Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. True, she might not grab the starring role, but she finds a way to make an immediate and lasting impression whether in only a single scene we can’t quite forget where she effortlessly steals the spotlight before fading back into anonymity or popping up in movies and television over the years here and there, almost always reminding us that we have seen her before even if we can’t quite remember where. Even if we can’t quite think her name we immediately recognize her face and search furiously through our brains to remember where we have seen “that girl” before.
The final episode of the mini-series brings an end to the war, and Ian Fleming‘s (Dominic Cooper) time with Naval Intelligence, but not before Fleming makes it into the field for his only real action and begins inventing the final piece of the puzzle in the various gadgets used by the spy the world would come to know as James Bond.
The four-part series showcasing the less glamorous real-life spy work of the man who would go on to create the most famous of fictional spies of all time continues as Ian Fleming (Dominic Cooper) returns from America and his short stint learning from the the group organizing America’s new Central Intelligence Agency to put together his own team of guerrilla spies and saboteurs to collect intelligence and generally cause trouble for the Axis.
Opening in Jamaica during Ian Fleming‘s (Dominic Cooper) honeymoon where the man has just finished his first James Bond novel, BBC’s new four-part mini-series takes a look back and the series of events that led the womanizing failed stockbroker to that moment and the real-life adventures the crafted James Bond. After the brief intro the first episode jumps back to England on the eve of WWII and Fleming’s recruitment by Naval Intelligence whose connections, reckless disregard for orders, and imaginations might help them win the war.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Quantum of Solace which I felt stayed far too focused on the fallout of the first movie in the reboot James Bond franchise without moving our new version of British Secret Agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) forward. Skyfall certainly isn’t a perfect Bond film, in fact it may be the first of the franchise that I’ve enjoyed without liking its choice of villain. However, it does make a concerted effort to blend in elements of the classic Bond franchise with the new version making it feel, really for the first time, that James Bond is truly back.
The film borrows heavily from themes, elements, and even specific props from previous Bond movies. Some of these callbacks include the Aston Martin from Goldfinger, a signature gun (which we saw before in Licence to Kill), an assassin’s with signature bullets (a major plot point used in The Man with the Golden Gun), and even the recreation of M’s classic office. The movie also begins incorporating Bond’s original supporting cast including finally delivering a new Q (Ben Whishaw).
In the November issue of In Style UK new Bond Girl Naomie Harris discusses her role of Eve in the new James Bond film Skyfall, working alongside co-star Daniel Craig, shopping for the perfect dress, her favorite designers, overcoming her shyness as a child, the stress of working the red carpet at a movie premiere, living her lifelong dream of being an actress, her love of leather jeans, and the fun of getting all dolled up for photoshoots such as the one you can find pics and video for inside.
Maxim’s November cover girl is the newest Bond Girl Bérénice Marlohe. In her interview in this month’s magazine the French-Cambodian-Chinese actress discusses working with Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, and Judi Dench, her enigmatic character Sévérine in Skyfall, her fight and gun training for the role, being single and what she looks for in a man, her love of dessert and real Italian pasta, her celebrity crush on Christopher Walken, and the worst pick-up attempt she’s ever seen. Inside you can find the photos and video for the photoshoot.
$60 is a high price tag for basically eight Hot Wheels, but you’ve got to admit this James Bond 007 Miniature Vehicles Set is pretty damn cool. The set, which comes in a film can, includes the Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger, the BMW Z3 from GoldenEye, the Aston Martin DBS from Casino Royale, the Little Nellie from You Only Live Twice, the Jaguar XKR from Die Another Day, the Rolls Royce III from Goldfinger, the Space Shuttle from Moonraker, and the (supremely awesome) Lotus Esprit Underwater from The Spy Who Loved Me.
Earlier today a European radio station was the first to release the theme song “Skyfall” from the upcoming Jame Bond movie of the same name co-written and performed by English singer-songwriter Adele. UPDATED 10/5: Original recording was pulled, but here’s a better version.