007 Days of 007: LIVE AND LET DIE (1973)

Jake’s Take: One Image from Live and Let Die (Guy Hamilton, 1973) This image from Roger Moore’s Bond debut reveals the film’s three principal attractions, its stars. “What shall we drink to, Mr. Bond?” “How about an earthquake?” With this image, we have the three primary things I enjoy about Roger Moore’s first outing in the series. […]

007 Days of 007: ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE (1969)

Jake’s Take: One Image from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Peter Hunt, 1969) A powerful final image from the rehabilitated masterpiece of the series. “We have all the time in the world.” To some degree, all heroic fiction balances narrative stakes and character development. More than the gadgets, the gunplay, or the globetrotting, the Bond films […]

007 Days of 007: YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1967)

Jake’s Take: One Image from You Only Live Twice (Lewis Gilbert, 1967) The image of SPECTRE’s volcano base inspires a brief consideration of Bond’s first meeting with Ernst Stavro Blofeld and the ever increasing stakes of the franchise. “This is the big one, 007.” Remember what I said in my Goldfinger post about future Bond films trying […]

007 Days of 007: FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963)

Jake’s Take: One Image from From Russia with Love (Terence Young, 1963) An image from the Orient Express fight scene in the second James Bond film leads to a brief appreciation for quick, realistic screen fights. “My orders are to kill you and deliver the Lektor. How I do it is my business. It’ll be slow […]

007 Days of 007: DR. NO (1962)

Jake’s Take: One Image from Dr. No (Terence Young, 1962) Jake Smith examines an image that introduced filmgoers around the world to Ian Fleming’s suave secret agent, James Bond. “Bond. James Bond.” It was the introduction heard ‘round the world. It thankfully remains so. And while I have loved the Bond films since I was a boy, […]