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Despite Daniel Craig successfully taking over the role of James Bond in Casino Royale (2006), Eon Productions has now put the immortal series on a backburner because of a potential take-over of MGM. Whether another Bond film will be produced under the partnership remains to be seen, and even if the series kick-starts once more, there’s no guarantee that Craig will return as the world’s most famous secret agent.
The past 40 years has seen a number of actors who have contributed to more than one film. So with this imposed hiatus, it's worth taking a look at those performers who have been in the most 007 movies.
Making her debut in the first 007 outing Dr No (1962), the durable Canadian actress Lois Maxwell made 14 appearances as Secretary Jane Moneypenny, forever flirting with 007 when he returns home from another world-saving assignment. Ian Fleming always regarded Maxwell, who died in 2007, as the perfect Moneypenny because, »
Alex, Peter and Ruth have spent six months living as Edwardian farmers at Morwellham Quay, a period which has seen them variously make their own quicklime, shave beards, grow them back and try their hands at market gardening. In a way, though, this is the most involving episode so far. It's February, the days are short, and, rather than focusing on a specific aspect of their lives, we spend a full day with them. From a pre-dawn brush of the teeth (with soot) and a tussle with the hayrick to egg-grading and a late afternoon game of football, it's a hard life. Still, at least there's beer at the end. Jr
The Million Pound Drop
8pm, Channel 4
Davina McCall hosts four festive episodes of the interactive game on consecutive nights. »
As Harry Potter hits cinemas for the seventh time, he may want to avoid offences made by others who reached this pivotal point
1. Pride: Diamonds are Forever (1971)
What do you do when George Lazenby, Michael Gambon and Adam West have all turned down a role? You squash rumours of a flailing franchise by reintroducing the most memorable Bond of all time: Sean Connery. You're so proud of recapturing your star and the kudos he commands you assume that it will be fine to cast him in what will obviously end up as one of the worst Bond films of all time (rickety moon buggy, laughable laser-shooting satellite and the most useless Bond girl ever to clutch James's tux: Tiffany Case). This was knocked off the top of the UK box office chart by On the Buses. 2. Greed: Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
Wes Craven's seventh attempt to cash in on »
Actor George Lazenby will reveal how he "bluffed" his way into the James Bond role - he's writing a tell-all book on his career.
The Australian star enjoyed a short-lived stint as the suave superspy in 1969 Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service, before losing the role to Roger Moore.
Now he's set to tell the full story of his one-off big-screen outing as 007, and how it affected his career in later years.
According to reports, Lazenby's literary agent describes the upcoming autobiography as "a brilliantly frank tale of how he bluffed his way into the role of James Bond, and what he did afterwards."
There is no confirmation on whether Lazenby will detail his personal life and his explosive, ongoing divorce from tennis ace Pam Shriver in the tome.
The book, titled The Other Fella, is due for release in 2012. »
Our final issue of Season 6 has now been mailed to subscribers worldwide, and the general feeling is that it's one of our best yet.
Gary Giblin offers an extensive, in-depth tribute to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho to commemorate the film's 50th anniversary. He shares little-known facts about the movie and also examines its legacy, including the sequels. Matthew Field offers part one of his recent interview with director Lewis Gilbert, who discusses his war movies such as Sink the Bismarck! and The 7th Dawn. Dean Brierly's ass-kicking interview with ass-kicking Blaxploitation legend Fred ("The Hammer") Williamson
Coverage of Cinema Retro's Movie Magic Tour of England: Richard Johnson joins us at the mansion seen in The Haunting and we catch up with Sir Roger Moore, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams, Richard Kiel and George Lazenby at a major London James Bond event.
Howard Hughes' special tribute to the life and career »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Clint Eastwood says he was offered the role of James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service after Sean Connery departed the series. However, he declined because he felt the role was too associated with Connery. George Lazenby took the part for the film. In 1978, Eastwood was also offered the role of Superman, which ultimately went to Christopher Reeve after he declined. Proof once again that Eastwood, like Dirty Harry, adheres to the adage that "a man's got to know his limitations." For more click here »
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Clint Eastwood was offered the chance to play James Bond. The 80-year-old actor-and-director was offered the role of the iconic British spy after Sean Connery left the franchise in 1969, but felt he couldn't take it because it was ''somebody else's gig'' Bond was then given to Australian model George Lazenby for a single outing in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'. Eastwood said: ''I was offered pretty good money to do James Bond if I would take on the role. This was after Sean Connery left. My lawyer represented the film's producers, the Broccolis, and he came and said, 'They would love .. »
George Lazenby will be interviewed at a screening of Ohmss on September 8 at the Aero Theatre.
The Aero Theatre in Hollywood will present the Roger Moore James Bond films Live and Let Die and The Man With the Golden Gun on September 2. On September 8, George Lazenby will be attend a screening of On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Click here for details »
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We've known this was coming for several weeks now, but Warner Home Video has finally announced the details for this product which should be appearing on most of your letters to Santa Claus.Here's the press release:
Burbank, CA (August 18, 2010) – Warner Bros. Animation’s breakthrough series Batman Beyond comes to DVD for the first time in its entirety. Featuring DC Comics’ iconic hero, Batman, Batman Beyond: The Complete Series presents nearly 20 hours of animated action spread over 52 episodes, as well as all-new bonus featurettes and a 24-page, 8”x 12” collectible booklet. Batman Beyond: The Complete Series will be distributed by Warner Home Video on November 23, 2010 as a nine-disc limited edition DVD set for $99.98 (Srp).
Batman Beyond: The Complete Series centers on Terry McGinnis, an ordinary teenager ... until his father is mysteriously murdered. Suspecting foul play at his father's company, Wayne/Powers Corporation, Terry meets Bruce Wayne and learns »
- Robert Greenberger
HollywoodNews.com: Warner Bros. Animation’s breakthrough series Batman Beyond comes to DVD for the first time in its entirety. Featuring DC Comics’ iconic hero, Batman, Batman Beyond: The Complete Series presents nearly 20 hours of animated action spread over 52 episodes, as well as all-new bonus featurettes and a 24-page, 8”x 12” collectible booklet.
Batman Beyond: The Complete Series centers on Terry McGinnis, an ordinary teenager … until his father is mysteriously murdered. Suspecting foul play at his father’s company, Wayne/Powers Corporation, Terry meets Bruce Wayne and learns of a secret identity hidden for decades. Now too old to don the cape and cowl as Batman, Wayne refuses to help – so Terry does what any brash young kid would do: steal the Bat-suit and take matters into his own hands! Vowing to avenge his father’s death, Terry dons the high-tech suit tricked out with jetpacks, a supersensitive microphone »
You can bring home a beloved animated series in its entirety when Batman Beyond: The Complete Series is released on DVD November 23. This nine-disc set will contain all 52 episodes of the animated series and will be priced at $99.98 Srp. The set will also contain a 24-page collectible booklet. You can take a look at the packaging and special features for this new set below, which features over 20 hours of content. The series starred Kevin Conroy and Will Friedle, Lauren Tom and Cree Summer, along with many guest stars which you can read about below.
Batman Beyond: The Complete Series centers on Terry McGinnis, an ordinary teenager ... until his father is mysteriously murdered. Suspecting foul play at his father's company, Wayne/Powers Corporation, Terry meets Bruce Wayne and learns of a secret identity hidden for decades. Now too old to don the cape and cowl as Batman, Wayne refuses »
Death Dimension is a rare classic in the world of b-movie blaxploitation and old-skool kung-fu. Directed by exploitation legend Al Adamson, the film feature a superb cast, including Jim Kelly (Enter The Dragon), Harold Sakata (James Bond’s Odd Job) and George Lazenby.
The film is trash of the best kind and very funny. Expect a terrible plot, awful acting, hilarious fights and an insane script. Here’s the all-too-brief-but-weird-sounding synopsis from the IMDb:
The Pig (Sakata) has a plan to eradicate some people with a freeze bomb that instantly freezes people to death. It is up to Detective Ash (Kelly) to stop him and protect the woman with the secret to the ice bomb embedded in a microdot under the skin of her forehead.
A remastered version of Death Dimension is coming soon on DVD from MT6 Films, and to celebrate this, The Alibi will be hosting a special »
Moviemaker Brad Peyton was stunned when former James Bond Roger Moore agreed to add his voice to a suave cat in new family film Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore - and had to keep pinching himself as he barked instructions at the British star.
The movie veteran plays Tab Lazenby in the film - a reference to another Bond, George Lazenby - and director Peyton is still surprised he landed such a big name.
He says, "We were lucky enough to get Roger Moore to do a cameo as the voice of Tab Lazenby, which I was freaked out over. It was weird directing him: 'Can you scream like a cat that's just been thrown across the room... a little higher?'
"It was really odd asking Sir Roger Moore to scream like a cat. I kind of cringed when I gave the direction: 'Is he gonna throw something at me?'
"I had no idea how he was gonna take it but he was really game. He didn't bat an eyelash and did ridiculous cat sounds." »
The movie features a ski chase and other 007-style action sequences, and the director admitted: "This is absolutely my Bond movie.
"I've been plundering from the Bond movies in everything I've done, forever. I grew up loving them and they're just a huge influence on me."
Speaking in Empire magazine, he said: "When you look at being able to construct a scenario that's only bound by your imagination, I think the world of Bond movies is a natural place for your mind to go."
Nolan explained: "It's a hell of a movie, it holds up very well. What I liked about is that we've tried »
- David Bentley
I vowed I would never become a Twit. Now I have Tweeted nearly 10,000 Tweets. I said Twitter represented the end of civilization. It now represents a part of the civilization I live in. I said it was impossible to think of great writing in terms of 140 characters. I have been humbled by a mother of three in New Delhi. I said I feared I would become addicted. I was correct.
Twitter is now a part of my daystream. I check in first thing every morning, and return at least once an hour until bedtime. I'm offline, of course, during movies, and don't even usually take my iPhone. The only tweeting I've done with mobile devices was when our internet went down one day, and when my laptop was lost in Cannes. But you can be sure that before I write the next three paragraphs I will tweet something.
Twitter for »
- Roger Ebert
French Director Michel Hazanavicius perfectly mimics the style of ’60s spy thrillers in Oss 117 Lost In Rio, a breezy, pastel-colored parody of the original Sean Connery Bond films that is a whole lot of fun for most of its fast-paced 97 minutes. It.s a sequel to Oss 117 Cairo Nest Of Spies from 2006 that was a spoof of a literary spy, one Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath aka: Oss 117, the subject of almost 300 novels, mostly by author Jean Bruce, that actually predate Ian Fleming.s 007, dating back to 1949. Agent 117 was the subject of a series of serious French films from the ’50s and ’60s and has been cleverly revived for these new spoofs starring Jean Dujardin. The plot of Oss 117 Lost In Rio is mostly dispensable; After learning France is being blackmailed by terrorists in Santos masks, 117 flies to Rio to retrieve a microfilm listing the names of World War II French collaborators. »
- Tom Stockman
This weekend there’s a huge event for film fans in London as FanFest, billed as the Ultimate Spy and Sci-Fi Event, opens its loving arms to embrace the public for a two day collision of star appearances, signings, prop exhibitions, Q&As, and the whole event promises to be a memorable experience.
There’s a list of those attending below (including a certain Mr. Harryhausen…which is incentive enough) and you could be going along as HeyUGuys are giving away a pair of tickets to the entire weekend.
The event is being held at The London Film Museum at County Hall in London, and you can visit the website, linked above, to see the full programme.
To be in with a chance to win this pair of tickets please use the form below to answer the following question.
In Which James Bond film did Honor Blackman appear?
Confirmed guests »
- Jon Lyus
007's licence to thrill suspended as MGM awaits a buyer
The world's most evil villains can't stop him, but James Bond is in big trouble for the most mundane of reasons – a lack of cash.
Development of the new James Bond film has been suspended indefinitely, the film's producers confirmed yesterday, because of uncertainty over the future of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio. The new unnamed movie, which will be the 23rd in the series based on the Ian Fleming hero, had been due for release in 2011 or 2012, to coincide with the franchise's 50th anniversary.
Daniel Craig was set to play 007, the spy with a licence to kill, for the third time, in the role first taken up by Sean Connery and subsequently by George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan. But Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the producers of the Bond movies, said in a joint statement: "Due to »
- Mark Tran, Ben Child
The Fan Fast is the talk of the town, as evidenced by this coverage in the Evening Standard. Legions of classic movie lovers are expected to converge on London for the event.
The London Film Museum's Fan Fest, April 24-25, is shaping up as one of the most ambitious classic movie events in memory. The event will be of special interest to James Bond fans, as over 30 stars and crew members from the series will be on hand to sign autographs and participate in panel discussions. Among those attending: George Lazenby, Richard Kiel, Maud Adams, Martine Beswick, Caroline Munro, Maryam d'Abo, Jesper Christensen, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton, Britt Ekland, Eunice Gayson, Burt Kwouk, Valerie Leon, Tania Mallet, Margaret Nolan, Blanche Ravalec, Madeline Smith, Shane Rimmer and many others.There will also be an abundance of classic movie props including the original Little Nellie autogyro from You Only Live Twice. There »
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Fancy meeting some Bond legends in London? Then get down to the London Film Museum where Fan Fest will be hosting their first ever collectors convention and signing event on 24th and 25th April. Amongst the host of actors appearing will be Richard Kiel, George Lazenby, Honor Blackman and Scaramanga himself, Sir Christopher Lee, who'll also be taking part in a Q&A on Saturday night.
Various pieces of cinematic history will be on display including Tony Stark's 1st gen Iron Man suit (the one built in the cave) and the armoured autogyro from You Only Live Twice. There's also a wealth of stalls to excite those in the market to take home some memorabilia themselves.
You can find out more and buy tickets here.
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