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Die Another DayLiving to Die Another Day may not be an option for 007 in the 20th James Bond film.

Released in celebration of the franchise’s 40th anniversary, Die Another Day is a poorly written, special effects laden, and over-the-top offering that deserves all the critical scorn heaped upon it. Even Roger Moore, the most gadget orientated 007 of them all, lamented the technological excesses present, “I thought it just went too far – and that’s from me, the first Bond in space! Invisible cars and dodgy CGI footage? Please!”

Forget wobbly back projection. Forget wooden acting from the likes of Britt Ekland and Stacey Roberts. Forget every second featuring Jaws. The single most excruciatingly naff moment in the entire Bond canon occurs roughly 90 minutes into Die Another Day. A CGI 007 surfs over CGI water, whilst hanging onto a CGI parachute and avoiding CGI ice flows. The sheer awfulness of experiencing this computer generated fiasco for the first time in a packed cinema is an event never to be forgotten. Mouths fall open. Popcorn drops in shock. “What the fuck?” emerges from more than one row of seats. Upon viewing that awfulness the producers should have excised the scene and if necessary mounted a reshoot to bridge the missing footage. (more…)

007 must prevent an act of nuclear terrorism in The World Is Not Enough as the British Secret Service and M come under attack.

We will not be terrorised by cowards who would murder, and use us as the tool. We’ll find these people. We’ll follow them to the farthest ends of the earth if needs be and we will bring them to justice.

The World Is Not EnoughTaking its title from the Bond family motto The World Is Not Enough finds a physically and emotionally vulnerable James Bond battling betrayal, vengeance and nuclear terrorism in the Caspian Sea. And ensuring Christmas in Istanbul comes more that once a year…

The starting point for the nineteenth James Bond film was provided by producer Barbara Broccoli after she viewed part of the television documentary The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power, a history of the global oil industry, during a trans-Atlantic flight. Broccoli reasoned that only a Bond villain would be ruthless enough to commit an act of nuclear terrorism for the sake of oil profits. The villain in this instance being the flamboyant and flirtatious Elektra King who 007 subsequently kills in cold blood in one of the most shocking moments in the series. “Peeling back the layers” of Bond’s character had been ongoing since the debut of Pierce Brosnan and the murder of someone he cared about would demonstrate his Bond’s overwhelming loyalty to Queen, Country, and M. (more…)

A succession of eleventh hour calamities fail to deter James Bond as he enters the world of information manipulation and techo-terrorism in Tomorrow Never Dies.

Words are the new weapons; satellites, the new artillery.

Tomorrow Never DiesIn Tomorrow Never Dies 007 is placed in opposition to insane media mogul Elliot Carver in a glossy Tom Clancy-style techno-thriller set against a backdrop of media manipulation, an impending global conflict, and lots and lots and lots of explosions.

The eighteenth James Bond film was the first to be produced after the death of Albert R Broccoli and by all accounts entailed a fraught working environment. Long renowned for its relaxed family-style atmosphere behind the scenes Tomorrow Never Dies was plagued by rumours of on-set conflicts between director Roger Spottiswode and just about anyone else working on the film. By the end of filming Spottiswode and screen writer Bruce Feirstein were reputedly no longer on speaking terms. One insider commented “All the happiness and teamwork which is the hallmark of Bond has disappeared completely.” Pierce Brosnan attempted to defuse the situation by saying that the so-called disputes were nothing more than the usual creative tensions that emerge during the production of any large scale film. (more…)

An old friend is the new enemy. An old enemy is the new friend. James Bond returns to a new world as GoldenEye triumphantly proves wrong those critics who had said 007’s time was over.

I think you’re a sexist, misogynist dinosaur. A relic of the Cold War, whose boyish charms, though wasted on me, obviously appealed to that young woman I sent out to evaluate you.

GoldenEyeThe release of GoldenEye in November 1995 saw the rebirth of the James Bond franchise after a six year hiatus in a critically acclaimed blaze of glory that silenced various critics who had been endlessly trumpeting that the British agent’s time was done and he would be an embarrassing sexist anachronism in a more liberated post-Cold War world.

The film tackled head-on the changes that had taken place in the world since the release of Licence To Kill as 007 confronted the vast criminal empires that had arisen in the new Russia from the ashes of the old regime following the fall of the Berlin Wall and dissolution of the Soviet Union. Bond’s traditional adversaries may well have met their demise but there was legion of new threats for him to battle in a new world. (more…)

50 Years of James Bond