Bond Talk After Dark: If They Make BOND 25 A Widower Revenge Movie I’ma Stab Somebody

Phil does not have all the time in the world for another dour 007 jam.

Today's dumb Bond 25 rumor had to go in its own news post today, so I’m coming up light this week! Thank heavens for BMD contributor Jof Gurd, who pointed me to this stealthily dry news item about Annapurna Pictures obtaining a $350 million revolving credit facility. As Jof pondered on Twitter, “enough to make a Bond film?” You’ll recall Annapurna was tilting at the 007 windmill back when Eon was hearing offers from different studios pitching themselves as distribution partners. Is this a sign of anything? Who knows, but if it is you heard it here first.

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Speaking of Bond 25, Really hoping today's news is just tabloid nonsense. If you're Daniel Craig and you get to write your own ticket for Bond 25, there's no way you show up and say "I'll do it but only if you make it MORE dour!" Right? My man HAS to want to lighten things up at this point, and in no reality can that possibly mean adapting a post-On Her Majesty's Secret Service-esque, murdered wife revenge plot (which, strictly speaking, would be the plot of Fleming's You Only Live Twice, ignored by the film of the same name). I've grown old with this Bond; I'm only going to get so many more. I just want to see the man have a Roger Moore-esque, easy-on-the-back adventure befitting a man his/our age. 

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Speaking of OHMSS nods, if anyone can find me a clean recording of the OHMSS theme song orchestration used in this Spectre trailer, they can be my new best friend. It’s so good!

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On the remix/remake tip, I recently purchased Shaken And Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project, a 1997 collection of the composer's Bond theme covers. I’m sorry to say lots of it doesn’t hold up for me; it's very much of its moment, and there’s a tranquilized vibe to some of the covers that make the whole thing feel like the tail-end of a drunken karaoke party. (They somehow made "All Time High" worse.) But Iggy Pop’s rendition of “We Have All The Time In The World” is still a favorite.

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Here’s a fun video that lines up all 24 gunbarrel sequences. It's visually and aurally engaging in surprising ways; the MGM Lion roar pile-up is my favorite part:

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