Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt V – ‘New Digs’

As we close in on No Time to Die, and the final Daniel Craig-era James Bond movie, I’m going to take a scene by scene look back in the next couple of months at Sam Mendes’ 2012 Bond mega hit, Skyfall… War remains a key part of the British psyche. ‘The War’ is becoming less of aContinue reading “Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt V – ‘New Digs’”

Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt IV – ‘Enjoying Death’

As we close in on No Time to Die, and the final Daniel Craig-era James Bond movie, I’m going to take a scene by scene look back in the next couple of months at Sam Mendes’ 2012 Bond mega hit, Skyfall… Death stalks James Bond through life at every turn so it is no real surprise thatContinue reading “Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt IV – ‘Enjoying Death’”

Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt III – ‘Retirement Planning’

As we close in on No Time to Die, and the final Daniel Craig-era James Bond movie, I’m going to take a scene by scene look back in the next couple of months at Sam Mendes’ 2012 Bond mega hit, Skyfall… After the thrill ride of the pre-titles sequence and the subsequent barrage of avant garde imageryContinue reading “Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt III – ‘Retirement Planning’”

Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt II – ‘Let the Sky Fall’

As we close in on No Time to Die, and the final Daniel Craig-era James Bond movie, I’m going to take a scene by scene look back in the next couple of months at Sam Mendes’ 2012 Bond mega hit, Skyfall… What’s your favourite James Bond credits sequence? If your answer is Skyfall, it would be nothingContinue reading “Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt II – ‘Let the Sky Fall’”

Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt I – ‘Take the Bloody Shot!’

As we close in on No Time to Die, and the final Daniel Craig-era James Bond movie, I’m going to take a scene by scene look back in the next couple of months at Sam Mendes’ 2012 Bond mega hit, Skyfall… The opening shot of Skyfall feels like a reintroduction to James Bond, which is perhaps appropriateContinue reading “Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt I – ‘Take the Bloody Shot!’”

Nobody Did It Better: Losing SEAN CONNERY

Following the sad loss of Sean Connery at the age of 90, A. J. Black talks about what the legendary Scottish actor meant to him… We all have them. They’re all different. They all mean something unique. The childhood hero, the person in the public eye who inspires you, is a special and personal thingContinue reading “Nobody Did It Better: Losing SEAN CONNERY”

New Podcast: MOTION PICTURES #12 – ‘James Bond & Spectre – Five Years On’

Brand new podcast appearance. In the latest episode of Motion Pictures, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney discuss the James Bond franchise, specifically 2015’s Spectre.

SPECTRE suggests James Bond’s ‘team-ethic’ future

Looking back at Spectre, 2015’s unfairly maligned James Bond film, it becomes apparent just how much of 007’s future may lie around a team ethic. Historically, Bond was, of course, a lone wolf, certainly in Ian Fleming’s source novels and particularly in the film adaptations produced by Eon from 1962 onwards. Fleming describes Bond’s generalContinue reading “SPECTRE suggests James Bond’s ‘team-ethic’ future”

From the Vault #23: SKYFALL (2012)

From 2012 onwards, before developing this blog, I wrote a multitude of reviews on the website Letterboxd. In this irregular series called From the Vault, I’m going to haul these earlier reviews out of mothballs and re-purpose them here. This one, timed as Sam Mendes’ 1917 arrives in cinemas, is from March 23rd, 2014… ForContinue reading “From the Vault #23: SKYFALL (2012)”

ALIAS – ‘Trust Me’ (2×02 – Review)

Over the course of last year, I began my first deep-dive TV review series looking at JJ Abrams’ Alias, which ran from 2001-2006. Over the next year, I’ll be looking at Season Two’s 22-episode run in detail… On some level, Trust Me is really where Season Two of Alias begins. The Enemy Walks In didContinue reading “ALIAS – ‘Trust Me’ (2×02 – Review)”