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Tom Hiddleston "Too Smug" To Play James Bond, According To Producers


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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).

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Lulu Thinks She And Madonna Recorded The Worst Bond Themes


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Lulu has admitted that her 1974 theme for James Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun was one of the worst ever, but she’s in good company.

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. 

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Michael Fassbender Rules Out Playing James Bond


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Hollywood A-lister Michael Fassbender has ruled out any possibility of playing James Bond in the future – but did suggest that producers might look at the prospect of a female 007.

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.

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Daniel Craig Hints At Bond Return, Says He'd "Miss It Terribly"


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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. 

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Is $150 Million Enough To Get Daniel Craig To Return For Two More 'Bond' Movies?


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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 CraigDaniel 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.

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Is Margot Robbie Set To Be A Bond Girl?


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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.

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Idris Elba Again Denies Those James Bond Rumours


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For what seems like the hundredth time, Idris Elba has put a dampener on the long-standing reports that he’s to be the next James Bond actor, saying that they are “just a rumour”.

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.

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Brutal 'Spectre' Scenes Make It The Most Complained About Film Of 2015


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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.

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'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.

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Will Child Ballet Star Jamie Bell Become The Next James Bond?


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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'.

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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.

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Movie Of The Day: 'Goldfinger' Starring Sean Connery


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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.

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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'.

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Priyanka Chopra's Perfect Response To 'You'd Make A Great Bond Girl'


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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.

Priyanka ChopraCould 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.

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Henry Cavill Would "Love" To Be The Next James Bond


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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.

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Is Aidan Turner The Next James Bond?


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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.

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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.

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Daniel Craig's Friend Mark Strong Seems To Confirm He's Done With Bond


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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 StrongMark 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.

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Aston Martin Used In 'Spectre' Sells For £2.5 Million At Charity Auction


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A specially-made Aston Martin sports car from the recent James Bond movie Spectre has sold at a charity auction for just under £2.5 million.

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.

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Pierce Brosnan Wasn't Very Impressed By 'Spectre'


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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.

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Recent James Bond Films Have Been Geared Towards Asian Audiences, Says John Cleese


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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.

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"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.

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Next Bond Villain Chiwetel Ejiofor: His Career So Far


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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.

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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.

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'12 Years A Slave' Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor Set For Bond Villain Role


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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.

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Bond 24 is due to begin filming in the summer for a November 2015 release date. Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris are also set to return as M, Q and Moneypenny respectively. 

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Lewis Collins, Actor Who Played 'The Professionals' "Bodie", Dies Aged 67


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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.


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New James Bond Book 'Solo' Unveiled With A Few Noticeable Differences


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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.

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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.

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'Solo' Author William Boyd Touts Daniel Day-Lewis For James Bond


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British novelist William Boyd launched the latest James Bond novel at London's Dorchester Hotel on Wednesday (September 25, 2013). The book, called Solo, sees a 45-year-old Bond travel to worn-torn Africa in the late 1960s.

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Boyd is the latest novelist to write a new Bond book since the death of its creator Ian Fleming in 1964 and follows the likes of Kingsley Amis and Sebastian Faulks.

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Ben Whishaw Confirms He Is Gay. And Married. So There.


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Ben Whishaw, the British actor who began his role as gadget guru Q in the latest James Bond movie Skyfall, has confirmed he is gay and married to boyfriend Mark Bradshaw. Whishaw, 32, tied the knot with Bradshaw 30, in Sydney last August though has only just gone public with the details.

A spokesperson for the actor said: "Ben has never hidden his sexuality, but like many actors he prefers not to discuss his family or life outside of his work.

"Due to speculation, I can confirm that Ben and Mark entered into a civil partnership in August 2012. They were proud to do so and are very happy."

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Could Penelope Cruz Be The Next Bond Girl?


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Rumours are circulating that Penelope Cruz could become the Bond girl for the franchise’s 24th outing. If she does, she’ll become the oldest ever woman to play the iconic character of Bond girl at 40-years-young.

"The producers have tried to get Penelope before, but she has never been available because of other commitments. The discussions have been going on for some time and they are working out the contract details now,” a source told The Daily Mail. It’s likely that Sam Mendes – who has reportedly signed on for another Bond film after initial doubts – met Cruz while working with her husband Javier Bardem on Skyfall. "She got back into shape fast after the first baby and will no doubt regain her figure quickly this time. She'll be a great Bond girl,” added the source. "Bond girls are always brainy as well as sexy, and that's totally Penelope."

Skyfall has become the most-successful Bond film ever - grossing more than $1bn and becoming the eighth-biggest box office hit of all time. One person who definitely will be returning for Bond #24 is Daniel Craig, who has signed up for #25, too. That’ll make it 5 Bonds for the British hunk, who said he might not even play the British spy in Skyfall. Idris Elba was mooted as possible replacement, and he’d make a brilliant Bond, but he’ll have to wait his turn now. And it could be a while.

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Machete Kills: Gaga Debuts On The Big Screen [Trailer]


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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. 

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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. 

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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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Has Christopher Nolan Been Chosen To Direct The Next Bond Movie?


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According to a report published in the Daily Mail today (May 17), British director Christopher Nolan is being eyed up by MGM executives as the man they want to direct the next James Bond film. The Inception director is atop the list of potential directors being lined up to direct the follow-up to the massively successful Skyfall, with the next film being the 24th film in the long-running series.

Skyfall director Sam Mendes, who did an excellent job it must be noted, has already voiced his desire to remain on board and direct the follow-up to the film, however the Oscar-winning director has been forced to dropped out of the project because of his theatre commitments Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear (a joint effort with Simon Russell Beale) at the National Theatre on London's West End.

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Christopher Nolan is in contention to be the next Bond director

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James Bond Studio Pinewood Shepperton Announces U.S. Expansion


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He’s one of the most British film icons there is, but James Bond could have a new American home, after the studio behind the franchise, the UK’s Pinewood Shepperton, revealed that it is to expand to the USA for the first time.

According to the BBC, Pinewood has revealed that it will be building its first sound stages south of Atlanta, Georgia on a complex that will be take up some 288 acres in a joint venture with US investment company River Rock. It’s the latest stage in an expansion that’s also seen the studios make moves towards the Chinese film market, having recently signed a joint venture with a Chinese media group in the far east. Of the American move, the CEO of Pinewood, Ivan Dunleavy commented in a statement “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.”

A statement from partner company River Rock said “We are tremendously excited to be creating a world class studio in the state of Georgia and are looking forward to working with Pinewood in the many years to come. The Pinewood brand is so well recognized in the global film industry and together there is a great opportunity to build an excellent facility that will attract the very best producers.”

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Pinewood Studios Is Coming To America!


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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.

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James Bond Studio Pinewood Shepperton Plots US Expansion


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UK film studio Pinewood Shepperton is to expand to the USA for the first time, announcing plans to build its first sound stages south of Atlanta, Georgia on a complex that will be take up some 288 acres in a joint venture with a US investment company.

Pinewood most famously is the home of the James Bond franchise and this is the latest stage in its expansion, with the BBC reporting that it recently signed a joint venture with a Chinese media group which could give them access to the rapidly expanding Chinese film industry. The CEO of Pinewood, Ivan Dunleavy commented in a statement “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.”

A statement from partner company River Rock said “We are tremendously excited to be creating a world class studio in the state of Georgia and are looking forward to working with Pinewood in the many years to come. The Pinewood brand is so well recognized in the global film industry and together there is a great opportunity to build an excellent facility that will attract the very best producers.” Given the success of Bond, it’s a huge surprise that Pinewood haven’t made such a move previously; with this and the Chinese move, though, it would appear they’re looking to make up for lost time.

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Pierce Brosnan On Being Bond And His New Film, Love Is All You Need


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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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Pinewood Studio To Invest In Partnership With Chinese Media Group


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The British film studio Pinewood is investing in a joint venture with Chinese media group Seven Stars. The deal is just a trial, as part of Pinewood’s international expansion strategy. As part of the venture, both companies will make an initial investment of $1 million into the research of various business opportunities, such as co-productions and possibly film courses and, if this initial stage is successful, they will further invest into the partnership.

Pinewood is, of course, a very successful production company on its own. This is the studio behind the James Bond franchise and the company already has a number of international ventures, including studios in Canada, the Dominican Republic and Germany, and soon to open facilities in Malaysia. However, the Chinese market remains largely unexplored by the company and execs are hoping to change that with this venture.

"The Chinese market for content is the fastest growing in the world," said chief executive Ivan Dunleavy. If successful, the joint venture could provide significant opportunities for UK film and television producers." Seven Stars is part of one of China's leading private media groups and its founder and Chairman Bruno Wu has been a leading figure in the international entertainment industry for over a decade, so there is every reason to believe that the partnership will be successful. 

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Can You Spot 007 In SOLO? Author William Boyd Announces New James Bond Book Title


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James Bond’s recent penchant for the forbidden will be the theme of William Boyd’s latest Bond novel, as the British spy takes matters into his own hands and goes Solo – the title announced at the opening day of the London Book Fair.

"In my novel, events conspire to make Bond go off on a self-appointed mission of his own, unannounced and without any authorisation – and he's fully prepared to take the consequences of his audacity," said Boyd, who went on to talk about the choice of title. "Sometimes less is more. For me as a novelist the simple beauty of Solo as the title of the next James Bond novel is that this short four-letter word is particularly and strikingly apt for the novel I have written.” According to Boyd, Solo fits “the theme of the novel perfectly,” it’s also a “punchy word,” and, as an “extra bonus”, the audience will “be subliminally aware of the '00' of '007' lurking just behind those juxtaposed O's of SOLO …" That’s all according to the guy who wrote it, though.

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Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench are M and Bond in wax

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MGM To Announce James Bond 24 Director Soon, Could It Be Guy Ritchie?


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MGM say it will announce the director of the new James Bond movie in the near future, but confirmed the film is some three years away, at least. We already know that it will not be Sam Mendes behind the camera, after he passed at the opportunity to concentrate on his theatre work. The British filmmaker was responsible for the last movie, Skyfall, the most successful film in the history of UK film.

"We are very excited about the franchise, we look forward to announcing a director soon," said MGM chairman and chief executive officer Gary Barber in a conference call with investors. "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." It was a massive year for MGM, which took $1.1 billion at the box office mainly thanks to Skyfall and Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. A huge turnaround when considering the studio was languishing in insolvency just a couple of years ago, resulting in the four year gap between 2008's Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. Mr Barber will have all but banked on Mendes returning to the director's seat for Bond 24 - given the success of the last movie - though it's back to the drawing board. "[Mendes] did an amazing job on Skyfall," he said "We are very thankful for the work that he did."

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Sam Mendes At The BAFTAS [L] and Potential Bond Director Guy Ritchie At The Sherlock Holmes 2 Premiere [R]

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Insurance Nightmare: Pink Vauxhall Corsa Writes Off James Bond-Style Aston Martin


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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.

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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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Skyfall Up For 6 Nominations At Empire Awards


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It was overlooked in the big one, the Oscars, but at least Skyfall is loved by some. The Judi Dench and Daniel Craig-starring James Bond film is up for six categories at the Empire Film Awards, as the makers behind it seek to take some consolation from an awards season that started out so promisingly but ultimately was hugely disappointing.

The most commercially successful Bond movie in America and one of the most critically acclaimed of the entire series, many were hoping that the franchise might finally break its Oscars hoodoo with a few high profile nominations. That didn’t happen though, despite a section of the event being dedicated to the franchise. However, at the Empires it looks like it could be a different story. Craig and Dench are up for best actor and best actress respectively, whilst Skyfall the film has picked up nominations for best thriller, best British film, best director and best film at the awards. The key difference to the Empires, compared to other perhaps more profile events, is that these are voted for by the fans, which means Skyfall can count itself strongly in the running, given the strong public reception it received last year.

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New Addition To James Bond Books Series Confirmed


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The James Bond films are one of the most famous movie franchises in the world, but some forget that they were – initially at least – among one of the most successful book adaptations in the world too. So it’s interesting to note that 60 years after the first was published, there will be a new James Bond book released.

IAN FLEMING was the writer of the original books, penning Casino Royale in 1953 and releasing 13 more up until 1966, with The Man With The Golden Gun and Octopussy and The Living Daylights released posthumously after his death in 1964. Through one form another, with several writers getting involved, the Fleming estate have always ensured that the books have remained a part of the Bond story up until present day, though they’ve been hugely overshadowed by their film counterparts.

This new title will be written by British novelist William Boyd, with the book coming out September 26, 2013. It will be published by James Cape, Fleming’s original publisher. "We can reveal that this novel will see a return to the classic Bond era, featuring a 45-year-old 007 in 1969," a statement from the estate said. It’s worth noting that, despite the books lower profile than the movies, they have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide to-date.

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Skyfall And The Olympics Did The Job For The Brits According To Naomie Harris


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The Olympic and Paralympic games were a tremendous success for the U.K; add Skyfall into the mix – the James Bond film that has broken box office records – and these would appear to be good times for the Brits. This is according to Skyfall star Naomie Harris, anyway.

The actress, who plays Miss Moneypenny in the 23rd Bond film, attributes some of the success of the film to patriotism “It’s part of the very pro-British feeling that happened as a result of the Olympics and Paralympics, and I think that wave of enthusiasm for Britain actually followed over,” she explained. “Also, because it’s the 50th anniversary, and because Skyfall is so based in Britain this time rather than glamorous far-flung parts of the world, it feels even more British and gave people another excuse to wave the British flag and feel proud.” She was talking at the unveiling of a new East Coast train, named Skyfall, which will travel between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverly, replicating the special journey made by Bond and M in the film as the story enters its Scottish crescendo.

Bond will also be recognised this Sunday (Feb 24) as The Oscars ceremony pays special tribute to Bond’s 50th anniversary. This will feature a performance of the Oscar nominated Adele who will sing Skyfall.

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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Oscars 2013: Will Shirley Bassey Belt Out Those James Bond Classics?


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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. 

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Skyfall Included In Barry Norman's Top 49 British Movies Of All Time


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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." 

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Judi Dench Discovers Skyfall Oscar Snub Live On Radio, It's A 'Great Pity'


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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." 

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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. 

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He's British.

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Is It Time For James Bond To Win An Oscar? Mark Kermode Thinks So


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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."

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A Very British Oscars - Will Adele And James Bond Fill This Year's Awards?


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While British industrial exports have been in the decline over the past twenty years, our entertainment industries are bringing in the big bucks, and two of the biggest over the past few years have been tipped to be at this year's Oscars: James Bond and Adele.

The 85th Academy Awards will be airing on February 23rd, with nominations to be released this Thursday, January 10th. As the BBC reported yesterday, the James Bond franchise will be paid tribute to at this year's ceremony.  The awards' producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said: "We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday." As well as being included in a special sequence there have been growing rumours that the latest bond movie, Skyfall, will be nominated for a few awards, which it certainly deserves given the glowing reviews and because it has surpassed the $1b sales mark.

Continuing with the James Bond theme, Adele may also appear at the awards. She sang 'Skyfall', the official song for the film, of the same name. Having had a baby last year she has shied away from major public appearance for the past few months, but hopefully the draws of the Oscars could bring her out. She also has the highest selling album of 2012 in the USA, and has broken records left, right and centre. MTV has made some enquiries but has received neither denial nor confirmation of her appearance. If she does turn up it'll prove to be a very British Oscars. 

Oscars 2013 Set To Pay Tribute To 50 Years Of Bond


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Oscar-buffs will know James Bond and The Oscars aren't the best of friends. 7 nominations and 2 wins (and they were for special effects) don't represent 50 years of one of the biggest film franchises in the world, so it's about time the Academy recognize 007.

And they will, in their own special way. Whether cast or crew will walk home with the coveted gold statue is still to be decided, but there will be a special tribute come February 2013 to mark 50 years of Britain's secret spy. "We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday," producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a joint statement. "Starting with Dr. No back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon."

Last year's Skyfall has become the first Bond film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide, and the film marked 50 years of James Bond movies, starting with 1962's Dr. No. Widely considered to be the 'best Bond ever', Skyfall may just be the Bond to buck the unwanted Oscars trend. It got a serious boost from its recent Producers Guild of America nomination for Best Picture.

Skyfall Gives Bond 50th Birthday £100m Accolade


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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 Beats Fraudsters With Newly Trademarked Moniker


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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'.

The Hobbit Continues Its Expected Journey At The Top Of The US Box Office


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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey enjoyed another week atop the Box Office charts this weekend, earning more than double that of its nearest rival. It's Contact Music's Christmas Box Office Roundup!

With $36,705,000 this weekend (Dec 21-23), Bilbo Baggins et al, steered by Peter Jackson stayed top, bolstering its total gross to $149,858,000. In at second, and on its opening weekend, Jack Reacher - starring Tom Cruise - managed $15,600,000, while in third place comes another opener for this week, This Is 40 with $12,031,000. Rise Of The Guardians continues to chip away at its $140m budget, coming in at 4th with $5,900,000m and a total gross of $79,694,000. Steven Spielberg's political biopic, Lincoln, continues an impressive 7-week stay in the top 5 with $5,633,000 and a cumulative gross of $116,781,000. Paramount's The Guilt Trip fails to break the top 5 with $5,390,000 on it's opening weekend, while a re-release of Monsters inc in 3D manages, incredibly, to place 7th $5,040,000.

The ret of the top 10 features more Oscar contenders than the top 7 with James Bond Skyfall, Ang Lee's Life of Pi, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 polishing things off in 8th, 9th and 10th with $4,700,000, $3,800,000 and $2,600,000 respectively. Not bad considering they've all been contending for at least 5 weeks. This weekend saw a total of $110,376,200 changing hands at US ticket offices; a decidedly smaller figure than we've seen in recent weeks. 

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Skyfall Becomes Biggest UK Box Office Film Ever


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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.

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The Name's Gaffney, Dean Gaffney: Actor Applies For Job At MI5


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Former Eastenders actor Dean Gaffney, 34, has applied for a job as Mobile Surveillance Officer with the secret service. The soap-star played Albert Square's Robbie Jackson before later mocking himself on Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's sitcom Extras on which he worked at a local branch of Carphone Warehouse.

The MI5 ad reads, "A valued member of a diverse team, you'll follow subjects of national security investigations by foot and by car.Your observation skills, quick thinking and ability to fit into your environment means you'll be able to make a big contribution." Gaffney certainly thinks he has what it takes to become a real-life James Bond, telling The Sun, "I've got an enquiring mind, so I thought I'd give it a go.MI5 put out an advert looking for people and I thought, 'How hard can it be?' Most spies spend their lives pretending to be people who they're not. I do that for a living." Err. The job would no doubt include following suspected terrorists around the country, though when you really think about it, the last person a terrorist would suspect of being an MI5 officer is Eastender's very own Dean Gaffney. A friend of the actor said, "There wasn't much acting work around so Dean had a look at what else was out there.That's when he saw the MI5 advert and figured it was worth applying.He's not heard back yet - but fingers crossed." Fingers crossed indeed.

Gaffney appeared on the 2006 series of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and gained a reputation for being quite the ladies' man, reportedly dating Linsey Dawn McKenzie and Alicia Douvall.

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James Bond Wanted: Skyfall Style Job Appears On Official Government Website


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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. 

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'Breaking Dawn Part 2' Tops US Box Office For A Second Week


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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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Could Twilight And Skyfall Break Thanksgiving Weekend Records


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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. 

Where Does James Bond Go After Skyfall?


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If Skyfall figures so far are to be believed, this 23rd instalment in the franchise is looking to be the most successful Bond film to date. The Daily Mail speculates that once it's released in Asia and Australia, it'll hit the £500m mark (that's almost $800m!) which will be figures from cinema release only. However, after such success and 50 years of the same character, where can you go next? 

As yet, no one knows. It seems, with success like that, the combination was just right. Sam Mendes as director, Daniel Craig as Bond himself and incredibly screen writing duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. However, Wade and Purvis have said that Skyfall is their final Bond movie, according to the Evening Standard, and have instead speculated that Mendes has the next Bond story. 

"We're very happy to have done five Bond movies." Wade said, "I think we've gotten it to a good place. I know that John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time."  Apparently, rumours state that films 24 and 25 will be one story in two parts, which in many ways loosens the reigns and opens doors for it to be even bigger and better than it's 23 predecessors.

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New $49 Million Deal Makes Daniel Craig The Highest Earning James Bond Ever


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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.

Motorcycle From Skyfall To Be Auctioned Off For Children In Need


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The banged up Honda motorcycle driven by Daniel Craig in the opening scene of James Bond's latest adventure in Skyfall is set to be put up for auction on eBay, with the proceeds all going towards Children In Need.

The speed machine appeared during the opening scene of this years Bond film, having been filmed in the Turkish cities of Istanbul and Adana earlier this year. The scene actually used two bikes, one driven by the film's police and the other belonging to a street merchant, commandeered by Bond as he pursues one of the film's henchman, Patrice (played by Ola Rapace). Honda UK are hoping that the auction will rase tens of thousands of pounds, all of which will go towards helping disadvantaged children.

Honda UK's corporate communications manager, Fiona Cole, told press: "Original items such as this are usually highly sought after and with the Bond films having incredibly broad appeal, we hope that 007's 'street merchant' bike will raise a significant amount of money and awareness for such an invaluable cause."

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Gadgets And Girls: The Added Extras That Make Bond Movies Great


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Aside from the riveting plot lines, unbeaten chase scenes, sickeningly suave dialogue and general brilliance that is James Bond himself, the movies also have some other excellent features, namely: gadgets and girls. 

Classic gadgets have always been provided by resident technological genius Q, and they include the rigged attache case that makes an appearance in many of movies, the golden gun from The Man With the Golden Gun, the cigarette that appears in You Only Live Twice which contains a rocket, and the ring that Q provided Bond with which ensures a jackpot at any slot machine. Useful, eh? The Bond gadgets aren't limited to the fictionalised world within the films, but even creating the movies requires a variety of 'gadgets'. Skyfall's most impressive gadget is the enormous 3D printer that was used to recreate an Aston Martin DB5, recreating the classic car driven by Sean Connery to scale. According to NY Daily News there were three replicas made, each built of 18 perfectly made parts, to enable cars doors, boot and hood to move exactly as the original would have done, among other features. Incredible! 

Bond girls, are an entirely different kettle of fish. Names, so shamelessly innuendo fuelled that one barely even bothers to blush, must be beautiful, glamorous, exotic and powerful. Despite the British trademark, Bond girls are often not. Octopussy, played by Maud Adams (in Octopussy), was Swedish, Judy Havelock portrayed by Carole Bouquet (in For Your Eyes Only) was French, Michelle Yeoh's Wai Lin (in Tomorrow Never Dies) was Malaysian and the past three Daniel Craig movies have all had a distinctly French twist, with Eva Green (Casino Royale), Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) and Berenice Marlohe (Skyfall) all French and all portraying a Bond Girl. Now talk has turned to future Bond girls and Craig has backed Rihanna over Beyonce for the post, according to NY Daily News, because 'she's dirtier'. 

We Can't Have A Bald James Bond! Daniel Craig Told That Losing His Hair Could See Him Losing His Job


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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.

Javier Bardem Opens Up On What It Is To Be A Bond Villain


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Daniel Craig's third outing as James Bond in Skyfall has been lauded, as has the film itself, by fans and critics alike. But perhaps the unsung hero in the Bond film, is, ironically, the villain. "We've always said, any Bond film is only as good as the villain," explained producer Barbara Broccoli.

Javier Bardem's version of the Bond Villain - the 23rd of its kind in cinematic form - is excellent. He's gone from tear-jerking (and we mean tear-jerking) roles in Biutiful, to silent killer in No Country For Old Men, and the alchemy of the two: enigmatic and heartfelt, are facets of his performance in Skyfall that have lead to people calling him the best Bond Villain ever. "The guy is really, really confident about himself in a weird way. He definitely thinks he's the most beautiful man in the world," Bardem tells USA Today. "You have to work on two different levels," he adds. "One is to make him as real as possible. And the other is to fly a little bit higher than the rest of the characters. You are allowed to do that. Because that is what people are expecting to see when you play a Bond villain, especially since the films are turning 50 years."

America get their IMAX taste of Bond tomorrow (Nov 8th), with the general release happening the day after. 

The Pope Loved James Bond Skyfall, Apparently


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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. 

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Box Office Round Up: Argo Takes The Top Spot After Sluggish Weekend


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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.

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What If Cary Grant Had Played James Bond?


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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.


Adele’s James Bond Theme Leaked Online


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Adele's Skyfall James Bond theme has been 'leaked' online, reports The Telegraph. The tune is now all over video sharing site YouTube.

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."


Confirmed! Adele To Sing James Bond Skyfall Theme Tune


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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!”


Bond Star Daniel Craig Smitten With Skyfall Bond Girls


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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.


Roger Moore Ended His Third Marriage Over The Phone


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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. 

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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." 

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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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Radcliffe: I'll Be First Gay Bond!


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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.

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