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From DoYouRemember:
The 12 Sexiest Bond Girls

Texas-born actress Lois Chiles—best remembered for her role as Dr. Holly Goodhead in the 1979 spy thriller Moonraker—turns 67 years old on April 15th. As one of the more than 70 Bond girls who have appeared in film versions of the British novels penned by Ian Fleming, Childs has the distinction of being the only one who got to travel into space with 007. As we celebrate her birthday, DoYouRemember looks back at the sexiest Bond girls of all time.

From DoYouRemember:

The 12 Sexiest Bond Girls

Texas-born actress Lois Chiles—best remembered for her role as Dr. Holly Goodhead in the 1979 spy thriller Moonraker—turns 67 years old on April 15th. As one of the more than 70 Bond girls who have appeared in film versions of the British novels penned by Ian Fleming, Childs has the distinction of being the only one who got to travel into space with 007. As we celebrate her birthday, DoYouRemember looks back at the sexiest Bond girls of all time.

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Today’s top item in Book News: Ian Fleming’s racy love letters to his Australian inamorata Edith Morpurgo are being offered for sale by a rare book dealer in the U.K.  I was just hoping for some awkward canoodling with the sheets pulled all the way up — but according to bookseller Peter Harrington, one letter — originally written in German because OF COURSE — reads: “If I were to say ‘love’ you would only argue, and then I would have to whip you and you would cry and I don’t want that. I only want for you to be happy. But I would also like to hurt you because you have earned it and in order to tame you like a little wild animal. So be careful, you.” 
Oh, James!

nprbooks:

Today’s top item in Book News: Ian Fleming’s racy love letters to his Australian inamorata Edith Morpurgo are being offered for sale by a rare book dealer in the U.K.  I was just hoping for some awkward canoodling with the sheets pulled all the way up — but according to bookseller Peter Harrington, one letter — originally written in German because OF COURSE — reads: “If I were to say ‘love’ you would only argue, and then I would have to whip you and you would cry and I don’t want that. I only want for you to be happy. But I would also like to hurt you because you have earned it and in order to tame you like a little wild animal. So be careful, you.” 

Oh, James!

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BMJ: Were James Bond’s drinks shaken because of alcohol induced tremor?

Objective To quantify James Bond’s consumption of alcohol as detailed in the series of novels by Ian Fleming.
Design Retrospective literature review.
Setting The study authors’ homes, in a comfy chair.
Participants Commander James Bond, 007; Mr Ian Lancaster Fleming.
Main outcome measures Weekly alcohol consumption by Commander Bond.
Methods All 14 James Bond books were read by two of the authors. Contemporaneous notes were taken detailing every alcoholic drink taken. Predefined alcohol unit levels were used to calculate consumption. Days when Bond was unable to consume alcohol (such as through incarceration) were noted.
Results After exclusion of days when Bond was unable to drink, his weekly alcohol consumption was 92 units a week, over four times the recommended amount. His maximum daily consumption was 49.8 units. He had only 12.5 alcohol free days out of 87.5 days on which he was able to drink.
Conclusions James Bond’s level of alcohol intake puts him at high risk of multiple alcohol related diseases and an early death. The level of functioning as displayed in the books is inconsistent with the physical, mental, and indeed sexual functioning expected from someone drinking this much alcohol. We advise an immediate referral for further assessment and treatment, a reduction in alcohol consumption to safe levels, and suspect that the famous catchphrase “shaken, not stirred” could be because of alcohol induced tremor affecting his hands.

BMJ: Were James Bond’s drinks shaken because of alcohol induced tremor?

Objective To quantify James Bond’s consumption of alcohol as detailed in the series of novels by Ian Fleming.

Design Retrospective literature review.

Setting The study authors’ homes, in a comfy chair.

Participants Commander James Bond, 007; Mr Ian Lancaster Fleming.

Main outcome measures Weekly alcohol consumption by Commander Bond.

Methods All 14 James Bond books were read by two of the authors. Contemporaneous notes were taken detailing every alcoholic drink taken. Predefined alcohol unit levels were used to calculate consumption. Days when Bond was unable to consume alcohol (such as through incarceration) were noted.

Results After exclusion of days when Bond was unable to drink, his weekly alcohol consumption was 92 units a week, over four times the recommended amount. His maximum daily consumption was 49.8 units. He had only 12.5 alcohol free days out of 87.5 days on which he was able to drink.

Conclusions James Bond’s level of alcohol intake puts him at high risk of multiple alcohol related diseases and an early death. The level of functioning as displayed in the books is inconsistent with the physical, mental, and indeed sexual functioning expected from someone drinking this much alcohol. We advise an immediate referral for further assessment and treatment, a reduction in alcohol consumption to safe levels, and suspect that the famous catchphrase “shaken, not stirred” could be because of alcohol induced tremor affecting his hands.

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The History of 007 infographic from cabletv.com highlights the actors who have played Bond, the cars he drove, the guns he used, and the villains he famously fought to save the world.
Good blend of photos, illustrations and charts to tell the story of 50 years of James Bond.

The History of 007 infographic from cabletv.com highlights the actors who have played Bond, the cars he drove, the guns he used, and the villains he famously fought to save the world.

Good blend of photos, illustrations and charts to tell the story of 50 years of James Bond.

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All the James Bonds Combined

Six actors, Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig, have portrayed James Bond in feature films (David Niven also played Bond in Casino Royale in 1967, but many consider that film “unofficial”).

Redditor g_noodle combined Bond portraits of the six actors into two “transition” Bonds, with the three “early” Bonds (Connery, Moore, Lazenby) on the left and the three “recent” Bonds (Dalton, Brosnan, and Craig) on the right. Then those two images were combined to achieve a final combination, which looks like an actor who would be considered perfect for the role.

Who does it look like to you? Clive Owen? George Clooney? Mel Gibson? I still see Sean Connery and Roger Moore in this picture. The various steps in the process are shown in a series at imgur. Link -via reddit

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Fascinating editing exercise that highlights the Bond movie formula by slicing together 5 min sections from 22 movies in order - and it works.

Approximately five minutes from each of the 22 Eon produced James Bond films have been cut together, in order and in sequence, beginning with the first five minutes of DR. NO (1962) followed by minutes 5-10 of FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963), minutes 10-15 of GOLDFINGER (1964), minutes 15-20 of THUNDERBALL (1965), continuing on through each of the remaining 18 Bond features (accounting for variables in each title’s running time) culminating with the final five minutes of 2008’s QUANTUM OF SOLACE.

This fresh look at the “James Bond Formula” provides a new exploration of the evolution of the series into a filmmaking genre uniquely its own. With few exceptions, each title’s transition into the picture that follows it is nearly seamless, creating a viewing experience that at first might serve to remind us “if you’ve seen one Bond film, you’ve seen them all,” but looking more closely it is in fact an endearing homage to a character who single-handedly shaped modern cinema’s action/adventure formula and who continues to leave an indelible mark on generations worldwide.

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In the last interview before his passing in 1991, longtime Bond titles director Maurice Binder observed that Bond sequences were the likely precursors to the modern day music video, in that they blended experimental filmmaking and pop culture into a format perfectly suited for pop music. From the ’60s onwards, the Bond theme song, and its title sequence by proxy, have become synonymous with rock n’ roll’s biggest (or sometimes, trendiest) acts, and in doing so lent credibility to the MTV-led music video explosion of the early-to-mid-’80s.
more: http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/skyfall/

In the last interview before his passing in 1991, longtime Bond titles director Maurice Binder observed that Bond sequences were the likely precursors to the modern day music video, in that they blended experimental filmmaking and pop culture into a format perfectly suited for pop music. From the ’60s onwards, the Bond theme song, and its title sequence by proxy, have become synonymous with rock n’ roll’s biggest (or sometimes, trendiest) acts, and in doing so lent credibility to the MTV-led music video explosion of the early-to-mid-’80s.

more: http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/skyfall/

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