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Bond, James Bond
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Posted: 2010-04-10 3:46 pm   Permalink


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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2010-04-22 3:22 pm   Permalink

WELL THIS IS SAD NEWS...

Financial troubles have "suspended development" of the newest James Bond film 'Bond 23" indefinitely. The legendary studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, producer of such films as "Mutiny on the Bounty," "The Wizard of Oz," "Cabin in the Sky," "Ben-Hur," "The Thomas Crown Affair" and "Thelma & Louise" is on the block and Agent 007 has been frozen like Goldfinger. Author Ian Fleming's debonair character, most recently played by craggy Daniel Craig, will find no "Quantum of Solace," in the sequel that was to be produced by the financially tottering studio. Deadline New York hints that more may be going on between MGM and the film's producers at EON Entertainment, but in either story the iconic film spy franchise extracted from Fleming's 14 1950s-era escapist thrillers could use a financial makeover, and probably a new script.

Gilded escapism goes only so far. I'm fond of James, but arrogant requests for shaken-and-not-stirred martinis and the careless ripping and bloodying of designer tuxedos aren't exactly 21st-century recession chic. People who are unemployed, clinging to low-paying jobs to feed their families, or part-timing and contracting to keep the lights on aren't into Bond finery and eccentricities. Weekends aren't spent shopping for Aston Martins or tearing up the family van in a high-speed chase. Those who press through every day in this recession hope their Toyota brakes hold up in commuter traffic. They may yearn for the restful resorts where Bond scuba dives and trolls a moonlit beach, but their daily struggle is surviving in the murky depths of an underwater mortgage.

As the Great Recession has positioned many Americans to glimpse what hardship can be like in other parts of the world, maybe Hollywood could use the popular international franchise to speak to an economic crisis that has marked everyone from Peoria to Athens. What if Bond took down a cinematic version of Bernie Madoff or an underground cartel of hedge fund managers and bankers who bet against their own companies to satisfy their own greed and left millions of casualties across the globe? What if Bond's personal fortune were plundered and M couldn't float him a loan because of budget cuts? What if Bond couldn't use his high-performance electric car because of bureaucratic state laws and was forced to pump gas at $4, $5 or $6 a gallon? What if he couldn't get life insurance because of a pre-existing condition or an airline charged him for carry-on luggage and refused to let him board when he threw a fit? Can you imagine Bond snarling at the ticket counter? I can.

If Bond is made even slightly more human, and gets involved in financial scrapes audiences can relate to, his image would go way beyond the perennial playboy escort who totes a gun in exotic locales. Audiences who pay a king's ransom to view the film in a theater would cheer when Bond sardonically walks from a courtroom where white-collar criminals have been harshly sentenced.

Maybe 007 could display fashion à la the Great Recession throughout the movie. He could wear off the rack sports jackets from Macy's, or at least recycle classics from his closet, like the Tom Ford duds and the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 m Co-Axial Chronometer. In a fashion minute, Bond would expand his brand by inspiring thrifty fashionistas.

The chance to rethink the brand doesn't mean that the producers should alter the casting. Daniel Craig should reprise his role. Craig is far easier on the eyes than any 3-D avatar. Dame Judi Dench also should return as M. One of the greatest actresses in the world could then deliver the appropriate angry sparkle when Bond dares to blow his budget.
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aquarj
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Posted: 2010-04-22 4:11 pm   Permalink

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Gilded escapism goes only so far.


Bummer piece. Whoever wrote that has exactly the irritating pushy worldview that is not allowed in my own escapism. I think it's a ridiculous premise to say that escapism is inappropriate in difficult times, and that everything, even our entertainment, should look more "real". Essentially they're saying that James Bond movies should look more like the news. I say they should make the news look more like James Bond movies!

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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2010-04-23 05:59 am   Permalink

The writer of that article needs to be beaten with heavy objects, say something like a Peterbuilt.

When things are tough in the 'real' world is when the movies need to get more un-'real.' I don't want to go to the movies to see what I can see going down the street. I want to live vicariously through the screen. I can't get to San Tropez myself, but Bond can take me there and show me a good time.

Do none of these so called 'movie critics' know anything about movie history? The most elaborate fantasies were displayed during the depression years and they made bank. No one wanted to see how bad things were, they wanted to escape and be happy and entertained for at least a little bit.


 
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The Gnomon
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Posted: 2010-04-23 08:28 am   Permalink

I want Bond in 3-D. In fact, I want them to bring back Cinerama and make the films in 3-D. Bond would be a good relaunch project.

 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2010-04-23 4:14 pm   Permalink

You guys are great!!! I agree...geeez when things are down...Bond should be up...that is when our psyche should be tickeled with escapism. Hmmmm 3-D...gonna think about that one.

 
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tikigik
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Posted: 2010-05-23 6:46 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-04-22 09:28, spy-tiki wrote:
... I have a little Spy music site you might enjoy called Spy Bop Royale



Looks pretty good... will have to explore it more. I have been collecting "James Bond" themes (different cover versions by all sorts of folks and even a few genres). Pretty much just mp3 format files from places like eMusic, LaLa, Amazon, etc. Of course, I also "collect" any spy/crime music that I can get my hands on as well, but I have always loved the JB Theme.


 
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tikigik
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Posted: 2010-05-23 7:11 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-06-15 14:08, DJ Terence Gunn wrote:

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For me, films have always been about entertainment, not realism. I'm more concerned with the acting, the story, the dialogue, the music, and the style in which the film is done in, rather than the realism of the special effects and the credibility of the story or the world it is set in. However, I will agree that a great deal of special effects can detract from one's enjoyment of a film. But if the film is of any worth, best to overlook such things in favour of the things that make the film worth while.



Not sure if it has been mentioned or not (haven't read this entire thread) but if you watch "View To A Kill" closely, when Grace Jones pushes the Rolls Royce containing the now-deceased Patrick McNee into the pond/lake,
you can see a cable draw taut through the water, helping her to "push" the auto into the water.


 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2010-05-23 7:39 pm   Permalink

Spy-tiki...I can't remember if I ever looked at your bop website...but it is awesome. I'm going to have to spend some serious lurking time there. NICE JOB!!!

 
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Posted: 2010-10-09 4:07 pm   Permalink

Further developments in MGM's finances.

Christian Science Monitor: MGM bankruptcy

M16: James Bond news

James Bond has met his greatest foe! Accountants!


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Posted: 2010-10-10 6:27 pm   Permalink

Hello all, In rare moments of spare time at work, I've been taking all of the open credits scenes from each movie and editing them together as one long video. I'm three or four away from having them all tied together and it's pretty interesting seeing how the movies have progressed from styles of music, technology, and trends of the time.
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Posted: 2010-10-12 08:25 am   Permalink

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On 2010-04-22 15:22, VampiressRN wrote:
WELL THIS IS SAD NEWS...



Maybe 007 could display fashion à la the Great Recession throughout the movie. He could wear off the rack sports jackets from Macy's, or at least recycle classics from his closet, like the Tom Ford duds and the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 m Co-Axial Chronometer. In a fashion minute, Bond would expand his brand by inspiring thrifty fashionistas.
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wh wha..WHAT. bond not wearing slick suits from saville row????? preposterous


 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2010-10-28 06:09 am   Permalink

All I can say is WOW!!!
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American Businessman Buys the Ultimate Bond Car
Published: Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 3:32 AM ET
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By: Robin Knight
CNBC Associate Web Producer


Arguably the most famous car in the world has sold to an American car enthusiast for £2.6 million ($4.1 million) after being put on the market for the first time ever.

The actual Aston Martin DB5 - as driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond movies Goldfinger and Thunderball - was expected to raise in excess of $5 million during the auction Wednesday night in London.

The successful bidder and American business man, Harry Yeaggy, is only the second person to own the iconic car after it left the factory.

“This is a car that I’ve always wanted, after all it is the most famous car in the world,” Yeaggy said in a statement. “My plan is to display it in my private car museum in Ohio just as it is.”

The car comes complete with authentic Bond gadgets that actually work, including a bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, tracking device, oil slick sprayer, nail spreader and smoke screen.

They’re all controlled from specially designed toggles and switches hidden in the center arm-rest, just like in the film.

It even has an ejector seat and machine guns – but these, predictably, don't work.

The car was originally bought from the factory, after it returned from an extensive promotional tour, by American radio broadcaster Jerry Lee.

Lee convinced the factory to sell the pristine DB5 to him for $12,000 in 1969. He kept it over the next 40 years on display at his home and it has since been carefully returned to running condition.

Lee plans to use the proceeds to further his charitable work at The Jerry Lee Foundation, an initiative dedicated to solving social problems associated with poverty, with an emphasis on crime prevention.

“The James Bond car has brought me much enjoyment for some 40 years,” Lee said in a press statement. “Even as I sell it and use the proceeds to fund the Jerry Lee Foundation, the car will continue to give me great pleasure as it furthers the mission of the Foundation to do good around the world.”

Lee is not the only person to have first-hand experience of the unique automobile. One lucky man, Mike Ashley, had the job of driving it around the world from premiere to premiere during the film promotional tour and passed on a message to its new owner.

“If they knew the joy I had when I drove it round the world. It is the most magnificent crumpet wagon in the world,” Ashley told CNBC.com.

Ashley confirmed that that car was great to drive and that all the special gadgets worked perfectly.

“The smoke screen was probably the most magnificent thing because you could actually put the smoke canister in the exhaust and trigger it off, like we did down the main street in Zurich,” he said. Real Boys' Toys. But can the ultimate Bond car stack up as an investment? Peter Wallman, spokesperson for RM Auctions, thinks it can.

“It’s a unique, one-off opportunity and we would consider this being more than just a car; it’s a trophy and it’s a cultural icon,” Wallman told CNBC.com.

With interest in the James Bond franchise likely to carry on well into the future, the car will remain important and is likely to retain its value, he said.

“If you compare this to something like a great work of art… it’s not actually that expensive in real terms,” he added.

For investors inspired by the DB5 auction, the classic car market in general makes a good alternative to standard assets such as stocks and property, Richard Hudson-Evans, auctions analyst at Classiccarsforsale.co.uk, told CNBC.com.

“First and foremost, unlike other assets, they’re fun. A share certificate is not a lot of fun in a desk drawer or merely as a figure on a computer screen. These are real, these are big boys’ toys you can touch, feel and enjoy,” Hudson-Evans said.

And they can be transported across borders to where there is strong demand or where the currency is favorable, he pointed out. The classic car market has performed well during the recession and since then, according to Wallman.

It saw a severe decline after the Dotcom bubble burst, but it was an immature market then, while the latest recession hasn’t caused the same turmoil as many investors saw classic cars as a better alternative to keeping cash in the bank, he explained.

“The recession came along and almost saved us, it helped prices stabilize. People kept their money in their cars, they didn’t run away, they were collectors,” Wallman said. “What else can you buy, have this fun with and still make a profit at the end of it?"


 
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Posted: 2010-10-28 09:15 am   Permalink

I watched the RM Auction that sold the Bond car a month or so ago. Or it may have been the 2006 episode where they sold the replica that was used for promotion. Not sure.





I would SOOO pay the taxes in England for this...a measly $275,000.
"The original registration number ‘FMP 7B’ for the Aston Martin DB5 Bond car is available from DVLA in the UK. We are informed that if the car is taxes paid in the UK, then the potential buyer of the car could apply for this license plate to be registered to the car at the point of registration, although the new buyer will have to satisfy himself of the procedure. Please note that should this vehicle remain in the UK, HMRC has verbally confirmed that this vehicle is eligible for the reduced Import Tax Rate of just of 5% collected on the full purchase price of the vehicle."



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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2010-10-28 8:07 pm   Permalink

Interesting...oh to have money and deal with such quandaries.

Saw this article today...who knew...LOL.
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She's got the Midas touch!

Kelly Osbourne is unleashing her inner Bond girl in a "Goldfinger"-inspired campaign for the Sky+HD TV channel that has her covered from head to toe in gold body paint.

Rocking platinum blonde locks and just a pair of bikini bottoms, the budding designer and newly 26-year-old starlet (her birthday was Oct. 27) is virtually unrecognizeable as she poses topless in the sexy ad shot by photographer Andi Southam.

Let's just hope the gold-plated look isn't toxic -- film buffs may remember that the original look, rocked by character Jill Masterson in the 1964 007 film, suffocated the Bond babe. Oh, but what a good-looking corpse!

"Since my weight loss I'm a lot more body confident in front of the camera," the recently de-inked star says in a release.

"It's not just celebration for Sky+HD, but for me too."

Way to go, girl. But good luck getting all that paint off!



 
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