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As one of the most iconic film characters of all time, you’re bound to have caught a James Bond film at some point. From the very first adventure in 1962, Dr. No, the series has continued to surprise and entertain viewers. Based on creator Ian Fleming’s own love of gambling, one of Bond’s regular habits is to bet big on different casino games; having done so in many of his 23 film outings. For many young viewers, these films probably represent the first time they’ll have seen a casino too – but which films contain the most memorable casino scenes?
The first film produced in the series, it’s also the first we’re treated to the immortal line “Bond…James Bond” delivered by Sean Connery with the aloof disregard you would expect from a super spy. It’s during a game of chemin de fer, a »
- Guest Guest
This April Fools’ Day we decided our readers deserved a good laugh. But since a website can neither get collectively engaged nor pregnant we realized we needed some help. So we interviewed five comedians with upcoming project. Get to know them as they answer our April Questionnaire. Then check out more of their comedy online.
Get to know John Mulaney:
You might know John from the times he’s appeared on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update or remember his name as one of the writers (along with Bill Hader) of the Stefon character. Or maybe you’re a »
- Sarah Caldwell
The 67-year-old actress, who had an affair with Sean Connery during the making of the movie, said that she had to be rescued by divers during a scene when her character Plenty O'Toole was drowned in a swimming pool, the Daily Express reported.
Wood said that in the film she was supposed to die by having her ankles tied to a block of cement and she actually did that.
She said that the longer she stayed in, the block of cement kept moving, and pretty soon she couldn't reach up for the. »
- Arun Pandit
Throughout the month of April, the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California will be presenting big screen showings of classic James Bond movies including On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Live and Let Die, Octopussy, Licence to Kill and Diamonds Are Forever. Each screening will feature appearances and discussions with a star or stars of a specific film including George Lazenby, Benicio del Toro, David Hedison, Trina Parks, Lana Wood, Kristina Wayborne, Maud Adams and Gloria Hendry. Click here for info and to view original theatrical trailers. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Nevermind the movie stars - it was Dame Shirley Bassey who delivered one of the most memorable highlights at this year's Academy Awards. Performing her iconic James Bond theme "Goldfinger" as part of the film franchise's 50th anniversary, the singer, who also sang the Bond themes for "Diamonds are Forever" and "Moonraker," proved she's still got the pipes (and a physique to die for) at 76 years old. Born in Wales, she started singing in her teens in local clubs and earned early fame with chart-topping hits like "As I Love You" in 1959. After reaching American audiences with her Bond themes, »
The first part of my first ‘Reel Ink’ of 2013 is a bit of a catch up, as this instalment of the column features books which were all published in 2012.
Reel Ink #2 Part 1 includes the autobiography of a member of a Hollywood dynasty, a look at the city of Los Angeles within the context of the film industry’s role in its history and the evolution of the city’s image, and an examination of how politics and social and cultural agendas impacted and shaped ‘70s American cinema.
Tom Mankiewicz was a true scion of whatever it is that passes for Hollywood royalty; his father was Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter Joseph L. Mankiewicz (A Letter To Three Wives, All About Eve, Cleopatra) and his uncle Herman Mankiewicz was the co-writer of Citizen Kane. While nowhere near as well-known as his illustrious relatives, Mankiewicz’s posthumously published autobiography My Life As »
- Ian Gilchrist
It all began with From Russia with Love when Blofeld, James Bond’s greatest adversary made his first appearance in the form of a sinister voice holding a white turkish angora cat. The voice purred forth evil as the hands fed the cat fish from a tank and motioned for the death of others to be carried out. From that film until the return of Sean Connery in Diamonds are Forever, Blofeld makes a steady appearance as the main villain controlling a secret organization named Spectre.
Then it just stops with everything unresolved. He is brought back one last time in For Your Eyes Only to be unceremoniously dropped down a shaft by a grinning Roger Moore. The End.
That’s no way to treat Bond’s greatest villain. There’s got to be more to it, some part of the story that has yet to be told. Ernst Stavro »
- Michael Thompson
The Comic Con and Memorabilia events are held side by side at the NEC, Birmingham. Comic Con visitors get into Memorabilia free of charge. Children under 10 get in free if accompanied by a paying adult.
Listed below are some of the star guests lined up for the shows.
Potter Personalities: Chris Rankin, who plays Percy Weasley in six of the blockbuster Harry Potter films, Steffan Rhodri, who was Reg Cattermole in Deathly Hallows and Hugh Mitchell, who appears as Gryffindor student Colin Creevey in The Order Of The Phoenix. Steffan is also famous for playing Dave in hit comedy Gavin & Stacey, and recently won plaudits as the voice of Drippy in acclaimed video game Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch. »
- David Bentley
Adele is reportedly continuing her relationship with James Bond.
After Adele recorded the title theme song for 2012's "Skyfall," an unnamed (and potentially questionable) source told the UK's Sun that Adele will record another theme song for the next James Bond film.
“Producers are thrilled by how well the song has been received and hope Adele’s presence on the next film will replicate that success," the source said.
The Sun also reports that the producers behind "Skyfall" want Adele to follow in the footsteps of Dame Shirley Bassey, who recorded the themes for past James Bond films, including 1964's "Goldfinger" and 1971's "Diamonds Are Forever."
- Madeline Boardman
London, Mar h 4: Just a week after Adele's theme song for "Skyfall" won for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards, she's been tapped to provide a new smash-hit tune for the next James Bond film as well.
According to Britain's The Sun newspaper, producers want the singer to work on music for the films the way Shirley Bassey did, who sang various songs for Bond movies, including "Diamonds Are Forever", "Mooraker" and "Goldfinger."
A source told the publication that producers are thrilled by how well the song has been received and hope Adele's presence on the next film will replicate that success.
They want her to become as. »
- Ketali Mehta
After british singer Adele won a Golden Globe, Brit Award and an Academy Award for the theme song of the 23rd Bond movie, Skyfall, it would come as no surprise that the Bond producers would want her back. Well, The Sun is reporting that Adele has signed with the franchise producers to perform the theme song for the next secret agent movie and "they hope she’ll go on to match 007 queen Dame Shirley Bassey." Shirley Bassey is the responsible for several Bond famous themes, such as Diamonds Are Forever, Mooraker and Goldfinger. According to sources of the site, "producers are thrilled by how well the song has been received and hope Adele’s presence on the next film will replicate that success" and "they want her to become as synonymous with Bond as Dame Shirley". As for right now, take this with a grain of salt, as an official »
Adele is reportedly wanted by Eon Productions to record her second James Bond theme song.
The singer-songwriter is said to be top of studio bosses' lists to produce the theme for the 24th instalment of the spy franchise, following her 'Skyfall' success.
"Producers are thrilled by how well the song has been received and hope Adele's presence on the next film will replicate that success," a source told The Sun.
"They want her to become as synonymous with Bond as Dame Shirley."
Adele is currently the subject of a supposed bidding »
London, March 3: Producers of "James Bond" reportedly want singer Adele to sing the theme song for the next 007 movie as well.
"Producers are thrilled by how well the song has been received and hope Adele's presence in the next film will replicate that success," thesun.co.uk quoted a source as saying.
"They want her to become as synonymous with Bond as Dame. »
- Leon David
She has sold 135 million records and made more than 44 albums in a career spanning six decades.
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Halle Berry is the only Oscar-winning actress yet to have been a "Bond girl," so her role at the 85th Academy Awards was highly appropriate.
If only there had been more to what she introduced.
Berry actually won her award for "Monster's Ball" while she was filming "Die Another Day" in 2002, and she led Sunday's (Feb. 24) tribute to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise -- advertised for days by ABC as one of the major highlights of the ceremony.
First up was the expected montage of action clips representing all of the actors who have played Agent 007 "officially," backed by a medley of familiar Bond melodies -- capped by arguably the series' biggest music hit, "Goldfinger," belted live by its original crooner, Dame Shirley Bassey (who also sang "Diamonds Are Forever" and "Moonraker" for the series).
And then ... a commercial break? And more awards? That's all the »
Los Angeles — Some firsts and other rarities are possible at Sunday night's Academy Awards. But if the Oscars could be just a little less predictable, the show might really be one for the record books.
Ben Affleck's "Argo" looks like it will uniquely claim best picture without a directing nomination, while "Lincoln" filmmaker Steven Spielberg and star Daniel Day-Lewis are favored to join exclusive lists of three-time Oscar winners.
The ABC television broadcast itself could set some fresh highs or lows. Oscar overseers keep talking about pacing and trimming fat from a ceremony that's dragged on interminably, »
Wow, this is actually a pretty great week for new DVD and Blu-ray releases. Before we get to the list, I want to direct your attention to the amazon asin="B006U1J5ZY" text="Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection" which is the Blu-ray Deal of the Week at Amazon for $129.99, $170 off the retail price. You can buy that amazon asin="B006U1J5ZY" text="here", but I also want to direct your attention to the "Even More" section below as several of the previously unreleased James Bond Blu-ray titles are available today as Blu-ray singles. So, if you don't want the complete collection, you can buy individual titles such as Diamonds Are Forever, Octopussy, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Spy Who Loved Me or my personal favorite, The Living Daylights individually rather than in the complete collection. Of course, »
- Brad Brevet
Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "Skyfall" What's It About? Daniel Craig returns as the perma-suave agent who is charged with protecting MI6 and M (Judi Dench) from a ridiculously coiffed villain (Javier Bardem) hell-bent on revenge. See It Because: The movie has been heralded as the best Bond ever. And indeed, "Skyfall" gives fans everything they ever wanted from a 007 flick: a fresh take on the franchise, with a nod to bygone tropes. Click here for your chance to win the 20 Film Best Picture Collection From Warner Bros. Click here for your chance to win the 20 Film Musical Collection From Warner Bros. New on DVD & Blu-ray "Bully" What's It About? A startlingly frank documentary looks into the lives of several small-town teenagers and the daily harassment they receive from school tormentors. Unfortunately, so much media uproar was made about the movie's potential R-rating, that the actual content of the film became an afterthought. »
- Eric Larnick
They had it coming…
The producers of the Oscars telecast have announced the music-heavy Feb. 24 show will feature a reunion of the cast of Chicago. Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, and Catherine Zeta-Jones (who won a supporting actress award for her role in the film) will attend the event as presenters.
It’s no surprise that Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were able to pull the strings necessary to get them all together again — they served as executive producers of the movie musical, which won Best Picture in 2003.
This will be a very song-and-dancy-y Oscars. Host »
- Anthony Breznican
"Well, you did say you'd catch me later."
After 1971's Diamonds Are Forever, Sean Connery proclaimed that he would "never" play James Bond again, and yet, 12 years later, Connery would be back for 1983's Never Say Never Again, a title suggested by Connery's wife, Micheline. At 52, Connery played an aging Bond in Never Say Never Again, who is reactivated by MI6 in order to track down two stolen nuclear weapons.
Essentially a remake of 1965's Thunderball, Never Say Never Again is not considered "canon" as it was not produced by Eon Productions, the company that was responsible for all the other Bond movies. However, James Bond creator Ian Fleming had originally conceived of Thunderball as a screenplay, co-written with screenwriter Jack Whittingham and writer-director Kevin McClory. When Fleming later went on to write Thunderball as a novel, Whittingham and McClory were not credited, but after taking Fleming to court, McClory »
- Ryan Gowland
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