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Cinelinx honors one of the longest running movie franchises in history by ranking all the primary Bond films from worst to best.
Our month of James Bond comes to an end. For our grand finale, we're ranking all of the Eon Productions/MGM Studios films. That's 24 films in total, starting with 1961's Dr. No and ending with the latest, 2015's Spectre. During this time, the franchise has seen a lot of sucess, but also has had its fair share of miscues and issues with legal rights. Six actors have played James Bond himself, each with a unique take on the character that has, in turn, led to different styles of films. James Bond is originally based on the character created by British novelest Ian Flemming. Although many of the films borrow their titles from Flemming's novels, they tend to borrow few aspects from their respetive novels/short stories and have unique plots. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
It might have received a mixed reception from fans and critics, but James Bond’s 24 adventure continues to rake in the cash at the box office, with Spectre pushing its global total beyond $750 million this weekend.
In the States, the film has earned $176.1 million and counting, adding $12.8 million this weekend to overtake both Casino Royale ($167 million) and Quantum of Solace ($168 million) and become the second biggest Bond film in that market after Skyfall – a feat it’s already achieved here in the UK, where it is currently the third highest grossing movie of all time behind Avatar and Skyfall.
See Also: Development on Bond 25 to begin in the Spring
Spectre is the sixth movie to surpass $750 million this year, joining the likes of Inside Out ($851.5 million), Minions ($1.157 billion), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.405 billion), Furious 7 ($1.515 billion) and Jurassic World ($1.669 billion).
- Gary Collinson
With Spectre out in theaters, there has been no shortage of debate among Bond fans about where this entry lands in the series’ spectrum of quality, with some like PopOptiq’s own lead film critic J.R. Kinnard calling it “a glorious love letter to classic Bond”. To some this will sound like exactly what they want to hear, but after twenty-six movies (the Eon productions, along with 1967’s Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again), is an homage to classic formula the best way to close out what had seemed to be an attempt to genuinely take the franchise in a new direction during the Daniel Craig years? Tributes are for those who have no more to offer- those who soon will be gone, if they’re not already. Life and movie franchises are about pushing forward to stay alive; Spectre‘s safe retreat will only make regaining momentum that much more difficult. »
- Patrick Murphy
“We have put three years of work into Spectre,” Broccoli tells 20Minuten.ch. It was a thrill, but now we want to enjoy the success and the reactions of the audiences. In spring we start again.”
Bond 25 will likely need to find a new director, with Skyfall and Spectre helmer Sam Mendes having seeminly ruled out a return, and while there’s been a tonne of speculation as to Daniel Craig’s continued involvement, Broccoli is keen to have him back for a fifth outing:
“I hope we can continue with Daniel,” she says. “I love him, obviously not just me but also the audience. I will try my best to keep him on.”
Bond’s latest adventure Spectre »
- Gary Collinson
Spectre continues to deliver big numbers in pretty much every cinema it screens in, and now as the dust settles, thoughts are turning to what will come next. The next movie in the 007 franchise is the 25th official Bond movie, and everyone will be expecting something special. With Sam Mendes ruling himself out, the director chair will need to be filled, but before all of that we’ll need a story, and a script.
In an interview with Swiss news magazine 20Minuten.ch, producer Barbara Broccoli states that work on the film will star very soon.
“We have put three years of work into Spectre. It was a thrill, but now we want to enjoy the success and the reactions of the audiences. In spring we start again.” she said.
Now, I take that as meaning from scratch, which will put the 25th Bond adventure releasing in 2019, or October/ November 2018 at a push, »
- Paul Heath
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...
- Christopher Campbell
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
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
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
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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- Ben Child
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 »
- Gary Collinson
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
(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 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…
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“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
“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. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
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 »
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. »
- Ricky Fernandes
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
- Pamela McClintock
James Bond is an institution. The film franchise, which just released its 24th movie in the form of Sam Mendes’ Spectre, 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 »
- Sam Hill
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 […]
- Jack Giroux
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