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Licence to Kill BlogalongaBond. One Bond film a month until Bond 23 turns up.

There's nothing like a secret agent going rogue. Actually, there's nothing like a secret who doesn't: they literally don't exist.

Moles, insiders, traitors, saboteurs, mavericks, heroes, wrongly-accused people - from Harry Palmer and Jason Bourne to Veronica Salt and Ethan Hunt, going rogue is in every secret agent's job description. It's actually expected by your employers. If you don't go rogue at least once in your career, you get bumped off. Probably by another rogue agent.

And that's why I, like many others, love Licence to Kill. It's the nasty Bond film. The one where 007 shows just how much of a bastard he really is (well, that and Benicio Del Toro saying the word "honeymoon").

Dalton, already the steely-eyed murderer of Fleming's novels, is even more cold and ruthless than normal. Going on the rampage to avenge Felix Leiter (brother from Langley)'s death, he practically puts up a sign saying "Roger Moore's eyebrows are not welcome here". Then kills anyone who doesn't bother to read it.

But while John Glen delights in the everyday ambitions of Robert Davi's drug dealing villain Sanchez, and we enjoy the 15-rated blood splattering of THAT pressure chamber death scene (cf. the industrial microwave in Kick-Ass), this is hardly the first time 007 has gone rogue. Pursuing Blofeld, getting Goldfinger, he spends a lot of time disobeying M and chasing his own agenda - he's MI6's Quincy, the government's McNulty, Her Majesty's House. The Columbo of the secret service.

By the time the 1989 outing comes along, he's already a bit of an expert.

So, if you're a patriotic spy and you're concerned about your career progression, take a few tips from the best with this informative pamphlet that came free with my DVD...

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The Living Daylights titleBlogalongaBond. One Bond film a month until Skyfall arrives in November.

Roger Moore is gone. Long live James Bond. That's the response of any sane 007 fan now that Old Eyebrows out of the frame. In his place, someone new. Someone young. Someone with hair. Someone with manly sideburns. Someone... Welsh. Someone called Timothy Dalton.

It's surprising just how much of a difference one actor can make. You see, no matter who's wearing the Bond shoes, this is still a John Glen film - and the A View to a Kill, Octopussy and For Your Eyes Only helmer is still churning out the same old thing. So too are stalwart Moore-era screenwriters Michael G. Wilson and Richard Maibaum. It's no shock, then, that within a few minutes of the opening credits (featuring a title song that rivals Duran Duran's previous effort), James Bond has already scaled a cliff, driven a jeep off the top of it, wrestled a man for a parachute mid-air, landed on a speedboat somewhere in the ocean and picked up a hot girl. He even says a joke at the end.

But you know what? At no point does any of this stupid nonsense feel camp, cheesy or silly because unlike Moore's affable granddad figure, Dalton's secret agent has a sense of a danger - a cold edge that he balances perfectly with a twinkling smile. Not since Connery has there been such a finely-tuned mix of debonair and ready-to-detonate. Timmy gives the whole spy thing a gravitas sorely missing from the last seven movies.

And thank goodness for that. Because his stunts are as ridiculous as ever, from diving out of the back-end of a plane to ice-skating in an Aston Martin V8 Vantage round a frozen lake - blowing up lots of things in the process.

How does Bond keep control of the vehicle through all of this? Well, he obviously had this educational pamphlet with him:

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Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Cast: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany
Certificate: 12AG

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. It takes a great name to attract stars from Hollywood's A-list. Ever since 2006's The Lives of Others, it was clear that the man christened Florian by the Henckel von Donnermarcks was destined for great things. This isn't one of them.

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Director: Lee Unkrich
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, Don Rickles, John Ratzenberger, Ned Beatty
Certificate: U

It took Pixar four years to come up with a flawless sequel to an instant classic - Toy Story established an entirely new genre back in 1995, its technical innovation easily matched by the excellent Toy Story 2. But now Lee Unkrich faces the challenge of continuing that warmth and humour into the third of the trilogy. Is 11 years enough time to give Woody and Buzz a proper final outing? You bet it is.

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Everyone was amazed when Toy Story 2 surpassed the sheer brilliance of the original Toy Story. But could Pixar really do it again with Toy Story 3? It might just be possible, judging by the new Toy Story 3 trailer which showed up online today. It has laughs, it has monkeys, it has Ken meeting Barbie. It even has a new character called Lots-O' Huggin' Bear. He's pink. And awesome.

Lots-O' Huggin' is the bear in charge at Sunnyside Day Care, where Andry dumps his toys so he can head off to college without looking like a gay softy. But after a bit of rough and tumble play, Woody, Buzz and the gang are all set to break out of Sunnyside. As long as Lots-O' lets them.

This third trailer for Pixar's second sequel comes as a massive relief - that last one really worried me (mainly because it looked pants). But hey, 3-D or no 3-D (I wish it were no 3-D), this is honestly looking a lot more like the Lee Unkrich we know - after all, he did co-direct Toy Story 2. And Finding Nemo. 

Head over to MTV for the new trailer, or read on for the video. 

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Yes, it's here - the official full trailer for Toy Story 3. We all know by now that it's in 3-D (for better or worse), but here's the plot reveal: with Andy older and off to college, the abandoned toys end up in daycare. Playthings for monsters who like to play rough, they hate their new owners - cue an escape plan.

The video kicks off with some handheld camcorder stuff, setting up the sentiment for Pixar's third outing. But while bits are quite amusing (a reset Buzz Lightyear ending up in Spanish mode is brilliant), it's honestly a bit of a wobbly trailer.

Still, don't lose hope, because yet another casting announcement has been made, and once again it's incredibly promising: Kirsten Schaal will be voicing an un-named mystery character. Yes, crazy stalker Mel from Flight of the Conchords will be lending her hilarious larynx to the line-up. Well, that's restored my faith.

But hey, all those die-hard Disney fans will just be excited by the return of Randy Newman. Erm, hooray. Check out the trailer over at Apple.

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