The recent Oscar telecast included a segment that celebrated the 50th Anniversary of James Bond, which included a montage of clips from the character's movie history and Shirley Bassey singing the title song from Goldfinger. The tribute received a beating from critics online this week, with one outlet calling it a "bust" while another claimed that the tribute felt "fifty years long." However, The Playlist has found an alternative James Bond tribute, one it believes is superior to the Oscars' tribute.
Created by a 19-year-old Dutch film student named Kees van Dijkhuizen Jr, the tribute starts with a scene from 2006's Casino Royale before going back to Dr. No and showing chronological clips of the actors that have played Bond, from Sean Connery through George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and, finally, back to Daniel Craig. The whole video is set to Adele's title song for Skyfall, which won an Oscar for Best Original Song. Whatever you think of either tribute, all we can say is Gefeliciteerd, Kees! watch the video >> Posted 02.28.13 by Ryan
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
There is no doubt that James Bond is a timeless style icon, and yet his style has changed significantly over time. In honor of the Oscars celebrating 50 years of Bond and Reelz airing 007 classics all through February, we thought we’d compare and contrast the different sartorial expressions of the British super spy. From black tie to bathing suits, every Bond had a complete wardrobe with something for every occasion. From Roger Moore who was the most likely to take a fashion risk to Pierce Brosnan who never got crazier than doubling up on leather jackets, there's a wide range of style within the 007 franchise.from terry rompers to dinner jackets
007 Movies All February MORE >> Posted 02.21.13 by reelz
"I'm just up here at Oxford brushing up on a little Danish."
It's the time of year for romance and nobody has a better 50-year track record than 007 as far as romantic interludes go. This fan-made supercut features some of the best lines Bond has delivered to and/or about his bevy of lovely ladies, and it's immediately apparent that it's not Bond's way with words that always gets him the girl. pick up some pointers from the expert
007 Movies All February See Bond Make his Move >> Posted 02.16.13 by reelz
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
"Well, you did say you'd catch me later."
After 1971's Diamonds Are Forever, Sean Connery proclaimed that he would "never" play James Bond again, and yet, 12 years later, Connery would be back for 1983's Never Say Never Again, a title suggested by Connery's wife, Micheline. At 52, Connery played an aging Bond in Never Say Never Again, who is reactivated by MI6 in order to track down two stolen nuclear weapons.
Essentially a remake of 1965's Thunderball, Never Say Never Again is not considered "canon" as it was not produced by Eon Productions, the company that was responsible for all the other Bond movies. However, James Bond creator Ian Fleming had originally conceived of Thunderball as a screenplay, co-written with screenwriter Jack Whittingham and writer-director Kevin McClory. When Fleming later went on to write Thunderball as a novel, Whittingham and McClory were not credited, but after taking Fleming to court, McClory was allowed to obtain rights to the original Thunderball screenplay. Thus, Warner Bros. was allowed to release its first and only James Bond movie, Never Say Never Again.
Catch this "non-canon" Connery classic tonight at 11pm ET/ 8pm PT. Get plenty of British super-spy action all through the month on Reelz as we air 007 all month long.get your bond fix on reelz
007 Movies All February Posted 02.11.13 by Ryan
"Do you mind if my friend sits this one out? She's just dead."
The tremendous box office success of Skyfall reinvigorated the James Bond franchise after the lackluster performance of the previous film in the series, Quantum of Solace, but tonight's Double-0 MovieMovie is still far and away the most financially successful of the franchise, when adjusted for ticket price inflation. It was also a critical favorite at the time of its release and earned an Oscar for Best Visual Effects at the 1966 Academy Awards.
Thunderball finds 007 (Sean Connery) on a quest to recover two nuclear weapons stolen by the global terrorist organization SPECTRE — last seen in From Russia with Love — who threaten to blow up a major city in the U.S. or the U.K. unless NATO pays a ransom of £100 million in diamonds. Bond's investigation leads him to the Bahamas and the underwater fortress of SPECTRE's Number Two, Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi), but he'll need the help of CIA agent Felix Leiter (Rik Van Nutter) and Largo's own mistress, Domino (Claudine Auger) — not to mention the specialized gadgets created by Q (Desmond Llewelyn) — if he's going to get out of this one alive.
Shark tanks, hydrofoils and skyhooks: it's high stakes underwater bond: thunderball
on under the high seas! Tune in tonight at 8:00pm ET/ 5:00pm PT for Moonraker and then check the ReelzChannel schedule because we're playing 007 movies all month long!
007 Movies All February Posted 02.10.13 by BrentJS
"That's quite a nice little nothing you're almost wearing. I approve."
Sean Connery's final appearance as 007 came in 1971's Diamonds Are Forever, which the actor shot after sitting out 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, which became George Lazenby's sole appearance as Bond. In order to come back, Connery was paid £1.25 million pounds, which the actor used to create the Scottish International Education Trust, which offered funding to Scottish artists.
Based on the seventh novel of Ian Fleming's Bond series, Diamonds Are Forever follows 007 as he infiltrates a diamond smuggling ring, only to find out that his old nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Charles Gray) is planning to use the diamonds to create a giant laser. Bond's hunt takes him all over the world, from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Amsterdam, Holland, and, eventually, to an oil rig off the coast of Baja, California. We have more 007 movies all month long, see schedule for dates and times.diamonds are forever
007 Movies All February MORE >> Posted 02.04.13 by Ryan
"I shall look forward personally to exterminating you, Mr. Bond."
The fifth movie in the Eon Productions James Bond series, tonight's feature finds the debonair British secret agent with a license to kill on a mission to prevent World Ward III. When both a U.S. and a Soviet spacecraft go missing in orbit, MI6 dispatches 007 (Sean Connery) to discover whether the Cold War is really heating up or if someone is attempting to instigate conflict between the two nations. The trail leads Bond to Japan, to the secret island fortress of the global terrorist organization SPECTRE and its maniacal leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence).
Space warfare, ninjas, piranhas and a volcano rocket base, this one has it all! Tune in tonight at 10:30pm ET/ 7:30pm PT. We have more 007 movies all month long, see schedule for dates and times.you only live twice
007 Movies All February watch another preview clip >> Posted 02.03.13 by BrentJS
"No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die."
The third Bond movie, 1964's Goldfinger, would become the quintessential franchise model for James Bond movies to come, as it followed 007 (Sean Connery) and his attempt to stop international criminal Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) from stealing all the gold in Fort Knox.
Goldfinger co-stars Honor Blackman, who left the British TV series The Avengers to appear as Bond girl Pussy Galore, a name that left American censors nervous, so it was left off of U.S. promotional materials.
Goldfinger airs at 8PM ET/5PM PT, followed by You Only Live Twice, only on Reelzchannel. We have more 007 movies all month long, see schedule for dates and times.goldfinger
007 Movies All February watch another clip >> Posted 02.02.13 by Ryan