTRE

As James Bond (Daniel Craig) chases a particularly powerful villain (and shadows from his past), the British intelligence community is about to change in a way that deeply worries M (Ralph Fiennes)… The 24th Bond flick connects with the previous three, and on a deeper level with one of the most classic ingredients of Sean … Continue reading SPECTRE

Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond

In 1939, failed stockbroker Ian Fleming (Dominic Cooper) is recruited by the British Director of Naval Intelligence (Samuel West) to serve as his assistant, becoming a valuable operator. The story of James Bond writer Fleming’s experiences of World War II, including his work and a fiery affair with a married woman who’s into S/M, combined … Continue reading Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond

Skyfall: Mommie Dearest

It was at a party thrown by Hugh Jackman in 2010 that Daniel Craig ran into Sam Mendes after downing a few cocktails. Mendes was curious about the next James Bond movie and asked Craig who’s directing it. “Well, you are”, the star blurted out. It was basically just a joke between two guys who … Continue reading Skyfall: Mommie Dearest

Casino Royale

Sir James Bond (David Niven) is persuaded to come out of retirement to destroy the criminal organization SMERSH; as the new M, he gives every agent the name “James Bond” to confuse his enemies. A tremendous amount of money and talent lay behind this spoof of 007 flicks, which came at the right time, but turned out … Continue reading Casino Royale

Quantum of Solace

James Bond (Daniel Craig) goes on a personal vendetta after the death of the woman he loved and realizes that she was blackmailed by a powerful organization. Bond film nr. 22 continues where Casino Royale (2006) left off and shares similarities with Licence to Kill (1989) – Bond is blinded with rage and tries to kill anyone connected to the … Continue reading Quantum of Solace

GoldenEye

YOU KNOW THE NAME. YOU KNOW THE NUMBER. James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) must stop his former colleague and friend (Sean Bean) from getting his greedy hands on a dangerous satellite system. The 17th entry in this series came after a six-year hiatus. It’s Brosnan’s first effort as the superspy and he’s an excellent choice – humorous, … Continue reading GoldenEye

The Living Daylights

LIVING ON THE EDGE. IT’S THE ONLY WAY HE LIVES. James Bond (Timothy Dalton) helps a KGB general (Jeroen Krabbé) defect; he has valuable information, but Bond has his doubts as to how reliable the man is. Bond flick nr. 15 introduced a new Bond and character actor Dalton plays the agent as a dangerous and cold-hearted man… … Continue reading The Living Daylights

Casino Royale: Bond Begins

The departure of Pierce Brosnan and the introduction of Daniel Craig made it possible to begin anew. This film is based on Ian Fleming’s first novel about James Bond and the filmmakers want to give us a fresh vision of the superspy but not one that completely ignores what preceded it. It’s up to director … Continue reading Casino Royale: Bond Begins

A View to a Kill

HAS JAMES BOND FINALLY MET HIS MATCH? James Bond (Roger Moore) realizes that an American industrialist (Christopher Walken) plans to destroy Silicon Valley in order to gain control of the world’s microchip market. Bond flick nr. 14 is fun to watch but it is also one of the series’ silliest. Tanya Roberts is hopeless as the … Continue reading A View to a Kill

Never Say Never Again

IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN SEAN CONNERY IN ‘NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN’ THEN YOU HAVEN’T SEEN JAMES BOND 007! James Bond (Sean Connery) cuts his vacation short when SPECTRE steals two nukes as part of an extortion scheme against the world. This film is not part of the official Bond series as it was made by other hands. It … Continue reading Never Say Never Again