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Midday Movies: Bond. James Bond.

A Celebration Of Ian Fleming’s 007

Above: The poster for the first Bond movie, "Dr. No" in 1962.

Aired 11/15/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Ramie Tateishi, assistant professor of English and film studies

Aled Jones, owner of Moviedrome DVD in Wales


Bond. James Bond. With that famous introduction Ian Fleming's British secret agent announced himself on the screen in 1962. Bond 23, "Skyfall" opened in November 2012. Time to geek out about 007. Listen to the extended discussion of Bond online.

Daniel Craig is the sixth actor to take on the role of the famous MI6 British agent, and "Skyfall" marks his third appearance in the franchise. In 2006, the Bond franchise rebooted its highly successful series with "Casino Royale," returning it to more of its literary origins. The producers -- Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson -- decided to go back to the beginning to completely re-launch what has become one of the longest running and most successful film franchises of all time. One of the reasons for this success has been the franchise's ability to reinvent itself during its 40-year plus history. It began by sticking close to Ian Fleming's books with its films "Dr. No" and "From Russia With Love" in the early 60s. By the mid 60s it began a move toward gadgetry, special effects, and spectacle ("Thunderball," "You Only Live Twice").

That trend peaked in the 70s and 80s when Roger Moore took over the Bond role and the series became more and more over the top (the best of these being "For Your Eyes Only" and "The Spy Who Loved Me"). In the late '80s there was a swing back toward grit and realism with Timothy Dalton's brief outing as Bond. And then Pierce Brosnan's Bond announced the franchise's move back toward slick productions loaded with clever quips and prone to poke fun at Bond for being a misogynistic dinosaur. But with Craig, Eon Productions decided to put all those Bonds behind them to begin again. Here's the trailer fot latest film.

"Skyfall" completes Bond's back story and ends at the point where we can start moving forward to new adventures. At the end of "Skyfall," Craig's Bond is the Bond we know and we look forward to Bond 24. Craig has committed to 2 more Bond films.

KPBS film critic Beth Accomando is a longtime Bond fan, having worn out her LP of "Goldfinger" at the age of 5. For her geek panel, she has called on fellow Bond fans, Ramie Tateishi, assistant professor of English and film studies at National University, and Aled Jones, owner of Moviedrome DVD in Wales.

If you have any favorites you'd like to mention, please leave them in the comments section. James Bond will return.

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Missionaccomplished | November 16, 2012 at 11:47 a.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

I can't get the audio, is there going to be a screening somewhere?

I find it interesting that nearly 50 years later, Bond comes full circle shooting in the streets of Istanbul.

My personal favorite, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE. As a film, it has not been surpassed. SPY WHO LOVED ME the best Moore movie--and I would even say the best non-Connery Bond.

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Missionaccomplished | November 16, 2012 at 11:48 a.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

Non-Connery Bond movie, that is.

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HarryStreet | November 17, 2012 at 2:55 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

Daniel Craig has certainly revived the fledgling Bond movies. I liked Pierce Brosnan in roles outside of Bond, but as 007 he was too much of a carbon-copy of Roger Moore.

Oddly, I think Daniel Craig's best work is outside of the Bond movies. He's definitely an actor worth following.

Personally, my favorite is From Russia With Love. I wouldn't mind seeing Craig in a remake of this movie. The one with Sean Connery is classic.

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | November 19, 2012 at 10:33 a.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

Nice picks. From Russia With Love remains my favorite and Spy Who Loved Me is the best Moore Bond film. I am liking what Craig's been doing.

Thanks for sharing our favorites.

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Dothscribble | November 19, 2012 at 1:28 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

'SkyfallDownandcan'tgetUp' would have suited this overrated film better;
It's a charmless 007 production without surprise, Egad!

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Missionaccomplished | November 19, 2012 at 5:14 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

Despite your side of the spectrum, Gothscribble, I have to admit that would be a funny satirical title.

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philosopher3000 | August 2, 2013 at 1:30 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Great show, I love 007!

Hey, did you ever notice how James Bond and Bob Filner treat women exactly the same, but you vilify the Civil Rights Hero and lionize the assassin.

Goes to show you, one woman's romantic fantasy is another woman's nightmare.

As long as we leave sexual harassment up to subjective opinion, and deny due process via objective facts, then anyone can be accused and prejudged without cause.

Guess the real difference between Bob and James, is that women WANT to be kissed by one and not the other.

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