19 May 2012

MY WORD IS MY BOND

Several months ago, I made announcement, that my beloved Summer of Blood was going to be put on hold for 2012, in favor of the more sprawling but less intense Year of Blood (which has so far racked up 13 entries, with another... ah, but that would be telling). Things would become clear in May, I said; and it's May, so I guess I should make with the clarifying.

Last year, you see, I was unexpectedly inundated with comments and e-mails demanding that I review every entry in a film series. And noting that the film series in question had a new entry coming out in 2012, I thought it would be fun to do a weekly series leading up to it. Problem was, the new film was the 26th in this series, at its broadest definition, meaning that I would have to start a whole half-year in advance.

I'm speaking about the James Bond franchise and this November's Skyfall, of course; and when I made this commitment to myself in December, it completely slipped my mind that 2012 would be the 50th anniversary of Bond's big-screen adventures, and therefore everybody else in the English-speaking world would be doing their own 007 retrospective. But I didn't screw with the Summer of Blood just because I could, so I'm sticking with it.

Tonight, we shall begin with a prelude: the third episode of the 1954 American television series Climax!, an adaptation of Ian Fleming's very first Bond novel, Casino Royale. The fun will continue every Saturday for the next 25 weeks, with me having undoubtedly run out of different ways to describe men's formal wear sometime around mid-July.

Update: "Tonight", did I say? Aye, well, sometimes you get home and the internet is out for 9 straight hours and then you fall asleep on the couch waiting for it to come back. The good news is that I have it on good authority that after Monday, these late computer woes of mine will be once and for all, and there should not be any more interruptions in the progression of this series.

Incidentally, I don't recommend going with AT&T as your ISP, for those interested.

Confidential to those asking: I am indeed planning on hitting the 1967 Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again, in their due turn.

10 comments:

Too-Tickii said...

hell fuckin yes

dfa said...

Ah, Skyfall, in this age of superhero films, it's nice to actually look forward to an action film. Mr. White? We need to talk.

KingKubrick said...

Super excited for it. I recently purchased a slew of old bonds on bluray ($5 bucks a piece at futureshop how could I resist) and I've started reading the novels. Craig's bond probable hews closest to the surprisingly nuanced character in the books but one of the greatest aspects of the franchise, and probably the key to its longevity, is that each iteration of Bond offers it's own pleasure. I have to ask, will you review the Woody Allen, Nicolas Roeg, Orsen Welles, John Huston and Peter sellers collaboration that is Casino Royale 1967. Just watched it last night, it's complete insanity.

Will said...

Would it be too much to ask for a Godzilla series retrospective whenever the remake of that claws its way out of development hell? :P

Faster, Harder, More Challenging GeoX said...

One weird fact about me is that I've never seen a James Bond movie (although I *did* play a lot of Goldeneye on the N64). It was never a matter of principle, or anything; the easy opportunity just sort of never arose, and I never felt compelled to *force* it to. Okay, I guess that's actually a fairly boring fact about me. Oh well; they can't *all* be winners.

Rick said...

The best to you as you begin your own Bond retrospective. There are some great films, and some lousy ones. Enjoy!

james1511 said...

Well I won't be doing a Bond retro on my blog, albeit mainly because I did one two years ago. This'll be interesting reading.

If you're doing the TV Casino Royale, does this mean you'll also be covering the 1967 film and Never Say Never Again?

Martyn Wendell said...

yeah, I can't wait for this

franklinshepard said...

Can we call this Summer of Bond? That would satisfy the part of me that loves puns.

Tim said...

If you love puns, you are going to be in heaven for the next 25 Saturdays.