Monday, November 19, 2012

Video: 50 Years Of James Bond

Would five minutes of each of the 22 James Bond movies strung together, make a new, coherent 007 flick? Yeah, it does, which says a lot about the tight formulaic structure of the films.

The Bond franchise has always been quick to change with the times. Live and Let Die was strongly influenced by Shaft, Moonraker was strongly influenced by Star Wars, Daniel Craig's gritty Bond was strongly influenced by Matt Damon's Jason Bourne and now Skyfall follows The Dark Knight. As Natalie Atkinson writes, "every generation gets the James Bond it deserves."

"Approximately five minutes from each of the 22 Eon produced James Bond films have been cut together, in order and in sequence, beginning with the first five minutes of DR. NO (1962) followed by minutes 5-10 of FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963), minutes 10-15 of GOLDFINGER (1964), minutes 15-20 of THUNDERBALL (1965), continuing on through each of the remaining 18 Bond features (accounting for variables in each title's running time) culminating with the final five minutes of 2008's QUANTUM OF SOLACE.

This fresh look at the "James Bond Formula" provides a new exploration of the evolution of the series into a filmmaking genre uniquely its own. With few exceptions, each title's transition into the picture that follows it is nearly seamless, creating a viewing experience that at first might serve to remind us "if you've seen one Bond film, you've seen them all," but looking more closely it is in fact an endearing homage to a character who single-handedly shaped modern cinema's action/adventure formula and who continues to leave an indelible mark on generations worldwide."

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