Bond evolution – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (#6)

Yes, it's a New Bond! Australian model George Lazenby takes over from Sean Connery in his one and only outing as Bond. At the end of his first big scene, he turns to the camera and says, "This never happened to the other fella." (*spoiler alert*) The one big thing in this film that never… Continue reading Bond evolution – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (#6)

Bond evolution – You only live twice (#5)

Spacecraft are disappearing - could this be a plot by the Americans? Or the Russians? But spacecraft from both sides are disappearing. Who has the resources to open a 3rd place in the Space Race? Hmmm... The opening credits show Japanese women in geisha-type hairstyles over a background of volcanoes. Is this film taking place… Continue reading Bond evolution – You only live twice (#5)

Bond evolution – Casino Royale 1967 (4.A)

I think the phrase "hot mess" was perhaps coined to describe this movie. Several directors working separately, several separate scriptwriters, yet the film has no coherent plot, no proper resolution. I can only think that as this film was made in the 1960s, perhaps everyone involved was on drugs. Casino Royale was the first James… Continue reading Bond evolution – Casino Royale 1967 (4.A)

Bond Evolution – Thunderball #4

A jetpack? The opening credits feature naked women swimming which hints at this film's watery nature. The theme song is sung by Tom Jones, surprisingly understated in the vocals compared to Shirley Bassey belting out Goldfinger in the last movie. But there are the minor cadences and the brassy notes that we are coming to… Continue reading Bond Evolution – Thunderball #4

Bond evolution – Goldfinger (#3)

Compared to the gyrating belly dancer, these opening credits feature a static golden girl, a preface to what is coming. And of course you have Shirley Bassey belting out that great theme song "GOOOOLD fing-gaaah... he's the man, the man with the Midas touchhhh..." Even if you've never seen the film, even if you've never… Continue reading Bond evolution – Goldfinger (#3)

Bond evolution – From Russia with love (#2)

Just one year after Dr. No, Bond is back, and we can see the standard elements of a Bond film are evolving. I have a bit of an affection for this film, I'm not sure why. Perhaps it's because it's predominantly set in Istanbul, as city I love, or maybe it's because I like to… Continue reading Bond evolution – From Russia with love (#2)