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Sean Connery. George Lazenby. Roger Moore. Timothy Dalton. Pierce Brosnan. Daniel Craig. Those are the six men who have played James Bond. Now, mentally rank them in your head from best to worst. Done? Good. I can.t speak for you, but I can tell you a majority of people seem to put Connery and Craig at the top, Brosnan and Moore in the middle and Dalton and Lazenby on the bottom, except, apparently, Pierce Brosnan himself, who has no love whatsoever for what he did with the character. Speaking to The Telegraph, Brosnan admitted to having very serious insecurities about his own ability to handle the character, and despite being proud of the honor and appreciative of all the opportunities it gave to him, he apparently won.t even watch his Bond movies with his own children. It.s just too depressing. "I have no desire to watch myself »
Though not the best James Bond, Pierce Brosnan was far from the worst. In fact, I count Goldeneye as one of my favorite films of the franchise and was always a big fan of the actor’s portrayal of the iconic character. It turns out that not everyone feels that way though, as Brosnan himself says that he can’t even watch his 007 films as he doesn’t think that they were “good enough.”
“I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger and Sean…It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me. The violence was never real, the brute force of the man was never palpable. It was quite tame, and the characterization didn’t have a follow-through of reality, it was surface. But then that might have had to do with my own insecurities in playing him as well,” said the actor. »
- Matt Joseph
I've enjoyed Daniel Craig as James Bond, however I have a special place in my heart for Pierce Brosnan's Bond flicks, especially Goldeneye. To me, they feel more like Bond movies than the recent ones with Craig. I'm not saying Pierce Brosnan was a better Bond than Daniel Craig, but his movies are definitely more like the older ones than Craig's. But apparently Pierce Brosnan doesn't like watching himself as Bond. The actor recently told The Telegraph »
- Jesse Giroux
The name's Cruz. Penélope Cruz. But is the gorgeous girl going to be the next Bond girl? Rumors are, once again, running rampant that the Oscar winner will portray the love interest to Daniel Craig's superspy in the next installment of the 007 franchise, simply known as Bond 24 right now. The casting speculation surfaced after a document was reportedly leaked by Sony Pictures, which apparently lists Cruz as a castmember in the upcoming flick. However, when E! News reached out for a comment, we were simply told, "Studio doesn't comment on rumors." This isn't the first time Cruz's name has come up in connection with Bond 24. Last summer, there were rumors »
News Glen Chapman 14 Apr 2014 - 07:26
Pierce Brosnan has opened up about his time spent as James Bond 007. He doesn't appear too happy with it...
With Pierce Brosnan as 007, the 90s and early 2000s saw the revival of James Bond on the big screen, but each film ending up with higher and higher amounts of money in the bank. It would be fair to say that without Brosnan's Bonds, the even more commercially succesful Daniel Craig era might well be very different.
That said, some of Brosnan's Bond movies attract ire, even if the man himself doesn't. Chatting to The Telegraph, he does admit problems. "I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger and Sean. It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me", he said.
He added that "the violence was never real, the brute force of the man was never palpable. »
Pierce Brosnan believes that he was "never good enough" in the role of James Bond.
He told The Telegraph: "I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger and Sean. It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me.
"The violence was never real, the brute force of the man was never palpable. It was quite tame, and the characterisation didn't have a follow-through of reality, it was surface. But then that might have had to do with my own insecurities in playing him as well.
Asked if he has revisited the movies, he replied: "I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. 'Cause it's just never good enough. It's a horrible feeling."
However, Brosnan did say »
Apparently, last summer there was talk about Penelope Cruz taking a role in Sam Mendes’ follow up to Skyfall. This week in things we hope are true, a French magazine has found proof(?) that the actress will be in the movie. Sony put her name alongside Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, and Naomie Harris on a release update that included Bond 24. It’s possible that it was an administrative error, but if it wasn’t, how mother-effing great is that news?
Given the franchise’s grittier, more character-driven take since Casino Royale and its ability to attract a well-respected director like Mendes, it’s no surprise that they are finding higher caliber actresses willing to play Bond girls. And no offense, Denise Richards, but Academy Award winner Cruz is a major upgrade. She has done her best work in smaller films, working with directors like Ridley Scott, Woody Allen, and her old friend Pedro Almodovar. »
- Mily Dunbar
An established theatre, TV and film actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor finally became a household name for his BAFTA-winning performance as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave, which won three Oscars, including one for Best Picture, earlier this year.
He is currently the object of much speculation surrounding his future roles. Like most Hollywood actors, he is rumoured to be starring in Star Wars Episode VII, and he is also being lined up to play opposite Daniel Craig as the next Bond villain in the franchise's 24th outing in 2015.
Here are ten things we found out about the actor:
1. Chiwetelu Umeadi Ejiofor was born in Forest Gate, London on July 10, 1977. His parents had moved to Britain from Nigeria, and the family regularly returned there. On one such trip, tragedy struck with a traffic collision in which Chiwetel's father died, and Chiwetel himself received the distinctive scar on his forehead.
2. In case you »
Remember back in June when Penelope Cruz was rumored for Bond 24? A production source later said the rumor was totally false, however, the French site Premiere recently spotted her name on a Sony release update, and it's for Bond 24. Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes and Naomi Harris are also listed on the update (no surprise there), however it's odd Cruz's name is on it, and not Chiwetel Ejiofor, who we recently found out is being considered for the villain in the latest »
- Jesse Giroux
London, April 11: Two Swedish beauties are set to impress Daniel Craig to be the next Bond girl.
Ida Engvoll and Disa Ostrand, who have already been screen tested for a starring role in the new 007 movie, wish to win over the 46-year-old English actor and bag the part of his leading lady, the Daily Star reported.
Both the contestants seemed nervous but refused to give anything away about the film. (Ani) »
- Arun Pandit
News Simon Brew 11 Apr 2014 - 07:24
Rumours started swirling that Penelope Cruz may be a candidate for a role in James Bond 24 last summer, but at that time, nothing really seemed to come from them. However, there's now fresh evidence that Cruz may indeed by boarding the new 007 adventure.
It came via Premiere magazine in France, who spotted her name in a new release update from Sony. In it, Cruz was listed alongside Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes in the movie. It's posted a picture of said update on its website, here.
Back in the summer of last year there was some talk of Penelope Cruz securing a role in Sam Mendes' developing follow-up to Skyfall. While no more was heard in the immediate weeks and months following, Cruz has now once again been linked to Bond 24, via what seems to be a credible source. The French Premiere magazine has spotted her name next to Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris on a Sony release update.If that's accurate, and not just an admin cock-up within Sony's PR, it marks a pleasing casting symmetry with Skyfall, which starred Cruz' husband Javier Bardem as the villainous Silva.As a Bond-girl - whatever that now means in these slightly more enlightened Bond days - Cruz would be an unusually high-profile choice, and the first Oscar-winner to take such a role (Halle Berry won her Academy Award post-Bond). But she's picking her roles carefully lately, »
Back in June, Yahoo reported that actress Penélope Cruz was rumored to play the next Bond Girl in Bond 24, although that report was debunked just a few weeks later. As it turns out, that initial report may have been true after all, with Premiere France spotting the actress' name on Sony's recent release schedule update, where she was listed next to confirmed stars Daniel Craig (007/James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M) and Naomie Harris (Moneypenny).
If it turns out to be true, Penélope Cruz, who turns 40 later this month, will be the oldest Bond girl in franchise history. Her husband Javier Bardem portrayed 007's nemesis Silva in 2012's Skyfall. Back in October, we reported that Kate Upton and Helen Flanagan were in contention for the coveted role, but we haven't heard anything else regarding their involvement since then. There is also a new report from Aftonbladet.se that »
This isn't the first time we've heard Penelope Cruz's name associated with Bond 24. Back in June of last year, a source for Yahoo! Movies informed the site that producers were in negotiations with the Spanish actress for a role in the next Bond installment. A few weeks later, a source for Us Weekly shot down those rumors. Now it appears as though Yahoo! Movies was actually right. "The eagle-eyed folks at France's Premiere magazine noticed that in a recent release schedule update from Sony, Penelope Cruz was listed in the cast alongside Daniel Craig , Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris." - blogs.indiewire.com If true, this would be rather interesting from the standpoint, Cruz is married to Javier Bardem. He played Skyfall's antagonist, Raoul Silva. Bond 24 will be directed by Sam Mendes ("Skyfall"), from a screenplay written by John Logan. The cast will include: Daniel Craig »
"Star Wars: Episode 7" isn't the only franchise around town working hard to keep details under wraps. "Bond 24" is gearing up to shoot this summer, and with reports last week that Chiwetel Ejiofor was being considered for a villain role, now another big star has come into the casting mix. The eagle-eyed folks at France's Premiere magazine noticed that in a recent release schedule update from Sony, Penelope Cruz was listed in the cast alongside Daniel Craig , Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris. Is it a mistake? Perhaps, and let's not forget that as early as last summer, rumors swirled that Cruz would be joining the film (following her husband Javier Bardem's turn as the villain in "Skyfall"). We're sure confirmation or denials or (more likely) silence will come down from on high soon enough. But any rate, casting does seem to be moving along in earnest. Aftonbladet (via Bleeding »
- Kevin Jagernauth
• Brie Larson (Short Term 12) is set to star as Ma in the adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s 2010 best-seller Room about a kidnapped woman living in captivity with her 5-year-old son. Donohue wrote the script for director Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did, Frank). Lisa Schwarzbaum gave the book an A- and wrote: “Though the story’s chilling circumstances reflect the horrors endured by tabloid-famous abductees, Donoghue avoids all sensationalism. Instead, she gracefully distills what it means to be a mother — and what it’s like for a child whose entire world measures just 11 x 11.” [Deadline]
• Matt Damon is being eyed to star in The Martian, »
- Lindsey Bahr
The producers of the upcoming independent drama The Whole Truth were likely counting their lucky stars when they landed Daniel Craig to front the feature, but now the production team is scrambling to find a new leading man, as the James Bond star has abruptly dropped the project just days before it was set to go into production. THR reports Craig bowed out of The Whole Truth on Sunday, April 6th. Production on the film was slated to start in Boston on April 14th, but with Craig's last-minute exit, the filmmakers must rush to find a replacement. Still, it's not looking like they'd be able to by Monday. One insider confessed to THR that the start date for The Whole Truth has already been bumped back three weeks to help accommodate this search. The project was firming up the casting of smaller roles, and is in talks with Danny Huston »
Daniel Craig has allegedly quit new film, The Whole Truth, which was due to start shooting next week. Production is at a halt and film-makers are searching to find a suitable replacement for their leading man, who will join co-star Renee Zellweger.
Craig’s sudden departure has caused chaos and confusion as it is unknown why the actor has chosen to quit just days before filming was due to begin. Production has been pushed back three weeks to look for a suitable replacement to play the district attorney role. Renee Zellweger and Gabriel Basso are still set to fulfil their roles.
The new courtroom drama is set to be directed by Courtney Hunt, this will be the Oscar nominees second feature film. Hunt was awarded the nomination for best original screenplay for her first film, Frozen River.
Craig had signed up to The Whole Truth in January and was to »
- Ciham Messouki
Empire Wither Cate Blanchett post Blue Jasmine. After Carol it looks like The Dig is it, an archeological period piece true story based on the novel by John Preston. Directed by Oscar-winning Susanne Bier (Brothers). Yay!
THR nasty legal battle between an actress who felt coerced into nudity and Cinemax. Wasn't she aware of their nickname "Skinemax"?
Film School Rejects on Drew Goddard and Sinister Six (which groups all of Spider-Man's greatest villains together). Fsr are predicting the inevitable collapse of the superhero genre and it certainly does seem like oversaturation is arriving by 2016 or 2017 at the latest with no less three studios fast-tracking multi-film super universes to attempt to compete with Disney/Marvel's gazillion dollar franchise
- NATHANIEL R
The actor signed on to star at the end of January, where he was set to play a district attorney, although no other plot details were revealed. Shooting was scheduled to begin on April 14 in Boston, with Renée Zellweger and Gabriel Basso already confirmed to co-star, but now shooting has been pushed back for three weeks to find a replacement for Daniel Craig.
No reason was given as to why he dropped out at the last minute, but The Hollywood Reporter reveals that he left the project on Sunday. The delay has also put the involvement of other actors in limbo, such as Danny Huston, who was in negotiations to join the cast when Daniel Craig dropped out.
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