When Eon Productions' first James Bond movie, Dr. No, was a hit at the box office, United Artists immediately ordered up a sequel, giving Eon twice the budget of the first movie and adding a $100,000 bonus to Sean Connery's $54,000 salary. Hoping to capitalize on the popularity of then-sitting President John F. Kennedy, the producers decided to next adapt Kennedy's favorite novel rather than the novel that followed Dr. No in creator Ian Fleming's series. From Russia with Love was a smash hit at the box office, ensuring that the fledling film franchise would continue.
The global terrorist organization SPECTRE is back and they want revenge on James Bond (Connery) and MI6 for disrupting their plans and killing Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman) in the previous movie. SPECTRE's Number 1 — identified as Ernst Stavro Blofeld in later movies — sets his sights on a Lektor, a decoding machine used by Soviet Intelligence that MI6 would love to get their hands on. SPECTRE sets a trap for Bond and baits it with a beautiful Russian cipher clerk (Daniela Bianchi), planning to assassinate him after tricking him into stealing the Lektor for them.
Action and espionage aboard the Orient Express! Tune in at 11:30am ET/ 8:30am PT for From Russia With Love, or catch the encore showing at 12:00am ET / 9:00pm PT. For more 007 movies in our month-long celebration of Bond, check the ReelzChannel schedule.from russia with love
007 Movies All February Posted 02.23.13 by BrentJS
In the beginning, James Bond started out as a super suave British spy with brains, charm, and a knack for finding creative ways to get out of a tight spot. Over time the character has evolved (and sometimes devolved) and on occasion the over-the-top silliness of the movies can undercut 007's daring and wit.
With Skyfall being released on DVD and Blu-ray this week and Reelz airing Bond movies all month long, we thought now would be a great time to chart 007’s camp factor through the ages. We’ve picked one Bond flick from every decade to represent that era’s Bond to see how the different Bonds stack up cheese-wise. embrace the camp
007 Movies All February Check Out Our Bar Graph >> Posted 02.11.13 by Mandy
"Just a drink. A martini, shaken, not stirred."
This is a big year for James Bond. Ian Fleming's iconic British spy celebrated 50 years as a motion picture hero on Oct. 5th, the golden anniversary of the debut of Dr. No in theaters, and the 23rd James Bond movie, Skyfall, will premiere in just one week in the U.K. (we Yanks have to wait until Nov. 9th). If you're a movie buff, chances are you've seen your fair share of James Bond movies over the years and you likely have your preference of Bond actors, whether Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, or the latest, Daniel Craig. But, just as 007 is superior to the other 00s in the service of Her Majesty, not all James Bond movies are created equal. Put on your tux, down a martini and help us sort through 50 years of James Bond movies to select the best of the best.
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Posted 10.20.12 by BrentJS