Spookily good – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is full of spirit.

January 24, 2012

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Let’s face it, the Mission Impossible franchise shouldn’t have worked.  It was released at a time when Hollywood had a yen for taking television series to the silver screen and failing miserably. Most of these big screen adaptations of their small screen counterparts smacked of desperation and unoriginality, of cashing in on nostalgia and an […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Posted in: Films, Music

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 […]

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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. […]

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GoldenEye 007 & Blood Stone – James Bond goes head to head with himself.

October 5, 2010

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“Ah, Mr. Bond, we’ve been expecting you” Whilst this could be the line of some megalomaniacal villain, it is far more likely the universal cry of the typical Bond fan as they eagerly await the next oo7 film. Sadly, it looks like they will be in for quite a long wait. For those of you […]

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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 […]

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Suit you, sir! How to get a tailored look on a budget.

February 24, 2010

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Above, Bond wonders how Vesper managed to tailor him a bespoke suit just by looking at him. Oddly, his character’s feelings mirror my own. Clothes maketh the man and most agree that a man looks his best in a suit, so it makes sense to put a little care and consideration into purchasing one. Now, […]