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Circus Master – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy review.

October 31, 2011

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“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” is a truly grand achievement. Swedish director Tomas Alfredson and British husband and wife screenwriters Peter Straughan & the late Bridget O’Connor have managed to take Le Carre’s richly layered, meandering and complex novel and redact it and restructure it into a film that still retains the essential core of the […]

Casino Royale – How Daniel Craig’s Bond triumphed over expectations.

June 2, 2011

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When Pierce Brosnan took over the role of James Bond in 1995, some said it was a role he was destined to play. Tall, dark and handsome, he’d even been married to a former Bond girl, Cassandra Harris, who sadly passed away in 1991. After Cubby Broccoli met Brosnan on the set of For Your […]

The James Bond Lifestyle – James Bond’s apartment.

March 8, 2011

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When it comes to the production design on the James Bond films, we’ve been truly spoilt. No other film series can truly claim the lavish and inventive sets associated with the Bond films. We’ve seen hollowed-out volcanoes transformed into rocket bases. We’ve seen supertankers transform into a submarine pen. We’ve seen the towers of gold bars […]

John Barry – Film’s greatest composer passes away.

January 31, 2011

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John Barry, one of cinema’s greatest composers, has passed away today, aged 77. His passing is truly tragic and the film industry has lost one of its genuine legends. Any Bond fan knows John Barry and his more than considerable contribution to helping create that cinematic legend. His scores for eleven of the James Bond […]

Clooney plays it cool in The American.

January 13, 2011

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Anton Corbijn’s latest offering is a considered thriller that is beautifully photographed with a deliberate, finely judged sense of pace. The film centers on Clooney’s Jack, a weary assassin and weapons specialist who, after an attempt on his life, is forced by his handler to lay low in a remote Italian village. Here Jack meets […]

Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp get accidental in The Tourist.

January 13, 2011

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It is fair to say that I’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Tourist. Why shouldn’t I? After all, there is so much promise in this film. It’s adapted from the stylish French thriller  Anthony Zimmer and directed by the man who gave us the taught The Lives of Others, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. […]

The Elrod House

May 6, 2010

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Without doubt, John Lautner was one of the Twentieth Century’s most gifted architects. Apprenticed to Frank Lloyd Wright in his early years, Lautner learned much from his mentor, as is evidenced by some of the architectural flourishes incorporated in many of his homes. Lautner was passionate about the relationship between the natural environment and the […]

No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to drive – The history of the Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5.

May 2, 2010

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The Aston Martin DB5. Possibly the most recognised car in the world, thanks to one less-than-careful previous owner, namely James Bond, oo7. In the novel Goldfinger, Ian Fleming gave Bond the Aston Martin DB Mk III to temporarily replace his usual Bentley, which he takes from the Secret Intelligence Service’s car pool. Bond chooses between […]

From Big Fry to the small time, George Lazenby in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

March 3, 2010

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In 1967 Sean Connery famously quit the role of superspy James Bond with the words “never again” leaving the producers with the seemingly impossible task of finding another actor to slip into the tuxedo. Connery had put his stamp on the character, and was Bond to most of the world. So how were they to […]

To Catch A Thief

February 16, 2010

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In 1955 Paramount Pictures released Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, and based on the 1952 novel by David Dodge. Hitchcock was already known as the master of suspense, but, whilst this film contained many of his usual motifs, such as the innocent man wronged and the cool blonde […]

Robert McGinnis – Poster boy for the 1960s generation of film-makers.

February 11, 2010

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Robert McGinnis might not be a name that readily springs to mind when thinking of 1960s cinema. You might easily be forgiven for never having heard of him. After all, he is not an actor, director, producer or writer, yet he still remains responsible for some of the most enduring images in cinema from that […]

Shaken or Stirred – The art of ordering a Martini.

January 17, 2010

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The Martini: Simple, elegant, classic. No other drink occupies such a prestigious place in our psyche, or has such iconic standing. From The Great Gatsby to Goldfinger, Cary Grant to Daniel Craig, it has stood the test of time and yet it seems so difficult to perfect. Shaken or stirred, twist or (olive on a) […]