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Category Archives: James Bond

Starlog Archives: Desmond Llewelyn Questionaire


Desmond Llewelyn played the quartermaster of MI6 in 17 James Bond movies from 1963-1999.  No other actor has appeared in more Bond movies.  As Q, he provided gadgets to Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.  In the December 1996 issue of Starlog magazine, Llewelyn reflected on his career and acknowledged that he was nearing retirement.  As it turns out, Llewelyn played Q for the rest of his life.  He passed weeks after the release of his final Bond appearance in The World is Not Enough.

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Starlog Archives: Casino Royale


It’s hard to believe but it has been a full decade since Daniel Craig debuted as James Bond.  At the time, Craig’s casting was controversial due to his blond hair.  It seems silly now, but fans dismissed Craig as “James Blond” prior to the release of Casino Royale.  In December of 2006, the 007 reboot got Starlog’s cover story treatment.  As we come to the end of Craig’s tenure as Bond, here’s a look back at where it began.

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This Year’s Best Original Song Nominees


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Starting in 1934, the Academy Awards began nominating and awarding songs that were written specifically for a movie released in the year being honored. Due to a series of ever-changing and unwieldy rules directing how songs have been able to receive a nomination for this category, the number of nominees has varied wildly over the years. For example, there were fourteen nominated songs for 1945 when the Rodgers and Hammerstein song “It Might as Well be Spring” won, but only two for 2011 when “Man or Muppet” took home the prize. Voting patterns have changed over the years, too. For a while, the Oscar-winning song was almost always a well-known top40 hit. During my high school years this meant little golden men for pop recordings like “Flashdance…What a Feeling,” “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” and “Take My Breath Away.” The category was just another opportunity for all-important cross-promotion.

In recent years, however, the Academy voters seem to have made an effort to introduce some previously obscure music through their nominated songs. I’m of two minds about this. While I love the idea of trying to find the best songs available and absolutely believe that those songs might very well be relatively obscure, I’m also not sure if that necessarily does the job of representing the year in film long into the future. Absolute classics like “Over the Rainbow,” “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “White Christmas,” “Mona Lisa,” “Moon River,”  and “A Whole New World” best represent the ideal Oscar-winning song in that they are not just great, but also beloved. Can you remember the melody and lyrics to recent winners like “Things Have Changed,” “We Belong Together,” or “Al Otro lad del Rio?”

Will this year’s winner be memorable? My first instinct is to say “no way.” Have a look and listen after the break and see what you think.
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Readers Rank the James Bond Actors


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After a few weeks of discussing all things 007, I ranked the actors who have played James Bond from worst to first.  As always, readers got a chance to do the same.  Of all the rankings we have done so far, this is probably the one with the least consensus.  Reader rankings were all over the place.  Let’s see if we can sort it all out.

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Readers Rank the James Bond Theme Songs


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Jeff The Wildman recently ranked the James Bond theme songs from worst to first.  Since there are so many songs, we were only able to let readers rank ten of them.  So we took Jeff’s top 10 and asked you to sort them out.  Here’s what the readers came up with.

I will say up front that there wasn’t a lot of consensus on this topic.  Votes were more scattered than what we typically see with 6 songs receiving 1st place rankings and 7 receiving 10th place rankings.  There was some agreement at the top and bottom, but there are also some pretty large discrepancies where readers saw things differently.  Let’s dive in to the rankings.

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Review: Spectre


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At one point in Spectre, Léa Seydoux asks Daniel Craig’s James Bond why he has become an assassin.  Craig responds that he hasn’t really stopped to think about it.  The latest James Bond movie finds 007 in a reflective mood as he examines his origins and all of the events of the previous three films.

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Worst To First: Ranking the James Bond Actors


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With the arrival of a new James Bond movie, it’s time to reevaluate my rankings of the actors who have played 007.  I haven’t seen Spectre as of this writing (it opens in theaters today), but if advanced reviews are to be believed the latest Bond movie counts as another win for current 007, Daniel Craig.  Will that be enough of an edge for him to challenge Sean Connery for the top spot?

Let’s rank the James Bond actors from worst to first and find out

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Internet Urban Legends: Why Did George Lazenby Only Make One James Bond Movie?


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“If it’s on the internet, it must be true.” – Sarcastic Person

The internet is a marvel of modern technology.  Never before in human history has so much information been available so readily.  Unfortunately, it also follows that misinformation spreads more rapidly than ever.  Someone writes something on-line and someone else repeats it.  Before you know it, the story is accepted as fact despite having no credible sources.

I come across these kinds of tall tales and internet legends all the time while researching articles for the site.  Despite the fact that sites like Wikipedia have a team that theoretically monitors updates for proper sourcing, an amazing number of errors slip through the cracks.  The purpose of this series is to separate fact from fiction.

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Top Ten Bond Girls


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A great James Bond movie is composed of several crucial elements.  There’s the main villain, henchmen, gadgets, exotic locations, a kicking theme song, amazing stunts and of course beautiful women.  Today, I’m counting down the top ten Bond girls in the series.

What makes for a great Bond girl is debatable.  You will find lists that rank the characters purely by how the look.  But I’m looking for something more in my Bond girl.  For me, the characters that stand out are the ones that either have a meaningful relationship with 007 or are in some way his equal.  With those criteria in mind, these are my picks for the top ten Bond girls.

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James Bond Movie Bracket Game: The Winner!


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Our James Bond movie bracket game came down to two great movies from two different eras.  The final round pitted the quintessential Bond movie, Goldfinger, against the movie that rebooted the series for modern tastes, Casino Royale.  And it was a real nail-biter.  The final outcome was determined by one vote.  But as you may have guessed based on the picture accompanying the article, classic Connery won out of Craig the challenger.

Casino Royale is a terrific movie which has breathed new life into the series at a time when it was needed.  But it’s hard to argue with the enduring legacy of Goldfinger.  As several commenters have noted over the course of this bracket game, to some extent every movie in the series from 1964-present owes a debt to the movie that defined what it means to be Bond.

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Pierce Brosnan: Unfinished Business


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We’ve been celebrating all things 007 in anticipation of the release of the new movie, Spectre.  But this month also represents the twentieth anniversary of a Bond favorite, GoldenEye.  GoldenEye was Pierce Brosnan’s first (and best) of four James Bond movies.  It came after a heart-breaking near miss in the 1980’s when he was unable to replace exiting actor Roger Moore.

In this interview from the November 1995 issue of Movieline, Brosnan discusses being abandoned by his parents, losing his first wife to cancer and his frustrated career ambitions.  Despite everything Brosnan has been through, he has a very positive outlook in life.  At the time, the future of the Bond franchise and Brosnan’s career were both very uncertain.  But the actor was looking forward to the challenge before him.

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James Bond Movie Bracket Game: Goldefinger Vs. Casino Royale


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We’re celebrating the upcoming release of Spectre, the 24th official James Bond movie, with a 007-themed bracket game!  We’ve paired up sixteen of the best Bond has to offer and letting you sort out the winners from the losers.  It’s Connery vs. Craig, Dalton Vs. Lazenby and Moore Vs. Brosnan in a battle of the Bonds!

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James Bond Movie Bracket Game: GoldenEye Vs. Casino Royale


GoldenEye Vs. Casino Royale

We’re celebrating the upcoming release of Spectre, the 24th official James Bond movie, with a 007-themed bracket game!  We’ve paired up sixteen of the best Bond has to offer and letting you sort out the winners from the losers.  It’s Connery vs. Craig, Dalton Vs. Lazenby and Moore Vs. Brosnan in a battle of the Bonds!

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