June 06, 2012 | 9:27 a.m.
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 […]
May 23, 2011 | 5:21 p.m.
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 […]