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Posts tagged ‘British Films’

7
Apr

Photo Play – Thunderball (1965)

by HELEN GEIB

reveling in production design

Thunderball (1965)

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3
Mar

Photo Play – From Russia with Love (1963)

by HELEN GEIB

framing the fight

From Russia with Love (1963)

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19
Dec

The Connery Years: Q’s Handiwork

by HELEN GEIB

A rather well equipped briefcase in From Russia with Love (1963)

From Russia with Love (1963)

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18
Dec

The Connery Years: Credits by Binder x2

by HELEN GEIB

Dr. No (1962)

Maurice Binder’s iconic images (Photo Play stills gallery). The inimitable “James Bond Theme”. These are the credits that launched the world’s most famous franchise. Read more »

12
Dec

Capsule Review – You Only Live Twice (1967)

by HELEN GEIB

I’m pretty sure I watched You Only Live Twice years ago, but I can’t be positive since nothing seemed familiar as I watched it for (what I think was) the second time. It isn’t terrible exactly, at least, not compared to what I remember of some later franchise entries- but then again it kind of is. There’s certainly not much good to say. The spirit and energy of the preceding movies is gone and that takes the fun out of it. Read more »

11
Dec

The Connery Years: Six Memorable Moments in the Water

by HELEN GEIB

Dr. No (1962)

A drifting speedboat was the setting for the series’ first fadeout clinch. Many subsequent entries* would reprise or quote this scene.

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5
Dec

The Connery Years: Three Sleazy Low Points

by HELEN GEIB

From Russia with Love (1963)

I can spot the guys the belly dancer. After all, we get nearly two hours of Sean Connery while they get a few minutes here and there with one of the least consequential Bond girls. However, the gypsy catfight is just too much sleaze to stomach. Note the male gaze. At least there’s no pretense. Read more »

4
Dec

The Connery Years: Three Villains to Reckon With, Two Second Bananas to Remember, and One Useful Bond Girl

by HELEN GEIB

Robert Shaw in From Russia with Love (1963)

With three “numbers”, a key operative, and a couple of standout minions, SPECTRE supplies an abundance of memorable villains in From Russia with Love. Even up against strong competition, Robert Shaw steals the evil show as a cold-blooded professional killer. Shaw had a dominating physical presence and inimitable voice, yet his killer was all the more menacing for not speaking a word until well past the movie’s mid-point- and not long before the train compartment fight to the death that remains one of the series’ top action scenes. Read more »

19
Nov

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: The World’s End (2013)

by NIR SHALEV

The World's End (2013)

The story begins 20 years back in the quaint British town of Newton Haven, where a group of five teenagers attempt to complete The Golden Mile: a pub crawl that encompasses 12 pubs. They fail to reach the last three pubs but will never forget the adventure they had that day. We fast forward to the present and follow that old group’s leader Gary King (Simon Pegg), now almost middle-aged and an alcoholic. Gary plans to meet up with the old crew and convince them to try again for The Golden Mile, this time actually completing it. Read more »

6
May

Photo Play – Cold Comfort Farm (1995)

by HELEN GEIB

This month on Photo Play: fair English flowers

Cold Comfort Farm (1995)

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