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Even When He's No Longer in Fashion James Bond (Almost) Never Goes Out of Style

A man of action mostly dressed in smart suits is absurd, but the true essence of James Bond lies in looking good as he goes about his business.

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What James Bond Can’t Teach You About British Music History

If you want lessons in womanizing, dressing to the nines, or ordering martinis, James Bond is your man. If, however, you’re looking for a review of British music history over the last 50 years, the world’s favorite secret agent has no idea what he’s doing.

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Icons at War in ‘Skyfall’

Sam Mendes’ tough, relationship-focused Bond film is really about leadership in extremis, with towering and isolated icons fighting tooth-and-nail to keep society together amidst the growing chaos of modernity.

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Five Songs That Would Make Great Bond Themes

With Skyfall hitting theaters in the United States tomorrow, Sound Affects spotlights five songs that in an ideal world would've played over the opening titles to the adventures of Britain's premier spy.

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The Non-Bonds: James Bond's Bitter, Decades-Long Battle... with James Bond

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.

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In All Things Pop Culture, Reinterpretation is the Key to Relevancy

Everyone bemoans the remake, the bastardization of their memories, of something they hold dear. But times are constantly shifting, and our heroes cannot exist in a static universe. Without proper reinterpretation, would our pop icons still be relevant?

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iPhone 4: Wherein Science Fiction Once Again Becomes Sad Fact

Aside from lightsabers, proton packs, warp drive and teleportation, many of my favorite sci-fi gadgets have become a reality. The latest: iPhone 4.

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Does the Suit Make the Iron Man, or Vice-versa?

Tony Stark has a big personality that far outsizes his Iron Man 2 suit of armor, but sometimes our movie men are "made" by their suits.

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Robert Culp: From 'I Spy' to 'Hickey & Boggs'

Robert Culp and Bill Cosby's wit and warmth in I Spy also established a foundation of fragility and fatalism for Culp's despairing Hickey & Boggs.

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Santa Claus: Super Hero Icon and Religious Figure

Kris Kringle has flesh-and-blood status and is a religious secular figure. He is Superman, Peter Parker, Bruce Wayne, Gandalf the White, James Bond, Dr. Who and James T. Kirk all rolled into one.

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Quantum of Solace

The hybridization of Quantum of Solace's first person mechanics with gameplay styles more often found in third person action titles lends the Bond game a curiously more elegant and thoughtful approach to first-person shooting.

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Quantum of Solace

What truly shines in Quantum of Solace is the single player mode, not the multiplayer that the series has become notorious for.

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Quantum of Solace

Bond (Daniel Craig) seems done in by the notion that M is indeed his maternal superior, and so he must please her, or at least pretend that he's playing by rules that he and she and all the rest of us know he disrespects from jump.

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You Know His Name: A History of James Bond

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.

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