Tuesday, 12 April 2011

BlogalongaBond: Mission Update

It's nearly three months since I had the future-award-winning idea of bringing the whole blogging world together under a poisonously-spiked umbrella of Bond-love to blog about every James Bond film once a month until the release of the new one next November. I speak, of course, of BlogalongaBond, a title for which I take no responsibility despite the fact that it fell out of my own head.
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In a rare moment of feeling pleased with myself, the thing I like most about the whole project is that some people are watching - and finding new things in - Bond films they haven't seen before, or at least not for yonks, and that brings a manly tear of butch pride to my macho eye.

Around 30 similarly-inclined bloggers have sat themselves down in front of Dr. No, From Russia With Love and Goldfinger, then taken to the internets and spilled their brains all over the shop in the name of BlogalongaBond. There've been articles, videos, songs, podcasts and even some kind of half-assed but brilliant powerpoint presentation. Every entry gets pimped on Facebook and Twitter and is archived on this page, so if you fancy perusing a broad range of opinions on the world's greatest cinema franchise, then you know where to go.

If for some reason you haven't checked out any BlogalongaBondings yet, then a) you're dead to me, but b) this is your chance to atone for your sins. Here's a mere smattering of what you've been missing:

Kinnema.com writes proper good reviews that make like well good points about stuff in you know an intelligent and considered kind of wotsit. If you see yourself as any kind of writer and enjoy feeling inadequate, check out the Goldfinger review.

The Intermittent Sprocket's monthly Bond song has thrown up three classics already, my favourite of which is "Rogues' Gallery". Start placing your bets on the Christmas 2012 Number One album now.

Follow The Lemur's science-based posts are entertaining and educational. This one tells you exactly why Goldfinger's death-by-skin-suffocation is such a load of old tommywaddle.

After It Happens' From Russia With Love slide presentation is like sitting in the world's best middle-management meeting, like, ever. Watch on an overhead projector for the full effect.

Nobody knows clothes on film like Clothes On Film, which is lucky when you think about it. If you wondered why Sean Connery still looks like a sex puma in a blue towelling playsuit, here's the answer.

And last but by no means least, here's Douche On Film's Dr. No review which for some reason hasn't yet been sold to Sight & Sound.

It's April now, which means we're wading through the underwater tedium of Thunderball, but hey! In a couple of months it'll be time for On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and THAT is a film.

BlogalongaBond's doors are wide open to newbies so if you want to crash the party, you're more than welcome to do so. It's black tie, bring a bottle. Dom Perignon, preferably (the '53; none of that '55 shit thank you very much).


  1. I'm working on a triple whammy and fitting 3 films into April - I know it's nearly half way already but I have a whole 11 days off work across Easter and the extra bank holidays so there is time for a Bond-Fest

  2. I'd better get working on my Thunderball song. Only, what, 19 more to go?

  3. Does anyone have a copy Thunderball I can borrow so I can join in and be fashionably late to the party?

  4. If you don't know anyone who owns a copy of Thunderball you need to reboot your circle of friends.

  5. You raise a very good point. You'll be pleased to know that I have managed to borrow a VHS copy of it.