SPECTRE: Mendes does Bond’s greatest hits

Poor old Sam Mendes. In some ways he’s a victim of his own success. Skyfall broke a billion at the box office so it was a tough act to follow. Particularly if that act was yourself. But Dan and Sam formed a superb working relationship on Skyfall, so why wouldn’t they roll the dice again?… Continue reading SPECTRE: Mendes does Bond’s greatest hits

Trailer park: Spectre, Southpaw, Spooks

First things first, let’s get the big guns out of the way. As far as new trailers go, the latest Bond film gets top billing. There’s also one from Jake Gyllenhaal – who’s in a bit of a purple patch – and some spy thingy set in London and starring ‘fit Kit’ Harington (him off… Continue reading Trailer park: Spectre, Southpaw, Spooks

On my mind… Penelope Cruz

Born in Madrid in 1974, Penelope Cruz Sanchez made her acting debut aged 16, before receiving critical acclaim for her role in Jamon Jamon the following year in 1992. Since then her career has gone from strength to strength. She’s the first Spanish actress to receive an Academy Award (the second ever to be nominated),… Continue reading On my mind… Penelope Cruz

Best twenty films of 2012

It’s been an epic year for films across a variety of genres. This list reflects my taste in films so I hope you enjoy. Sorry Twilight, you didn’t make the cut! Skyfall Strangely there are people who don’t like this film and say it’s not classic Bond. I think it’s the closest to Fleming’s Bond… Continue reading Best twenty films of 2012

Skyfall, Mendes, Bond and badass Bardem

Bond team assemble! Ok, I’ve slightly mixed up my franchises but seriously, hats off to Sam Mendes. Or should it be hats off to Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson? The producers behind Bond in the Brosnan and Craig eras. Maybe we should also doff our caps to Daniel Craig? Not just for his performance… Continue reading Skyfall, Mendes, Bond and badass Bardem