As with most things in life, the truth of the matter lies in that dastardly, ever inconclusive grey zone. The franchise is not, by any stretch of the imagination, as bad as its critics like to claim, nor is it as good as many of us would like to think it is.
On Tuesday May 23rd 2017, Sir Roger Moore passed away after a brief spell of cancer. The news shook the pillars of the Bond fan community, as well as more casual fans and various pop culture media outlets. Rightfully so, if I may be so bold. He was a legend for all sorts of reasons. … Continue reading The inspirational Sir Roger Moore (1927-2017)
Best movie, best Bond Girl, best Bond villain, all these questions and more are frequently and vey easily brought up when fans get together and converse. One of the more intriguing conversations, as far as I’m concerned, is when Ernst Stavro Blofeld, head of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., is broached.
In a co-announcement this past week by Dynamite Entertainment and Ian Fleming Publications, there will be yet another James Bond comic book series sprouting this coming autumn. My immediate reaction was mixed and it remains so after having mulled over the new project for a few days now.
Actors, both male and female, can be fickle, but they can also understand when a potentially good pay day stares them in the face, as well as international recognition, which, if they play their cards right, can lead to many subsequent roles as they become higher in demand.
Others however, have played a part, be it great or small, in the franchise’s legendary history, yet their importance is either minimized or overlooked entirely. Welcome to the first instalment of Unsung 00 Heroes, the subject of which is Johanna Harwood.
Here we are, some weeks later, and I have read the titanic volume cover to cover, with curiously mixed feelings, much to my chagrin. Please don’t mistake me, the book is really quite good, and some respects, extraordinary, a worthy inclusion in the long line of lavish Taschen art-related books and an obvious choice for any Bond fan’s personal library.