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 […]

 Jeff York

3 Major Plusses That Phoebe Waller-Bridge Could Bring to Bond 25

3 Major Plusses That Phoebe Waller-Bridge Could Bring to Bond 25

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is having quite the moment. In the past year, she’s scooped up awards all over the place for Fleabag and Killing Eve, the two British TV series she created in 2016 and 2018, respectively, including two Golden Globes for the former this past weekend. In April, No Time to Die, the 25th film […]

 Jeff York

From Sherlock Holmes to Benoit Blanc: The Appeal of the Outsider Detective

From Sherlock Holmes to Benoit Blanc: The Appeal of the Outsider Detective

Sherlock Holmes is the world’s most beloved fictional detective, a literary character that has enthralled millions across the globe since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created him in 1887. Since then, many writers of the page and screen have created their own ridiculously intelligent and eccentric sleuths to solve their fictional mysteries as well. One of […]

 Jeff York

Rian Johnson Hilariously Riffs on Agatha Christie with “Knives Out”

Rian Johnson Hilariously Riffs on Agatha Christie with “Knives Out”

Agatha Christie’s estate in England has made a concerted effort over the past few years to revitalize the late, great author’s works, particularly in adaptations for the big and small screen. Kenneth Branagh and John Malkovich both rebooted Hercule Poirot in various vehicles, and the BBC produced two critically-acclaimed TV movies with And Then There […]