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May 23, 2011

007 spoof: ‘Battle of the Bonds’ and six more heroic fan films

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"Battle of the Bonds." (Kyle Roberts/Reckless Abandonment Pictures)

James Bond has finally met his match — himself.

"Battle of the Bonds." (Kyle Roberts/Reckless Abandonment Pictures)

Battle of the Bonds,” a six-minute video by Kyle Roberts and Oklahoma City-based film company Reckless Abandonment Pictures, features the British agent in four of his cinematic incarnations with Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. Do four versions of 007 equal 028? Decide for yourself, the short made its online debut this weekend.

The short joins a parade of clever fan-made movie parodies and tributes that rack up millions of YouTube hits.  Here’s some of our favorites:

Battle of the BondsThe filmmakers, who partnered with The Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, Okla., and Speeding Bullet Comics, used more than 5,000 photos of action figures (Bond is too cool to use the word “dolls,” though Barbie does make an appearance as Pussy Galore) to make the video. Several YouTube personalities provided the voicework.

Shaun of the Dead in 60 Seconds“: Director Edgar Wright‘s breakout movie condensed to a minute, with animation à la “Scott Pilgrim” cartoonist Brian Lee O’Malley.

Thriller… with Legos“: Just like the original 14-minute music video, only Michael Jackson and his crew of dancing undead are made of Lego pieces. Being made of plastic hinders Michael Jackson’s moves, but only slightly.

Star Wars Uncut“: This Emmy-winning project is a shot-for-shot remake of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” comprising 473 crowd-sourced segments, each 15 seconds long.  You can watch the entire movie here.

Potter Puppet Pals“: Your favorite characters from J.K. Rowling‘s wizarding world, now made of flannel and appearing on the small stage. We love puppet Severus Snape.

Die Hard Done in 60 Seconds“: Who doesn’t want to see Lego Bruce Willis drop a bomb down an elevator shaft?

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation“: Made by three kids in Mississippi,  this  shot-for-shot “Raiders” remake is the mother of all fan movies. The kids worked on the film from 1982 to 1989, playing the characters themselves and doing their own special effects. The result is an adaptation both charming and inspiring.

Did we miss your favorite fan-made video? Let us know in the comments…

– Noelene Clark


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