Ian Fleming's 007 spy novels aren't just some of the most fun stories in the entire genre, they also sport some outstanding book covers. So for reference and for your eyes only (yuk yuk), here is a gallery of every original Ian Fleming James Bond novel book cover, 14 in all. They were all published in Britain by Jonathan Cape between April 1953 and June 1966. The last two books were published after Fleming's death in August 1964.
Here's a dashing action figure likeness of Sean Connery as James Bond from the 1965 film Thunderball. The movie was released in 1965 so I'm assuming the action figure -- produced by Gilbert -- was as well. Dig that sweet SCUBA outfit, complete with fins, snorkel, and super-snug bathing trunks! The Thunderball line turned out to be almost the last hurrah for Gilbert (known officially as the A.C. Gilbert Company), which closed for good in 1967 after almost 60 years in business. Gilbert, incidentally, introduced the world-famous Erector Set in 1913. For more auction finds, click here.
Yesterday we lost one of the great composers of the 20th century. John Barry, best known to me and millions of others as the man behind so many timeless film soundtracks, died at age 77. Barry won five Oscars for his work, including Dances With Wolves and Midnight Cowboy, but it is his scores for 11 James Bond movies that I love the most. Here's probably my favorite Barry composition, from 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service. It's the immortal Louis Armstrong performing "We Have All the Time in the World," the love theme from the sole George Lazenby 007 film. Related articles Bond composer John Barry dies (telegraph.co.uk) John Barry, RIP (brooklynvegan.com)
I've been a James Bond fan since I was a kid, when I rented just about every Bond film available (actually my mom rented them, but whatever) and spent countless hours absorbing them. But for some reason I never got around to tackling any of the source material - Ian Fleming's Bond short stories and novels. I guess I never figured there was a reason to dig that deeply into 007, even though I've developed a taste for spy novels in my adulthood. But during a recent trip to a used book store I spotted some older editions of a few Bond novels and decided to take the plunge. So I've finally finished my first Bond book, 1957's From Russia, With Love. It's Fleming's fifth Bond novel and became, in 1963, the second in the film series. I think I picked a good one to start with. (more&hel...
I caught a bit of GoldenEye over the weekend and was reminded of how much the 007 franchise was just going through the motions even long before Pierce Brosnan's arrival. Casino Royale went a long way toward restoring the vitality and enjoyment of watching James Bond, and it looks as if Quantum of Solace will continue that positive direction. Don't believe me? Just watch the newest trailer: See what I mean? That shot of Bond falling through the glass ceiling at the 1:24 mark is awesome all by itself. In conclusion - Daniel Craig owns this role and you know it. But if he ever gets killed I'm fairly confident Judi Dench could kick some ass too.
The last James Bond flick, Casino Royale, kicked so much butt, not even a crappy title like Quantum of Solace makes me want to stay away from the next one. It comes out in November here in the U.S. (October for my brothers and sisters across the pond), and here's the first teaser trailer... Hot damn! Secret Agents Gone Wild! I'll be ready for this to come out, just about the time I'm coming off the high of the next Batman movie.
...Quantum of Solace? Come again? It's supposedly taken from an old Ian Fleming short story, but that's just horrible. George Lucas is laughing at this title. It sounds more like a crappy new age album than a spy movie.
It was announced the other day that the next James Bond flick will be a reinvention of sorts for the franchise. Not only will we see a younger Bond (around 28 years young), but there will be no Q and no funky gadgets. While I applaud the effort, I have to wonder what prompted all this. I'm sure that the producers of the series were weighing Pierce Brosnan's age when they made the decision. I'm sure none of us is eager to witness another flabby, gray-haired Bond lurch his way across the screen, a la View to a Kill or Never Say Never Again. But at a young-looking 52, Brosnan isn't quite pushing the edge of the credibility envelope like Sean Connery and Roger Moore were at the end of their runs. (more…)