With No Time to Die firing up the box office, Bond is indeed back with style. And for a 60 year beloved franchise known for its good looks, that style is everything. The look of the 007 franchise has been hugely influential on pop culture as we know it today. And for every iteration of such a legendary franchise, the challenge becomes how to make 60 years worth of style look continuously fresh with every film. That’s where famed costume designer, Suttirat Anne Larlarb comes into the picture!Continue reading “Making 007 Look Good with Costume Designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb”
No Time to Die is finally here! All week long we’ve been counting down to the release of the movie with interviews with the cast and director, so thank you folks for sticking with us! We’ve been fortunate enough to be graced by the presences of Cary Fukunaga, Jeffrey Wright and Billy Magnussen, Lea Seydoux, and Lashana Lynch! But, as is the case with all Bond villains, we’ve saved the most devious reveal for last! We had a chance to talk to Safin himself – the incredible Oscar and Emmy winning actor, Rami Malek!Continue reading “Rami Malek on Reinventing the Bond Villain in ‘No Time to Die’”
One day more, until No Time to Die hits theaters everyone! And our final two interviews for 007 week are incredible! Today, I’m pleased to announce we are unveiling our interview with Lashana Lynch, who plays Nomi the first woman of color to inherit the mantle of 007!Continue reading “Lashana Lynch on Being the First Black, Female 007 in ‘No Time to Die’”
James Bond will return in two more days! All this week, we’ve been counting down to Daniel Craig’s final appearance as 007 in No Time to Die, hitting theaters this Friday. And as part of the countdown, we’ve revealed our interviews with stars Jeffrey Wright and Billy Magnussen, and director Cary Fukanaga. Today we would like to reveal our interview with leading lady, Lea Seydoux!Continue reading “Lea Seydoux from ‘No Time to Die’ on the History of the Bond Girl”
The 007 countdown continues! To commemorate the release of the final Daniel Craig 007 film, No Time to Die, we are delighted to share a series of interviews with the film’s ever talented cast and crew. Yesterday we shared with you our discussion with director Cary Fukunaga. Today we’re sitting down with 007 veteran, and brilliant actor overall, Jeffrey Wright, and new to the 007 franchise (but no less brilliant) Billy Magnussen.Continue reading “Jeffrey Wright and Billy Magnussen Discuss Their Characters in ‘No Time to Die’”
It’s 007 week here at The Nerds of Color, folks! I’ve already raved about the film in our NOC Review last week. But to countdown to the release of Daniel Craig’s triumphant finale as Bond, James Bond, we are releasing one interview a day with the folks who brought us the stunning conclusion to the the Craig era of 007!Continue reading “‘No Time to Die’ Director Cary Fukunaga Takes on the 007 Legacy”
It’s a bittersweet experience walking into the final installment of a film franchise you’ve enjoyed for 15 years. Something about the finality of a series you’ve seen grow and develop over the years hits you in the feels. Yes, I know Bond’s been around for close to 60 years. And yes, I grew up watching Bond movies like everyone else. I was nine when Goldeneye came out, and saw all of the Brosnan films as well when they hit theaters too. But to be honest those just didn’t register on any emotional level for me. I simply didn’t care about the character or the franchise unless I was playing as him on N64. That was until Daniel Craig came along.Continue reading “NOC Review: ‘No Time to Die’ is Capital Closure for Craig”
It’s a fine day for trailers, folks! In addition to this morning’s surprise drop of the next future horror classic from James Wan, we’re now being treated to the final trailer for the Daniel Craig’s last ride as 007, No Time To Die!Continue reading “Bond is Back in the Final Trailer for ‘No Time To Die’”
Bond is back! The trailer for the new 007 film, No Time to Die just dropped today, and it’s trending pretty high. It’s been four years since the last 007 film, Spectre, which was seen as a bit of a disappointment following the dynamite showcase that was Skyfall. But the always amazing Daniel Craig is stepping back into the tux of the world’s greatest MI6 agent for one final gloriously amazing martini, and he’s bringing Oscar-winner, Rami Malek with him!
This week on Hard NOC Life, Shawn and Keith discuss the news from the waning days of summer, including Childish Gambino’s latest, the new Jack Ryan series on Amazon, and the reveal of Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel.
Yesterday, the movie world was shocked (not really) to learn Daniel Craig had turned down a small fortune to return to the big screen as James Bond, leaving a 007-sized hole for the franchise. Of course, the most obvious successor to the Aston Martin is Idris Elba, preferably in a Christopher Nolan-directed 007. Unfortunately, he’s “too street” to be considered, whatever that means. (We know what that means). So why not give an Asian actor a license to kill? Thus, #AsianBond was born on twitter. It’s not like there isn’t a plethora of Asian Brits who could take the role. In fact, I came up with nine. The only caveat is that they all hail from the UK, so sorry John Cho.
Spectre wasn’t the disaster some reviewers claim but it’s certainly nowhere close to Casino Royale (a film I consider one of the greatest Bond films of all time behind Goldfinger, License to Kill, and For Your Eyes Only).
The problem with Spectre is the similar problem with much of mainstream franchise cinema: “safe” stories with play-it-safe-writing that reduces the cinematic experience to a minor distraction from a busy week instead of an exploration of ideas.
Originally posted at BadAzz MoFo
After the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I wrote a piece about the supporting character Falcon and something called “sidekickism.” Race and racial ideology was at the heart and soul of what I wrote about, which of course rubbed some people the wrong way. Fortunately, I’ve never cared about how my observations about race and racism may or may not upset people who wander through life with blinders on, convincing themselves that it’s all good when it comes to issues of race.
And though it was never my intention to revisit sidekickism, there is more to be said. Because some people still don’t fully comprehend the impact of racial ideology, and how it affects everything — including things as innocuous as pop culture — I wanted to take a look at sidekickism through a very narrow and specific lens. This leads us to today’s topic: Felix Leiter, sidekick to James Bond.