Been on a real Bond kick lately, mostly thanks to John Gruber and Dan Benjamin and their wonderful podcast The Talk Show. It’s actually really great to get back into these films as I was such a huge fan when I was a kid but hadn’t seen most of them since I first watched them almost 10 years ago. It’s also great to finally go back and check out the ones that I’ve missed along the way (spoiler alert: they were the crappy ones).
It’s common for me after finishing watching a movie to peruse the IMDB and Wikipedia articles (as well as check out the ocassional special feature) and along the way was reminded of something I had grabbed a while back.
Banned Bond Commentaries.
"Whaaaaaaaa!?" you say (doing your best Moe Szyslak impression). Apparently back in the early nineties, The Criterion Collection (yes, that Criterion collection) released the first three Bond movies on Laserdisc. One of the included special features (remember, Criterion pioneered this stuff) were audio commentaries from the crew of the Bond films (usually the directors, editor, and writers). Apparently there was some controversy regarding what was said in these commentaries (though to this day I haven’t been able to figure out what exactly it was) and EON Productions forced Criterion to pull the discs.
For the more recent DVD releases of the Bond films these commentaries were pulled and brand new ones recorded. And for a while if you wanted to hear these mythical commentaries you had to track down these fairly rare, out-of-print discs on a now more-or-less completely dead format.
Until recently. A dedicated Bond fan recently transfered these commentaries (along with the numerous other Criterion exclusive special features) to DVD and posted them online. While I myself haven’t gotten a hold of the discs (I don’t really have time to download over 12gb) someone kindly posted just the commentary tracks.
Unfortunately, for the life of me I couldn’t find the link. And for that reason decided to reupload them myself (along with some fancy new artwork based on the recent Penguin Re-Release of the Novels and the more recent Criterion style artwork). They are really worth checking out as they give you an insiders look into the making of the classic original three (and arguably best) Bond Films, as well as scholarly commentary from some guy who I guess worked for Criterion.
Definitely worth checking out, and I’m sure the Banned Bond DVDs are well worth tracking down aswell. But if you’re like me and just want to throw the commentaries on your iPod then be sure to grab the zip file included bellow. Grab a dry vodka martini (shaken, not stirred of course), sit back, and geek out.
And for those of you who haven’t checked out the early Bond films I highly suggest you do. After all, they were good enough for Criterion, they should be good enough for you. And don’t worry, there’s no invisible cars to be seen (or not seen I guess).
In case you were wondering: Goldfinger is my favourite of the classic Bonds (and Connery is the best of the original Bonds as well), but I still think Casino Royale might be my favourite of the entire series (and Daniel Craig is hands down the best Bond, period).
Also, if anyone can offer more info about what got these Banned that would be amazing!
I won’t lie: I’ve had a bit of a man crush on The Sandwich since I first downloaded You Look Nice Today (go download the back catalogue right now) which was only compounded by the fact that his name is the same as mine, and he’s also a filmmaker (like I hope to be). Not to mention that everything he touches is solid gold. And it also doesn’t hurt that he’s funny to boot.
Here he chats about his hardware and software set-up which for geeks like me is almost better than porn (“What would make it better than porn?” you ask? Pictures.)
Post to Twitter is a Safari 5+ extension for Mac users. This extension, coupled with Twitter for Mac, makes your Twitter experience on the Mac a whole lot better.
What Post to Twitter does: - Installs a toolbar icon in the Safari browser, and once clicked on, you can post to twitter the current page you are on with a title and link. - Allows you to post to twitter the current page with a title and link by right clicking anywhere on the page and clicking on “Post page to twitter.” - Allows you to post to twitter a selected text that points to a link by right clicking on the selected text/link and clicking on “Post link to twitter.”
Basically my tweeting about cool links just got a shit-load faster.