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’”

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”

Book Review: THUNDERBOOK (John Rain)

What is there left to say about James Bond 007? The world’s most legendary spy has been written about for almost sixty years since Ian Fleming’s 1950’s/60’s novels exploded onto the cinema screen in 1962’s Dr. No, analysing every facet of the character’s escapades, his place in the wider scope of history, through to theContinue reading “Book Review: THUNDERBOOK (John Rain)”

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)”

The Trask at Hand: X-Men – Days of Future Past (2014)

With X-Men: Dark Phoenix on the horizon, a film predicted to signal the end of the original iteration of the X-Men franchise, I’ve decided to go back and revisit this highly influential collection of comic-book movies. We continue with Bryan Singer’s 2014 epic, X-Men: Days of Future Past… Though ostensibly designed as a new beginningContinue reading “The Trask at Hand: X-Men – Days of Future Past (2014)”

That Same Old Dream: Dr. No (1962 – James Bond #1)

Over the course of 2019 and into 2020, in the run up to the 25th James Bond movie, I am going to be deep diving into every Bond film in depth, revisiting one of my favourite franchises. We start at the beginning with 1962’s Dr. No… It struck me watching Dr. No just how muchContinue reading “That Same Old Dream: Dr. No (1962 – James Bond #1)”

ALIAS – ‘Q&A’ (1×17 – Review)

While on the surface, Q&A may be Alias falling back on a tried and tested televisual trope, this epilogue of an episode is remarkably concentrated around testing philosophical concepts of fate, destiny and free will. Alias has experienced a succession of earth-shattering revelations since the climax of The Confession that Sydney Bristow has been increasinglyContinue reading “ALIAS – ‘Q&A’ (1×17 – Review)”

Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)

Given the stature and prowess of the Mission Impossible franchise, the sixth movie is not likely to bring the curtain down on this series, but were Fallout to be the swansong for Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, it would quite honestly be a perfect way to bow out. Everything about Fallout has the sense ofContinue reading “Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)”

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015)

If Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation confirms anything, it’s that the Tom Cruise-fronted franchise has spent almost two decades trying to work its way back to Brian De Palma and back to the roots of where the series began. In some of my previous pieces on the earlier films in the Mission Impossible franchise, one factContinue reading “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015)”