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Barbara Broccoli reportedly thinks Hiddleston doesn't have what it takes to play 007.
The seemingly interminable speculation about who is set to become the next James Bond actor have taken another turn, with the revelation that Tom Hiddleston stands little chance of landing the part because, according to a producer, he’s “too smug”.
Bond chief Barbara Broccoli is reportedly not enamoured with the idea of The Night Manager actor Hiddleston, 35, playing 007 in the future, according to a new report by the New York Post’s Page Six.
“Barbara Broccoli doesn’t like Tom Hiddleston, he’s a bit too smug and not tough enough to play James Bond," a source told the publication on Wednesday (April 5th).
Continue reading: Tom Hiddleston "Too Smug" To Play James Bond, According To Producers
But what about Jack White and Alicia Keys?
The 68-year-old singer said that while her theme was one of the worst recorded for the film series, Madonna’s 2002 offering ‘Die Another Day’ was equally awful.
Lulu says that she and Madonna recorded the worst Bond themes
Continue reading: Lulu Thinks She And Madonna Recorded The Worst Bond Themes
39 year old Fassbender said he wouldn't be interested in succeeding Daniel Craig, but had ideas about where the franchise could go in the future.
The 39 year old Irish-German actor, a star of huge movie franchises such as X-Men and massive box office hits like Steve Jobs and Assassin’s Creed, has for a while been one of the favourites to take over the role as the British secret agent in the anticipation that Daniel Craig, the current Bond, does not want to play the part again after last year's Spectre.
Michael Fassbender has ruled out playing James Bond
Continue reading: Michael Fassbender Rules Out Playing James Bond
Craig was thought to be done with the 007 role.
Daniel Craig has hinted that he might not be done playing Bond, saying the role is the “best job in the world”.
Craig was thought to be unwilling to return for another 007 outing, after once saying he rather “slit his wrists” than play Bond again, but it appears he may have changed his mind.
Daniel Craig thinks playing Bond is "best job in the world”
Continue reading: Daniel Craig Hints At Bond Return, Says He'd "Miss It Terribly"
The actor has reportedly been made the lucrative offer by studio Sony.
While the rumour mill on who will be the next James Bond keeps on turning, fans will be happy to hear that all might not be lost with Daniel Craig. According to reports, the actor could be persuaded to return as 007, after being offered $150 million to star in two more movies.
Daniel Craig has reportedly been offered $150 million to stay on as Bond
Radar reports that studio Sony has made the actor the lucrative offer because they want a seamless transition to a younger long-term successor. “The studio is desperate to secure the actor’s services while they phase in a younger long-term successor,” a source told the website.
Paddy Power has the 'Suicide Squad' star to be the next Bond girl at 12/1, ahead of the likes of Emily Blunt and Emily Ratajkowski.
There’s been lots of speculation over the last couple of years about who will succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond, but less on the matter of who’ll be the next Bond girl.
However, it’s likely that a major star will play the traditional role, with rising star Margot Robbie currently the hot favourite with bookmakers. Australian actress Robbie, 26, is tipped for the role in a forthcoming 007 movie, which will be the 25th film in the franchise and the first for a brand new Bond actor. She’s currently the 12/1 favourite for a role in the notional sequel to Spectre, according to Irish company Paddy Power in a report in The Sun.
Is Margot Robbie going to the next Bond girl?
Continue reading: Is Margot Robbie Set To Be A Bond Girl?
Elba dismissed the persistent reports that he'll be Daniel Craig's replacement as 007 as "just a rumour" - and he also appeared in a dance-off on Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show'.
Speaking to E! News outside the Superdry store in New York on Monday (July 18th), where he was launching his new ‘Idris Elba X Superdry’ collection, he again took the opportunity to deny that any concrete talks had taken place.
“I mean, look, I've said it a million of times: It's a great character and it's an honour to be asked, but it is just a rumour,” the 43 year old Star Trek Beyond star responded.
Continue reading: Idris Elba Again Denies Those James Bond Rumours
The BBFC reports on the most complained about movies in the UK.
Movies aren't always given a rating that the public agrees with. The most recent James Bond flick, 'Spectre', is one such example, with its 12A certification having been contested more than any other film in the UK last year for the film's gruesome depictions of torture and other violent scenes.
Spectre receives 40 complaints for violent scenes
'Spectre' has officially been labelled 2015's most complained about movie according to UK censors the British Board of Film Classification. Among some of the parts that have upset viewers is a scene featuring someone getting their eyes gouged out, as well as a bit where Christoph Waltz's character Blofeld is drilling into Daniel Craig's Bond's head.
Continue reading: Brutal 'Spectre' Scenes Make It The Most Complained About Film Of 2015
The actor is reportedly in talks for the coveted role.
The latest actor to join the list of hopefuls to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond is Jamie Bell, best known for his debut role in 2000's 'Billy Elliot'. Reports suggest that the now 30-year-old star has been impressing Bond producer Barbara Broccoli with his acting skills on her new movie 'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool'.
Is Jamie Bell really in talks to play James Bond?
Bell is currently filming for the movie, directed by Paul McGuigan, in which he stars as Peter Turner; the author of the memoir upon which the movie is based. It actually reunites Bell with Julie Walters for the first time in 17 years, with the pair having first worked together on 'Billy Elliot', and now she may get to see the young star go from ballet to Bond if reports are to be believed.
Continue reading: Will Child Ballet Star Jamie Bell Become The Next James Bond?
The originals are always the best.
While everyone's busy wondering who might takeover Daniel Craig as James Bond (Gillian Anderson is now a serious frontrunner, at least according to her fans), we're taking the chance to contemplate our favourite 007 of all time. Because no-one says 'Shaken, not stirred' quite like Sean Connery.
Sean Connery will always be James Bond to us
The lead actor... Sean Connery is a Scottish actor who became the first ever James Bond with 1962's 'Dr. No'. As well as 'Goldfinger', he also did 'From Russia with Love', 'Thunderball', 'You Only Live Twice', 'Diamonds Are Forever' and 'Never Say Never Again'. Plus, he's an Academy Award winner having landed best actor for 1987's gangster flick 'The Untouchables'.
Continue reading: Movie Of The Day: 'Goldfinger' Starring Sean Connery
She's breaking down all kinds of stereotypes.
As it becomes more definite that Daniel Craig won't be returning as James Bond in the next 007 movie, everyone's contemplating just who has the charm to adopt the role. But there's a big buzz in the air that suggests our next spy should be played by a woman, and Priyanka Chopra is definitely up for the challenge.
Could Priyanka Chopra be the next Bond?
The Bollywood stunner and former beauty queen is set to play the villainous Victoria Leeds in the forthcoming 'Baywatch' movie re-boot, but she has her sights set on much bigger things. Currently starring in the ABC crime drama 'Quantico', she was interviewed by Complex magazine and discussed just what her future holds and her plans on breaking down sex and race stereotypes.
Continue reading: Priyanka Chopra's Perfect Response To 'You'd Make A Great Bond Girl'
With Daniel Craig widely believed to be quitting the role of 007 after 'Spectre', Cavill's name has been cited as a replacement.
He might currently be setting box offices alight with his role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as the world’s greatest superhero, but Henry Cavill has revealed he’d “love” the opportunity to play the world’s greatest spy.
With Daniel Craig reportedly finished for good with his role as James Bond, the 32 year old actor has been rumoured as in the running to be the next 007. He was asked about the whispers during filming for this week’s ‘Graham Norton Show’, and whether he’d like to take up the role as the suave British spy.
Henry Cavill at the London premiere of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'
Continue reading: Henry Cavill Would "Love" To Be The Next James Bond
Rumour has it the ‘Poldark’ star has been having talks in LA to take on the role of 007.
There’s a new name to add to the list of potential replacements for Daniel Craig as James Bond. Step forward 'Poldark' star Aidan Turner, who has made quite the impression on BBC viewers in recent months and is now said to be in the running to play 007.
Will Aidan Turner be the next Bond?
According to The Sun Aidan flew to LA last week after filming on the second series of ‘Poldark’ wrapped. While in LA, Turner reportedly held talks with producers about taking over the role from Daniel Craig.
Continue reading: Is Aidan Turner The Next James Bond?
According to Craig’s pal the actor is done playing Bond after 10 years.
Daniel Craig’s future as James Bond has been uncertain even before the release of Spectre in December, but it seems the actor really is done as 007. According to his friend and co-star in 90’s tv series 'Our Friends In The North', Mark Strong, Craig feels he’s done what he wants to with Bond and will not be returning for another movie.
Mark Strong says Daniel Craig is done with Bond.
Speaking to ShortList about his upcoming comedy Grimsby, Strong who has starred in spy comedy Kingsman, was asked if he’d be up for playing a Bond villain. “Do you know what, I’d have loved to have played the villain in a Bond movie while Daniel was doing it because he’s a pal and that would have been great,” Strong answered.
Continue reading: Daniel Craig's Friend Mark Strong Seems To Confirm He's Done With Bond
The Aston Martin DB10 used in the Rome car chase scenes in 'Spectre' went up for sale, alongside many other bits of Bond paraphernalia.
The DB10 model, one of only two “show cars” from 10 that were custom-made for the blockbuster, easily made its reserve price of £1 million and eventually sold for £2,434,500 at a special charity auction at Christie’s London King Street on Thursday.
Manufactured in Warwickshire, eight of the ten cars were used to film the car chase scene through the streets of Rome in Spectre, while two were left untouched for display and promotional purpose.
Continue reading: Aston Martin Used In 'Spectre' Sells For £2.5 Million At Charity Auction
Brosnan felt that 'Spectre' was overly long, but had plenty of words of praise for Daniel Craig's performance.
Although it came out to an initial flurry of five-star reviews, the latest James Bond flick Spectre has experienced something of a critical backlash in the last fortnight or so. Former 007 actor Pierce Brosnan has become the latest to add his voice to those complaints, describing the movie as “too long”.
Giving an interview to entertainment website HitFix, 62 year old Brosnan admitted that he felt slightly let down by the 24th Bond movie. “I was looking forward to it enormously,” he said. “I thought it was too long. The story was kind of weak — it could have been condensed. It kind of went on too long. It really did.”
The actor, who portrayed the iconic British spy in four movies between 1995 and 2002, argued that it wasn’t distinctive enough and felt rather too much like the Bourne franchise.
Continue reading: Pierce Brosnan Wasn't Very Impressed By 'Spectre'
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.
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.
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.
As James Bond prepares to return for 'Spectre', Craig admits he's glad Sam Mendes is back on board.
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.
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.
Reports in the U.S suggest Sam Smith to sing the Bond theme is a "done deal".
Sam Mendes says the singer for the James Bond Spectre theme song has already been selected. Adele's theme for Skyfall is considered one of the finest 007 songs ever, though Barbara Broccoli clearly had somebody in mind to try and emulate the success of the Oscar-winning track.
According to the New York Post, Sam Smith has signed on to sing the new James Bond song
"When will you find out? You'll have to ask Barbara Broccoli, but I would say - on the basis of the last one - very, very late in the day," Mendes told Entertainment NOW! when pushed on a name for the new song.
Continue reading: James Bond 'Spectre' Singer Already Decided, But Is It Sam Smith?
Christoph Waltz could be playing a significant villain role in the new Bond movie.
You don't often find a two-time Oscar winner turning to the gadgets, cars and martinis of the Bond franchise, though it seems Christoph Waltz is close to signing a deal to play 007's arch-enemy in Bond 24. According to Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail, Waltz will play Bond's nemesis though it is not an "out-and-out" villain role.
Christoph Waltz could play the Bond villain in Bond 24
Continue reading: Christoph Waltz Set For Role He Was Born To Play: Bond Villain.
Lea Seydoux will allegedly be the next woman James Bond falls for in the upcoming 'Bond 24'.
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.
Lea Seydoux at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Continue reading: Lea Seydoux Reportedly Cast In Upcoming 'Bond 24' Movie
'The Equalizer' star Denzel Washington was just fooling around when he said he was starting a campaign to play Bond.
Denzel Washington has clarified his comments about playing James Bond after Daniel Craig relinquishes the role in a couple of years' time. The Training Day actor had joked that he was starting a campaign to have him considered for the role though insists his remarks were just that - a joke.
Denzel Washington to play Bond? Maybe
He told Shortlist magazine: "I was on the phone, and the person on the phone was asking me the questions that were being sent in to her, and so then she was sending out my response to whoever's online. So the was question was, 'Would You play James Bond?' and I said, 'Yeah sure, why not?' and jokingly, 'Yeah, get out there and start a campaign! Denzel for James Bond!"
Continue reading: Denzel Washington Not Campaigning To Play Bond (But Probably Would)
The beautiful location for 'Skyfall' is now the site of fly-tipping.
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.
Daniel Craig in Skyfall
Local residents Phillipa and Mark Shone have been publishing images of the littering on their Facebook page - Glen Etive - the Dirty Truth on Facebook.
Continue reading: Stunning Location For 'Skyfall' Now Blighted With Fly-Tipping
Cleese opens up on Bond's new direction
John Cleese, who played James Bond’s gadget man Q in 2002’s Die Another Day, has claimed that filmmakers are more interested in the Britsh Spy’s action sequences than the witty one-liners and quintessentially British themes that made him so popular.
John Cleese pictured outside BBC Radio 1's studios
"I did two James Bond movies and then I believe that they decided that the tone they needed was that of the Bourne action movies, which are very gritty and humourless," he told the Radio Times.
The screen icon has just released his third E.P of metal covers which includes a version of Frank Sinatra's 'My Way'
He’s been the evil wizard Saruman in one of the biggest grossing blockbuster franchises of all time. He’s played Dracula on almost a dozen occasions, a bond villain and a Sith Lord and he has been knighted by the Queen for his commitment to acting. He’s accepted a BAFTA Fellowship Award for over sixty years of service to the film industry, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the British Film Institute. Yet Sir Christopher Lee, now 92, and still maintaining a commendable acting repertoire, has just begun a career as a heavy metal vocalist. That’s right, the legendary actor and go-to Hollywood villain also possesses a serious set of pipes, and his ominous baritone has found a natural home within the most melodramatic of genres.
Christopher Lee already has three E.P's and an album under his belt
To celebrate his 92nd birthday, Lee has recently released an E.P of covers entitled Metal Night, which is now available to purchase. The record will be his third covers E.P, after two Christmas-themed E.P’s were released in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Lee also received the accolade of the oldest living musician to enter the music charts as his song ‘Jingle Hell’ reached 18th in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His current release features covers of two tracks from the Don Quixote smash-hit Broadway musical Man La Mancha.
Continue reading: Everything You Need To Know About Christopher Lee's Metal Covers Album
Next Bond villain Chiwetel Ejiofor has had a remarkable career so far, even before 12 Years A Slave
12 Years a Slave may have finally brought Chiwetel Ejiofor the worldwide recognition he deserved, but now the actor is reported to be taking on another massive role, as James Bond's new nemesis in the next Bond movie. The British actor, who had carved out a remarkable career in stage and independent films before 12 Years A Slave, seems ready now to firmly take his place among the Hollywood A-List. It’s been a long time coming for a man who has five Golden Globe nominations and now an Oscar nod to his name.
Chiwetel Ejiofor is the new Bond villain
Born in London to Nigerian parents Chiwetel Ejiofor decided on an acting career at a young age. Starting off in school productions, he joined the National Youth Theatre at 18. Showing early promise, Ejliofor played Othello twice in his early career, first in London’s Bloomsbury theatre and then in Glasgow. Nearly ten years later he would reprise the role to wide acclaim. The young actor then got his first big movie break after being cast in Steven Spielberg's film Amistad in 1997.
The 2002 movie Dirty Pretty Things brought Chiwetel Ejiofor’s talents to real critical acclaim for the first time. For his performance he was nominated for a string of awards and won the British Independent Film Award for best actor and the Evening Standard British Film Award for best actor. The following year Ejiofor would be seen as part of the all star British cast of Love Actually, before taking on his first leading role in British drama Red Dust, opposite Hillary Swank. More acclaimed performances followed as Ejiofor began showing himself as one of Britain’s most talented rising stars. For the 2005 comedy Kinky Boots Ejiofor picked up his first Golden Globe nomination, this time for best actor in a musical or comedy. A year later he would be a Golden Globe nominee again, for Tsunami: The Aftermath, a TV minseires for which he picked up the best actor nomination.
Continue reading: Next Bond Villain Chiwetel Ejiofor: His Career So Far
Chiwetel Ejiofor the new James Bond villain?
The Oscar-nominated star of 12 Years A Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor, is likely to become the next James Bond villain, according to Variety. The trade magazine says the British star is the top name on producers' wish list for the 24th official James Bond movie, which will once again be directed by Sam Mendes as well as starring Daniel Craig.
Chiwetel Ejiofor Could Be The Next Bond Villain
Continue reading: '12 Years A Slave' Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor Set For Bond Villain Role
These (often unlikely) actors were once also in the running to play British secret agent, James Bond.
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.
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?
Continue reading: Mel Gibson? Actors Who 'Could' Have Been James Bond
Pinewood Studios is Wales bound.
Pinewood Studios is setting up another complex in Cardiff which will generate an estimated $90 million for the economy. Pinewood Studios Wales will be based at the former Energy Centre building in Wentloog and will form part of the company's global network. The deal was announced on Monday (February 17, 2014) by First Minister Carwyn Jones and Pinewood Shepperton chief executive Ivan Dunleavy.
Daniel Craig Shot 'Skyfall' at Pinewood Studios
"Attracting such an iconic global brand as Pinewood is wonderful news for Wales," Mr Jones said.
Continue reading: Bond Headed To Wales? Pinewood Studios Setting Up In Cardiff
Actor Lewis Collins died after years of battling cancer.
Lewis Collins, the actor who starred on crime television series The Professionals, has died aged 67 after a five year battle with cancer, according to his agent, via BBC News. "He died peacefully at his LA home surrounded by his family. Privacy is asked for at this very sad time," said the agent.
The Professionals actor Lewis Collins who played Bodie has died in LA aged 67 after a five-year battle with cancer pic.twitter.com/vWvjbOngr9— HuffPostUK Pic Desk (@HuffPostUKPics) November 28, 2013
Helen Flanagan, Bond girl?
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.
Continue reading: Helen Flanagan In Running To Be Next Bond Girl. This Is Not A Joke.
William Boyd says he chose not to 'water down' the James Bond character in 'Solo.'
William Boyd, the acclaimed novelist who has penned the latest James Bond novel Solo, says he had no intention of watering down Ian Fleming's best loved character and insists his 007 is still a heavy drinker and smoker.
In a press conference at London's Dorchester Hotel this week, Boyd - who claimed Daniel Day Lewis should play the secret agent - said, "It seems to me he [Bond] wants a relationship..It is not just casual sex." It led some fans to infer that the James Bond in Solo would be more of a straight-shooter than previous incarnations, though Boyd insists this is not the case.
"I have no desire to water down or make Bond more acceptable to modern sensibilities," he explained, "He drinks, he smokes, he does everything you would expect of a classic Bond."
Continue reading: Is William Boyd's Drinking, Smoking James Bond, Michael Fassbender?
The media jumped the gun on Daniel Day-Lewis possibly playing Bond.
The internet went into overdrive yesterday with news that three-times Oscar winner and the greatest actor on the planet, Daniel Day-Lewis, would play 007 himself, James Bond. Ok, so there wasn't anything like confirmation, but judging by the way both the tabloid and broadsheets span a couple of comments from Bond author William Boyd, the whole thing seemed bizarrely nailed on.
Daniel Craig Is Considered By Many To Be The Finest James Bond Ever.
So let's take a quick look at what was said at the press conference in London, where Boyd was launching his new 007 book Solo. Asked by one of the gathered journalists which actor would play 'his' Bond, the author innocuously replied, "I think Daniel Day-Lewis actually resembles the Bond Fleming described," which is fair enough, given Ian Fleming described his creation as "tall" and "rangy."
James Bond is a chain smoking, heavy drinking spy from the swinging 60's in new book 'Solo'.
James Bond is given a new lease of life in the next instalment of the spy franchise as the latest book 'Solo' was revealed at a London's Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday 24th September.
William Boyd changes the modern day Bond image in new book 'Solo'
The books author is British screenwriter and former lecturer at St Hildia's College, Oxford, William Boyd and he sets the reincarnation of Bond in West Africa on the night the spy's 45th birthday in 1969.
Continue reading: New James Bond Book 'Solo' Unveiled With A Few Noticeable Differences
The Lotus Esprit Submarine Car from the James Bond film 'The Spy Who Loved Me' will be available for purchase for the first time ever as it is put up for auction.
James Bond fans could be able to own a mouth-watering piece of Bond memorabilia as long as they aren't afraid to splash their cash.
The Lotus submarine car used in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' is going up for sale at a Battersea auction in South London for the first time ever and is expected to go under the hammer for £650,000 to £950,000.
The ex-Bond car was specifically used and designed for underwater scenes in the 1977 Bond movie starring Roger Moore as 007, and is said to be still a fully functional vehicle. Maybe it doesn't have the 'button' Moore pressed to replace its wheels with fins as he guided into the ocean, in typical nonchalant Bond-esque style - as propellers emerged from the rear and a periscope popped out of the roof to transform it into the Lotus submarine - but it can still drive.
Rumour has it that the new Sam Mendes-directed James Bond film will be based on a Sebastian Faulks 007 novel 'Devil May Care.'
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.
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.
Continue reading: Title Of New James Bond Movie: 'Devil May Care'?
Sam Mendes will be directing Daniel Craig in the next James Bond film. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli confirmed his position on Thursday (11th July). The 24th Bond film will released in 2015.
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.
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.
Continue reading: Sam Mendes Will Direct Daniel Craig In 24th James Bond Film
Daniel Radcliffe says he would be happier playing a Bond villain than 007.
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).
Continue reading: Harry Potter VS. James Bond? Daniel Radcliffe Wants To Be Bond Villain
Penelope Cruz will follow her husband's lead and star in a new Bond movie.
Penelope Cruz has been cast as the next Bond girl and is set to appear in the next installment, which will most likely be directed again by Sam Mendes, after 2012's Skyfall success.
With planned filming next summer (2014), Cruz will become the oldest ever Bond girl at 40, a year older than Goldfinger's Honor Blackman who was 39 when she played Pussy Galore in one of the most memorable Bond girl performances alongside Sean Connery
Continue reading: Penelope Cruz Cast As Oldest Bond Girl At 40?
Robert Rodriguez's Machete sequel looks, err, interesting.
The trailer has finally been released for Robert Rodriguez's latest action movie: a sequel to 2010's cult-favourite Machete.
The director, who is also responsible for box office hits Sin City and Once Upon a Time in Mexico, hypes his latest follow-up by comparing it to previous successful action series: "We've given the character a much bigger playground. It's going to be like a James Bond movie, with a Bond-style villain", he said, talking to screenrant.com.
Watch the Machete Kills Trailer:
Reloaded for a second instalment that we'll have to wait for until its September release, the trailer tantalises the action-hungry filmgoer, with guns, grit, and girl-on-girl violence. Not to mention the promise of flaming vehicular explosions, over-the-top weaponry, and blistering clichéd one-liners only a blockbuster can deliver.
Continue reading: Machete Kills: Gaga Debuts On The Big Screen [Trailer]
Sam Mendes is in negotiations to return for a new Bond movie next year.
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.
Continue reading: Sam Mendes Returning To Direct New 'James Bond' Movie In 2014
The famous studio is expanding
Pinewood Studios – the famous home of Britain’s James Bond – is expanding from the leafy London suburb of Shepperton to the bright, expansive lands south of Atlanta in Fayette County, Georgia. Pinewood Atlanta will provide world-class studio facilities for the production of film, television, music and video games.
Ivan Dunleavy, Pinewood CEO, said: “Today’s agreement is another step forward for the Pinewood brand internationally. This new studio will target US productions. Georgia has excellent fiscal incentives and a great crew base. With River’s Rock we have a well resourced partner that is committed to building a first class studio facility.” Georgia is fast becoming a hot spot for film production due to tax breaks that have recently emerged. The state provides a 20% tax credit for companies that spend $500,000 or more on a production; what’s more, film producers also can receive an additional 10% if the project helps promote the state of Georgia. We’re not sure how The Walking Dead – also filmed and set in Georgia – promotes the state, but that’s just one of the successful shows flourishing in Empire State of the South.
James Bond was filmed at Pinewood - but they didn't use waxy people
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Piers Brosnan reckons he's still Bond. Someone tell him he isn't.
How many films has Pierce Brosnan starred in? Go on, guess. Actually guess. 38? Nah it’s 43, but you were close. See, we were so enamoured by that little factoid, we had to start this article with it. And now, here’s Brosnan talking about Bond and his new film, Love is All You Need.
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Driver of £500 Vauxhall Corsa drives into side of £180,000 Aston Martin
When you’re driving around in a bright pink, £500 Vauxhall Corsa, the last thing that you want to do is to slam your bright pink Corsa right into the side of a sleek, black, highly expensive Aston Martin. Sadly, for the owner of one bright pink Vauxhall Corsa, who was driving around in Swindon yesterday, that is exactly what happened.
The driver of the Corsa reportedly lost control of the car at a roundabout, just after driving out of the Esso garage. The car went careering onto the petrol station forecourt and ploughed straight into the side of the James-Bond style sports car, leaving the owner fearing that it may be a write-off. “She drove out of the petrol station onto the roundabout, lost it, and came over the kerb and came straight into the car,” said the owner of the Aston Martin, who wished to remain anonymous. “My car moved into the pump and bumped the pump off. It will be a write-off. They won’t fix that.”
It certainly makes for a sorry sight, the bright and cheerful pink Corsa, with its nose stuck in the side of the £180,000 luxury vehicle.
Skyfall picks up Best Film... at last
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.
Continue reading: Skyfall Is The South Bank Sky Arts Awards’ Best Film
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'.
Continue reading: Will The Six Spies 'Bond' At The Oscars?
One thing popped into our heads when we learnt that Shirley Bassey would be performing at The Oscars 2013: Bond tunes.
She just has to give us one of Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, or Moonraker, otherwise we'll be deeply disappointed. Let's look at the facts, and there aren't many: it's Shirley Bassey; it's The Oscars, and it's the 50th anniversary of James Bond, 007. Nailed on, it has to be! "We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey to our Oscar show," producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. "Her association with film music is world-renowned and we are proud that she will be making her first Oscar appearance on our telecast." She'll be joined - not on stage we don't think - by Adele and Barbara Streisand in a show that comprises three of the best singers around today. Oh and some film stars will be there too, we reckon.
Bond will be hoping for more than just a 50th anniversary celebration, which, for most film frachises would be a honour, but, given 007's paltry return from the Academy. Adele's Skyfall has been nominated for best original song at the 2013 Academy Awards; the first awards for the Bond franchise in more than 30 years, which, given the hugely popular response to Skyfall, is a disappointment in itself.
Continue reading: Oscars 2013: Will Shirley Bassey Belt Out Those James Bond Classics?
Esteemed movie critic and broadcaster Barry Norman has unveiled his Top 49 movies of all time for a Radio Times supplement. The list, which does not rank films in order, includes works from 75 years of British cinema, ranging from Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps to Sam Mendes' recent Bond movie Skyfall.
Norman harks back to yesteryear for most of his selections, with Gladiator, The King's Speech and Skyfall are the only films from the 21st century to make it onto the list. 1949 and 1995 have numerous selections, including Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Third Man and Whisky Galore! And Secrets & Lies, Sense of Sensibility and Trainspotting. Introducing his list, Norman wrote, "Ignoring for the moment the fact that you will certainly disagree with some, probably many, or maybe even all of my choices, which do you think is the one outstanding British film that I've left out? There are plenty to choose from because mine, like all such lists, is largely subjective." Notable exclusions from the list include This Is England, Wallace & Grommit, Withnail and I, and Billy Elliot.
Reaction to the list has been fairly positive, though one user joked on Twitter, "How Barry Norman can compile a '50 best British films ever' list before he's seen Danny Dyer's 'Run for your wife' is beyond me."
Continue reading: Skyfall Included In Barry Norman's Top 49 British Movies Of All Time
When the Oscar nominations were released the whole of Britain sighed, not with relief but with disappointment, due to the absence of Skyfall nominations. It's rare to hear or see an actor's impressions as soon as they find out, but speaking on BBC Radio 4, Judi Dench was unaware of the Oscar results and was told on air. Her reaction was clearly one of great disappointment, not on her own behalf, but on behalf of everyone else involved in the movie, particularly Javier Bardem and Sam Mendes.
She had only heard that Adele had a nomination from hearing a snippet on the radio before speaking to Radio 4 later, and told them that she "had a lot of things to do this morning". However, when the presenter told her that Adele's nomination had been the only one for Skyfall, she was clearly very disappointed. "That's a great, great pity," she said. "It was a terrific film, I'm very, very sorry... I thought it was very, very exciting."
She spoke great praise of her colleagues in the film, saying that it was "wonderfully directed, and filmed, and lit, and shot." Plus adding that "Javier [Bardem] hit the Bond villain right on the head... he was terrific."
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.
Continue reading: From Bane To Bond: Why Tom Hardy Would Make A Brilliant 007
Despite being called the best Bond over, breaking box-office records and continuing the tradition of subsequent 007 flicks to outdo the last, Skyfall risks falling into the pantheon of James Bond films not to grab an Oscar.
Following 2 wins from 24 nominations, the odds are stacked against Skyfall, with the Academy's penchant for ignoring serialized entries. But that's hardly fair considering both the fiscal and critical success the 23rd Bond has been.
Mark Kermode - esteemed BBC film critic - told Digital Spy: "The really interesting question is going to be Skyfall. How is Skyfall going to do at the awards because traditionally Bond movies are not awards movies? They're crowd-pleasers and they tend to be slightly neglected by the awards ceremonies. I think that what Sam Mendes has done with Skyfall is to reinvent the Bond franchise in a way that deserves to be an awards contender. I'd love to see Skyfall get significant nominations. I hope it does."
Continue reading: Is It Time For James Bond To Win An Oscar? Mark Kermode Thinks So
Almost everyone loved Skyfall. Critics and audiences alike were enthralled by the plot and characters, and the collaboration between Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig has been lauded. In many ways, therefore, it's no surprise that it has become the most successful Bond film of all time. Though this may be blasphemous to say, but Craig's Bond is just as dazzling as Sean Connery's. Proving its worth with enormous fiscal success, Skyfall has taken over £100m in British cinemas- the first film ever to do so, and has taken over $1b world wide.
The highest grossing film in the UK before Skyfall was Avatar, which had taken £94m in a year. But as the Guardian reports, it took just 40 days for Bond to surpass that number. As for the billion dollar mark, which sounds all the more impressive- it is in fact far more easily attained it seems. This year saw both The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises smash through $1b of sales.
Sales numbers can be misleading, however, and levelling out numbers with inflation would certainly see many of the older Bond movies seem more successful. Numbers of tickets sold have in fact flagged largely from the hey-dey of the postwar era which saw an enormous boom in cinema, as it had become the medium by which to entertain troops and to keep up moral during the depression. No films have ever out sold Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1938), The Sound of Music (1965), or Gone With the Wind (1940), which sold 38 million, 30 million and 35 million tickets respectively. At the time, those numbers included almost two thirds of the population.
Adele has trademarked her name in a bid to prevent fraudsters using her moniker to sell fake merchandise for profit.
The 'Someone Like You' hitmaker discovered that many of her devoted fanbase have been the victims of being sold counterfeit items such as perfume and jewellery with the brand name of 'Adele' stamped on them suggesting that the Grammy winner had involvement in the production. 'She doesn't want anyone exploiting her name by using it on products which may trick punters into thinking she's involved with it', a source told The Sun. Her name has also protected her from identity theft, so anyone who tries to make money by using her name will have a no contest court case follow up.
After all, after the seminal career Adele has had so far, it's no wonder that people are trying to pinch her name to make a bit of cash as now she is an internationally loved artist. She has won 94 awards and she only released her second album last year (2011). Among them are four BRIT Awards, eight Grammy awards and she may even be set to win a Golden Globe for supplying the theme song to the latest James Bond movie 'Skyfall'.
We all know Skyfall’s successful, at this point we all know just how successful it is as well, with constant reports letting know us know every time it passes a landmark box office figure, delivered with the same enthusiasm that Red Bull marketing executives must have felt every time they saw Felix Baumgartner plummeting another few thousand feet to earth without dying the other month.
Well here’s another one: The Guardian reports that the James Bond film has managed to muscle its way back to the top of the UK box office on its sixth week of release, beating out The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which had spent the previous two in first place. Coming out of the weekend, Skyfall had posted takings of £2.28 million for a 38-day total of £93.77 million. Monday (December 3) and Tuesday’s (December 4) takings have since been added to that total and the film now sits pretty with £94.28 million over 40 days.
That means it’s hit another landmark: ousting Avatar as the UK’s biggest grossing film ever after 40 days, with the James Cameron-directed film having taken £94.03 million upon its release. Skyfall has benefitted from a slight inflation on cinema ticket prices, though it is worth pointing out that it’s achieved its figure without additional 3D screenings. There’s good news for Breaking Dawn – Part 2 too; it’s become the sixth film in the UK to break the £30 million barrier in 2012. With The Hobbit still to come, it’s looking like a bumper year for the British cinema industry.
Continue reading: Skyfall Becomes Biggest UK Box Office Film Ever
Think of yourself as the next Daniel Craig? Inspired by James Bond's crime-fighting efforts in Sam Mendes' Skyfall? Well then it's probably time to ditch the day job and apply for the role of "target elimination specialist," recently advertised on the Direct.gov.uk website.
Ok, so it appears to have been the work of pranksters, rather than, say, the Secret Intelligence Service, but it probably fooled thousands. The advert stated that the country's top spy bosses were seeking someone prepared to "remove people whose continued existence poses a risk to the effective conduct of public order." Suppose that's better than pressing buttons, huh? According to The Register, the advert - which has seen been removed - told prospective applications they needed to be "resourceful in finding ways to accomplish their missions and, in some cases, to leave foreign countries by non-conventional means." The successful applicant would be paid a salary of £50,000 to £60,000 though would have the benefits of special watches, a company submarine and a Walther PPK - Bond's famous firearm. There was no mention of a pension plan or a lunchtime break, which is slightly disappointing.
Unfortunately for any would-be James Bonds, the listing was confirmed as being purely fictitious, with a spokeswoman for SIS/MI6 saying it was a fake.
The final instalment of the 'Twilight Saga', 'Breaking Dawn Part 2', starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson has topped the US box office for the second weekend in a row during the Thanksgiving holiday.
The teen vampire flick brought in a massive $64 million from November 21st to 25th adding to the $163 million already grossed by the popular movie in the States. It certainly helped the box office break their Thanksgiving takings record with an estimated $290 million beating their previous record from 2009 of $273 million over the course of the American holiday.
Coming in second place at the box office was the most successful James Bond movie so far, 'Skyfall', which brought in $51 million over the weekend totalling $221.7 million altogether for the US. The immense success of the film has made 007 star Daniel Craig the highest earning British actor after signing a £31 million contract to appear in two further Bond films.
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It's no surprise films keep breaking box office records; the tickets cost more. But they've still got to attract those fans into movie theatres, and that's what Twilight and Skyfall seem to be doing, as they're predicted to break Thanksgiving weekend box office records.
The tradition is to open films on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, which gives the kids - who are off school on that day - the chance to go and see their favourite characters on the big screen. It seems to have worked well for Twilight and Skyfall, as the films combined to collect $44.3 million in total U.S. and Canadian ticket sales for the day; an impressive feat for one day's work. The previous weekend, Twilight had already managed the huge sum of $141.3 million. The 2009 holiday weekend record of $273 million saw The Twilight Saga: New Moon and the football flick, The Blind Side, bring in the cash, but if current figures are anything to go by - and they're already 20% higher than 2009's effort - this weekend will herald a record breaking total.
It looks like financial posterity in the light of a global financial crisis doesn't deter film goers, in fact, a dose of romantic escapism is probably just what a struggling public need to distract them from their financial woes. The poor get poorer, the rich get richer, and the movie-stars get even richer.
Well you can’t say he hasn’t earned it. Daniel Craig will become the top earning James Bond of all time after signing a new deal that will see the British actor take in a cool $49 million to appear in the next two installments of the long running special agent franchise.
Bond certainly wasn’t on its last legs by the middle of the last decade, Pierce Brosnan had done a sterling job of steadying the ship after a series of Bonds struggled to replace the incomparable Sean Connery in the 80's; yet there was the sense that its time might be coming to an end, with outdated attitudes and a Bond that remained stiff and relatively one dimensional as a character. Craig’s debut in 2006 for Casino Royale breathed new life into the films however, as he picked up plaudits for both that and 2008’s Quanton of Solace, giving Bond a more emotional, weaker side.
As well as plaudits Craig’s also picked up a lot of money; he made $3 million for Casino Royale, a figure which rose to more than $7 million for QoS and then a whopping $17 million for latest film Skyfall. The huge critical and commercial success of Skyfall – the best-selling Bond ever, and the first seriously be considered in the running for an Oscar – has led to a new bumper deal, which puts him right at the top of Hollywood’s highest earners. To put these figures into perspective, Sean Connery was paid an average of $5.1 million per film, taking inflation into account, whilst Brosnan’s last 007 appearance The World Is Not Enough saw him take a similar amount.
James Bond star Daniel Craig has been warned that his hair loss is starting to become a major concern for network executives, who have warned the actor that he needs to curb his hair loss in order to keep his job as Her Majesty's finest agent.
Reports have emerged online that the actor is been told to get a hair transplant in order to maintain Bond's sex appeal and believability as his hair continues to recede back. It appears that Skyfall's massive success and appraisals may mean nothing to the films producers, as they are more concerned in having a Bond with a full head of hair as apposed to a Bond that is already been touted as the best there's been.
In other Bond news, it has emerged that Skyfall director Sam Mendes wanted the original 007, Sean Connery, to make a cameo appearance in the hit film, that is still performing strongly at the box office. Although he regularly likes to reiterate the fact that he is retired and has no plans to return in front of the camera anytime soon, Mendes was apparently desperate to sign up to veteran actor (who has long rocked the hairless look) when the film was in production, but the Scot would not budge.
The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano appears to have given the latest James Bond movie Skyfall its seal of approval. Despite 007's womanising and murderous lifestyle, the newspaper dedicated no less than five articles to Sam Mendes' box office smash.
According to The Independent, the newspaper even featured an interview with Daniel Craig in which it said the film contained everything you could possibly want from a Bond film, including, "adrenalin-pumped action to exotic locations, beautiful Bond girls, and the inevitable vodka Martini - shaken, not stirred." Another article compared the merits of previous James Bond actors, while another discussed the various soundtracks. L'Osservatore Romano was founded in 1861 as the mouthpiece of the Vatican. Up until five years ago, it would typically publish theological pieces and information about the Pope's various engagements. However, in recent years the broadsheet has established a more populist slant, covering films and television.
Skyfall has received unanimously positive reviews from critics, with most declaring Daniel Craig amongst the best ever Bonds. He will star in two further movies before handing the reins over to another actor.
Continue reading: The Pope Loved James Bond Skyfall, Apparently
There was another new face atop the Box Office charts at the end of this weekend (26-28 October), with Ben Affleck’s newest project, Argo, taking the top spot on it’s third week in the chart.
Argo made the leap from second to first;after an impressive weekend saw it take $12,355,000, estimates report, taking its overall domestic earnings to just over $60 million. Meanwhile, last weeks number one, Paranormal Activity 4, slid right down to number four as audiences decided they would prefer political thrills to supernatural frights over Halloween weekend. Hotel Transylvania and Taken 2 were the other non-debutants in the top five, with newbie Cloud Atlas taking third spot in the Box Office with a rather meagre $9,400,000.
Three other debutants marked a strangely slow start to their Box Office careers, with Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, Fun Size and Chasing Mavericks all collectively taking only slightly more than Argo pulled in by itself. Silent Hill, which tied with Taken 2 for the fifth spot on the movie chart, pulled a reasonable $8 million, whilst the high school comedy Fun Size took a little over £4 million and Gerard Butler’s surfing movie Chasing Mavericks took a scanty $2.2 million.
Continue reading: Box Office Round Up: Argo Takes The Top Spot After Sluggish Weekend
James Bond fans across the globe are celebrating 007's 50th anniversary today (October 5, 2012), though it's worth remembering that the quintessentially British franchise could have been a very American affair, had Bond producer Albert Broccoli had his way.
As The Guardian's Amanda Holpuch writes, Hollywood icon Cary Grant - best known for 'North by Northwest' - was urged by the producer (also his close friend and best man) to take the role. Despite his English heritage, it's unlikely that British audiences would have taken to Grant as Bond and the role eventually went to the Scotsman Sean Connery, who played the role with aplomb. Bond producers have since chosen Australian, English, Welsh and Irish actors to fill the role, though we shouldn't rule out an American slipping into the tuxedo in the near future. Will Smith had reportedly been close to the role before Daniel Craig took it on, and the heavy American-accented Christian Bale was also tipped to play 007. Australian star Sam Worthington is currently the bookies favourite to land the part after Craig hangs up his shiny black shoes, though it's likely that Michael Fassbender will be a key target for Bond producers. The 'Shame' star was born in German, grew up in the Republic of Ireland and now lives in London.
Anyway, before we start speculating on Craig's replacement, the actor stars in Sam Mendes' 'Skyfall' which hits cinemas on November 9, 2012.
The news that Adele was to due to release the official James Bond tune for Skyfall has quickly been met with the news that the single’s been leaked online, as is so often the case with high profile musical releases. The song, due to be released this Friday (October 5th) to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the famous 007 agent, had appeared online soon after reporters got their mitts on it. The news will come as a sad blow for Adele, as she was excited about the prospect of being a Bond girl, of sorts. "I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for Skyfall. There's a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song," she said. "I’ll be back combing my hair when I'm 60 telling people I was a Bond girl back in the day I'm sure!” added the Grammy and Brit award-winning singer.
Adele will still be able to see her song on one of the most famous film franchises in the world, and certainly a quintessentially British institution. She was hesitant at first, but now she’s fully on board: "It was also a lot of fun writing to a brief, something I've never done, which made it exciting. When we recorded the strings it was one of the proudest moments of my life."
Adele will sing the new James Bond theme tune, for Skyfall. The rumours have been rife for weeks but now it has been confirmed: Adele will not only perform the track but she also co-wrote the song. In an announcement on the official James Bond website, Adele says “I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for Skyfall. There’s a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song. But I fell in love with the script and Paul had some great ideas for the track and it ended up being a bit of a no-brainer to do it in the end.”
Adele is pregnant and the 24 year-old has suggested that she will be taking a break from her recording career. However, the lure of the opportunity to record a Bond theme was clearly too strong for her to turn down. The track is co-written with Paul Epworth and will receive its official global premiere on her own website on October 5, 2012: Global James Bond Day.
The track was recorded at London’s infamous Abbey Road studios and features the accompaniment of a 77-piece orchestra. “It was … a lot of fun writing to a brief, something I’ve never done which made it exciting,” Adele says. “When we recorded the strings, it was one of the proudest moments of my life. I’ll be back combing my hair when I’m 60 telling people I was a Bond girl back in the day, I’m sure!”
He may play the lead role in Skyfall, but Daniel Craig knows that Bond girls are as much a part of the James Bond franchise as guns and gadgets are, and the upcoming Skyfall, like those that preceded it, has no shortage of the famed femme fatales.
Daniel Craig has recently spoken with Metro about how much of a pleasure it was working with the two, played by English actress Naomie Harris and French actress Bérénice Marlohe. Craig, for who Skyfall marks his third role as 007, spoke highly of the pair’s credentials and looks, saying, “the casting of the Bond girls with Naomie and Bérénice... Finding two exceptionally beautiful girls who are very serious actresses. Both of them wanted to be in a Bond movie.”
Both actresses also let themselves be heard in the video interview, with the two independently coming to the conclusion that to be a Bond girl, you’ve got to have more than a pretty face. London-born Harris, who admitted to being a long-time fan of the spy franchise, revealed that in the film her character sees herself as Bond’s equal, before saying, “I that don't think it's enough to look pretty anymore. It may well have been true in the past but not anymore.”
Likewise, Marlohe revealed her pleasure at being cast in the much sought after role, admitting that nowadays it isn’t enough to get by on looks if you want to break into a film of such stature, however true it may have been in the past.
Former Bond star Roger Moore explained that while he has the same womanising nature of his film role, he does not share his brave nature.
James Bond star Roger Moore, has shown himself to be nothing like his on-screen counterpart by being a coward. While appearing on Piers Morgan's ITV1 chat show, Moore explained how he had ended his third marriage over the phone, confessing: "Did I say I was a nice person? I'm a coward." The 84-year-old has also revealed that some of his relationships have had a degree of overlap, and is now married to his third wife.
According to Moore, he ended his marriage with actress Luisa Mattioli over the telephone, despite it being a cowardly way to explain his change of heart to her in 1993. When he first met her, Moore was married to his second wife Dorothy Squires whom he left in 1961 - eight years before their divorce. "It was very selfish (to fall in love with Luisa)," Moore decided. "I was selfish, putting my feelings ahead of other people's." His new wife, Kristina Tholstrup is a Danish-Swedish multi-millionaire, and he describes the marriage as "wonderfully tranquil relationship."
Continue reading: Roger Moore Ended His Third Marriage Over The Phone
James Bond, the legendary MI6 spy we all know and love, is starting to struggle with his own morality in terms of his government job. A psychiatrist notices his unhealthy associations with bits of his career which puts doubts in his future capability. In addition to that, his trust in his boss M is put to the test as her past starts to creep back up on her. MI6 is then place under threat by a nefarious villain known as Raoul Silva. Though, with 007 questioning his own loyalty to the government, just how far is he willing to go to protect it?
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Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe quipped that he could put a revolutionary new twist on the character of James Bond.
The 18-year-old actor was celebrating with fellow cast members after Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was voted best film and Radcliffe named best male at the first ever National Movie Awards.
After beating sex symbol Daniel Craig to the best male award, Radcliffe was asked whether he'd like to one day take over as 007.
"It would be weird to suddenly be involved in another big franchise, but hey, it takes a big man to turn down Bond."
When quizzed as to who his ideal leading lady would be, he quipped that his top choice would be co-star Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies.
"I'm going to say Rupert," Radcliffe joked. "I'll be the first gay James Bond!"
But the young star who is expected to reprise his critically-acclaimed performance in Equus on the Broadway stage accepted that he might not have the goods to play the spy with a licence to kill.
"I don't think the world's ready for a short-a**e Bond," he moaned.
Questioned if he'd fancy playing the role in a decade, Radcliffe, only 5ft 5ins, admitted: "I'll still be a short a**e!"
Radcliffe is currently starring in Australian coming-of-age drama December Boys and is set to soon begin filming on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth feature in the Jk Rowling franchise.
Continue reading: Radcliffe: I'll Be First Gay Bond!
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