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May 29, 1998 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
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.
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June 9, 1995 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Based on the novel by John LeCarre, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965) sneaks up on you as the antidote to James Bond, a Cold War espionage saga sans glamorous trappings or hardware. As the British agent retaliating against his East German counterpart, Richard Burton gives one of his finest screen performances in this uncompromising Martin Ritt film costarring Claire Bloom and Oskar Werner. Showing Saturday 7 p.m. at Film Forum Philadelphia.
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February 16, 1989 | By Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
James Bond, world famous ornithologist, author and a former curator of the ornithology department of the Academy of Natural Sciences, died Tuesday. He was 89 and lived in Chestnut Hill. A widely published and respected authority on birds of the Caribbean, Bond had devoted his life to the study of birds there since 1926. He was also known beyond ornithological circles as the man after whom author Ian Fleming named his 007 spy, James Bond. In the past six decades Bond visited more than 100 islands.
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April 13, 2012 | By Toby Zinman, FOR THE INQUIRER
You may be shaken but certainly not stirred at the Bearded Ladies' newest show, Beards Are for Shaving: A 007 Cabaret. This ... group? company? collective? team? of terrifically clever performers takes on the iconic with great voices and irreverent glee: Last time it was Scarlett O'Hara, next time it will be Marie Antoinette (just in time for Bastille Day). This time it's James Bond. Where better to interrogate gender roles than with bearded ladies and the world's infatuation with the man "who took the hu out of humanity.
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December 10, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
James Bond bested Santa Claus over the weekend by a sleigh length, according to studio estimates. Skyfall , the latest Bond frolic, took in $11 million for Sony. The animated adventure Rise of the Guardians , with a buffed-up Santa and other mythical figures as superheroes, put $10.5 million in Paramount's bank account. That was enough to send The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 back to the crypt in third place, with a gate of $9.2 million for Summit Entertainment. Disney's Lincoln was close behind with $9.1 mil. Life of Pi closed out the top five for the slow weekend with $8.3 million for 20th Century Fox. Lax with the facts?
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April 30, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Building a symphonic pops program around James Bond film music is fraught with danger, though not in ways thrill-seeking Bond fans might like. Though the John Barry scores to the earlier Bond films could not be more iconic, they also have the dimension of a Hollywood-studio set: Aside from the theme songs, the music introduces the action with a quick, arresting impression and stands back while the film takes care of the rest. So Michael Krajewski, music director-designate of Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, was right to stray from the central concept in his "Bond and Beyond" concert Saturday afternoon at the Kimmel Center.
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August 2, 1987 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* FLEMING: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND. 10 p.m. Wednesdays, tonight through Feb. 19.   PASADENA, CALIF. - The line between creator and creation becomes a little blurry in "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond," in which we learn that the man behind Agent 007 was nearly as adventurous as his celebrated character. Both inside and outside the bedroom. "It was amazing how many elements he takes from his own life in the fiction," "Fleming" director Mat Whitecross said in an interview during the Television Critics Association's winter meetings.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
THE CYBERATTACK against Sony Pictures may have uncovered a lot of embarrassing dirty laundry from studio executives, but now things are getting serious. It's affected James Bond. The producers of the Bond films have acknowledged that an early version of the screenplay for the next Bond movie, "Spectre," was among the material stolen in the Sony hack. The producers said in a statement Saturday that they are concerned that third parties who received the screenplay might seek to publish it - and warned that the material is subject to copyright protection around the world.
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January 29, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
'This [James] Bond fellow, I don't like him one bit, he's a sadistic brute. " So opines Ian Fleming's beautiful wife, Ann (Lara Pulver), in the opening scene of Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond , an enjoyable if inflated and overwrought four-part mini-series about the life, the loves - and even more of the loves - of the best-selling author who spawned the world's most famous superspy, 007. BBC America's sexy, visually scrumptious bio...
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July 10, 2016 | By Alexandra Villarreal, Staff Writer
Freekbass was jogging on a treadmill at the gym when Shirley Bassey's "Diamonds Are Forever" looped through his Pandora radio station. As that velvet melody pumped in his ears, the funk bassist from Cincinnati thought about how much he'd like to perform some of the iconic hits from James Bond films. And then he thought, why not? As he hopped off the machine 20 minutes later, he dialed Jennifer Hartswick, a trumpet player with a voice that booms like her instrument. Hartswick, who has played in Trey Anastasio's band, watched all the Bond films as a child because her older brother thought they were cool.
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May 20, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
WHAT DO PORN stars have in common with mixed martial arts fighters? According to porn star/producer James Deen , the answer is STDs. TheWrap.com reports that Deen, who has been accused of refusing to wear condoms during filming, is battling with California state regulators for unfairly targeting the world of XXX. He has filed a complaint against Bellator MMA (a subsidiary of Sumner Redstone 's Viacom) to prove his point. According to the complaint, Bellator doesn't comply with the state's blood-borne pathogen exposure policies either.
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November 19, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bronn, Benjen, Beric . . . Do you find the names of characters in Game of Thrones a bit difficult to pronounce? Do you have trouble remembering them? I mean, who is Daario as opposed to Dagmer , Davos , or Dareon ? How about Edd , Eddard , and Gared ? Most of us would be loath to admit we're not hip to the intricacies of HBO's adaptation of the R.R. Martin epic. Not President Obama . He's not afraid to admit he has trouble with those outlandish monikers.
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November 10, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IT TOOK the combination of James Bond and Charlie Brown to save the box office after a disastrous few weekends of flops. Both "Spectre" and "The Peanuts Movie" reinvigorated moviegoers who turned out in droves to check out the new fare. "Spectre" took an easy first-place spot with an estimated $73 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday, to become the second-biggest Bond opening of all time. The 24th film in the 53-year-old series stars Daniel Craig as 007 and cost a reported $250 million to produce.
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November 7, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
What would happen if a James Bond movie didn't end in a countdown-to-doom conflagration? If squads of Uzi-spraying henchmen didn't go gunning for the famous 007? If the megalomaniacal villain bent on world domination, world destruction, or at the very least world discomfort, shelved his superweapon and sought out a therapist instead? What if Bond and the glamorous Euro muse he's simultaneously protecting and putting in utmost jeopardy booked themselves into a sleepy Airbnb in the countryside and snuggled up with a few good books and a Scrabble board?
NEWS
November 6, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
T HE ECONOMIST magazine conducted research recently on James Bond films, with shocking results. Turns out Pierce Brosnan's Bond, widely regarded by purists as the dandy of 007s - the pretty one - killed more people and bedded more women per movie than any rival James. More than craggy Daniel Craig, who surpasses Brosnan in just one key category - downing martinis. I guess finishing second to Brosnan at the gun range and in the sack will drive a double-0 to drink. Which raises a question: When he's not performing the essential functions of boinking and killing, exactly what is franchisee Craig doing during his interminably long movies?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2015 | Howard Gensler, Daily News Staff Writer
"The Peanus Movie," set for release on Friday, has one big thing going for it. The voice cast is composed almost entirely of child actors. "It was all child actors instead of adult celebrities, except for Snoopy and Woodstock," A.J. Tecce , who voices Pig-Pen, told Tattle Comics Guy Jerome Maida . "Since [ Bill Melendez ] passed away and he had voiced those characters in every other production, they are going to use archival sounds from his previous stuff. " Tecce said of the traditionally silent Pig-Pen, "We're really anxious to hear his voice and he uses a lot of sound effects, too. " Tecce said that there is a reason that someone who looks like a human dust storm resonates with kids.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Selena speaks lupus While we were busy nattering about her love life (to Justin Bieber or not to Justin Bieber ? that was the question), young acting and singing sensation Selena Gomez was undergoing chemotherapy. Gomez, 23, who made a big splash in Barney & Friends as a child actor, tells Billboard she took a break from work last year not to get over Biebs, but for health reasons. "I was diagnosed with lupus, and I've been through chemotherapy. That's what my break was really about," Gomez says.
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July 5, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
In the new-Latin alternative-music continuum, Mexican actress/singer Ximena Sariñana is a regal figure, both pop and esoteric, a vocalist and composer whose strange, elegant, and occasionally raucous songs sound like St. Vincent singing John Barry's themes for 1960s James Bond flicks along the shores of Brazil. The tropical sway, the grandeur of epic, arching chords, the angular riffing of fuzztone guitars and synths - magnificent. That's the vibe Sariñana and her opening act, Dominican singer-songwriter Alex Ferreira (whose band backed Sariñana)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amber hearts Johnny OK, so we don't know whether any of this is true or not, but reports are making us blush about this here Amber Heard and that dude she just married, Johnny Depp. He's way over there filming the 1,197th Pirates of the Caribbean thing, and she's way over there, filming The Danish Girl . OK, they just got married, they're far away, so whatcha do? Between scenes, you scurry to your trailer and get to sexting your new mate! Sext, sext, sext, until the phone (or the recipient)
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