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.
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.
Coming out in April 1983, the 69th issue of Starlog magazine was not surprisingly all about Return of the Jedi. But it contained an interview with screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz. Mankiewicz had previously written or rewritten several Bond movies and was tapped by Richard Donner to rewrite Superman: The Movie. In 1983, he had written a script for a Batman movie that would never be made. He discussed details of the script with interviewer Lee Goldberg.
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.
It’s the twentieth anniversary of Pierce Brosnan’s debut as 007. When GoldenEye was released in 1995, there were questions about whether or not the character was still relevant post Cold War. Many had their doubts that the series should continue. But GoldenEye proved that the James Bond formula could be adapted to a changing political climate. Twenty years later, the series is still going strong. So of course we are going to go back and review the totally awesome facts you need to know about GoldenEye.
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.
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.
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
“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.
If you’re thinking that I have gotten a lot better at photomanipulation over the last week, that’s because this is a screen capture of an actual screentest of Sam Neill playing James Bond. In the early 80’s when Roger Moore was making noise about retiring, the Bond producers decided to audition Neill as a replacement. In 1983, he did a screentest in which he read a scene from From Russia With Love.
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.
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.
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.