May 29, 1998 |
James Bond likes his martinis shaken but not stirred, but if you prefer your 007 movies neat and full strength, From Russia With Love is just the right potion. Filmed in 1963, From Russia with Love was the second in an incredibly durable series that has survived the end of the Cold War and even the calamitous casting of George Lazenby for one outing (On Her Majesty's Secret Service). For my money it remains the best ever. Bonds ranging from Roger Moore to Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan have all contributed something to the myth, but Sean Connery will own this part forever.
March 16, 1997 |
James Bond survived the collapse of the Cold War, a cease-fire in the sexual revolution and the onslaught of political correctness. But could he survive the first annual James Bond festival in Jamaica? Last fall, 200 revelers descended on the north coast of Jamaica, birthplace of the Bond books, to make one too many references to shaken-not-stirred martinis and trade campy retorts with some of the moviemakers who made Bond into an unkillable pop franchise. For four days, participants (paying up to $2,000)
June 22, 1986 |
Past holders of the office include Jason Robards, Edward G. Robinson, Rod Steiger, Paul Muni and Neville Brand, and right now there's a vacancy. With varying degrees of panache and campiness, all these tough guys have lent their growls to screen portraits of Al Capone. In life and death, the gangster and his bloody career have been the object of public fascination. Witness the recent Nielsen ratings for Geraldo Rivera's televised opening of a Capone's "vault" in the basement of a Chicago hotel.
July 31, 1987 |
Although The Living Daylights is the most entertaining James Bond adventure since The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), it's not half so entertaining as the Iran- contra hearings. This might sound like a critical non sequitur, but consider that the new Bond film boasts a demento U.S. arms dealer in cahoots with a KGB maverick who defects at the drop of a bribe. Also consider that these money-hungry and bloodthirsty crooks cook up an arms-for-opium-for-diamonds scam involving Afghan rebels and occupying Soviet forces.
November 1, 1999 |
The best way to prepare for collectibles entrepreneur Jim Dubin's latest Hollywood film collectibles show is to make yourself a vodka martini. Shaken, not stirred! James Bond has been posted to the Holiday Inn in Cherry Hill, but his mission this coming Sunday (Nov. 7) will not involve spying for his boss, M. Instead, he'll be the star attraction at the James Bond Celebration, a memorabilia show offering Bond-related items like movie posters, lobby cards, publicity stills, autographs, toys, games and video tapes.
October 23, 1992 |
Nobody could kill James Bond, but a combination of legal wrangling and the end of the Cold War has put him in limbo. In 1971, Sean Connery returned to the series for his fifth Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever, after a wooden Australian named George Lazenby almost did in 007 in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Diamonds Are Forever, which brings the suave secret agent to Las Vegas, is by no means the best of Connery's Bond adventures, but it is a reminder of why he remains the definitive 007. "Diamonds Are Forever" will be shown at the Philadelphia City Institute Library, 19th and Locust Streets, at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday.
August 2, 1987 |
In stories marking the 25th anniversary of the James Bond films, you will find the names of the four actors - Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton - who have played Bond in the "official" series and occasional mentions of David Niven's 007 in the weak spoof Casino Royale. But on Oct. 21, 1954, another James Bond made his first screen appearance. Admittedly, it was on the little screen, on CBS's Climax Mystery Theater. The one-hour show was a highly abridged version of Casino Royale, the first 007 novel by Ian Fleming, and concentrated on the baccarat game between Bond and that card-carrying villain Le Chiffre.
July 31, 1987 |
"The Living Daylights," an action drama starring Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Jeroen Krabbe, Joe Don Baker and John Rhys-Davies. Directed by John Glen. Screenplay by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson. Running time: 128 minutes. An MGM/UA release. At area theaters. Twenty-five years of James Bond movies? At first it seems impossible, but after seeing the new Bond film (the 16th in all), "The Living Daylights," the notion begins to make some sense. If the early Sean Connery movies pulsed with adolescent sap, and the Roger Moore Bond was all self-conscious self- parody, like a smirking college student who affects a raccoon coat and a beanie, then "The Living Daylights" is like that same young man who, somewhere in the middle of his third decade, decides it's time to get serious, a pin-striped suit and a job. The most notable feature of "Daylights" is the presence of a new Bond, the fourth (George Lazenby was in there somewhere)
June 9, 1994 |
Pierce Brosnan, who first signed to play James Bond eight years ago but never got to play the role because of a contractual gotcha, is getting a second shot. His designation as 007 was announced yesterday in London. He'll succeed Timothy Dalton. Brosnan, 41, in beard and long hair for his current role of Robinson Crusoe, said he wanted to "shake up" the Bond image by playing up his darker and more humorous sides. "It's a magnificent role but it's time to clean the slate and start again," said the Irish-born actor.
June 9, 1994 |
The name is Brosnan, Pierce Brosnan, and he's finally got a license to kill. The former star of TV's "Remington Steele" was named Wednesday as the new James Bond, the fifth actor to play 007 since Sean Connery donned a white dinner jacket for "Dr. No" in 1962. Devotees of political correctness will have to deal with the return of 007's suave, sexist ways in "Goldeneye," the first Bond film since 1989. "You're dealing with fantasy, so political correctness has to be eased up a little," Brosnan told reporters at the Regent Hotel.