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Bond, James Bond
VampiressRN
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Posted: 2007-07-10 9:04 pm   Permalink

Dayum Gnoman...that is way kewl. Wish I had those smarts.

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Posted: 2007-07-11 07:03 am   Permalink

DJ Terence: That's a great post. I prefer the more classic Bond theme songs. I'm not a big fan at all of the last two by Madonna and Chris Cornell.

My favorite two are from the Connery years. I love "Goldfinger" by Shirley Bassey and "Thunderball" by Tom Jones. I do love "You Only Live Twice" by Nancy Sinatra too. My favorite one from the Moore years is "Nobody Does It Better" by Carly Simon. I did like "Goldeneye" by Tina Turner and "The World Is Not Enough by Garbage from the Brosnan years.


 
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Posted: 2007-07-11 1:58 pm   Permalink

I was just watching my Gilligans Island DVD's a short while back and saw Richard Keil (JAWS).... as a russian spy in one episode..

It was a crack up... they even dubbed over his voice... and they never showed him in the same scene with the other actors .... I mean he is huge but why not show him next to alan hale or bob denver...

I was very surprised to see Jaws with a bad makeup job and bad russian accent on Gilligans Island...


 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2007-07-11 10:27 pm   Permalink

LOL...too funny MM. Great roles for evil-doers on Bond movies.

Rogue....Thunderball is my favorite and I love Goldfinger too as far as title songs. And I really like The World Is Not Enough by Garbage also...it has a powerful feel to it. I have several Bond music CDs and enjoy listening to them.
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Posted: 2007-07-13 8:42 pm   Permalink

Well this thread has also made me nostalgic for the 007 toys I had as a child. Does anyone remember getting the little Aston Martin with the flip up bullet shield on the trunk and escape hatch roof? Or the Odd Job figure that could actually throw his derby?

Also very cool, and my all time favorite Christmas present (well, besides the Lost In Space robot) was the James Bond secret attache case that shot bullets and had a hidden knife and gun and passport and . . . awww, so many cool things.

Here's a link that will bring back memories to all of you who may have also been so fortunate.
http://www.feelingretro.com/view_toy.cfm?id=97

Just wanted to contribute a little something to this great Bond discussion. I can't match the expertise of most here, but a little trip down memory lane to more innocent times is good for the soul. (That is if you are old enough to remember, like me.)


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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2007-07-15 2:12 pm   Permalink

Thanks for that link MFTIKI..great post. Unfortunately, little girls in the 60's typically didn't play with boys toys...so I never got that neat attache....how I would love to have it now!!! But...my sister and I did have the Rockem Sockem Robots (which I always thought was bizarre). I had tons of Barbies and I still have my Chatty Cathy....she has no teeth and her underware and shoes are missing...but I can still pull her string and she says "I love you". Of course having a Sean Connery doll that would say the same thing would be more fun!!!
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Posted: 2007-07-17 07:22 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-07-10 21:04, VampiressRN wrote:
Dayum Gnoman...that is way kewl.



You can trash that one. I made you two others that match the two alternating backgrounds of this site. You just have to know which background your post is going to land on, or you might have to go back in and swap the wrong one out afterwards.

This is for background A (#082c00) and this is for background B (#333333) .


 
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twitch
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Posted: 2007-07-17 8:29 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-07-13 20:42, ManFromT.I.K.I. wrote:
Well this thread has also made me nostalgic for the 007 toys I had as a child. Does anyone remember getting the little Aston Martin with the flip up bullet shield on the trunk and escape hatch roof?



My friend at the time got one a those for his birthday. I was burning with jealousy for a good month or so. My parents could only afford to get me the little Hot Wheels-sized one that didn't do anything but roll. Still cool, but you couldn't fire missiles into people's eyes...
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ManFromT.I.K.I.
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Posted: 2007-07-18 4:54 pm   Permalink

Yeah, those were the days . . . when toys had the high probability for causing bodily injury. Manufacturers couldn't get away with half that stuff today.

Hey Vampiress, at least you still have some vestige's of your childhood left in what remains of your dolls. I had a look at what some of the Bond stuff goes for today $$$$$$ Wow!(BTW my sister who is youngest of four with 3 brothers used to watch us open our gifts of space/army/spy etc. stuff, then she'd open her package with a doll inside and just start crying.)

Anyway, more to the topic I guess Roger Moore's rep as Bond does suffer more from the scripts of a lot of his films, than for him as an actor, per se. I have noticed that most I talk to prefer Connery by far, as do I. They really got it right the first time. I also like how the earlier movies relied more on character and story and less on spectacular special effects. The later ones with Moore had gotten almost campy at times--intentionally so. The self-references and playful nods to spy movie cliches with a wink to the audience made it seem at times that they were spoofing themselves too much.

To be sure, there was always a bit of tongue in cheek about the character, but I preferred when it was less overt.

Maybe it's all due to what was stated earlier. It gets harder to present Bond with straight face in modern times--especially since we're all so aware of the spoofs and satires of the character that have been made since. And let's face it, casinos and nightclubs and other location (as well as fashion, cars and Bond babes) just don't look as hip and swingin' as back in the '60's, which is a huge part of the appeal for me.


 
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The Gnomon
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Posted: 2007-07-19 07:22 am   Permalink

Has anyone seen this?

What James Bond Really Drinks

It's kind of old (May 18), but I just ran across it today looking for something else.


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roguespy007
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Posted: 2007-07-19 07:31 am   Permalink

I think part of the problem with Roger Moore's Bond films is the script and too much reliance on special effects, etc. The Connery Bond films relied more on character driven stories Sure there was action, but it's was overdone like some of the latter films have been. I also think Moore's Bond could be a little too cheeky and campy at times. I do like Moore. He's not my favorite, but I did his turn as Bond. After all, he's the first Bond I ever saw. "For Your Eyes Only" was my first Bond film. As a teenager, Moore was Bond to me. Then I went back and saw his older movies and Connery's.

Since we are talking about Moore some, what are your favorite and least favorite Roger Moore films as Bond?

By the way, I just posted a blog on "Live and Let Die" over at my MySpace page. Check it out if you like.

http://www.myspace.com/roguespy007

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ManFromT.I.K.I.
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Posted: 2007-07-24 9:54 pm   Permalink

Hey roguespy007, enjoyed some of your thoughts on "Live and Let Die" in your blog. Nice observations on the unique qualities Moore brought to the character. No matter what one thinks of some of the movies during his tenure as 007, he brought a continuity to the series that I think was important. Seven movies over about 14 years was it? I hate to think what would have happened over the same period if it was like today with a new Bond every couple of movies or so it seems.

Roger Moore Bond movies actually had more of an impact on me being that they coincided with some coming of age milestones for me, so they will always be linked in my mind for that. "Live and Let Die" when starting High School and the McCartney theme all over the radio at that time. Then "The Man With the Golden Gun" after that (was it?). And "The Spy Who Loved Me" when I was starting college. That was still when the Bond movies were big events that everyone anticipated. Again, the theme playing on the radio with Carly Simon--who's voice I always liked. There are things that will always make you remember where you were, and hearing those theme songs still take me back instantly.

I will have to do my own "Bond fest" sometime, since it has been a long time since I saw those. I want to say that my favorite Roger Moore film is between "The Spy Who Loved Me" and
"For Your Eyes Only". But like I said, it would be fun to see them all again in order, and to see how much my opinions or tastes may have changed in the meantime.


 
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Posted: 2007-07-30 07:28 am   Permalink

Hey ManFromT.I.K.I.! Thanks. Glad you enjoyed my blog on "Live and Let Die." Even though Moore's not my favorite Bond, I still respect what he brought to the franchise. From 1973 to 1985, he did 7 films as 007. He must have been doing something right. For many people, he was the Bond they grew up with. "For Your Eyes Only" was my first Bond film. It hold special meaning to me for being my first, plus it was the last movie I ever saw at a drive-in theater. I turned 11 that year. Until I started seeing the older Bond movies, Moore was 007 in my mind. When he took over as Bond, the franchise was going through some tough times. He was the third actor to play 007 in a Bond movie in a row. This was a new decade. He had the experience and so forth to come it and give his take on the role. He helped the series to survive and thrive. I will always be grateful for him. He made a lot of really good Bond movies. There were some great theme songs in his movies as well.

 
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Posted: 2007-08-30 04:18 am   Permalink

Am I the only one who caught The Blue Hawaiians' exceptional version of Goldfinger at TO VII?

Truly delish!


 
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Posted: 2007-09-01 8:50 pm   Permalink

No you most certainly are not...I was hooting from the patio of the Islands restaurant...it gave me a thrill!!! I can name that tune in 2 notes.
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Some news about 2008....#22 in the James Bond series...

Writer Paul Haggis talks about the story for Bond 22 and confirms some long running rumours. MI6 rounds up the latest pre-production news...Bond 22 Pre-Production Diary
26th August 2007

As with Casino Royale, Paul Haggis has now taken over the screenplay for the next James Bond film from a draft penned by regular scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Whilst Haggis was promoting his new film "In the Valley of Elah" today, which he wrote and directed, the chance was not missed by press to get the latest scoop on Daniel Craig's second outing as 007 - "Bond 22".

When talking about what it is like to work on Bond as a writer, Haggis told ComingSoon, "Bond is just pure imagination; you just get to have fun. It's escapism and it's fun, but I try to ground him as a human being."

He was also keen to draw a distinction between his vision of Bond's character and the one that shot and bonked his way around the world in previous decades, "My Bond is an actual assassin; when he kills someone, he kills them with a knife, they're bloody and he pays a price. He denies that he pays a price, but he does."

"When he sees a woman who witnesses something horrific, and he sees her taking a shower, he doesn't just go in there and f*ck her, like the old Bond would have done. He sits there with her, and she says, 'I can't get this blood from my fingernails.' So he helps her get the blood from her fingernails; that's what he does, that's my Bond. So it's a different guy; it's a guy who's much more like these guys, these heroes (in 'Valley of Elah')."

Haggis confirmed long-running rumours that Bond 22 would follow directly on from the events of Casino Royale ("It picks up 2 minutes after the last one, and it's going to be fun") and that it would follow the tone of the last film and not be jokier, but also took the opportunity to shoot one down ("Carice van Houten's great, isn't she – but she's not going to be in this one"). He added a cautionary note to those speculating about the plot of the next film, "everyone says they know what the ending is, and they're wrong. Everyone thinks they know about the Bond Girls, and they're wrong."

You Didn't Bring Any Chocolates?
Some scenes of the 22nd James Bond adventure could still be filmed in Switzerland, according to local press. The report comes off the back of rumours citing the Swiss Alps and a ski sequence as potentials for Daniel Craig's second outing as 007.

"As soon as we knew that Marc Forster grew up in Switzerland and would direct the next James Bond film, we had to offer our services", said André Brice of the Swiss film commission (Film Location Switzerland). "Still nothing is definite, but the chances bode well", he added.

It would not be the first time that the world's most famous secret agent had visited one of the well-known mountain ranges or a Swiss city. Both "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and "Goldfinger" have shot in the country.

Forster recently commented that due to the heavy use of the country in O.H.M.S.S, filming scenes there may add nothing new - but added that decisions are far from complete, MI6 reported this month that some filming has already taken place in Siena, Italy - and exclusively revealed that more Italian locations are planned, including the Basilicata region in the south of the country.

Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli (Eon Productions), BOND 22 (title to be announced) is scheduled for release November 7th 2008 and will be directed by Marc Forster. Principal photography will start in December 2007, at Pinewood Studios (UK) and foreign locations to be announced. The draft screenplay has been handed in by regular scribes Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, and Paul Haggis will polish. The story will be a direct continuation of the events of Casino Royale. It is British actor Daniel Craig’s second outing as James Bond, following his debut film Casino Royale released November 16th 2006. Dame Judi Dench (M) and Giancarlo Giannini (Mathis) will also reprise their roles.
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