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If you know me in real life, you know I have a long history with the James Bond franchise. I used to work for MGM Studios, managing the 007 film library for sales on global TV stations. There’s a reason the film franchise has been around for so long with no signs of slowing down: the films are awesome. They take you to exotic locations, they are smartly written, the action sequences are nail biters and James Bond is one of the smoothest ladies men on the planet. It’s nerve wracking when a new film for such a beloved franchise is released because after devoting so much of your life into something you love, you hope you will not be disappointed when the new comes out (see the Star Wars franchise). While the latest James Bond Daniel Craig is certainly handsome, rugged and in great shape, I am old school and don’t really want to see a blond haired, blue eyed Bond. With that being said, Daniel Craig does the character justice and kicks some serious butt and though may not be my first choice to play the role, it doesn’t bother me to watch him in it.
“Skyfall” reinvigorates the franchise and I think it’s the best of the 3 Daniel Craig 007 films. As is the case in all Bond films, there are some nail biting action sequences, some beautiful Bond girls, exotic locations and one of the highlights of the film – a really evil villain (portrayed by Javier Bardem). Without giving away any spoilers, they’ve found a great way to reintroduce 3 central Bond characters – Moneypenny, M and Q. I also appreciate that in the CGI age, the film does not go over the top with unrealistic looking action sequences and in fact, they reference the pleasure in simplicity. 007 is faced with a dilemma several times in the movie about protecting the country that has sold him down the river. It would be cool to see 007 switch sides (even for a little bit) in a future movie, but for now we will have to settle for a totally watchable and exciting old school 007 film set in the modern age. Go see it!
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My favorite 007, Sir Roger Moore was in New York last night (November 8, 2012) to discuss his new coffee table book “Bond on Bond” at the Players Club. Looking elegant as ever, Sir Roger told us how he got cast as James Bond – unbeknownst to him at the time, 007 producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli was one of his gambling buddies. He had kind words to speak about his 007 co-stars, Bond Girls and did a spot on Sean Connery accent. He mentioned that it was an honor to be name checked in the Amy Winehouse song “You Know I’m No Good” and he also mentioned that he wants to play a Bond villain (please Danjaq, make that happen!) because he said “they get to deliver all the good lines and they don’t have to show up on the set every day.” Sir Roger also said that his favorite 007 film is “Diamonds Are Forever” which is interesting in that he is not in it.
I had the chance to tell Sir Roger about a former job of mine where I worked at MGM Studios managing the James Bond film library for global television sales and he both thought that was fascinating and also thanked me for my hard work. My pleasure Sir Roger, and it was really awesome to meet you again!
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He’s like the wind!
Autograph and photo courtesy of the G Archives.
I grew up watching Roger Moore on the big screen as secret agent 007, James Bond. It may not be the popular opinion (but is anything I ever do in the popular opinion – NO! and good for me!), but Roger Moore is my favorite James Bond! Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the films. Because my life is crazy and amazing, I once worked for MGM Studios managing the James Bond film franchise in regards to worldwide television sales. It’s long and complicated to explain it further, but let’s just say that if you watched a James Bond film on television in the 2000s, there’s a good chance I had a little something to do with it! In those days, the James Bond film library was the most successful film franchise in cinema history and that title now belongs to another beloved series to me – Harry Potter. Meeting Roger Moore was certainly a thrill for me and when he signed this autograph for me, it was not shaken or stirred. Happy birthday secret agent man!
Also born today: writer e.e. cummings, actor Harry Anderson, singer Cliff Richard, actress Lillian Gish, and Pennsylvania founder William Penn (who is over 365 years old!)