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James Bond retrospective 013: ‘Octopussy’ (1983)

There’s a tradition of James Bond films switching styles and generally trying to horn in on the zeitgeist, as seen in Live and Let Die’s ‘Blaxploitation’ and Moonraker’s ‘Space Opera’. There’s also a trend of ‘going back to basics’ to reset the series after any entry that’s particularly over the top, the prime examples being...

‘Being Human’ (2009-2013): A retrospective

One of the British sci-fi/fantasy success stories of the 2010s, Being Human ran on BBC Three for five seasons between 2009 and 2013, gaining a large and devoted fanbase in the process. Its cast ranged from the already well-established (Mark Williams, Julian Barratt) to up-and-comers who went on to even greater things – like Aidan...

James Bond retrospective 012: ‘For Your Eyes Only’ (1981)

After the sheer bonkers excess of Moonraker there really was only one thing for Bond to do – go back to Earth. So we have a Moore-era Bond that could just about have starred Connery in the ’60s, and it’s all the better for it. Buy the complete James Bond collection on Blu-ray here.  ...

Harry Potter Year 6 revisited: ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’

The film adaptation of Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts arrived on cinema screens in 2009. Things are changing at Hogwarts. Voldemort’s power is rising beyond the school walls, and nobody is truly safe. Draco Malfoy is harbouring a dark secret, Snape has claimed the much coveted position of Defence Against The Dark Arts professor,...

James Bond retrospective 011: ‘Moonraker’ (1979)

There’s no way to hide from the fact that Moonraker is properly bonkers. From concept to execution, the decisions that must have been made are largely inexplicable, and yet, somehow, it all just about pulls together. In essence, it’s pretty much the Greatest Hits of James Bond. In space. Buy the complete James Bond collection...

Rewind: Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s ‘Psychoville’ revisited

A third season of Inside No. 9 arrives on our TV screens this month, so let’s take a look back at its creators’ previous comedy venture, Psychoville. Psychoville was broadcast on BBC Two from 2009 to 2011, and its run consisted of two seasons and a Halloween special. The dark comedy thriller was the brainchild...

James Bond retrospective 010: ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ (1977)

The rushed Man with the Golden Gun was a financial and critical disappointment upon its release in 1974, so much so that production on the next adventure was delayed to ensure the team got the next one right. Fortunately they came up with probably the quintessential Roger Moore Bond movie; 1977’s practically perfect The Spy Who...

Harry Potter Year 5 revisited: ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’

2007 brought with it Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in movie form. Harry’s fifth year marks something of a change in the franchise; a turn for the darker, in terms of both plot and style. The Goblet of Fire ends with Voldemort’s return, so it’s natural that the stakes are heightened and...