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"CASINO ROYALE" (2006) Review

Before watching my DVD copy of 2006’s "CASINO ROYALE" for the upmteenth time, I had assumed that my initial enthusiasm toward the 21st James Bond thriller would dim with time. I felt certain that I would have enough of the fictional British Secret Service agent. Needless to say, my assumptions proved to be wrong. I managed to enjoy "CASINO ROYALE" more than ever. It has become firmly entrenched as my second favorite Bond movie of all time, following 1969’s "ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE”. Read more... )
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Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of "CASINO ROYALE" Daniel Craig's debut as James Bond aka 007. Based upon Ian Fleming's 1953 novel, the movie was directed by Martin Campbell: Read more... )
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Below is a list of my ten favorite movies of 2015. Since my movie attendance was pretty low during that year, I missed a great deal of films. (List subject to change in near future): Read more... )
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The year 2015 seemed to be filled with some very memorable screen villains. I am certain that many have their own opinions of what constituted their favorite villains. Well . . . I have mine. Below is that list of my favorite movie villains from 2015: Read more... )
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"GOLDENEYE" (1995) Review

What can I say about 1995’s "GOLDENEYE"? For one, it marked a series of firsts for the Bond franchise. The movie happened to be Pierce Brosnan’s first outing as James Bond. "GOLDENEYE" also turned out to be Dame Judi Dench’s first time portraying Bond’s MI-6 boss, "M". And the movie also proved to be a first Bond film for director Martin Campbell, who will return eleven years later to direct 2006’s "CASINO ROYALE". Read more... )
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"SPECTRE" (2015) Review

Following the release of the 2012 movie, "SKYFALL", my interest in the James Bond movie franchise had somewhat dropped. This was due to my negative reaction to the movie. In other words, I disliked it. When I learned that Sam Mendes, who had directed "SKYFALL", would return to direct the franchise's 24th movie, I did not receive the news very well and paid as little attention to the production of this new movie as possible. But . . . my family has never been able to resist the release of a new James Bond movie. So, we did not hesitate to rush to the theaters when "SPECTRE" hit the movie screens. Read more... )
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November 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the 1995 James Bond movie, "GOLDENEYE". Directed by Martin Campbell, the movie starred Pierce Brosnan in his debut as James Bond. Below are images from the movie. Read more... )
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Below are images from "SPECTRE", the 24th entry in the James Bond movie franchise. Directed by Sam Mendes, the movie stars Daniel Craig as James Bond, 007: Read more... )
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"A VIEW TO A KILL" Review

The year 1985 marked a milestone in the history of the Bond franchise. This was the year in which EON Productions released their latest Bond film, "A VIEW TO A KILL". The movie would turn out to be Roger Moore's last turn as the British agent, James Bond. Read more... )
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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the 1985 James Bond movie, "A VIEW TO A KILL". Directed by John Glen, the movie starred Roger Moore in his last outing as James Bond. Below are images from the movie. Read more... )
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"KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE" (2015) Review

Matthew Vaughn must be a major comic book fan. This is the second . . . no, third time in his career in which he has directed a film adaptation of a comic book series or story. This time, he directed an adaptation of Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar's 2012 comic book series, "The Secret Service". Read more... )
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"ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE" (1969) Review

At least ten years or more must have passed since I last saw the 1969 Bond movie, “ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE (OHMSS)”. EON Production’s sixth entry in the Bond franchise has the distinction of being the only movie that starred Australian male model-turned-actor, George Lazenby. It was the first EON movie that did not star Sean Connery – already fixed in the public’s mind as the only actor who can portray James Bond. And it was the only movie that was directed by former film editor, Peter Hunt. Read more... )
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December 18 marked the 45th anniversary of the release of the 1969 James Bond movie, "ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE". Based on Ian Fleming's 1963 movie and directed by Peter Hunt, the movie starred George Lazenby as James Bond. Below are images from the movie. Read more... )
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"GOLDFINGER" (1964) Review"

Ever since its release in 1964, the James Bond movie, "GOLDFINGER" has been regarded as one of the best ever in the franchise. In fact, it is considered by many Bond fans as the franchise's definitive film, considering that it more or less created what is known as "the Bond formula". Read more... )
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September 17 marked the 50th anniversary of "GOLDFINGER", the 1964 adaptation of Ian Fleming's 1959 James Bond novel. Directed by Guy Hamilton, the movie starred Sean Connery as James Bond. Below are images from the film: Read more... )
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"MOONRAKER" (1979) Review

Well, I just recently watched "MOONRAKER". Today, it is considered to be one of the worst Bond movies of all times. It has been accused by fans and critics alike of taking the Bond franchise into a realm of tasteless excess and fantasy. I will not deny there are aspects of "MOONRAKER" that turned me off – including Bond’s final confrontation with the villain aboard the latter’s space station. But after watching it . . . I cannot honestly list "MOONRAKER" as one of my least favorite Bond films, let alone as one of the worst. Trust me, I have seen a lot worst. Read more... )
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June 29 marked the 35th anniversary of the release of the 1979 James Bond movie, "MOONRAKER". Based on Ian Fleming's 1955 novel and directed by Lewis Gilbert, the movie starred Roger Moore as James Bond 007. Read more... )
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"FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE" (1963) Review

Have you ever heard the song, "What a Difference a Day Makes"? Well, the song's title kept going through my head, while viewing 1963’s "FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE", which was based upon Ian Flemnig's 1957 novel. It seemed such a difference from the very inferior "DR. NO" (and would prove to be quite a difference in my eyes to 1964’s "GOLDFINGER"). Read more... )
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Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the release of the 1963 James Bond movie, "FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE". Based upon Ian Fleming's 1957 novel and directed by Terence Young, the movie starred Sean Connery as James Bond. Below are images from the movie: Read more... )

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