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December 12, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Scientists know that the best way to make a vodka martini is to mix the ingredients with a thin wooden spoon -- it combines the ingredients effectively without raising the drink's temperature the way a metal stirrer would. So why would James Bond, the world's most sophisticated martini drinker, routinely order his cocktail “shaken, not stirred”? A trio of British medical researchers believe they have the answer: The heavy-drinking 007 most likely suffered from an alcohol-induced tremor that forced him to shake his martinis.
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April 26, 2014 | By Susan King
There's never been a TV series quite like "The Prisoner," which premiered in England in 1967 and debuted in the U.S. the summer of 1968 on CBS. Best described as James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafka, the cult series revolved around a British secret agent (Patrick McGoohan) who wants to resign from the service. Deemed too dangerous to retire, they kidnap him and send him to an idyllic, though completely isolated, seaside resort called the Village. There residents are assigned numbers instead of names and their every movement is followed by monitoring systems and security forces.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Call him the spy who (really) loved her. A week after Adele's "Skyfall" became the first James Bond theme to win the Academy Award for original song, producers for the spy-film franchise have drafted Adele to sing for the next Bond movie, as well, according to a report in England's Sun newspaper . "[They're] thrilled by how well the song has been received and hope Adele's presence on the next film will replicate that success," said an unnamed source. "They want her to become as synonomous with Bond as Dame Shirley [Bassey]
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Sharon Mizota
Did you know James Bond was an ornithologist? He was named after the author of “Birds of the West Indies” because writer Ian Fleming thought the name sounded “flat and colourless,” appropriate for a man who was nothing more than a government tool. Of course Bond has become another kind of symbol (and another kind of bird-lover, in British slang). And artist Taryn Simon has applied a kind of scientific method to his fascinations. Her exhibition at Gagosian consists of two large bodies of photographic work.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2012 | By Danielle Paquette
James Bond takes a bullet, tumbles from a train into a rocky ravine, fakes his own death and goes incognito after someone uploads a YouTube video identifying every secret agent in Britain. But that doesn't halt our hero Daniel Craig 's flirtations with a slender, smoky-eyed brunette. All this and more is revealed in the new "Skyfall" trailer, released Tuesday. Bond newcomers Ben Whishaw (who plays Q with a nerdy, Esquire-model look) and Javier Bardem (the next Bond villain)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Emily Keeler
The love life of the world's most glamorous, fictional martini-sipping spy is up for debate after the London launch of the upcoming James Bond novel, "Solo," an official 007 book penned by William Boyd. At the book party, Boyd speculated on the root of the original international man of mystery's sexual adventures. “It seems to me he wants a relationship," the Guardian reports Boyd saying at the novel's launch at the Dorchester Hotel in London. "It is not just casual sex. " The James Bond character, who frequently wears a tux in his day to day spying-and-killing wheeling and dealings, is almost never casual, apparently even when it comes to the many sexual affairs he's conducted.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
The filmmakers behind James Bond invented (and then reinvented) the spy movie -- then watched as a generation of action directors, er, borrowed from the movies about the resourceful secret agent. We'll have plenty from the principals on the new movie, titled “Skyfall” and set for a Nov. 9 opening in the U.S., in the weeks ahead. But with the Daniel Craig movie premiering in London Tuesday night, we thought it worth posing one of the big questions asked about Bond circa 2012: How much does 007 have in common with other action heroes currently on the big screen?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
What looked on the schedule like an open evening at Grauman's Chinese Theatre during AFI Fest will be taken over tonight by suave super-spy James Bond with a "secret screening" of the new "Skyfall. " The film, directed by Sam Mendes, Academy Award winner for “American Beauty,” and written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan, is the third in the series to feature actor Daniel Craig in the iconic role. The film opens in the U.S. on Friday but has already gotten off to an astonishing start in its international release, ringing in nearly $300 million and putting it well on its way to being the No. 1 all-time box office leader for the venerable film franchise.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Adele's "Skyfall" has arrived.  Themes from James Bond films run the gamut from the very good to the downright evil. The stronger ones -- the femme-fatale slyness of "Diamonds Are Forever" or the moody detachment of "You Only Live Twice" -- put the emphasis on attitude. They're dapper musical foils for a cinematic hero who often appears more interested in a nightcap than any sort of spy business.  And the bad? Songs such as "Another Way to Die" from Alicia Keys and Jack White, or Chris Cornell's "You Know My Name," simply plod.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
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 fill the new James Bond movie, which opens, 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Fleming - Ian Fleming - has become the subject of a biographical miniseries, "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond. " Commencing Wednesday on BBC America, it mainly concerns the wartime adventures of the future creator of James Bond when he worked for British Naval Intelligence, dreamed of deeds of derring-do and carried on in London, smoking, drinking, gambling and sleeping with women, anticipating the manner of his future fictional alter ego. ...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Fans of the television series "Lost" are licking their lips in anticipation of a new cyber-themed spy thriller called "Intelligence. " The show, which premieres on CBS on Tuesday, stars Josh Holloway, who stole hearts and won accolades for his portrayal of the rakish con man James "Sawyer" Ford on "Lost. " "Lost" intrigued viewers with the ominous mysteries of a mythical island for six seasons, and aired its controversial finale in 2010. After that, Holloway strayed from television in favor of film, appearing in "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," "Paranoia" and "Battle of the Year.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Greg Braxton, Meg James and Meredith Blake
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Jonathan Groff | Actor He closed out last year as the voice of the rugged mountain man romantic lead in Disney's animated feature "Frozen. " But things are about to get less PG for Jonathan Groff. The 28-year-old actor is switching out the unadulterated fun for adult-only fun when he stars in the HBO series "Looking. " The half-hour dramedy, from Michael Lannan and Andrew Haigh ("Weekend")
AUTOS
December 14, 2013 | David Undercoffler
Over the last 100 years, Aston Martin has ferried royalty, seduced James Bond and won world racing championships. It's also been through enough bankruptcies and reorganizations to make American Airlines proud. This year finds the iconic British brand celebrating its centenary year in fine form. The brand's lineup is as robust as it's ever been, with three sports cars and a four-door coupe selling for $121,000 to $311,000. Such princely sums for a car were unimaginable in 1914, when founders Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford first started building cars to race up a course called Aston Hill.
SCIENCE
December 12, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Scientists know that the best way to make a vodka martini is to mix the ingredients with a thin wooden spoon -- it combines the ingredients effectively without raising the drink's temperature the way a metal stirrer would. So why would James Bond, the world's most sophisticated martini drinker, routinely order his cocktail “shaken, not stirred”? A trio of British medical researchers believe they have the answer: The heavy-drinking 007 most likely suffered from an alcohol-induced tremor that forced him to shake his martinis.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Ending a copyright dispute that has lasted more than 50 years, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and Danjaq LLC. have acquired all the rights and interests related to the debonair super-spy James Bond.  MGM, the longtime distributor of the Bond movies, and Danjaq, the franchise's producer, reached a settlement with the estate of Kevin McClory, who collaborated with 007 author Ian Fleming on the script for the movie "Thunderball. " Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but the companies said it brought the copyright saga to an "amicable conclusion.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
There were no Bonds, but there was Bassey and Berry, making the Academy Awards telecast's tribute to the James Bond movies one of the more memorable (tolerable? ) moments of this year's show. Halle Berry, who played Bond girl Jinx opposite Pierce Brosnan in the 2002 movie "Die Another Day," introduced a clips montage that saluted the "sights, sounds and music" of the Bond series, which just celebrated its golden anniversary. Oscars 2013: Nominee list | Red carpet | Fashion After the brief segment, Berry gave way to Dame Shirley Bassey, who belted out the title song to the 1964 Bond film, "Goldfinger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Opening statements are expected to begin Wednesday in the murder trial of an alleged "female James Bond" accused of killing ex-Maxim model Juliana Redding . Kelly Soo Park was arrested on suspicion of murder two years after the March 2008 slaying and ordered to stand trial by a grand jury. She pleaded not guilty and was on out bail awaiting trial. Redding was an aspiring model and actress who had landed some small jobs after moving to Los Angeles from Arizona. Santa Monica police, responding to her mother's request for a welfare check, discovered Redding's body in her Centinela Avenue bungalow, according to a grand jury transcript reviewed by The Times . Park's DNA was found on Redding's cellphone, a stove knob and in a drop of blood found on a plate, criminologists testified.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Everybody's favorite lovingly sadistic billionaire heartthrob has been cast: Jamie Dornan will play Christian Grey in the film adaptation of E.L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey," according to the Hollywood Reporter . Dornan, as fans of the book know, isn't the first Christian Grey. The casting of Charlie Hunnam, best known for his role in "Sons of Anarchy," was announced in early September. Hunnam withdrew from the part less than two weeks ago, either due to scheduling conflicts or because he was spooked by the deluge of attention coming his way. That left filmmakers little time to secure a new Christian Grey -- the movie is scheduled to begin shooting in November.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2013 | By John Horn
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.
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