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Day 136-Diamonds are Forever


007 Chatter: Seven directors wishlist for the next Bond movie

FlixChatter Film Blog

In anticipation for Bond 23, a.k.a. Skyfall coming on November 9th, 2012, Ted and I are starting a new monthly series called 007 CHATTER… look for it sometime in the first week of each month.

I’ve also added a new category for this, so click on 007 Chatter on the category drop-down menu for all Bond-related posts.

Ok, so last month we’ve singled out seven actors we think might be a good pick to play Bond. Now, we set our sights to the directors who’d do the franchise some good.

Skyfall‘s director Sam Mendes is quite an unlikely choice to direct a Bond film given his theater background and his films often deal with troubled ordinary people, a far cry from the ultimate action hero. But that fact is what makes Skyfall so promising to me. Some have said that this next Bond flick will be…

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New Skyfall Poster

Liberty Island Cantina

These days it seems that film posters have very little work put into them, with most generally just consisting of poor work on photoshop (seriously, have you seen the new Prometheus poster?). However I can gladly say that the new poster for the latest James Bond film, Skyfall bucks that trend with this classy looking poster…

Whilst it doesn’t show you too much it pretty much has the one single image that gets any Bond fan excited. I am of course talking about the iconic gun barrel shot which has featured in every Bond film since 1962. I’ve got the theme tune stuck in my head just looking at the poster! I also have to say that this is very consistent with the poster art for the Daniel Craig James Bond movies as Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace both had excellent posters themselves. However if that isn’t enough for…

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1943: Operation Mincemeat-The Almanac of Absurdities Flashback for 4.30.2012

Operation Mincemeat:

‘Fasten your lap-strap’

Add your thoughts here..Appropriately, for May Day, the stirrings (not shakings) of a James Bond-related project.. (optional)

the mortal bath

Appropriately, for May Day, the stirrings (not shakings) of a James Bond-related project.

J.C. Greenway, currently bank holidaying writer of the excellent Ten Minutes Hate blog, wrote about Moonraker recently, a piece I heartily endorse. Somehow, a discussion of Ian Fleming’s Bond novels – see the comments section here – was suggested.

Something for everyone to look forward to there. So, some considerations on Bond. The notion set me musing on the continuing appeal of the James Bond books. I’ve been a devotee since a while back, probably since I was about 11 or 12. It was a family holiday, a memorable trip for cultural firsts, as part described in the Simon and Garfunkel section here in this music bit of the Mortal Bath. I also became a fan of Fleming, working my way through the series as quickly as I could find the books in various second-hand shops…

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The Spy Command

In the past few days, there have been reports from the British press that fictional spy James Bond (in the person of Daniel Craig, the current actor playing 007) will receive a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth as part of the opening ceremonies for the Summer Olympics in London.

Here’s an excerpt from a story in THE TELEGRAPH (which rewrote an article in the Evening Standard):

Daniel Craig, the 007 actor, is reported to have received the ceremonial tap on the shoulder at Buckingham Palace in scenes to be screened during the opening ceremony at the Olympic Games.

The Queen is said to have gamely agreed to take part in the action and makes a cameo appearance in the film, which will be beamed around the world.


Andrew Lycett, biographer of Bond author Ian Fleming, said a knighthood for the secret agent was long overdue.

“Bond did sterling work…

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…it happened today …1963


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