The results so far
In last week's opening brackets we pitched eight villains and eight henchmen against one another in a duel to see who would ultimately make the most dastardly duo James Bond has ever seen. Dr. No (72%) dispatched Elektra King (27%) with relative ease while Blofeld (77%) used his ruthless cunning to eliminate LeChiffre (22%). No great surprise in either of those match-ups of classic villains versus more contemporary ones. In the third bracket match the man with the golden gun, Scaramanga (20%), fell in a tight race to the man named Goldfinger (80%). This was probably in line with bat-shit crazy losing to cold-hearted cunning. Finally, Hugo Drax (51%) eked out a win over Max Zorin (49%) - because obviously invoking the whole master race scheme is way more evil than making the ground shake.
When it comes to henchmen, is it possible we're seeing the beginning volley in a clean sweep? Oddjob (97%) obliterated Tee Hee (2%) in their opening round. Jaws (69%) handily chomped down on a strong but over-matched Red Grant (30%). And Xenia Onatopp (62%) has been working out with the Thigh Master after defeating Renard (37%). Finally, Irma Bunt's (28%) management style proved no match for the over-the-top prowess of May Day (71%).
Going into round two, the brackets have been re-adjusted. Let the voters decide: vote for your favorite villain / henchman combination >> Posted 11.13.12 by Jud
|Title ||Weekend ||Total ||Analysis|
|Skyfall ||$87.8M ||$87.8M ||The 23rd Bond movie scored opening-weekend franchise record|
|Wreck-It Ralph ||$33.1M ||$93.7M ||Last weekend's winner drops 33 percent|
|Flight ||$15.1 ||$47.8M ||Denzel Washington's fifth-highest debuting movie drops 39 percent its second weekend|
|Argo ||$6.7M ||$85.7M ||Though Argo sees a big dip in its fifth weekend, it's still on track to pass Affleck's The Town |
|Taken 2 ||$4M ||$131.2M ||Closing in on its predecessor's total gross of $145 million |
Posted 11.12.12 by reelz
British secret agent James Bond first sprung to fictional life in author Ian Fleming's 1953 novel, Casino Royale, which needed three printings to keep up with the demand. Fleming followed with a series of novels and short stories featuring Bond until his death in 1964, at which point the character was also a big screen success as well.
Conversely, Robert Ludlum wrote his first Jason Bourne novel with 1980's The Bourne Identity, writing two more before his death in 2001. Ludlum did not live long enough to see 2002's The Bourne Identity or its subsequent sequels, but, like Fleming, Ludlum's character lives on, with other authors taking over the characters for the novels and the film franchises continuing to find success.
Yet, with Bond making his 23rd big screen adventure in this weekend's Skyfall, we began to wonder: which spy rules the other? There's only one place for Bourne and Bond to face off against one another and that's in our Character Cage Match! review their strengths and weaknesses before voting in our poll >> Posted 11.12.12 by Ryan
Round One: Vote for your favorite villains and henchmen
Bond villains and henchman are dispatched with such regularity by our favorite Double-0 agent that we really have to wonder what is wrong with these people? They have great ideas, dastardly plans, cool ways of getting rid of those who displease them (hello, piranha tank!) but they just can't seem to complete. Bond villains are like the perpetual bridesmaids of bad guys.
This got us to thinking. Perhaps the reason for the endless series of defeats that people like Dr. No or Ernst Blofeld experience are more because of who they are associated with than any particular failed skill set — these people build secret bases inside volcanoes, surely they can handle some British nancy with a small gun and a surname infatuation. Any office manager will tell you, some combinations of people work well together, others, not so much. What every Bond villain needs is simply the right henchman (or henchwoman), and likewise a good henchman is lost without the right super-villain.
We're asking you, loyal movie fans, to help us match up the best villain with the perfect henchman. Through a series of bracket votes, we'll single out the very best of the bad guys, team them together, and maybe put an end to this MI6 scourge once and for all. [View the overall bracket.] cast your vote >> Posted 11.08.12 by Jud
When Skyfall opens in North America this weekend — the Sam Mendes-directed action thriller opened two weeks ago in the U.K. and has already racked up nearly $300 million in foreign markets — it will be the twenty-third time American audiences will have the chance to marvel at the daring exploits of Ian Fleming's classic British spy on the big screen. Though Bond is indelibly British, one of America's greatest entertainers may have actually worked for the real-life "M" that inspired Bond's spymaster boss. what's the strange truth behind the fiction? >> Posted 11.06.12 by BrentJS
By the numbers: 50 years, 23 movies, 6 James Bonds, 100% awesomecovering the new classics
Weeknights after the movies Posted 10.26.12 by BrentJS
"Mommy was very bad."
Since the first trailer debuted for the upcoming 23rd James Bond movie Skyfall, the promotional footage revealed for the movie has tried not to reveal too much about the movie's plot. Outside of the synopsis, which said that Bond's (Daniel Craig) loyalty to M (Judi Dench) will be tested when her past comes back to haunt her, the clips and TV spots have avoided revealing how M's past "came back to haunt her." The latest trailer reveals just a bit more of the movie's plot, as it starts with Ralph Fiennes admonishing M for losing a vital source of information for Mi6. trailers, the latest trailers
Saturdays 10:00a ET / 7:00a PT watch the trailer and a new clip >> Posted 10.23.12 by Ryan
"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.
Rate the Top 10 Best James Bond Movies >>
Posted 10.20.12 by BrentJS
The month of Halloween is here, which means studios are trotting out their horror movies, or, rather, their found-footage horror movies. Yes, the technique re-popularized by Paranormal Activity has taken over the genre, to the dismay of some horror fans, while others might praise the innovation for keeping the costs down and the ability to make more horror movies up. Luckily, it looks like the next two horror movies to be released that utilize the format — Paranormal Activity 4 and The Bay look like they should be able to be interesting and, dare we say it, scary as well. New preview clips from the two movies have arrived online, as well as a new clip from the upcoming James Bond movie Skyfall, which lately seems to be gushing out clips in anticipation of its release next month. We've put all the clips together for your viewing pleasure.the latest in trailers
Saturdays 10:00a ET / 7:00a PT watch the clips >> Posted 10.18.12 by Ryan
Girlfriend nagging you? Boyfriend being a jerk? Ejector seat!everything entertainment
Weeknights after the movies Posted 10.17.12 by BrentJS