Shaken…Not Stirred (Part 3)

In our last two posts, we gave an overview of James Bond from a producer’s point of view…providing a short history of the series and highlighting why certain changes were made along the way. In doing so, we necessarily had to skip over the films themselves… barely mentioning some of them in fact. Which is … Continue reading Shaken…Not Stirred (Part 3)

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Shaken…Not Stirred (Part 2)

Yesterday, when we left off, the Bond franchise was at a standstill. Having lost their undisputed number one star (Sean Connery), and failing miserably in their attempt to replace him with an unknown (George Lazenby) both “Cubby” Broccoli and Harry Saltzman knew their next casting decision was going to be critical. If they were successful … Continue reading Shaken…Not Stirred (Part 2)

Shaken…Not Stirred (Part 1)

Yes, it’s finally time for Miracle Movies to discuss James Bond and his place in film history. (Who just said what took you so long?) To date, Mr. Bond has been the star attraction in 26 different feature films, which combined have made the tidy sum of over $7 billion. Adjusted for inflation, they represent … Continue reading Shaken…Not Stirred (Part 1)

The Master of Disaster (Part 2)

If you refer to our post from yesterday, you'll see we were talking about one of the most passionate producer/directors in the history of Hollywood: Irwin Allen. If you remember, Mr. Allen had just come off a major triumph with The Poseidon Adventure. Riding a wave of prestige, he told his home studio--20th Century Fox--that … Continue reading The Master of Disaster (Part 2)

The Master of Disaster (Part 1)

In the history of Hollywood, there's been one producer/director who could never be accused of not having passion for his job. Tinseltown is an extremely demanding and cruel arena in which to ply your trade. But not only was this individual extremely successful....he positively reveled in the position. His name was Irwin Allen. And with … Continue reading The Master of Disaster (Part 1)

Pushing the Envelope: The Career of Paul Verhoeven (Part 2)

Yesterday, we discussed the first part of director Paul Verhoeven's career.  We saw how after growing up in the Netherlands and making a name for himself there, he came to Hollywood in the late 1980s with every intention of "pushing the envelope."  This he managed to do while scoring huge successes with the films "Robocop" … Continue reading Pushing the Envelope: The Career of Paul Verhoeven (Part 2)

Pushing the Envelope: The Career of Paul Verhoeven (Part 1)

"I feel there's a huge discrepancy between what life really is and what we are supposed to see in the movies." So says Paul Verhoeven, one of the most successful directors in Hollywood during the past three decades.  While there's no denying that he had an extremely profitable run during the 1990s, it wasn't necessarily … Continue reading Pushing the Envelope: The Career of Paul Verhoeven (Part 1)

Management Advice From Roger Corman

As a public service, we'd like to tell you about Roger Corman. Often called "The King of the B's" or "The Pope of Pop Cinema," Mr. Corman has had a colossal impact on Film History. Not necessarily because of the "artistry" of his films, but because of his unrelenting emphasis on "getting things done." Indeed, … Continue reading Management Advice From Roger Corman

The Dead of Night

In this edition of Miracle Movies, we're going to illustrate some of the trials and tribulations of low-budget film-making. Specifically focusing on some things which just won't die.  Such as the walking dead and where the modern zombie got its start. And that would be a small, ultra-low budget film entitled Night of the Living … Continue reading The Dead of Night

The Legacy of Irving Thalberg

We wanted to convey another story from Film History which we feel is important. It has to do with a man you've probably never heard of, yet who left an indelible imprint on the entire film industry. One who played a major role in shaping cinema as the dominant art form of the 20th century. … Continue reading The Legacy of Irving Thalberg