Welcome to the Movie Mistakes Newsletter! For the month of July, my theme will be James Bond.
The movies I am going to be covering this month are as follows,
GoldenEye – 1995 Starring Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. James teams up with a Russian computer programmer, Natalya Siminova, played by Izabella Scorupco, who survives an attack at her work place. They must work together to recover the “GoldenEye” access key. Along the way, Bond comes face to face with a former colleague and agent, Alec Trevelyan, played by Sean Bean. Bond soon realizes that his erstwhile friend 006 is behind everything. Bond must destroy the man that 006 has become in order to save London from the GoldenEye satellite. MGM/UA, Directed by, Martin Campbell, Rated PG-13, 130 minutes.
Tomorrow Never Dies – 1997 Starring Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. This time 007 goes up against an evil man named Elliot Carver played by Jonathan Pryce. Mr. Carver's mission is to try and start World War III, which would complete his global empire. To achieve his goal, he tries to start a confrontation over British and Chinese waters, but first he must gain the broadcasting rights in China. 007 gains the help of a woman named Wai Lin, played by Michelle Yeoh. Of course, his biggest surprise is finding his ex lover played by Teri Hatcher, married to the man he is trying to destroy. MGM/Sony Pictures, Directed by Roger Spottiswoode, Rated PG-13 117 minutes.
The World is Not Enough – 1999 Starring Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. When a friend of M's, Sir Robert King played by David Calder, is killed in a bombing at the MI6 headquarters, James is given the job of protecting his daughter Elektra King, played by Sophie Marceau. While protecting her, James uncovers a plot by a man named Renard, played by Robert Carlyle, and Miss King's former kidnapper. 007 must work very quickly from keeping Renard from sabotaging the King pipeline. Little does 007 know that Miss King also plays a role in the destruction of this pipeline that could ultimately bring down Europe. MGM/UA, Directed by, Michael Apted, Rated PG-13 128 minutes
Die Another Day – 2002 Starring Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. 007 who was captured, tortured and traded by MI6, for a psychotic terrorist. After having been accused of giving out information to the wrong side, he was held by MI6 until he escaped he then goes after Zao, played by Rick Yune. Going after Zao, he discovers a plan to destroy the world by a billionaire, Gustav Graves, played by Tobey Stephens. Along the way, he meets American Secret Agent, Jinx, played by Halle Berry. Together they work to uncover and stop the plans that could kill billions. MGM, Directed by Lee Tamahori, Rated PG-13, 133 minutes
Casino Royale – 2006 Starring Daniel Craig as James Bond. This is Daniel Craig's first attempt at James Bond, and he does a terrific job. Bond starts off without his license to kill, which he quickly achieves this after two assignations. His first mission as 007, he goes after a man named Le Chiffre, played by Mads Mikkelsen, a banker for many terrorists. Le Chiffre is playing in a high stakes poker game to win back his money to avoid detrimental consequences from these wretched people. 007 is sent to keep Le Chiffre from winning, with the aid of Vesper Lynd, played by Eva Green who poses as his wife. Together they face danger and even torture from of Le Chiffre. Bond must make a decision, if he wins the poker game could it mean Vespers life? MGM, Directed by Martin Campbell, Rated PG-13 144 minutes
Quantum of Solace – 2008 Starring Daniel Craig as James Bond. Daniel Craig again puts on the title of agent 007 and does a tremendous job. This one starts right where Casino Royale leaves off. Mr. White, played by Jesper Christensen, is lying in the trunk of Bond's car. After meeting up with M, played by Judi Dench, they interrogate Mr. White about his secret organization called Quantum. M becomes quite concerned learning that they know almost nothing of this intercontinental network. There is an assignation attempt on M and Bond goes after the man who he thinks is involved leading him to Dominic Greene, played by Mathieu Amalric. Mr. Greene is helping a Bolivian General Medrano, played by Joaquin Cosio, over throw his government for a piece of barren desert. The CIA look the other way but Bond cannot rest until he uncovers the truth and brings down who betrayed Vesper. MGM, Directed by Marc Forster, Rated PG-13 106 minutes
Answers to the June Quiz Questions;
1. Question #2 In the movie Australia, Hugh Jackman plays the Drover. He was not the first pick for this role. Do you know who was? Russell Crowe
2. Question #3 In my article Serenity, I mention the TV series that started it all. What is that TV series? Firefly
3. Question #4 Halle Berry won Best Actress for which film? Not sure, check it out on my list of Oscar Winners. Monster's Ball
4. Question #5 On what TV series did the first interracial kiss occur? The Original Star Trek, it was between Captain Kirk, played by William Shattner, and Lt. Uhura, played by Nichelle Nichols. Episode, Plato's Step Children
5. Question #6 According to director Jon Favreau, two other actors were also considered for the part of Iron Man, who were they? Clive Owen and Sam Rockwell
6. Question #7 What is the highest grossing non-english language film and the most successful R-rated film in the United States? The Passion at $370 million
7. Question #8 What Terminator film was the first to get a PG-13 rating? Terminator Salvation
Quote of the Month; Bond: Vodka Martini.
Bartender: Shaken or stirred?
Bond: Do I look like I give a damn?
Taken from Casino Royale, Daniel Craig