Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Women of Bond: Then and Now

You gotta love some of the character names.

Ursula Andress
as Honey Ryder in Dr. No (1962)

Daniela Bianchi
as Tatiana Romanova in From Russia With Love (1963)

Honor Blackman
as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964)

Luciana Paluzzi
as Fiona Volpe in Thunderball (1965)

Diana Rigg
as Tracy DiVincenzo (aka Mrs. James Bond) in
On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Jill St. John
as Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Jane Seymour
as Solitaire in Live And Let Die (1973)

Britt Ekland
as Mary Goodnight in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)

Barbara Bach
as Maj. Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Lois Chiles
as Dr. Holly Goodhead in Moonraker (1979)

Carole Bouquet
as Melina Havelock in For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Maud Adams
as Octopussy in Octopussy (1983)
(She also appeared in The Man With The Golden Gun)

Kim Basinger
as Domino in Never Say Never Again (1983)

Tanya Roberts
as Stacy Sutton in A View To A Kill (1985)

Maryam D'Abo
as Kara Milovy in The Living Daylights (1987)

Carey Lowell
as Pam Bouvier in Licence To Kill (1989)

Talisa Soto
as Lupe Lamora in Licence To Kill (1989)

Famke Janssen
as Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye (1995)

Izabella Scorupco
as Natalia Simanova in GoldenEye (1995)

Overlooked Oscar-Worthy Movie of The Day


As deserving (or not) as many of this years Oscar winners were, it was hard not to notice one glaring omission among the Best Picture and Best Director nominees: Sean Penn’s haunting adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild (available on DVD 3/4).

Starring Emile Hirsch and Best Supporting Actor nominee Hal Holbrook, the film tells the true story of twentysomething Christopher McCandless, who boyishly wandered around the American West before dying of starvation in the Alaskan wilderness.

While Krakauer’s book delved deeply into his subject’s motivations and psyche (was he selfish or stupid? Spiritually lost or psychologically ill?), Penn, who wrote and directed the film, smartly reduces his narrative just to McCandless’s quest — the places he saw (gorgeously shot by cinematographer Eric Gautier), the fellow American wanderers he met (Vince Vaughn is particularly winning), and how he and those he encountered were changed by the experience.

Beautiful, restrained, funny, and sad, Into the Wild is a celebration of our national instinct for liberty and the lengths to which true believers will go to find it. That golden guy doesn’t know what he’s missing.

See the trailer HERE.

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