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DVD Review: "The Double Man" (1967) Starring Yul Brynner And Britt Ekland, Warner Archive Release

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By Lee Pfeiffer

The Warner Archive has released a slew of worthwhile 60s spy movies and TV series. Among the under-rated gems is The Double Man, a 1967 Cold War thriller starring Yul Brynner, who gives a powerful performance as American intelligence agent Dan Slater. His teenage son is killed while skiing in Switzerland and Slater suspects it was actually murder. He finds he's been lured to Alps as part of a complex plot to kill him and replace him with an enemy agent with his identical facial features and characteristics. The plot was covered with moss even at the time since it formed the basis of a two-part Man From U.N.C.L.E. episode, The Double Affair, that was released theatrically the previous year as The Spy With My Face.  Still, this is a highly intelligent, gritty film with Brynner as the most hard-ass hero imaginable. Devoid of any humor,
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10 James Bond Memes Too Funny For Words

Suave spy James Bond is one of cinema's most iconic characters. For more than fifty years the British spy has been delighting audiences, whether it be with the serious films in the series like On Her Majesty's Secret Service, or the sillier fares like Man With the Golden Gun or Moonraker.

When something is such a pop-culture staple, one can bet their bottom dollar that they are a prime candidate for memes, and the internet has answered the call. The following ten memes are the funniest ones out there about the sometimes dark, sometimes lighthearted, but always dashingly handsome and suave Mi-6 agent.
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Watch: Awesome Piz Gloria Tribute Video in Honor of Bond's 'Ohmss'

"Suppose I were to kill you for a thrill?" Don't mess with Theresa! One of my favorite Bond movies ever is On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the one-and-only movie with George Lazenby as Agent 007. Half of the movie takes place on top of a mountain named Schilthorn in Switzerland, where Blofeld's secret base is located. The summit is called Piz Gloria and it still exists - there's a restaurant and a viewing platform and small James Bond museum up there. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Ohmss, promo studio Passions Fruit put together this awesome "Tribute to Piz Gloria". It's more of a tribute to the entire Ohmss movie, not only the mountain, but it's an exciting reminder of how memorable and enjoyable this Bond movie is. And it makes me want to get back to Switzerland soon. Bond locations are always the coolest. Thanks to Tom for the tip on this.
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Christoph Waltz to Return as Blofeld in James Bond 25 After All?

It looks as though another important figure from 007's past is going to be along for the ride in James Bond 25. This is set to be Daniel Craig's final turn as the iconic MI6 spy, which means director Cary Fukunaga is surely going to pull out all the stops to make sure this is a memorable and worthy send-off to his version of the character. And that means bringing back one of his most nefarious foes.

Warning: possible spoilers ahead for James Bond 25. This is something that, if true, the studio seems to be keeping secretive and we're assuming there's a good reason for that. So don't read on if you want to be left in the dark. That having been said, it's now being reported that Christoph Waltz will return as Blofeld, after first appearing as 007's most enduring enemy in Spectre. The report surfaced over on Twitter
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Daniel Craig Thinks Every Gender and Race Should Be Considered for the Next James Bond

Daniel Craig Thinks Every Gender and Race Should Be Considered for the Next James Bond
Daniel Craig will conclude his run as 007 in the next James Bond movie, and the English actor would be happy to see a woman replace him afterward. After retiring from the role, Craig will have portrayed Bond across five separate movies, and is now eager to pass the torch along to someone else. Speaking with the Daily Mirror, Craig was asked about potential replacements for Bond now that he is stepping away from the role. Specifically, Craig offered his thoughts on if the next 007 could be a different gender or color "I think that &#173everybody should be &#173considered. Also for women and for African-Americans, there should be great parts anyway, across the board," Craig emphatically stated.

With a working title of James Bond 25, the next movie in the series is due to arrive in UK theaters on April 3, 2020. The plot will see Bond traveling to Jamaica to step away from his work as a superspy,
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David V. Picker, Legendary Studio Chief, Dead At Age 87

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David Picker and his wife Sandy at a book party for release of his memoirs in Beverly Hills, 2013.

By Lee Pfeiffer

David V. Picker, whose tenure at major film studios and as an independent producer, made him a legend in the film industry, has died from colon cancer in New York at age 87. The Picker family lived and breathed movies and in the 1950s they ran United Artists under the leadership of Arthur Krim. Under Krim and the Pickers, UA entered a "Golden Age" of achievements. David, who was named head of production at an early age, showed an uncanny ability to attract top talent and produce films that were popular and critical successes. He was ultimately named President and COO of the company. During his tenure, UA brought to the screen films that were diverse in content including "West Side Story", "The Magnificent Seven", "The Great Escape", "In the Heat of the Night
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Chris Hemsworth Wants to be the Next James Bond

Kirsten Howard Apr 9, 2019

Chris Hemsworth as James Bond? "I'd love to do it."

We've already had one Australian James Bond with George Lazenby's turn in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the sixth film in the Bond series, but is it time for another? Chris Hemsworth certainly thinks so!

In a new interview with Balance, Hemsworth has been chatting about the various characters he's tackled over the years, including English race car driver James Hunt in Ron Howard's Rush, which the actor thinks could make for a bit of a Bond audition tape.

"When we were shooting Rush someone had said that [I could be Bond] and I thought, 'Cool, if this is my audition tape, then great.' I don’t think you’ll ever meet anyone who doesn’t want to have a crack at James Bond. I’d love to do it," Hemsworth confirmed.

Hemsworth, who will be reprising
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Cinema Retro Season 15 Now Shipping Worldwide- Subscribe Or Renew Today!

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The first issue of Cinema Retro's 15th season (#43) has now been mailed to subscribers around the globe. Thanks to our loyal readers, the world's most unique film magazine is entering another exciting year with every issue packed with the kind of coverage of classic cinema that you've come to expect. (Issue #44 will ship in April/May and issue #45 ships in September/October.)  Our kickoff issue for the new season features the following:

Tribute to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond classic "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" starring George Lazenby: a five-page photo feature packed with rare images, some never published before.

"Mackenna's Gold"- a look back fifty years on at the much-hyped big budget fiasco that has a fascinating back story.. This major article by Dave Worrall and Lee Pfeiffer is the most comprehensive ever written about the troubled production that starred Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas
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Lea Seydoux Will Return as Madeleine Swann in James Bond 25

Madeleine Swann is coming back for more adventure with 007 in James Bond 25. Director Cary Fukunaga has revealed that L&#233a Seydoux, who previously played the part of Madeleine Swann in 2015's Spectre, will reprise the role in the upcoming entry in the long-running franchise alongside Daniel Craig, who is making this his final go around as the iconic MI6 spy. As for what that means for the story? It's certainly going to be directly connected to the events of Spectre and won't see Craig doing more of a standalone for his fifth and final Bond outing.

Cary Fukunaga previously indicated that he wanted to continue the story that started way back in Daniel Craig's first entry, Casino Royale. Previous Bonds within the history of the franchise have largely had their movies stand on their own without being too heavily tied into the movie that came before. In the case of Craig's run,
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We Remember Hollywood Legend Burt Reynolds With A Complete Guide To All His Movies!

With his passing, one of filmdom's greatest icons is gone, but what an incredible Hollywood success story! The career of Burt Reynolds spanned an incredible 60 years, beginning with guest-starring roles on TV series and a couple of shows of his own. But with an eye always locked towards the big screen, he made that leap and over the course of a decade became one of the most popular movie stars in the world. In the latter part of his life, as leading man roles eluded him, he transitioned over to becoming more of a character actor — and it's an amazing legacy he's left us. Burt is Smokey and the Bandit. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Today's moviegoers may not realize it, but Burt — born Burton Leon Reynolds on Feb. 11, 1936, in Lansing, Mi — starred in some truly amazing movies that really connected with audiences. Among them are the still-disturbing Deliverance, the ultimate
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Today in Movie Culture: James Bond and Jason Bourne vs. John Wick, Why We Love Dwayne Johnson and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Mashup of the Day: StryderHD imagines John Wick: Chapter 3 bringing in James Bond, Jason Bourne and more iconic action heroes to take on John Wick:   Video Essay of the Day: Speaking of James Bond, here's a video by Rossatron that looks at why On Her Majesty's Secret Service is maybe the best 007 movie:   Camera Angle of the Day: The shot type known as the Dutch Angle can be seen in so many movies now, but when was it first done? Now You See It examines its origins:   Movie Song of the Day: Auralnauts shares a weird retro-sounding Star Wars song set to the Sarlacc pit sequence in Return of the Jedi (via...
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Stage Door: "My Fair Lady" through the Years

by Nathaniel R

Tony season is (nearly) upon us so we're reviving the Stage Door column toward the end of March. But before we start reviewing shows, a history lesson.

Julie Andrews and Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Dolittle

My Fair Lady began its classic life in 1956 as a Broadway musical. No, that's not quite right. It began its life as George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, which premiered way back in 1913, over a century ago! That play inspired the stage musical by Lerner & Loewe. On March 15th previews will begin for the latest Broadway revival. Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) headlines as Eliza Dolittle, with Harry Hadden-Paton as Professor Henry Higgins, two time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (♥︎) as Eliza's father, and showbiz legend Dame Diana Rigg (The Avengers, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Game of Thrones, etc...) as Higgins' mother.

This will be the sixth major incarnation of the hit musical.
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My Day Hanging Out With James Bond: Visiting the Set of 'GoldenEye' (Exclusive)

James Bond wielded the knife with obvious skill. He approached, blade barely glinting in the light, and pounced, the knife coming down to join the awaiting fork. "I usually eat fruit," he said simply, "but today I'm in the mood for a good English breakfast." And with that, he began his meal. Okay, so it's not stopping arch-nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld from triggering World War III, or preventing Auric Goldfinger from turning the gold in Fort Knox radioactive, but it was my experience with agent 007 back in 1994. At the time, I was Senior Editor at Cinescape and somehow we ended up with the rights to do the magazine on the making of the 17th James Bond movie — and the first one to star Pierce BrosnanGoldenEye. Even more incredibly, I was the guy chosen to fly to England to spend a few days on the set at Leavesden Studios, later
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Lewis Gilbert, James Bond Director, Dies at 97

Lewis Gilbert, James Bond Director, Dies at 97
British director Lewis Gilbert, director of three classic James Bond movies, has died at the age of 97. Gilbert got his start as a child actor in 1933 in Dick Turpin and eventually made himself into an accomplished director. During the course of his long career, Gilbert amassed more than 40 credits. Gilbert was remembered by the official James Bond Twitter account following the news of his death.

"British director, producer and screenwriter Lewis Gilbert has passed away at the age of 97. Gilbert directed three Bond films; You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979). Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time."

Lewis Gilbert had been working as a director for more than two decades before tackling his first movie in the James Bond franchise, which came in the form of 1967's You Only Live Twice. The movie is significant, as it was the last of Sean Connery
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John Gavin, Actor And U.S. Ambassador, Dead At 86

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Gavin in Alfred Hitchcocks 1960 classic "Psycho".

By Lee Pfeiffer

John Gavin, a long-time Hollywood star who gravitated into a career in politics, has died at age 86 following some bouts with ill health. Gavin, a former U.S. Naval Intelligence officer, entered the acting profession in the mid-1950s, an era in which Hollywood studios were looking for beefcake type leading men. Gavin fit the bill with his handsome looks and impressive physique. It wasn't long before he was scoring prominent roles in major films such as "A Time to Love and a Time to Die" and "Imitation of Life". Alfred Hitchcock cast him as the heroic leading man in his 1960 "Psycho" and he was seen on screen the same year playing Julius Caesar in "Spartacus". Despite his good looks and competent acting skills, however, the major roles began to dry up. Gavin would still score some prominent parts in major
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Chris Hemsworth Is Down to Play James Bond

Chris Hemsworth Is Down to Play James Bond
Could Chris Hemsworth be making the jump from God of Thunder to greatest spy in the world? While there's no official word on who The producers of the James Bond franchise are looking at to potentially replace Daniel Craig as 007 following the release of James Bond 25, Chris Hemsworth has thrown his hat into the ring. Or, at the very least, he's not taking his hat out of the ring as he's said he'd be game to possibly take on the role of the famed MI6 spy, should the opportunity arise.

The famed Australian actor recently sat down to chat on the news program Sunrise, which airs in his home country. His appearance came following the Super Bowl Dundee ad, that had everyone convinced a Crocodile Dundee reboot was on the way prior to the big game. During the conversation, he was asked about the possibility of throwing on a suit,
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Blade Runner 2049 Director Says No to James Bond 25

Blade Runner 2049 Director Says No to James Bond 25
Quite possibly the best director in the running for James Bond 25 has officially taken himself out of the race. Denis Villeneuve, who most recently directed Blade Runner 2049, has been said to be on the shortlist of directors being eyed for the gig since July, but now he's made it clear that he won't be able to fit the coveted job into his schedule. However, he wouldn't rule out the possibility of directing a Bond movie in the future, and he's eager to work with Daniel Craig. Here's what he had to say about it in a recent interview.

"The thing is I don't now about that, but listen. Daniel Craig is a very inspiring actor and I had some contact and the thing is that I'm busy right now doing 'Dune.' But, I will say to have the privilege to work with him it would be a dream.
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Christoph Waltz Won't Return as Blofeld in Bond 25

Christoph Waltz Won't Return as Blofeld in Bond 25
This is certainly an interesting development for James Bond 25. It was confirmed recently, after months of uncertainty, that Daniel Craig is set to return as the titular MI6 spy in the next installment of the series, which will be his last go as 007. So it has been assumed that, given the way Spectre left things, that Christoph Waltz would be reprising his role as Ernst Stavro Blofeld in James Bond 25. But that's not going to be the case, as Waltz says he's not coming back.

The actor was revealed to be the classic Bond villain toward the end of Spectre, despite denying that he was taking up the mantle of Blofeld prior to the movie's release. However, in a recent interview, Christoph Waltz was asked point blank whether or not he'll be coming back to finish the job in James Bond 25. He, sadly, stated that he's not,
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James Bond Fans Celebrate At Pinewood Studios: Mark Mawston Reports

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Bond girls Jenny Hanley, Caron Gardner, Francesca Tu.

By Mark Mawston

The ultimate “Bonding” session once again took place at the home of the 007 franchise, Pinewood Studios, on Sunday 24th September. Those lucky enough to attend were treated to a dealer’s room, a 50th Anniversary 4K screening of You Only Live Twice, at which organizer Gareth Owen read a message received from the e Prime Minister herself, Theresa May, which touched on the amazing feats of ingenuity and sheer technical mastery that went into the construction of the films famed volcano set; a three course lunch and afternoon tea and of course a "who’s who" from the world of Bond from both in front and behind the camera. These included:

Peter Lamont - Assistant Art Director - Art Director and Production Designer of 18 Bond films, Terry Ackland-Snow - Art Director on two Bond films, Alan Tomkins - Art director on five Bond films,
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Review: Vaughn's 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' is James Bond on Crank

Based on the acclaimed comic book by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar, 2015's Kingsman: The Secret Service was a crass, tongue-in-cheek tribute to the spy films of the '60s and '70s. Co-written and directed by English filmmaker Matthew Vaughn (of Layer Cake, Stardust, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class), the stylish and subversive send-up became the filmmaker's most commercially successful film to date. Enter the highly anticipated sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, a movie so overblown and preposterous that it feels less like On Her Majesty's Secret Service and more like the deranged lovechild of Austin Powers and Crank. This sequel picks up a year after unrefined street kid Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton) joined the Kingsman, England's super-secret spy agency, and saved the world from Richmond Valentine's neurological wave broadcast. Since then, Eggsy has taken his late mentor Harry Hart's code name, Galahad, and is living with Crown Princess
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