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13 items from 2010

For Your Eyebrows Only: the 007 regulars

21 December 2010 9:22 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Despite Daniel Craig successfully taking over the role of James Bond in Casino Royale (2006), Eon Productions has now put the immortal series on a backburner because of a potential take-over of MGM. Whether another Bond film will be produced under the partnership remains to be seen, and even if the series kick-starts once more, there’s no guarantee that Craig will return as the world’s most famous secret agent.

The past 40 years has seen a number of actors who have contributed to more than one film. So with this imposed hiatus, it's worth taking a look at those performers who have been in the most 007 movies.

Making her debut in the first 007 outing Dr No (1962), the durable Canadian actress Lois Maxwell made 14 appearances as Secretary Jane Moneypenny, forever flirting with 007 when he returns home from another world-saving assignment. Ian Fleming always regarded Maxwell, who died in 2007, as the perfect Moneypenny because, »

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The Tourist

10 December 2010 5:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Tourist

Directed by: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Steven Berkoff, Timothy Dalton

Running Time: 1 hr 43 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: December 10, 2010

Plot: An American man (Depp) is mistakenly brought into an international manhunt when he becomes associated with a woman (Jolie) searching for her elusive fugitive husband.

Who’S It For? The pacing of the film calls for more mature viewers, or at least those who have fond recollections of classic picturesque thrillers kind of like To Catch A Thief. Without the romance.

Expectations: Despite the two big cast members that were finally coming together on screen, I was mostly at The Tourist for von Donnersmarck. In 2006, he beat out films like Pan’s Labyrinth with The Lives of Others, his debut movie about surveillance during the cold war. Now with the director handling a story that looks like it might echo the »

- Nick Allen

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10 things we want from the new James Bond film

8 December 2010 10:36 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With Sam Mendes set to direct the twenty-third James Bond movie, Ti puts together his wishlist for the new 007 adventure.

So, MGM are out of their financial straits and Sam Mendes is, if his ex-wife is to be believed, still on board to direct the next James Bond film, due in 2012. So, with mixed reviews for Bond's last adventure, Quantum Of Solace, what do we want to see in the new film?

And, no, a new actor as James Bond is not one of them, you CraigNotBond.com wags... (Besides, that's clearly going to be Henry Cavill when Craig is done in the role. You just wait and see...)

1. Keep the stunts grounded

James Bond films have always been famous for their practical stunts and the films are all the more exciting when we know that the action was done for real. Think of Bond's best stunts, the rotating Mustang »

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Music in the movies: John Barry

29 November 2010 3:33 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

In the latest Music in the movies column, we celebrate the Bond themes of John Barry

A phenomenally successful composer with dozens of credits to his name; John Barry is best known for his contributions to the James Bond franchise. Throughout his work for the franchise, Barry helped create iconic scores that would set the foundation for those who would follow him, and whilst he didn't receive any recognition from the Academy for his work, the scores he created are held in high regard.

Below is a look back at the full scores Barry composed for the Bond franchise:

From Russia With Love

Barry's first full score for the Bond franchise really set the formula for what followed, and what is now deemed as being iconic and fairly typical as far as action scores go, was, at the time, seen as being quite dynamic.

All in all, it's a near »

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Brenda Cowling obituary

11 November 2010 10:17 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

She played Mrs Lipton in You Rang, M'Lord?

After a lifetime of bit parts, Brenda Cowling, who has died of a stroke aged 85, found herself in front of up to 12 million television viewers when she played the cook, Mrs Lipton, in You Rang, M'Lord? The "upstairs, downstairs" sitcom, from the Dad's Army creators Jimmy Perry and David Croft, was inspired by the experiences of Perry's grandparents, who had been the butler and cook in a household in Berkeley Square, London.

The writers had frequently used Cowling for character roles in their previous series and immediately recognised her as an ideal fit. "Brenda was a very warm woman, looked like a cook, spoke like a cook and walked like a cook," said Perry.

For good measure, the widowed Lipton had a relationship with the butler, Alf Stokes (played by Paul Shane), in the 1988 pilot and four series (1990-93). The sitcom ended »

- Anthony Hayward

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Alan Hume obituary

17 August 2010 11:53 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cinematographer known for his work on the Carry On films

Despite, or because of, the ancient, dirty jokes, schoolboy humour, double entendres, and a string of hammy actors tele- graphing each jest with pursed lips, rolling eyes or a snigger, the Carry On films have an army of devotees. Among the most regular actors were Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Sid James, Joan Sims and Kenneth Connor, and behind the camera, on almost all of the 30 Carry On movies, was the cinematographer Alan Hume, who has died aged 85.

Hume started as camera operator on the very first, Carry On Sergeant (1958), soon becoming director of photography (Dp) on Carry On Regardless (1961), and continuing as Dp until Carry On Columbus (1992) ended the franchise. Though few would make any artistic claims for the films, they were competently shot, rapidly, on a shoestring. Because of the rapport Hume built up over a long period with »

- Ronald Bergan

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Alan Hume, Acclaimed James Bond And Star Wars Director Of Photography, Dead At 85

13 July 2010 8:57 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Alan Hume, one of the most accomplished directors of photography has died aged 85.A veteran of over 100 films, Alan Hume began his career as a clapper boy on David Lean's In Which We Serve, Great Expectations and Oliver Twist. He progressed up the ranks to focus puller by his third film with Lean. When Our Girl Friday (starring a young Joan Collins) came along in 1953, Hume was promoted to camera operator and shot 27 more films as camera operator in 7 years. He gained a reputation for being fast, efficient and a brilliant photographer - which deeply impressed Carry On producer Peter Rogers, who put Hume under contract and offered him the chance to become a director of photography in 1960 on No Kidding. Over the next forty years, Hume lit over 150 films and TV shows.Among his credits were fifteen Carry On films, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Stepping Out, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Dead Cert Update and New Exclusive Stills

28 June 2010 5:01 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Writer/producer Jonathan Sothcott just dropped us a line with the good news that later this week we'll be getting a look at the UK DVD artwork for director Steven Lawson's Dead Cert, and in the meantime he's given us a few new exclusive stills and an update on what we can expect to see once it's released.

Starring Craig Fairbrass and Billy Murray, Dead Cert follows a gang of tough London gangsters who get more than they bargained for when a group of businessmen make an offer to buy their club, the Inferno. They turn out to be nothing less than vampires wanting their land back and turn viciously on the gangsters when their demands are not met.

Sothcott describes the film as "a fun vampire romp through London’s East End in the tradition of The Lost Boys, Dracula Ad 1972, and Vamp. It's an old fashioned vampire »

- Uncle Creepy

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Bollywood glamour gals battle to become the first Indian Bond girl

1 April 2010 4:06 PM, PDT | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

Two Bollywood actresses are vying to be the first Indian Bond girl as rumours spread that the next 007 film will be shot in the country.Producers of the film, expected to be directed by Sam Mendes, have been scouting locations in India.The plot is believed to be set in Afghanistan in landscapes similar to India's Rajasthan deserts and the arid mountains of Ladakh, close to the border with Tibet.In 1983 the Bond film Octopussy featured the Indian tennis player Vijay Amritraj in a plot centred on a cult of "octopus" women on a floating island in Udaipur, the "city of lakes" in Rajasthan in western India.Last week Freida Pinto, who played Latika in the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, was linked to the new film in which Daniel Craig will play 007. Her latest film, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, directed by Woody Allen, »

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Singer's 'X-Men' Future, 'Eastern Promises 2' and More for Cannes Line-up

26 March 2010 11:12 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Singer to Produce Not Direct X-Men: First Class: For the last week or so there has been endless chatter as to whether or not Bryan Singer would still direct X-Men: First Class or if Fox would move forward without him as Singer's next project is Jack the Giant Killer at Warner Bros. meaning he's not immediately available to head back to the X-verse. Word has now come down that Singer is officially off the project as director, but will remain aboard as producer shepherding the pic penned by Jamie Moss from Singer's treatment. Fox is moving forward quickly with the film as they are said to have liked the script so much they don't want to wait with hopes of signing a director soon with the intention of getting the film in theaters by 2011. Moss is said to be honing the origin story that focuses on Xavier and Magneto »

- Brad Brevet

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Dalton and Berkoff Join ‘The Tourist’

25 March 2010 1:38 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

To add to the slew of casting announcements for Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s The Tourist, it’s just been announced that Timothy Dalton (License To Kill) and Steven Berkoff (Rambo) have joined Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie and the rest of the cast.  Coming Soon tipped us off.

Who are these people and what is this movie?  Read on, adventurers. 

The film follows an American tourist (Depp) who goes to Italy to mend a broken heart, meets a beautiful and mysterious woman (Jolie, obviously) and gets caught up in espionage.  Depp and Jolie need no parenthetical work references, however Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck might.

Donnersmarck wrote and directed the excellent Das Leben der Anderen (aka The Lives of Others), which will be remade in the U.S. and produced by Harvey Weinstein, Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella.  With the type of cast attached to The Tourist, one gets the sense »

- Scott Miller

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Dalton, Berkoff Team For "Tourist"

24 March 2010 10:59 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Former James Bond star Timothy Dalton ("The Living Daylights," "Hot Fuzz") and former Bond movie villain Steven Berkoff ("Octopussy," "A Clockwork Orange") are teaming for the thriller "The Tourist" at Sony Pictures says Variety.

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck directs this remake of the French 2005 thriller "Anthony Zimmer". In this version an American tourist (Johnny Depp) visits Italy after a failed romance and is soon drawn into a web of intrigue by a female Interpol agent (Angelina Jolie) who is attempting to locate a criminal who was once her lover.

Paul Bettany and Rufus Sewell also star. Filming is currently underway in Venice. »

- Garth Franklin

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James Bond Stuntman Martin Grace Dies

12 February 2010 9:54 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

British stuntman Martin Grace was Roger Moore’s stunt double throughout his run as Ian Fleming’s British superspy James Bond. He also doubled the actor in many of his non-Bond film outings.

Grace was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, in 1942. He began working in films in the mid-1960s, playing a Thal in the 1965 feature Dr. Who and the Daleks with Peter Cushing. He first became involved with the Bond film franchise as a stuntman on 1967’s You Only Live Twice starring Sean Connery. He also worked on the 007 films Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), and began serving as Roger Moore’s stunt double with The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Grace also doubled Moore on the Bond films Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) which left him badly injured while filming an action sequence aboard a train, and A View to Kill (1985), and the »

- Bryan

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