10 items from 2014
While watching Thunderball recently, I was reminded of how James Bond escapes from a funeral on a wicked-cool jetpack (or rather, a jetpack that was wicked-cool in 1965). This, in turn, reminded me of all the fantastic uses of jetpacks over the years – from the original King of the Rocket Men serial from 1949 to the Commando Cody shorts from the 50s to Joe Johnston’s The Rocketeer in 1990 and even Iron Man’s portable propulsion devices. Like the flying car from The Jetsons, the jetpack seems forever out of reach for our everyday use, but it’d be such a brilliant tool to have. This got me thinking… where are the jetpacks we were promised? The Answer: They’re already here, but they don’t work the same way. In the real world, jetpacks have been around for decades. In fact, the famous device seen in Thunderball was actually an operating jetpack known as the Bell Rocket Belt »
- Kevin Carr
20th Century Fox
Typecasting is a dirty word to an actor. To be typecast means that producers, casting directors, directors, other actors and especially the film-going public can’t see you in any other role.
However, what some actors rebel against, others use to pay the bills, even years after the original role has long since disappeared from view. So here’s a list of twelve actors who were perfectly cast for the roles they were given, and have become indelibly stamped in our minds whenever we think of that character, for better or worse.
The criteria here is that the star in question must have carried the role for at least three films and become so identified with it that it’s hard, if not downright impossible, to consider someone else for it.
Let’s get to it;
12. Sean Connery – James Bond Series
We’ll give Daniel Craig »
- Harry Thomas
With Hugh Jackman currently negotiating to play Wolverine for a seventh and eighth time, Cinelinx takes a look at actors who’ve played the same role eight times or more. Who has played the same character most often? Come in and find out.
Hugh Jackman has already played Wolverine five times--x-Men (2000), X2: X-Men United (2003) X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and The Wolverine (2013)—as well as a cameo in X-Men:First Class (2011). Soon we’ll be seeing him fully clawed again on the big screen in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Recently, he told Collider that he might shoot Wolverine 3 and X-Men: Apocalypse “back-to-back”, which would make a total of eight times (9 times with the cameo) that he’ll portray the Canadian mutant.
You might be thinking “Wow! That’s amazing! I’ve never heard of anyone playing the same role so many times.” Well, for those who may not know it, »
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By Lee Pfeiffer
MGM and James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli feel they have their own license to kill--film projects, that is, that they allege violate their copyrights to the 007 character and series. MGM had warned Universal not to go forward with a spy movie titled Section 6 that purports to explore the fact-based origins of MI6 in the aftermath of Wwi. The Bond producers and MGM stated their concerns that leaked elements of the screenplay showed plot devices that they allege are clearly inspired by the works of Ian Fleming including the fact that British agents have been assigned licenses to kill and that they carry "00" status. Both of those attributes are fictional and are directly linked to Fleming's creation. MGM has filed suit this week against Universal and screenwriter Aaron Berg alleging that Section 6 is clearly based on elements of the Bond books and films. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
News Simon Brew 10 Mar 2014 - 06:44
Liam Neeson was linked to the role of James Bond in the 1990s - and here's why he resisted it...
We missed this story, which popped up in the Hull Daily Mail the week before last. But we suspect that many of you may have missed it too, and thought you may be interested.
While promoting his new hit movie Non-Stop, Liam Neeson chatted about the role of James Bond, with which he was heavily linked in the 1990s. "I was heavily courted, let's put if that way, and I'm sure some other actors were too", he said.
So why did he turn it down?
"It was about 18 or 19 years ago, and my wife-to-be said 'if you play James Bond we're not getting married. And I had to take that on board, because I did want to marry her!'"
Neeson's of course referring to Natasha Richardson, »
The Voice battles kick off this weekend, and to say we're excited would be a little bit of an understatement. But we're also feeling very tense. How do we know who's going to win? Will our favourites go up against each other? Can we handle it?
Well, to prepare ourselves, we thought we'd hold our own little DS battle. First up, Team Tom's battling duo Mairead Conlon and Celestine. We don't know who wins the actual battle, but read on to see who knows their mentor Sir Tom Jones better (and what else they had to say about that singing thing as well)...
Fighting Talk - We're going to test you on your knowledge of Sir Tom.
Mairead: "Oh God! Ok..."
Celestine: "Oh no! Oh, I don't know anything, please don't! I'm going to text Mairead after to check how she did, because it's going to be abysmal."
How many »
Feature Michael Reed 21 Feb 2014 - 05:56
We take a look at some potential turning points that could have altered the Bond legacy significantly...
007 lists resurrection amongst his hobbies, but speculation is our game today. Your own ideal fantasy James Bond film probably depends on what sort of Bond you're into. If you like serious Bond, you probably consider it a crying shame that Timothy Dalton didn't get to make at least one more film. A fair proportion of the fandom consider Never Say Never Again to be one of the worst of the series, so for them, rolling the dice on a 1976 production with a different actor and a more exciting script would have been worth it.
Furthermore, a Sony Pictures produced rival film with, say, Liam Neeson in the late 1990s could have been fascinating. How about Connery returning to the role in his 60s? All of these possibilities »
Herlihy worked in the British film industry for nearly 50 years. She began her career as a personal assistant to actress Deborah Kerr, where her duties included answering fan mail and signing autographs.
She worked as a production secretary throughout the 1960s, rising to the position of production manager - a position rare for a woman to hold at that time in the industry.
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Review Rob Smedley 12 Feb 2014 - 22:00
Sky's glossy four-part Ian Fleming biopic is a sexy affair. Here's Rob's review of episode one...
This review contains spoilers.
Ian Fleming was good at sex. Writing it, that is. And not just in the way James Bond bedded women with the frequency of a man allergic to standing up. Fleming made sure everything in 007's literary adventures was writ sexy: destinations, clothes, food, drink, cars, planes, even décor... everything in Bond's life was veneered with the seductive, the alluring. It still is. Well, you only live twice, why not make it fun?
It was an especially potent cocktail when he first introduced Bond's 'shagnanigans' to the grey British public in 1953. It was the post-war era of austerity, when rationing was still in place and most people hadn't ventured further than Clacton-on-Sea, and even then that was only for some thoroughly workmanlike, 'best undergarments, »
Disputes over film rights are a dime a dozen in Hollywood. Most of them are dismissed. So it will be a rarity on Tuesday, when the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case over the rights to “Raging Bull,” the 1980 Martin Scorsese movie about boxer Jake Lamotta.
Paula Petrella claims she has an interest in the movie given that in the 1960s and early 1970s, her father Frank Petrella wrote a book and two screenplays based on Lamotta’s career, either on his own or in collaboration with the retired prizefighter. The nine justices, however, won’t be deciding on the thorny lineage of “Raging Bull,” but whether Petrella waited too long to press her copyright infringement claim against MGM.
The “doctrine of laches” — the concept that lawsuits can’t be brought to court if there is an unreasonable delay — is one tool that studios have used to promptly »
- Ted Johnson
10 items from 2014
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