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This Week on Criticwire: The Pre-Skyfall Finishing Touches

This Week on Criticwire: The Pre-Skyfall Finishing Touches

The Criticwire Survey: Your Favorite Bond Film: “Casino Royale” gets a lot of attention here, but it’s a varied list that shows the true scope of Bond admiration.

Weird Pull Quote Theater: ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’: The web’s favorite recurring blog segment returns with an oddly selective excerpt from our friends over at The Playlist.

An Alternate ‘View’ on the Most Hated Bond Film Ever: The classic Duran Duran theme song, an aging Roger Moore and a all-too-fun villain turn from Christopher Walken all add up to the fact that “View to a Kill” might not be as bad as everyone makes it out to be.

If Daniel Craig is Your Favorite Bond, Are You Really a Bond Fan?In short, it depends on why you like him, whether as an evolutionary version of the icon or as a rebellious figure who shares no similarities with his predecessors.

From the Wire: On ‘the Myth’ of So-Bad-It’s-Good: While it’s hard to completely condemn the tried-and-true practice of ironic film viewing, the question of cinematic merit seems to be shifting to whether or not a film has a recognizable personal element.

Bondanomics: The Latest 007 Rankings from Around the Web: Dying to find out how different sites have ranked the best and worst parts of each film in the series? We have a helpful roundup.

The Bond Foreign Language Title Quiz: I loved “Calm Down Mr. Bond”!

Angry ‘Skyfall’ Commenters React to Negative Reviews As If Sky Was Actually Falling: Himanshu Pant is really angling for that Angry Commenter Lifetime Achievement Award.

Criticwire Picks: Surprise! It’s ‘Skyfall.’ Plus: How to Avoid ‘Starlet’ Spoilers: We’re not the only ones crazy about the latest Bond installment, as scores of other critics are lining up to praise the acting, directing, cinematography or all of the above.

VODetails: ‘Save the Date’: If you’re a fan of TV comedies, this one might be worth checking out just for the cast.

Criticwire’s Year-End Movie Cheat Sheet: Prepare to be daunted (or excited or pleased or surprised) by how many well-reviewed films are still out there, waiting to be absorbed.

The Best Bond Films Ever: As an added bonus, each Bond iteration has its own representation on this list of seven.

From the Wire: Stanley Kubrick, the Elephantine Termite: B. Kite’s recent essay in Film Comment captures the appeal and intrigue of the iconic director in an impressive, concise fashion.

Elliott Stein (1928-2012): The Village Voice film critic and programmer represented a bygone era of written and typed criticism, providing an opportunity for one future film blogger to learn from one of the best.

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