October 26, 2013 |
There is no big set piece to open "Solo," the new James Bond novel by British author William Boyd. The secret agent best known as 007 doesn't launch the story with an extravagant car chase, sky diving stunt or gunfight. The book is populated with attractive women, several of whom Bond escorts to bed, but they don't have sexually fanciful names such as Pussy Galore and Holly Goodhead. And though Q, the master of spyware gadgets whose past inventions include a laser-cutting wristwatch and an ejection seat, still outfits Bond with covert tools for "Solo's" espionage assignment, the most exciting gizmo he has to tender is a knockout potion concealed in after-shave.
November 17, 2006 |
YOU don't have to be a James Bond fan -- indeed, you can hate Agent 007 -- and still get a kick out of Simon Winder's meditation-plus-memoir of his lifelong obsession with this woman-hating, sadistic, suavely alcoholic spy and his weird, snobbish, sexually self-punishing author, Ian Fleming.
October 16, 1994 |
IN THE DECADES AFTER WORLD WAR II, THE GLITTERATI CLAIMED Jamaica. Drawn by the blazing sun, soft breezes and relatively relaxed moral atmosphere, hordes of movie stars, royals and literary lights descended on the island every winter. Among the luminaries, none glittered more brightly than two seemingly ill-matched British neighbors on the island's scenic northern shore.
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May 1, 1988 |
It's Friday night at the drive-in. As the pale-skinned hero of the season's hot new martial-arts flick snaps the bones of the Asian archvillain, the Winnetka 6 erupts in honking horns and flashing headlights. The movie that has the big-wheeled pickups beeping is "Bloodsport." Advertised as the true story of an American who defeated all comers 13 years ago in a no-holds-barred international tournament of warriors, the movie opened last month at 800 U.S.
August 9, 1998 |
Ian Fleming's Goldeneye estate in Jamaica, where he turned out James Bond thrillers until his death in 1964, can now be rented--although it will cost you plenty of Moneypenny. For $5,000 per night (including meals), up to six people can roam his three-bedroom home, which is furnished with some of the author's items and set on a bluff above a sea cove in Oracabessa.
May 28, 2008 |
James Bond was the 20th century's most famous spy and -- almost as certainly -- one of its best-known literary characters. Had he lived, 007's creator, Ian Fleming, would be 100 years old today.
August 29, 2001 |
The world is right again. James Bond will be back in the driver's seat of an Aston Martin in the next 007 film, working title "Bond 20," to be released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. next year. In a one-pic placement pact with the studio, Aston Martin Lagonda agreed to pay an undisclosed fee to have the fictional British agent drive a new Aston Martin Vanquish in the film. (Rumors picked up by Highway 1's Secret Service agents say it is a seven-figure deal, at least).
November 4, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Early in "Skyfall," Judi Dench's M pulls aside our embattled hero, played once again with suave ennui by Daniel Craig, and wonders whether the world still needs either of their services. As Bond wraps his head around that idea, he looks searchingly at his boss. "So this is it?" he wonders. "We're both played out?" Questions about relevance dangle throughout the new James Bond movie, which opens in the U.S., after a crescendo of marketing, on Nov 9. Field agents are of diminishing importance in an era of cyber-spying and drone warfare, and the uniqueness of Bond's gadgets has been diluted at a time when everyone and their great-aunt carries an iPhone.