“Born again Bond: In the new film 007 dies then comes miraculously back to life. What a metaphor for a hero who seemed doomed to sink into self-parody.”
– Christopher Stevens. Set for release in cinemas October 26, the 23rd official James Bond film, Skyfall, marks the 50th anniversary of the film series.
Nigel Powlson looks back at the not always golden history of one of cinema’s enduring characters. IT may be one of the most successful movie franchises of all-time but there have been plenty of rough times during James Bond’s 50-year film career. Identity crises, changes of fashion and taste and, more recently, a financial meltdown that threatened to put 007 permanently on ice, have all brought the series to a temporary halt.
But the over-sexed super-spy has always come roaring back, often in a sleek new guise ready to thrill a whole new generation of movie-goers.