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James Bond Film Crew Went On "Drunken Rampage On Flight To Mexico


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Members of the crew working on the new James Bond movie Spectre triggered an international air alert after going on a drunken rampage during a flight to Mexico, according to the Mail on Sunday.

Daniel CraigDaniel Craig stars in Sam Mendes' second Bond movie, Spectre

Around 150 of the Spectre team, including stunt men, camera crew and other technical staff, boarded the Airbus A330 travelling from Stansted to Mexico City to shoot an opening scene at the annual Day of the Dead festival. 

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Spectre - Teaser Trailer


Picking up after the climactic battle at his childhood home of Skyfall Lodge and the villainous attacks on MI6 headquarters, James Bond (Daniel Craig) is ready to face his greatest adversary. With MI6 discovering that he has a secret from his childhood, he is sent to on a mission to track down an old friend, now a high-ranking official in the villainous organisation. Suspecting the involvement of Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), a prominent member of the once-powerful Quantum, Bond soon discovers that he is about to go head-to-head with a more powerful, more dangerous group: SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), and its illusive and mysterious leader (Christoph Waltz).

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'Spectre' Teaser Trailer Promises More "Secrets" From James Bond's Past Will Be Revealed


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A teaser trailer for the upcoming James Bond film Spectre has been released and the film promises to deal more with Bond's past. From what we can glean from the teaser trailer, Spectre is set in the weeks following Bond's fight with cyber terrorist Raoul Silva at Skyfall and M's subsequent death. MI6 headquarters are still in ruins following Silva's attack and an investigation into what happened at Bond's family home of Skyfall is underway. Bond is seemingly drawn into a web of lies and deceit which centre on a secret intelligence agency, known as Spectre.  

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Daniel Craig as James Bond in Spectre.

Read More: Is Mexico Paying Spectre To Show The Country In A More Positive Light?

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Is Mexico Paying 'Spectre' To Show The Country In A More Positive Light?


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James Bond’s next adventure Spectre could be on course to be one of the most expensive movies ever made with a reported budget of around $350 million. But according to reports based on more leaked emails from Sony, $20 million of Spectre’s hefty budget could be coming straight from the Mexican government, if the film's producers agree to a few demands.

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According to taxanalysts.com Spectre’s producers have received $20m from the Mexican government, after agreeing to a series of stipulations designed to portray the country in a positive light.

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Stephanie Sigman Cast As Final Bond Girl In 'Spectre'


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Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman has been cast as the final Bond girl in 007's next adventure Spectre the film's offical twitter has confirmed. Sigman joins Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux who have already been cast alongside Daniel Craig as Bond in the upcoming much hyped spy adventure.

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"We are pleased to announce that @SigmanStephanie has joined the cast of #Spectre as Estrella," the official James Bond twitter announced on Monday. Other than her name, details of Sigman's role are being kept tightly under wraps, with her character simply being described as a 'mysterious woman'.

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Environmental Campaigners Thank James Bond For Cleaning Up Rome


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Italian environmental campaigners have thanked James Bond for forcing Rome’s city officials to clean up its streets in preparation for shooting scenes for the upcoming movie Spectre.

Production crews have been in the Italian capital working on the 24th instalment of the Bond franchise since the middle of February. On arrival, however, there were rumours that the shoot was in jeopardy because of the dirty conditions at the planned filming locations.

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James Bond and M waxworks at Madame Tussauds

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First Footage From James Bond 'Spectre' Is Something Special [Video]


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The first footage from Spectre, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Bond movie Skyfall, has premiered online. Shot in Solden, Austria, the-behind-the-scenes featurette shows the crew filming the "jewel in the crown" action scene that appears to culminate with Daniel Craig dressed in black firing shots at a burning vehicle on a snowy mountaintop.

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The video also reveals a large glass building that some fans have speculated could be the base for Spectre.

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Lea Seydoux Misses 'Diary Of A Chambermaid' Premiere After "Mishaps" On 'James Bond: Spectre' Shoot


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Lea Seydoux missed the Berlin premiere of Diary of a Chambermaid in which she stars after "mishaps" on the set of the upcoming James Bond movie, Spectre. Seydoux was due to appear at the premiere on Saturday 7th January but the film's director, Benoit Jacquot, confirmed the 29-year-old actress was unable to attend. Seydoux stars opposite Daniel Craig in the upcoming Bond film, due to be released later this year. Unfortunately things do not appear to be running entirely smoothly as the filming schedule has been altered, causing Seydoux to miss the Berlin Film Festival event.

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Lea Seydoux was forced to miss the Berlin premiere of Diary of a Chambermaid.

Read More: Daniel Craig Raves After The Cast Of Spectre.

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James Bond 'Spectre' Halts Filming After Daniel Craig Injury


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Shooting on the James Bond movie Spectre, the follow-up to Skyfall, has halted after Daniel Craig was injured during a fight scene. The 46-year-old is believed to have injured his knee as a punch-up was filmed at Pinewood Studios. 

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According to The Sun, extras on the scene were sent home as filming came to an premature halt.

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Daniel Craig Raves About The Cast Of 'Spectre'


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"We've spent two years getting this together," said Daniel Craig while discussing the announcement of 'Spectre' "and there's been so much hard work and effort". For his fourth outing in the iconic role of James Bond, Craig will reunite with director Sam Mendes and the cast of 'Skyfall', as well as bringing an old foe back from the Sean Connery days.

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Daniel Craig as James Bond in 'Skyfall'

When asked about the return of Mendes as the film's director, Craig responded by saying "He's the only guy for the job. He did such a wonderful job with 'Skyfall' and came down to do the next one and it just seemed to be the obvious choice." Following on from 'Skyfall' is not going to be an easy task, however, as the third film in the Bond reboot series made over 1 billion USD worldwide and took home two Academy Awards. Furthermore, the recent Sony hacks have revealed that 'Spectre' was supposedly coming in far over budget, and with a script that needed drastic work.

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Contactmusic.com’s 10 Most Anticipated Films Of 2015


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As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but some of them might actually be good. Of course, release dates are subject to change...

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10) Shaun The Sheep Movie - The British TV hit becomes a charming stop-motion feature (Feb). Other anticipated animations: Pixar's Inside Out (Jul), Despicable Me spin-off The Minions Movie (Jun) and Snoopy & Charlie Brown (Dec). Watch the trailer for Shaun The Sheep Movie here.

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Could Idris Elba Be The Next James Bond?


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Anticipation is building for the 24th instalment of the James Bond franchise when Spectre is released next year, but the series might be radically overhauled in the future as it’s been revealed that Idris Elba has been informally suggested as the next Bond.

According to the Daily Beast, interpreting information gained as a result of the recent Sony hack, the co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertaiment Amy Pascal said “Idris should be the next bond” in an e-mail back in January this year to Columbia’s former executive vice president of production Elizabeth Cantillon.

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Could Idris Elba be the next person to portray 007 after Daniel Craig?

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Video - Daniel Craig And Rory Kinnear Speed Under Thames Bridge In 'Spectre' Filming - Part 7


Daniel Craig and Rory Kinnear sail under a low bridge on the River Thames in London as they prepare to shoot a scene for forthcoming James Bond film 'Spectre'.

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Video - Daniel Craig And Rory Kinnear Joined By Film Crew In Thames Scene During 'Spectre' Filming - Part 6


Daniel Craig and Rory Kinnear appear to take a break from filming the upcoming James Bond movie 'Spectre' as they stand on their stationary speedboat on the River Thames in London as the film crew are seated on the bow.

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Video - Daniel Craig And Rory Kinnear Hold Tight On Bobbing Speedboat During 'Spectre' Filming - Part 5


Daniel Craig and Rory Kinnear rock backwards and forwards on a slow moving speedboat on top of the River Thames in London as they prepare to shoot a scene for the upcoming new James Bond movie 'Spectre'.

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Video - Daniel Craig And Rory Kinnear Are Followed By Film Crew On 'Spectre' London Set - Part 4


Daniel Craig seems to be gesticulating enthusiastically as he and Rory Kinnear take a speedboat ride on the River Thames in London during filming for forthcoming James Bond movie 'Spectre'. The pair are followed by a larger boat carrying what appears to be the film crew.

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Video - Daniel Craig And Rory Kinnear Board A Speedboat On The Set Of 'Spectre' - Part 2


Suited up in true secret agent fashion, James Bond stars Daniel Craig and Rory Kinnear shoot a scene for the forthcoming 24th instalment of the franchise 'Spectre', due out in cinemas in November 2015.

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Video - Daniel Craig And Rory Kinnear Shoot Speedboat Scene For 'Spectre' - Part 3


Daniel Craig enjoys a bumpy ride on a speedboat along the River Thames in London alongside Rory Kinnear as the pair shoot a scene for the forthcoming James Bond film 'Spectre', which is expected to be released in November 2015.

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Video - Daniel Craig Waves As He And Rory Kinnear Shoot 'Spectre' In London - Part 1


Daniel Craig can be seen waving a gloved hand as he whizzes across the River Thames in London on a speedboat alongside Rory Kinnear, his co-star on the forthcoming James Bond movie 'Spectre', as filming begins.

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First Pictures From James Bond 'Spectre' Sees Daniel Craig On Thames


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The first pictures from the set of the new James Bond movie, Spectre, show Daniel Craig and Rory Kinnear (MI6 chief of staff Bill Tanner) filming on the Thames. Wearing a black suit and clinging onto a speedboat, Craig appears to be flanked by a couple of security officers.

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According to the Daily Mail, Craig was later seen filming from a bridge overlooking the famous river. Filming began on Sam Mendes's movie last week, with Monica Belluci, Christoph Waltz and Lea Seydoux joining the cast. Waltz will play a shadowy character named Oberhauser, who reports suggest will be revealed as Blofeld, the evil genius behind Spectre in the first Bond movie, Dr No.

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Daniel Craig: Mendes Is 'The Only Guy For The Job' Of James Bond Flick 'Spectre'


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As the buzz of excitement begins for James Bond's next big screen appearance in 'Spectre', Daniel Craig seems glad to be back in a suit and a sports car as he hits the red carpet at the movie's production launch.

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Daniel Craig is glad to be reunited with Sam Mendes

It's been three years since the release of 'Skyfall' a double Oscar winning success that became Sony Picture's highest grossing film of all time, and Craig is certainly ready to don his secret agent persona once more. 'We spent two years getting this together and there's been so much hard work and effort, and so [the launch] just signifies the beginning and that's very exciting', he says.

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Daniel Craig Will Take On "007" Again - For The Last Time?


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The end is nigh for Daniel Craig as 007. In fact, it might be coming in 2015 with Spectre, the fourth instalment in Craigs’ Bond tenure. The action flick was announced in a Buckinghamshire, England press event on Thursday, Dec. 4.

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Will this be the last time Craig and Mendes team up for queen and country?

The new title sees a familiar cast with Skyfall director Sam Mendes and alums Rory Kinnear, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw all returning for one last hurrah. How do we know it’s the last hurrah? Well, here’s what Mendes said in a special interview with BBC Radio 1: "I felt an attachment to the characters that we created in Skyfall. I felt like there was unfinished business, and that there was a lot more I could do with them once I'd kind of stepped aside and had some time off."

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A Week In Movies: Exodus And The Third Hobbit Premiere In London, As M:I 5 Films Across Town, Spectre Is Announced And Star Wars Teases The Internet


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Exodus: Gods and Kings

Ridley Scott was on hand for the premiere of his new biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings in London this week. Also on the red carpet were cast members Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Maria Valverde and Golshifteh Farahani, plus other guests like Salma Hayek and Andy Serkis. The film opens next week in America and on Boxing Day in Britain.

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Sherlock's 'Moriarty' Andrew Scott To Play Villain In Bond 24?


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Andrew Scott, the British actor best known for playing Sherlock's arch-nemesis Jim Moriarty, has been cast as a villain in the new Bond movie - according to The Mirror. The 38-year-old will apparently be announced in the casting event at Pinewood Studios on Thursday (December 4, 2014), though we're a little unsure about this one.

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"Andrew was hand-picked for a role in the new Bond movie after film bosses loved his star turn in Sherlock," a source told the tabloid newspaper.

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'Bond 24' Title And Cast To Be Announced On Thursday, December 4


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The official title and cast for Bond 24 will be announced in a live event on Thursday December 4. Filmed at the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios, the stream at 007.com will begin at 11am and includes a photo call with the new cast as they prepare to begin production on the follow-up to Skyfall.

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Principal photography will kick off on Monday 8 December with rumors and speculation reaching fever pitch as to where Sam Mendes and the team will take Bond's story after the huge success of Skyfall.

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Christoph Waltz To Play Classic Villain Ernst Blofeld (w/Cat) In Bond 24


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Two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz is expected to play the classic villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Bond 24. Waltz was named as Daniel Craig's latest opponent earlier this month and, according to the Mail on Sunday, he will bring Blofeld back to the big-screen for the first time in three decades.

Christoph WaltzChristoph Waltz will reportedly play Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Bond 24

The news comes after the Bond franchise concluded a long-running legal case with the estate of Blofeld co-creator Kevin McClory in November last year. The move, which saw McClory's family sell its remaining stake in 007, allowed for rights to characters introduced in 1965's Thunderball to be used in future movies.

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Is Dave Bautista The Next James Bond Villain?


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Dave Bautista, the WWE wrestler turned actor who recently starred in Marvel's mega-movie Guardians of the Galaxy, has reportedly been cast in the 24th James Bond movie as the physically imposing villain outlined in the casting call notes that dropped in August.

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The casting team sought a large, physically fit actor aged between 30-45 years old - someone over 6'2" tall and "unusual looking" to play a character named Hinx. The team were open to athletes but ultimately wanted someone memorable and unique. The notes revealed that whoever landed the role would take part in a notable driving sequence as well as several "altercations" with Daniel Craig's James Bond.

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Lea Seydoux Reportedly Cast In Upcoming 'Bond 24' Movie


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Lea Seydoux has reportedly been cast in the next James Bond movie. Filming for the currently untitled 24th Bond movie is set to begin in six weeks and Bond 24, as it is known, will be in cinemas next year.

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Lea Seydoux at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Read More: Blue Is the Warmest Colour To Sue "Arrogant" Lead Actress Lea Seydoux?

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Daniel Craig To Play "Covered Up Character" In Star Wars: Episode VII


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Daniel Craig is rumored to have a cameo in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. The James Bond actor will allegedly make a special appearance in the movie though his face will be hidden - which is intriguing if a little pointless.

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The speculation began after The Sun on Sunday quoted an insider as saying, "Daniel asked for some sort of secret cameo role - and was happy to have his name left off the posters. Fans will love trying to work out which covered-up character is him."

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The British Film Institute: 'There Are Too Many Films'


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The BFI have condemned the amount of films released in British cinemas, saying the saturation leads to a short shelf-live for many top movies, stunting their box office proficiency.

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A total of 698 films were released at the cinema in 2013, which averages out at around 13-a-week. This, according to Britain’s leading advocate for domestic cinema, makes it difficult for films to enjoy a screen long enough to build an audience.

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Stunning Location For 'Skyfall' Now Blighted With Fly-Tipping


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Glen Etive in Lochaber, the stunning location used in the James Bond movie Skyfall, is now a hot spot for the dumping of rubbish. A campaign has started to combat the littering, which has seen mattresses and tents left discarded in recent weeks.

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Local residents Phillipa and Mark Shone have been publishing images of the littering on their Facebook page - Glen Etive - the Dirty Truth on Facebook.

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Keanu Reeves Replaces Daniel Craig In Courtroom Drama 'The Whole Truth'


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Deadline are reporting that Keanu Reeves has replaced Daniel Craig in the courtroom drama The Whole Truth. Craig had been cast as a defence attorney fighting to acquit a teenager standing accused of murdering his rich family. The British actor had unexpectedly departed the project in April just a few days before filming was due to begin, leaving producers high and dry.  Film-makers have spent the past two months searching for a replacement for Craig, eventually settling on Reeves.

Keanu Reeves The Whole Truth Keanu Reeves has replaced Daniel Craig in the courtroom drama The Whole Truth

Reeves will join the cast, which currently includes Renee Zellweger, Belle’s Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Kings of Summer actor Gabriel Basso. TheWrap has reported that The Wolf of Wall Street actor Kenneth Choi has been cast as the state prosecutor.

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Was Pierce Brosnan Really The Worst Bond?


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Poor Pierce Brosnan has got it in his head that he was never good enough when it came to playing legendary secret service agent, James Bond. He was recently quoted as saying, “I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger [Moore] and Sean [Connery]…it was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me. The violence was never real, the brute force of the man was never palpable. It was quite tame, and the characterisation didn’t have a follow-through of reality, it was surface. But then that might have had to do with my own insecurities in playing him as well.”

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We think that Pierce is being a little too hard on himself, but we do get where he’s coming from. Playing James Bond is a massive amount of pressure on any actor. It’s a hugely exposed role and some great actors have taken the helm in the past. In our opinion, the problem wasn’t actually Pierce Brosnan. We understand what he was trying to do with the role, he was trying to recapture the Connery times, when being a smooth talking spy was all it took to save the world. Unfortunately, by the 90s the public demanded something a little more from their characters. Bond needed to grow with the times and it wasn't Brosnan’s fault that the scripts and direction didn’t account for this.

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Is Tom Hardy The Right Choice To Play The Next Bond?


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Tom Hardy has been the public’s number one choice to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond since, well, pretty much as soon as Craig ordered his first martini. That’s not to say that Daniel Craig isn’t immensely popular as Bond, people just like a good old speculation. We'll go into mourning when DC hangs up his Bond boots, but it's simply an inevitable part of playing the secret agent.

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The question is, is Tom Hardy the right guy to play 007? Let’s look at some facts. At 36 years old Tom Hardy is finally at the right age to play James Bond. Bond needs to be approaching middle age, that kind of suave and sophistication just isn’t achieved by younger men! Timothy Dalton was originally offered the role of Bond in 1968 when Sean Connery retired. Dalton was just 24 or 25 years old, but he felt he was too young at the time. When he eventually played Bond in 1987 he was a huge success - just goes to show the necessity of Bond being ‘of a certain age’!

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Pierce Brosnan On Playing James Bond: "I Wasn’t Good Enough"


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Pierce Brosnan’s time as Bond is considered by many to be among the worst portrayals of 007. Sounds harsh, but following icons like Roger Moore and Sean Connery was never going to be easy. Now, Brosnan has admitted that he regrets his performances as the British super spy. 

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"I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger [Moore] and Sean [Connery]," explained Brosnan in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. "It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me. The violence was never real, the brute force of the man was never palpable. It was quite tame, and the characterisation didn't have a follow-through of reality, it was surface. But then that might have had to do with my own insecurities in playing him as well."

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Daniel Craig Quits 'The Whole Truth' Days Before Production Start Date


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James Bond actor Daniel Craig has pulled out of his new movie The Whole Truth just days before production was due to begin in Boston. The film was due to begin shooting on Monday (April 14, 2014) and Craig had been spotted in the city preparing for his leading role.

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However, according to the Boston Globe, Craig was left the project - co-starring Renee Zellweger - leaving the crew to temporarily shut down production to find a suitable replacement.

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Liam Neeson Rejected James Bond. 10 Others Who Could Have Been 007.


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Who wouldn't want to be James Bond? Well it turns out there are a few in Hollywood who just weren't that enamoured with putting on a suit and become 007. Liam Neeson has just confessed that he turned down the role in order to marry wife Natasha Richardson, but what other Hollywood stars also gave Bond a no and WHY?

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Mel Gibson? Actors Who 'Could' Have Been James Bond


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Before Bourne, there was Bond. James Bond is a name that has become synonymous with the idea of classic British sophistication and suave. Professionally trained and with a license to kill, 007 has been played by some of the most debonair actors in the business, including Sean Connery and Roger Moore. The role has been much sought after and many an actor has been on the disappointing receiving end of a casting call - and some you wouldn’t even imagine would ever have been in the running to begin with.

michael caine james bond The Dark Knight star Michael Caine was once in the running for Bond

East End lad Michael Caine was considered for the role back in 1967. Caine had already starred in three spy movies and was concerned that if he were to play Bond, he’d have been typecast. Caine has since had a long and varied career, although he’s also become one with his Cockney twang. Can you imagine Caine ditching his accent in favour of Bond’s more upper-class drawl?

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Leighton Meester Marries Adam Brody: 10 Couples Who Kept Their Wedding Secret


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We were all a bit surprised with the news that Leighton Meester and Adam Brody had tied the knot in a secret wedding ceremony over the weekend, but this isn't the first time a celebrity couple have pulled a fast one on us. Here's 10 other celebrity weddings that we didn't see coming.

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1. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

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Jude Law Relatives Sold Sienna Miller Cheating Stories To NOTW


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Jude Law today learned for the first time that his own relatives sold salacious stories about his personal relationship with actress Sienna Miller to the British tabloid News of the World. In the midst of the phone hacking trial brought against NOTW's former editor Rebekah Brooks and others, the actor told an Old Bailey courtroom that he had no idea an immediate member of his family had allegedly sold information about his private life.

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Jude Law Stated In The Trial That He Had No Knowledge Of Any Family Member Selling Stories.

The 41 year-old actor told the court in the trial that the first time he had heard that his "immediate family" members were paid for information around the time in 2005 that it was reported that Miller had had an affair with the actor Daniel Craig. Giving evidence in the phone hacking trial, Law told the court that the media had "an unhealthy amount of information" about his life at this time and that he was followed around by photographers even when he'd arranged plans in secret

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Forget Bond, Daniel Craig Should Go Into Comedy, Says Hugh Jackman


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Daniel Craig will probably end his career being best known for playing James Bond, though his pal Hugh Jackman has urged the actor to go into comedy once he finishes playing the secret agent. 

The pair became close friends when starring together in A Steady Rain on Broadway on 2009 and Oscar-nominee Jackman, 45, says there's more to his British buddy than Bond. 

"Daniel is ridiculously funny in real life.I keep telling him he should do Saturday Night Live because he will make you cry with laughter. He's also very cheeky," Jackman told the Express. 

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Oh, Crumbs: Jason Statham To Replace Daniel Craig In Layer Cake Sequel


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Urgh. We loved Layer Cake. Everyone loved Layer Cake. It was really, really, good and better than Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. Now, its memory is in danger of being tarnished by news that Jason Statham and his manager and partner Steve Chasman have acquired the rights to J.J Connolly's novel Viva La Madness - the follow-up to Layer Cake.

According to Deadline.com, Statham will play the Connolly's chief protagonist - who famously remains nameless and was last seen trying to survive a gunshot wound in the thrilling concluding moments of Matthew Vaughn's 2004 movie.

It took Connolly over a decade to continue the tale, with his protagonist winding up on beach looking for an early retirement. Unable to pull himself away from a life of crime, he gets involved with trans-Atlantic drug deals, money laundering and Venezuelan drug cartels. 

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Helen Flanagan In Running To Be Next Bond Girl. This Is Not A Joke.


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Helen Flanagan, the former Coronation Street star turned I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here contestant turned glamour model, is apparently in the running to be the next Bond girl. 

The 23-year-old reportedly made a big impression after meeting with casting directors at MGM in Los Angeles, "turning heads" at the movie company. Of course, we shouldn't read too much into this given it comes from the scallywags at The Sun but the story is so ridiculous that it might actually be true.

Model Kate Upton - one of the world's most famous faces - is also in the frame to star alongside Daniel Craig in the new movie, set to be helmed once again by Sam Mendes.

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Daniel Craig & Rachel Weisz Stun In Broadway Production Of 'Betrayal'


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How do you make a play about marital infidelity even more gripping, engaging and believable that it already did when it first left the pen of Nobel Prize-winning scribe Harold Pinter? By hiring a real-life husband and wife duo to take on the lead roles. That is what director Mike Nichols did when it came to casting the newly launched Broadway show, and with the help of husband and wife duo Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, his plan has proved to be a success.

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Craig leaves the Ethel Barrymore Theatre after performance earlier this month

The steamy erotic setting would have been enough to get people through the turnstiles in their droves anyway, but with Craig and Weisz on board the play became a runaway success before the first round of reviews had been published. the play, which also stars Rafe Spall, set a box-office record at the Barrymore Theater earlier this month when it grossed $1,100,818 from just seven performances, the New York Times reported at the time, and as tickets continue to sell at an unprecedented speed, those worrying that the hype may have led them to over pay for the performance have had their minds put at ease with continually positive feedback from critics.

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Daniel Day-Lewis The Next Bond? 'Lincoln' Actor Is Hot Favourite After Being Hand-Picked By Author


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Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is rumoured to succeed Daniel Craig as the new James Bond after the author of the latest Bond books picked him out as having the perfect look. The interesting choice for the brand new 007 has come from author William Boyd who has said that Day-Lewis is the closest living representations of IAN FLEMING's original envisagement of his spy hero.

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Daniel Day-Lewis Has Been Given The New Bond Author's Vote Of Cofidence To Play 007.

"I think Daniel Day-Lewis actually resembles the Bond Fleming described," Boyd said. "He described Bond on at least three occasions, I think, as looking like Hoagy Carmichael." The author added the Day-Lewis' specific characteristics "He is a tall, lean, rangy, very dark-haired, good-looking man. Almost swarthy. And there is a sense in which that image was what he saw Bond looking like. So that's why I'd choose him."

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Iconic James Bond Submarine Car Sells At Auction For £525k


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A piece of 007 memorabilia has gone on sale at auction soon; James Bond’s iconic hybrid car – equally comfortable in the water as it is on dry land – was expected to sell for something between £650k-£950k, but only managed to fetch £525k.

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Max Girardo, managing director of RM Auctions Europe, said: "We have a great track record in selling incredible and iconic movie cars, and this particular Lotus is certainly up there amongst the most famous cars of all time.

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Would Irony Be A Step Back For Daniel Craig And James Bond?


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Daniel Craig says he's hoping to restore some of James Bond's traditional sense of irony in his next outing as 007, which reteams the actor with Skyfall director Sam Mendes.

Craig, who's previous outing as the secret agent is now the biggest grossing British film of all time, told Vulture magazine that the next movie might opt for a more tongue-in-cheek approach.

"Hopefully we'll reclaim some of the old irony.and make sure it doesn't become pastiche," he said, adding, "I can't do shtick, I'm not very good at it. Unless it kind of suddenly makes sense. Does that make sense? I sometimes wish I hammed it up more, but I just can't do it very well, so I don't do it."

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British Films Kick In 15% To International Box Office - Down 2%


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The phenomenal success of Skyfall – Britain’s highest grossing film of all time - couldn’t stop a slump that saw the U.K’s contribution to the global box office fall 2% to 15%. It seems James Bond can save the world, but he can’t save Blighty’s movie industry. But don't take our word for it, right BBC?

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The British Film Institute said UK film releases took $5.3bn (£3.45bn) in 2012, which amounts to a 15.3% share of the world market. 2011 saw 17.2% of the country’s efforts make up the international box office pie. Looking forward, only the 24th Bond movie – which will see Skyfall director and Bond Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig team up again – is a viable candidate to push that figure up again.

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As 'Luther' Comes To An End, Idris Elba Looks To A Bright Future


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It’s been less than a meteoric rise to the top for Idris Elba, rather a slow slog, with plenty of hard work and adapting in between. He’s been a top-level drug lord in HBO’s The Wire, Captain Janek in Prometheus and Stacker Pentecost in Guillermo del Toro’s action epic, Pacific Rim.

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British audiences know him for his turn as Luther in the crime drama of the same name, while U.S folks will recognize him as Stringer Bell. Soon, though, the world will know him as Nelson Mandela in Mandela, a film for which he’s already being touted as Oscar material for.

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Luther Movie Gets Biggest Hint Yet As Idris Elba Talks Plot


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A Luther movie has been mooted for a while now, with British audiences desperate for their favorite crime drama to be realised on the big screen. But it’s not just the fans who want it done; the show’s star, Idris Elba is keen for it to happen too, as he’s been explaining to IGN.

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“There’s a massive possibility ‘cos I’ve been talking to Neil [Cross] about it for the last year,” he explained. “I think we’re finally got into the place, ‘right we’re going more forward with it’” Luther is currently enjoying its third season, which is made up of longer episodes, suggesting that the show would slide into film form without much work.

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Title Of New James Bond Movie: 'Devil May Care'?


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The Sun's Bizarre has reported that the new James Bond movie, and follow-on from this year's enormously successful Skyfall, will be titled Devil May Care after Sebastian Faulk's 2008 novel which was written to celebrate a century since Bond creator IAN FLEMING's 1908 birth. Sam Mendes, after originally saying he wouldn't return to direct the 24th Bond film, has been confirmed as the director to the Skyfall sequel.

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Like Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig Will Also Return For The 24th Bond Movie.

Although no title has been confirmed yet, Daniel Craig is expected to return as the titular Bond for the fourth time, despite the next film rumoured to be the 45 year-old actor's last after Skyfall showed the spy aging in an increasingly technological world. Bond fans shouldn't hold their breath for the next instalment of 007 adventures - due to Mendes' theatre commitments the as-yet untitled 24th Bond film will be released in late 2015. There's no wonder that producer's were happy to accommodate Mendes' other plans into the timeframe for the next film: 2012's Skyfall was the most successful Bond to date, making £720 million ($1.1 billion) worldwide, winning two Oscars and being named 'Outstanding British Film' by BAFTA.

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Sam Mendes Signs For ‘Bond 24,’ Though John Logan’s Return Is Key


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James Bond fans received the news they’d be waiting for on Thursday – Sam Mendes would be returning for the twenty-fourth 007 movie, following the huge success of Skyfall.

Given his theatre commitments, it was assumed that the Oscar-winning director would be unable to helm the follow-up to the biggest grossing British movie in history – though he appears to have found a gap in his schedule to direct the next Bond for an October 23, 2015 release date.

Daniel Craig – often considered the finest Bond actor in history – had delayed his decision to return for his fourth movie, though the return of Mendes will see him don the tuxedo once again.

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Sam Mendes Will Direct Daniel Craig In 24th James Bond Film


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Director Sam Mendes will be directing the next James Bond movie. The film is due to be released in 2015. The Skyfall director will work with Daniel Craig, who will be reprising his role as the secret agent. The writer of the previous film, John Logan, will also return to write the next script.

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Sam Mendes at the Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Press Night, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. 

The dates for release have already been confirmed. UK cinema goers will be able to see the film two weeks earlier than their American counterparts. The UK release date is set for 23rd October 2015 and the US for 6th November.

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Harry Potter VS. James Bond? Daniel Radcliffe Wants To Be Bond Villain


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Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe claims he is aware of his slight stature and said, as reported in The Sun, that he was "never going to be cast to play a Bruce Willis character in Die Hard".

Since completing the Harry Potter films Radcliffe has gone on to appear, most notably, in The Woman in Black and Sky's A Young Doctor's Notebook. He frequently does theatre work; his latest role in Michael Grandage's The Cripple of Inishmann has received favourable reviews. 

At only 5'5 the actor says he is "not nearly strapping enough to play Bond" but would be a "much better villain". Should Radcliffe be considered for a Bond villain he would be following in the footsteps of such actors as Antony Dawson (Dr.No); Peter Lorre (as Le Chiffre in the original Casino Royale) and Gert Frobe (Goldfinger). 

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Sam Mendes Returning To Direct New 'James Bond' Movie In 2014


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Sam Mendes has made a U-turn on his decision to bow out of the James Bond franchise after helming the $1.1 billion Skyfall movie, considered one of the best 007 films in the series. Mendes had initially distanced himself from the idea of directing the follow-up to Skyfall, owing to his work on the West End launch of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and his directing of King Lear. Producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli appeared resigned to Mendes' departure and began the hunt for his successor, with Sherlock director Guy Ritchie installed as the early favorite to re-team with Daniel Craig.

Some speculation has suggested Craig would follow Mendes out of the door, with Idris Elba coming in as a replacement, though it now appears the high profile duo are back for a new movie. According to Deadline.com, Mendes and the producers got back in touch recently and agreed that the director could work through his theatre commitments before starting production on the new Bond film next year. 

It will be great news for fans of Daniel Craig as Bond. Since his first outing in Casino Royale, the British star has played a more vulnerable version of the ruthless agent, even appearing physically incapable of the job in some segments of Skyfall. The change of direction for the character has led to the often tongue-in-cheek overly sexualised franchise developing into an intelligent spy story with action, humor and crisp cinematography.

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Daniel Craig And Rachel Weisz To Star In Pinter's Betrayal On Broadway


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Rafe Spall will join Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig on Broadway later this year in one of Harold Pinter’s seminal works, Betrayal. The production will mark the reunion of Scott Rudin and Mike Nichols, the producer/director team, which was responsible for one of the most successful productions last season, the revival of Death of a Salesman.

Pinter’s semi-autobiographical Betrayal centers around the elicit affair between the wife of a successful London publisher and his best friend. The play uses reverse chronology to uncover the cracks in a disintegrating marriage and the relationships that come into play in adultery. This will be the first time real-life husband and wife Craig and Weisz will share the stage and, rather appropriately, they will be playing the married couple. It’ll be interesting to see whether the pair can portray the right kind of chemistry and exactly how Spall’s performance will fit into the mix.

While this will not be Craig’s first turn on Broadway (he last worked with Hugh Jackman on Steady Rain in 2009), both Weisz and Spall have performed exclusively on a London stage up until this point. Both actors have been nominated for an Olivier award, with Weisz winning for her portrayal of Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire.

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Daniel Craig To Join Rachel Weisz On Broadway In Pinter's Betrayal


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Harold Pinter’s semi-autobiographical tale of a complicated love triangle will, for the first time, unite Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall on a Broadway stage.

Betrayal will be directed by none other than Mike Nichols, who also helmed the production of the huge Broadway hit Death of a Salesman, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield. That production won Tony Awards for best revival of a play and best direction. Expectations are definitely high for this one, but avid theatre-goers will have to wait a while before they can actually catch it on stage. Betrayal will play a limited 14-week engagement at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. It begins performances Oct. 1, with opening night set for Nov. 3. Closing date is Jan. 5, 2014.

The play is considered to be among Pinter’s best. Based to some extent on the author’s real experience, it chronicles the seven year relationship between the wife of a London publisher and his best friend. The play uses reverse chronology to explore the complex interactions of the extramarital affair. A bit of trivia – Craig and Weisz, who will play the married couple, are also married in real life. Perhaps the casting was done with this in mind. In any case, it will be interesting to see whether the actors can portray the right chemistry on stage.

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Bond 24: Follow Up To Skyfall Expected Within Three Years


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James Bond fans, stand to attention; a new movie has been all but confirmed, and will be ready in the next three years, MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gary Barber explained.

“We are very excited about the franchise, we look forward to announcing a director soon,” Barber said. “We are currently developing the screenplay and working with our partners. We look forward to developing the script soon and signing a director. We are hoping within the next three years it will be released,” he added. Of course, Skyfall director Sam Mendes won’t be behind the camera for this one, having recently dropped out of the franchise. Barber said Mendes “did an amazing job on ‘Skyfall’. We are very thankful for the work that he did.” One person who will be returning is the blonde Bond, Daniel Craig, having signed up for two more 007 outings. This will be his fourth effort as the enigmatic spy, but he’ll do well to achieve a fifth with increasing calls for Idris Elba to take over mantle. Skyfall was an unprecedented success, bringing in $1.108 billion - $304.4m from domestic theaters and $804 million from overseas.

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Skyfall Is The South Bank Sky Arts Awards’ Best Film


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It may have missed out on an Oscar nomination for best film, but the latest James Bond film has added to its extensive list of accolades by picking up Best Film at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards; the ceremony was hosted by Lord Bragg in London at lunchtime today (March, 12).

Skyfall - the most successful British Film since box office records began - beat psychological thriller Berberian Sound Studio and documentary The Imposter to the award. Skyfall producer Barbara Broccoli said winning the award was ‘an honour’. Elsewhere, Tom Stoppard's BBC2 adaptation of Ford Maddox Ford's Parade's End won the drama award, beating out fellow Shakespeare adaptations The Hollow Crown and police thriller Line of Duty. The Visual Arts award went to Thomas Heatherwick's London 2012 cauldron, while Twenty Twelve picked up the comedy prize, making it a solid afternoon for the BBC. Jessie Ware, who performed at the ceremony and was awarded with the Pop Music award, provided entertainment while Julie Walters received the Outstanding Achievement Award.

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Oscars 2013: Dame Shirley Bassey Stuns Academy Awards With 'Goldfinger'


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Halle Berry introduced a celebration of fifty years of James Bond on-screen at the Oscars 2013 on Sunday night (February 24, 2013). The former Bond girl - wearing a stunning Versace dress - spoke briefly about the best-loved franchise before a promo of 007's finest moments played before the star-studded audience at the Dolby Theatre.

Dame Shirley Bassey promptly arrived on-stage to sing her classic Bond hit Goldfinger, herself dressed from head-to-toe in sparkly gold. The stage legend gave a typically effortlessly performance and was quite rightly given a huge round of applause by the celebrity audience, with actress Reese Witherspoon in particular appearing blown away from the rendition. 

It's been a huge year for the Bond franchise, despite its future looking bleak just a couple of years ago. The casting of Daniel Craig strengthened the brand and his first movie Casino Royale pumped new life into the story of 007. However, it was last year's Skyfall - directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes - that won Bond a whole new generation of fans. It quickly became the biggest Bond movie of all time while storming to the top of the all-time top UK grossing movies list. Craig signed on for additional films, while Sam Mendes is thought to be in discussions to helm the next movie too.

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Alternate Oscars: Paul Thomas Anderson Wins! Leonardo Di Caprio Wins! Daniel Craig Wins!


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Imagine for a minute an alternate Academy Awards. An Oscars ceremony that decided against rewarding biopics, inaccurate thrillers and lightweight sort-of-indie flicks mainly directed by David O'Russell. This Sunday (February 24, 2013), a rather predictable bunch of nominees will take their seats at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

Daniel Day-Lewis will take home Best Actor, Spielberg will probably add to his collection of Best Director gongs, hell, maybe grumps himself Tommy Lee Jones will snatch a prize. It begs the question: is this really a collection of the very best performances and movies of the year? We present to you our alternate Academy Awards - who missed out on a nomination, though wouldn't have looked out of place with the golden statuette in their hand?

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Skyfall Star Ben Whishaw Insists: 'New Bond To Film This Year'


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Skyfall star Ben Whishaw, who plays a youthful incarnation of gadget expert Q in the latest Bond film, has hinted that the follow-up to the massively successful 007 movie may be ready to begin filming as early as this year.

Speaking to The Radio Times, the actor revealed that the next instalment of the Bond franchise could begin filming in as little as 'about ten months’ from now, should everything continue to go to plan. Whishaw was quick to cover his tracks though, should things fall behind schedule with the film, adding, ‘Well, hopefully. Let’s hope so!’

Whishaw and 007 himself, Daniel Craig, have confirmed their place in the follow-up Bond film, with Craig signed on to appear in at least three more Bond films. One person who is yet to commit to the follow-up, but has voiced interest, is Skyfall director Sam Mendes, who admitted at last weeks BAFTAs that he would 'certainly consider' stepping behind the camera again, but wont commit until he has seen a script.

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James Bond Star Drops Next Film's Date By Accident – Whoops!


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Ben Whishaw, who plays MI6 technical expert Q in Skyfall, has managed to relight the 007 fire just a week before The Oscars are set to celebrate the franchise’s 50 year anniversary, by hinting at a filming date for the 24th Bond film.

Speaking to The Radio Times, who were keen to find out if he had been in touch with Daniel Craig, Wishaw said, "we know that we'll probably be back together again in about ten months." Then, realising he’d possibly let the cat out of the bag, he quickly said, "Well, hopefully. Let's hope so!" Too late Ben, too late. Whishaw also talked about the reality of Craig doing more Bond films: "I know that he’s doing the next three so I’m not thinking beyond that. We’ve got to just get through those first," he said before opening up his character as the infamous Q. "Well obviously I would like just for him to be in it more!" he joked.

Lots of talk has surrounded Craig’s return as Bond, with some reports suggesting he wouldn’t be happy with a quick turnaround to make another film. Idris Elba was then mooted to take over as 007, becoming the first black James Bond in the process. As for the director, it looks as if Mendes has done enough to stay in the driver’s seat. He recently indicated he would be open to a second Bond film, saying: "we would want to make a better movie next time around".

All Aboard The Skyfall Train! James Bond Fans Could Take Special Journey


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A special James Bond themed train will arrive in Edinburgh tomorrow; the vessel will then be free for fans of the franchise to travel on, as the train begins service between Waverly and London King’s Cross, Scotsman reports.

Jon Melville predicts that fans would be receptive to the idea. He said: “Skyfall, of course, has such a great Scottish connection with the filming that took place in the Highlands, so anything that we can do to get people travelling to Scotland is a great thing. If we’re talking Scotland, we have such a strong connection to Bond because of Sean Connery and because Bond is half-Scottish. People will be able to soak up the atmosphere of Sean Connery’s city and then maybe head further north and see where they filmed Skyfall.” Passengers will be free to make the four-hour journey on board the train from tomorrow, mirroring Bond and M’s voyage north for the film’s final act.

Skyfall - starring Daniel Craig as Bond - has now earned £708 million worldwide, and will also enjoy special recognition next Sunday (24th) when The Oscars take place. The Academy is set to pay tribute to the Bond franchise on its 50th anniversary. This will include speakers and a performance of Skyfall from British songstress Adele, who’ll also be hoping to win Best Original song for the Bond tune.

Will The Six Spies 'Bond' At The Oscars?


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It's less than two weeks until the most prestigious movie awards ceremony - the Academy Awards -takes place on February 24th 2013 and rumours are flying around everywhere about alleged appearances. One of the biggest is, in the wake of the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond movie 'Dr No', all six actors who have portrayed the British spy (from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig) will show up for one huge reunion on the Oscars stage. But just how likely is it happen?

Sean Connery has, according to the Daily Record, been invited to attend the so-called reunion, as sources reveal that they've 'not had a no from him'. 'Normally he is quick to turn things down', they said. 'Sean's relationship with the Oscars is good and we're hoping he'll appear.' The paper also went on to claim that Sean's 'issues' with the producers of James Bond may deter him from attending the event, although we've always thought of him as seeming rather proud of being the original 007 star so it would seem odd for him to refuse on that account. On the other hand, according to the Edinburgh Evening News, the Scottish actor didn't even know about the rumours, with his press agent claiming that no-one has yet asked him to get involved.

One who would be likely to attend is Sir Roger Moore; a man who was loved by so many that he played the role of Bond for 12 years, completing 7 movies between 1973 and 1985. He celebrated the 50th anniversary of the franchise last year by releasing his book 'Bond on Bond: The Ultimate Book On 50 Years Of Bond Movies' so it certainly seems like it's a part of his life he holds dear. He mentioned in an interview on the 'Today' show that it was like 'working with a family every 18 months' but regrets that he finished his book before he saw the latest 007 movie 'Skyfall'. 'I would write another chapter', he said. 'I think it is just the best Bond ever made.' However, as happy as he seems to be constantly associated with the fictional secret agent, he wasn't spotted at the 2013 BAFTAS on February 10th 2013 where 'Skyfall' won 'Best British Film'.

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That Funny Girl's Back: Barbra Streisand Returns To Oscars Stage After 36 Years


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This year’s Oscars ceremony will see the return of Barbra Streisand for the first time since 1977. Streisand will be making a special appearance, performing live onstage. The last time she graced the Academy stage, she was performing ‘Evergreen’ from A Star Is Born – for which she won herself a Best Original Song Oscar.

The awards show’s producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron revealed “In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music, how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand? We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year's Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years.” Streisand also won the Best Actress Oscar in 1969, for her role in Funny Girl.

Next month’s 85th Academy Awards ceremony is also scheduled to include a tribute to movie musicals, with Oscar-nominated Les Miserables featuring in the tribute as well as songs from Dreamgirls and Chicago. The ceremony is also due to feature a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, including a live performance from Adele, who is nominated for her song ‘Skyfall,’ the eponymous track from the latest Bond movie, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond. 

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Adele Shows Hollywood How A British Acceptance Speech Is Done At The Golden Globes


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In a world of endless "thankyous" and classy jokes, the acceptance speech can be hard to master, considering you're expected to give it just after what can only be good news, unless you're Jaoquin Phoenix.

So when British powerhouse singer Adele popped up on stage to collect her award for best original song for the James Bond track, Skyfall, the Hollywood audience were privy to something a little different. "Oh my god! I've come for a night out with my friend Ida," she asserted. "We're new mums. We're literally here for a night out!" she added, and was met with a titter. "I was not expecting this... thank you so much for letting me be a part of your world for a night. I've been p***ing myself laughing," she said, which garnered more of a laugh, before she said, "This is for my boyfriend, Simon, who convinced me to do it, and for my lovely son," and left the stage.

She also thanked Paul Hepworth, who she co-wrote the song with, and Daniel Craig for being "such a wonderful Bond". And off she went, flustered and excited as they come, and thoroughly charming to boot. Elsewhere at The Globes, Les Miserables picked up three awards, and Ben Affleck stuck it to The Academy - who ignored him in the best director category while handing him a chance in the best film section - by winning best director for Argo

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Skyfall Oscars Snub In Best Picture Nominations


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Skyfall has missed out on an Oscar nomination for Best Picture as the likes of Lincoln, Argo and Les Miserables all as expected were included in the shortlist. The news will come as a bitter blow to Samuel Mendes, Daniel Craig and the rest of the James Bond team, who were hoping that a critical and commercial smash Stateside, a first ever nomination at the Producer's Guild Of America awards and a special tribute actually being held at the Oscars themselves to pay tribute to its 50th anniversary, would be enough for it to make the cut. 

Evidently though the tribute appears to be all but a sop thrown to the James Bond franchise, with neither the film, director Samuel Mendes nor star Daniel Craig to be seen in any of the categories. The Dark Knight Rises was another to miss the cut - and indeed any other category - though there were plenty of names included who were strongly tipped up in the build-up this year. 

Of those, the strongest choics look like being Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and the Tom Hooper-directed Les Miserables; it's a line-up glistening with quality though: Bradley Cooper was a surprise nomination in the Best Leading Actor category, which is perhaps a sign that Silver Linings PIaybook is favored strongly among the panel. Benh Zeitlin meanwhile continued his fairytale story as he saw Beasts Of The Southern Wild make the cut in addition to his own name being put up for Best Director, and the controversial Django Unchained also made the list, despite criticism over its handling of slavery issues. Elsewhere, Michael Hanneke's Amour found itself up for inclusion, despite its name being relatively unheralded when it came to predicting the final reckoning in the build-up; Argo was another to be included in the list, though you might argue that its chances look weak given that Ben Affleck didn't make it into the shortlist for Best Director, despite being the bookies favourite beforehand. 

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Daniel Craig, Ben Affleck And The Les Miserables Cast Warm Up For The Oscars At The National Board Of Review Awards (Pictures)


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Two of last year's main men inDaniel Craig [Left] and Ben Affleck [Right],both of whom could be on for big things this awards season

The National Board Of Review Awards took place last night (January 8, 2013), with many evidently viewing the bash as a warm-up before the Oscar nominations get announced tomorrow (January 10, 2013). As such, some of the names who may well be featuring in less than 24 hours time were on the red carpet, including Skyfall's Daniel Craig, Argo director and actor Ben Affleck, stars from Les Miserables including Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried, and many more.

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From Bane To Bond: Why Tom Hardy Would Make A Brilliant 007


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With the iconic James Bond franchise set to receive a significant amount of attention at the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony given that 'Skyfall' marked the spy series' 50th anniversary as well as becoming the biggest blockbuster of the year in terms of both commercial and critical success, it's only natural that we've started to wonder about Bond number seven. After all, Daniel Craig has completed a total of three 007 flicks over the past six years and after getting wed in 2011, now might be the time to step down and enjoy some family time before he reaches 50. We've thought up a possible candidate and reckon we have some pretty good justification as to why Tom Hardy should become the next James Bond. 

Tom Hardy - He's Bristish

He's British.

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Daniel Craig

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2nd March, 1968

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