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Top Ten Movie Franchises Based on Books

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For as long as there have been movies, there have been movies based on books. This is a look at the best movie franchises that are either based on a book or several books.

It’s one thing to have a movie that is based on a book. It happens all the time. It’s more rare to have an entire franchise of films based on a book or set of books. Over the last two decades, it seems like we have been seeing more and more franchises emerge that are based on books. This seems to be happening for a few reasons. First, Hollywood is more than ever looking for established properties on which to base films. Book, have been and always will be one of the best established properties for a movie to be based upon. Second, if the books have a big following, chances are that the
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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 Reflects on the 'Kindness and Humanity' of Late James Bond Star Roger Moore

Pierce Brosnan Reflects on the 'Kindness and Humanity' of Late James Bond Star Roger Moore
Pierce Brosnan is paying tribute to fellow James Bond star, Roger Moore.

Following the 89-year-old actor's death last week, Brosnan penned an emotional essay for Variety, published on Tuesday, in which he opens up about Moore's impact on his own life and career, calling the star his "first real hero."

"Only on reflection do I see how much of an influence Roger Moore had on me as a young Irish immigrant lad from the banks of the River Boyne," Brosnan wrote. "I guess the combination of Bond and The Saint ignited a flame for fame in my heart of innocent wonder. I wanted to be up there. Roger as the Saint made me believe in his world. And before I knew it, the man who was the Saint transformed into James Bond, an even greater hero to me as a boy."

Watch: Roger Moore, 'James Bond' Actor, Dies at 89

Moore starred as anti-hero Simon Templar in the
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Roger Moore Remembered: How His Light Touch Made Him the Most Enduring Bond

Roger Moore Remembered: How His Light Touch Made Him the Most Enduring Bond
The passing of Sir Roger Moore at 89 marks the first James Bond to do so. And the response from one of my sons was telling: “James Bond can’t die — he’s immortal.”

That sentiment will be shared by many Bond fans, particularly the generation that grew up with Moore in the ’70s and ’80s. Moore, who embraced the lighter side of Ian Fleming’s superspy, was also the most enduring, making a record seven franchise movies: “Live And Let Die” (1973), “The Man With The Golden Gun” (1974), “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977), “Moonraker” (1979), “For Your Eyes Only” (1981), “Octopussy” (1983), and “A View To A Kill (1985).”

While Sean Connery defined Bond as uber-cool and free-spirited (he enjoyed killing as much as shagging), Moore redefined him as devil may care to disarm the baddies. The first Bond to hail from London, Moore’s Bond wasn’t in it for the spying, he was
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Roger Moore, Former James Bond Actor, Passes Away at 89

Roger Moore, Former James Bond Actor, Passes Away at 89
Roger Moore, who is best known for playing James Bond in seven movies throughout the 70s and 80s, has passed away at the age of 89. The actor succumbed to cancer. The veteran star died in Switzerland. It has been announced that he will have a private funeral in Monaco in accordance with his wishes.

To some, Roger Moore is the only James Bond that matters. To others, he is the quintessential Bond, personifying the sexiness and cool European swagger that made his take on the character slightly different than those that came before him and those that followed. He was the first to present Bond with a grand sense of humor, that hasn't been matched in any of other movies in this long running series. But no matter what your stance on the matter is, Moore is one of the best Bonds to ever sip a Martini and chase both
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Sir Roger Moore Dead: James Bond Actor Dies At 89

James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore has died aged 89, his family has confirmed. In a statement posted on the actor’s official social media accounts it was revealed that Moore had passed away in Switzerland after a “short but brave battle with cancer”.

Moore was the third actor to play British secret agent James Bond, in seven feature films released between 1973 and 1985.

Sir Roger Moore was born and raised in south London. He received a certificate from the Royal Society of Arts and worked briefly in cartoon animation. While working as a film extra he was offered a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He subsequently joined the Cambridge Arts Theatre, which led to roles in London’s West End.

After some success in film and television productions, he became more widely recognized with his role as Simon Templar in the British television series The Saint. In 1973 he
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From EW Archives: Roger Moore’s Charm in Person—and Why He Was the ‘Best Bond’

From EW Archives: Roger Moore’s Charm in Person—and Why He Was the ‘Best Bond’
Legendary British actor Roger Moore has died at the age of 89 after an iconic career on the silver screen — including his record time as James Bond. This 2008 interview from EW takes a look back at Moore’s career and how he became “the best Bond.”

“Can I get you a drink, Mr. Moore?”

The waiter stands there, secretly hoping that he’ll say those five words known from the beaches of Rio to the bazaars of Cairo to the ski slopes of Gstaad: Vodka martini—shaken, not stirred.

“I’ll have a…Bloody Mary.”

Roger Moore is sitting in the
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James Bond star Roger Moore dies aged 89

Author: Scott Davis

It has been announced today that legendary British actor Roger Moore has died today aged 89 after a battle with cancer, via his official twitter feed.

Moore, who most famously played James Bond through the 1970’s and 1980’s had been battling with cancer in recent months and died in Switzerland.

Here is the official statement from the actors official Twitter page:

“With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”

“It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer.

“The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone.”

With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father,
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Roger Moore, Legendary James Bond Actor, Dead at 89

Roger Moore, Legendary James Bond Actor, Dead at 89
Roger Moore, whose 12-year run as James Bond in the ’70s/’80s turned him into a Hollywood icon, has died. He was 89.

Moore’s family confirmed on social media early Tuesday that the veteran actor died after a “short but brave battle with cancer.”

With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg

Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017

Moore — who remains the longest-serving Bond actor — succeeded Sean Connery as 007 No. 3 in the early ’70s. All told, he appeared in seven
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Roger Moore Dead: James Bond Actor, 89, Battled Cancer

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Roger Moore Dead: James Bond Actor, 89, Battled Cancer
Roger Moore, the beloved actor best known for playing James Bond in the ’70s and ’80s, died in Switzerland on Tuesday. He was 89.

The star’s children broke the news in a statement uploaded to Twitter, noting that Moore passed away after a “short but brave battle with cancer.”

“We are all devastated,” Moore’s family tweeted alongside the statement.

“The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified with words alone,” his three children — Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian — wrote in the statement.

With the heaviest of hearts, we must share
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Roger Moore, James Bond Star, Dies at 89

Roger Moore, James Bond Star, Dies at 89
Roger Moore, the handsome English actor who appeared in seven films as James Bond — the most of any Bond actor — and as Simon Templar on “The Saint” TV series, has died in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer. He was 89.

His family issued an announcement on Twitter: “It is with the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”

With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg

Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017

Moore appeared in more official Bond pics than his friend Sean Connery over a longer period of time, and while Connery’s fans were fiercely loyal, polls showed that many others favored Moore’s lighter, more humorous take on 007.

In 1972, Moore was
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Roger Moore, James Bond Star, Dies at 89

Roger Moore, James Bond Star, Dies at 89
Roger Moore, the handsome English actor who appeared in seven films as James Bond — the most of any Bond actor — and as Simon Templar on “The Saint” TV series, has died in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer. He was 89.

His family issued an announcement on Twitter: “It is with the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”

With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg

Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017

Moore appeared in more official Bond pics than his friend Sean Connery over a longer period of time, and while Connery’s fans were fiercely loyal, polls showed that many others favored Moore’s lighter, more humorous take on 007.

In 1972, Moore was asked to join Her Majesty’s Secret Service
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Josh Brolin Nicks Role of Cable in "Deadpool 2"

by Daniel Crooke

After ages of anticipation, Marvel Cinematic Universe fans’ long international nightmare is over: Deadpool 2 has finally cast the coveted role of Cable, the central villain for the sequel.

In one of the more noteworthy examples of franchise double duty since Swedish soap star Maud Adams seduced audiences in two separate James Bond outings (Octopussy and Live and Let Die, for those keeping score at home) Josh Brolin – Thanos, Destroyer of Realms, himself – has landed his second role as a Marvel baddie in the upcoming sequel to the surprise 2015 superhero hit. Beating out Michael Shannon and David Harbour to clinch the part, Brolin now has the distinction of not only playing the McU’s preeminent bad guy, but the antihero’s enemy in the Deadpool offshoot as well; while they share a foundational mythology, the Deadpool films belong to Marvel Entertainment and not the Disney-owned Marvel Studios.
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James Bond 25, and the untapped stories of the novels

Mark Allison Feb 22, 2017

Iam Fleming's James Bond novels still have narratives and ideas that haven't made it to the 007 movie series...

A spoiler lies ahead for Spectre

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Over the course of 11 years, Ian Fleming wrote 12 James Bond novels and nine short stories before his death in 1964, forming the basis for the film series which survives to the present day. 24 films and 55 years since the birth of the cinematic Bond, it might come as a surprise that the franchise hasn’t completely exhausted its source material. More often than not, however, the James Bond films have been adaptations in name only.

Starting with Roald Dahl’s outlandish screenplay for the fifth Bond film, You Only Live Twice, the film scripts began to drift away from their literary inspirations. For most of Roger Moore’s seven-film tenure, for example, entire plots and characters were
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Atlas picks up Dutch dramedy 'Tulips, Love, Honour And A Bike'

  • ScreenDaily
Atlas picks up Dutch dramedy 'Tulips, Love, Honour And A Bike'
Exclusive: Sales outfit also boards spy drama Margery Booth, which has Stephen Fry attached.

Munich-based sales company Atlas International has picked up international rights to Dutch director Mike van Diem’s (Character) dramedy Tulips, Love, Honour And A Bike, which is currently in post-production.

Set in southern Italy in the 1980s, the Dutch-Canadian-Italian co-production boasts an international cast including veteran Italian actor Giancarlo Giannini, Gijs Naber, Anneke Sluiters and Lidia Vitale.

A71 Entertainment has already acquired Canadian theatrical rights to the film, which follows a young woman who uncovers an unwanted family connection to the Italian mafia.

Atlas has also boarded sales on Margery Booth: The Spy In The Eagles Nest (working title), the biopic of English opera singer Margery Booth, a Second World War spy who performed for Hitler and British POWs.

Wigan-born Booth (1905-1952) emigrated to Germany before the outbreak of the war, during which she helped British intelligence service MI6.

Stephen Fry is attached
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Stephen Fry to play top Nazi in biopic of wartime opera singer Margery Booth

  • ScreenDaily
Stephen Fry to play top Nazi in biopic of wartime opera singer Margery Booth
Exclusive: Udo Kier attached to play Hitler and Lesley Garrett to provide vocals for biopic based on remarkable true story.

Stephen Fry is attached to play leading Nazi Hermann Göring in a biopic of little-known but remarkable English opera singer Margery Booth, a WWII spy who performed for Hitler and British POWs.

Producer Franz Von Habsburg of UK outfit Imperial Film Productions has been developing the long-gestating spy project with screenwriter Ralph Harvey.

Peter Davies, whose credits as editor include Bond films Octopussy, A View To A Kill and The Living Daylights, is due to make his directorial debut on the film, currently titled Margery Booth: The Spy In The Eagles Nest.

British singer Lesley Garrett is attached to provide the vocals for Booth, whose lead role is currently being cast, while German actor Udo Kier (Iron Sky) is attached to play Hitler.

The real-life Margery Booth.

The script includes a duet between Booth and Hitler in which
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Stephen Fry to play top Nazi in biopic of war-time opera singer Margery Booth

  • ScreenDaily
Stephen Fry to play top Nazi in biopic of war-time opera singer Margery Booth
Exclusive: Udo Kier attached to play Hitler and Lesley Garrett to provide vocals for biopic based on remarkable true story.

Stephen Fry is attached to play leading Nazi Hermann Göring in a biopic of little-known but remarkable English opera singer Margery Booth, a WWII spy who performed for Hitler and British POWs.

Producer Franz Von Habsburg of UK outfit Imperial Film Productions has been developing the long-gestating spy project with screenwriter Ralph Harvey.

Peter Davies, whose credits as editor include Bond films Octopussy, A View To A Kill and The Living Daylights, is due to make his directorial debut on the film, currently titled Margery Booth: The Spy In The Eagles Nest.

British singer Lesley Garrett is attached to provide the vocals for Booth, whose lead role is currently being cast, while German actor Udo Kier (Iron Sky) is attached to play Hitler.

The real-life Margery Booth.

The script includes a duet between Booth and Hitler in which
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James Bond, and the perils of casting a new 007

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
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Spectre: one year on, where's it left the James Bond series?

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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Film Review: ‘Bazodee’

Film Review: ‘Bazodee’
Three different cultural traditions come together in “Bazodee”: the melodrama of Bollywood, the calypso-infused Indo-Caribbean “Soca” music of Trinidad and Tobago, and the sitcom humor and aesthetics of American TV. This uneasy hybrid from director Todd Kessler, former showrunner and co-creator of small-screen kids staple “Blue’s Clues,” never finds its rhythm while detailing the tumultuous romantic dilemma that befalls a young woman smitten with real-life Soca superstar Machel Montano’s musician. Devoid of drama and light on memorable melodies, it’s apt to find scant appeal outside its niche target audience.

As one of the most popular Soca acts in the world, Montano is undeniably “Bazodee’s” biggest draw, though he proves a rather one-note presence in this, his acting debut. As admired singer Lee de Leon, Montano smiles brightly but emotes clunkily, which would be a more significant hindrance to the proceedings were it not for the
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