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Articles published in 2013:

Mar 3 Trite Team

Trite Team

Robert Weedon | Sunday 3rd March 2013

Robert compares two documentaries about Richard III based on the same footage and asks why Channel 4 found it so difficult to make a serious documentary.


Mar 18 Review: The American

Review: The American

Simon Pitt | Monday 18th March 2013

Working through his DVD backlog, Simon watches The American, George Clooney's scrawniest role to date.


May 22 Review: Parker

Review: Parker

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 22nd May 2013

In which Jason Statham punches a collection of things.


Jun 22 Classic FM and market research

Classic FM and market research

Robert Weedon | Saturday 22nd June 2013

Robert looks at Classic FM, the only non-BBC national FM station, and wonders how market research has shaped their playlist and whether it's better or worse for it.


Jun 25 Review: Taken 2 and Video Game Films

Review: Taken 2 and Video Game Films

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 25th June 2013

Simon continues his pattern of reviewing average action films months after their release with Taken 2.


Jul 3 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Skyfall

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Skyfall

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 3rd July 2013

Being thrown out of a plane without a parachute. Throwing an electric heater into a bath. Single-handedly taking out half the world's terrorists. The pre-title sequences to James Bond films feature some of the most memorable (and at times ridiculous) moments of the series. Simon starts watching and commenting on all of the Bond pre-title sequences


Jul 5 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Quantum of Solace

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Quantum of Solace

Simon Pitt | Friday 5th July 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. Today is Quantum of Solace, half way between a Bourne-clone and a disappointment. It gets the balance wrong, and misses out on a better twist.


Jul 6 3D TV - the white elephant in the room

3D TV - the white elephant in the room

Robert Weedon | Saturday 6th July 2013

As the BBC end their two year trial of 3D television, Robert looks at why they never really took off.


Jul 7 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Casino Royale

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Casino Royale

Simon Pitt | Sunday 7th July 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. Today is Casino Royale, black and white soviet-like thrills, and Russian hats.


Jul 9 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Die Another Day

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Die Another Day

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 9th July 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. Today is Die Another Day. North Korean face changing, space lasers and a man with diamonds in his face forever.


Jul 11 Bond Pretitle Sequences: The World is Not Enough

Bond Pretitle Sequences: The World is Not Enough

Simon Pitt | Thursday 11th July 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. Today is The World is Not Enough. Denise Richards as a nuclear scientist in hotpants, a man with a bullet in his brain and something to do with oil.


Jul 12 Classic FM's 10 best classical tear-jerkers

Classic FM's 10 best classical tear-jerkers

Robert Weedon | Friday 12th July 2013

Robert discusses a distasteful article on the Classic FM website.


Jul 13 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Tomorrow Never Dies

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Tomorrow Never Dies

Simon Pitt | Saturday 13th July 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. This time Tomorrow Never Dies. A remote controlled car, a newspaper mogul who definitely isn't inspired by Rupert Murdoch and fun with sat nav.


Jul 16 Count Arthur Strong's TV transition

Count Arthur Strong's TV transition

Robert Weedon | Tuesday 16th July 2013

Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show!, an affectionate and hilarious tribute to BBC Light Programme shows, has followed in the footsteps of Hancock in tranferring to television. But is it any good?


Jul 16 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Goldeneye

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Goldeneye

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 16th July 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. This time Goldeneye. A woman with a strange fetish, another space laser (sort of thing) and the Russians aren't villains this time.


Jul 19 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Licence to Kill

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Licence to Kill

Simon Pitt | Friday 19th July 2013

I'm continuing my viewing of all the Bond pre-title sequences teasers in reverse order. Today is Licence to Kill; probably the most violent Bond film ever made.


Jul 21 Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Living Daylights

Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Living Daylights

Simon Pitt | Sunday 21st July 2013

I'm watching every Bond pre-credit teaser in reverse order. Today is The Living Daylights. War games Gibraltar and fun with the KGB.


Jul 23 Bond Pretitle Sequences: A View to a Kill

Bond Pretitle Sequences: A View to a Kill

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 23rd July 2013

I'm still watching all of the pre-credit teasers to Bond films. Today is A View to A Kill, a Bond film probably set in the mind of a retired and senile Bond, as he sits in a retirement home. The Beach Boys playing on the radio.


Jul 25 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Octopussy

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Octopussy

Simon Pitt | Thursday 25th July 2013

I've been working my way through all the Bond films, watching the pre-title teaser from each. Today is the naughtily entitled Octopussy. Cuba, a tiny plane and the Roger Moore silliness continues.


Jul 27 Bond Pretitle Sequences: For Your Eyes Only

Bond Pretitle Sequences: For Your Eyes Only

Simon Pitt | Saturday 27th July 2013

I'm going through and watching all of the Bond films, starting with Skyfall and working backwards. Today is For Your Eyes Only, a sensible Bond film with an awful pre-credit teaser.


Jul 29 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Moonraker

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Moonraker

Simon Pitt | Monday 29th July 2013

I've been working my way through the Bond films, just watching the first five to fifteen minutes of each, up to the opening titles. Today, Moonraker, the worst Bond film ever made. But how does it fare if you judge it just on the first ten minutes?


Jul 31 Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Spy Who Loved Me

Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Spy Who Loved Me

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 31st July 2013

I'm working my way through all of the pre-credit teasers to each Bond film (I'm fun like that). Today is The Spy Who Loved Me, praised by Alan Partridge as "the greatest film ever made", and not "the one where a laser goes up his jaffas". It might not be the greatest film ever, but is it the greatest pre-title sequence?


Aug 4 Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Man with the Golden Gun

Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Man with the Golden Gun

Simon Pitt | Sunday 4th August 2013

I'm still watching the beginning of each Bond film. Today is The Man with the Golden Gun, another film with gold in the title. A little person called Nick Nack, a man with a supernumerary nipple (they're more common than you might expect) and a waxwork of Roger Moore.


Aug 7 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Live and Let Die

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Live and Let Die

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 7th August 2013

I'm watching all of the Bond pre-title sequences. Finally, I've got through the Roger Moore years, and arrived at the start, the shocking moment, the first gun barrel sequence where Bond doesn't wear a hat.


Aug 10 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Diamonds Are Forever

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Diamonds Are Forever

Simon Pitt | Saturday 10th August 2013

Finally, after the silly Moore years, the suave Brosnan years, the brutish Craig period, and the lumpy Dalton films, Connery, the real Bond, walks into the gun barrel. I've been watching the pre-credit teasers of each Bond film, working backwards from Skyfall. Today is the last Connery film: Diamonds are Forever


Aug 13 Bond Pretitle Sequences: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Bond Pretitle Sequences: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 13th August 2013

I have got up to On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in my quest to watch the opening sequence to every Bond film. Today, the one with the guy who was only Bond once, as someone at work called it.


Aug 16 Bond Pretitle Sequences: You Only Live Twice

Bond Pretitle Sequences: You Only Live Twice

Simon Pitt | Friday 16th August 2013

I'm watching the beginning of every Bond film, up to the credits. Today is You Only Live Twice. Connery is in Japan. A lot. And there's a volcano that opens up.


Aug 20 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Thunderball

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Thunderball

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 20th August 2013

I'm watching every Bond pre-credit sequence. Today Thunderball. And he strikes... like Thunderball. Whatever that means. And whoever "he" is. Bond hits a woman, his car breaks down and he delivers some flowers. It's an action packed thrill ride.


Aug 23 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Goldfinger

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Goldfinger

Simon Pitt | Friday 23rd August 2013

Goldfinger contains, in many ways, the original Bond pre-title sequence. It has it all. A big explosion. A cavalier pun in response to the death of a fellow human being and a belly dancer. Oh and a seagull.


Aug 25 Bond Pretitle Sequences: From Russia With Love

Bond Pretitle Sequences: From Russia With Love

Simon Pitt | Sunday 25th August 2013

Sean Connery is back as Bond. After the success of Dr No, Bond returned. And this time, there was a pre-title sequence. An exciting, action-packed mini-film that sees the death of Bond. Should cinema-goers demand their money back? Is the rest of the film just M wondering what to put in Bond's obituary?


Aug 26 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Dr No

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Dr No

Simon Pitt | Monday 26th August 2013

And so, after 22 films, 22 pre-credit sequences, two toilets, four police chases, two harnesses, two sequences bathed in red light and one duck on a head, I've arrived at Dr No, where it all started. The first Eon Bond film and the beginning of my journey through Bond Pretitle Sequences. But has it all ended in an anti-climax. Dr No doesn't have a sequence before the credits. Or does it?



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