Good news: Steven Soderbergh's well-publicised retirement from directing only lasted about four years. He's back with this lively, relentlessly enjoyable caper that feels like a mash-up between his Ocean's Eleven and Magic Mike movies. Using America's economic situation as a launching point (without any political message), he spins a loose-limbed adventure with a gang of endearingly scruffy characters. If this is your cup of tea, it's a proper guilty pleasure.
In West Virginia, the Logan family has had a string of very bad luck, leaving Jimmy (Channing Tatum) with a dodgy knee and his younger brother Clyde (Adam Driver) with a missing arm. Their sister Mellie (Riley Keough) has so far escaped injury, so Jimmy hatches a plan to change their fortunes by robbing the Charlotte Nascar race course, which he knows inside and out because he's just been sacked from his job there. They need the help of explosives expert Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), who's in jail. So in addition to an elaborate heist, they must also plan a prison break. They also bring in Joe's nerdy gamer brothers (Jack Quaid and Brian Gleeson).
Frankly, all of these people are such misfits that no one would ever suspect them of being capable of carrying out such a complicated plan. And that's the point: it's easy to underestimate people who seem uneducated. This gives the cast plenty to play with. Tatum and particularly Driver are terrific at the centre, with their hang-dog expressions and understated skill sets. Keough gets to play the one person in the story with brains, and has a great time rampaging through each scene. But the movie is stolen by Craig, who goes wildly against type as the hilariously nutty Joe. In one classic scene, he barely contains his exasperation while explaining how to make a bomb out of gummy bears.
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Craig confirmed to Stephen Colbert on Tuesday that he would play 007 for the final time in the upcoming 2019 film.
The English actor famously said, ahead of the release of Spectre back in 2015, that he would sooner “slit his wrists” than play Bond again. However, he may now live to regret those words, after he confirmed to Stephen Colbert on US chat show ‘The Late Show’ on Tuesday night (August 15th) that he would be reprising the role one last time when the 25th movie is released in two years’ time.
“I have been quite cagey about it,” Craig admitted to Colbert. “I have been doing interviews all day and people have been asking me and I think I’ve been rather coy. But kind of felt like if I was going to speak the truth I should speak truth to you.”
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Jimmy and Clyde Logan are two down-and-out brothers from West Virginia. Jimmy has been fired from his job on a construction site for reasons relating to insurance and Clyde's job as a one-armed bartender hasn't worked out too well either. To get themselves out of the financial mess that they're in (and, indeed, that their family have been in for almost 100 years), Jimmy suggests robbing $14 million from the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina during the hugely anticipated Coca-Cola 600 race over Memorial Day weekend. He has discovered how the money is being moved to a bank vault, but they need to spring the vault-blowing expert Joe Bang from prison in order to execute the heist. With the help of their sister Mellie and their new pals the Redneck Robbers, they plot the perfect robbery - but all is naturally not going to go as swimmingly as they could have hoped.
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The actor says he isn't "holding out for more money or doing anything like that".
Stepping into the leading role of James Bond all the way back in 2006 when 'Casino Royale' hit cinemas, Daniel Craig immediately became one of the most impressive actors to take on the role, which is why he then returned in 2008 for 'Quantum of Solace'. 'Skyfall' came next in 2012 with THAT brilliant Adele track, before 'Spectre' hit cinemas in 2015.
Daniel Craig as James Bond in 'Spectre'
At this point, it looked as if Craig was getting fed up of playing the world's most famous spy, making comments that many deemed inappropriate, but some said were taken out of context and were simply meant as a joke. With rumours that he would be replaced for what is currently being called 'James Bond 25', it was more recently claimed that he had in fact come to an agreement and would not only be starring in the film, but also the 26th Bond franchise entry that came after.
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Release date confirmed, but details are still thin.
An official release date has finally been confirmed for the next James Bond film, which has the working title of 'Bond 25'. Cast announcements are yet to be made, with Daniel Craig's return as the titular super-spy yet to be confirmed despite rumours that he is definitely involved.
Daniel Craig at Into Film Awards 2017
'Bond 25' is coming in 2019 and while a director is not yet attached to the project, the screenplay is being written by the BAFTA winning Neal Purvis and Robert Wade who wrote the previous six movies - most recently 2015's 'Spectre'. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are producing, with Gregg Wilson credited as associate producer.
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Nolan spoke to Playboy and admitted he "deeply loves" the Bond character but only sees himself directing it if the character "needs reinvention".
Film director Christopher Nolan has admitted that he’s been in talks with the producers of the James Bond series in previous years, and suggested that he could possibly be in line to direct the next movie in the franchise.
The 46 year old director, who is gearing up for his latest released Dunkirk and has previously helmed the likes of Interstellar, Inception and the three Batman movies that featured Christian Bale, revealed in an interview that he “deeply loves” the Bond films and the character, and has spoken to the people behind the Bond franchise.
“I've spoken to the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson over the years,” he told Playboy. “I deeply love the character, and I'm always excited to see what they do with it.”
The actor is said to have done a spectacular U-turn.
Speculation surrounding the identity of the next James Bond had been at a high for quite some time, but recently the rumours about just who would be stepping up to the plate to play the world's most famous spy seem to have mostly disappeared.
Daniel Craig is reported to return as James Bond in the 25th film
It was widely accepted but never officially confirmed that the most recent actor to play Bond - Daniel Craig - wouldn't be making a return to the film series after comments he made suggested he was completely over being a part of the franchise.
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Fellow 007 actors Craig and Brosnan took to social media to pay tribute to Sir Roger Moore after news of his death broke yesterday.
In the wake of the death of Sir Roger Moore, two of his fellow James Bond actors have paid tribute to the legendary figure.
Current 007 Daniel Craig and his immediate predecessor Pierce Brosnan both took to their social media accounts upon hearing the news of Moore’s passing on Tuesday (May 23rd), after what the actor’s three children described as a “short but brave battle with cancer”.
Writing via Facebook, Brosnan, who starred in four James Bond films from 1995 to 2002, said: “You were a big part of my life, from 'The Saint' to James Bond… you were a magnificent James Bond and one that led the way for me, the world will miss you and your unique sense of humor for years to come.”
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Craig was rumoured to have been offered $150 million for two more Bond movies earlier this month.
Speculation about the identity of the next James Bond actor has been raging for what seems like forever, but one of the executive producers of the movies has hinted that they very much want Daniel Craig to remain in the role.
“I know they’re hoping for him to come back,” executive producer Callum McDougall told BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme on Friday (September 30th). He has worked on nine James Bond movies, including the four that Daniel Craig has starred in – Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.
Bond chiefs want Daniel Craig to return as 007
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The Bond film has beaten Harry Potter to the top sport of highest first week takings.
'Spectre' breaks box office records with over £40 million ($60 million) in takings from its first week - and that's just in the UK! With numbers like that, it's particularly hard to believe Daniel Craig is considering leaving the franchise of his own accord.
'Spectre' is predictably a record breaker
Unsurprisingly, the hotly anticipated new James Bond film has spectacularly surpassed the success of predecessor 'Skyfall' on its opening day, taking in a record-breaking £6.3 million to 'Skyfall''s £6.2 million ($9.6 million). But now it's broken the record for the highest takings at the UK box office in the first week, beating Alfonso Cuarón's 2004 film 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'.
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He also felt lucky to have Monica Bellucci as his Bond girl.
As the release of the 24th James Bond movie Spectre approached, Daniel Craig was quoted as saying he'd happily do several more 007 films, then saying he'd rather cut himself with broken glass, then finally relenting and noting that he'll make up his mind later.
Daniel Craig hasn't decided if he wants to continue with James Bond
Yes, the 47-year-old actor is notorious for honestly expressing his thoughts, which keeps the press on its toes. And you can hardly blame him for wavering. "This has been two years in the making, so realistically speaking, I went from Skyfall onto this. There wasn't a gap for me," Craig says, noting that Spectre's scale made it even more epic to make. "We didn't have a choice, we had to be bigger and better. With Skyfall, we set something in motion, and we wanted to go a bit further with it and experiment a bit more. But it's a Bond movie. You've got to make it look as beautiful and as glamorous as possible."
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Mendes had initially said that he didn't want to direct the sequel to 'Skyfall' after it was released, but spoke about what had changed his mind.
With Spectre set to pull in a vast amount of revenue, possibly record-setting, at the UK box office this weekend, director Sam Mendes has spoken about what motivated him to return to direct another James Bond movie.
In the aftermath of the colossal success of Skyfall in 2012, the celebrated director initially said that he wouldn’t helm the follow-up. However, the 50 year old told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview for their October 30th issue that it took a bit of distance and perspective for him to come around to the idea, despite strong overtures from the Broccoli family.
Sam Mendes spoke about why he returned to direct 'Spectre'
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge weren't the only special guests at the Royal James Bond screening.
The world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' was a Royal affair last night (October 26th 2015), as the red carpet played host to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka Prince William and Kate Middleton) as well as the stellar cast led by Daniel Craig and a number of other superstar faces from Shirley Bassey to Martin Freeman.
Lea Seydoux, Daniel Craig and Monica Bellucci at 'Spectre' premiere
The Royal Film Performance took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London in association with the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF); a charity that raises money for people working behind the scenes in the movie and television industry who have suffered financial setbacks in their lives. As well as the future King and his wife, Prince Harry was also spotted at the event, while previous events have even seen the Queen herself in attendance.
For his latest adventure, James Bond mixes the personal drama of Skyfall with the vintage globe-hopping action of the previous 23 movies. The result is an epic thriller packed with exhilarating set-pieces and dark surprises. Again directed by Sam Mendes, the film has a meaty tone from the astounding pre-titles sequence in Mexico City to the climax in North African. And it takes its time to build the suspense, mystery and drama in ways few blockbusters bother to do.
After the calamitous events at Skyfall, Bond (Daniel Craig) has gone rogue, following a videotaped message from his late boss (Judi Dench) to track a villain to Mexico, then continuing to Rome, where he woos the grieving widow (Monica Bellucci). Pursued by relentless goon Mr Hinx (Dave Bautista), he travels onward to Austria, he confronts an old nemesis (Jesper Christiansen), whose daughter Madeleine (Lea Seydoux) joins Bond to travel to Morocco to face the shady top boss Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) in his secret lair. Meanwhile in London, the new M (Ralph Fiennes) is fighting to to keep MI6 in operation as new boss C (Andrew Scott) works to restructure British security as part of a global conglomerate.
Mendes stages this on a massive scale, with huge action sequences that are never rushed or choppy, beautifully shot by ace cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema. And it's all underpinned by darker personal drama between the characters, so every sequence features thoughtful conversation, witty banter, more clues to the larger mystery and then thrilling action. And as 007 hops from location to location filling in the bigger picture, the film feels like all of the classic Bond movies rolled into one.
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Recent reports had suggested that Craig has reversed his position on playing 007, signing up for two more films.
With the release of the highly-anticipated Spectre now imminent, Daniel Craig seems to have changed his tune about the prospects of continuing to be James Bond after recently landing himself in hot water after saying rather “slash his wrists” than play 007 again.
That is to say, he now says he “doesn’t really care” about who will take over as the British spy when he eventually finishes. In the last fortnight, rumours have maintained that Craig has reversed his position and signed up for two more Bond films.
However, when interviewed by The Sun, the 47 year old actor refused to be drawn on what decision he had made. “I have the right to change my mind any time I want to, and sometimes I say things like I did two days after finishing shooting for eight months. I said what was on my mind. That’s the way I’ve always spoken,” he said matter-of-factly.
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The pair will both appear in the Shakespeare play at the New York Theatre Workshop next fall.
Daniel Craig is set to join David Oyelowo in an off-Broadway production of Shakespeare tragedy Othello in New York next fall. The play will be staged at the prestigious New York Theatre Workshop and will be their first Shakespeare production since 1990.
Daniel Craig will join David Oyelowo in Othello.
Oyelowo will play the title character, while Craig will take the role of the scheming, envious Lago. The production will be directed by Sam Gold, who won the Tony award for best director earlier this year for his work on the musical Fun Home.
The current 007 is reportedly in hot water with his bosses at Sony
Daniel Craig has reportedly been warned by his big bosses to stop "bashing Bond" after the 007 star revealed that he would rather "slash his wrists" than do another MI6 film. The latest suave spy to take on the James Bond mantel, Craig told Time Out magazine that he wanted to "move on" from the character.
Daniel Craig isn't as big a fan of Bond as his bosses would like him to be
However, it’s bad timing for filmmakers Sony who are currently trying to promote Bond’s latest outing, Spectre, in which Craig makes his fourth appearance.
Rumours have been abounding in the last year that Idris Elba or Damian Lewis will be replacing Craig as 007 after 'Spectre'.
Much has been made of the rumour that Spectre will be the last James Bond film to feature Daniel Craig, and now there’s even more evidence to support that, with the actor himself saying that he’d “rather slash his wrists” than play 007 again.
The 47 year old has not confirmed whether he’ll be fulfilling his lucrative contract to shoot one more Bond film after Spectre or passing the prestigious role onto somebody else. Though he recently gave an interview to The Independent saying he’ll continue to play the iconic part “as long as he’s physically able”, it seems as though his attitude towards Bond is volatile.
Daniel Craig REALLY doesn't want to do another Bond film
Continue reading: Daniel Craig Is SO Done With James Bond - "I'd Rather Slash My Wrists"
He thinks it could even be a woman
Daniel Craig doesn’t give a f*** about who next plays James Bond. Despite taking on one of cinemas most iconic roles - let's face it, every man wants to be him and every woman wants to be with him - for four films, with a fifth one in the pipeline, Craig is not bothered about who takes over 007 after him.
Daniel Craig as 007 won't last forever
While fans and super-fans across the globe are on the edge of their seats and desperate for any whisper of who might next take on the Bond identity, James’ current possessor has revealed he really doesn’t care.
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The video for 'Writing’s On The Wall' is finally here on Global James Bond Day.
The video for Sam Smith’s Spectre theme, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ has finally dropped, giving 007 fans a look at some more footage from the upcoming film. Released to coincide with Global James Bond Day and the 53rd anniversary of first Bond film Dr. No, the video features Smith performing the song, intercut with scenes from Spectre.
The video for Sam Smith’s 'Writing's On The Wall’ has just dropped.
Directed by Luke Monaghan, the video is careful not to give away too much about the upcoming film. Smith is shown dressed in a sharp suit and singing the ballad in a variety of locations, including in an empty colosseum and in front of a row of coffins draped in Union Jacks.
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