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The Daniel Craig Era: Bond takes two steps forward, one step back

28 November 2015 12:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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

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How Pierce Brosnan Learned He'd Been Dumped As James Bond

23 November 2015 7:41 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

You.d have thought that once the decision was made to bring Pierce Brosnan.s tenure as 007 to an end, he.d have been sent away with a warm embrace. Instead, it.s now been revealed that the Irish actor was told of his James Bond exit in a rather brutal fashion that the famous spy would have been rather proud.  Pierce Brosnan has explained that he learnt of Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.s decision over the phone, while he was actually in the middle of shooting another film. But what struck Brosnan the most was just how callous and quick his sacking unfolded, especially since his last James Bond film, Die Another Day, was the most successful installment in the franchise at the time. Well, financially at least. It was rightly panned critically, but that.s beside the point. Brosnan recalled that his final days as Bond were »

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'GoldenEye': 20 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the James Bond Classic

16 November 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

20 years later, Pierce Brosnan's first Bond movie is still his best.

After a six-year absence from the big screen, 007 returned with the very-90s, but very action-packed, "GoldenEye." Despite headlines in the press asking if the world needed James Bond anymore, audiences seemed to think it did -- they helped the film become a huge hit at the box office, spawning three more films for Brosnan and a popular Nintendo game.

In honor of the film's 20th (?!) anniversary on November 17, here are 20 things you may not know about one of 007's most popular missions.

1. Legal issues prevented MGM from getting a new Bond movie out after the tepid reaction to 1989's "License to Kill," grounding 007 for six years -- the longest wait in-between films in the franchise's history.

2. In 1990, before the title and plot were locked down, producer Michael G. Wilson contributed a treatment and "Wiseguy" writer Alphonse Ruggerio »

- Phil Pirrello

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Nobody told Rooney Mara she’s not in the ‘Dragon Tattoo’ sequel

13 November 2015 3:06 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Lisbeth Salander is apparently poised for another journey to the big screen, but it’s not yet clear who will be playing the compelling hacker character we first met in Stieg Larsson’s book, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” To review: Reports surfaced last week that Sony is following up its 2011 adaptation of the “Dragon Tattoo” not with the book No. 2 in Larsson’s “Millennium” series but with a big screen take on “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the fourth book in the series and the first not written by the Larsson, who died following a heart attack in 2004. Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises”) is in early talks to adapt “Spider’s Web,” which hit bookshelves this summer. Word is that the key talent for the English-language “Dragon Tattoo” is not returning for this sequel, which is sounding a lot more like a reboot than a sequel. No David Fincher, »

- Emily Rome

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Spectre earns Guinness World Record for largest film stunt explosion of all time

11 November 2015 9:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

007’s latest big screen adventure Spectre has entered the Guinness World Record books, with VFX supervisor Chris Corbould collecting the honour for the largest film stunt explosion ever.

Taking place in Erfoud, Morocco, the blast had a total yield of 68.47 tonnes of TNT equivalent and was the result of detonating 8,418 litres of kerosene with 33 kg of powder explosives – and it lasted for over 7.5 seconds.

“It is absolutely tremendous that the Guinness World Records have recognised Chris Corbould’s incredible work in Spectre in which he created the largest explosion ever in film history,” said producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

“The James Bond movies are synonymous with pushing cinematic boundaries,” said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday. “The latest film, Spectre, has again captured the imagination of global cinemagoers, and this will certainly be due in part to the phenomenal stunts. The scene featuring the world’s largest film »

- Gary Collinson

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'Spectre' Explosion Sets Guinness World Record

10 November 2015 2:38 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In addition to breaking box office records across the globe, Spectre, the 24th James Bond adventure, has been awarded a Guinness World Records title for the Largest Film Stunt Explosion, it was announced today at a press conference in Beijing, China. Spectre, from Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, opens in China this week. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the James Bond YouTube page has released a new featurette that explores this world record explosion.

Producer Barbara Broccoli and stars Daniel Craig and L&#233a Seydoux - who appear in the scene - accepted the record certificate on behalf of the official title holder, Academy Award winner Chris Corbould, who served as Special Effects and Miniature Effects Supervisor on Spectre. The incredible explosion was filmed for a pivotal scene in the film and took place on June 29, 2015 in Erfoud, Morocco and used 8418 litres of fuel and 33kg of explosives. »

- MovieWeb

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Sam Mendes Unlikely To Return For Bond 25 As Daniel Craig Awaits Decision Over Distribution Rights

9 November 2015 9:23 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Love it or loathe it – or even if your feelings linger somewhere in between – there’s no question that the recently-released Spectre represents a defining turning point for the James Bond franchise. Not only does the film bring closure to much of the story strands raised during Daniel Craig’s tenure with the license to kill, but there’s also the small matter of the distribution rights, with all signs currently pointing to MGM seeking a new studio in lieu of Sony. But what of Sam Mendes?

It’s no secret that the Oscar-winning director danced around the idea of directing Spectre, committing to the Skyfall follow-up before abruptly changing his mind. Alas, Mendes did indeed return to the director’s chair, but at least for now, it appears the filmmaker won’t be pulling a similar stunt when it comes to Bond 25. Stop us if you’ve heard this before. »

- Michael Briers

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Good Grief! 5 Reasons ‘The Peanuts Movie’ Hit a Home Run at Box Office

8 November 2015 12:58 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Can you hear “Spectre” backers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson of Eon Productions, and the brass at MGM and Sony Pictures issuing a collective “Arrrgghh!” right now? They could easily be feeling angst akin to Charlie Brown after a strong $45 million second-place opening by “The Peanuts Movie” held “Spectre” to a domestic debut of $73 million, below analysts’ expectations and the $88 million 2012 debut of the most recent 007 film, “Skyfall.” Since Charlie is hardly a Hollywood A-list star, how did the Paul Feig-produced “Peanuts Movie” put a hit on the world’s most famous super spy? Also Read: James Bond's 'Spectre' Shaken. »

- Todd Cunningham

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‘Spectre’: Why Daniel Craig Would Be Stupid to Give Up James Bond

8 November 2015 12:12 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a 1971 interview with the BBC to promote the release of “Diamonds Are Forever,” his sixth stint as James Bond, Sean Connery compared the experience of starring in the franchise to being a pawn.

He swore off any future sequels, telling his interrogator, “I’ve got other things I want to do. I have no desire to have 100 million pounds.”

Twelve years later, having suffered a series of film flops like “Meteor” and “Cuba,” he was back enjoying his martinis shaken, not stirred in the aptly named “Never Say Never Again.”

Daniel Craig, routinely described as the best Bond since Connery, is at a similar impasse. His stint as 007 has been among the most financially successful in series history — 2012’s “Skyfall” became the first Bond picture to pass $1 billion worldwide and his latest installment, “Spectre,” has racked up $300 million in two weeks of release.

Yet Craig has hinted in interviews »

- Brent Lang

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Will Daniel Craig Return To Bond? Maybe

7 November 2015 3:38 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

With the new James Bond film "Spectre" heading for a $70+ million opening weekend, regular producer on the series Michael G. Wilson sat down with THR to talk about various things related to the film.

The big question is if Daniel Craig will return for more outings as 007. It has always been the assumption that Craig's three-picture contract for Bond included an option for two more which were taken when the "Skyfall" follow-up was initially rumored to be a two-part film.

When "Spectre" was changed back to a one-film deal, that meant Craig was to do one more. Wilson however reveals that's not the case: "We don't have a contract" he says, but adds that he expects Craig would return: "I think we've got Daniel Craig."

"Spectre" ends in a way that the franchise could reboot again, and with the next film both changing distributors and directors it would seem appropriate. »

- Garth Franklin

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James Bond’s ‘Spectre’ Powers Past ‘Peanuts,’ Eyes $75 Million at Box Office

7 November 2015 8:25 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The James Bond action thriller “Spectre” sped past “The Peanuts Movie” in their box office debuts Friday, and the U.K.’s suave super spy is heading for an opening weekend north of $75 million in North America. That would be well under the $88 million rung up by “Skyfall” two years ago, and at the low end of analysts’ predictions, though above the projections of distributor Sony Pictures for the action film from MGM and Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson‘s Eon ProductionsDaniel Craig‘s fourth go-round as 007 brought in more than $28 million Friday, compared to the $30.5 million that “Skyfall” did on its first Friday. »

- Todd Cunningham

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Daniel Craig's Preparation To Play James Bond Is Insane

6 November 2015 3:47 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

If you get hired to play a legendary character like, say, James Bond, you don.t want to screw it up and have the whole world mad at you. Though the latest actor to play the iconic super spy, Daniel Craig, was an unpopular choice at first (Oh my gawd, he.s blond!), he.s won over most of his critics. But he didn.t just fall backwards into the character, he busted his ass to prepare. Coinciding with the release of Spectre, Michael G. Wilson, a producer on the James Bond films, sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about everything from the new movie to whether or not Craig will be back for more. This new iteration of Bond is more physical than he.s ever been on screen before, and Wilson revealed the extreme measures Craig took to get that part of the character right.  When »

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James Bond: How 007 Was Born Onscreen

6 November 2015 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On June 28, 1961, Variety ran a three-sentence news story: “A.R. (Cubby) Broccoli and Harry Saltzman have joined forces in a production setup. As a start, they have acquired screen rights to all the Ian Fleming yarns on James Bond, and plan to put the first into production in Britain this fall. Initial one will be ‘From Russia With Love.’”

And 54 years and several billion-dollars later, No. 24 in the series, “Spectre,” opens in the U.S. on Friday, after breaking box-office records in the U.K. with an $80.4 million launch.

Four months after the initial Broccoli-Saltzman news, the producers announced they had signed Scottish-born actor Sean Connery to play the lead. They also changed plans, inaugurating the hoped-for franchise with “Dr. No,” which had most (but not all) of the Bond trademarks — lush scenery, wry humor, a diabolical mastermind and plenty of sex.

In April 25, 1962, “Dr. No” had competed filming in »

- Tim Gray

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'Spectre' Producer Expects Daniel Craig to Return for Another Bond Movie

6 November 2015 9:15 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

James Bond film producer Michael G. Wilson says he expects Daniel Craig will return for a fifth outing as the iconic 007. "I think we've got Daniel Craig," Wilson tells The Hollywood Reporter in an interview, waving aside the actor's recent protestations that he was through with the role. Wilson makes a comparison to director Sam Mendes, who said he was done with Bond after 2012's Skyfall, only to return for Spectre. "[Mendes] said they were never going to make the picture again, and he told the press that." { "nid": 837368, "type": "news", "title": "Daniel Craig: "Maybe I'll Make Another" James Bond Film", "path": "http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/daniel-

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- Stephen Galloway

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The Best James Bond Films

5 November 2015 8:59 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Back in 2012, our staff decided to group together and come up with a list of the best films in the 007, James Bond franchise. With Spectre rolling out this weekend, we decided to republish the article. Let us know which is your favourite, and be sure to check out our review of Spectre here.

#1: From Russia With Love

Directed by Terence Young

Written by Richard Maibaum and Johanna Harwood

1963, UK

50 years later, and with twenty three “official” entries, From Russia With Love represents the very best of the Bond franchise. Skyfall is the closest to be considered, at best – almost equal to what was achieved in ’64 – but From Russia With Love is still unparalleled. Although it is the second in the series, and although it feels like no Bond film that followed, it is the film that solidifies all the Bond elements into a formula – a template that carries on, »

- Ricky da Conceição

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‘Licence to Kill’ brings a modern edge to the character

4 November 2015 7:04 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Licence to Kill

Directed by John Glen

Screenplay by Michael G. Wilson and Richard Maibaum

UK, 1989

With the release of Skyfall this month, critics have cited the major departures from the Bond formula taken by that film. They credit Daniel Craig for bringing a modern edge to a character that had become ridiculous in the Brosnan years. It’s easy to forget that similar claims were made about Timothy Dalton back in the late ‘80s. The classically trained actor brought grace to the role with his first appearance in 1987’s The Living Daylights. That film retained the look and feeling of the Roger Moore films while starting the shift towards a more realistic hero. The change became a lot more dramatic in Dalton’s second outing two years later. Licence to Kill pared down the excesses of the typical Bond film and crafted a more personal tale of revenge. While »

- Dan Heaton

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‘The Living Daylights’ didn’t reboot Bond, but had a lot of fun within the formula

4 November 2015 7:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Living Daylights

Directed by John Glen

Written by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson

1987, USA

It wasn’t guaranteed that the Daniel Craig films would successfully reboot James Bond, in part because such a restart had already been tried before. After 1985’s A View To a Kill, in which age had begun to

show on both Roger Moore as Bond and Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny, the first real reboot was attempted. Timothy Dalton – who had turned down On Her Majesty’s Secret Service because he felt that at 24 he was too young to replace Sean Connery – was brought on and a script was commissioned to return Bond to his Cold War roots. The result was The Living Daylights, which doesn’t quite work as a reboot but makes for deeply enjoyable viewing.

Too many of the old Bond conventions remained for The Living Daylights to be a true »

- Mark Young

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‘A View To Kill’ – Roger Moore’s Entirely Forgettable Bond Finale

4 November 2015 6:56 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

A View To Kill

Directed by John Glen

Screenplay by Michael G. Wilson and Richard Maibaum

1985, USA

As soon as Roger Moore took over the role of James Bond, the franchise quickly devolved into a state of ridiculousness that rendered the entire series beyond parody. A View To a Kill, Moore’s final film as Ian Fleming’s influential character, could easily be seen as a franchise grasping for relevancy with the younger generation of its day. It tries to tone down the kitsch elements whilst still retaining a core sense of the Bond series for the millions of returning viewers not yet bored by the increasing stupidity of the onscreen antics. Younger audiences were to be greeted with a plot about   microchips, because the younger generation have a burgeoning obsession with technology, as well as a supporting turn from offbeat pop sensation Grace Jones and a Duran Duran theme »

- Alistair Ryder

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‘Octopussy’ delivers the thrills and villains in a jet-setting adventure, seemingly despite Bond’s presence

4 November 2015 6:48 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Directed by John Glen

Written by George Macdonald Fraser, Richard Maibaum, and Michael G. Wilson

United Kingdom, 1983

1983 presented a unique challenge for the Bond franchise. For the first time since Ursula Andress strolled out of the water, there were going to be two Bond films in theatres in the same year. As if that wasn’t enough, Never Say Never Again was also going to see Sean Connery, the first man to ever play Bond and who had handed the reigns off to the current incarnation, reprise the role once again, pitting the two men most known for playing Bond, Connery and Roger Moore (George Lazenby’s one-time outing as the agent notwithstanding) against each other. It is against these conditions that Octopussy was made, with the necessity of having to prove itself anew. Fortunately, the movie delivers on several fronts, making for a thrilling film, albeit one with a curious third act. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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‘Spectre’ Takes James Bond Around the Globe Again

4 November 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Over the course of 53 years and nearly two dozen films, audiences have come to expect amazing exotic locations from James Bond movies. But the last entry in the series, 2012’s “Skyfall,” while hugely successful, was a little light on the globetrotting. Things are different with 007’s 24th adventure, “Spectre,” once again directed by Sam Mendes, which has the super spy Bond (Daniel Craig) touching down in Mexico, Italy, Morocco and the U.K.

On “Skyfall,” “we shot in Turkey and a little in Shanghai, but it was predominantly a London-based movie,” says the film’s executive producer Callum McDougall, who has worked on nine Bonds starting with 1987’s “The Living Daylights.” “I think Sam and the producers were very keen to take this back on the road again and, because of the story, the footprint could be bigger.”

Spectre” kicks off with a pre-credit chase through a Day of the Dead »

- Todd Longwell

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