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Blade Runner 2049 Director Says No to James Bond 25

Quite possibly the best director in the running for James Bond 25 has officially taken himself out of the race. Denis Villeneuve, who most recently directed Blade Runner 2049, has been said to be on the shortlist of directors being eyed for the gig since July, but now he's made it clear that he won't be able to fit the coveted job into his schedule. However, he wouldn't rule out the possibility of directing a Bond movie in the future, and he's eager to work with Daniel Craig. Here's what he had to say about it in a recent interview.

"The thing is I don't now about that, but listen. Daniel Craig is a very inspiring actor and I had some contact and the thing is that I'm busy right now doing 'Dune.' But, I will say to have the privilege to work with him it would be a dream.
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Christoph Waltz Won't Return as Blofeld in Bond 25

This is certainly an interesting development for James Bond 25. It was confirmed recently, after months of uncertainty, that Daniel Craig is set to return as the titular MI6 spy in the next installment of the series, which will be his last go as 007. So it has been assumed that, given the way Spectre left things, that Christoph Waltz would be reprising his role as Ernst Stavro Blofeld in James Bond 25. But that's not going to be the case, as Waltz says he's not coming back.

The actor was revealed to be the classic Bond villain toward the end of Spectre, despite denying that he was taking up the mantle of Blofeld prior to the movie's release. However, in a recent interview, Christoph Waltz was asked point blank whether or not he'll be coming back to finish the job in James Bond 25. He, sadly, stated that he's not,
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James Bond Fans Celebrate At Pinewood Studios: Mark Mawston Reports

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Bond girls Jenny Hanley, Caron Gardner, Francesca Tu.

By Mark Mawston

The ultimate “Bonding” session once again took place at the home of the 007 franchise, Pinewood Studios, on Sunday 24th September. Those lucky enough to attend were treated to a dealer’s room, a 50th Anniversary 4K screening of You Only Live Twice, at which organizer Gareth Owen read a message received from the e Prime Minister herself, Theresa May, which touched on the amazing feats of ingenuity and sheer technical mastery that went into the construction of the films famed volcano set; a three course lunch and afternoon tea and of course a "who’s who" from the world of Bond from both in front and behind the camera. These included:

Peter Lamont - Assistant Art Director - Art Director and Production Designer of 18 Bond films, Terry Ackland-Snow - Art Director on two Bond films, Alan Tomkins - Art director on five Bond films,
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Review: Vaughn's 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' is James Bond on Crank

Based on the acclaimed comic book by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar, 2015's Kingsman: The Secret Service was a crass, tongue-in-cheek tribute to the spy films of the '60s and '70s. Co-written and directed by English filmmaker Matthew Vaughn (of Layer Cake, Stardust, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class), the stylish and subversive send-up became the filmmaker's most commercially successful film to date. Enter the highly anticipated sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, a movie so overblown and preposterous that it feels less like On Her Majesty's Secret Service and more like the deranged lovechild of Austin Powers and Crank. This sequel picks up a year after unrefined street kid Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton) joined the Kingsman, England's super-secret spy agency, and saved the world from Richmond Valentine's neurological wave broadcast. Since then, Eggsy has taken his late mentor Harry Hart's code name, Galahad, and is living with Crown Princess
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James Bond 25 Story Leaks, Is 007 Really Getting Married?

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James Bond 25 Story Leaks, Is 007 Really Getting Married?
It took forever for Daniel Craig to commit to doing James Bond 25. But he finally did just as summer was coming to an end. The guy didn't want to come back. But he is. And now, we have the first plot details. The surprising story behind this next installment has leaked. And apparently 007 is leaving Her Majesty's Secret Service to tie the knot. But that's not all. Don't think for a minute that Bond is getting ready for domestic bliss and a life of chasing kids in the park.

This tidy rumor comes from Page Six, who aren't exactly known for spread the best of news. This could just be one big fat juicy rumor. But from what we've been hearing, there's a lot of truth in what they're selling today.

James Bond 25 will be Daniel Craig's fifth time out as Bond. And we've been hearing plot
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Daniel Craig Returning for 2 More James Bond Movies?

Do you want more Daniel Craig as James Bond? Because you are almost definitely going to get some more of him in the future. After a whole lot of back and forth, it is all but officially confirmed that 49-year-old actor is going to be back for James Bond 25 after seemingly being totally done with the franchise after Spectre. Now we have the somewhat surprising claim that Daniel Craig has signed on for not one but two more turns as 007.

The report comes from The Sun who state that producer Barbara Brocolli has convinced Daniel Craig to do both James Bond 25 and James Bond 26. Though, they do note that he hasn't signed on the dotted line yet. This information comes from an unidentified source, so it may not be totally concrete, but it certainly would be surprising considering that Craig said he'd rather "slash his wrists" then do another James Bond movie.
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Daniel Craig Reportedly Doing Not One, But Two More 007 Movies Before Quitting

It looks like Daniel Craig will be coming back for Bond 25 and Bond 26 after all. The Sun UK is reporting that Craig has been convinced by James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli to sign on for two more sequels instead of one.

According to a Sun insider:

“There was plenty of talk about who would be the next Bond but Barbara has managed to talk Daniel into two more films.

He is loved by audiences around the world and has driven a real resurgence for the movies at the box office, so bosses knew they couldn’t lose him just yet."

The insider also revealed more details about the franchise such as a possible title for Bond 25 (Shatterhand) and a possible concept for the 26th film, which is said to be a remake of On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Bond 25 is already slated for release on November 8, 2019. It's
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Daniel Craig Will Be James Bond Again

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2017-08-07T06:45:03-07:00Daniel Craig Will Be James Bond Again

Daniel Craig famously said in 2015 that he'd rather "slash his wrists" than play James Bond again, and that if he were to play 007 once more, it'd "only be for the money". On an entirely unrelated note, the actor has reportedly signed up to star in two more editions of the long-running franchise.

After seemingly endless back-and-forth, and more mentions of Tom Hiddleston than most of us can bear to stomach, The Sun has reported that Craig has finally succumbed to the wishes of 007 producer Barbara Broccoli (and presumably a truckload of cash) and will reprise the role in two forthcoming films – the first of which will be released in November 2019.

"There was plenty of talk about who would be the next Bond but Barbara has managed to talk Daniel into two more films," a source said.
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The Truth Is Here: Game of Thrones's Lady Olenna Looks So Different in Real Life

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The Truth Is Here: Game of Thrones's Lady Olenna Looks So Different in Real Life
Game of Thrones probably broke your heart again when Lady Olenna willingly swallowed poison on Sunday night. While death wasn't obviously her choice, she took control of how she left the crazy world that is Westoros after everyone she loved was brutally murdered (she also delivered one hell of a truth bomb before she went). Despite her age, Olenna was one of the strongest and most badass female characters on the show, which was obvious during her recent chat with Daenerys Targaryen. "I've known a great many clever men," she said. "I've outlived them all. You know why? I ignored them." While we'll sadly miss Olenna on the small screen, we still have the actress who plays her to obsess over: Dame Diana Rigg. The 79-year-old English actress has been around for decades, and she was (and still is) a total babe. While it's a bit jarring to see Diana
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How James Bond 25 could reinvent the franchise

Mark Harrison Jul 26, 2017

James Bond 25 will arrive in November 2019. Eon Productions still has much to consider...

This feature contains spoilers for Spectre.

It was announced this week that James Bond Will Return in November 2019, for the 25th movie in the series. After the box office reception and subsequent backlash against the previous film, 2015's Spectre, there has been much speculation about the next film taking on a radically different approach, from casting to storytelling.

The signs strongly point towards Daniel Craig reprising his role for a fifth time, according to a report in the Mirror earlier this month and a recent confirmation in the New York Times that his return was “a done deal”. Despite Craig's much repeated quote about slashing his wrists rather than returning, which the actor has since put down to being overtired by the junket schedule, it certainly looks like he's coming back for one last go.
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Roger Moore’s James Bond: appreciating the raised eyebrow

Tim George Jul 10, 2017

An appreciation of the late Roger Moore, and his importance to the James Bond series...

It took me a long time to realise this but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense: Roger Moore is the most important actor to play James Bond. For while Sean Connery created the icon, Roger Moore is the reason why we are still trotting out to the cinema. This premise might sound like sacrilege.

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As I’ve gotten older, and four movies into Daniel Craig’s tenure, my thinking has shifted considerably. Whereas I used to wish that the movies followed the books, I’ve finally recognised that
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Pierce Brosnan Pays Tribute to Fellow James Bond Actor Roger Moore

Pierce Brosnan Pays Tribute to Fellow James Bond Actor Roger Moore
Sir Roger Moore, the longest-serving actor to ever take on the role of James Bond, unfortunately passed away at the age of 89 last week. To say we lost a legend would be an understatement, and the world knows it. One of his fellow James Bond stars, Pierce Brosnan, has now penned a touching, heartfelt and lengthy tribute to Roger Moore, revealing how much respect he had for the actor, as well as some personal insights into their relationship.

Pierce Brosnan penned the column for Variety, in which, he describes Roger Moore as his "first real hero". Roger Moore starred in seven James Bond movies, starting with Live and Let Die and ending with A View to a Kill from the years of 1973 to 1985. In the column, Brosnan explains that, even before his role turn as 007, Roger Moore influenced him on the TV series The Saint as Simon Templar. Here's what
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James Bond Actors Pay Tribute to Sir Roger Moore

James Bond Actors Pay Tribute to Sir Roger Moore
The world lost a legend today, as Sir Roger Moore, the man who played 007 in seven James Bond movies, passed away after losing a battle with cancer. Moore, who was 89 years old, was the man who played the character for the longest and brought a very distinct style to the role of Bond. Now, his fellow James Bond stars have released statements, paying tribute to the late actor.

Roger Moore famously took over the lead role in the James Bond franchise following Sean Connery's departure once he completed Diamonds are Forever. Despite Connery's mixed feelings toward the producers of the franchise, he never harbored ill will for Roger Moore and released a statement to Entertainment Weekly following the news of his passing. Here's what he had to say.

"I was very sad to hear of Roger's passing. We had an unusually long relationship, by Hollywood standards, that was filled with jokes and laughter.
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Joanna Lumley Does Not Think Idris Elba "Is Right" For James Bond

His name is Bond, James Bond, the iconic British secret agent who works for MI6 and also goes by his iconic code name 007. His action films are known for fancy high-tech cars, dramatic scores, beautiful women and some great suites. His character has been portrayed in 26 films by seven different actors spanning from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig. Not bad for a character that was created by novelist Ian Fleming in 1953. Given the exclusive club of actors who have portrayed Bond, it shouldn't come as a surprise that there is some controversy as far as who should be next in line to order that famous Martini, shaken not stirred. But in this case, the issue not talent, but race.

The controversy about one of the front runners for the iconic role, Idris Elba is very well known. For example, author Anthony Horowitz, who has written a lot of continuations to
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10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in May

10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in May
It's a battleground month, people, as streaming platforms bust out the big guns to keep viewers glued to their sofas while temperatures climb back into clemency. Three of Netflix's more notable original programs trot out new seasons; Amazon brings one of 2016's finest films to couch potatoes, as well as what may be the most radical show of 2017; and Hulu unveils a pair of documentaries shedding some well-deserved light on obscure corners of pop culture. And hey, Acorn's getting in the mix as well, importing a BBC gem for stateside viewing pleasure.
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Daniel Craig Reportedly Back As Bond

The London Evening Standard is reporting that producers for Eon Productions have finally convinced Daniel Craig to take on the mantle of James Bond one more time. Apparently, Daniel Craig has been encouraged to talk with Barbara Broccoli after the success of his off-Broadway play Othello, which Barbara Broccoli helped produce. Daniel Craig had previously stated that he would rather "Slash his wrists" than work on another Bond movie again. Lrm has previously reported that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been working on the script for Bond 25.

If this turns out to be true, it is definitely welcome news. Daniel Craig has brought a gravitas to the Bond character that had only been scratched at with the previous actors taking on the role. James Bond, as presented in the original Ian Fleming novels, closely resembles the Bond that Daniel Craig has put on screen. With his amazing performance in Casino Royale,
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SXSW 2017 Dispatch: A Solid Year of Docs Continues + More Films and Fun from Austin

It's been an excellent year for documentaries already in 2017 with such incredible films as Icarus, An Inconvenient Sequel, Nobody Speak, and Trophy all premiering at Sundance (those last two playing SXSW as well). There have been several new great documentaries joining the conversation here at SXSW as well. It seems it could be a bumper year for docs. For James Bond fans, On Her Majesty's Secret Service has long been a favorite of many. But the story of one-and-done 007 actor George Lazenby might not be too familiar. Becoming Bond, Josh Greenbaum's follow-up to the excellent The Short Game, aims to correct that -- but in a far more entertaining way than you might expect. The spine of the film is an interview with...

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Becoming Bond SXSW Review: Essential Viewing for 007 Fans

Becoming Bond SXSW Review: Essential Viewing for 007 Fans
James Bond is one of the most enduring characters in the history of cinema. Ever since Sean Connery first brought the spy we all know and love to life on the big screen in Dr. No, there have been six men who have taken on the role and tried to fill those shoes. But one and only one man was brave enough to only play Bond once. That man was Lazenby, George Lazenby and Becoming Bond is his story. For fans of James Bond, or fans of interesting stories in general, this documentary is absolutely essential viewing.

Hulu's Becoming Bond tells the story of George Lazenby and how he, a poor mechanic turned car salesman who then became a male model, landed the role of James Bond. A man who never acted a day in his life prior to that. The story is told by George Lazenby himself in the
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Becoming Bond trailer tells George Lazenby's story

Kayti Burt Mar 9, 2017

On Her Majesty's Secret Service's George Lazenby is the subject of the new film, Becoming Bond. Here's the trailer...

George Lazenby sprung to fame, as you probably know, by being cast as James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. And then he walked away. Becoming Bond, a documentary set to debut on Hulu in the Us this coming May, aspires to tell Lazenby's story.

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Lazenby was a used car salesman when he got the job of playing James Bond. To date, he is the youngest actor to have played the spy. He was 29 years old when he starred in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, earning a Golden Globe New Star of the Year nomination (which was apparently a thing in 1970?) for the role before walking away from a nice, six-movie deal that would have
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Blu-ray Review: Cult Classic The Stewardesses Never Takes Off

Casually flying us back to an era when cheapo sleaze movies were, above all, passive, we now have the Blu-ray release of the 1969 hit The Stewardesess. “Hit,” you ask? Oh yes - this amateurish 16mm skin-flick held the distinction of being the all-time top grossing 3D movie for decades running. Apparently by no small margin, either. It took James Cameron's Avatar in 2008 to unseat this stinker.. Though lightyears apart in tone, intention and probably appeal, any pause in answering which is the better film - Avatar or The Stewardesses - remains understandable. Of course, back then, when you could go to the theater and see the nudity-free On Her Majesty's Secret Service or this. Bond still proved to be the sexier choice. ...

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