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Mark Harrison Oct 14, 2016
With the question of who's playing James Bond in James Bond 25 unresolved, we look back at the casting conundrums 007 has faced before.
Since 1962, fewer men have played James Bond than have walked on the moon. Despite the relatively long turnaround of the role, the subject of who might follow in the footsteps of Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig in the future has fuelled many column inches and tabloid splashes.
It feels as if speculation about the seventh 007 in Eon Productions' long-lived spy franchise has been at fever pitch since this time last year, when Craig was doing the promotional rounds for Spectre and commented that he would rather “slash [his] wrists” than play Bond again. It's only after a year of constant reports on the subject that his far more optimistic comments at last weekend's New Yorker Festival »
Simon Brew Oct 10, 2016
There’s little sign of a new James Bond film yet, and Spectre has left lots of questions behind. So what now, 007?
Update: here's a story that landed this morning, of relevance to this article.
This article contains light spoilers for Spectre.
At the end of October 2015, the 24th James Bond film, Spectre, enjoyed its global premiere. Following the massive success of Skyfall, hopes were understandably high for Spectre, and it quickly notched up some strong – and not so strong – reviews. Originally rumoured to be the first of a two part story (with a suggestion that it be filmed back to back with James Bond 25), Spectre would prove to be a big box office hit too. As Bond drove off into the sunset at the end of the film, the next adventure was surely an inevitability.
But something wasn’t quite right. And one year later, »
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By Tim Greaves
Writer Derek Pykett (whose excellent book " MGM British Studios: Hollywood in Borehamwood" was reviewed here earlier this year) has turned his hand to directing; setting up and playing host to a dozen intimate interviews with some of Britain's most respected and beloved thesps, the results are now available on DVD with "From Stage to Screen", a privately produced, limited edition 6-disc box set.
With each performer given their own ‘episode’ and a total running time of 15 hours, there's so much material here that it'll take the average viewer a number of sittings to get through it all. Beyond starting with disc one and working through methodically, where one begins is probably going to be proportionate to the level of esteem in which the viewer holds each particular actor or actress represented within the set; I confess that at the time of writing I still have a fair bit to get through. »
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Former James Bond star Roger Moore is mourning the death of his stepdaughter after she died of cancer on Monday. Christina Knudsen was 47. Moore announced the news on Twitter, saying his family is "heartbroken" after her death and sharing two touching photos of Knudsen. "We were all with her, surrounding her with love, at the end," the 88-year-old British actor wrote. Knudsen, who Moore said was known as "Flossie," is the daughter of Kiki Tholstrup - Moore's fourth wife, whom he married in 2002. A graduate from the University of Southern California with a major in literature and psychology, Knudsen also »
- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves
Former James Bond star Roger Moore is mourning the death of his step-daughter after she died of cancer on Monday. Christina Knudsen was 47. Moore announced the news on Twitter, saying his family is "heartbroken" after her death and sharing two touching photos of Knudsen. "We were all with her, surrounding her with love, at the end," the 88-year-old British actor wrote. Knudsen, who Moore said was known as "Flossie," is the daughter of Kiki Tholstrup - Moore's fourth wife, whom he married in 2002. A graduate from the University of Southern California with a major in literature and psychology, Knudsen also »
- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves
One of Disney’s greatest treasures has been with us for 22 years. It was on June 24, 1994 that The Lion King opened in theaters across the country. The tale of a Simba stepping into the light and into his father’s footsteps was an instant hit with both audiences and critics, and it earned four Oscar nominations for its breathtaking music, winning two of those — one for Hans Zimmer’s score and one for Elton John and Tim Rice-penned song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” The Lion King has remained one of Disney’s most celebrated and beloved films, and that was clear when its 3D re-release hit theaters in 2011, becoming a box office juggernaut as parents who were young upon the original release of the film towed their young ones to the theater for the treat of seeing the beauty of the animated savannah on the big screen again. »
- Emily Rome
In not surprising news, Sam Mendes is moving on from the 007 franchise after Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). Daniel Craig is probably moving on, too, but rumors about who will replace him are, as ever, premature. The names floating about this time are Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston (wishful fan thinking, maybe, since the internet has been suggesting these two names forever) and 30 year old Jamie Bell which is an interesting idea and probably not a bad one. If chosen he'd be the youngest Bond since Sean Connery (who was 30 when he was cast for Dr. No (1962) though most subsequent Bonds have been around 40 when they started. Plus Bell is super charismatic but underused in cinema.
Though Bond films are largely regarded as producer driven and leading actor focused pictures, rather than directorial feats, the man in the chair is important. In the past the franchise has generally relied on mid level directors rather than auteurs, »
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This week, Neil Calloway looks at Batman movies that were planned but never shot…
If you are over 30, by the end of this month you will have seen five actors play Batman on the big screen. That might seem like a lot, but it’s entirely possible that there could have been even more Batman movies down the years.
It appears like there has never been a time when a Batman film was not in some stage of development hell. After the 60s TV series spawned a film, the next attempt to get Batman on the big screen was Batman in Outer Space in the late 70s, probably designed to cash in on the success of Star Wars (similarly, the producers of James Bond made Moonraker instead of For Your Eyes Only in 1979 to ride on the coat tails of Han and Luke).
Before Tim Burton revived the series in 1989, various writers, »
- Neil Calloway
Daniel Craig’s fourth or Roger Moore’s eighth? The former of course but you get the point. The almost-realistic stylings of early Craig have given way to the full blown pantomime excess of mid-Moore (or late Connery, in fairness). Desert lairs, endless car chases, free-wheelin’ helicopters and indestructible airplanes are all very much back in vogue. The result is a largely enjoyable, extremely silly film which attempts to tie previous Craig outings together at the expense of consistency and logic. There isn’t a plot: more a succession of scenes stitched together. And it still can’t manage a decent finale! Fun but ultimately frivolous. Now who does that remind me of?
The Villain: It’s Blofeld! »
While diverse, this year's nominees in the Academy Awards' Best Original Song category are competing on an even playing ground. Most of the writers and performs are first-time nominees, with two-time Best Documentary winner J. Ralph and, now, eight-time Best Original Song Nominee Diane Warren as the exceptions. Still, it's an Oscar-winner free game and has many hitmakers vying for a very rare award for musicians to nab.
From booming ballads to sexy themes for Bdsm love stories to emotional rap tracks, this year's roster of nominees are representative of »
11 items from 2016
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