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Michael Cavacini

The James Bond ArchivesThis is my 100th blog post! Can you believe it? I’d like to thank all of you for checking out my content on a regular basis and helping me reach new highs each month. I appreciate your support and look forward to providing you with at least another 100 blog posts.

Speaking of things worth celebrating, it’s the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise. And one of the many ways the owners of the iconic film series decided to pay tribute was through the creation of a massive, 15-pound book: The James Bond Archives. Check out my video review below to learn more.

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The Scarf & Goggles Social Club

If you enjoy The Scarf & Goggles Social Club then it’s highly likely that you enjoy the books of Ian Fleming. Of course, since the first four movies – Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger and Thunderball – Fleming’s 007 has existed in a separate universe from his cinematic namesake. More’s the pity.

Fleming ensured that the literary Bond drives Bentleys, and although his pre-war car was written off in the novel Moonraker while in pursuit of Sir Hugo Drax’s white Mercedes-Benz 300SL, it was evidently felt to be a suitable icon. That’s why this example was chosen – complete with the Amherst Villiers supercharger – by Life magazine when photographing Fleming. Splendid stuff.

It’s safe to say that if the Scarf & Goggles were a pub, Daniel Craig would have considerable difficulty in getting served!

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Lukas Eggen

Dominic Cooper, who played Howard Stark in “Captain America: The First Avenger”, is set to play Ian Fleming in a four-part miniseries. It will chronicle Fleming’s days in WWII, where he worked for the British Naval Intelligence, and helped inspire him to write a little novel called “Casino Royale” with a character named James Bond.

Annabelle Wallis (“Snow White and the Huntsman”) will play Muriel Wright, a woman that he had a love affair with and is said to be the inspiration for the “Bond girl”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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Ian Fleming’s Bond Is More Fascinating Than Albert R. Broccoli’s Bond

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casino-royale-ian-fleming-paperback-cover-artCasino Royale is the first of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels. And if you’ve seen the Daniel Craig film, then you’ll be familiar with the story’s premise. Bond must play a high-stakes card game to bankrupt the corrupt Le Chiffre. The novel also sets up the character of Bond for Fleming’s future stories. The fundamentals behind his classic traits and belief systems are grounded in the events that happen in Royale.

But don’t expect it to play quite like a Bond film. There are no extensive action sequences or steamy sex scenes (although Bond’s passionate feelings for Vesper Lynd do come close). Instead, Fleming explores the mind of Bond and his skills as a double-oh agent. It’s fascinating to follow his thought processes as he tries to escape various dangerous scenarios and how he gets to the bottom of certain mysteries. This is the main aspect that really sets…

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Film Review – Skyfall

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g3ulqKGjDirector: Sam Mendes

Writer: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan, Ian Fleming

Starring: Daniel Craig, Judy Dench, Javier Bardem

Certificate: 12A

“England… Mi6… so old-fashioned!” 

Bond used to be simple. You either loved it or were entirely indifferent to it. Only now there are those who love classic Bond but hate the new dark and edgy incarnation, and so we end up with the odd chimera which is Skyfall – something of a compromise between the two era’s which potentially could please both groups, or alienate everybody.

For an outsider the rebirth of Bond made total sense. The character had become a dinosaur, a tragi-comic caricature continually dragged out from an age long past to make a quick buck.  His habitual quipping in the face of mortal danger, serial womanising, and world built upon clichés had grown ever more embarrassing, and once the unfashionable spy genre had been rejuvenated in the guise of violent and edgy thrillers led by hard as nails protagonists who actually got down to the dirty business of espionage, the…

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Toast the New Year with Gin

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You may have seen her on your TV screen supporting the new Bond hit Skyfall this autumn, but Kiwi singer Gin Wigmore is sure to be a star in her own right in 2013. Virginia Claire Wigmore appeared this October in the Heineken/ James Bond advert featuring Daniel Craig and Bond girl Berenice Marlohe. This may be her first appearance in the UK, but with a five times platinum album at home in New Zealand and full collection of awards under her belt, she is certainly no stranger to fame.

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James Bond -Which one is the best?

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James Bond is one of the most favorite onscreen spies of all time. There are quite a few actors who have essayed him on silver screen. Among most notable of them are Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan, just to name a few. Some of my favorites are –

Sean Connery– He played the character in the first five Bond filmsDr. No (1962), (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), and You Only Live Twice (1967) – then appeared again as Bond in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983). All seven films were commercially successful. He had the charisma, physical grace and presence for the action.He had a great physique  (muscular, 6′ 2″).He was truly an embodiment of MI6 agent 007, on the screen.

Roger Moore Moore is the longest-serving James Bond actor, having spent twelve years in the role (from…

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Dan Keohane’s Picks for THE BEST FILMS OF 2012

DAN KEOHANE’S TOP 10 FILMS OF 2012
By Dan Keohane

Ok, so, though you haven’t seen much of me in these webbie, wobbly… thingies we call Cinema Knife Fight, that doesn’t mean I haven’t seen my share of movies this year. In fact, I was pretty amazed how many 2012 releases I’d seen (still nowhere near enough, however).  There are a number of movies I did not, or have not yet been able to see (DJANGO UNCHAINED, CLOUD ATLAS, LIFE OF PI and HITCHCOCK to name only a few), but of the films I did manage to see, here are my FAVORITE FILMS OF 2012:

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1. THE AVENGERS—I was left a little wanting with CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (2011) especially in its latter half, and IRON MAN 2 (2010) was a pretty weak sequel in my opinion, so I was worried about how THE…

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Why the James Bond franchise was made for the modern box office

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