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James Bond: Live Or Let Die?

15 June 2016 5:22 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The British Secret Service Agent, James Bond, has been gracing our silver screens for over half a century. The Eon-produced film franchise currently consists of 24 movies and has generated more than $7 billion in box office receipts. It is, for many, an international institution – much parodied, but never duplicated. Bond is struggling, however, and a quick glance at the bigger picture makes it clear why.

The character of Bond – 007, if you will – was created in 1953 by the writer Ian Fleming. The fictional spy featured in 12 of his novels and 2 of his short story collections before Fleming died in 1964. Since his passing, 8 other authors have written official James Bond stories to continue his narrative.

The first film – Dr. No – arrived in 1962, with Sean Connery in the title role. It was a surprise hit and launched the franchise – establishing many of the plot and technical elements that have become synonymous with the Bond series. Gadgets, exotic locations, outlandish action, noteworthy music, stylized credit sequences and ‘Bond Girls’ – this is the formula, and Dr. No set the stage for the next 50 years.

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But, if we take an honest look at the 23 films that followed, have we gained anything from the Bond franchise, or have we actually seen the same thing repeated two dozen times? Sure, there have been minor fluctuations. James Bond actually fell in love twice – with Teresa di Vicenzo in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and with Vesper Lynd in 2006’s Casino Royale – but those characters were quickly killed off in favour of maintaining the status quo. That status quo is of a highly trained secret agent thwarting the nefarious plans of villains while being enigmatic, suave and (more often than not) emotionally unavailable.

James Bond is the quintessential white male fantasy. He uses his gadgets, drives cool cars, travels widely, has sex with lots of women and saves the day. Each film sees him move unhindered through the landscape – always having a plan, always having the answer, and always having a collection of female characters back in the office, and in the field, facilitating his actions. But, here’s the problem – it’s no longer 1962. »

- Sarah Myles

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Tom Hiddleston James Bond Talks Confirmed?

27 May 2016 12:36 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Before Spectre hit theaters last November, most assumed that it would be Daniel Craig's last turn as James Bond. Eon Productions has never confirmed that Daniel Craig is leaving the franchise, but the actor has made a number of controversial remarks regarding this iconic character, and earlier this year, the actor's longtime friend Mark Strong even revealed that he thinks Daniel Craig has sipped his last vodka martini as the British super-spy. While we still don't have confirmation about Daniel Craig's franchise departure, Eon Productions may have already found a replacement, with a new report claiming the production company is in talks with Tom Hiddleston to take over as 007 in James Bond 25.

Tom Hiddleston has been one of several actors who have expressed their interest in taking over as 007, should Daniel Craig walk away from the franchise. Idris Elba has become a fan favorite choice, while Homeland »

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Thor And The Avengers Star Tom Hiddleston In Talks For James Bond

27 May 2016 11:20 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Between the tepid response to Spectre and the fact they have a leading man who has expressed a desire to slash his wrists rather than return to the role, you can see why the producers of the James Bond franchise are listening to fans by talking to Tom Hiddleston about taking over as 007. According to Birth.Movies.Death, source close to the British actor have confirmed that he's in advanced talks to take over from Daniel Craig, and while no official offer has been made, The Avengers star wants the role.  While some of you may struggle to picture Loki as Bond, The Night Manager and High-Rise have made it clear that the actor would be perfect to take over as the iconic Ian Fleming creation. Whether or not he will obviously remains to be seen, but with Craig sleepwalking through the underwhelming Spectre, this franchise needs some new blood »

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Why James Bond should never be a woman | Letters

25 May 2016 11:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The online mocked-up poster of Gillian Anderson as “Jane Bond” is lighthearted but I hope no actress is ever offered the role of 007 (Report, 25 May). Any film adaption of a book takes liberties – all the James Bond actors have played the character in different ways – but one thing remains the same: Bond is a male, heterosexual spy. A loner with a Scottish background. He wears tuxedos, not dresses, and has a passion for women, not men. Call that sexist if you want, but that’s the way it is. Ian Fleming would have sued any film company that dared make his 007 female. Will we see a Bridget Jones film in which she becomes Barry Jones? Or see Disney remake Sleeping Beauty into Sleeping Handsome? There’s being liberal and there’s being ridiculous.

Emilie Lamplough

Trowbridge, Wiltshire

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Gillian Anderson Responds to Push for Her as the Next 'Bond. Jane Bond'

23 May 2016 7:03 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Never mind that Daniel Craig is not actually done as James Bond, not yet anyway. Fans are having too much fun promoting their favorite replacements at the hashtag #NextBond -- from Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, and Michael Fassbender to Emily Blunt, Hayley Atwell, and Gillian Anderson.

Someone even created an awesome Bond poster for the "X-Files" star, and Gillian retweeted it with a nod to the fandom:

It's Bond. Jane Bond.

Thanks for all the votes! (And sorry, don't know who made poster but I love it!) #NextBond pic.twitter.com/f8GC4ZuFgL

Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) May 21, 2016

She seems to just be joking around, but if you check out the replies, a lot of people want to believe are very supportive of the Jane Bond idea. (Maybe David Duchovny could play the new Bond girl.)

But that's Gillian's fans -- hardcore 007 fans probably feel differently, considering there was outcry »

- Gina Carbone

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Lethal weapons: Shane Black's pulp fiction is still the best action around

23 May 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The screenwriter turned director, who dominated the action genre in the 90s, is back with The Nice Guys, which proves he’s still the hard-boiled king

If you want the distilled essence of Shane Black, look no further than the title of his directorial debut: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. What you see is not simply what you get. Yes, there are guys, girls, guns and sex, all more or less promised by those two doublings, and if they’re not the hallmarks of great action-thriller cinema, then they come pretty close. Look deeper though, and you’ll remember that they are the words Ian Fleming once used in a private letter to define – and deprecate – the James Bond novels he was churning out on a yearly basis and swiftly tiring of. Have yourself another layer: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is also the title of the 1968 collection of Pauline Kael reviews »

- John Patterson

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Daniel Craig, it’s okay if you let Bond go

20 May 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tony Black on Daniel Craig’s future as Bond…

We all knew this was coming. By we, I mean the legion of James Bond fans and aficionados who have followed the bizarre media whirlwind that seems to forever cascade around 007 himself, Daniel Craig. The Daily Fail (sorry, Mail!) apparently claimed Craig is done – that soon after the release of Spectre he turned down (say it like Dr Evil) 100 million dollars to return not just for Bond 25 but also Bond 26, claiming to Eon Productions and MGM bosses that his tenure was over. Everyone clamoured over this scant piece of pure rumour, to the point almost of hysteria, until the BBC later waded in and claimed what we all suspected all along – that Craig hasn’t made his mind up yet, and likely won’t for quite some time. Why should he? Bond 25 is a long way off, given the »

- Tony Black

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The Myth Of James Bond's Martini

19 May 2016 3:15 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Pierce Brosnan in "The World is Not Enough" (1999) (Photo copyright: Danjaq/Eon)

 

"Shaken, not stirred". Those legendary words have been spoken many times in the James Bond films in relation to how 007 prefers his Vodka Martinis to be prepared. But as Daily Beast writer Noah Rothbaum points out in an article about the origins of that drink, it was largely the screenwriters who made Bond's instructions a catch phrase as opposed to the Ian Fleming novels on which the early movies were based. Click here to read some interesting insights into the drinking habits of the world's best known secret agent.  »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: A.O. Scott, Orson Welles, Owen Gleiberman, Humphrey Bogart, and More

5 May 2016 1:07 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Part of the fun in rounding up recent books about (or connected to) cinema is the sheer diversity of releases. This latest collection features a dive into this history of Hollywood legends, lots more Force Awakens, compelling reads from two fascinating critics, texts highlighting the art of Batman v. Superman and The Little Prince, and more. Plus, if you’ve been coveting Constable Zuvio mentions, you’re finally in luck.

Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies by Owen Gleiberman (Hachette Books)

My favorite book of 2016 thus far has arrived, and it’s Movie Freak by former Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman. For many a nineties teen, EW was something of a pop culture bible, and Gleiberman’s incisive writing was a key reason. In Movie Freak, his unguardedly personal memoir, he talks of films loved (Blue Velvet, Manhunter), friendships dashed (with the likes of Oliver Stone and Pauline Kael), and »

- Christopher Schobert

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Former James Bond actor George Lazenby backs Idris Elba to play 007

2 May 2016 1:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Australian actor, who starred in the 1969 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, says hiring Elba would be a good idea

Former James Bond star George Lazenby has backed Idris Elba to be the next actor to play 007.

The Australian, who starred in the 1969 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, said there would be “a lot of people scratching their head” if a black actor was cast as the character, created by Ian Fleming, but he believed hiring Elba would be a good idea.

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Actors who Almost Played Famous Roles

30 April 2016 4:14 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 Did you ever see an actor/actress in a famous role and then hear later that they were not the first, or even the second choice to play the iconic part? Many of the legendary movie characters began as a vehicle for a different star than the one who we know-and-love in the part. Here are a few of the greatest examples of famous "Almosts'.

 Christopher Walken As Han Solo: George Lucas had a very hard time finding his Han Solo in Star Wars: A New Hope (1977). This character was the last of the lead figures to be cast. Lucas’ leading contender at one point was none other than Christopher Walken. Just think about the possibilities in that performance! However, a chance meeting with Harrison Ford (Who was working as a carpenter at the time) inspired Lucas to cast Ford in the part instead, which launched him into super stardom in the 80s. »

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Peter Janson-smith: A Tribute To Ian Fleming's Literary Agent

28 April 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Raymond Benson and Peter Janson-Smith in Krakow.

By Raymond Benson

Peter Janson-Smith passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016, at the age of 93. He was a giant in the world of British publishing, a major figure in that arena for nearly seventy years. Serious James Bond fans will know him as Ian Fleming’s literary agent, the man who spearheaded the exploitation of Fleming’s 007 novels around the world from 1956 until Peter’s retirement in 2002.

On a personal level, Peter’s death is a great loss. For me, he was a mentor, a friend, a teacher, and someone I called my “English dad.” He was instrumental in the research for my 1984 book, The James Bond Bedside Companion, and he hired me to write the continuation James Bond novels in the mid-90s. In short, I owe much of my career to him.

Peter was born on September 5, 1922, in Navestock, England, which is »

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Top Undercover Agents in Film

19 April 2016 11:10 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

From Bond to Brasco, our love affair with undercover agents in Hollywood has stood the test of time.

In his latest film, Bastille Day, Idris Elba plays a field agent who must team up with a criminal to help solve a large-scale conspiracy. To celebrate the film’s release, in UK cinemas April 22, we take a look at our favourite undercover agents in film.

Sean Briar – Bastille Day (2016)

Whether he’s playing a murder detective or an anti-apartheid revolutionary, Idris Elba can do no wrong. In his latest film, high-octane action thriller Bastille Day we see him partnering up with Game of ThronesRichard Madden for a hugely entertaining game of cat and mouse. Michael Mason (Richard Madden) is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself hunted by the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar (Idris Elba), the field agent on the case, »

- Paul Heath

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TV Review – The Night Manager

13 April 2016 11:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Night Manager

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Debicki, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander, David Harewood and Hugh Laurie.

Synopsis:

Night manager of a wealthy hotel in Cairo, charming ex-Special Forces veteran Jonathan Pine is unable to prevent the murder of a woman connected to the secret arms dealings of British philanthropist Richard Roper, a man Pine swears to bring down…

Have you ever wondered what a small-screen adaptation of Ian Fleming’s James Bond may look like? If the answer is yes, then look no further than The Night Manager, because it might well be as close as the BBC have ever got.

Adapted from the 1993 novel by the grand master of spy fiction, John le Carre, The Night Manager–which begins on AMC in the Us next Tuesday the 19th–very quickly expands beyond the rather bland title. That’s very much the point, almost a misdirection from le Carre, »

- Tony Black

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The Night Manager DVD Review: “Stylish, towering & intoxicating”

28 March 2016 3:55 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Susanne Bier

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Debicki, Tom Hollander, David Harewood.

Screenplay by David Farr, based on the novel by John Le Carré.

The British Broadcasting Corporation and novelist John Le Carré go way, way back. In 1979, we saw the classic TV adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which cast Alec Guinness as aloof manipulator George Smiley. It was so good that even Guinness himself couldn’t top it with Eighties follow-up Smiley’s People. You would have needed cajones made of brass to mount a production as ambitious again. Well, it has taken nearly 40 years but the Beeb have finally done it with The Night Manager.

Leading Brit of the moment Tom Hiddleston shares top billing as Jonathan Pine, a smooth-talking functionary at an Egyptian hotel, who is entrusted at random with a secret document by a female guest. When he passes the information »

- Steve Palace

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Win a ‘High-Rise’ Prize Bundle

15 March 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To celebrate the release of High-Rise starring Tom HiddlestonJeremy IronsSienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss – in cinemas March 18 –, we’re giving away an amazing High-Rise prize bundle consisting of: Kill List on Blu-ray, Sightseers on Blu-ray, T-shirt, badge selection and official poster.

Synopsis: 1975. Two miles west of London, Dr. Robert Laing moves into his new apartment seeking soulless anonymity, only to find that the building’s residents have no intention of leaving him alone. Resigned to the complex social dynamics unfolding around him, Laing bites the bullet and becomes neighbourly. As he struggles to establish his position, Laing’s good manners and sanity disintegrate along with the building. The lights go out and the lifts fail but the party goes on. People are the problem. Booze is the currency. Sex is the panacea. Only much later, as he sits on his balcony eating the architect’s dog, »

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Win A Deluxe High Rise Prize Bundle

14 March 2016 3:52 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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1975. Two miles west of London, Dr. Robert Laing moves into his new apartment seeking soulless anonymity, only to find that the building’s residents have no intention of leaving him alone. Resigned to the complex social dynamics unfolding around him, Laing bites the bullet and becomes neighbourly. As he struggles to establish his position, Laing’s good manners and sanity disintegrate along with the building. The lights go out and the lifts fail but the party goes on. People are the problem. Booze is the currency. Sex is the panacea. Only much later, as he sits on his balcony eating the architect’s dog, does Dr. Robert Laing finally feel at home.

To celebrate the release of High-Rise starring Tom HiddlestonJeremy IronsSienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss – in cinemas March 18 – we’re giving away 3 amazing High-Rise prize bundles each consisting of:

Kill List on Blu-ray, Sightseers »

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James Bond "Thunderball" Screening And Celebration, April 21, Park Ridge, Illinois

2 March 2016 6:53 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Press Release: 

The historic Pickwick Theater in Park Ridge, Il, will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Thunderball with the screening of the classic James bond blockbuster film on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:00pm.

Hosts Matthew Hoffman and Elizabeth Rye of the Classic Film Series welcome as special guests, representative of the Ian Fleming Foundation Colin Clark, and 007 continuing novelist and film historian Raymond Benson, who will introduce the movie and sign books.

Iff board member Colin Clark will have on display from the Foundation the five foot model of the Raf Vulcan Bomber use in the filming of the picture, restored to its original condition.

The evening's festivities will include discussion of Thunderball's history and behind-the-scenes stories, several Bond-related raffles, and photo ops with Bond movie props and theater standees.

Pickwick's Classic Film Series presentations often draw fans in costume. Attendees are invited to dress as their favorite Bond, »

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Examining Hollywood Remakes: Casino Royale

29 February 2016 6:48 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our series on remakes continues, but there’s a twist this time. For a change, we’ll be looking at a good remake of a bad old movie. This week, Cinelinx looks at Casino Royale (2006).

Normally in these articles, we examine remakes of good movies to see if they’re worthy of their predecessor. Today, however, the original film is a dud while the remake is a winner. James Bond movies are generally hit-and-miss. Some are excellent and some are weak. The two adaptations of Casino Royale represent one of each. The 2006 remake with Daniel Craig is great. The original however…ugh!

The original version of Casino Royale (1967) bore very little relation to the actual book. While it started out as a straight adaptation (the first draft was written by Ben Hecht) it underwent a metamorphosis into a comedy/parody on the Bond films, and spy movies in general. Columbia Pictures »

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Daniel Craig Finished With James Bond Franchise, According To Mark Strong

23 February 2016 9:36 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Question marks continue to loom over the future of Sony and MGM’s James Bond franchise. Since the release of last year’s Spectre, conflicting reports have emerged regarding the immediate future of not only Sam Mendes and Christoph Waltz, but also series star Daniel Craig.

Before the turn of the year, Sony appeared confident that Craig would reprise his role as the 00 agent at least one more time in anticipation of Bond 25. It’s sparked a will he, won’t he debate that shows no sign of letting up anytime soon, though Mark Strong has now weighed in on the matter.

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Doing the press rounds for The Grimsby Brothers, Strong conceded that while the decision ultimately rests in the hands of the Powers That Be, he firmly believes that four movies in, Craig has “come to the end” of his tenure with the license to kill. »

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