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According to KDramaStars, Hilary Swank is being lined up for a role in Bond 24, which – if true – would see her overtake the record set by a 39-year-old Honor Blackman in Goldfinger to become the oldest actress to portray a Bond girl. However, we should probably take this with a grain of salt, given the site’s past track record, as well as numerous reports suggesting that Lea Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color) will appear as the female lead.
Bond 24 is set to go into production next month, with director Sam Mendes reuniting with Skyfall stars Daniel Craig (James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M), Ben Whishaw (Q) and Naomie Harris (Moneypenny). Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) is rumoured to be attached as the villain’s henchmen, while it’s also been reported that Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained) is set to play 007’s arch-enemey Blofeld.
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- Gary Collinson
It’s widely believed that the 24th currently untitled James Bond film will start shooting in just a little over a week, on December 6th. As such, following the lead of Skyfall, it’s exceedingly likely that a press conference will be called that morning to officially announce the cast of the movie as well as finally unveil the title for Bond’s latest outing.
As it stands now, there’s a lot of vague information and hearsay doing the rounds online, some of it lent more credibility than it should be, while other low-key shooting information just might actually reveal quite a lot about what Bond will be up to in his next movie.
- Jack Pooley
With Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" now in cinemas, it has prompted many to look back and assess (or re-assess) the director's body of work so far (check out our ranking of his films right here). And while critics and audiences have had their say, there hasn't been much word from others touched by Nolan's moviemaking, but in what is sure to spur talk all over again, "The Prestige" author Christopher Priest has candidly weighed in on Nolan's filmography in a recent chat with Skript. Priest discusses the genesis of Nolan's adaptation of his book, noting that Sam Mendes, coming off "American Beauty," had circled it first, but that the author believed instead in supporting rising talent. And his gamble paid off, with the author declaring "The Prestige," along with "Memento," as Nolan's finest films. But when it gets to the Batman movies, Priest doesn't hold back. "It's a wrong move »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"He's trying to be a modern Kubrick and I think he would be better off being a modern Hitchcock." - Christopher Priest During Utopiales, the annual international science fiction festival held in Nantes, France, the French entertainment website, Skript, chatted with the author of The Prestige, Christopher Priest. During the conversation, Priest explains how Nolan ended up as the director that would adapt his 1995 Victorian era novel about dueling magicians. In 2001, the film rights to The Prestige became available, and Priest's agent received three offers. One was from director Sam Mendes, who was garnering a lot of attention at that time for American Beauty, which would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture that year. Another offer was from Newmarket Films, a studio affiliated with Warner Bros.. They were trying to acquire the rights for Christopher Nolan, who had read the novel a year before. Priest was »
A couple weeks ago it was reported that Christoph Waltz was going to play the villain in Sam Mendes' Bond 24. It wasn't announced who exactly he would play, but today we have word that he will take on the role of none other than James Bond nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld!
Rumors of the character were sparked last year after MGM settled a lawsuit with writer Kevin McClory regarding the rights to the Blofeld character and the infamous Spectre organization. Now it looks there was a reason they made the settlement. When Bond 24 writer, John Logan, was asked about the character in a previous interview all he said was:
"You know, I think our villain's appropriate to the story we're telling."
Blofeld has been a part of six of the previous James Bond films that have been made. Sometimes his face is shown, other times we just hear his voice. »
- Joey Paur
MGM, Amplify & Stage 6 Films
Shooting begins next month on the still untitled (or at least officially untitled) Bond 24 and from the looks of things, 007 should be prepared to face a familiar foe. According to the Daily Mail, Christoph Waltz, recently cast in the movie as the main villain (could he really have been anything else?), will be portraying the role of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the recurring big baddie from the early Bond novels and films.
The two-time Oscar winner would bring all his European flare to play the devious, cunning foe, famous for his white cat and haunting scar. Sources say Blofeld will be “just as sinister as early incarnations, although a lot less campy” this time around and it will be a rebirth of sorts for Bond’s ultimate nemesis. He hasn’t appeared on screen since he was unceremoniously killed off in the opening title sequence of 1981’s For Your Eyes Only. »
- Jamie Mulvaney
Earlier this month it was reported that two-time Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained) is wanted for the main villain role in Bond 24, and now The Daily Mail is claiming that Waltz is set to play 007’s arch-enemy Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
According to the paper, Eon “will announce the star is playing an unknown character called Franz Oberhauser, son of the late Hans Oberhauser, a ski instructor who acted as a father figure to Bond. But senior sources believe the casting is a double bluff worthy of 007 himself and that Waltz is actually playing Blofeld.” They go on to quote an unnamed source as stating that: “Christoph Waltz is playing Blofeld in the next Bond film. The tone of the 007 films has changed significantly in recent years and the producers have changed the character to fit in with the new-look 007.”
If true, Waltz will join actors Donald Pleasance, »
- Gary Collinson
2012’s Skyfall was almost certainly one of the best entries in the James Bond franchise to date (if not the best), but it looks like returning director Sam Mendes may be upping the ante in the follow-up. Skyfall was a successful attempt at melding the legacy of the Bond franchise with its most recent Daniel Craig-fronted iteration, as the story simultaneously addressed how a person like James Bond fits into the modern landscape while also referencing some of the series’ most notable hallmarks. With the ending of Skyfall acting as a mild reset to the goings-on at Mi 6, a new rumor now claims that Mendes might be resurrecting one of the most famous Bond villains of all with actor Christoph Waltz’s role in the upcoming Bond 24: Ernst Stavro Blofeld. More after the jump. Just a little over a year ago, we learned that a decades-long legal »
- Adam Chitwood
The 24th installment of James Bond is getting ready to start shooting early next month at Pinewood Studios in London but The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the production will move to Rome early next year to film some key scenes.
Bond 24 will be the fourth installment starring Daniel Craig as the titular character. He previously appeared as the British agent in Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012) (which received critical acclaim and grossed over $1 billion at the box office). Skyfall’s director Sam Mendes is also helming this new installment.
The plot is being kept under wraps but the key scenes involving Rome are said to be several nighttime high-speed car chases and one involving Bond parachuting from a helicopter. Italian news agency Ansa also reported that some scenes are going to be shoot outside of Rome, in the region of Campania. Production in Rome will run »
- Munir Abedrabbo
Just weeks after we reported that Christoph Waltz is playing the main villain in Bond 24, The Daily Mail claims that the actor is actually playing the classic James Bond nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld in this highly-anticipated sequel.
Eon Productions is expected to confirm Christoph Waltz's casting during a press conference to be held in the first week of December. At that time, they will announce that the actor is playing Franz Oberhauser, son of the late Hans Oberhauser, a ski instructor who was a father figure to 007 (Daniel Craig). However, one unidentified source claims that the announcement will be a misdirect, and that Christoph Waltz is actually playing Blofeld.
"Christoph Waltz is playing Blofeld in the next Bond film. The tone of the 007 films has changed significantly in recent years and the producers have changed the character to fit in with the new-look 007."
We reported in November 2013 that »
I don't think this rumor will have anyone gasping as The Daily Mail is reporting recently cast Christoph Waltz will be playing iconic James Bond nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Bond 24. I know, shocker rightc Upon the announcement Waltz would play one of the film's villains I asked about the likelihood of him playing Blofeld on Twitter. For those that don't know, Blofeld is head of the global criminal organization Spectre and he first appeared in Ian Fleming's novel "Thunderball", but his first theatrical "appearance" was in From Russia with Love (1963), followed by a part in 1965's Thunderball before his face was finally seen in 1967's You Only Live Twice as portrayed by Donald Pleasence. The character would later be portrayed by Telly Savalas in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, by Max Von Sydow in Never Say Never Again and Charlse Gray in Diamonds are Forever before finally »
- Brad Brevet
Sam Mendes' Skyfall featured many international locations. Some scenes were shot in Macau, Turkey, and China. For his next Bond film, Mendes and his production crew are headed to Rome, Italy. According to the Italian news agency Ansa, Bond 24 will require "three key action scenes" to be filmed in Rome. Details are below. Several night-time high-speed car chases are planned through the historical center’s narrow, winding streets, as well as on main thoroughfare Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, with one car ending up in the Tibur river, it reported. Another high-speed car chase will reportedly result in an iconic Fiat 500 getting crushed in Borgo Vittorio, near the Vatican. And perhaps most memorably, Bond will parachute from a helicopter onto Ponte Sisto, a 15th century pedestrian bridge that connects Trastevere to the center, Ansa said. There will also be scenes filmed at the Royal Palace of Caserta ("Versailles of Italy") in Campania, »
The 24th installment of the James Bond franchise, set to start shooting at Pinewood Shepperton outside of London in the coming weeks, will film some scenes in Rome. It will be Daniel Craig's fourth turn as James Bond after taking the title role in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. Sam Mendes is returning to direct. While details are still under wraps, a source confirmed that shooting was planned for Rome. Italian news agency Ansa reported that Rome will host no less than three key action scenes for the upcoming film. Several nighttime high-speed car chases are planned
- Ariston Anderson
Production is finally set to start on the 24th James Bond film in December, with a formal announcement of that expected in the next week or two. The new movie will see Daniel Craig play 007 for the fourth time, this time reunited with his Skyfall director, Sam Mendes. Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are all back for the new film.
One of the new additions to the cast is Christoph Waltz, and over the weekend, a major rumour surfaced regarding the identity of his role. If you want to know more, you'll need to scroll below Daphne the Spoiler Squirrel...
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Right then. The Daily Mail isn't our favourite source on planet Earth, but it does have a good track record when »
The number of wide releases this year that were shot on film amounts to but a handful, and despite heavy advocacy from filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and J.J. Abrams, the format has become an outlier in contrast to the near-universal use of digital. Digital is not inherently a bad format, and some filmmakers like David Fincher are able to take full advantage of the opportunities it provides, but the fear is that the choice over whether a director can shoot on film or digital may be disappearing. That could very well be the case in the near future, but today some relief arrived in the form of news that two highly anticipated upcoming projects will be shooting on film, keeping the format alive for a bit longer: Bond 24 and the new season of Twin Peaks. More after the jump. We’ll start with Bond 24, which marks a curious »
- Adam Chitwood
Hoyte van Hoytema has shot up through the ranks since his career has shifted over to the states. He caught most people's attention with "Let the Right One In," which hit theaters the same year as Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight." Now the fruits of his own collaboration with the blockbuster filmmaker, "Interstellar," finds itself in theaters. It's a notable change of personnel for Nolan, who until this time has always worked with Dp Wally Pfister. With Pfister transitioning to a career of directing, Nolan smartly tapped one of the most exciting talents in the business. And others continue to catch on, too. As we exclusively reported last month, Sam Mendes tapped Van Hoytema to replace Roger Deakins on his next installment of the James Bond franchise. But what Nolan and Van Hoytema have accomplished with "Interstellar" is a very different beast than the work Nolan has done with Pfister. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Javier Bardem’s turn as a Bond villain in Skyfall was icier than a naked Twister party in an igloo. How do you follow that performance? By casting diminutive screen psychopath Christoph Waltz of course, if recent reports are anything to go by. Variety have acquired this story from the Twitter feed of Daily Mail foghorner Baz Bamigboye, so while we can take it with a mini-avalanche of salt, we can at least comment on it as a plausible decision. Waltz fits the Daniel Craig era formula of recent years of casting a sinister European as adversary. If you haven’t seen him before, I’d describe him as a sort of sinister cousin of Jools Holland. I doubt anyone would object if his involvement was confirmed.
Bamigboye has also Tweeted the locations for Bond 24 as Mexico, Morocco, Austria, Italy and London, so as ever Eon Productions will be »
- Steve Palace
Today’s Week in Review takes us to the highly probable rumor mill and some potentially sensational casting.
First up, The Daily Mail is reporting that Christoph Waltz is on board to be the villain in the still untitled, Sam Mendes-helmed Bond 24. The Daily Mail was also the source behind other potential Bond news regarding Lea Seydoux, potentially the next Bond girl or “femme fatale.” And although it would seem obvious that Waltz would be playing the villain, even that seems ambiguous. “It’s not immediately evident whether the part’s friend, or foe, or a bit of both,” said one of the Mail’s anonymous sources. Still though, if you’re going to cast Anton Chigurh in your previous Bond movie, the next logical step is to cast Hans Landa, right?
The next concerns the potential full cast of Suicide Squad, the DC movie full of a team of super villains. »
- Brian Welk
In news that makes total sense, Christoph Waltz has reportedly signed on to be the villain in the next James Bond movie. A columnist for The Daily Mail tweeted the news, also saying that the movie will begin shooting in early December in Morocco, Austria, Italy, London, and Mexico. If this is true, it's the best news ever. As proven by Inglourious Basterds, Waltz can be both terrifying and creepily charming. Daniel Craig is set to reprise his role, and Sam Mendes (Skyfall) is directing. The only question left is whether Waltz will be more of a Dr. No or an Elliot Carver. »
Javier Bardem played a very memorable villain in the last James Bond film "Skyfall," and now comes word that director Sam Mendes has found the actor to play the villain in the next installment. According to The Daily Mail, Mendes has cast Christoph Waltz as the main antagonist. The actor previously played the villain in "Inglourious Basterds" and will play the main bad guy in "Horrible Bosses 2." "James Bond 24" also stars Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Dave Bautista. It's set to hit theaters on November 6th, 2016. »
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