Michael Lee Simpson

How Has The Character Of James Bond Evolved? (Part 2)

How Has The Character Of James Bond Evolved? (Part 2)

This is the second part of our series on the evolution of James Bond and his immense cultural impact. It all began in the imagination of Ian Lancaster Fleming, a prolific British writer, and Naval Intelligence Officer. The sophisticated spy has been walking the earth since 1953, first splashed on the pages of Ian Fleming’s […]

 Michael Lee Simpson

How Has The Character Of James Bond Evolved? (Part 1)

How Has The Character Of James Bond Evolved? (Part 1)

Dry Vodka Martini – Shaken Not Stirred. That famous drink immortalized by Sean Connery (James Bond) will forever live in our collective drinking psyches. Connery may have passed earlier this year, but his suave spy persona will live on in cinematic eternity as style-aspiring males point their finger guns at the screen. It seems befitting […]

 Michael Lee Simpson

What Makes A Character Memorable?

What Makes A Character Memorable?

A white feather floats through the air, drifting high in the afternoon sky. As it drops, fluttering through clouds, “Paramount Pictures Presents” fades in with opening titles—“A Steve Tish/Wendy Finerman Production”—“A Robert Zemekis Film”—and the feather travels further on its journey, whisked away by the breeze, hovering over a busy Savannah, Georgia street. The feather […]

 Michael Lee Simpson

Why The Film & TV Industry Needs Producers

Why The Film & TV Industry Needs Producers

“The idea of a star being born is bushwa. A star is created, carefully and cold-bloodily, built from nothing, from nobody. Age, beauty, talent, least of all talent, has nothing to do with it. We could make silk purses out of sows’ ears every day of the week.” So says Louis B. Mayer, one of […]

 Michael Lee Simpson

Why Do Some Filmmakers Revise History?

Why Do Some Filmmakers Revise History?

It’s August 8, 1969, in the Beverly Crest neighborhood of Los Angeles. Tucked comfortably away behind hedges on Cielo Drive, a French country-style mansion sits with five people alive and well inside. It’s the end of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Leonardo DiCaprio stands outside the gates. He’s playing the role of faded […]