19 items from 2012
Director Sam Mendes's critically acclaimed 007 adventure is on course to become the highest grossing Bond movie of all time
Skyfall, the highly acclaimed latest entry in the James Bond series, has become the biggest film of 2012 at the UK box office within just two weeks of release.
The 23rd 007 adventure, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the series and directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes, has now racked up more than £57m to surpass incumbent The Dark Knight Rises. The figure also makes it the highest grossing Bond film of all time in the UK, ahead of Casino Royale's £55.6m in 2006.
"We are thrilled and proud to reach this box-office landmark in record time, and are delighted that UK audiences continue to enjoy Skyfall," said Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of Bond production company Eon. Skyfall opens in the Us this weekend, where it is likely to take another $70m, »
- Ben Child
The sheer awesomeness of Sam Mendes’ 007 action-adventure Skyfall, featuring Britain’s favourite suave superspy James Bond has now officially become the biggest film to be released in the UK, during 2012. Daniel Craig’s third outing as the heroic MI6 agent with a ‘license to kill’, and more than a little penchant for leaving beautiful ladies shaken and stirred, has beaten the likes of summer box-office record breakers The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-man, after only three weeks on release!
The press release below has all the details…
Skyfall Reaches New Box Office Heights And Becomes The Biggest Film Of 2012
London, November 8th – Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment are delighted to announce that Skyfall has become the biggest film at the UK box office in 2012 surpassing The Dark Knight Rises with an extraordinary box office total of over £57m in just 12 days. It is »
- Craig Hunter
Mumbai, Nov.1: Bollywood celebrities attended the premiere of the latest James Bond film 'Skyfall' in Mumbai on Wednesday.
- Machan Kumar
For those who remember the film starring Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, Once has been adapted for the stage by John Tiffany and Edna Walsh, the latter who also wrote co-wrote Hunger, and recently won 8 Tony awards including Best Musical.
Once is an celebration of love, friendship and music. When an Irish busker and a young Czech mother meet through a shared love of music, their songwriting sparks a deep connection and a tender, longing romance that neither of them could have expected. The music was written by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová for the film and has moved across effortlessly to the stage. This Irish indie project was originally shot in 17 days and was made for $150,000 in Dublin, but went on to take $20m worldwide and the soundtrack was also nominated for two Grammy awards.
John Tiffany’s production will will open in the West End in Spring 2013 at the Phoenix Theatre on 9 April, »
- Dan Bullock
Christopher Nolan would be a "dream" choice for a future Bond director, according to Skyfall associate producer Gregg Wilson. Wilson, who is also the son of long-time Bond producer Michael G Wilson, confirmed that there is strong interest in Nolan as a contender for future instalments. "We would of course be interested to have a discussion with him. We would like to do the same type of movie," Wilson said, "It would be a dream to be with Nolan. But we always have an open mind when it comes to directors." (more) »
- By Emma Dibdin
Adele was always the first choice to record the new Bond theme, according to the film's producers. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson denied rumours Muse were in the running to record the track after fans speculated their song 'Supremacy' was intended to soundtrack Skyfall. Asked by Metro if Muse were ever considered, they replied: "No, Adele was always our first choice." However, the producers admitted they would have liked the late Amy Winehouse to have recorded a Bond theme. "She would have (more) »
- By Lewis Corner
Press release from Sony:
Friday, October 5th, 2012 will be Global James Bond Day, marking the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise. It was Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman who adapted Ian Fleming’s books and brought Dr Noto the screen in 1962. The 007 franchise today is the longest running in film history with twenty-three films produced. The latest James Bond adventure is entitled Skyfall™ and will be released in the UK on October 26th and in the Us on November 9th.
In the UK, an auction of James Bond memorabilia is taking place at Christie’s with all proceeds going to Unicef and a number of charitable causes. In the Us, events for Global James Bond Day include a film retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and a Music of Bond Night hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. »
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With the Bond 50 Blu-ray boxset hitting shelves on Monday, Total Film had a chat with producer Michael G Wilson, who spoke about 007, Blu-ray and the late Tony Scott’s suitability for the franchise. Read our full interview below: Why has it taken so long to put every Bond on Blu-ray? "I think that a lot of it has to do with getting the definitive good copy. Sometimes the negatives are not in great shape. It’s amazing when you start looking at all the material how time can damage these things. "They have to be...
- Neil Smith
Daniel Craig has been contracted to play James Bond for two more films, which would carry his Bond tenure into the 25th entry of the franchise. MI6 is confirming the new contract for Craig and states that Sony Pictures is looking to return to the two-year cycle of Bond movies. That would peg the 24th Bond film as a late 2014 release and the 25th film sometime in 2016. The site notes though that the schedule may be "too aggressive for the artistic process at Eon Productions," who enjoyed the longer than usual break between Quantum of Solace and Skyfall due to MGM's financial woes. Craig is also keen on taking a breather as well, saying he will not take on any other film roles until all the Skyfall promotional work is completed. Producer Michael G....
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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise on the anniversary of Dr. No, which enjoyed its world film premiere in London on October 5, 1962, and in anticipation of the worldwide release of the 23rd James Bond adventure Skyfall., Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today that October 5, 2012 will be Global James Bond Day, a day-long series of events for Bond fans around the world.
A new feature documentary from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Passion Pictures and Red Box Films, Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, will be also be unveiled, country-specific details to follow. Directed by Stevan Riley (Fire In Babylon), Everything or Nothing focuses on three men with a shared dream . Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming. It’s the thrilling and inspiring narrative behind the »
- Michelle McCue
Global James Bond Day has been announced for October 5. The event, held to mark the 50th big-screen anniversary of Ian Fleming's secret agent, will involve a day-long series of activities for 007 fans around the world. Bond franchise producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said of the event: "We are absolutely thrilled to be celebrating James Bond's golden anniversary on film with this special day of events for Bond fans around the world." The day's golden anniversary celebrations will include an online and live charity auction through Christie's in London, a survey to find the favourite 007 film country-by-country, a movie retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art, (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
James Bond's Aston Martin is the focus of a new video blog for Skyfall. The promo sees director Sam Mendes and producer Michael G Wilson discussing the iconic car and its role both throughout the franchise and specifically in Skyfall. "I felt like it was a thematic thing," Mendes says of the Aston Martin's presence. "It is about the old and the new. "There's (more) »
- By Emma Dibdin
Cinema Retro has received the following press announcement from Sony and Eon Productions.
Culver City, Calif., July 12, 2012 – Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of Skyfall™, the 23rd James Bond adventure, confirmedtoday that the character of Q will be making a welcome return to the Bond franchise and the role will be played by Ben Whishaw.
Whishaw becomes the fourth actor to play Bond’s quartermaster affectionately known as Q. The role began with Peter Burton as Major Boothroyd in Dr. No, followed by Desmond Llewelyn (in 17 Bond films between 1963-1999), and John Cleese (who appeared as Q’s assistant, R, in The World is Not Enough and was later promoted to Q in Die Another Day).
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The first picture of Ben Whishaw as Q has been released online. The Hour star takes over the role of James Bond's legendary gadget master in the 23rd James Bond outing Skyfall, which debuts in UK cinemas on October 26 and the Us on November 9. The photo sees Whishaw's MI6 officer opening a case with Daniel Craig's secret agent stood behind him. Producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: "It's a real thrill to confirm the return of Q in Skyfall played by the enormously talented, Ben Whishaw. We are delighted to have this beloved character back in the series." (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Skyfall is to be shown in IMAX cinemas worldwide, it has been announced. Daniel Craig's third outing as the iconic spy will be the first James Bond movie released in the format. "It is an honour and a privilege to be a part of this legendary franchise, whose iconic characters and electrifying action will only be amplified in the IMAX format," said Greg Foster, chairman and president of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We are excited to rejoin forces with our friends at Sony Pictures Entertainment and MGM and so pleased to work with Michael G Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, and Sam Mendes to bring their vision to IMAX and (more) »
- By Mark Langshaw
Daniel Craig is to star as James Bond in a Heineken advert in support of the franchise's upcoming instalment Skyfall. Craig will appear as 007 when the brand's marketing campaign launches in over 170 countries in September, marking the first ever participation of a Bond actor in the brand's 15-year partnership with the series. Skyfall producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented: "The level of collaboration with Heineken is unprecedented. We are excited by the global reach and the creativity that the Heineken team is able to deliver." Alexis Nasard, chief commercial officer of Heineken, added: (more) »
- By Daniel Sperling
The entire James Bond series will be released in a Blu-ray boxset for the first time to celebrate the franchise's 50th anniversary this year. MGM and 20th Century Fox confirmed at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show that the collection will include all 22 films so far, nine of which have never been released on Blu-ray, and over 130 hours of bonus features. "With all 22 feature films available on Blu-ray in one collection for the first time this is a great way for fans to catch up on 007's epic journey before Skyfall hits theaters next fall," Michael Brown, senior vice president of MGM Home Entertainment, commented. "Now viewers can enjoy the intense action of the innovative franchise in the most immersive home experience possible." Bond executives Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said that the boxset announcement marks (more) »
- By Daniel Sperling
It seems director Sam Mendes is really making his mark on the Bond movie Skyfall, word is that he wants Thomas Newman to do the score for the project, taking over from David Arnold. Newman has worked with Mendes before so it is probably no great surprise, although Arnold has been in charge of the music since he was recommended for Tomorrow Never Dies. He has worked on every Bond movie since then and has been well received as he has helped in the revamp of the franchise since the departure of Pierce Brosnan. The producer’s Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have alot of control over the project so they are obviously backing Mendes to the hilt on this one. The choice of Newman for the new score is interesting, he has worked on notable projects such as The Shawshank Redemption and Meet Joe Black. Skyfall is currently »
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While there has been no official word from the Bond camp just yet, it would seem that Sam Mendes is truly looking to put his own stamp on the 007 franchise and Skyfall, with news site Mi-6 reporting (via The Playlist) that he's hiring regular collaborator Thomas Newman to take over scoring duties from current composer David Arnold. Arnold has been in charge of the Bond musical sound since he was recommended to Tomorrow Never Dies director Roger Spottiswoode by 007 legend John Barry. Since then, he’s worked for every director up to Quantum Of Solace’s Marc Forster. He’s been credited with helping to modernise the franchise, bringing a trademark blend of orchestration and propulsive synthesised work.While it’s surprising that Mendes would have brought someone new in given the producers’ control of most Bond elements, it’s not tough to see why Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli »
19 items from 2012
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