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MGM has just finished remaking itself with what one may call a “stimulus” fund of $500 million. So, what does that buy a major studio that nearly went under? It gives them a green light to continue making movie, hopefully good ones. While that’s a lot of dough, the very first film that’s expected to be on their comeback list is the 23rd entry into the James Bond franchise.
With 007 being the most likely candidate as MGM’s phoenix rising return to the box office, the big question is whether Daniel Craig will return to reprise the role of the British agent. Parallel to this, MGM has apparently been planning a possible year-long, 50th anniversary commemoration of Dr. No, the first “official” film in the James Bond franchise. (Some folks still like to consider 1966 version of Casino Royale, but they’re few and not normally taken seriously.
- Travis Keune
MGM Studios has seen some dark days of late, having barely been salvaged by filing bankruptcy. Their nearly insurmountable financial woes led to the delay of not only The Hobbit, directed by Peter Jackson, but also James Bond 23 -- starring the blondest James Bond of all, Daniel Craig.
Recently, the studio went through a massive, thorough restructuring and was able to acquire $500 million worth of credit from Jp Morgan, a good chunk of which will likely be spent on the follow-up to Quantum of Solace. MGM is expected to partner with Sony for co-financing, as it has done in the past with Casino Royale and Quantum.
2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Dr. No (1962), the very ...
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- Ben Moore
In what seems like a true miracle of corporate restructuring, MGM is now out of their bankruptcy, that at one point seemed certain to destroy the company. Variety (via /Film) tells us that in addition to new people being in charge of the studio, they’ve also been given $500 million to finance new projects. Of course their big priorites would have to include Bond 23 and The Hobbit, the two movies whose mere prospect were basically keeping them alive throughout the past few months. Now the latter is something that we’ve established that we don’t talking about, so let’s focus on the one we still have some enthusiasm for.
Also coming from Variety (this time found at BleedingCool) is a comment indicating that he’s still planning to direct the next film for MGM and is making plans for shooting. What’s also kind of neat is that »
- Nick Newman
The BBC Archive has given us an early Christmas present and ransacked its digital corridors and come up with a wonderful retrospective of the iconic secret agent James Bond at the BBC.
Available from today this fascinating collection of programmes and pictures charts the emergence of a classic literary and cinematic figure, from discussions with Ian Fleming, programmes focusing on the various Bond paraphernalia (guns, cars and the various trappings of a jet setting lifestyle), profiles of Bond directors, Bond and the English identity – there’s so much to enjoy.
This is something only the BBC can do, and it’s great to see it done so well. With access to Barry Norman’s On Location with Moonraker for Film 1979 and a Woman’s Hour conversation with Lois Maxwell this is an embarrassment of riches. Heartily recommended – so click here to get started.
As a suitable, though no less marvelous, »
- Jon Lyus
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Matt Spaiser, creator of excellent blog The Suits of James Bond analyses the world’s sharpest spy in the film that started it all – Dr. No.
James Bond has most likely influenced people’s suit-wearing habits more than any other fictional character has. Dr. No (1962, directed by Terence Young) established the classic look for the character for the many films that followed. Throughout Dr. No, Sean Connery wears five unique tailored ensembles. Each outfit is simple, classic and worthy of imitation. The idea was to put Bond in suits that were distinctly British, but keep things simple because a secret agent should never stand out. Yet because of this simplicity, the clothes still look fresh today.
Three of the five tailored ensembles in Dr. No are basic lounge suits: one in dark grey, »
- Chris Laverty
Darren Aronofsky has officially signed on to direct the sequel to the crap-tacular X-Men Origins: Wolverine. At first I thought it was a joke. Did he see the first one? Wouldn’t he rather be doing another gritty art-house film instead of getting involved with this riffraff? But then excitement kicked in. Wait a minute—Wolverine is still an intriguing character… what if there’s a chance Aronofsky will bring that art-house sensibility and do the character justice this time? I think with this pedigree there’s no doubt that Wolverine 2 will be vastly better than the first attempt. This got me thinking: how often has a sequel not only been as good (or slightly better) as its original, but destroyed it? Destroyed in such a way that there’s almost no reason to watch the original again because its quality is so underwhelming in comparison. Turns out, I could »
- TFS Staff
If the film list is a little more scant than prior weeks, we'll forgive the scheduling goblins, because they've more than made up for the meagre movie line-up with new and returning series and programme launches coming up in the next seven days.
There's a welcome return on Saturday, October 9th at 7:10pm on ITV1 for Harry Hill's TV Burp. The first of eight precious episodes ushers the show into its tenth series of taking down the high and haughty with video clips of TV's past weekly offerings, commented on by Harry with the help of his wonderful and wacky props.
Showcasing classic movies that have fallen out of copyright and are available freely from the public domain...
Jail Bait, 1954
Directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr.
After his proposed Bela Lugosi supernatural TV series Dr. Acula failed to get off the ground, schlock filmmaker Ed Wood turned his hand to film noir for his second feature Jail Bait, which was produced under the title The Hidden Face. Inspired by the 1935 crime drama False Faces (a.k.a. Let 'em Have It), the film revolves around a gangster who plans to undergo drastic facial plastic surgery in order to evade the police. To do so he kidnaps the son of Dr. Gregor, played by English actor and silent era star Herbert Rawlinson, who died the day after filming was completed (the part was originally written for Lugosi, »
Hollywood has been home to more dreamers and schemers than any other town in the world. It's also been home to its share of geniuses. But there have been damn few visionaries. To my mind, Hollywood's greatest visionary was Stanley Kramer, the writer, director and producer whose "Inherit the Wind" celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
I was lucky enough to grow up during some of Stanley's greatest years, and when I saw "Inherit" in the theater for the first time in 1960, it changed my life. I knew then that I wanted to be a lawyer. (Two years later, when I saw "Dr. No," the first James Bond movie, I decided I wanted to be a secret agent.)
I was an impressionable kid. What I learned about the evils of racism, the threat of nuclear war and the danger of religious intolerance, I learned in theaters watching Kramer movies with »
- By David Robb
When the first James Bond novel was published in the 1950s, there was no bigger threat in the world to the allies than communism. Naturally, because it was a series about a world-class British secret agent, it fit perfectly both into Ian Fleming's books and the film series that followed. But while Bond was subverting Soviet plans for world domination on the silver screen, there was a communist putting words into his mouth. BBC News reports that screenwriter Wolf Mankowitz, who wrote the script for the 1966 Casino Royale and was part of the production for Dr. No, was suspected by MI5 to be a Marxist agent. According to the file on Mankowitz, his activities were monitored for more than a decade after an intercepted letter from known communist David Holbrook mentioned both him and his wife. A member of the Socialist Society at the University of Cambridge, a police »
Wolf Mankowitz, who was involved in the making of the franchise's debut picture Dr. No and wrote the screenplay for 1966's unofficial 007 movie Casino Royale, came under suspicion from officers at MI5 in the 1940s after he married his wife Ann, a member of the Communist Party.
The secret service spent more than a decade monitoring him but didn't find any concrete evidence of illicit activities, according to documents released by the covert agency this week (beg23Aug10).
Born on this day in working-class Edinburgh family, Connery flirted with many careers (including milkman, a stint in the Royal Navy, a lorry driver and even a male model for the Edinburgh College of Art) before fame came a’ callin’.
Here’s an iconic scene from early favourite Goldfinger, which gives a whole new meaning to “roasted nuts”.
He was able to cast off the Bond shackles (something that Roger Moore would never achieve) and go on to do some sterling work throughout the eighties and nineties.
One of his most famous post-Bond roles was that of tough-talking Irish cop, »
- Adam Lowes
Yune will play the role of Tak Mashido, a robot boxer designer. Shooting is currently underway in Detroit.
Decker will portray the love interest of Taylor Kitsch's lead character, a rebel naval officer who must help fend off an alien invasion on the water. Shooting shortly kicks off in Hawaii.
The Kid Table
Ivan Reitman is set to produce an adaptation of Andrea Seigel's upcoming coming of age novel "The Kid Table" according to Production Weekly.
- Garth Franklin
Hola! (Meeeaaans "Hello!")You have to picture that above part to the tune of the Sesame Street song, or it makes me seem mentally challenged. Or about this age. Look...let's just move on.This is week four of 6 Things With Da7e, so chances are you have the slightest idea of what this column actually is. If you don't, I'll re-iterate briefly - Each week, I select six movies, concepts, tv shows, trends or news stories - at least one accessible for free - and recommend that you check them out. You can respond to me, as always, or just tell me about something cool I should check out by shooting me an e-mail at HeyDa7e@gmail.com. That's where I'd love to e-mail with anyone who actually took up my challenge of finding something worthwhile in The Haunted World Of El SuperBeasto. It's also where you can »
Behind most classic movies there’s an unforgettable score. Glen runs down his eleven most iconic movie themes ever...
Many films contain musical cues that are more iconic than some of the imagery contained in the feature. Here, then, are eleven of my favourite examples of iconic theme tunes. And do feel free to add your own in the comments at the bottom...!
The Exorcist - Tubular Bells
Taken from Mike Oldfield's debut album of the same name, the use of this track in William Friedkin's 1973 horror masterpiece complimented the mood of the film and lead to a boost in album sales for Oldfield.
For a piece of music that is so recognisable for its inclusion in the film, it was a surprise for me to learn that it wasn't the director's first choice and was, in fact, used after Friedkin rejected Lalo Schifrin's original score.
Amazon's has a special twitter dead today on the James Bond 11-Movie Ultimate Blu-ray Collection for only $99.99, 67% off the $300 msrp. This ultimate collection includes: Die Another Day, Dr. No, For Your Eyes Only, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, License to Kill, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, Moonraker, The World Is Not Enough, and Thunderball. To get the deak enter the code "Amznbond" at checkout and the price will become discounted to $99.99. The deal is only good today, so act fast! Thanks to /Film reader Ross R for the tip. »
- Peter Sciretta
For today only as the featured item in Amazon.com's Gold Box Deal of the Deal, the James Bond Ultimate Movie Collection on Blu-ray Disc is on sale for $99.99.
The under $100 price is 67% off the $299.99 list price and comes out to $9 per each of the 11 movies in the set. Those movies include Die Another Day, Dr. No, For Your Eyes Only, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, License to Kill, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, Moonraker, The World is Not Enough and Thunderball.
Click here to grab the James Bond Ultimate Movie Collection on Blu-ray for $99.99. »
Amazon’s Gold Box deal today is a great deal if you’re a fan of James Bond. That’s because they’ve got 11 Bond Blu-rays for $99.99 – which is 67% off the regular $299.99 price. Included are Die Another Day, Dr. No, For Your Eyes Only, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, License to Kill, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, Moonraker, The World Is Not Enough, and Thunderball. Also, when you purchase our Deal of the Day, you can save $10 on Quantum of Solace on Blu-ray. Remember, the Gold Box deal of the day only lasts for one day. Here are the links: James Bond (11-Movie Ultimate Collection) [Blu-ray].
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day today is the James Bond 11-Movie Ultimate Blu-ray Collection for only $99.99, 67% off the $300 msrp. This ultimate collection includes: Die Another Day, Dr. No, For Your Eyes Only, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, License to Kill, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, Moonraker, The World Is Not Enough, and Thunderball. As with any of the Gold Box deals, the price will disappear at midnight (on Friday night) so Act now! »
- Peter Sciretta
The Swiss beauty, now 74, thrilled audiences when she emerged from the sea in a white two-piece in the 1962 superspy movie - and the iconic image remains a fan favourite.
Raquel Welch's animal skin bikini from 1966's One Million Years B.C. was the second most popular look, while Bo Derek's gold swimsuit from the 1979 comedy 10 was voted third in the U.K. survey for fashion firm Sandstorm.
Fourth favourite was Charlie's Angels star Farrah Fawcett's red swimsuit from a promo poster, and another Bond girl, Halle Berry, came fifth on the list with the orange bikini she wore opposite Pierce Brosnan in 2002's Die Another Day. »
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