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See Why the Original Version of 'Skyfall' Was Much Darker

23 November 2015 7:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Even though the James Bond series has moved on to Spectre, which is now the 8th highest-grossing movie of the year worldwide, there's still much to discuss about the previous installment. Thanks to the new book Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films, we learn that the original incarnation of what became Skyfall was actually much darker. Here's what we know: Who were the original writers for the 23rd James Bond movie? Peter Morgan, who earned Oscar nominations for his scripts for The Queen and Frost/Nixon, collaborated with franchise regular Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. What was it called? Once Upon a Spy. Why did Morgan leave the production? Morgan's departure was first revealed after Sam Mendes signed on as director, but...

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Pierce Brosnan Says He Was "Kicked To The Curb" After 'Die Another Day'

23 November 2015 10:27 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you don't know what to get the 007 obsessed person in your life for Christmas, you should go for "Some Kind Of Hero: The Remarkable Story Of The James Bond Films." Written by Matthew Field and Ajay Chowdhury," the book features over one hundred new interviews with the stars, directors, writers, filmmakers, studio executives and all manner of Bond insiders. Quite a few new juicy stories have already been unveiled. We've already learned about the "lost" Bond movie that eventually became "Skyfall," which would've seen the secret agent kill his boss M. The team behind the book has shared a couple of those anecdotes, including Pierce Brosnan's revelation of how coldly he was dropped from the franchise after "Die Another Day." Read More: Sam Mendes' 'Spectre' Starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux & Ralph Fiennes “I was in the Bahamas, working on a movie called ' »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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On Mubi / Off #1: "Terminal Island" & "Spectre"

23 November 2015 8:15 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The parameters, mutually agreed upon by my editor Danny Kasman and myself, are these: A bi-weekly (every two weeks) column, entitled "On Mubi / Off," covering two films—one currently available on the Mubi streaming platform in the United States, the other screening offsite (in theaters, on VOD, Blu-ray/DVD, etc). The movies may share some similarities in approach, execution and theme, or they may not. Mostly, my own interests and curiosity will dictate what films are covered and in what way, and I hope you'll find the prose, the pairings, and/or the analysis compelling enough to follow along.On MUBITerminal Island (Stephanie Rothman, 1973)Sight unseen, I thought Stephanie Rothman's 1973 exploitation cheapie Terminal Island would make for a good inaugural article lead-off—something Z-grade disreputable to complement the A-level sleaze (not necessarily a criticism) of the other movie covered in this column. (We'll get to you momentarily, Mr. Bond. »

- Keith Uhlich

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Peter Morgan's Unmade Bond Movie 'Once Upon A Spy' Would've Featured 007's Most Shocking Kill Yet

20 November 2015 12:59 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The massive success of "Skyfall" proved that the James Bond franchise had plenty of gas left in the tank, and it changed the game for the series, delving into the protagonist's personal history more than ever before. However, things might have played out much differently had the production gone the direction of screenwriter Peter Morgan's ("The Queen," "Frost/Nixon") original script. Digital Spy dug into the pages of "Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films" by Matthew Field and Ajay Chowdhury, and it details Morgan's Cold War-set "Once Upon A Spy," the screenplay he wrote that was rejected by Sam Mendes and Bond producers. But the mechanics of it are pretty interesting.  Read More: James Ellroy Says 'Skyfall' Is "Fucking Brilliant," But 'The Wire' Is "Bullshit" With "Bad Writing" The story would've revolved around M, starting in Cold War Berlin, where she has an affair. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Lost' James Bond film Once Upon a Spy would have seen 007 killing M

20 November 2015 3:58 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Details of abandoned screenplay, and its part in the success of 2012’s Skyfall, revealed in new book about the long-running spy series

A “lost” James Bond movie written by Peter Morgan, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Frost/Nixon and The Queen, would have seen Daniel Craig’s 007 forced to kill Judi Dench’s spymaster M in a shock finale, according to a new book.

Morgan’s screenplay for the proposed film, titled Once Upon a Spy, was turned down by Bond producers and director Sam Mendes prior to the release of 2012’s Skyfall. However, the script’s key elements, which included a mistake from M’s past coming back to haunt her and the MI6 bigwig dying at the end, were retained for the $1.1bn blockbuster.

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Pierce Brosnan wasn’t too impressed by Spectre

18 November 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It may be raking in the cash at the box office, but James Bond’s 24th adventure Spectre has received a mixed reception from fans and critics. Flickering Myth’s Anghus Houvouras thought it could very well be the worst Bond movie, and it seems that former 007 Pierce Brosnan isn’t much of a fan either.

“I was looking forward to it enormously,” Brosnan tells Yahoo. “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. [Spectre] is neither fish nor fowl. It’s neither Bond nor Bourne. Am I in a Bond movie? Not in a Bond movie? But Daniel Craig, in the fourth go-round, has ownership of it. He had a nice looseness to him. He’s a mighty warrior, and I think he found a great sense of himself in this »

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Jake Gyllenhaal To Be Feted With Variety‘s International Star of the Year Award At Dubai Film Festival

18 November 2015 3:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jake Gyllenhaal will be presented with Variety‘s International Star of the Year Award during the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival’s 12th edition.

Born in Los Angeles, Gyllenhaal shot to global attention in 2001 as the lead in Richard Kelly’s cult psychological thriller “Donnie Darko,” for which he received an Independent Sprit nomination for Best Actor.

Among his best known subsequent roles are leads in Sam Mendes’ “Jarhead” (2005); his BAFTA-winning performance in Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain” (2005); David Fincher’s “Zodiac” (2007); Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers” (2009); Duncan Jones’ “Source Code” (2011); and Denis Villeneuve’s “Prisoners” (2013).

Gyllenhaal’s most recent credits comprise Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler,” Antoine Fuqua’s “Southpaw,” Balthasar Kormakur’s “Everest,” and Jean-Marc Vallee’s offbeat dramedy “Demolition” in which he plays a Wall Street financier contending with the demolishing death of his wife in odd ways.

Gyllenhaal’s performance as a compelling sociopath in “Nightcrawler” earned him Golden Globe, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Team TwitchFilm On: Spectre

17 November 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

(Bond may be back, but so is the nefarious organization known as Team TwitchFilm!) Last week, Sam Mendes' second Bond film Spectre got its wide release in the United States, and loads of other places as well. By sheer luck, or rather the mystifying world of movie distribution, some countries got it a week earlier, which allowed me to write a timely review for a change. Since then, it has been steamrolling across the world with great success, and the Internet became rife with Spectre lionizations, laments, lambastes, logistics even. People are extremely divided over this one, and this was noticeable even here at TwitchFilm: my colleague Matt Brown was a lot kinder than me towards Spectre, when he discussed it in his weekly...

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The Week in Movies – even more Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage, Suicide Squad for PG-13 rating, X-Men: Apocalypse trailer update and more

16 November 2015 9:14 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including even more Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage, an update on when we’ll see the first X-Men: Apocalypse trailer, Suicide Squad gunning for a PG-13 rating and much, much more…

The Week in Movies is an excerpt from the weekly Flickering Myth Super Newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox every Sunday (a whole day ahead of everyone else!), along with The Top 5 Movies on Netflix, our Article of the Week, exclusive competitions and other stuff.

“For the Y-m-c-a!”

Producer Charles Roven revealed this week that Suicide Squad – the film about a bunch of convicted supercriminal killers fighting other supercriminal killers – is aiming for a PG-13 rating. There’s something weirdly comforting about a world where eight-year-old kids can watch that kind of movie with parental guidance.

It seems as though nobody informed Jared Leto of this, »

- Oli Davis

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Here’s How Many Times ‘Spectre’ References Previous James Bond Adventures (Video)

16 November 2015 8:59 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Spectre” was full of nods to Agent 007’s past. A new video created by a very dedicated James Bond fan outlines every reference to the super spy in his latest big screen adventure. Apparently, director Sam Mendes‘ blockbuster makes multiple references to Daniel Craig‘s previous Bond movies, and even author Ian Fleming‘s novels. For starters, Craig finally took a sip of the classic vodka martini Bond has ordered throughout the franchise, and he gets to drive the DB5 — a classic Bond car.   Also Read: 'Spectre' Takes Record $48 Million in China, Nears $550 Million Globally The corkscrew helicopter stunt seen in the. »

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Why Sam Mendes Thinks It's Ok For Him To Walk Away From James Bond After Spectre

16 November 2015 6:36 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Spectre continues to  lead the box office in its second week of release and while it doesn.t look like it will be another Skyfall, the movie will certainly do some solid business. Where the James Bond franchise will go from here is now a question of debate. The biggest question is whether or not Daniel Craig will return to the role that made him a household name. However, there.s another successful member of the franchise that may also be signaling that he.s not looking to return to the series: Director Sam Mendes. Mendes directed both of the last two entries in the James Bond mythos, and while he would likely by the go-to director for the next movies as well (the one thing that we can be sure of is that, one way or another, there will be a next movie), it looks like it probably won »

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VOD: Watch Every Easter Egg & Reference in ‘Spectre’

13 November 2015 2:13 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In case you didn’t notice, we here at PopOptiq are huge fans of the James Bond franchise. And despite the many problems Spectre has, we somehow managed to publish two very positive reviews of the film. J.R. Kinnard put it best when he wrote, “Whether or not it meets those lofty standards probably depends upon your affinity for the franchise. General audiences attracted to the simple, action-driven engines of Daniel Craig’s previous efforts will be disappointed by the methodical pacing. Disciples of Bond, however, will love director Sam Mendes’ tribute to the franchise’s more classical elements.”

One of the most surprising aspects of the latest Bond film is the amount of easter eggs and references to previous installments. There is honestly more fan service in Spectre than there is in the pilot for Ash Vs. Evil Dead. Some of the easter eggs are obvious and others not so easy to spot. »

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Box Office: 'Spectre' Stays No. 1 With $35M; Angelina Jolie Pitt's 'By the Sea' Marooned

13 November 2015 12:32 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Spectre and The Peanuts Movie had no trouble beating a trio of new competitors during another quiet weekend at the North American box office, while Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt's By the Sea was marooned in its limited debut despite teaming two of the world's biggest stars. Sam Mendes' Spectre fell a modest 50 percent in its second weekend to $35.4 million from 3,929 locations for a 10-day domestic total of $130.7 million. However, that's still well behind the $161 million earned by Skyfall by the end of its second weekend in North America. The

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- Pamela McClintock

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10 Things Nobody Wants To Admit About Daniel Craig’s Bond Movies

13 November 2015 4:31 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


James Bond is an institution. The film franchise, which just released its 24th movie in the form of Sam MendesSpectre, continues the tradition of global domination as it pulls in more punters than ever before. After more than five decades of Bond, that’s a hell of an achievement.

That said, the Bond series might have been forced to call it a day had it not been for the “reboot” in 2006. After Die Another Die (which marked actor Pierce Brosnan’s fourth and final turn as Bond) came to epitomise all that was wrong and dated about the franchise, a new, grittier approach was deemed to more in tune with the times. And so along came Casino Royale, which reimagined Bond as something akin to the Jason Bourne series.

With Daniel Craig firmly in place as 007, the franchise suddenly found itself injected with a new lease of life »

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We’re Not Like Everyone Else: Ranking the Films of Sam Mendes

12 November 2015 8:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Director Sam Mendes had plenty of experience in theater before directing his first film. The skills he acquired from the stage, like his eye for performances, was evident even in his debut feature American Beauty, which won him his first Oscar. Even when a film from the director doesn’t fully come together, the performances are […]

The post We’re Not Like Everyone Else: Ranking the Films of Sam Mendes appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Mexico: Up Next! Ramiro Ruiz

12 November 2015 6:33 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peliculas de Leyenda producer Ramiro Ruiz began his storied career as a line producer on Sam Mendes’ “Jarhead” and as a production manager for David Riker’s “The Girl” and Mexican-u.S. co-production “Mariachi Gringo” by Tom Gustafson. They were demanding shoots where he learned the nitty gritty of filmmaking.

“I think every producer should learn how to line produce and manage a production; get into the trenches, so to speak,” he says.

Majoring in anthropology has also served him well. “I’ve always joked to my students that one has to be an anthropologist, sociologist and psychologist to work on a set,” says Ruiz, who teaches production between shoots at the Universidad de la Comunicacion in Mexico City and has worked on commercials on occasion.

He co-produced Lourdes Grobet’s much-lauded docu “Bering,” and a host of notable pics and docus until he founded his shingle Leyenda in January »

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Spectre earns Guinness World Record for largest film stunt explosion of all time

11 November 2015 9:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

007’s latest big screen adventure Spectre has entered the Guinness World Record books, with VFX supervisor Chris Corbould collecting the honour for the largest film stunt explosion ever.

Taking place in Erfoud, Morocco, the blast had a total yield of 68.47 tonnes of TNT equivalent and was the result of detonating 8,418 litres of kerosene with 33 kg of powder explosives – and it lasted for over 7.5 seconds.

“It is absolutely tremendous that the Guinness World Records have recognised Chris Corbould’s incredible work in Spectre in which he created the largest explosion ever in film history,” said producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

“The James Bond movies are synonymous with pushing cinematic boundaries,” said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday. “The latest film, Spectre, has again captured the imagination of global cinemagoers, and this will certainly be due in part to the phenomenal stunts. The scene featuring the world’s largest film »

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Skyfall Scribe Drafted In To Revise Script For Ridley Scott’s Alien: Paradise Lost

11 November 2015 7:35 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With production poised to begin in February of next year, Variety has learned that 20th Century Fox has recruited Skyfall scribe John Logan in order to revise the script for Alien: Paradise Lost, Ridley Scott’s follow-up to 2012’s Prometheus. It’ll mark a reunion for the esteemed director, who first collaborated with Logan on swords and sandals epic Gladiator more than a decade ago.

Part and parcel of Paradise Lost‘s prolonged pre-production window is the script being subject to numerous revisions. Prior to Logan coming aboard – fresh from co-writing Sam MendesSpectre – Jack Paglen (Transcendence) and Michael Green (Blade Runner 2) penned early drafts of Scott’s sci-fi sequel, and it’s understood that Logan’s addition to the project will help piece that vision together.

Per Variety (via ComicBook):

“He and scribe John Logan are revising the script for an as-yet-untitled Prometheus sequel — inspired, he says, by »

- Michael Briers

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MI6 Confidential – Daniel Craig Talks Spectre Issue #33 Out Now

11 November 2015 4:08 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

(London, UK, November 3rd 2015) MI6 Confidential, the full-colour magazine celebrating the world of James Bond 007, returns with its thirty-third issue.

The team returning from Skyfall knew that the 24th adventure had to be bigger and better than its predecessor. Director Sam Mendes attracted talent in the form of leading actors Christoph Waltz and Léa Seydoux, he brought on up and coming cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema and took Bond on an eight month whirlwind tour that included location work on three continents. This issue celebrates the bombastic Spectre with a full account of the location work, as well as catching up with Daniel Craig, his co-stars, and Bond producers Broccoli and Wilson with interviews conducted just days before the film enjoyed its world premiere.

Featured in this issue:

· No Small Part - Daniel Craig on his commitment to the 007 role

· Around The World »

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'Spectre' Explosion Sets Guinness World Record

10 November 2015 2:38 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In addition to breaking box office records across the globe, Spectre, the 24th James Bond adventure, has been awarded a Guinness World Records title for the Largest Film Stunt Explosion, it was announced today at a press conference in Beijing, China. Spectre, from Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, opens in China this week. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the James Bond YouTube page has released a new featurette that explores this world record explosion.

Producer Barbara Broccoli and stars Daniel Craig and L&#233a Seydoux - who appear in the scene - accepted the record certificate on behalf of the official title holder, Academy Award winner Chris Corbould, who served as Special Effects and Miniature Effects Supervisor on Spectre. The incredible explosion was filmed for a pivotal scene in the film and took place on June 29, 2015 in Erfoud, Morocco and used 8418 litres of fuel and 33kg of explosives. »

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