As he rides off in his spiffy Aston Martin DB5, there’s a tacit suggestion that maybe we don’t need James Bond anymore. But I have an idea for the next 007 film, which might sound borrowed from Blofeld’s blueprints: they should kill off James Bond. …Read More
Ian Fleming’s fictional British Secret Service agent James Bond is known for his love of women, his drink of choice — the martini, “shaken, not stirred” — and the many exotic gadgets he’s used throughout the film franchise (and Fleming’s novels) to escape the enemy.
It’s a very big weekend at the movies, but on two different tracks: one of the surest bets of the fall will certainly dominate the box office, while two of the year’s best films open quietly in limited release, knocking out audiences and critics (this one, certainly) alike.
Spectre isn’t the best of these films, but it may well be the most thought-provoking, because there’s always something fascinating about art at war with itself. …Read More
The brand of James Bond theme songs is self-seriousness — but while they’re often so over the top in this vein as to be hilariously campy, Sam Smith has reinvented the Bond theme as a completely earnest love song for the upcoming Spectre.
Though Sam Smith’s just-released Spectre theme song begins with dramatic, retro strings reminiscent of other Bond themes, it very quickly shifts gears — the track is tonally different than most Bond themes you’ve heard, and is staunchly Sam Smith-y.