I can’t remember the last time we actually gave Bond good #Bond_age_. All the way back in the depths of 2013. Ages. Eons even. Are we rejoining for top tier Bond? Ehhhh….. It’s hard to argue that we’re not on the downslope of the Brosnan years. That’s not to say that #TWINE has nothing to offer. #TWINE has a lot to offer… and then, well… you know. But that doesn’t mean we’re not talking about prime live tweet potential. Consider this your warm up live tweet for #DAD.
Wednesday, January 8th at 9pm EST. It’s the THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH live tweet. Follow #TWINE hashtag.
The Proto-#Bond_age_ Holiday edition for Charade proved to be so popular I again sought to enlist the mother/daughter duo of @MiddParent and @NitrateDiva to host another. And as we tossed about ideas for their follow-up, one name kept popping into my mind. Sherlock.
Thus, #Bond_age_ presents Proto-#Bond_age_ Vol. 2: the Sherlock Holmes Double Feature.
Other than James Bond, what character could be considered as timeless or prolific — as cross-generational? (Somewhere I heard someone say Zatoichi.) Played by a number of different actors. Derived from a literary source. Why hasn’t the “Time Lord Theory” expanded to include Sherlock Holmes as well? Sherlock Holmes is the brainy James Bond. Conversely, James Bond is the charismatic Sherlock Holmes. I’ve even referenced Sherlock in one of my #Bond_age_ essays. And as it turned out, our hosts are Holmes junkies. It had to be done. The only problems: choosing the Holmes and choosing the episode. The Holmes, for me, was a no-brainer. Basil Rathbone. Prolific and definitely Proto. For the episode, I wanted to find a plot regarding a matter of international importance to relate more closely with Bond. And of my favorites I settled on Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (available on YouTube and Amazon Prime Instant Video). But The Secret Weapon is a relatively brief outing for a live tweet. Amazon streams a double feature of The Secret Weapon and Terror By Night.Bingo. One international plot and one traditional local Holmes whodunnit on a train! I’ll post links to the movies through Amazon and YouTube on the day of the live tweet.
Join us for the Sherlock Holmes Double Feature Live Tweet, hosted by #Bond_age_’s Holmes experts in residence @MiddParent and @NitrateDiva on Wednesday, January 1st at 9pm EST. Follow #SherlockBond hashtag.
Do you miss Party Moore? Do you wish we could bring him back, just because? Well, you’re in luck because we’re doing just that! It’s time for #Bond_age_ IMPOSTOR #7: the FFOLKES live tweet!
Lucky number seven brings us a seafaring daring-do starring Roger Moore, James Mason (Archer’s spirit guide!) and Anthony Perkins, not to mention THE David Hedison (aka the other Leiter that didn’t suck). Screenwriter Jack Davies also penned Those Magnificent Men in Those Flying Machines (for which he was nominated for an Oscar) so you know we’re talking quality. From the IMDB page: When terrorists take over two oil rigs and threaten to explode them if their demands are not met, a unique commando unit is sent in to stop them. INDEED! Give Ffolkes (aka North Sea Hijack) the warm #Bond_age_ welcome Wednesday at 9pm EST. Follow #Ffolkes hashtag. Ffolkes is available to watch through Netflix streaming.
Since I couldn’t find the trailer to embed, he’s a slice of the film itself.
This Wednesday is not only the wraparound Tomorrow Never Dies live tweet, it also marks the 1-year #Bond_age_ anniversary!
Or #Bond_age_versary, if you will. I hope everybody stops by for at least an obligatory tweet during the presentation. Consider it your birthday present for Party Moore. But don’t be stingy with the snark, it really dresses up a tweet, like a nice ribbon.
But first we have other matters to attend to. Namely revisiting the TOMORROW NEVER DIES theatrical trailer.
It’s that time of year again… when we throw up our Christmas trees while drinking cappuccinos laced with spirits in red Starbucks holiday mugs and listening to a rotating vinyl collection of John Denver and the Muppets, the Tijuana Brass and Christmas in the Stars. This year, however, it also happens to be the season of 00-Fluffy. That’s right, the Fluffmeister is back to warm your frozen cockles with more #Bond_age_.
This Wednesday at 9pm EST, it’s the GoldenEye Live Tweet. Follow #GoldenEye hashtag.
Though #Bond_age_ had planned to take a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday, there seems to be no rest for the espionage included. And this, friends, is an awesome thing.
That said, I introduce to you the first edition of Proto-#Bond_age_! CHARADE starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau and IMPOSTOR favorite James Coburn.
Released in 1963, the Stanley Donen-directed Charade sets itself apart from the similarly styled espionage films of the 1960’s because it places a female at the center of the drama. Additionally, the Connery-driven machismo of the Bond films instigated an entirely new direction for the espionage-thriller. Charade comes directly out of an older Hollywood model, trading largely on the charisma and star-power of its two leads Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Charade is at once a contemporary espionage film and an old-fashioned 1950’s romance. In that way, Charade reflects the films that formed Bond’s roots… but it is far more mindful of the genre’s tropes. It subverts genre and audience expectations both in terms of narrative and the characters played by it’s established stars.
Join us for the Charade Live Tweet, hosted by @MiddParent and @NitrateDiva, on Wednesday, November 27th at 9pm. Follow #Charade hashtag.