Ian Fleming

Nov. 10, 2012 | 9:00 a.m.

James Bond: Four writers carry forward Ian Fleming’s spy legacy

Daniel Craig as James Bond in "Skyfall." (Sony)
“You Only Live Twice” isn’t just the name of one of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels (and the movie it spawned). It’s also turned out to be a fitting description of Fleming’s legacy. Not only does Fleming’s most famous creation live on nearly 50 years after his death — the latest Bond flick, “Skyfall,” hit theaters Friday — but Fleming’s unique brand of international intrigue continues to influence today’s thriller writers. While the Fleming estate recently announced that William Boyd would write the next official Bond novel (due next fall), a slew of other authors have been keeping the 007 spirit alive with their own series. They don’t all write about spies or diabolical plots to take over the world, but they do acknowledge their debt to Fleming and his sexy, high-stakes take on the thriller. Hero Complex has compiled […]
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 […]
May 23, 2011 | 5:21 p.m.

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

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James Bond has finally met his match — himself. “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 Bonds“: The 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 […]
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