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This weekend (November 23rd & 24th) sees the McM Comic Con and Memorabilia show take place at the NEC in Birmingham. We’ll be there on the Saturday, checking out what’s happening at one of the UK’s biggest conventions. If you haven’t grabbed a ticket yet, what are you waiting for? Ok, ok, so some of you may still be undecided, so let me tempt you with a rundown of just some highlights of the guests attending the event this weekend…
Red Dwarf Reunion – Chris Barrie (Arnold Rimmer); Hattie Hayridge (Holly); Danny John-Jules (The Cat) and Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) from much-loved British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf. Quadrophenia Reunion – Stars Phil Daniels (Jimmy); Toyah Willcox (Monkey) and Daniel Peacock (Danny) celebrate the ultimate mod movie, based on The Who’s 1973 rock opera.
- Phil Wheat
Sir Roger Moore, the longest-serving (official) James Bond, celebrates his 86th birthday today and to celebrate Digital Spy has compiled a list of 10 of his greatest moments as 007.
So raise an eyebrow, shake up a Martini and dispatch an innuendo along with us as we revisit Rog's best Bond bits below...
"Sheer magnetism, darling…"
Live and Let Die sets the tone early for Moore's 007 tenure when he puts Q's magnetic watch to good use... by unzipping his latest conquest's dress.
"I think he's attempting re-entry, sir."
Long before Alfonso Cuarón and Sandra Bullock wowed us with their depiction of zero gravity, Moore beat them to the punch in what is possibly one of the finest moments in the admittedly shonky Moonraker.
The death of Blofeld
Everyone knows Hugh Jackman is the nicest man in showbusiness. He brought his mum to the premiere of The Wolverine last week. She sat in the front row of the Empire in Leicester Square, London, and took a bow when Jackman thanked her for everything. "Now, Mum," said Jackman, "everyone knows what you look like and where you're sitting, just don't fall asleep. It'll be too embarrassing." Jackman spends most of the film with his top off or wearing a not-very-attractive vest. His veins are all blue and bulgy, the result, he said, of the protein shakes on which he existed for the duration of the shoot. There were two Japanese actresses – Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima – who sashayed down the aisle in pretty cool outfits (a silk gown by Miharayasuhiro, »
- Jason Solomons
After months of speculation and an intial public rejection of the opportunity, it's been officially announced that Skyfall director Sam Mendes will indeed return to direct Daniel Craig in the next James Bond movie, set to be released by Sony Pictures on November 6, 2015.
Pics: 007 Posters Through the Years
The 24th 007 film will be written by John Logan, whose screenplay for Skyfall brought a new depth to Ian Fleming's classic spy on the 50th anniversary of the blockbuster big-screen franchise. The 23rd James Bond film took in $1.1 billion worldwide and was arguably the most critically acclaimed entry in the series.
"I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honour all my theatre commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct Bond 24," says Mendes, who is involved with productions of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and King Lear. "I very much look forward to taking up the reins again, and »
Pinewood studios, the official home of the 007 films, requires major injection of funds to keep UK film industry afloat
The James Bond film franchise could be forced to move its base from the UK after more than 50 years, unless the greenlight is given for a dramatic increase in studio facilities in the space-starved movie industry, the head of Pinewood Shepperton has warned.
Pinewood Studios is the official home of the 007 spy franchise – of the 23 Bond films shot since Dr No debuted in 1962 only Moonraker and License to Kill have not been based there – and enjoys a close association with the Broccoli family that produces the films.
The 100-acre site in south Buckinghamshire is littered with reminders including the famous 007 stage, the location of the M16 bunker and tube disaster scene in Skyfall, a Goldfinger Avenue and a road named after late Bond producer Cubby Broccoli.
On Wednesday Pinewood will be »
- Mark Sweney
From the very outset of the James Bond film franchise, it was abundantly clear that one of the films’ selling points was the promise that the protagonist, British secret agent James Bond 007, would travel the many foreign, exotic, romantic and dangerous locales around the globe. From the more familiar yet legendary European cities, such as Paris (A View to a Kill) and Venice (Moonraker, Casino Royale), the famous metropolises other continents are known for (New York in Live and Let Die, Tokyo in You Only Live Twice) to the roads less taken which lead to lesser known territories (Jamaica in Dr. Do, Haiti in Quantum of Solace, Iceland in Die Another Day), 007 has fought the forces of evil in just about every corner and every climate. However far and wide the iconic protagonist has ventured in his many adventures, there is one place he is almost certain to visit in every film. »
- Edgar Chaput
Our old pal and Cinema Retro contributor Richard Kiel is crossing "the pond" again for a couple of high profile personal appearances in the UK including one at London's Misty Moon Gallery and another at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, where he will be joined by his Moonraker co-star Blanche Ravalec. Click on each ad below for links to web sites.
- 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, »
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 »
Good evening, Digital Spy readers, and welcome to the 85th Academy Awards!
We may not quite be coming to you live from the Dolby Theatre in sunny Los Angeles, but we've re-adjusted our body clocks to Pacific Time and will be bringing you up-to-the-minute commentary from this year's Oscars from now until sunrise.
If you're in need of a refresher before the ceremony begins, you can peruse our full list of this year's nominees, check out our predictions video to see who we're tipping for the big wins tonight, and see who Digital Spy readers voted for in the big three categories.
And for that inevitable moment when the Academy makes a decision that leaves you fuming, why not keep our Alternative Oscars handy to soothe your bile?
04:47Top on our list of impossible, ridiculous Oscar wishes: Joaquin Phoenix to win Best Actor for The Master. It's never gonna happen, »
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, »
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
"Do you mind if my friend sits this one out? She's just dead."
The tremendous box office success of Skyfall reinvigorated the James Bond franchise after the lackluster performance of the previous film in the series, Quantum of Solace, but tonight's Double-0 MovieMovie is still far and away the most financially successful of the franchise, when adjusted for ticket price inflation. It was also a critical favorite at the time of its release and earned an Oscar for Best Visual Effects at the 1966 Academy Awards.
Thunderball finds 007 (Sean Connery) on a quest to recover two nuclear weapons stolen by the global terrorist organization Spectre — last seen in From Russia with Love — who threaten to blow up a major city in the U.S. or the U.K. unless Nato pays a ransom of £100 million in diamonds. Bond's investigation leads him to the Bahamas and the underwater fortress of Spectre's Number Two, »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Goldfinger. GoldenEye. The Man with the Golden Gun. The world's most famous Martini drinker (shaken not stirred, naturally) has long been synonymous with that most precious and coveted of metals, but given his illustrious half century on the cinema screen there's one area in which gold has eluded him time and again – the Oscars.
Prior to last year's Skyfall (2012) the fifty year old, 24 movie series had garnered just nine nominations, two of which bagged 007 a statue at the 1965 Academy Awards for different films. The Best Effects, Sound Effects award was given to Norman Wanstall for Goldfinger (1964) and John Stears walked off with the Best Effects, Special Visual Effects Oscar for Thunderball (1965).
Though U2 were second choice for the job after the Rolling Stones had turned down a request to come up with a song, Bono was particularly pleased to land the gig as he'd spent his honeymoon at Ian Fleming's house in Jamaica. »
Dame Shirley Bassey's voice is iconic, whether you know her name or not. The singer is best known as the voice of several "James Bond" theme songs. The songs "Goldfinger," Diamonds Are Forever," and "Moonraker" are her best known works, but Bassey has been releasing music since 1957.
The La Times reports Bassey will be making her first Academy Awards appearance this year, taking part in a planned tribute to the "James Bond" franchise. The show's producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, are ecstatic to have her on the show, saying, "Her association with film music is world-renowned and we are proud that she will be making her first Oscar appearance on our telecast."
The Oscars take place live, February 24, on ABC. This year's »
“We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey to our Oscar show,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “Her association with film music is world renowned and we are proud that she will be making her first Oscar appearance on our telecast.
Bassey is this year celebrating her very own “Diamond Jubilee” with a career spanning over six decades. She has recorded over 44 albums, sold over 135 million records and has sold out concert halls across the world. In June 2012, she was one of a number of esteemed artists, including Elton John, Paul McCartney and Annie Lennox, who performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert. In the United States, Bassey is best known for recording the theme songs for the James Bond films “Goldfinger,” “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Moonraker. »
- Michelle McCue
Super cool news for James Bond fans—Dame Shirley Bassey, known best for her Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker 007 theme songs, will be performing at The Oscars later this month as part of the 85th Annual Academy Awards' 50th anniversary tribute to the James Bond film franchise (according to Reuters).
Previously… The Top 5 James Bond Oscar Nominations That Weren't
Dame Shirely won't be alone at The Oscars this year—the February 24 ceremony will also feature Adele performing "Skyfall," the hit theme song from Bond's latest (and $1 billion-plus grossing) adventure, which is nominated in five categories (Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Cinematography), is the first James Bond film to be nominated for a single Oscar since For Your Eyes Only in 1981. Yeah, ouch.
You can plan on hearing at least a few bars of "Goldfinger," but the details of Bassey's performance »
- Brett Warner
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