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The evolution of the pre title sequence
James Bond Directed By Alfred Hitchcock
The Independent: Can Rami Malek act? How the No Time to Die baddie became the most polarising actor in Hollywood.
CAR Magazine: The CAR Top 10: cars of No Time To Die.
The Guardian: Jeffrey Wright: ‘There’s a relentless, grotesque debasement of language in the US’.
Daily Express: Aston Martin mechanics restore classic DB5 - small project 'escalated' to full upgrade.
Screen Rant: Timothy Dalton Revealed As Most Popular James Bond In New Study.
Island Echo: ISLAND'S MERMAID GIN MAKES APPEARENCE WITH BOND IN NO TIME TO DIE.
The Sun: Train like 007 in adrenaline-packed James Bond spy experience in Scotland....
Autoblog: 007 Questions for James Bond's stunt master.
Evening Standard: Duchess of Cambridge’s gold Bond dress is to go on sale as part of Jenny Packham 007 collection.
Pure Xbox: Pick One: Which Is Your Favourite Xbox James Bond Game?.
GameSpot: Daniel Craig Only Just Now Learned About The Famous Meme Starring Him.
BBC News: No Time To Die: James Bond stunt double hails thrilling bike scene.
Yahoo News UK: Bond fans surprised by ‘unlikely’ cameo from British comedian in No Time to Die.
Autocar: Try another day: When Q branch got James Bond's cars wrong.
Daily Mail: Brawl breaks out 'over seats' at first screening of new James Bond film leaving man with injuries.
Daily Star: I'm A Celeb's Fleur East leaves fans in stitches with 'James Bond dance moves'.
What Roger Moore ACCIDENTLY SAW while filming "THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN"!
Nokiamob: Nokia Mobile created beautiful prototypes in record time for No Time To Die.
T3: You can now buy James Bond's boots from No Time to Die.
Nice interview by Ben Mankiewicz (CBS/Turner Classic Movies) with Craig concerning his career to date.
The Mirror: Queen loved James Bond movies 'before they got so loud' - and she sings George Formby.
autocar.co.uk: From W Series to Bond stunt doubles.
Dr Duncan Robinson, policy and strategy analytics academic at Loughborough University and a fellow of St Catherine’s College, Oxford, said the film provided an interesting “microcosm” of Covid transmission – “rather like the mixing that takes place in a shaken but not stirred martini”.
(Sunday Times, Sept. 26)
Many have tried, and most have failed. But as far as Sir Sean Connery was concerned, nobody does James Bond better than Daniel Craig.
The original 007 applauded Craig's subversion of the legendary character, although he didn't tend to watch the films on television and didn't expect the series to amount to more than "ephemera" when he picked up his licence to kill in 1962.
As the 59-year-old franchise returns with its 25th film, No Time To Die, Connery's regular collaborator, Murray Grigor, has recalled how his late friend rated the outgoing secret agent as the best since he had played the role.
"When Daniel Craig's Bond is offered a martini 'shaken and not stirred', he says: 'No, straight.' He deconstructs the Bond myth," Grigor said. "When [Sean] first took the role, his [first] wife Diane Cilento said he should take the mickey out of it. And that's what he did with all those one-liners about 'pressing engagements' and so on. And I think Sean liked the fact that Daniel Craig does that now, too.
"Sean was surprisingly very positive about Daniel Craig. He wouldn't say anything about the rest, but he thought Craig was very good and that he played Bond very well. He praised him quite a lot, and saw how he'd revived Bond and took him in a different direction. He has subverted things, even criticised it, and I think that's what Sean brought to it, too.
"But Sean didn't really rate the Bond films and told me he never watched them on television. He actually didn't think the films would last, that it was all ephemera. Here we are all these years later."
Speaking to The Sunday Times before the first anniversary of his friend's death last year at the age of 90, film-maker Grigor, who wrote the book Being a Scot with the late star, said Connery established a minimalist blueprint in his approach to playing the spy.
"He realised something that very few actors realise, that you can take the dialogue out of your film. Most want to put dialogue back in. But he knew that the camera can photograph thought, and he had that confirmed when he worked with Alfred Hitchcock. When you see that eyebrow go up, it's visceral."
The character has come a long way since Edinburgh-born Connery first donned the tuxedo for 1962's Dr No, the first of seven Bond films he starred in until 1983's Never Say Never Again.
...In 2012's Skyfall, Craig's character even hinted at 007's possible bisexuality. Would Connery, held up as an archetypal figure of traditional heterosexual masculinity, buy that character twist? "I would think not," Grigor said. "But Sean was streetwise enough to know he would have been attractive to men, too. Alex Baldwin said Connery was the most incredible version of a man that the cameras had ever filmed. And he did have an incredible physique. He was probably a gay icon. Nowadays, it's Daniel Craig stripping down and coming out of the water, a reversal of Ursula Andress.
"Bond has had to evolve. It has been criticised because there was some pretty rough trade with women at times; shoved around, thrown in the bath, all that sort of stuff. You can't get away with that now."
Grigor made the film Sean Connery's Edinburgh with the star in 1982, and also the documentaries Ever to Exceed and Ever to Excel about St Andrews University, which bestowed Connery with an honorary doctorate in 1988. He also tried to convince Connery to make another film, in part to address the notorious interview he gave to Barbara Walters in which he defended comments attributed to him in an earlier interview with Playboy magazine about hitting women.
"I don't think it's that bad. It depends entirely on the circumstances and if it merits it," Connery told Walters, in a 1987 clip widely circulated on YouTube and quoted in many of the eulogies penned upon his passing. Grigor said: "Micheline [Roquebrune, Connery's widow] said: 'I wish they'd asked me because he loves women.' I think he probably loved too many women. I tried to persuade him to do a film so he could deal with that Barbara Walters one when he stupidly said a woman needs a bit of knocking up from time to time. It was silly of him. That really didn't do him any good. But it was never possible."
Connery's death at home in the Bahamas was followed by reports that his ashes were to be scattered at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews.
Grigor said: "I wrote to Micheline after his death and she said his ashes would be scattered there with the possibility of a service at St Giles. But nothing has come of it, and I have heard nothing more since. She is 92 now, and I wonder if she's well. But something will happen."
And while the loss of such a towering figure has sparked talk of a permanent memorial, Grigor said the star's benefactory fund, the Scottish International Education Trust, which has helped 1,000 young people develop careers in various fields including the arts and medicine to the tune of £75,000, is a tribute more fitting than anything else. He said: "That's the kind of memorial he'd have liked more than a statue."
Hollywood Reporter:Why ‘Bond’ Mogul Barbara Broccoli Has Earned a License to Chill
“I think one of the successes of Bond is that it hasn’t been afraid to change with the times,” Broccoli says. “Sometimes it got a little stuck in the time, but the books were written in the ’50s, the films started in ’60s. I mean, the world has changed dramatically since then. We’ve just had to constantly reinvent him, and we’ve had the opportunity with each new actor to recalibrate the series.”
I love Landumc's videos, I'm just disappointed that he usually feels the need to slap a semi-lurid heading on the the title cards (this example above isn't really representative of him doing that), which is never indicative of the tone of the actual video. He completely skipped George's entry.
Fully agreed @DarthDimi.
I found this 2 1/2 hour YouTube ranking of the Bond films the other day.