James Bond 007


Thursday, June 15th, 2017

David Arnold speaks to collaborating with Chris Cornell on “You Know My Name”, the theme song for the James Bond movie Casino Royale: “We needed someone who could sing the way Daniel acted…” This has become my #3 favorite, after Carly Simon’s Marvin Hamlish number and Nancy Sinatra’s John Barry one.

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Mr Daring Fireball writes the brief but definitive James Bond-themed Apple Watch article, complete with the appropriate still from TSWLM. “The idea of a digital watch that can receive secure text messages was remarkably prescient. The idea that the messages would print out on ticker tape was remarkably silly.”

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Thank you for this. I will now proceed to dip into this list of the best books about James Bond.


Monday, October 20th, 2014

Cool infographic by Empire of all James Bond’s movie travels.

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

The best piece of James Bond movie criticism I’ve read: “My favourite Bond film: You Only Live Twice” by Phelim O’Neill, at The Guardian film blog. Muscular, yet pitch-perfect, and deft with what to throw in from the film(s) to illustrate his compelling argument.

Monday, November 5th, 2012

James Bond and the Jews in The Forward. While the article itself is unfortunately flimsy — I could have done better myself — there’s some knowledgeable discussion in the comments.

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Finally, a clear-headed review of Skyfall over at FT: “New director Sam Mendes wants to combine a Bourne-like lack of quips and frippery with Christopher Nolan-ish solemnity and gigantism.” Why eschew what you view as your own franchise’s banalities only to take others’?

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

The Business of Bond. More interesting if you adjust for inflation; Thunderball was the most profitable, then Goldfinger, then Live and Let Die. Great little logos per film as well.

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

The Bond movies tend to go downhill once you see henchmen in jumpsuits.

John Gruber

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Diamonds are Forever

Ian Fleming


Perhaps the weakest Fleming novel I’ve read. A lot of adjectives, some repetition, vivid set pieces (mud room, train) but flimsy.

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Melvynn Bragg lauds James Bond, and isn’t it fascinating how weak a writer this public semi-intellectual is compared with modern bloggers.

Thursday, May 15th, 2003

In the age of the global village James Bond is the chivalrous knight about town.




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