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David Ettridge

James Bond retrospective 003: ‘Goldfinger’ (1964)

In the words of Ab Fab’s Eddy and Patsy in the middle of a wine tasting: ‘this… this is the one.’ Or at least so everyone says. Some might argue that this is more of the recognised opinion rather than one that anybody actually holds. Others would point out that this is the quintessential Bond … >

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James Bond retrospective 002: ‘From Russia with Love’ (1963)

There were only three things missing from Dr. No: a theme song, a villainous henchman and an appearance by Q (Peter Burton played Major Boothroyd in Dr. No, but he was never billed as or referred to as Q). Fortunately the remaining elements of the Bond formula were all added for this first sequel and … >

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James Bond retrospective 001: ‘Dr. No’ (1962)

Barry Nelson may have technically got there first, but we all know that 007 really started when Sean Connery put on that suit, lit that cigarette and introduced himself to the world with that immortal line. Dr. No is where our Bond obsession began and what’s truly remarkable is that pretty much everything we know … >

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James Bond retrospective: ‘Casino Royale’ (1954)

We like to think that James Bond appeared on screen fully formed in Dr. No, but oh what a different world we could have had. Sean Connery may have nailed it straight out of the gate in 1962, but he wasn’t the first actor to fill the suit – that honour goes to Barry Nelson … >

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James Bond retrospective 023: ‘Skyfall’ (2012)

Despite being action-packed, beautifully shot and featuring a brilliant portrayal of a broken Bond from Daniel Craig, 2008’s Quantum of Solace was critically and commercially a relative disappointment after the stellar reception for Casino Royale two years earlier. And yet somehow the marketing team behind Skyfall made this one of the most anticipated Bond films … >

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James Bond retrospective 022: ‘Quantum of Solace’ (2008)

Casino Royale was considered a gamble in 2006 because it was the first (quasi) reboot – and with a blond Bond, no less. So they followed it up with… another gamble. 2008’s Quantum of Solace is the first direct sequel in the Bond canon, picking up literally minutes after the end of Casino Royale and … >

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James Bond retrospective 021: ‘Casino Royale’ (2006)

Serving as a quasi-reboot in 2006, this 21st entry in the franchise presents James Bond as a reaction to the glitzy excess of 2002’s Die Another Day and the gritty success of Jason Bourne, and it arguably couldn’t have been more successful. > Buy the complete James Bond collection on Blu-ray.   The plot James … >

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7 things we want to see in ‘Penny Dreadful’ Season 3

We’re all pretty much in agreement that Penny Dreadful saw a marked upswing in quality in its recent second season. This was largely thanks to the boosted role for Helen McCrory – a far better villain than the faceless vampires from Season 1. Whilst Madame Kali will be sorely missed in the upcoming third season, … >

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