Bond 25 — Everything We Know About No Time to Die

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“Bond 25”
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Bond 25 Plot Summary

Now retired from active service, James Bond is now living in Jamaica with Madeline Swann – his love interest from SPECTRE.

007’s peace is short-lived, however, when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help.

The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

What We Know

  • Release Date: April 8, 2020
  • James Bond: Daniel Craig
  • Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
  • Villain: Rami Malek
  • Bond Girl: Madeline Swann
  • Allies: M, Q, Moneypenny, Felix Leiter
  • Writers: Danny Boyle, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, John Hodge, Scott Z. Burns, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade

Confirmed Bond 25 Cast


Bond 25 Press Conference

On April 25, 2019, production officially started in Jamaica. To celebrate (and to give us a bit of a tease), the producers set up this live reveal – introducing the cast and some basic details about the plot. Here’s the official video.

 


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Filming Diamonds Are Forever in Las Vegas

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Diamonds Are Forever

Released in 1971, Diamonds Are Forever is the last “official” Bond film to star Sean Connery. It’s also noteworthy, as it’s the final chapter in the Blofeld Trilogy … and the only 007 film to take place in Las Vegas.

While opinions vary, the general consensus in the Bond community is that Diamonds Are Forever is an average entry into the James Bond franchise. Blofeld all of a sudden has hair and may or may not be a double. Tiffany Case is completely forgettable, while Plenty O’Toole does little except provide one of the most memorable lines of the series.

Plenty O’Toole: “Hi, I’m Plenty.

James Bond: “But of course you are.

Plenty O’Toole: “Plenty O’Toole.

James Bond: “Named after your father perhaps? 

Like it or leave it, you can’t deny that Bond seems to fit right in amongst the casinos and sin in Sin City. While many of the interior scenes were filmed in a studio, all of the exterior shots were done on-location in Las Vegas. Here are a few fan favorites.

 

Circus Circus

Circus Circus was opened on October 18, 1968 by Jay Sarno and Stanley Mallin, becoming the flagship casino for Circus Circus Enterprises. Architects Rissman and Rissman Associates designed a giant circus tent shaped main structure, which was built by R.C. Johnson Construction of Las Vegas.

In Diamonds Are Forever, the casino provided an amazing backdrop full of eye candy, intrigue, and gambling. In 1971, all of the games were in a casino. However, today, a secret agent might look for Online Casino bonuses at Americancasinoguide … but probably not.

One fun attraction at the casino was the balloon water race game, where Tiffany won a stuffed bear filled with diamonds. Another is Zambora – an illusion act that Tiffany used to escape her CIA shadow. 

Circus Circus today – courtesy of MGM

The Whyte House

By far the least incredible of Blofeld’s hideouts (hello, hollowed-out volcano and research lab atop the Swiss Alps), 007’s nemesis uses the fictitious Whyte House as his lair in Diamonds Are Forever.

According to James Bond Wiki:

The Whyte House is a fictional hotel owned by billionaire Willard Whyte. Whyte is said to have taken refuge in one of the hotel’s penthouse for months. The building hosts a large casino, with notable facilities including a coffee shop, Lincoln lounge, Washington room, Jefferson room, gold room, colonial room, a large outside swimming pool and two bars – the Oval bar and Grants. At the pinnacle of the building is Willard Whyte’s private penthouse.

For the exterior shots of the Whyte House, the International Hotel was used. The tall building behind the original Hilton was edited in by the filmmakers, to make the entire complex look bigger and did not exist.


Diamonds Are Forever: Movie Summary

When Bond investigates mysterious activities in the world diamond market, he discovers that the evil Ernst Stavro Blofeld is stockpiling the precious gems to use in his deadly laser satellite capable of destroying massive targets on land, sea and air. Bond, with the help of beautiful smuggler Tiffany Case sets out to stop the madman, but first he must grapple with a host of enemies.

He confronts offbeat assassins Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, as well as Bambi and Thumper — two scantily clad beauties who are more than a match for Bond in hand-to-hand combat. Finally, there’s the reclusive billionaire Willard Whyte, who just may hold a vital clue to Blofeld’s whereabouts.


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James Bond Movie Title Sequences

Every James Bond movie features a beautiful title sequence that relates to the film, shows the credits, and has the theme song playing alongside it.

Some of these scenes are iconic (especially Goldfinger and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) – and most were ahead of their time when it came to design and implementation.

That said, some of them are downright terrible (I’m looking at you, The World is Not Enough).

The one thing you can’t deny is that they are a staple of the Bond series and that everyone has an opinion. After you watch some of the videos on this page, be sure to share yours in the comments.

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Ian Fleming's From Russia With Love Book Review

From Russia With Love » a 007 Book Review

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Ian Fleming’s From Russia With Love • a book review


“Every major foreign government organization has a file on British secret agent James Bond. Now, Russia’s lethal SMERSH organization has targeted him for elimination. SMERSH has the perfect bait in the irresistible Tatiana Romanova, who lures 007 to Istanbul promising the top-secret Spektor cipher machine. But when Bond walks willingly into the trap, a game of cross and double-cross ensues, with Bond both the stakes and the prize.”

-From the 2002 Penguin Edition


UnivEx Review:


Fleming’s original From Russia With Love is almost exactly the same as the Connery movie. Bond travels to Russia to obtain a SPECTOR decoding device and is unwittingly used in a part of a SMERSH plan to embarrass the British Secret Service. Unlike the movie, there is no SPECTRE in this novel, but it doesn’t need there to be.

From Russia With Love is stunning. Fleming writes in unusually excellent prose for a thriller writer, combining the threads of the complex plot to excellent and often harrowing effect. The characterization is the best feature of this tour de force. Every character is fully and artistically developed – Red Grant, the psychotic killer, 

is the ultimate Bond enemy and he still packs a punch fifty years on. Rosa Klebb is written vividly, in all her detestable glory. Romanovna is not the average Bond girl – she is well introduced, as well as being a most luscious Bond girl, and plenty of background to her life is given, something often lacking in Fleming’s other efforts.

Bond himself is also developed marvelously, and quite aside from the cardboard cutout characters we often get in a Bond book, none of these characters are lacking in depth and dimension. If the plot is good – SMERSH plotting to kill MI6’s best agent and also to create a worldwide sex scandal with far-reaching implications for the credibility of British intelligence into the bargain – then the execution is better. Every page is a masterpiece in itself, and the whole plot molds perfectly and seamlessly, from London, Istanbul, the Orient Express and France, with perfection.

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From Russia With Love:
at-a-glance

Author:
Ian Fleming

First Published:
April 8, 1957

Villain:
Rosa Klebb; Red Grant

Organization:
SMERSH

Bond Girl:
Tatiana Romanova

Allies:
Darko Kerim; Vavra; Rene Mathis

Alternate Title:
You Asked For It

 

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SPECTRE 007 Movie Review and Dossier

SPECTRE. a movie review

SPECTRE 007 Movie Review and Dossier

SPECTRE
a 007 movie review

For Bond fans, it’s always difficult to separate our excitement for the latest movie from the quality of the film itself. In the case of SPECTRE, the title alone succeeds in creating an instant state of nostalgia. Iconic villains are assumed, secret lairs are expected and everyone wonders if they will see a certain fluffy white kitty. But, is the movie any good?

On first viewing, SPECTRE succeeds as a classic Bondian thriller. It’s chock-full of exciting action, beautiful women, exotic locations, tongue-in-cheek humor, references to previous movies and a memorable villain.

SPECTRE is also an uneven movie with many flaws. The villain’s character is tragically underused, and his personal connection to 007 ruins his credibility. Bond’s romantic relationships feel forced, extraneous subplots run wild and the film’s action sequences rarely succeed in building tension.

Still, for those who grew up with 007, SPECTRE is sure to evoke a sense of childhood wonder and glee … even if it doesn’t feel like one of Bond’s best missions.

 

005 stars
out of a possible 007

 


 

… SPOILERS BELOW …

SPECTRE.   the 24th James Bond Movie

 

SPECTRE Teaser PosterSPECTRE marks the first Craig-era adventure to utilize the classic Bond movie formula. While many critics have lambasted this as a step backwards, it’s exactly what Bond fans have been hoping for.

After an action-packed pre-title sequence and an average theme song, Bond meets with the classic MI6 staff — M, Moneypenny and Q — before setting off for his next exotic destination.

From Mexico to London, Rome, Austria and Morocco, Bond is constantly on the move. At every stop, he’s punching, driving, flying, running, snooping, shooting, kissing and fornicating his way into the next clue.

007 seduces valuable information out of a beautiful woman, declares himself Bond, James Bond, follows a new lead and finds his main love interest of the film … who first claims immunity to his charms, before inevitably falling for him later.

He promptly orders a martini “shaken not stirred,” blows a bunch of stuff up, hops on board a train, kills a physically-superior henchman, discovers the villain’s plot, finds himself facing death, gets away, stops the villain, saves the girl and heads off into the sunset.

What more could you want from a Bond film? A cohesive plot, perhaps.

 

In the 1960s, it was easy to be SPECTRE

The Original SPECTRE LogoThe Cuban Missile Crisis was causing fear across the Western world; all Blofeld had to do was hijack some nuclear weapons and hold them for ransom. His scheme was simple … and universally terrifying.

Today, the West is more worried about unconstitutional governmental surveillance than global annihilation. Always one to evolve with the times, SPECTRE’s latest scheme is to secretly partner with nine world governments and take over their new massive global surveillance network. The end goal is to, presumably, do bad things with the data? Become Big Brother? It’s not entirely clear, but the fate of the free world seems to be at stake.

Despite clocking in as the longest Bond movie yet, SPECTRE never leaves the audience checking their watch. Christoph Waltz does a fantastic job portraying Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Although physical strength is not his forte, the head of SPECTRE comes across as creepy, menacing, evil, sadistic, cruel, calculating and brilliant. When he taunts Bond in the control room of his secret lair, it really feels as if 007 has met his match.

 

Christoph Waltz SPECTRE character posterBond v. Blofeld

With so much going right, one is left to wonder why the movie rushes through the showdown in Morocco? The entire third act of the film should have taken place inside the SPECTRE compound. After all, this is the matchup fans have been waiting four decades for: Bond vs Blofeld.

However, instead of building tension and developing their relationship, the movie quickly introduces convoluted new plot points, puts Bond in a laughably escapable situation and quickly moves the finale to London … presumably to give the MI6 staff more screen time.

Also confusing is why Blofeld had to be a face from Bond’s past. SPECTRE’s role in Bond’s recent heartbreaks is more than enough reason for 007 to hate Blofeld. Conversely, all the trouble Bond caused over the past decade is sufficient motivation for Blofeld to be vindictive towards 007.

Yet, instead of that plausible relationship, we are expected to believe that the world’s mightiest criminal organization has spent the past ten years trying to piss off James Bond just because their leader has daddy issues. It just doesn’t make sense, and cheapens the stories of Casino RoyaleQuantum of Solace and Skyfall.

Still, despite these shortcomings, SPECTRE is a great Bond movie. It succeeds on more levels than it fails, and hopefully sets the stage for another showdown with Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

 

 


WHAT WORKED

 

The Mexican Pre-Title Sequence

Filming in Mexico CityAfter opening the film with a classic gunbarrel sequence, the first four minutes glide by in one continuous take: without a single apparent cut in the filming.

This unique and beautiful style of directorial mastery has never been attempted in a Bond film, and its perfect execution adds a sense of intrigue to the scene and makes the audience feel like they are right there with 007. However, it’s worth noting that the effect was achieved by combining several meticulously choreographed long takes, edited together with shrewdly placed wipes and a small amount of CGI. 1

The rest of the pre-title sequence was equally as beautiful; as the producers recreated an entire Day of the Dead festival in Mexico City … complete with a thrilling helicopter battle above the main square. Truly one of the best of the series.

 

Theme Song and Titles

While Sam Smith’s oft-lambasted theme song lacks the punch of most other themes, the shortened version used in the movie works well alongside the beautiful visuals.

Daniel Kleinman did an outstanding job designing his seventh Bond title sequence. The dancing girls feature more prominently than they did in Skyfall, and Daniel Craig got a chance to show off his abs. Featuring scenes from the other Craig-era films was another great touch. And yes, even the strange oily octopus was cool.

 

Meeting SPECTRE

the SPECTRE boardroomThe SPECTRE board meeting provides one of the most tense, fun and retro scenes in the movie. For the first time since 1965’s Thunderball, we see all agents of this shadowy organization in one place at one time. All that was missing was a sliding door hidden in a Parisian NGO.

 

The Pale King

Another highlight of SPECTRE was Bond’s “chess match” with Mr. White. Sure, the metaphor was obvious and a bit of a cliché, but seeing Mr. White slide the octopus ring across the chess board next to the rook, followed by Bond passing his Walther PPK across the board… it’s enough to give you chills.

 

Franz Oberhauser   Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Ernst Stavro BlofeldBy naming Bond 24 SPECTRE, the movie instantly teased one of the series’ most beloved and iconic villainous organizations — one that could seemingly be led by only one man. That alone was enough to induce a Pavlovian response from the Bond faithful.

Although Christoph Waltz publicly claimed that his character was not Blofeld, most Bond fans expected that to change at some point during SPECTRE. And change it did.

When Bond saw the white Persian cat and heard Oberhauser introduce himself as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, a wave of glee came over me. For an extended moment, I was as giddy as a little kid, thrusting my hands into the air and squeeing audibly in the theater.

The squees returned later in the film, when Blofeld reappears with his trademark scar and utters a variation of his classic line from You Only Live Twice. Waltz may have said, “Goodbye, James Bond,” but all I heard was Donald Pleasence’s voice shouting, “Goodbye, Meeester Bond.”

 

The MI6 Staff

Miss Moneypenny Character Poster - SPECTREOne of SPECTRE’s highlights is the extended use of the MI6 support staff: M, Q and Moneypenny. While M is busy trying to keep MI6 afloat, Q and Moneypenny are neck-deep in covertly helping 007 on his mission … at the potential expense of their own careers.

Although Ralph Fiennes spends too much of SPECTRE in angry/stressed mode, it’s great to see Judi Dench in a short cameo, leading Bond on his latest mission from beyond the grave. One can only hope that future movies develop the relationship with this new M in the same way.

The scene in Q-Lab is an instant classic, as Ben Whishaw channels his inner Desmond Llewelyn while making the role his own. The relationship between Q and Bond is playful, familiar, mutually respectful and yet slightly irritated: especially when Q finds 007 in Austria. It’s the best use of the character since Llewelyn joined Timothy Dalton in the field in 1989’s License to Kill.

Meanwhile, SPECTRE marks the first time we see a bit of Moneypenny’s personal life. Not only does she have a “friend” staying overnight, but she also has a fully-stocked fridge.

 

The Humor is Back

A side effect of the Craig-era Bond films’ grittiness was a lack of humor. In SPECTRE, the laughs return. A few highlights include:

  • Bond landing on a couch during the pre-title sequence
  • Bond’s reaction to receiving a green health drink instead of his vodka martini
  • The gadgets failing in his Aston Martin
  • Bond’s face when Q denies him a new car

 

A few others things to love about SPECTRE

  • The love scene with Monica Bellucci is a classic example of, “I’ll seduce the bad guy’s girlfriend to get a critical clue.” Except, for once, the woman lives.
  • Bond and his luggageBlofeld’s lair seemed like a mix between Dr. No’s hideout and Blofeld’s hollowed out volcano in You Only Live Twice.
  • The train scene was very reminiscent of the Orient Express in From Russia With Love.
  • Except for Omega and Heineken, most of the product placement was subtle. But boy, they sure did show Bond’s watch a lot.
  • For the first time, we actually see Bond carry luggage. And no, his briefcases and gadgets don’t count. It’s great to know that he has to pack for a mission, just like the rest of us. (see photo to the right)
  • The MI6 safe house is called “Hildebrand Rarity & Treasures,” which is a reference to a short story called the Hildebrand Rarity in Ian Fleming’s For Your Eyes Only.

 


WHAT DIDN’T WORK

For all that SPECTRE did right, there were quite a few things that didn’t quite work.

 

Madeline Swann

Madeline SwannWhen George Lazenby drove off with Tracy Bond at the end of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, their love was obvious, pure and beautiful. When Daniel Craig mourned the death of Vesper Lynd across two movies, we felt Bond’s sorrow and mourned alongside him. However, when Madeline Swann confesses her love for 007, it seems unrealistic and forced.

One can assume that their relationship developed off-screen, as they had plenty of travel time to get to know each other and develop a sense of intimacy. But the audience isn’t along for the ride. We simply see a brief game of cold, then hot, then drunk, then cold, then love. Bond’s interest in Swann doesn’t appear to be much more than a casual fling … yet there he is, driving off to start a new life with her in his DB5.

 

Sam Mendes

Sam Mendes directs SPECTRESkyfall was the most beautifully directed movie in the Bond series, especially the Macau casino floating candle scene and the blue silhouette fight atop a Shanghai skyscraper.

In SPECTRE, Sam Mendes seems to be lacking that flare. Other than the magnificent pre-title sequence and his brilliant use of empty space in Morocco, the film seemed a bit flat. Perhaps this is because Roger Deakins, his cinematographer for Skyfall, was absent from SPECTRE.

 

A Few Niggles

  • How was Silva a part of SPECTRE? He seemed like a throw in, just to tie all the Craig-era Bond films together. In reality, Skyfall was a stand alone piece … just like Goldfinger.
  • The car chase was amazing, but what was the purpose? Bautista never tried to overtake or smash Bond. He just chased him.
  • My opening night SPECTRE ticketsHow did the bad guys on the gondola in Austria know who Q was, and why were they chasing him?
  • Speaking of Austria, where did Bond find the plane he stole?
  • When the bad guys kidnapped Bond during the finale, was their plan simply to leave him in that lobby? If so, they were basically killed for successfully completing their mission.
  • So Blofeld is Bond’s foster brother? Sounds suspiciously like the plot to Austin Powers: Goldmember. While it doesn’t bother me, the connection does make the movie a bit of a joke in some circles.
  • How did the SPECTRE ring have the DNA of so many people on it? What are the odds that LeChiffre, Dominic Green, Silva and Blofeld all touched some mid-level SPECTRE agent’s ring?
  • SPECTRE IMAX movie posterMax Dengbhi, aka ‘C’, has too much screen time for someone who shares a mere minute with 007. Sure, Andrew Scott gives a devilishly delightful performance in the roll, but it seems that the character mostly exists to give M someone to battle, thereby taking the focus off Bond.
  • SPECTRE’s meaning is never revealed. Yes, previous adventures tell us it stands for SPecial Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. But, they never say anything about that in the movie.
  • Hinx is underused. Though, for a character with no dialogue except one final expletive, they do a decent job of developing his character.
  • SPECTRE is in such a rush to get to the next destination, that no one place is ever explored in any detail. This feels like a missed opportunity
  • For most of the movie, Bond doesn’t even realize what he’s involved in. He’s just stumbling along and happens to find a guy in the middle of doing a bad thing.


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A 007 Urban Legend

During the finale of License to Kill, Bond and Sanchez battle it out in tanker trucks over a stretch of highway known as the Rumarosa Pass in Mexicali. While filming a scene where a tanker exploded, a special effects crew member was taking photos from behind the scenes.

When he looked at his photos later, he saw what could only be described as a flaming hand reaching down from inside the explosion. Even eerier, director John Glen went through every single inch of footage filmed that day, frame by frame, and couldn’t find the hand anywhere else.

Dangerous Curves Ahead

Now, it can be said that this was just a trick of light from the angle the photograph was taken. However, the exact spot where it happened has a long and checkered history; years earlier a minibus full of nuns fell over the cliff and burst into flames. Since then the road had been closed due to its “dangerous curves.”

In addition to the flaming hand, the crew of Licence to Kill had all sorts of other mishaps over the course of filming.

While filming a scene where Sanchez shoots off a Stinger missile, the prop stinger went haywire and hit a utility worker on a telephone pole more than two miles away.

Other examples include the truck that mysteriously burst into flames in the middle of the night for no reason, the truck that started its engine and drove a few feet with no one behind the wheel.

Then, there were the apparitions that the security guards reported seeing that disappeared when challenged.

Were these all just random and freak occurrences or was there actually a higher power at work during the filming of Licence to Kill? Director John Glen thinks there might be, as evidenced by a quote from his book, For My Eyes Only.

There was definitely a strange atmosphere on that stretch of road. The special effects boys where convinced there was something spooky about the place. If there was any doubt left in my mind, it was dispelled by a bizarre photograph …

While we will never know for certain, it sure is fun to speculate.

 

Can you spot the hand?

Below is a gallery of screenshots from the License to Kill tanker explosion scene. Can you spot the hand? (spoiler alert – you can’t)

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Universal Exports Film References

Every Universal Exports Reference in the James Bond Series

Universal Exports, Ltd.


First used in Fleming’s novels, Universal Exports operates as the cover for MI6. M is referred to as the “managing director” and Bond is a field agent. Although Fleming changed Universal Exports to “Transworld Consortium” in his novel The Man With The Golden Gun, this change was never reflected on in the films.

Over the years, MI6 has become much more open regarding its existence; however, the cover still proves quite useful in Bond’s fieldwork.


Universal Exports has appeared in these James Bond movies:

Dr. No

There are two signs that read Universal Exports: one in front of the building and one in front of Moneypenny’s office. Later, in Jamaica, Bond mentions UnivEx when he is speaking with the governor.

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From Russia With Love

When Bond is paged, he calls the office and says, “Come in UNIVEX, James Bond here, over.”

. . .

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

The movie opens with a shot of a sign that says Universal Exports (London) ltd.


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For Your Eyes Only

The helicopter that Bond is picked up in during the pre-title sequence says Universal Exports on the side.


Octopussy

  1. Upon meeting Moneypenny’s assistant, Penelope Smallbone, he says, “Welcome to Universal Exports.”
  2. Later, when he meets Vijay he introduces himself as being from Universal Exports.
  3. Later still, when Bond looks at the LCD camera in Q Branch, the screen on the TV says Universal Exports.

. . .

The Living Daylights

Right before the Q Branch scene, there is a shot of a building with a Universal Exports sign on it. Later, when Bond calls Station V (Vienna), they answer the phone as Universal Exports.

. . .

Licence To Kill

Bond tells Milton Krest that he is from Universal Exports and is looking to buy a Great White Shark.

. . .

The World Is Not Enough

When Bond meets Davidov he introduces himself as being from Universal Exports and proceeds to show him an identification card. Later, Bond uses that same ID card for the photo when he needs to forge a different ID.

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Die Another Day

When Bond goes to meet Raoul, his old contact in Cuba, he tells the receptionist that he is from Universal Exports and to check with his boss about the Delectados cigars (the cigars are a thirty-year-old code they use to identify themselves as allies).

. . .

Quantum of Solace

While investigating Dominic Green in Port au Prince, he comes across a security guard and hands him a Universal Exports business card.

Amazingly, the URL on that business card was www.universalexports.net. That’s right, THIS WEBSITE! So cool.

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A Collage-Based Exploration of 007’s Cinematic History

Every James Bond movie has a dossier on UniversalExports.net. And, each of those massive sections has a hand-designed header.

I personally love scrolling through them, as they both represent 6 decades of James Bond and two decades of my own design style.

Hope you enjoy.


James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - Dr. No

 

Dr. No Movie Header - James Bond Fan Art by Greg Goodman

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - From Russia With Love

 

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - Goldfinger

 

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - Thunderball

 

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - Thunderball

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - You Only Live Twice

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - You Only Live Twice

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - You Only Live Twice

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - On Her Majesty's Secret Service

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - On Her Majesty's Secret Service

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - Diamonds Are Forever

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - Live and Let Die

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - The Man With the Golden Gun

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - The Spy Who Loved Me

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - Moonraker

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - For Your eyes Only

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - Octopussy

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - A View to A Kill

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - The Living Daylights

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - Licence to Kill

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - License to Kill

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - GoldenEye

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - Tomorrow Never Dies

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - Tomorrow Never Dies

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - The World is Not Enough

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - Die Another Day

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - Casino Royale

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art -Casino Royale

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - Quantum of Solace

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - Skyfall

 

James Bond Movie Header Fan Art - SPECTRE

 

No Time to Die - Bond 25 Movie Header


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The Bond Girls

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Honey Ryder

Played by:
Ursula Andress in Dr. No

First sex:
As Bond let go of Leiter’s tow rope

More sex?:
No

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Miss Taro

Played by:
Zena Marshall in Dr. No

First sex:
In her house, trying to keep Bond busy

More sex?:
No

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Sylvia Trench

Played by:
Eunice Gayson in Dr. No and From Russia With Love

First sex:
Before Bond left for Jamaica in Dr. No

More sex?:
Yes, in a canoe in From Russia With Love

Tatiana Romanova

Played by:
Daniela Bianchi in From Russia With Love

First sex:
In Bond’s hotel room in Istanbul

More sex?:
Yes, two more times

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Tilly Masterson

Played by:
Tania Mallett in Goldfinger

First sex:
None.

More sex?:
No

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Jill Masterson

Played by:
Shirley Eaton in Goldfinger

First sex:
In Bond’s hotel room in Miami

More sex?:
No

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Pussy Galore

Played by:
Honor Blackman in Goldfinger

First sex:
In Goldfinger’s barn

More sex?:
Yes, one more time

Domino Derval

Played by:
Claudine Auger in Thunderball

First sex:
In the ocean of Nassau

More sex?:
No

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Fiona Volpe

Played by:
Luciana Paluzzi in Thunderball

First sex:
In Bond’s hotel room

More sex?:
No

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Nurse Molly Peters

Played by:
Patricia Fearing in Thunderball

First sex:
In the showers of Shrublands

More sex?:
One more time at Shrublands

Aki

Played by:
Akiko Wakabayashi in You Only Live Twice

First sex:
In Tiger Tanaka’s house

More sex?:
Yes, one more time

Helga Brandt

Played by:
Karen Dor in You Only Live Twice

First sex:
On board the Ning-Pu

More sex?:
No

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Kissy Suzuki

Played by:
Mie Hama in You Only Live Twice

First sex:
On a lifeboat after escaping the volcano

More sex?:
No

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Ruby Bartlett

Played by:
Angela Scoular in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

First sex:
In Ruby’s room at Piz Gloria

More sex?:
No

Nancy

Played by:
Catherina von Schell in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

First sex:
In Bond’s room at Piz Gloria

More sex?:
No

Tracy de Vicenzo

Played by:
Dianna Rigg in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

First sex:
In Bond’s casino hotel room

More sex?:
One more time – in the barn where Bond proposed to her

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Tiffany Case

Played by:
Jill St. John in Diamonds are Forever

First sex:
In a hotel room at the Whyte House

More sex?:
One more time

Plenty O’Toole

Played by:
Lana Wood in Diamonds are Forever

First sex:
None, she was thrown out a window first

More sex?:
n/a

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Rosie Carver

Played by:
Gloria Hendry in Live and Let Die

First sex:
In Bond’s San Monique hotel room

More sex?:
One more time

Solitaire

Played by:
Jane Seymour in Live and Let Die

First sex:
In Solitaire’s bedroom

More sex?:
3 more times!

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Miss Caruso

Played by:
Madeline Smith in Live and Let Die

First sex:
In Bond’s London flat

More sex?:
No

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Andrea Anders

Played by.
Maud Adams in The Man With the Golden Gun

First sex.
In Bond’s hotel room at the Penninsula

More sex?
No

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Mary Goodnight

Played by:
Britt Ekland in The Man With the Golden Gun

First sex:
On Scaramanga’s junk

More sex?:
No

Major Anya Amasova

Played by:
Barbara Bach in The Spy Who Loved Me

First sex:
On board a train

More sex?
One more time – while on a video call with M and Q

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Corrine Dufour

Played by:
Corinne Clery in Moonraker

First sex:
In a room at the Drax estate

More sex?:
No

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Holly Goodhead

Played by:
Lois Chiles in Moonraker

First sex:
In Goodhead’s hotel room in Venice

More sex?:
I think he’s attempting re-entry, sir.

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Dolly

Played by:
Blanche Ravalec in Moonraker

First sex:
Never! She was Jaws’ girlfriend.

More sex?:
No

Melina Havelock

Played by:
Carole Bouquet in For Your Eyes Only

First sex:
In the ocean

More sex?:
No

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Bibi

Played by:
Lynn-Holly Johnson in For Your Eyes Only

First sex:
Never, not that she didn’t try

More sex?:
No

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Magda

Played by:
Kristina Wayborn in Octopussy

First sex:
In Bond’s hotel room

More sex?:
No

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Octopussy

Played by:
Maud Adams in Octopussy

First sex:
In Octopussy’s bedroom

More sex?:
Two more times

Domino Petachi

Played by:
Kim Basinger in Never Say Never Again

First sex:
In the shower before the final battle

More sex?:
No

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Fatima Blush

Played by:
Barbara Carrera in Never Say Never Again

First sex:
In the boat before they went diving

More sex?:
No

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May Day

Played by:
Grace Jones in A View to A Kill

First sex:
In May Day’s room at Zorin’s estate

More sex?:
No

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Pola Ivanova

Played by:
Pola Ivanova in A View to a Kill

First sex:
In a hot tub

More sex?:
No

Stacey Sutton

Played by:
Tanya Roberts in A View to a Kill

First sex:
In Stacey’s shower

More sex?:
No

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Kara Milovy

Played by:
Maryam d’Abo in The Living Daylights

First sex:
In Kamaran Shah’s hideout

More sex?:
One more time

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Lupe Lamora

Played by:
Talisa Soto in License to Kill

First sex:
In Sanchez’s Isthmus house

More sex?:
No

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Pam Bouvier

Played by:
Carey Lowell in License to Kill

First sex:
In a speedboat after running out of gas

More sex?:
No

Xenia Onatopp

Played by:
Famke Janssen in GoldenEye

First sex:
Never, the pleasure was always all his

More sex?:
No

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Natalya Simonova

Played by:
Izabella Scorupco in GoldenEye

First sex:
In the Caribbean

More sex?:
Two more times

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Caroline

Played by:
Serena Gordon in GoldenEye

First sex:
In Bond’s Aston Martin

More sex?:
No

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Wai Lin

Played by:
Michelle Yeoh in Tomorrow Never Dies

First sex:
On the wreckage of the stealth ship

More sex?:
No

Paris Carver

Played by:
Teri Hatcher in Tomorrow Never Dies

First sex:
In Bond’s Hamburg hotel room

More sex?:
No

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Inga Bergstrom

Played by:
Cecile Thomsen in Tomorrow Never Dies

First sex:
In a room at Oxford University

More sex?:
No

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The PR Lady

Played by:
Daphne Deckers in Tomorrow Never Dies

First sex:
Never, but what a looker

More sex?:
No

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Dr. Molly Warmflash

Played by:
Serena Scott-Thomas in The World is Not Enough

First sex:
In her office

More sex?:
No

Dr. Christmas Jones

Played by:
Denise Richards in The World is Not Enough

First sex:
When Christmas came early

More sex?:
No

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Elektra King

Played by:
Sophie Marceau in The World is Not Enough

First sex:
In her bedroom

More sex?:
No

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Miranda Frost

Played by:
Rosamund Pike in Die Another Day

First sex:
In Bond’s room at the Ice Palace

More sex?:
No

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Jinx

Played by:
Hale Berry in Die Another Day

First sex:
In Bond’s hotel room in Cuba

More sex?:
One more time

Vesper Lynd

Played by:
Eva Green in Casino Royale

First sex:
At Bond’s rehab facility

More sex?:
Countless times throughout rehab and in Venice

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Solange

Played by:
Caterina Murino in Casino Royale

First sex:
Almost in Bond’s hotel room

More sex?:
No

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Agent Strawberry Fields

Played by:
Gemma Arterton in Quantum of Solace

First sex:
In the Andean Grand Hotel in Belize

More sex?:
No

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Camille Montes Rivero

Played by:
Olga Kurylenko in Quantum of Solace

First sex:
Never

More sex?:
No

Eve Moneypenny

Played by:
Naomie Harris in Skyfall and SPECTRE

First sex:
Possibly in Bond’s hotel room

More sex?:
No

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Sévérine

Played by:
Bérénice Marlohe.

First sex:
In a shower on the Chimera

More sex?:
No

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Estrella

Played by:
Stephanie Sigman in SPECTRE

First sex:
Never

More sex?:
No

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Lucia Sciarra

Played by:
Monica Bellucci in SPECTRE

First sex:
In her house in Rome

More sex?:
No

Madeleine Swann

Played by:
Léa Seydoux in SPECTRE

First sex:
On the train from Morocco

More sex?:
No


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Casino Royale: a 007 Book Review

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Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale • a book review


“The licence to kill for the Secret Service was a great honour. It brought James Bond the only assignments he enjoyed, the dangerous ones. At the Casino in Deauville, Bond’s game is baccarat. But away from the discreet salons, the caviar and champagne, it’s 007 versus one of Russia’s most powerful and ruthless agents.”


UnivEx Review:


Forget Sean Connery, nobody does it better than Ian Fleming. The first Bond book ever, Casino Royale is a masterpiece. Fleming does a beautiful job of introducing the character of Bond through internal monologue as well as actions and conversations. He also introduces all the key players of the series including MI6, Moneypenny, Felix Leiter, and M.

The book begins with Bond in a casino in Royale.

“The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning.” (Casino Royale, p1).

With that opening line the road is paved for the longest running series of books in history: as well as the movies.

The plot is fairly simplistic, a man named LeChiffre has borrowed money from the organization known as SMERSH. Unless he pays it back, he will be killed. He sets out to win the money at the Baccarat table and that is where Bond, MI6’s best gambler, comes into the scene. Bond is sent to Royale with orders to bankrupt LeChiffre and ensure his death.

Aiding him in this task is CIA agent Felix Leiter as well as the gorgeous Vesper Lynd. Needless to say Bond wins the Baccarat game and LeChiffre is out of money. This is where the book gets interesting; Bond and Vesper are kidnapped and Bond is tortured.

The torture scene shows Bond’s strength, determination, and loyalty to Queen and Country. He never even considers telling LeChiffre where the money is. Eventually, they are rescued by SMERSH of all people and Bond goes into recovery.

It is in recovery where the most interesting part of the book occurs: Bond questions his reasons for being in the Service and has a conflict of morals. This is never seen in the movies and shows the human aspect of 007. The only reason he tries to resign in the films is due to differences of opinion with M.

Over the course of his recovery, Bond also goes into how he joined the Secret Service and got his Double-0 number. On top of all this soul-searching, there is a romance between Bond and Vesper that, just when it begins to get truly intimate, becomes ice cold.

All the way up through the shocking ending, Casino Royale delivers a great story with the naivete of a young Fleming. There was no political correctness and it is apparent in many scenes. Perhaps my only dislike about the book is it’s pace. While some scenes flew by, others had me dozing off while I read. But as a whole, a great start.

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Casino Royale:
at-a-glance

Mission:
Casino Royale

Author:
Ian Fleming

First Published:
April 13, 1953

Villain:
Le Chiffre

Organization:
SMERSH

Bond Girl:
Vesper Lynd

Allies:
Felix Leiter, Rene Mathis

Alternate Title:
You Asked For It

 

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