Have you seen Black Panther? The first two acts have so many similarities with many popular Bond tropes.Read More
As Random Chatter’s Erik Blythe often says, ‘A hero is only as interesting as their villain is powerful’. Bond has faced many villains through his 24 films; some films even having more than the main villain, they also featured henchmen which Bond had to first defeat. Many Bond villains were one-offs, but some villains and henchmen made repeat appearances. Let’s hit some of the more memorable ones: Dr. No was the film franchise’s first villain. The character of Dr. No was of Chinese decent, although was portrayed by Joseph Wiseman, who was not Asian. This was an unfortunate time...Read More
Star Wars and James Bond are two of the most famous and long-lived franchises in film history. Hollywood, or Pinewood Studios for that matter, is a small place… so where have the two franchises crossed paths through the years?Read More
Q – MI6’s Quartermaster – knows just what Bond needs for every mission. He equips 007 with gadgets, weapons, and vehicles for his missions. Through all the Bond films, there have only been four actors to play the role of Q, and Tim tell you all about them.Read More
There is one woman who has appeared in nearly every James Bond film… Miss Moneypenny. Moneypenny, who in most Bond films served as M’s confidential secretary, always maintained a professional, albeit flirtatious, relationship with 007. Typically, when Bond would arrive at M’s office in the first act for his initial mission briefing, he and Moneypenny would exchange some coquettish remarks while he perched (and sometimes casually tossed) his hat on the hat rack before his meeting with M. In some films, M would have to remind Bond, and sometimes Moneypenny, of Bond’s reason for being in the office. Much...Read More
In the first episode of About Bond, I outlined the themes the defined the eras of Bond films. That’s very big-picture, though. In this episode, let’s look at little closer at the key elements of a Bond film. First, and absolutely foremost, is Bond himself. Bond is suave and debonair. Fit and mature. It wouldn’t do for Bond to be too young, although there could be some interesting story potential for that. The Bonds we see vary between passion and indifference, often in the same day. Bond is smart and clever, without being cerebral. He certainly enjoys the finer...Read More
About Bond Episode 1: The Eras of James Bond Listeners of the Random Chatter show over the past few months know that I’m a big fan of James Bond films. There are so many facets to Bond and it’s the most prolific film series ever created. As rumors are spinning up for Bond25, I figured I’d get some of my thoughts out there on where the franchise has been and talk about some of my favorite aspects. When inspiration strikes me (and it often does to talk Bond!), I’ll continue posting some of my thoughts right here on Random...Read More
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