Thursday, October 4 2012
While the James Bond film franchise remains one of the most acclaimed, successful, recognizable and marketable movie series in history, there was a time when the mighty Mister Bond had some stiff competition at the box office: himself.
Tuesday, November 16 2010
Thursday, April 23 2009
This 1961 BBC production of Tolstoy's classic starring Claire Bloom and Sean Connery is a beautifully acted, gorgeously shot little gem -- worthy of the masterpiece it interprets.
Monday, May 26 2008
There should be room in our collective imagination for a hero who makes mistakes, lots of them, and still saves the day -- these are films that should be owned.
Thursday, April 26 2007
James Bond was the perfect hero for Great Britain of the 1950s, still licking its post-war wounds and eager for a champion who defended old-fashioned values like upper-class snobbery.
Monday, August 22 2005
The 1971 Sean Connery film recounts the true story of an ill-fated 1928 expedition to the North Pole. In a dirigible.
Monday, November 1 2004
It's a story of a (nearly lone) lawman standing up against the bad guys, replete with a High Noon type showdown.
Monday, December 15 2003
Allan Quartermain is complex, to be sure, resenting imperialism even as he embodies it.
Thursday, July 10 2003
'You're probably too young to remember,' Allan Quartermain (Sean Connery) tells the messenger, 'but the Empire is always in some kind of peril.'"
Thursday, August 1 2002
The idea that an individual, like Robin Hood, could stand up for the rights of the oppressed comes across as a pleasant fantasy, worthy of song and legend, but devoid of the means to stand up against state power.