Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New and Noteworthy (Special Bond Edition)

In today's special, extra edition, three James Bond-themed pieces written in a lighter-than-usual spirit:

* While the critics heap praise upon Skyfall, historian Tim Stanley (a Roger Moore partisan, he informs us) takes the unfashionable stance of admitting a preference for how the Bond films used to be on the Daily Telegraph's blog ("I Don't Want a Dark James Bond Film, I Want Snobbery With Violence"). He also gets in some entertaining jabs at the vogue for "dark" films in which the series has joined in the process.

* The runner-up, likewise entertaining but in rather a different way, is a piece by Victoria Coren for British GQ which presents a list of twenty-three different ways in which the film series would have been different "If James Bond Were a Woman."

* Also worth checking out: another io9 piece, presenting a list of the "15 Worst Fashion Disasters From the Bond Movies." No one film was identified as worst in this respect, though Goldfinger, Moonraker and A View to a Kill each make the list twice. Inevitably, the ruffles George Lazenby wore in On Her Majesty's Secret Service are included - though in fairness, I don't think we really needed yet another dig at poor Christmas Jones.

How James Bond Got to Have a 50th Anniversary
Skyfall Box Office Update
New and Noteworthy (James Bond Edition)
Skyfall's American Opening and Global Prospects
New and Noteworthy (Gravity Falls, Weekend B.O., Charles Yu)
Skyfall's Opening Weekend
Anticipating Skyfall
New and Noteworthy (Unfilmable SF Movies, Spy Movies, Futurism)
New in Print . . . (The Many Lives and Deaths of James Bond)
New and Noteworthy (Battleship, Skyfall, Superheroes)
New and Noteworthy (James Bond Edition)
The 50th Anniversary of the James Bond Film Series

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