The theme songs to Bond films have become a phenomenon all their own. Some of the biggest music superstars of all time have authored Bond themes. Paul McCartney, Madonna, Duran Duran. Shirley Bassey and Tom Jones. Carly Simon. Chris Cornell. Sheryl Crow… Jack Black and Alicia Keyes.
Many of the songs have earned lives of their own in pop music, topping the charts, and/or becoming beloved classics. They’re a highly anticipated, much talked about aspect of each new movie. Who will do the song, what it will be called, how good will it be.
It’s yet another element of the series that sets it apart and above other movie franchises. NO other film franchise has the association with popular music that Bond does. There’s a litany of incredible Bond theme songs that dates back into the 1960s, and continues to this day.
Both major new releases this weekend – “Paranormal Activity 4” and “Alex Cross” – were installments in a pre-existing franchise. They weren’t just sequels to movies, they were third or fourth chapters.
And certainly, we’ve got a lot of Bond talk going on around here lately.
But “Franchise” is the new norm nowadays. From “The Hunger Games” to “The Hobbit”, studios don’t seem to want to just release one movie anymore. They’re all looking for that steady, bankable franchise that will provide them with an annual boost to the bottom line a la Harry Potter. Certainly they’re nothing new, there have been movie franchises as far back as there have been movies. It just seems that now, they’re the rule, and not the exception.
That’s ok though, many of the greatest movies of all time were part of a broader franchise, and if you fall in love with the franchise on the whole, there’s so much for you to look forward to!
Which is your favorite? Do you still stick with “Star Wars” in spite of the prequels? Do you think Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings is the one franchise to rule them all? Maybe you’re a Trekkie, or a horror buff. I know there’s a few people out there who are going to answer with James Bond!
Let’s hear it though, what’s your answer? What’s YOUR Favorite Movie Franchise?
Fifty years ago this year, in October of 1962, James Bond first appeared onscreen in “Dr. No”
We take it for granted now. 007 has become an pop culture cornerstone. A Bond movie is as close to a sure thing to be a big success as there is in the movie business. But there was a time when movie audiences had never heard of James Bond. As hard as it is to imagine, there was a time when a James Bond movie was not a surefire huge grossing film. When, in spite of shining prospects, a misstep could have cut short an entire franchise.
Thankfully, the first movie they made was the brilliant “Dr. No”. A tone setting film that established the world of James Bond in almost every way. Its success would propel the Bond series to become one of the longest running, most successful movie franchises of all time.
The Bond Month Blog-A-Thon is going strong, we have a bunch of posts for you to check out again this week and a number of bloggers who’ve let me know they plan on writing something about James Bond soon, and will contribute their posts!
Click through to check out which 00s reported for duty this week!
Hey everyone, welcome to the first Bond Month Top Ten!
One of the things that makes the Bond franchise so great is the colorful villains and their insane plots to take over the world. But just as entertaining are the henchmen. The muscle. These characters may not be the head honchos, but often they’re the ones Bond fights directly. And they’re certainly every bit as colorful as the main villains!
Without a doubt, the crazy assortment of low-level Bond baddies has given the series a distinctive flavor for decades. They’re an integral part of what makes this franchise so great!
So click through to check out my list of the top ten henchmen of the Bond franchise!
The Bond Month Blog-A-Thon is off and running, with a number of bloggers contributing both pieces they’ve written previously and recent posts, with lots of people also informing me they intend to write about James Bond later this month and contribute!
Click through to check out which 00s reported for duty this week!
Over the course of 22 films, the Bond franchise has given us innumerable memorable moments. 007 has skied off of cliffs, been shoved from a plane without a parachute, defused bombs. He’s driven a mini-copter, a tank, speedboats, and the coolest cars in the world.
He’s saved the world countless times.
Along the way, he’s left us with some of the most iconic scenes and moments in movie history. From his initial introduction scene to Honey Rider emerging from the ocean in Dr. No. The Union Jack parachute unfurling as his theme song kicks in, followed by “Nobody Does it Better” in The Spy Who Loved Me. The parkour sequence in Casino Royale. The laser beam in Goldfinger.
Bond has more than his share of fantastic moments, it’s an abundance of riches. He’s got the gadgets, and gets the girls. The villains stand no chance.
What’s YOUR favorite moment? Is there some scene from the franchise that stands out for you, particularly? A chase scene maybe, or a confrontation with a henchman? Maybe one of his encounters with the numerous femme fatales in his life? There’s so many to choose from!
What are YOUR favorite moments from the Bond franchise?
Today being October 9th, the US theatrical release of “Skyfall” is officially a month away (It opens earlier on IMAX screens).
This year marks the 50th anniversary of James Bond on the silver screen, and to celebrate, I’ll be cranking out tons of Bond related content for everyone here.
In order to throw some excitement into the mix, I’ll be giving away a copy of the Bond 50 blu-ray box set. All 22 films on blu-ray for the first time ever, and I have a copy right here, ready to send out.
Click through for details on how to enter, and more about the mission plan for the upcoming month!
We’re back with another awesome edition of The (title pending) Movie Podcast for your listening pleasure!
This week, Tank and I play “Has Tank Seen Apocalypse Now?”, discuss a lackluster week at the box office, and then dig into to our reviews of “Hit and Run”, “The Apparition”, and “Premium Rush”!
For our featured discussion, we break down our favorite movie vehicles of all time. It turned out to be a really fun discussion that covered a lot of great movies, and of course, a lot of sweet rides!
We wrap it all up by checking out what’s “On the Radar”, and when all is said and done, you have another fantastic episode full of movie podcast goodness!
You can download it directly here, or as always, search for us on Stitcher Radio or iTunes by using the keywords (title pending) or Tank and Fogs! Please be sure to give us a rating or a review if you have the time, those REALLY help us out!!
In 1958, Ian Fleming began trying to bring his famous spy to the big screen. He was introduced to a writer named Kevin McClory, and together (eventually joined by screenwriter Jack Wittingham), they began work on a screenplay they would eventually title, “Thunderball.” Due to the failure of McClory’s first feature film, however, Fleming lost interest in the collaboration. Instead of pursuing the screenplay further, he cannibalized the major elements (including SPECTRE and Blofeld) and turned them into a new novel of the same name.
The story would eventually make it to the big screen once Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman began adapting the books.
But behind the scenes, Kevin McClory was fighting in the courts for his rights to the original Thunderball screenplay. It was a legal fight that would lead to the death of Blofeld, the end of SPECTRE, and eventually, “Never Say Never Again”.