Sunday, 28 August 2011

Bond's 'Arms Bazaar' Outfit

        In the pre-title sequence of Tomorrow Never Dies, James Bond is tasked with setting up surveillance on a terrorist market place in the snowy Khyber pass. 007's reconnaissance mission is abruptly cut short upon hearing that a missile is heading straight towards the bazaar where two nuclear torpedoes are fixed to an L-39 jet; Bond has a matter of minutes to hijack the jet and fly it to safety before the missile strikes.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Bond's 'final battle' commando outfit

      During the end of Tomorrow Never Dies, 007 wore a black commando outfit for the climatic fight on board Carver's stealth ship. While similar to the black commando outfit Bond wore in the beginning of the previous film, Goldeneye. Both outfits are vastly different when looked at in detail.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Lindy Hemming on Bond's wardrobe in Tomorrow Never Dies

        In this latest spy adventure, based on characters created by the late author Ian Fleming, award-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming once again worked closely with Brioni master tailor Checchino Fonticoli. Seeking to provide an even more modern edge to the character's tailored look the pair subtly altered the line to a more roped shoulder, with less suppression at the waist. In addition, the button stance on the handsome actor's suit and sport jackets have been lowered a full inch-a substantial change that allow for an even easier fit that lends a slightly more contemporary yet still classic look to the James Bond style.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

The Tomorrow Never Dies Score: a Retrospective

         When James Bond returned to theaters after a six year hiatus in 1995's Goldeneye, it revitalized what many felt was a dying franchise unfit for the post Glasnost Era of the 1990's. Pierce Brosnan's debut film proved that James Bond was still relevant and that the world was in need of him more then ever. Goldeneye featured a unique music score by Luc Besson veteran Eric Serra; In the hopes that his distinct style would make for a contemporary Bond score suitable for the new era of 007. The score itself is either highly loved or looked down upon with great disdain by Bond fans. As it is a radical departure from John Barry's brassy orchestration's that have become synonymous with Bond's character as much as his tuxedo or Aston Martin. Serra's heavy techno/synthesized music created a highly unusual musical landscape for the film. In this reviewer's opinion, the unique score fits the dark Cold war atmosphere of the film perfectly. Had the score been for any other Bond film other then Goldeneye, it would have very obviously been out of place rather then fitting the tone of the film.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011


That December of 1997, I had just played GOLDENEYE the Nintendo 64 video game on a toy store in Buenos Aires. I knew the film of the same name would be broadcasted that month on cable TV.

I was on the city of Mar Del Plata, a turistic spot of Buenos Aires, Argentina, with my mom and my dad, who told me who James Bond was after he saw me playing the N64 game. On a shopping mall of that city, I saw a big cardboard poster of TOMORROW NEVER DIES. I’ve immediately recognized Pierce Brosnan, who played James Bond. But I didn’t know that was another movie different from GOLDENEYE. I even told my parents “Hey, GOLDENEYE is going to premiere on the cinemas here soon.” All I remember from those holidays is that, as a 8 year old boy, I took a picture with the big carboard poster.