10.26.2012

Oh. Oh. The Making of the first completely digital James Bond Movie.

I know not everyone will care about movie making here at the VSL blog but I am a big Ian Fleming & James Bond fan. If you like the movies you may find this great article about making the latest "Bond" film with all digital movie cameras very interesting:

http://www.hdvideopro.com/display/features/secret-agent-man.html

Definitely not shot with consumer DSLRs but a really engaging look at how the movie industry works.


The movies generally are campy, action-y and over-produced (but incredibly fun) but the books, mostly written in the 1950's, are a whole other story. They are written with ample visual description and are now like a time machine allowing readers to see a world before our time through the eyes of a brilliant and cynical observer. Go grab an old Ian Fleming novel and lose yourself for an afternoon. Guilty pleasure but pleasure indeed.

8 comments:

Craig Yuill said...

I loved reading the Ian Fleming "Bond" books. I had to get rid of my copies when I got married as part of a mandatory downsizing. If any VSL readers do get the urge to read one I would suggest starting with the first novel in the series, "Casino Royale".

Anonymous said...

I have always preferred the Matt Helm books myself. Start with "Death of a Citizen" and read through "Murder's Row" for a good feel for the character. I keep hearing of plans to make them as serious movies, rather than the Bond spoofs starring Dean Martin, but it never seems to happen.

Kirk Tuck, Photographer/Writer said...

harumph. Matt Helm. Maybe. But Bond absolutely.

Anonymous said...

When talent, vision, creativity (and lots of money)
collide a new world can take shape on the silver screen.

Dogman said...

I discovered Fleming's Bond books back in my high school days before the first movie was released. I read all Fleming's books back then, including the travel guidebook. I really should go back and re-read the Bond books. It's been over 40 years since I last read them.

Anonymous said...

I think the only Ian Fleming book I ever read was 'Dr. No', but that has was so far in the past I can hardly remember it. For fictional spy stories set to film I really liked the BBC productions of 'Tinker Taylor...' and 'Smileys People'. I was a teenager when the first Bond films appeared and sure, they were fun and all that. But now, 50 years later I tried to watch "From Russia With Love" and just couldn't sit through the whole thing. Never get tired of 'Bullitt' though.

John Robison

Andrea Costa said...

Some times ago I bought the entire serie of novels on Ebay (in English, softcovers, second-hand), and I'm enjoying it immensely (presently I'm reading the short-stories collection "For Your Eyes Only"). And I'm a great fan of Daniel Craig, it seems to me the one that captures more correctly the original Bond character.

Paul Gero said...

Deakins is a master and my favorite cinematographer...what he's done with Shawsank Redemption, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, No Country for Old Men, are simply amazing.