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Shaking, Stirring Up The James Bond Franchise

Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, children of original James Bond producer Albert Broccoli, have kept the business of Bond in the family. With the latest film in the 50-year-old franchise due in November, they spoke with NPR's David Greene about the Bond legacy.

007 Turns 50

In 1962, the world first met the British agent, James Bond. Since then, so much of Bond-mania has gone down in cinema history. But one of the less appreciated aspects of the franchise is the early use of actors of color in important roles. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with The Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, Wesley Morris.

The Best James Bond: Who's No. 1 As 007?

For every actor who has played James Bond in the past 50 years, there are fans who think he defined the role, and that the others merely toiled in his shadow. Cast your vote on who did the best job as "Bond — James Bond."

The 'Future' Of Movies? Critic Says It's Not So Bright

In his new book, New Yorker film critic David Denby bemoans what digital and global filmmaking has done to the industry. "[Movies] have to play in Bangkok and Bangalore ... as well as Bangor, Maine," he says. "The local flavor has gone out of them."

'Looper' Director: Memory A Form Of Time Travel

Director Rian Johnson is known for his 2005 high school noir flick Brick. His new movie, Looper, jumps 30 years into a grim future for a twisty thriller involving time traveling assassins. Johnson says time travel stories are intensely relatable, because everyone wonders about their past.

Leonard Bernstein's 'Kaddish' Symphony: A Crisis Of Faith

Conductor Marian Alsop muses on her mentor's most religious symphony, a work that raises more questions than it answers.