Box Office Buzz: My favorite movies of 2012

By Ashley Bergner
Box Office Buzz

avengersFrom superheroes to super spies, from hobbits to bow-and-arrow wielding heroines, 2012 was quite an epic year at the box office. It’s been a while since I remember so many good movies being packed into one year, and I had a difficult time narrowing down my list of favorites. Normally one film will rise to the top and emerge as my clear favorite (last year, Michael Fassbender’s breakout performance as Magneto in “X-Men: First Class” pushed that film to the top of my list). But this year, I had to spend a long time deciding what films I liked the best.

In terms of ticket sales, superheroes were the clear winners at the box office, with Joss Whedon’s epic mash-up “The Avengers” leading the pack. Arguably the most-hyped movie of the year, the film also was the biggest moneymaker, pulling in about $1.5 billion and ending up in the third slot on the list of all-time highest grossing films. It received a thumb’s up from critics, as well, scoring 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Continue reading

Earth Station 007: Celebrating 50 Years of James Bond on Screen

Earth Station 007 - 50 Years of James BondEarth Station 007 celebrates 50 years of James Bond movies with a special episode devoted to the world’s best known secret agent. Mike, Mike, and Bobby are joined on this mission by writer Anthony Taylor, award-winning artist Mark Maddox, Raging Bullets podcaster Sean Whelan, and Alan J. Porter, author of “James Bond: The History of the Illustrated 007.” We also chat with Rich Morris and Richie Brackin about “A Time to Live, A Time to Kill,” a webcomic bringing two British icons together. Last, but certainly not least, we are honored to be joined by Virginia Hey, a Bond Girl who kisses and tells about her time on “The Living Daylights.”
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Earth Station One Episode 137: Bond is Back in Skyfall

Bond is Back in SkyfallThe ESO crew went to the movies this weekend to see the newest chapter in the James Bond franchise. Mike, Mike, Booby and the award-winning artist Mark Maddox review Skyfall for your ears only! Also, writer David Wood is featured in The Geek Seat, Tommy Hancock gives us a Khan report on the Memphis Comic & Fantasy Convention, and Michael Day promotes his new event that boldly goes where no fan has gone before – Farragut Fest! All this plus the usual Rants, Raves, and Shout Outs!

Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: Bond is Back in Skyfall
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Movie review: Bond is back in ‘Skyfall’

By Ashley Bergner
Box Office Buzz

Are secret agents like James Bond still relevant, or are they relics of the Cold War era, no longer as necessary in a world controlled by technology, where hackers can access information from anywhere in the world using a computer in their living room?

That’s the question being explored by British intelligence organization MI6 in the new James Bond movie “Skyfall,” which was released in theaters this past weekend. The rules of the game of espionage are changing, and both Bond (Daniel Craig) and the head of MI6 who is known only as “M” (Judi Dench) find themselves fighting to prove they are still a vital part of the MI6 organization.

“Skyfall” is a more introspective, thought-provoking “Bond” film than we’ve seen in the past, and it’s a gamble that works. The film has earned an impressive $90 million so far — the highest “Bond” debut ever — and it has proven to be a hit with both fans and critics, earning a 92 percent rating on film review website Rotten Tomatoes. “Skyfall” is a slick, stylish spy flick, one that both honors the Bond franchise’s past and covers new ground.  Continue reading

Next on ESO…

Bond is Back and ESO is Going to Get HimNext week, Earth Station One renews its license to kill as we review the latest 007 movie, Skyfall. Plus, we take a look at the latest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead. ESO also welcomes author David Wood to the station to talk about his latest novel and he takes a turn in The Geek Seat. And don’t miss the usual rants, raves, shout outs, and Mike’s Khan Report! It’s going to be another exciting episode of Earth Station One.

ESO wants to hear from you. What did you think of Skyfall? What did you think of the latest episode of The Walking Dead? Share your thoughts with us at, the ESO Facebook Group, @EarthStationOne on Twitter, email:, or call: 404-963-9057. We might just read yours on the show.

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News from the Official James Bond website.


It has been announced that October 5th, 2012 will be Global James Bond Day, a day-long series of events for 007 fans around the world.

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How Doctor Who influenced this new iteration of James Bond

Doctor Who influences 007By Marc Bernardin, Source:

As far as long-running British pop-culture franchises go, Doctor Who and James Bond are almost twins: The Bond films launched a year before the first Who season. So it sorta makes sense that, for the most recent 007 flick, the director is turning to Who for inspiration.

Director Sam Mendes, who’s calling the shots on Daniel Craig’s third outing as Bond, Skyfall, is a Brit with some experience in geekery—aside from shooting the Oscar-winning American Beauty, he also made the comic adaptation Road to Perdition and was developing Vertigo’s Preacher for a good long while. Continue reading

Daniel Craig to make appearance as ‘James Bond’ during coverage of the 2012 Olympics

By Ashley Bergner
Box Office Buzz

A certain famous British spy will be helping to kick off the BBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympics.

Daniel Craig, who played James Bond in the recent films “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace,” will be featured in a skit called “The Arrival.”

According to U.K. news organization “The Guardian,” 007 travels to Buckingham Palace, where he’s informed he has been assigned to help launch the 2012 Olympic Games. He will be taken by helicopter to the Olympic stadium, where he will parachute into the arena. The short film will be broadcast during the BBC’s coverage of the opening ceremony. Continue reading

Do you Want Me To Speak Goldfinger? No Mr. Bond I want you to listen to ESO Episode 61

Earth Station One Episode 61 - Bond James BondOn this weeks show we are talking to you live from Dr No’s Games and Comics in Marietta, GA and how appropriate we will be having a round table discussion about 007 himself, James Bond.. and then we will return to the studios and reviewing the newest episode of Doctor Who called “The Rebel Flesh.”

Join us for an episode so big we had to call it ”Do you Want Me To Speak Goldfinger?” “No Mr. Bond I want you to listen to ESO Episode 61”

Table of Contents
0:00:00 Intro / Welcome
0:03:17 Rants & Raves – Passing of Celebrity , The Rocketeer ,Smallville
0:17:47 – The Geek Seat w/ Chris Ferguson
0:28:33 007 James Bond
1;36:40 Doctor Who: The Doctor’s Wife
2:06:00 Khan Report
2:21:09 Jarred from Dr. No’s
2:27:34 Show Close

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Celebrate late composer John Barry with 9 great sci-fi film scores

Rest in Peace John Berry

Few composers have built as illustrious a resume as John Barry, dead at 77, who won four Oscars over the course of his 40-odd-year career. While he might’ve gotten accolades for scores like Dances With Wolves, Out of Africa and Body Heat, his work on such films as Black Hole, King Kong and various Bond flicks are still a wonder to behold.

See the examples that Blastr came up with to celebrate John Barry’s work