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.

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Skyfall Box Office Update
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Skyfall's American Opening and Global Prospects
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Skyfall's Opening Weekend
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Anticipating Skyfall
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New and Noteworthy (Unfilmable SF Movies, Spy Movies, Futurism)
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New in Print . . . (The Many Lives and Deaths of James Bond)
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New and Noteworthy (Battleship, Skyfall, Superheroes)
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New and Noteworthy (James Bond Edition)
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The 50th Anniversary of the James Bond Film Series
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