Bill Desowitz

June 28, 2012 | 5:14 a.m.

James Bond at 50: The sadist who loved me?

Sean Connery in Jamacia during "Dr. No" production. (MGM)
This is the golden anniversary of “Dr. No,” the film that introduced moviegoers to the most famous spy of them all: James Bond of her majesty’s secret service. To mark the anniversary, we’ll be running edited excerpts from Bill Desowitz’s just-released ”James Bond Unmasked,” which features interviews with all six Bond actors. If you missed it, here’s Part One . “There are moments of great luxury in the life of a secret agent.” That’s the opening line in Ian Fleming’s second novel, “Live and Let Die” (1954), and one of the hallmarks of the Bond franchise has been taking us vicariously to the most exotic places in the world. Jamaica was the first with its tropical eye candy, easy fishing, calypso music, plentiful beer and rum, and Caribbean cuisine. No wonder Fleming adored it (Goldeneye, his retreat, inspired the title of […]
June 06, 2012 | 9:27 a.m.

‘Bond, James Bond’ at 50: A man who needs ‘Dr. No’ introduction

bond james bond
This is the golden anniversary of “Dr. No,” the film that introduced moviegoers to the most famous spy of them all: James Bond of her majesty’s secret service. To mark the anniversary we’ll be running excerpts from Bill Desowitz’s just-released “James Bond Unmasked,” which features interviews with all six Bond actors. Desowitz will be signing copies of his book at the American Cinematheque’s “007: The Complete James Bond Retrospective,” Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood and June 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. “Bond. James Bond.” It’s the most famous introduction in movies, of course, establishing Sean Connery as Bond and his special mixture of danger and sex. Yet our first real intro to 007 is the more iconic gun barrel teaser by title designer Maurice Binder, which has become an indispensable part of […]
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