As the series evolves, Bond is becoming a director-driven franchise. It’s one of the few — rarely can blockbusters take a chance on someone with a vision. But the Bond team welcomes it. Normally, I’d hate hearing a director I love, someone with imagination, would come on board a big studio movie. With Bond, it seems more promising. Finally, ______ gets to play with money and toys and go crazy.
Click the link to see some of my picks. Who are yours?
My interview with the director behind this crazy cool scene.
Part 2 of my Bond action extravaganza:
Why the approach to Skyfall resulted in a brilliant one-off but leaves the future of the franchise murky.
Talking to the legendary cinematographer about everything from action photography philosophy to IMAX conversion to the pros of digital to emotional visual storytelling. AWESOME.
With 23 different entries, the Bond series offers something for everyone. Different Bond attitudes, varying scales of action, unique approaches to humor and charm — like a blockbuster Mad Libs, the 007 formula has its blueprints, but leaves plenty of room to play.
That makes picking a favorite difficult, but there’s a Bond movie that sums up everything to love about James and his particular brand of spy entertainment, it’s the under-seen, under-appreciated 1987 gem The Living Daylights. Under the eye of longtime Bond editor and director John Glen, Living Daylights marks the first of British thespian Timothy Dalton’s two entries (he followed it with 1989’s Licence to Kill). After years of courting the actor, producers finally got their wish for Dalton to take on the role — and with his addition came a darker, more sophisticated tone.
I defend Timothy Dalton as James Bond because, dammit, someone should.
From the archives: The Most Badass James Bond Moments
Here’s Daniel Craig, director Sam Mendes, Naomie Harris and others discussing how Skyfall regenerates Bond.