Countdown to Goldfinger’s 45th anniversary part I

Whether you like the movie or not, Goldfinger in 1964 was the first mega-007 hit. There may be better Bond movies (From Russia With Love and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service come to mind), but Goldfinger made James Bond a cinema super star. Next month is the 45th anniversary of the film’s world premier. In […]

The Spy Command marks its 10th anniversary

Today marks the 10th anniversary of The Spy Command. It has been a long journey. Initially, the blog was a spinoff of a website (Her Majesty’s Secret Servant) that’s no longer online. It took a few months for the blog to find its own voice, its own point of view. Yet it did. The blog’s […]

Goldfinger’s 50th anniversary: the golden touch

This month marks the 50th anniversary of Goldfinger, the third James Bond film. Where Dr. No and From Russia With Love were wildly successful, Goldfinger turned 007 into a phenomenon. Where the first two films were escapist, Goldfinger was outlandish — a woman killed with gold paint, a car equipped with an ejector seat, machine […]

OHMSS’s 40th anniversary Part I: The men who would be Bond

In a few short weeks it will be the 40th anniversary of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The film is a) one of the best, if not the best, James Bond movies; b) the “first major hiccup” in the Bond series (as TCM weekend host Ben Mankiewicz put it in introducing Diamonds Are Forever when […]

2014: numerous big 007 anniversaries

We were reminded that 2014 will mark a number of significant James Bond film anniversaries. Thus, there’s more reason than normal for 007 fans to dip into their home video copies. 50th anniversary of Goldfinger. The first mega-hit for Agent 007. 45th anniversary of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. An early attempt to bring 007 […]

1965: Time describes Bondomania

For James Bond fans, 1965 was quite a year. In the U.S., Goldfinger played well into the year after a December premier; United Artists circulated a double bill of Dr. No and From Russia With Love; the television special The Incredible World of James Bond (airing in the timeslot of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., then […]