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'Spectre' Smashes UK Opening Week Box Office Records With Ease


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'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.

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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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If James Bond Were A Woman She'd Be Any Of These Ladies


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Since Daniel Craig firmly stated that he didn't want to do another James Bond film after 'Spectre', suggestions have been flying all over the place about who it could be next. Will Idris Elba become the first black 007? Or will it embrace the talents of Tom Hardy or Tom Hiddleston? But what if was a woman?

Ok, so feminism aside, it's a firmly held idea that Bond should continue to be a male. For a start, you'd have to change the name - how many ladies do you know called James? (Apart from Blake Lively's daughter, of course). But if you erase the tradition of him being a man, you might as well erase all the other Bond conventions; the gadgets, the fast cars, the womanising etc. But, turning pop culture upside for a moment, if James Bond WERE a woman - who would she be?

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Sam Mendes On Why He Agreed To Return To Direct 'Spectre'


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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.

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Stars And Royals Turn Out For The World Premiere Of 'Spectre' In London [Photos]


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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.

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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.

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Daniel Craig Refuses To Be Drawn On James Bond Future


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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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Sam Smith Receives Two Guinness World Records At Once


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British singer Sam Smith has had a pretty incredible 18 months, rocketing to international superstardom with his debut album, and now he’s able to add not just one, but TWO Guinness World Records to his growing list of accolades.

The pair of records were given to him to honour his James Bond theme tune, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’, becoming the first such 007 track to reach the top of the UK Singles Chart earlier this month, and the second was to acknowledge his first album In The Lonely Hour staying in the Top Ten of the UK Albums Chart for the longest consecutive amount of weeks.

Since it was released on May 26th last year, the album has, to date, spent 69 weeks in a row inside the Top Ten, passing the previous record held by Emeli Sande for her album Our Version of Events (63 weeks) more than a month ago.

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Daniel Craig Is SO Done With James Bond - "I'd Rather Slash My Wrists"


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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.

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Sam Smith Explains His 'Timelessly Classic' Take On James Bond Theme


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Sam Smith confesses he wanted to abandon the funky pop anthems for his take on the new James Bond theme for 'Spectre', and release a track that was memorable enough to be associated with the franchise rather than something that reflected himself. The result is the orchestral 'Writing's On The Wall'.

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The 23-year-old singer reveals that, instead of taking on the usual pop aesthetic that has made him a success thus far, he wanted to create something 'timelessly classic' for 'Spectre'. Thus, it's not a driving rhythm or melancholic balladry we have here, but soaring cinematic soundscapes; the perfect combination of harmonic strings, building piano and a crescendo of a voice that goes from one end of Smith's range to the another quite remarkably. It's an impressive change in direction, perhaps surprisingly so in that he enlisted the help of trusted friend and producer Jimmy Napes (who previously worked on hits 'Stay With Me' and 'Lay Me Down') as well as Disclosure who brought themselves and Smith to worldwide attention with their 2012 single 'Latch'. A sound very different from anything we've heard from these guys so far.

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Watch The Video For Sam Smith's 'Spectre' Theme 'Writing's On The Wall'


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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.

Sam SmithThe 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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James Bond Movie 'Spectre' Racks Up £24 Million Bill In Smashed Cars


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More than 10% of the $200 million budget for the new James Bond movie Spectre was apparently spent on wrecked supercars, according to a new report.

The Mail on Sunday published a report at the weekend that suggested that £24 million of sports cars, including seven specially designed Aston Martin DB10s and a Jaguar C-X75, with customised ejector seats a la Goldfinger, were destroyed during the filming of chase sequences for the brand new movie, out next month.

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Is Damian Lewis A Certainty To Take Over James Bond Role?


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‘Homeland’ actor Damian Lewis looks set to be the one to take over the role of James Bond when Daniel Craig steps down as 007. According to the Sunday Mirror, Lewis has been given ‘an unofficial nod’ that he is producer's first choice, if Craig decides Spectre will be his last Bond outing.

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“If Daniel Craig leaves, it’s Damian Lewis who will be crowned the new Bond,” a ‘well placed source’ told the newspaper. “He is seen as an all-round international star who is perfect for the role. As he ages, he looks increasingly suave and sophisticated.”

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Pierce Brosnan Says The New James Bond Will Be White And Male


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Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan reckons that the next star to play 007 will be a white male. For months now, the rumour has been that ‘Luther’ actor Idris Elba would be the next actor cast as the suave British spy, but Brosnan doesn’t believe that the producers will be making that move yet.

“Anything is possible for sure, but I think he'll be male and he'll be white,” he told The Press Association in an interview on Wednesday (September 23rd). However, the 62 year old Irish star did add that “there's wonderful black actors out there who could be James Bond, and there's no reason why you cannot have a black James Bond.”

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Daniel Craig’s James Bond Drinks More Than Any Of His Predecessors


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Daniel Craig’s James Bond drinks more units of alcohol per film than any of his predecessors, according to a report in The Grocer magazine. Craig’s Bond is seen drinking more alcohol than any other Bond incarnation before him. Craig has played Bond in three films and, on average, Craig’s Bond has consumed 20 units of alcohol per film.

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Sam Smith Releases Preview Of His Bond Theme Song: ‘Writing’s On The Wall’


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Sam Smith has released a preview of his soon-to-be-released theme song, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’, for the upcoming James Bond film Spectre. Smith shared a 15 second long preview on social media on Monday (21st September).

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Read More: Sam Smith Receives GQ’s Solo Artist Of The Year Award, Hours After Announcing Spectre Theme Song.

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Sam Smith Announces His ‘Spectre’ Theme Song: ‘Writing’s On The Wall’


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Sam Smith has confirmed he is singing the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film, Spectre. Smith made the announcement on Instagram, with an image of the cover of his soon-to-be-released single entitled ‘Writing’s On The Wall’. Smith has also co-written the song along with his frequent collaborator Jimmy Napes.

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Tom Hardy Added To The List Of Possible Future James Bond Actors


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With speculation mounting as to who might be playing the next James Bond if Spectre turns out to be Daniel Craig’s final movie, Tom Hardy has put himself forward as a candidate, saying that he would consider playing the British spy.

Speaking to Sky News, the 37 year old English actor didn’t say whether or not he’d actually been approached for the part. However, when asked by the interviewer, the high-profile star replied: “I think anybody would consider doing Bond, wouldn't they?”

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Is Sam Smith Singing The Theme Song For 'Spectre'?


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Sam Smith has dropped a pretty powerful hint that he’s recorded the theme tune to the forthcoming Bond movie Spectre. The British singer, one of the best-selling artists around the world last year, posted a picture of his hand bearing a plain silver band embossed with the ‘Spectre’ octopus symbol.

The 23 year old has been one of the most prominent names bandied about in the rumours about who’ll get the honour of recorded the theme song to the 24th Bond movie, which is being released in cinemas on October 26th. However, fellow Brit Ellie Goulding had been the bookies’ favourite until this revelation.

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Hugh Jackman On Playing James Bond: “I’d Seriously Consider It”


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Hugh Jackman may be hanging up his Wolverine claws but he’s keeping his options open when it comes to other iconic roles. In a recent televised interview, the 46-year-old Australian born actor revealed he would “seriously consider” taking on the role of James Bond.

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Read More: Hugh Jackman Asks Fans What They Want To See In His Final Appearance As Wolverine In 2017.

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Idris Elba Posts Great Response To Anthony Horowitz's Apology After "Street" Remark


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Idris Elba has posted a great response to writer Anthony Horowitz’s apology for earlier calling the actor too “street” to play James Bond, proving he definitely is “suave” enough to play the British spy.

The 42 year old ‘Luther’ star posted a screengrab of Horowitz’s apology on his own Instagram, writing underneath: “Always Keep Smiling!! It takes no energy and never hurts! Learned that from the Street!!”

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Daniel Craig Talks About The Pressures Of Celebrity Superstardom


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Ahead of his fourth turn as James Bond in Spectre later this year, Daniel Craig has spoken about performing his own stunts and how he copes with the international stardom he now enjoys.

The 47 year old actor, who has found global fame with his three well-received performances as 007, was speaking to DuJour magazine that he still sometimes struggles with the public attention that his position has brought over the last ten years.

“Bars are hard, but that’s more because of mobile phones,” Craig admitted. What annoys him most is that he wishes people would simply approach him and ask for photographs, instead of surreptitiously snapping away from a distance.

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Pierce Brosnan Reckons The Time Is Right For A Black Or Gay James Bond


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There’s been much talk about Idris Elba being cast as the next James Bond, potentially becoming the first black man to portray 007 on the big screen. However, Pierce Brosnan has said that he could also see the womanising secret agent being portrayed as gay man in future movies.

“Sure. Why not?” he said to Details magazine about whether such a script might be possible, before adding, “Actually, I don't know how it would work. I don't think Barbara [Broccoli, Bond producer] would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. But it would certainly make for interesting viewing.”

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David Oyelowo To Play James Bond... In Audiobook


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English actor David Oyelowo has been selected to play James Bond – in an audiobook version of a brand new 007 novel penned by Anthony Horowitz. The book, titled ‘Trigger Mortis’, has been commissioned by the Ian Fleming estate and will be released on September 8th.

The Guardian reported on Thursday (August 13th) that the 39 year old was “very honoured” to be offered the role by the Fleming estate itself, describing it as “really special”. Oyelowo has some form in playing security service agents, portraying MI5 officer Danny Hunter in the BBC spy drama ‘Spooks’.

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Pierce Brosnan Stopped By Airport Security For Carrying Knife In Hand Luggage


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Pierce Brosnan was stopped by airport security personnel for attempting to board a US flight while carrying a knife.

The Irish actor, famous for playing James Bond, was temporarily apprehended by agents of the Transport Security Administration at Burlington International Airport in Vermont for passing through security with a 10 inch (or 25 cm) hunting knife in his hand luggage, according to The Telegraph.

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Ellie Goulding Is The Favourite To Sing James Bond 'Spectre' Theme


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Ellie Goulding seems to have dropped her biggest hint yet that she’ll be singing the theme song for the upcoming James Bond movie Spectre.

The 28 year old British singer posted a photo on Instagram of herself leaving the legendary Abbey Road recording studios in North London on Monday night (July 27th), writing “That’s a wrap!” as a caption. Soon afterwards, bookmakers began suspending betting on the odds of her singing the soundtrack, on which she’s rumoured to be collaborating with fellow Brit Sam Smith.

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Sam Mendes Admits He Thought Daniel Craig Would Make A Terrible 007 As Director Reveals 'Spectre' Will Be His Last Bond Film


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Spectre director Sam Mendes has revealed he didn’t think friend Daniel Craig was a good fit for the role of James Bond when the actor was first cast as 007. Speaking to the BBC, Mendes said he initially thought Craig as Bond was a terrible idea but that he now thinks the franchise has 'adapted' to the actor.

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"I had cast Daniel Craig in this film I made in Chicago called Road To Perdition about 15 years ago and it was his first big American film,” Mendes said. “Then the role of Bond came up years later and I was called by Entertainment Weekly, a showbiz publication, and they said your old friend and collaborator has been suggested as Bond, what do you think? I said 'terrible idea - he shouldn't do it’”

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'James Bond: The Musical' Is Reportedly Coming Our Way


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Work has reportedly begun on a musical based on James Bond which will written by Merry Saltzman, the daughter of legendary 007 film producer Harry Saltzman. Saltzman has confirmed she’s secured the rights to write the musical based on the Bond character, which is due to hit the stage in late 2017 or early 2018.

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According to Playbill.com the show has been concisely titled James Bond: The Musical and will have a book by Keeping Hannah Waiting novelist Dave Clarke and music and lyrics by country composer Jay Henry Weisz.

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'James Bond' Movie Rights Up For Grabs - Everybody Interested


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Lucrative rights to the James Bond franchise are set to go up for grabs, with the November 6 release of Spectre marking the end of the multi-picture deal between MGM and Sony. The pact has been a hugely successful one, spawning Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall with Daniel Craig as 007.

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According to the Variety, MGM chief Gary Barber's strong relationship with Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara could result in Bond switching to the Burbank studio. The studios have in the past partnered on numerous projects including The Hobbit trilogy and upcoming Rocky Balboa spin-off Creed.

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Pussy Galore To Return In Anthony Horowitz's James Bond Novel


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Pussy Galore, the lesbian gangster in Ian Fleming's Goldfinger, is to return to Anthony Horowitz's new James Bond tale Trigger Mortis. Pussy was last seen drifting off the coast of Canada.

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The Foyle's War creator unveiled the title, the plot outline and the cover or his new Bond thriller on Thursday morning. Set in 1957, the story takes place two weeks after the events of Goldfinger, placing Bond in the middle of the Soviet-American Space Race as the US prepares for a critical rocket launch.

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Video - Close Up Shot Of James Bond Helicopter During London 'Spectre' Filming - Part 4


A close up of a big black helicopter with the number G-LCPL written on the side was shot hovering over London during the filming of some of the final scenes of upcoming James Bond film 'Spectre' starring Daniel Craig and Christoph Waltz. Filming had also taken place on the River Thames.

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Video - A Helicopter Hovers Over London During Filming Of James Bond Movie 'Spectre' - Part 3


During what looks to be either dawn or dusk, a helicopter could be seen hovering in mid-air over the city of London during the filming for forthcoming James Bond movie 'Spectre', starring Daniel Craig and Christoph Waltz.

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