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)

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 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

A Ray Harryhausen Primer (Part 2)

We haven't exactly done a poll, but we'd wager that there's more than a few individuals down there who are Ray Harryhausen fans. It just seems to come with the territory. Especially if you have any interest at all in modeling, film-making, or animation. Yesterday, as a nod to individuals who have chosen this as … Continue reading A Ray Harryhausen Primer (Part 2)

Film History 101 (Part 11): The “Tent Pole” Becomes the Norm

When we last left off, we were discussing how "Jaws" and a certain other film from the 1970s had completely redrawn the Hollywood landscape.   These movies proved that a studio didn't have to turn out a series of successful films to make gobs of money.   All you needed was one, and you could maintain a … Continue reading Film History 101 (Part 11): The “Tent Pole” Becomes the Norm

Film History 101 (Part 10): Open Wide

One of the most famous "behind the scenes"  stories ever to come out of Hollywood occurred during the 1970s.   It happened during the filming of Marathon Man (a terrific movie by the way) and involved stars Laurence Olivier and Dustin Hoffman.  Specifically, it took place during the filming of the famous scene where Olivier's Nazi … Continue reading Film History 101 (Part 10): Open Wide