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Hard as it is to believe, but The Man From U.N.C.L.E. premiered 50 years ago today. Impressively, it remains alive and well in the minds of all the Baby Boomer fans who grew up with the series- and a new generation will be introduced to U.N.C.L.E. through the forthcoming feature film. We must recognize the genius of producer Norman Felton who, with Sam Rolfe, developed the concept (along with some brief suggestions from Ian Fleming.) We extend our congratulations to our old friends Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who have both been major supporters of Cinema Retro since it debuted ten years ago. Happily, both guys are doing great career-wise and never seem to stop working. We also recognize all those actors, directors, writers and crew members whose talents made the show so iconic. A special, heartfelt nod to the legendary Leo G. Carroll, whose contribution to the series is inestimable. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The James Bond series - based on Ian Fleming's spy novels - is one of cinema's biggest ever film franchises, thrilling fans now for over half a century.
A 50th anniversary Blu-ray re-issue of the Sean Connery classic is available to buy from today (Monday, September 22). To mark the occasion, Digital Spy explores how Goldfinger shaped Bond as we know and love him.
1. The Extravagant Pre-Titles Sequence
The previous film, From Russia with Love, was in fact the first Bond to feature a pre-titles sequence. But that scene, which saw Robert Shaw's Red Grant stalk and kill a 007 impersonator, was short and simple - and didn't even feature the real Bond.
Goldfinger was the first film to take full advantage »
Actor Richard Kiel has passed away in a California hospital at the age of 74. Born in Detroit, this distinctive, towering presence was known for his appearances in films such as notorious B Movie Eegah and TV show The Wild Wild West. He was also the original choice for The Incredible Hulk series before producers decided he had the wrong build (Kiel didn’t mind as he found the contact lenses and make up for The Hulk difficult to deal with).
However it was his turn as a monster in another franchise that brought him to wider attention, when he took the role of Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977. With his steel teeth he was the perfect villain for the more flamboyant Bond era ushered in by Roger Moore. The scene where he killed Nadim Sawalha at the pyramids haunted many a childhood. Kiel played an enormous part »
- Steve Palace
David Walliams has likened Simon Cowell to a James Bond villain. The actor and comedian decided to poke fun at his fellow 'Britain's Got Talent' judge as he joked about how Simon looked like a bad guy from the films based on Ian Fleming's novels. Talking to The Sun newspaper, David laughed: ''Simon would have to be the Bond villain - instead of stroking a Persian cat on his lap, he would have Louis Walsh.'' However, he then quickly added: ''Actually Simon is lovely. He is a professional.'' The funny man also had fun looking back at the strangest acts they've had audition for »
It wasn’t until this week that I became aware of The November Man, which opens as early as next Wednesday. Hey, it’s not like I write about movies for a living or anything. But outside of barely paying attention to a commercial for the Pierce Brosnan-led action thriller the other night, I still haven’t given it much thought. I also haven’t heard much buzz or anticipation for the movie, which is directed by Roger Donaldson (reunited with his Dante’s Peak star) and is about an ex-cia operative who has to take down his former protege while tiptoeing around a compromised agency. Should be interesting to see another evocation of Three Days of the Condor so soon after Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Yet unfortunately it looks more generic than that, like it’s following instead in the footsteps of another movie with the same number in the title: 3 Days to Kill »
- Christopher Campbell
You might not know the name Mack Bolan, but the secret agent has been the hero of more than 600 novels. Yeah, that's right. And you thought James Bond was prolific. But while 007 has been tearing it up in 30-some movies based on the Ian Fleming books, Mack Bolan has struggled for decades to make to the big screen. But at long last it looks like this storied spy will get there, thanks to Bradley Cooper. Deadline reports Warner Bros. has secured the rights to Don Pendleton's Mack Bolan book series, buying them from screenwriter/producer Shane Salerno. From here, the studio is developing a vehicle for two-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, who is also set to co-produce the pic. Cooper will share producing duties with Salerno as well as Todd Phillips, his director in The Hangover I, II & III. Phillips could ultimately helm this Cooper movie too. Mack Bolan »
Ian Fleming‘s James Bond books and a plethora of young adult novels have delivered billions of dollars at the box office for Hollywood, but filmmakers at Comic-Con think they can improve upon those meek film adaptations. “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” an adaptation of Mark Millar's comic book, is a “spy movie for people who find spy movies just a little bit boring,” Millar told the crowd in Hall H on Friday at the 20th Century Fox panel. Millar lamented the brooding, modern incarnation of Bond, as played by Daniel Craig. “When Bond kills a guy he cries in the shower about. »
- Lucas Shaw
Writer/director Paul Haggis puts himself behind the camera once again for Third Person, an unraveling ball of yarn that tells of a writer (Liam Neeson) who becomes involved with his protege (Olivia Wilde) in Paris, a New York artist (James Franco) and the mother of his son (Mila Kunis), and an American (Adrien Brody) who becomes involved in the plight of an Italian woman (Moran Atias). The international drama is like his previous Crash, but takes a less literal route in finding common ground behind these diverse stories.
In 2004 Haggis received two Oscars for Crash, his second directed film, including the award for “Best Picture.” After that success he wrote films for Clint Eastwood (Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima) and the first two James Bond films from the Daniel Craig era, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Haggis most recently directed The Next Three Days »
- Nick Allen
To quote heavy metal rock gods Judas Priest, if Universal think they’re going to get the multi-claim copyright infringement Section 6 lawsuit from MGM and James Bond producer Danjaq easily dismissed, the plaintiffs just told them they’ve got another thing coming. “Plaintiffs have alleged past and ongoing conduct by Universal sufficient to constitute direct and secondary copyright infringement,” says the opposition filed this week to Universal’s motion to dismiss late last month the lawsuit over the proposed pic about the Wwi creation of the UK’s MI6. The intelligence agency is the same one Bond works for in the Ian Fleming books and their hugely successful big screen adaptations. “Accordingly, […] »
I started to get a little paranoid last month while sitting through the major networks’ upfront presentations in Gotham.
One after the other, the nets rolled out new dramas rooted in the high-intensity conspiracy/mystery/post-apocalypse/everything-you-think-you-know-is-wrong milieu that has worked so well for cablers in recent years. Call it the “Homeland”-meets-“Breaking Bad” effect. To name a few: NBC has “Allegiance,” “Odyssey” and “State of Affairs”; Fox has “Hieroglyph”; ABC has “American Crime,” “How to Get Away With Murder” and “The Whispers”; USA Network has “Dig”; TNT has “The Last Ship” and “Legends.”
I fear there are so many international global conspiracies unfolding in primetime next season that not even the flawed anti-hero love child of Jack Bauer and Carrie Mathison would be able to keep us safe from harm. And there has been an explosion in the number of seemingly innocuous suburbanites harboring deep dark backstories that »
- Cynthia Littleton
Let’s hope that Agent Peggy Carter is better at keeping secrets than the actress who portrays her. While doing an interview about the show with the Telegraph at the Glamour Women of the Year awards this week, Hayley Atwell—who is the star of the series—let a bit of casting information slip out. She teased that Dominic Cooper—with whom she co-starred in Captain America: the First Avenger—will reprise the part of Howard Stark in the ABC show.
Atwell said that Cooper tends to be “incredibly naughty” on the set. She added, “So I'm going to start the pranks as early as I can. He will come up with some very good ones, too.”
Aside from his role as Howard Stark, »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
20th Century Fox
Typecasting is a dirty word to an actor. To be typecast means that producers, casting directors, directors, other actors and especially the film-going public can’t see you in any other role.
However, what some actors rebel against, others use to pay the bills, even years after the original role has long since disappeared from view. So here’s a list of twelve actors who were perfectly cast for the roles they were given, and have become indelibly stamped in our minds whenever we think of that character, for better or worse.
The criteria here is that the star in question must have carried the role for at least three films and become so identified with it that it’s hard, if not downright impossible, to consider someone else for it.
Let’s get to it;
12. Sean Connery – James Bond Series
We’ll give Daniel Craig »
- Harry Thomas
If there’s anyone who loves gambling and winning big, that’s James Bond.
Agent 007 not only survives against all odds in the field, he also manages to defy them in the casino in any game he tries his hand at.
For an MI6 operative who regularly complains in the books that his government pay isn’t enough, winning all that money must be welcome addition to his monthly salary, and probably keeps the ladies happy as well!
In this article we list the three top James Bond casino scenes and take a closer look at some of the games that James likes to play.
1. Dr No (1962); game played: Chemin-de-fer (Baccarat)
Dr No was the film that for the first time took James Bond from the pages of Ian Fleming’s novels to the big screen.
Released in 1962, this movie cemented the image of 007 as a suave, sophisticated »
- Gary Collinson
While nothing has been confirmed yet, the guys over at Tracking Board are exclusively reporting that Benedict Cumberbatch has already been offered the role of Ian Fleming in a film about his life during WWII and the origins of his most famous creation, James Bond. Up until last year the biopic was due to be directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) before he ditched the project to move onto his Warcraft adaptation. Since then we’ve had the four part miniseries Fleming starring Dominic Cooper which aired on Sky Atlantic at the start of the year, essentially tackling the exact same subject.
The biopic will be based on Andrew Lycett’s 2009 biography and is set to be an independent production with no director attached as yet. If Cumberbatch accepts the role, it’s likely shooting will begin early next year depending on scheduling conflicts. Cumberbatch has been on an »
- Gavin Logan
Another day, another Benedict Cumberbatch casting rumour. The Sherlock star had been linked to a role in Jj Abrams' new Star Wars movie, but shot down hopes on the weekend when he told fans at the Oz Comic Con "I would've liked a part in Jj's [Abrams] new Star Wars but it won't happen sadly." He also told the audience that he's unlikely to appear in Doctor Who: "I'm never gonna play the Doctor and nothing to do with the Whoniverse." Now Hollywood blog The Tracking Board claims he has been offered the starring role in an Ian Fleming biopic detailing the origin stories of James Bond. Monkey hopes the rumour turns out to be true Cumberbatch could certainly carry off wearing Fleming's trademark bow tie. »
News Simon Brew 17 Apr 2014 - 06:45
What's that? You think it's been a little too long since the last Benedict Cumberbatch casting rumour, and you fancy another? Ah, right you are.
The planned biopic of Ian Fleming, the man of course who created James Bond 007, has had one or two bumps over the past few years. At one stage, Duncan Jones was set to direct, until his commitment to the Warcraft movie ruled out his involvement. However, the project - based on the 2009 biography of Fleming written by Andrew Lycett - is still going. And now Benedict Cumberbatch has been linked with the lead role.
The Tracking Board reports the he's been offered the part of Ian Fleming, although that's still a little way away from him accepting it and things moving forward. »
Actor, who played Ian Fleming's secret agent in four Bond films, describes his portrayal of 007 as 'tame'
Pierce Brosnan has dismissed his own run as James Bond "never good enough" and admitted he hates watching himself as 007.
In an interview with the Telegraph, the Irish actor said he struggled to get under the skin of the suave British sleuth, who he played in four films between 1995's Goldeneye and 2002's Die Another Day.
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- Ben Child
Television anthologies used to be all the rage, and CBS was one of the first to broadcast its programs in color. The throwback to the old serial storytelling format and eye-popping tones was a combination irresistible to viewers. CBS’ mystery program, the aptly titled Climax!, was one such program — and the show happened to be the first to portray an iconic movie character on any screen. James Bond author Ian Fleming was paid $1,000 (albeit, almost nine grand, today) to adapt his first novel, Casino Royale, into a one-hour TV action-adventure episode that aired live in 1954. Actor Barry Nelson, perhaps looking more like a Marine than a sexy double agent, played “Jimmy” Bond. (Nelson played hotel manager Stuart Ullman in The Shining.) The role...
- Alison Nastasi
On Friday, MGM and Danjaq (the holding company responsible for all filmic representations of Ian Fleming's James Bond material) filed a lawsuit against a Universal project called Section 6. The Aaron Berg screenplay, which Universal bought last year for $1.2 million, tells the story of MI6's creation during World War I, and examines the spy agency's first director, George Mansfield Cummings. Though it's set well before the James Bond series begins, MGM still sees egregious overlap. From the April 3 filing: "This lawsuit concerns a motion picture project, in active development, featuring a daring, tuxedo-clad British secret agent, employed by 'His Majesty’s Secret Service,' with a 'license to kill,' and a 00 secret agent number on a mission to save England from the diabolical plot of a megalomaniacal villain. Most moviegoers would assume from that description alone that this lawsuit concerns the next James Bond picture. It does not. »
- Delia Paunescu
By Lee Pfeiffer
MGM and James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli feel they have their own license to kill--film projects, that is, that they allege violate their copyrights to the 007 character and series. MGM had warned Universal not to go forward with a spy movie titled Section 6 that purports to explore the fact-based origins of MI6 in the aftermath of Wwi. The Bond producers and MGM stated their concerns that leaked elements of the screenplay showed plot devices that they allege are clearly inspired by the works of Ian Fleming including the fact that British agents have been assigned licenses to kill and that they carry "00" status. Both of those attributes are fictional and are directly linked to Fleming's creation. MGM has filed suit this week against Universal and screenwriter Aaron Berg alleging that Section 6 is clearly based on elements of the Bond books and films. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
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