It’s often thought that Dr. No established the formula that all Bond films would later follow, but a more accurate description is that having accidentally struck gold the first time, thereafter producers Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli tried very, very hard not to fuck it up.
Dr. No enjoys a reputation as one of Bond’s best for good reason, although many elements have aged poorly: the fight choreography, the visual effects, Sean Connery’s singing voice and the racism that remorselessly marginalizes any non-white with the kind of unspoken, assumptive, good-natured bigotry Hollywood still excels at. Continue reading
Nerds love film franchises and there is one that outranks, outlasts and occasionally outperforms them all: James Bond. As the cameras roll on Bond 23, we at AlphaNerd have something special for Bond fans – in depth, nerdtastic analyses of every Bond film.
No other property can match Bond’s combined profile, endurance and influence. Indeed, it’s no longer just the character of Bond that is the attraction; it’s the unstoppable steamroller of the franchise itself. Despite the lawsuits, the occasional poor box office and some truly terrible movies, it just keeps on going! Paradoxically, maintaining a successful franchise means both sticking to a formula and constantly refreshing it, and this is now part of the series’ appeal. The constant recasting and reinvention is arguably more interesting than most Bond plots and it’s this rediscovery of the familiar that we want to celebrate.