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22 best and worst Bond theme songs ranked: Do you agree?
Ah, Mr Bond! We've been... inspecting you. Yes, ahead of Spectre's release on October 26, Digital Spy has attempted the impossible: ranking all 23 films of the 007 franchise. From 1962's Dr No all the way to 2012's Skyfall, we've graded which films were 00-heaven - and which were, well, something of an oddjob.
Ok, we've ignored unofficial outing Never Say Never Again and that weird original Casino Royale with Woody Allen. Plus the radio version of Moonraker, starring Blockbusters' Bob Holness. But otherwise, read on for your definitive guide through a minefield of gadgets, girls and shaken martinis, starting with the abject worst. Violently disagree? Be sure to let us know...
23. Die Another Day (2002)
'Million Dollar Baby' movie with Hilary Swank and Clint Eastwood. 'Million Dollar Baby' movie: Clint Eastwood contrived, overlong drama made (barely) watchable by first-rate central performance Fresh off the enthusiastically received – and insincere – Mystic River, Clint Eastwood went on to tackle the ups and downs of the boxing world in the 2004 melo Million Dollar Baby. Despite the cheery title, this is not the usual Rocky-esque rags-to-riches story of the determined underdog who inevitably becomes a super-topdog once she (in this case it's a “she”) puts on her gloves, jumps into the boxing ring, and starts using other women as punching bags. That's because about two-thirds into the film, Million Dollar Baby takes a radical turn toward tragedy that is as unexpected as everything else on screen is painfully predictable. In fact, once the dust is settled, even that last third quickly derails into the same sentimental mush Eastwood and »
- Andre Soares
We all know there are plenty of celebrity kids that bear striking resemblance to their parents and actual sets of twins in Hollywood, but some of the best star "twins" aren't related at all. If you've ever done a double take while looking at Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Javier Bardem, or Amy Adams and Isla Fisher, we've got the ultimate treat for you. Keep reading to see 22 of the most mind-boggling look-alike stars who could totally pass as siblings. »
- Alyse Whitney
It's been three years since the biggest James Bond adventure yet, with audiences worldwide blown away with Skyfall and clamouring for more. Now, with the follow up almost upon us, it's time to examine what Sam Mendes has in store for us with Daniel Craig's fourth outing as the world's greatest spy. 1 - Spectre promises to wrap up a storyline that's been running in the background for the last four movies; that of Jame's past and a shadowy organisation that may be behind everything that's gone wrong in his life. If the payoff is half as good as it's shaping up to be then we're in for a huge treat. 2 - One of the biggest surprises from Skyfall was Javier Bardem's Silva, a completely original and utterly brilliant villain, every bit a match for Bond. With Spectre, Sam Mendes has turned to the marvellous Christoph Waltz, who, we »
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Where are the hovels, mud-splattered chickens, and downtrodden peasants?
The opening of “The Propaganda Game” feels like a propaganda film as the camera sweeps over North Korean capital Pyongyang’s most splendiferous buildings, to an orchestral score, as children skateboard and smiling citizenry walk by. The sequence is in fact shot by director Alvaro Longoria himself, anticipating his film’s major point. “The Propaganda Game” marks the second directorial outing for Longoria, helmer of the Javier Bardem-produced Goya Award winning “Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony” and producer of the Oliver Stone-directed “Comandante” and “Looking For Fidel,” a Fidel Castro docu diptych.
Aided by exclusive access behind the world’s last iron curtain gained via a key facilitator, Spaniard Alejandro Cao de Benos, the only foreigner working for the North Korean government, “The Propaganda Game” follows Longoria as he shoots any scene he wants – but on a »
- John Hopewell
You're going to have to squint really hard and play 'Where's Waldo?' to find him, but we're pretty sure Johnny Depp is dressed as Capt. Jack Sparrow somewhere in a new cast and crew photo that has just arrived from the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales set. Today is National Talk Like a Pirate Day. And of course, Walt Disney Pictures wasn't going to let the holiday go by without sharing a little something from their new movie. Sure, a trailer isn't ready yet, and probably won't be until sometime in 2016. This fifth chapter in the popular franchise doesn't even open until 2017. But we do get this cool souvenir, which is made to look like it came from a photo op at Disneyland.
For many, Tomorrow Never Dies is the forgotten middle child of the Brosnan era. Neither as loved as Goldeneye, nor reviled as Die Another Day, and it doesn’t have Christmas Jones. A muscular, accomplished outing that certainly deserves the prefix 'action' before any mention of 'thriller', Tomorrow Never Dies is the moment Brosnan hit his stride and simultaneously fell over. Great chases, hissable villains and one of the brightest of Bond’s flames in Paris Carver keep this viewer happy. The over-explosive climax and reluctance to experiment hint at trouble ahead.
The villain: I think Rupert’s gonna sue somebody… The antipodean qualities of megalomaniac media mogul Elliot Carver have only grown more pronounced over time. He’s a fine villain in his own right, with that fine »
From a blond-wigged, red-lipped transgender woman in “Before Night Falls” to the maniacal Mad Hatter in “Alice in Wonderland,” Johnny Depp’s on-screen looks have been as diverse as his film roles. The trend continues with his latest movie, “Black Mass,” in which his character of notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger marks yet another physical departure for the chameleonic actor (who actually voiced a chameleon in the animated pic “Rango”).
Here are the many faces of Johnny Depp:
Depp’s role as the titular character in his very first collaboration with director Tim Burton sparked his flurry of bizarre physical transformations. Hot off the heels of his hit TV series “21 Jump Street,” “Edward Scissorhands” proved that Depp was more than just a teen heartthrob. Aside from scissors for hands, the iconic character also has a scarred face as pale as snow and an unruly nest of jet »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Note: the following contains major spoilers for Skyfall.
With the towering success of Skyfall, it's fair to say that Eon Productions have set themselves a tough act to follow. Making $1.18bn worldwide, Skyfall wasn't only the biggest Bond film to date, but also ranks among the biggest films of all time. It was about the best 50th birthday present the franchise could have hoped for.
If what we've heard is true, however, Skyfall could have been rather different.
You'll probably remember Skyfall's final act: Bond (Daniel Craig, of course) and M (Judi Dench) speed off in an old Aston DB5 and head to Skyfall Lodge, Bond's ancestral home. There, Bond stands reflectively over the graves of his parents, and meets Kincade (Albert Finney), the lodge's groundskeeper and Bond's childhood mentor. Together, the three »
Production wrapped earlier this summer on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, after a five-month shoot in Australia. Since this highly-anticipated sequel isn't set to hit theaters until July 7, 2017, it isn't known when fans may expect the first trailer. One of the new additions to the franchise in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is Kaya Scodelario, who revealed some new details about the pirate adventure while promoting her sequel The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, in theaters September 18. During an interview with Digital Spy, the actress revealed that this follow-up will remind fans of the very first adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), 2003's Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl.
"It [does have] a lot more of the first movie, that's what they wanted to bring it back to. [The producers] want to take it back to the beginning again. They wanted »
Disney’s lucrative Pirates franchise may have meandered away from that innate charm that made the original so special in recent years, though newcomer Kaya Scodelario believes the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales represents an opportunity to take the swashbuckling series back to basics.
The Maze Runner starlet recently took time to talk more about Jack Sparrow’s latest high-seas adventure with Digital Spy, hinting that directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning are aiming to recapture the spirit of the 2003 original.
“It [does have] a lot more of the first movie, that’s what they wanted to bring it back to,” the actress said. “[The producers] want to take it back to the beginning again. They wanted it to have this epic journey, and for it to make sense, and for it to tie things up, and also lead to new storylines.”
For many, The Curse of the Black »
- Michael Briers
Javier Bardem proved that chivalry is alive and well when he gave his gorgeous wife, Penélope Cruz, a hand as they made their way into an afterparty in Madrid on Wednesday. The bash was in celebration of Penélope's latest film, Ma Ma, which had its Spain premiere earlier that day; Penélope hit the red carpet in a stunning black dress and heels and looked every bit the classic screen siren as she posed for photos. Over a year ago, we saw Penélope wearing a short wig on the set of the drama, which marks her first time as a producer. As she told Variety in May 2014, it's also the first time she's portrayed a character who's "not a woman and lover, but a mother." It was likely a nice night out for Penélope and Javier, who have been married for over five years. The parents to son Leo and daughter »
- Brittney Stephens
"It [does have] a lot more of the first movie, that's what they wanted to bring it back to," she said.
"[The producers] want to take it back to the beginning again. They wanted it to have this epic journey, and for it to make sense, and for it to tie things up, and also lead to new storylines."
The 23-year-old Skins veteran also opened up about her character in the film, Carina Smyth.
"[Carina] is an astronomer, and she is an academic," Scodelario explained. "She's fighting for the right to study at university, »
The powerful new Netflix film Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba, recently had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and will screen at the Telluride Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, and London Film Festival. Before this upcoming drama debuts in limited theaters and on Netflix October 16, the streaming service has released the first trailer. Given the buzz surrounding this film, don't be surprised if you start hearing about its Oscar prospects by the end of the year.
Written and directed by Emmy Award winner Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Sin Nombre) and starring Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (Luther, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Beasts of No Nation will debut Friday, October 16, 2015, the same day in Landmark theatres in the U.S. and worldwide on Netflix in all territories where the world's leading Internet TV network is available. If the film is received well, it could be the »
Sometimes you have to take the bull by the tail — which applies just as much to director Gabriel Mascaro’s seemingly backward approach to “Neon Bull” as it does to the bizarre Brazilian rodeo scene the film depicts, in which experienced riders do exactly that, flanking cattle from both sides and tugging them to the ground from behind. A time-honored tradition in the Brazilian northeast, “vaquejada” is arguably the region’s most macho sport (women aren’t allowed to participate), which makes Mascaro’s strategy of slyly challenging gender roles within this realm all the more intriguing. Premiering in Venice a mere year after his sultry, Locarno-launched “August Winds” marked him a talent to watch, “Neon Bull” similarly exudes hormones from every pore, sure to seduce many a festival with the helmer’s gift for frank sexuality and unforgettable imagery.
- Peter Debruge
Ridley Scott is busier than ever, and there has been some speculation as to whether or not he would revisit the world of Blade Runner or Alien first. As suspected, the prolific filmmaker has confirmed that Prometheus 2, a sequel to his 2012 Alien prequel Prometheus, will be his next movie as a director. He has The Martian coming out this October, but as soon as it was wrapped, he didn't hesitate to jump into preproduction on this upcoming sci-fi thriller.
Prometheus originated as a prologue to the action seen in Ridley Scott's 1979 horror classic Alien. But the movie morphed into something much greater than a mere prequel, becoming its own thing and igniting a new franchise for 20th Century Fox. It took some pretty complicated ideas head-on and in turn tore audiences in two. Some longtime fans loved it, others hated it, but there is no denying it is interesting. »
Pierce Brosnan has given his support to a gay James Bond, but has his doubts about it actually happening.
The Irish actor was talking about the legalisation of same-sex marriage in his homeland when the subject of a gay 007 came up.
Speaking to Details, his initial reply was: "Sure. Why not?"
However, he then added: "Actually, I don't know how it would work. I don't think Barbara [Broccoli, the James Bond producer] would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. But it would certainly make for interesting viewing."
When Silva unbuttoned his shirt and made a sexually-charged remark, Bond responded: "What makes you think this is my first time?"
At the time, Craig said that Bond is definitely not gay, and that Bardem's villain would "f**k anything".
Meanwhile, Brosnan also »
'The Sea Inside': Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar. 'The Sea Inside': Outstanding supporting cast help to lift flawed Right to Die drama Alejandro Amenábar's The Sea Inside often verges on melodrama, featuring as its centerpiece a showy performance by Javier Bardem as a tetraplegic man eager to end his life “with dignity.” Its not inconsiderable flaws notwithstanding – including a simplistic “right to die” debate – this real-life-inspired drama is in and of itself both compelling and touching enough to merit a look; but what makes The Sea Inside a must-see are the superb performances of those in Bardem's periphery. The story revolves around Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem), a middle-aged man who has been bed-ridden and dependent on the care of others since a diving accident in his early 20s. (Hence the original Spanish title “Into the Sea.”) Yearning for freedom from his mostly immobile body, »
- Andre Soares
It is almost 22 years since Pablo Escobar, the Colombian drugs kingpin, was shot dead on a barrio rooftop in Medellín, but his story has never been more popular. At the end of this month the eagerly awaited Narcos, a new 10-part TV series following Escobar’s rise and fall, will arrive on Netflix.
Paradise Lost, a film starring Benicio del Toro as the paunchy drugs baron, recently opened in the UK and two biopics are in the works, one tentatively entitled El Patrón and slated for release in 2017, starring John Leguizamo; the other from Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa and starring Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz.
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- Sarah Hughes
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