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Some random thoughts about Star Trek: Into Darkness.
I loved the original series when it started on NBC in 1966. It was around the time I started to read science fiction, so it felt incredibly reinforcing to see my newly beloved genre on a screen in my home. I thrilled to the smart plots, and didn’t care about the cheesy special effects. There weren’t any other kind on television at the time. I loved the banter among the leads, especially from my favorite character, “Bones” McCoy. I complained as loudly as a teenage girl can complain when it was cancelled. That said, I only watched it in syndication sporadically, and I never got into any of the sequels.
Not even the one with Scott Bakula, whom I adore.
So when J. J. Abrams was tasked with reinventing the franchise, I wasn’t too upset. If he took liberties, »
- Martha Thomases
Photos: Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘Gatsby’ kick off the Cannes Film Festival
Fleming was a British secret agent before becoming a best-selling author. He travelled the world masterminding covert operations that later inspired him to create the Bond superspy character.
Photos: Cannes Film Festival
Jones will explore and tie together events in the author’s life that lead up to the 007 franchise. He is currently casting the film.
Le Pacte will handle French distribution rights and co-produce.
K5’s Simon and Baur, Kevin Frakes »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
K5 Films, PalmStar Media Capital, Liberty Films and the estate of 'James Bond' author Ian Fleming, continue developing a feature based on the 1996 biography "Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond", with Duncan Jones (David Bowie's son) attached to direct :
"...sportsman, womanizer, naval commander, world-traveler, and spy, the creator of the Cold War's archetypal secret agent was infinitely more complex and interesting than his iconic fictional character, 'Agent 007'.
"Fleming's wide-ranging and exciting life inevitably provided the plausible backdrop for his 'Bond' novels.
"Highly regarded in British naval intelligence for his international contacts, he master-minded numerous top secret operations, including 'Golden Eye', uncovered here for the first time.
"He was also fundamental in shaping the prototype CIA. Two months before his wedding to Ann O'Neill, the widow of a friend with whom he'd carried on a passionate affair for fifteen years, Fleming sat down to write his first book, »
- Michael Stevens
Four big stars of the small screen reveal their television secrets
Vicky McClure: the scene stealer
Vicky McClure would like to confirm that she is the journalist in ITV's Broadchurch. "Six weeks into the show people started tweeting: 'Oh, it's you!'" she laughs. "It didn't click because for the first time on TV, I've had long hair." It was her idea to put extensions in: "Not because I'm vain, I just wanted to separate myself from the previous characters I've played."
When you consider it was hard-bitten Lol in This is England (a role which required her to shave her hair) that first put McClure on the map, you understand. Then there's the bob-haired DC Kate Fleming in Line of Duty, which returns this autumn. First, though, McClure is trying her hand at comedy in the film Svengali, opposite Martin Freeman. "It's all improvised," she says, "which is fine, »
- Megan Conner
Only three episodes on Nikita Season 3 and while we don’t know yet if there will be a Season 4, that hasn’t stopped creator Craig Silverstein from amping things up in this week’s episode “High-Value Target.”
Yes, it’s still a race to get the Black Box, which Sam (aka Owen) is trying to sell with Amanda in close proximity. But will Michael and Nikita get the Box... as well as save the nearly-defunct Division? And is Alex’s recent loss also weigh on her judgment moving forward?
Silverstein gave me a window into it all – and a peek at his AMC series Turn – when we spoke via phone yesterday...
TV Fanatic: I want to back up a little to the Amanda backstory we found about in “Broken Home.” Was that purely to get some story holes filled or is some of that coming to play in these last episodes of the season? »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim Halterman)
As one of the most iconic film characters of all time, you’re bound to have caught a James Bond film at some point. From the very first adventure in 1962, Dr. No, the series has continued to surprise and entertain viewers. Based on creator Ian Fleming’s own love of gambling, one of Bond’s regular habits is to bet big on different casino games; having done so in many of his 23 film outings. For many young viewers, these films probably represent the first time they’ll have seen a casino too – but which films contain the most memorable casino scenes?
The first film produced in the series, it’s also the first we’re treated to the immortal line “Bond…James Bond” delivered by Sean Connery with the aloof disregard you would expect from a super spy. It’s during a game of chemin de fer, a »
- Guest Guest
Dominic Cooper loves fast cars. The 34-year-old actor is currently filming the big-screen adaptation of video game 'Need for Speed' - which follows a street racer who leaves prison and seeks revenge against the wealthy businessman who framed him - and is enjoying getting being behind the wheel of expensive vehicles during filming. When asked whether he's a fast driver, Dominic replied: 'I'd like to think so - I've always loved cars. I'm driving a Lamborghini Elemento - there's only three in the world. 'We're being driven by racing drivers, so the terror on our faces is real.' Dominic - who previously dated his 'Mamma Mia!' co-star Amanda Seyfried - recently portrayed James Bond author Ian Fleming in a TV »
Tom Cruise is considered a shorty by Hollywood's definition — he's 5-foot-7, which is pretty near to average for us normies — while Armie Hammer is ridiculously tall by any standard outside the NBA (an intimidating six-foot-five). That's almost a whole foot height differential, son, and now the two are set to co-lead a movie side by side.
The gents' first pre-production meeting'll probably go a little something like this ...
They'd better budget in some extreme elevator shoes. Make that stilts. Okay, we're just kidding.
On a more serious note, though, the classic '60s buddy-agent series paired an American named Napoleon Solo, whom Cruise will portray, and a — gasp — Russian called Illyn Kuryakin, whom Hammer'll retool, as they tried to combat the forces of eviiiiil. »
- Amanda Bell
Things have been moving forward on the big screen adaption of the 1960's espionage series The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which featured James Bond creator Ian Fleming as consultant, since Guy Ritchie took over from original director Steven Soderbergh. Tom Cruise has been the only actor attached to the project for now, but now it is moving forward with Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) signing on to star. Following two agents from the United Network Command for Law Enforcement, the movie will be a contemporary update of the series, though there is now word on whether it will replicate the over the top tone (everything from aliens to zombies to mind control were covered in its four year run), with Cruise playing Napoleon Solo and Hammer as Illya Kuryakin, portrayed by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum in the original. via Deadline »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Post-Lone Ranger Armie Hammer will be joining Tom Cruise in the upcoming film The Man from U.N.C.L.E. , a remake of the 1960s television series about the two top agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. The Mission: Impossible star would be playing Napoleon Solo in the Guy Ritchie’s new version of the espionage-focused TV series which James Bond creator Ian Fleming contributed early concepts. It looks like Hammer will be playing the other half, the updated take on Soviet agent Illya Kuryakin, one of two agents who fought against the evil organization known as T.H.R.U.S.H.. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. adaptation for...
- Nick Martin
The studio have been doing an amazing job of promoting the blockbuster sequel in recent months, and just last night we were treated to an awesome new IMAX poster that will be given out – for free! – at midnight screenings in the Us next week.
With Black’s film on the cusp of release, our friends over at MoneySupermarket have put together a brilliant new infographic that estimates the cost of being Tony Stark in Iron Man 3.
The cost of taking on the beloved heroic mantle has risen significantly since the second film, which was an estimated $1.6bn. This time around, Stark has upped his game considerably, and the cost has soared accordingly to over $10bn. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Ian Fleming’s iconic character has graced the pages and screen over the years in many forms and in countries all across the world. MI6 has served as the base of all operations and the provider of info for the secret agent as he goes on his dangerous exploits across the globe. However, 007 will be venturing out on his own mission in an upcoming book. William Boyd – one of several authors who has carried on the Bond books following Ian Fleming’s passing – has announced that the secret agent will be on his own in his new novel which will be fittingly entitled Solo. The author has this to say about the story.
“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.”
Africa will be »
- Michael Haffner
William Boyd has revealed the name of his new official James Bond novel.
Solo will be the title of the 1969-set spy adventure, which will take 007 across Europe, Africa and the USA. Boyd, who announced the title at this year's London Book Fair, said that he has had "tremendous fun" penning the story.
"Mark my words, I've undertaken writing this very seriously," he said, adding: "No gimmicks, this is a real spy story."
The Fleming estate has continued to publish 007 novels, recruiting writers including Sebastian Faulks (Devil May Care) and Jeffrey Deaver (Carte Blanche) to continue the British spy's story. Bond movie producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have kept the character's screen adventures separate from the literary continuity.
"The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning."
Few could have predicted that this opening line from Ian Fleming's 1953 spy novel Casino Royale would've kick-started a pop cultural phenomenon. James Bond's exploits have stretched far and wide, spanning literature, radio, video games and movies.
007 celebrated his 50th big screen anniversary last year in style with the release of billion-dollar Bond movie Skyfall, and this week marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of Casino Royale, the book where it all began. There's even a new William Boyd-penned novel - taking place in the late '60s - to be officially announced on Monday (April 15).
> Naomie Harris interview: "I can finally say I'm Miss Moneypenny"
> 'Skyfall' review: James Bond celebrates 50 years in style
Digital Spy takes a look »
From the very outset of the James Bond film franchise, it was abundantly clear that one of the films’ selling points was the promise that the protagonist, British secret agent James Bond 007, would travel the many foreign, exotic, romantic and dangerous locales around the globe. From the more familiar yet legendary European cities, such as Paris (A View to a Kill) and Venice (Moonraker, Casino Royale), the famous metropolises other continents are known for (New York in Live and Let Die, Tokyo in You Only Live Twice) to the roads less taken which lead to lesser known territories (Jamaica in Dr. Do, Haiti in Quantum of Solace, Iceland in Die Another Day), 007 has fought the forces of evil in just about every corner and every climate. However far and wide the iconic protagonist has ventured in his many adventures, there is one place he is almost certain to visit in every film. »
- Edgar Chaput
Deadline is reporting that Nicholas Hoult (pictured) has joined the cast of Dark Places with Charlize Theron. The actor would play a character named Lyle in the adaptation of the Gillian Flynn mystery novel about a woman forced to re-face the massacre of her family over two decades before. An awkward young man, Lyle is the treasurer of the Kill Club, the group investigating the case of the killing of the family of Libby Day (Theron). Chloe Moretz is in talks to join the Exclusive Media and Denver and Delilah Productions produced film too.
Gilles Paquet-Brenner is writing and directing the adaptation of the 2009 book.
Flynn's novel Dark Places was published in 2009 and was listed on »
- Uncle Creepy
The more we hear about Chloe Moretz, the more we fall crazy in love with her. Here's an actress with the chops to do anything in any genre; yet, she's always looking at horror stuff and never pretends that doing horror movies is below her. Serious kudos. Read on for the latest on Dark Places.
According to Deadline, Chloe Moretz is in negotiations to join Charlize Theron in the thriller Dark Places. The actress would play a character named Diondra in the adaptation of the Gillian Flynn mystery novel. In the film Theron will play Libby Day, a woman who, at the age of 7, survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer. Twenty-five years later, a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes confronts her with questions about the horrific event.
Flynn's novel Dark Places was published in 2009 and was listed on the New York »
- Uncle Creepy
Names have already been thrown around regarding who might be replacing Daniel Craig as James Bond when his tenure eventually comes to an end – though that appears to be some way off – and one of those constantly brought up is Idris Elba, most famous for his fantastic performance as super-smart gangster Stringer Bell on The Wire. It has already been confirmed that Elba met with producer Barbara Brocolli to talk about taking on a Bond role, though perhaps not the one you’re thinking of.
We’ve got the feeling that a fast one’s about to be pulled on us all, and Idris is being drafted it in not for Bond – given that Bond 24 is now being targeted for a 2016 release date, and Daniel Craig still has another two or three films in him – but for the role of a villain in the next film. Live and Let Die »
- Shaun Munro
April 13 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of “Casino Royale,” and the University of Illinois will recognize the event with a collaborative celebration hosted by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Spurlock Museum, and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. Much of the material featured in “The Birth of Bond” comes from the collection of Michael L. VanBlaricum, the president of the Ian Fleming Foundation and a U. of I. alumnus. | Photo by L. Brian Stauffer
April marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel, Casino Royale. To celebrate the anniversary, the University of Illinois will be hosting numerous events pertaining to Fleming, the novel and the 007 phenomenon. Titled The Birth of Bond: Ian Fleming's Casino Royale at 60, the exhibition will include a film festival, costumes, props, lectures and rare recordings. The exhibition is being coordinated by Michael VanBlaricum, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
After the recent success of Skyfall, probably the surprise blockbuster of 2012, Neil Purvis and Robert Wade have announced that the movie would be their last as co-screenwriters respectively, ending a 13 year relationship with the Bond franchise that started with the 1999 film The World Is Not Enough. The question is, how much, if any, will the Bond franchise miss them?
Inevitably after the success that Skyfall has received both commercially and critically, the film will be seen as the defining moment of the Purvis/Wade era and on reflection it is easily the best Bond film they have penned. I felt that Skyfall was incredibly successful in the way it blended its excellent action sequences with in-depth character development and emotion, aswell as providing the perfect send off for Judi Dench’s M. In the end it all seemed to come together and with the excellent direction by Sam Mendes the »
- Niall McLoughlin
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