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david cairns

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By: dcairns

Fri, 10 Apr 2009 22:19:21 +0000

The Avengers rocks. Even The New Avengers rocks. And I want to revisit Danger Man. And I do want to see Deadlier Than the Male, that sounds really intriguing. I've been looking for a copy a while.

By: jason hyde

Fri, 10 Apr 2009 15:27:00 +0000

You're dead right about ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE being the best of the Bond films, although I guess that's not saying a lot. I loved them when I was a teenager, but nowadays, Lazenby's outing is just about the only one I can watch, and I gravitate more and more towards the cheaper, stranger 60s spy stuff (Avengers, UNCLE, Danger Man, Dept. S). I'll take DEADLIER THAN THE MALE over just about any Bond film any day. Richard Johnson, Nigel Green, Elke Sommer, Virginia North, giant robotic chess pieces, and a theme song by Scott Walker. Now that's entertainment. That said, I think poor George was actually the actor who came closest to the Bond of Ian Fleming's books. Even his stiffness is in keeping with the literary Bond, who was a bit dull and old-fashioned. Also a bit of a softie under his macho misogynist killer facade. I recently read Moonraker (a pretty ace book, actually, and about as far from the movies as you can get) and not only does Bond get rejected and left holding some flowers by the heroine, but he's actually a bit hurt by it. Lazenby's the only one who really got to that part of the character. So kudos to him for that at least. But I still like him more when he's got massive sideburns and a walrus mustache.

By: dcairns

Mon, 06 Apr 2009 16:07:24 +0000

I've heard mixed reports about Germaine... but it's nice to hear she can be polite and gracious also. My problem isn't with her personal behaviour, just her damned articles. Bresson may have gotten ideas from Melville, but he applies them in his own unique way. I don't believe there's anything we could seriously consider "stolen". Melville and Bresson are two supremely gifted filmmakers, who could not have made each others' films.