This is the big one, 007.

Happy Tuesday Yule Log Seasonings, everyone!

M and I finished Thunderball last night while eating pizza. Enjoyable, to say the least. Then he had to leave…again. Sucky.

To cheer myself up, I found a website with classic UK film trailers. A lot of the movies aren’t from the UK, so I wonder what the point is…? No matter.

Anyway, having MOST of the movies made in the UK means there is a special section devoted strictly to Agent 007, James Bond of her Majesty’s Secret Service. FUN!

Here are the Bond films that we’ve watched thus far, gentle reader:

Dr. No (1962)

From Russia With Love (1963)

Goldfinger (1964)

Thunderball (1965)

…and our next film,

You Only Live Twice (1967)

You may note in the poster that it says, “This man IS James Bond!” This was a direct response to the spoof film, “Casino Royale,” which was made the same year to compete with the ‘real’ Bond film. Although undeniably a jumble of writers, directorial styles and various levels of horrifically campy over-acting, “Casino Royale” is an important film in Bond’s history, as it was the only book that Fleming didn’t sell to producers Saltzman and Broccoli and more recently, it has been sold BACK to the production team and is being made as the next Bond film. Interesting, huh?

Check out the cast list. Pretty impressive.

Another reason this movie is important: more than any REAL Bond film, “Casino Royale” is the film most directly responsible for the look, tone and music of Austin Powers.

Burt Baccarat’s (arguably) most famous piece, “The Look of Love” was also written for “Casino Royale.”

I’m bored. Go away now.



~ by seangstm on November 15, 2005.

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