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A guide to all things Bond at Alternate Ending. Directed by Sam Mendes Written by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth Premiered 26 October, 2015 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCE The time has come to acknowledge that, notwithstanding the hellish editing in the car chase that opens Quantum of Solace, the Daniel Craig […]

A spoiler-free review of the film can be found here. And be warned: there are LOTS of spoilers in this essay. A guide to all things Bond at Alternate Ending. Directed by Sam Mendes Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan Premiered 23 October, 2012 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCE This doesn’t sound important, but […]

A guide to all things Bond at Alternate Ending. Directed by Marc Forster Written by Paul Haggis and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade Premiered 29 October, 2008 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCEZooming swooshy camera over the Mediterranean – cars! Speed! Cars! Speed! Swerve! Speed traffic cars! Zoom zoom vrrrrrrrm zoom! Is an Aston Martin car! Trucks! Crash swerve […]

A previous review of this film can be found here. A guide to this blog’s James Bond marathon can be found right here. CASINO ROYALEDirected by Martin CampbellWritten by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Paul HaggisPremiered 14 November, 2006 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCEThere’s no gun barrel opening, which shocked me the first time I saw the […]

A guide to this blog’s James Bond marathon can be found right here. DIE ANOTHER DAYDirected by Lee TamahoriWritten by Neal Purvis & Robert WadePremiered 18 November, 2002 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCEAfter the operatic, 14+ minute opening to The World Is Not Enough, there was apparently some pressure to make the next one just as grand and […]

A guide to all things Bond at Alternate Ending. Directed by Michael Apted Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Bruce Feirstein, from a story by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade Premiered 8 November, 1999 As one of the few Bond movies with a significant enough twist that it can actually be spoiled, I […]

A guide to this blog’s James Bond marathon can be found right here. TOMORROW NEVER DIESDirected by Roger SpottiswoodeWritten by Bruce FeirsteinPremiered 12 December, 1997 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCESeveral members of MI6 and the British Navy, including M herself (Judi Dench) and a certain Admiral Roebuck (Geoffrey Palmer), watch tensely as Agent 007 (Pierce Brosnan) transmits footage […]

A guide to all things Bond at Alternate Ending. Directed by Martin Campbell Written by Jeffrey Caine and Bruce Feirstein, from a story by Michael France Premiered 13 November, 1995 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCE Pierce Brosnan’s four-film, seven-year residency in the tux of Britain’s greatest spy, James Bond, started off at its very peak, with what I […]

A guide to all things Bond at Alternate Ending. Directed by John Glen Written by Michael G. Wilson and Richard Maibaum Premiered 13 June, 1989 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCE First things first: the film opens with the first significant change to the scoring of the iconic gun-barrel sequence; though Monty Norman’s James Bond Theme comes in when […]

A guide to this blog’s James Bond marathon can be found right here. THE LIVING DAYLIGHTSDirected by John GlenWritten by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. WilsonPremiered 29 June, 1987 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCEAnd so, having bid goodbye to the genial, charming, brightly authoritative, and above all, goddamn old Roger Moore, the folks at Eon seemed to view […]

A guide to this blog’s James Bond marathon can be found right here. A VIEW TO A KILLDirected by John GlenWritten by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. WilsonPremiered 22 May, 1985 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCEAfter an uncharacteristic disclaimer announcing that there is no real-world figure that the movie is basing its villainous plot upon, we jump into: […]

A guide to this blog’s James Bond marathon can be found right here. NEVER SAY NEVER AGAINDirected by Irvin KershnerWritten by Lorenzo Semple, Jr.Premiered 6 October, 1983 PRE-TITLE SEQUENCEThere isn’t one. We should not takes this as a break with tradition, though; for reasons to be explained shortly, this isn’t an “official” Bond movie. TITLE […]