Issue 26: Unseen Bond - MI6 Confidential
Famous Monsters of Filmland #275
From Script to Screen: Tomorrow Never Dies
Neil McNally inspects an early draft of Tomorrow Never Dies by Bruce Feistein, exposing some of the early concepts and plot points that never made it to the screen.
Ian and Ray: Starburst Magazine
Self Portrait: An Interview with Drew Struzan
Over the past forty years, legendary artist Drew Struzan has given moviegoers some of the most iconic film posters of all time. From Star Wars, to Indiana Jones, to Back to the Future and beyond, it’s hard not to mention the movies and Drew Struzan in the same breath. With the recent release of the documentary Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, fans for the first time are getting the chance to see the artist responsible for changing the way audiences view the movies.
Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Mr. Struzan at his studio where he graciously spoke with Famous Monsters about his long career and the past and present state of the movie poster…
Starburst Magazine Muppet Issue #398
On July 10, 1958 two friends sat down for a good natured and genial chat. The men’s thoughts on life, writing, and admiration for each other were captured for posterity on BBC Radio. Their names? Ian Fleming and Raymond Chandler. No introduction is needed here. Their novels conjure up images of mythical worlds of fantastic espionage and the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles. CASINO ROYALE and GOLDFINGER can sit comfortably on the same bookshelf with THE BIG SLEEP (1939) and THE LONG GOODBYE (1953) any day…
The Shorts: Everything or Nothing | MI6-HQ.com
Brian Henson Interview:
As chairman of The Jim Henson Company, Brian Henson ensures his father’s legacy while continuing to astound audiences with new technologies, fantastic characters, and the undeniable Henson gift for making the world smile. Starburst pays a visit to Hollywood’s historic Charlie Chaplin Studios to talk with Henson about his wide-ranging career as a puppeteer and filmmaker…
Brian Jay Jones Interview:
Weighing in at over 600 pages, Jim Henson: The Biography is the first definitive account of the late genius’s life and work. Starburst talks to its author, Brian Jay Jones…
The Shorts: Operation Kid Brother | MI6-HQ.com
Guest writer Neil McNally examines the anatomy of the ‘Everything or Nothing’ promotional trailer…
For 007 fans in the United States, one of the joys of BBC America’s “Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond” has been the great Bond centric programming that has come along with it. There’s been everything from movie marathons to “blink and you’ll miss it” showings of the definitive and wide ranging documentary “Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007.” It’s a documentary so well done, that naturally you’d expect nothing less from the trailer. So, without further ado, let’s suit up for our next mission…
Interview: Josh Mills | Here's Edie - The Edie Adams Television Collection
Guest writer Neil McNally examines the anatomy of the ‘Operation Kid Brother’ promotional trailer
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But, when it comes to the next film in our Shorts series, some things are better left to interpretation. “Operation Kid Brother”, also known as “O.K.Connery”, stands as a towering achievement in the annals of James Bond imitators. But, what sets this 1967 film apart isn’t its script or subject matter, but its star, a certain Mr. Connery…Neil Connery. For good or bad, Sean’s younger brother Neil make his film debut in this 007 knock off to end all knock offs…
Starburst #395 - 2014 Preview Edition
At the time, Adams was known not only for being an accomplished singer and Broadway star, but an actress in such classic films as The Apartment and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. However, it was her marriage and long working relationship with the late comedic television visionary Ernie Kovacs that prepared her for the daunting challenge of producing and starring in her very own television series. In fact, it was Kovacs’s death in December, 1962 in a tragic car accident that was the initial impetus for the show itself.
Faced with Kovacs’s years of unpaid back taxes, Adams went back to work, and if the DVD set is any indication, in a very big way…
Screem Magazine #27
2014 MOVIE SUMMARIES:
Muppets Most Wanted-It’s time to put on…a sequel? That’s right! The Muppets are back and this time they’re doing it in style. Picking up from the last film, the gang takes “The Muppet Show” on a world tour! Exotic locales abound, as the Muppets are unwittingly drawn into a crime caper headed by the villainous Constantine…
X-Men: Days of Future Past- Are you ready for what may just be the biggest, and hopefully best, X-Men film of all? Director Bryan Singer, returning to the franchise, assembles an impressive cast line-up that includes such stalwarts as Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and MIchael Fassbender…
Mr. Peabody & Sherman-Animator Jay Ward’s creations return in this upcoming CGI film from Dreamworks. Join the brilliant talking dog Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) as he cracks the laws of time with his legendary “WABAC Machine”…
The Shorts: From Russia With Love | MI6-HQ
BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS DVD REVIEW:
If you’re in the mood for a vintage film starring Peter Lorre and a creepy, disembodied hand, then “The Beast with Five Fingers” may be for you. Recently released by the “Warner Archives Collection,” this 1946 film may be overlooked in comparison to Lorre’s other works. But, Lorre’s usual pitch -perfect performance, coupled with the film’s distinctive look, make it a welcome addition to any classic horror fan’s library…
THE FROZEN DEAD DVD REVIEW:
1967’s The Frozen Dead is one of those films that would have been ripe for the picking had it been chosen for Mystery Science Theater 3000. In fact, I’m surprised it never was. It has all the ingredients of a horror film of dubious quality. There’s something to be said for a movie that has the bravado to regale us with a story involving 1960s Nazi scientists-in-hiding, a living decapitated head, and questionable acting…
Top Ten Doctor Who Cliffhangers | Starburst Magazine
Guest writer Neil McNally examines the anatomy of the ‘From Russia With Love’ promotional trailer…
Intrigue. Suspense. Danger. Action. These are just some of the words that can be used to describe what makes the James Bond film franchise tick. Think of each film as a delicate house of cards. If one crucial element is not in place, the whole thing comes crashing down. However, certainly no one would ever dream of relegating 1963’s classic ‘From Russia With Love’ to this fallen pile. The film, as well as Fleming’s original 1957 novel, still stands as one of the strongest highlights of the series to date.
The Shorts:Quantum of Solace | MI6-HQ
Without cliffhangers where would Doctor Who be? Over the last fifty years, this distinctive weekly sendoff has become just as beloved and well known as The Doctor himself. But, what makes them so memorable? More to the point, which have stood the test of time and space to become classics in their own right? Be sure to bring along your jelly babies and fezzes as we examine: The Top Ten Doctor Who Cliffhangers!
The Shorts:Live And Let Die | MI6-HQ
Guest writer Neil McNally examines the anatomy of the ‘Quantum of Solace’ promotional trailer
In the Bond movie canon, 2008’s “Quantum of Solace” is a bit of mixed bag. After the massive success of “Casino Royale,” the filmmakers and writers faced many difficulties trying to top themselves, and the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike certainly didn’t help. Filming commenced with an unfinished script that had its holes filled in by director Marc Forester and, believe it or not, Daniel Craig himself. In case you were wondering how Craig felt about this task, this quote from a recent interview should suffice “…a writer I am not.”
Issue 21: Octopussy 30th Anniversary | MI6 Confidential
Guest writer Neil McNally examines the anatomy of the “Live and Let Die” promotional trailer…
It’s only appropriate that the first in this ongoing series involves another first: “Live and Let Die” (1973). Roger Moore’s first appearance as 007 ushered in a new era for the movies. An era that not only saw Sean Connery turn in his gun, but one that ushered in bellbottoms and Blaxploitation: the 1970s. While 1971’s “Diamonds are Forever” officially rung in the decade, “Live and Let Die” did it in proper style. This couldn’t be more evident from its stylishly dated, but over the top trailer…
A Beautiful Friendship | MI6-HQ
From London to Udaipur, Berlin to Karl-Marx-Stadt…
"Around the World"
James Bond aficionados saw two very different 007 adventures competing for box-office supremacy in 1983. But, as the old saying goes, success often boils down to one crucial thing: location, location, location. From England, to Germany, to India, Octopussy crisscrossed the globe to bring audiences a rollicking adventure of Faberge Egg smuggling, nuclear missiles, and Roger Moore’s penultimate outing as the world’s most famous spy…..
Guest writer Neil McNally celebrates 007’s bond with Aston Martin, from the Fleming novels through to the DB5 cameo in ‘Skyfall’
Classy, seductive, and timeless. These are three words that can be used to describe not only a certain legendary secret agent, but the Aston Martin car brand itself. Founded in 1913, the Aston Martin Company has continued to produce a brand of quality sports car that not only defines elegance and sophistication, but can instantly usher us back to a time and place where ejector seats, headlight guns, and jet packs are the norm….