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Bond, James Bond
roguespy007
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Posted: 2007-09-06 08:37 am   Permalink

Great article there about Bond 22. I am so ready for this one. While Sean Connery and his take on Bond will probably always be my favorite, I did enjoy Craig in "Casino Royale." I love how the new Bond flick will pick up right after the last one. That's really cool. I am interested to see what they do with this one. It will be cool to see who are the Bond girls, the settings, the plot, the villains, theme song, whether Q or Moneypenny are in this one. I can't wait.

 
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Posted: 2007-09-16 06:31 am   Permalink

David Niven was the best James Bond,IMO, even though the first "Casino Royale" was a spoof. Charles Grey was the best Blofeld in "Diamonds are Forever". There is a legend that Charles Grey, as a young actor, met Aleister Crowley on a train, and modelled much of his subsequent "act" on him. I don't think the "badness" of the Roger Moore Bonds was really Roger Moore's fault so much as the new script writers who took over just in time for Sean Connery's last Bond... "Diamonds are Forever" , which is where the "over-jokey" rot set in. DAF is effectively a "Roger Moore Bond" that still has Sean Connery in it!

 
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Posted: 2007-09-16 06:53 am   Permalink

I know "Live and Let Die" is supposed to be cheesy and was the first of the crappy Roger Moore Bonds, but I'm tellin' ya, when we saw it in a theater it blew people away right out of their seats. People LOVED it.

It was over the top, actually scary, genuinely funny, real sexy and exciting. Right from the opening song to the sign reading "Trespassers Will Be Eaten" every scene was a home run. I listened to the voiceover comments on the DVD last year and the stunt problems were crazy; the speed boat chase was shot just like you see it on film; there were no FX of any kind.

That's why the rest of the Roger Moore ones were so doubly bad, they were a letdown from L&LD AND they just sucked in general....

Hey, did Burt Bacharach compose the Casino Royale theme song? I thought Herb Alpert did, but it looks like he just played it.


 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2007-09-16 08:36 am   Permalink

It was Herb Albert. It might be confusing as there are several songs that were shared between the two of them, just a few stats below.

"Casino Royale"
(Instrumental Version) by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

"The Look Of Love"
(Instrumental Version) by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

"The Look Of Love"
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Hal David
Sung by Dusty Springfield

"What's New Pussycat?"
(Excerpted)
Written by Burt Bacharach

"Born Free"
(Instrumental) (Excerpted)
Written by John Barry

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Cammo...I think you hit on a real important aspect of the Bond films...all of these films are big screen musts. A lot of people don't think about the media aspect of the films. They were sensational for their times as they matched what was going on in the world in relation to evilness, fashion, transportation and gadgetry. The big screen is the best way to experience these films. If you think about the laser beam that was about to seer the private parts of Bond...well that blew everyone away because it seemed so far-fetched, but it was scientific stuff that was already going on. Then the ridiculousness of Moonraker...well that coincides with the space program. Sometimes the things that seem too futuristic are in reality already occurring. Now with the craziness of terrorists, the threats that James faces are a lot more real. Big screen is better for car chases, explosive events, etc.
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Cammo
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Posted: 2007-09-17 04:05 am   Permalink

No, it was Burt. He wrote all the songs in the movie, including the theme. They were performed by the best of the day, though, and their own signature styles were such a perfect match with Bacharach that it seems to this day that THEY wrote them;



 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2007-09-17 07:33 am   Permalink

Very good Cammo...I only researched through the movie...should have researched the LP. Thanks for clearing that up. Can you get that soundtrack as a CD? I can't find it, but would like it.
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Posted: 2007-09-17 09:29 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-09-16 08:36, VampiressRN wrote:
Sometimes the things that seem too futuristic are in reality already occurring.



Schweet! I want a fake volcanic island with stuff in the crater that looks just like water from the air but can open like a giant sunroof so you can land a helicopter inside.


 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2007-09-17 8:13 pm   Permalink

AND...I want Ursula Andres' figure and good looks!!!
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The Gnomon
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Posted: 2007-09-18 08:44 am   Permalink

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On 2007-09-17 20:13, VampiressRN wrote:
AND...I want Ursula Andres' figure and good looks!!!




Granted, but have you seen her lately?

Ooops! Wrong thread. Nevermind.


 
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roguespy007
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Posted: 2007-09-27 08:53 am   Permalink

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On 2007-09-17 20:13, VampiressRN wrote:
AND...I want Ursula Andres' figure and good looks!!!




I want Sixties era Ursula as my girlfriend.

I loved the Casino Royale spoof of the Sixties. The movie was a cool and hip flick of that swingin' decade. It had a great cast with some gorgeous women in it, such as Ursula Andress, Joanna Pettet, Barbara Bouchet, etc. Plus I loved the music.

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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2007-09-30 10:25 am   Permalink

I was sad to see that Lois Maxwell passed away.
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Lois Maxwell, who starred as Miss Moneypenny in a string of James Bond movies, has died aged 80.

Maxwell starred alongside Sir Sean Connery in Bond's first movie outing, Dr No, in 1962.

She played the role until 1985's A View To A Kill with Sir Roger Moore, who told the BBC she had been a "great asset" to the early Bond movies.

A spokesperson for Fremantle Hospital, Western Australia, said she died there on Saturday evening.

I think it was a great disappointment to her that she had not been promoted to play M - she would have been a wonderful M stated Sir Roger Moore.

She appeared in more movies than any of the actors who played the lead role in the spy series, including Sir Sean Connery and Sir Roger Moore.

Only Desmond Llewelyn, who played gadget man Q 17 times before his death in 1999, starred in more films.

"It's rather a shock," Sir Roger, who had known her since they were students at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) in 1944, told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"She was always fun and she was wonderful to be with."

"She absolutely perfect casting," he said of her role as Miss Moneypenny.

"It was a great pity that, after I moved out of Bond, they didn't take her on to continue in the Timothy Dalton films.

Sir Roger said she had moved to Australia to be with her son after being diagnosed with cancer.

Born Lois Hooker in Ontario, Canada, in 1927, her acting career started in radio, before she moved to the UK with the Entertainment Corps of the Canadian army at the age of 15.

In the late 1940s, she moved to Hollywood and picked up a best newcomer Golden Globe for her part in Shirley Temple comedy That Hagen Girl.

As well as her 14 outings as Miss Moneypenny, she also appeared in Stanley Kubrick's Lolita and worked on TV shows including The Saint, The Baron, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), The Persuaders! and Department S.

Aged 58 when she made her final Bond appearance, she was replaced by 26-year-old Caroline Bliss for The Living Daylights.

As well as her acting career, she also worked as a columnist for the Toronto Sun newspaper.

Her last film role was in the 2001 thriller The Fourth Angel, alongside Jeremy Irons and Jason Priestley.

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roguespy007
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Posted: 2007-09-30 10:45 am   Permalink

I agree. I was so sad to hearing about the passing of Lois Maxwell. She'll always be Miss Moneypenny to me.

 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2007-09-30 5:58 pm   Permalink

I just listened to my new CD Shaken Not Stirred. It is really nice...the 50's pop-jazz rendition of some great songs...a good buy!!!

From the Label
SHAKEN NOT STIRRED features 12 tracks by some of the most notable finger-snappin’, hip-swayin’ musicians of the genre. Like a dream night in some fantastic lounge, the album brings together greats including Arthur Lyman, Bob Florence, James Bond, and Jack (Bongo) Burger. Lyman, one-time vibraphonist extraordinaire for Martin Denny, sold millions of albums during his solo career with HIFI and charted with the singles “Taboo” and “Yellowbird” (#6 and #4, respectively); “Taboo” is included in this compilation. Still performing at many of Hawaii’s swankiest hotel resort lounges, Lyman is definitely the man with the Golden Vibes. Bob Florence’s sound is pure Hollywood -- the big, cool and seductive sound of “Green Eyes” is like cinemascope for stereo. James Bond & His Sextet offer jazz renditions of those famous big screen spy themes (“Goldfinger,” for example), though this Bond actually came first. Bongo-ing up a storm on the track “Mambo Burger” is Jack (Bongo) Burger, mixing a wide range of afro-cuban beats with his band of hip-hepniks. Leon Russell (on harpsichord) and Glen Campbell (no less) team with Bond to form The In Group, whose zany rendition of “If I Had a Hammer” is bound to get toes tapping and glasses clinking.

In remastering SHAKEN NOT STIREED from the original masters, This Way Productions engineer Danny Caccavo paid careful attention to the sonic quality, repairing many splices and even fixing a crumple in Lyman’s “Taboo” that went unnoticed in previous reissues of that song. The booklet for SHAKEN NOT STIRRED is art-directed to suit any bachelor pad and uses many pieces of original art from the HIFI archives. And if that’s not enough, the trend-setting Manhattan restaurant Global 33 has given up the recipe for their ultra-suave cocktail, “The Taboo,” and displayed it for all to see (and enjoy) within the CD package.

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roguespy007
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Posted: 2007-10-01 08:58 am   Permalink

Hello Vampiress. Thanks for sharing that with us. I'm checking out the link now, listening to some of the clips. This sounds right up the alley of the kind of tunes I really dig. Wow. I'm definitely going to have to get me a copy of this one. Very cool and hip sounding.

 
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Posted: 2007-10-08 7:45 pm   Permalink





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