Bond is a fictional character and the protagonist of the James Bond series created by British author Ian Fleming. Since the first publication of Casino Royale in 1953, the character’s popularity has continued to increase and he now possesses his own unique brand of lifestyle and fashion. Nowadays, the character is so popular that he even has his very own mobile phone app, called Bond 007. (You can learn more about Bond and his adventures at the Bond website.)
Inspired by the real-life persona of the author, Ian Fleming, the character is a blend of many of the author’s actual personality traits combined with aspects of other famous literary characters. As a result, Bond is often referred to as a literary character and even as a living legend. In the same vein, the James Bond lifestyle is now also referred to as ‘Fleming-nomics’.
The world of entertainment is a complex place, and alongside the Hollywood movie studios, performers, and directors, there are a host of professionals who work behind the scenes to make magic happen on the big screen. To fully understand the process behind the making of a Hollywood blockbuster, one must first establish who the leading man is in the production.
The Importance of Good Chemistry With The Actor
When approaching the casting process for a new project, there are several things that one must keep in mind. First of all, one should search for a performer who shares the same values as the director. (In other words, the director should share the same beliefs as the character the actor is playing.) Values such as loyalty, bravery, and justice are characteristics that the Bond series is famous for, and these are qualities that Bond himself espouses. Moreover, one must find an actor who is both charismatic and likeable, and who can bring a character to life on screen.
To truly embody the essence of James Bond, one must find a performer who embodies the character’s physical and mental prowess as well as his drive for justice. Moreover, for the actor to succeed in creating the unique James Bond identity, he must have a clear connection to the source material as authored by Ian Fleming. This is because the Bond character is an amalgamation of the author’s own personality traits as well as the personalities of literary figures such as Sherlock Holmes, H.R. Haggard, and even Adolf Hitler. As a result, the actor playing Bond must be able to channel these literary figures, and in doing so, bring a new dimension to the character.
The Process Of Screenwriting
Once casting has been completed, the next step is to develop the storyline. There is great variation in the process of screenwriting, but generally speaking, the first step is to lay the groundwork for the story. For Ian Fleming, this meant creating a detailed outline of the story, and then expanding on this with a detailed script. In terms of the Bond series, this first step entails coming up with a detailed outline of the story, which is then used to guide the writing of the screenplay.
Having an outline is essential, as it allows the screenwriter to properly scope and organize his ideas. Moreover, having more than one person working on the outline allows for feedback and collaboration, which can result in a much better final product. (For a full script of Casino Royale, see here.)
Once the groundwork has been laid, the next step is to flesh out the characters and their interactions with each other. In terms of Bond, this entails first coming up with a detailed description of the character’s physical appearance, mannerisms, and behaviors. (For a guide to creating a character bible, see here.)
This information is then used to craft a character outline, which is subsequently turned into a full script. For instance, 007’s full costume (including the iconic white suit with the black tie) was actually designed and tailored by the renowned menswear brand, Savile Row. Moreover, the famous ‘Bond, James Bond’ entrance theme, was composed by well-known film composer, John Barry. (Barry also composed the titles and ending theme for the film, Live And Let Die.) The title sequence was designed by well-known film graphic designer, Maurice Brouillard.
The Importance Of Good Planning
Planning is essential, and it should not be relegated to the end of the process. One should have a general idea of what is going on, and this should form the basis of the planning process. For instance, one must work out the blocking and the stunt work, as this will determine the pace of the shooting schedule. (More on that below.)
Additionally, one should come up with a shooting schedule, which takes into account the number of pages required by the script as well as the time available for shooting. (This should be laid out in detail and reviewed with the director and production manager at the very least.) Moreover, given that Bond is often featured in elaborate action sequences, one must consider how to make these as exciting to shoot as they are written in the script. This entails proper planning of the stunts and the set designs, as well as figuring out the special effects to be used in the sequence.
The Importance Of Music In The Film
As mentioned above, John Barry is responsible for the ‘James Bond’ theme song, and it is often cited as one of the greatest theme songs of all time. Moreover, Barry’s music is so memorable and iconic that he was eventually asked to provide the music for the main title sequence, as well. This is because the original ‘James Bond’ theme song was so distinctive and memorable that it was used in both the opening and closing credits. (You can listen to the iconic James Bond Theme here. For more information on the music of the Bond series, see here.)
Music is important in anchoring an emotional connection with an audience. Moreover, due to the nature of the narrative and the action sequences, there is often a heavy use of music in the Bond series. This is because music can be helpful in distracting the audience while the action is unfolding, as well as being able to provide a more dynamic quality to the action. (For instance, a suspenseful scene with no music would be quite dull and uninteresting compared to the same scene with a pulse-pounding song playing in the background.)
As mentioned above, there are several professionals involved in the filmmaking process, and one must keep in mind that not all of them are created equal. It is therefore important to seek out skilled, knowledge-based professionals who can provide real value to the process. Moreover, it is essential to work with a collaborator who has extensive experience in the creative field, as well as someone with hands-on experience in the film industry. (In other words, one must work with someone who can give the best possible advice and who has actually been there, done that, and can therefore provide valuable insights).
Additionally, it is a must that all communications with the collaborator are kept confidential, as this will ensure that no misunderstandings arise during the process.