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  • Welcome Aboard!
    8:54AM
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic7
    However did you trap Mr. Burton inside your picture profile? That must have been hard going.
    September 25
    • Birdleson
      Birdleson
      He's easily manipulated with liquor.
    • Benny
      Benny
      Great profile picture. Pity this legend couldn't have appeared in a role in the Bond series at some point.
    • Thunderfinger
      Thunderfinger
      He could have been Bond.
  • Dragonpol
    Welcome back, saunders!
    September 24
  • ClarkDevlin
    Bruno Brazil... You know? James Coburn could've convincingly played him during the 70s.
    September 24
    • Thunderfinger
      Thunderfinger
      Great choice! Or Robert Redford.

      George Clooney could have been good, too.
    • ClarkDevlin
      ClarkDevlin
      Redford would have been terrific in the 80s and the early 90s.

      It's funny you also happen to mention Clooney, because I visualized once if "Our Man Flint" was to happen today, a role originated with Coburn, I thought Clooney would be the most worthy actor to take over the role.
    • Thunderfinger
      Thunderfinger
      I am still hoping for a Bruno Brazil/Commando Caiman film.
    • ClarkDevlin
      ClarkDevlin
      Of all the Belgian comics, 'XIII' gained some ground within the American market. They really should get to adapting Bruno Brazil without losing a moment. It's hell of a series.
    • Thunderfinger
      Thunderfinger
      Indeed. As is Bernard Prince, Comanche and Blueberry to name a few. The Bluenerry film with Vincent Cassel wasn t really Blueberry, was it?
  • Welcome Aboard!
    September 24
  • Welcome Aboard!
    September 23
  • Dragonpol
    Give a thunderclap for Thunderhand.
    September 22
  • If he fries me, I will spank him for it.
    September 20
    • ClarkDevlin
      ClarkDevlin
      Are you auditioning for the Judi Dench role?
  • ClarkDevlin
    Lutherus In Perpetuum
    September 20
  • Thunderfinger
    Devlin may care.
    September 20
    • ClarkDevlin
      ClarkDevlin
      Hence in the MI6 they call me C, standing in for Caretaker.
    • Thunderfinger
      Thunderfinger
      That s great. Take care now.
    • ClarkDevlin
      ClarkDevlin
      The Devlin Who Cared Too Much.
    • Thunderfinger
      Thunderfinger
      Better the Devlin you know.
    • ClarkDevlin
      ClarkDevlin
      See No Devlin, Hear No Devlin.
    • Thunderfinger
      Thunderfinger
      Between the devlin and the DB5
    • ClarkDevlin
      ClarkDevlin
      Reflections in a Devlin DB5
  • Dragonpol
    The Cartoon Man.
    September 18
  • ClarkDevlin
    Tu Solum Vivere Infinitum
    September 18
  • Dankjewel :-)
    September 17
  • Welcome Aboard!
    September 17
  • ClarkDevlin
    Major? Doesn't this particular track from Agent Under Fire sound too much like someting from No One Lives Forever?

    September 17
    • MajorDSmythe
      MajorDSmythe
      It does. I had to check the release dates, and there is roughly a year between them. It's possible that NOLF inspired that track. I just listened to it again, this time with my eyes closed, and it sounds just like the NOLF soundtrack.
    • ClarkDevlin
      ClarkDevlin
      Indeed, Major! And the fact out there is that even if NOLF itself was inspired by Bond, it did inspire a lot of FPS-based spy games. Most notably 'Return to Castle Wolfenstein' and 'Nightfire' when it came to involve the Austrian segment of the cable car and castle on a mountain. Man, that early 2000s period was a good one.
    • MajorDSmythe
      MajorDSmythe
      Return To Castle Wolfenstien was anther fine game. I would have to agree with you on the early 2000's. I think I have lost some interest in gaming, as I have not yet moved on to the current gen consoles. I think it is the way that games and consoles are made. I don't use the PSN (so any broken games in need of a patch are useless), and I am not interesting in streaming via my console. I just want it to play games.
    • ClarkDevlin
      ClarkDevlin
      I feel you, Major. We definitely are on the same page. I'm majorly a PC gamer, but truth be told, the newer games really don't catch the spirit of what the late 90s, and especially early 2000s video games represented. It's like those had the proper spice and chili when they made you play them. With the new games, other than perhaps Grand Theft Auto V to an extent, I don't feel it. It's a whole new image for the video games, now, as well as their marketing system. Does that make us relics, Major?
    • MajorDSmythe
      MajorDSmythe
      Yes, I think it does. All this talk of these great games has gotten me in the mood to replay them once more. Another favourite of mine, and is somewhat forgotten these days, is the Licence To Kill, to No One Lives Forever's YOLT, Cold Winter. Two games that couldn't be more polar opposites.
    • ClarkDevlin
      ClarkDevlin
      It got me hyped just as it did you, right now! 'Cold Winter' is one of the greatest spy games ever made, yet it hasn't gotten enough spotlight nor attention. And the better it is when the writer of its plot is none other than Warren Ellis (of the Planetary fame), who's about to complete his run on the latest James Bond comic book miniseries.

      Cold Winter also features Tom Baker as the main villain (John Grey), which only elevates the game's value alone with his presence. And I haven't started praising the gameplay yet.
    • MajorDSmythe
      MajorDSmythe
      I have come to think that Cold Winter is kind of like what a videogame of DAD would have been like, if it had Dalton as Bond, and was even more gritty & violent. Definitely one of my favourite spy games (along with Nightfire, NOLF & Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow).
    • ClarkDevlin
      ClarkDevlin
      Indeed, Major! And you know, regarding spy games, I'll add XIII to the bunch as well. The FPS by Ubisoft based on the Belgian comic book series of the same name. I'll be adding that to my list of great spy video games that are shooters, and it has hell of a soundtrack if you're a fan of Jazz and all. Basically an American commando version of James Bond.
    • MajorDSmythe
      MajorDSmythe
      I often thought about getting hold of XIII, but I was put off by the cell shaded style. But now that my PS2 still works, and you put it in the same company as the other games mentioned, i'll see if I can get hold of a copy.
    • ClarkDevlin
      ClarkDevlin
      The shades and texture of that game is meant to be making a homage to the comic book it was being adapted from, hence it looks rather cartoony. But, the gameplay, music and the storyline are definitely great. Imagine if 'The Bourne Identity' was done in the James Bond way, you have XIII. Brilliant video game. Still play it on my PC to this day.
  • Agent7F
    I know that Diecast web.
    September 17
  • jake24
    Nice avatar choice! Bicknell was a great Bond.
    September 16
    • ClarkDevlin
      ClarkDevlin
      The best video game Bond, if you ask me.
    • MajorDSmythe
      MajorDSmythe
      2001-2004 was a good time to be a Bond fan and a gamer.
    • ClarkDevlin
      ClarkDevlin
      Very much so... I would even lead it back to the late 90s, as well.
    • jake24
      jake24
      Not so much nowadays, I dare say.
    • ClarkDevlin
      ClarkDevlin
      Sadly, that is true.
    • MajorDSmythe
      MajorDSmythe
      Clark Devlin, hhmm... I suppose. But my top 3 games were made in that period. EA might have ended their run with a whimper, but for a time, it looked like they couldn't do any wrong.
    • ClarkDevlin
      ClarkDevlin
      Considering the weakest of their efforts were out in the open, they still are great in my opinion to what ever Activision tried to achieve, which I believe destroyed the reputation of the Bond gaming license. I did like 'From Russia With Love', but compared to 'Agent Under Fire', 'Nightfire' and 'Everything or Nothing', it was sort of a lackluster.
    • MajorDSmythe
      MajorDSmythe
      You'll have no disagreements from me on that. While FRWL might not have been a high point for EA, it was still better than anything Activision did.
    • ClarkDevlin
      ClarkDevlin
      Indeed. And the thing about FRWL is that it still introduced the players to unlock better gameplay achievements (regarding gadgets, hidden levels, outfits, guns, customization, etc) whereas Activision only produced one-way-corridor interactive movies in the vein of 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare'. Bond isn't a run and gun game where the system tells you what to do. A Bond game should let you discover your way in to the paths of the level leading to the next one. But, what can we do? We probably won't get another Bond game until 2020 at the earliest. And that's being generous.

      I wish though, whoever picks up the franchise license, goes back to the spirit of the EA Games James Bond entries and update them with diverse interactions. I certainly don't want another poor man's Activision... And I sincerely don't want a QTE-based game like what Telltale does.
  • Vir aureum cum gun
    September 16
  • Vivere et mori
    September 16
  • ClarkDevlin
    Paracelsus Lapsus est optimum.
    September 16
  • Non dicent ultra.
    September 16
  • Et vibete, qui diexit me
    September 15
  • Licere interficere
    September 14
  • Visum est et interfice
    September 14
  • Oculi tui
    September 13
  • Dragonpol
    Was that an actual poster for LALD? Very nice!
    September 13
    • MayDayDiVicenzo
      MayDayDiVicenzo
      You know, I don't know myself! It was retweeted by Roger Moore's twitter account, but it doesn't say if it is official or not. I've checked in the definitive "JB 50 years of movie posters" book, and it isn't in there. Regardless, it is the best Bond movie poster I've ever seen, fan-made or otherwise!
    • ClarkDevlin
      ClarkDevlin
      It's the work of Patricijo Carbajal, gentlemen. :)
  • Lapis sint in saecula ministerium
    September 13
  • jake24
    Thundefinger nunquam moritur
    September 13
  • Altera die illa
    September 12
  • jake24
    Los Muertos Vivos Estan
    September 12