13 items from 2015
James Bond, one of the most iconic characters to emerge out of the postwar wreckage of Europe, was born in Jamaica. Ian Fleming, a former intelligence officer, first visited in 1943 while the island was still under British rule and built a house he called Goldeneye on the northern coast three years after. It was here that he would write all of his James Bond novels, starting with Casino Royale in 1952, up until The Man With the Golden Gun, which was published after his death in 1964. Matthew Parker’s new book Goldeneye Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica explores the complicated relationship Fleming had with the island as it moved from British colony to independent nation. Here are the ten most interesting things Vulture learned, from Fleming’s terrible habits (70 cigarettes a day!) to how he felt about Sean Connery.Goldeneye was named after a wartime operation. Fleming was »
- E. Alex Jung
Two of director Luc Besson’s most acclaimed films are getting the Blu-ray steelbook treatment over at UK web-based distributor Zavvi, with both Nikita and The Big Blue set for release this month with exclusive editions.
Limited to a 2,000-steelbook run, the films are set for release a week apart from each other, with The Big Blue released on March 16th, with Nikita released a week later on March 23rd. And while no special features or technical specifications have been announced yet, it’s a safe bet that the new versions will contain the features on the 2009 Studio Canal editions.
The Big Blue, released in 1988, stars Jean-Marc Barr (Breaking the Waves), Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction) and Jean Reno (Leon); Nikita (La Femme Nikita) followed in 1990, and stars Anne Parillaud (The Man in the Iron Mask) and Tcheky Karyo (Goldeneye).
- Scott J. Davis
The fourth installment of the Daniel Craig as 007 era will be upon us at the end of the year with Spectre, and with Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returning to the helm of the series, we've good feelings about where this is heading.
Perhaps that is why in our first actual behind-the-scenes footage of Spectre, Eon Productions is comfortable enough to let Mendes walk us through where James Bond 24 is heading with the character. While speaking in the below video blog, Mendes explains a concept that we haven’t seen really explored since GoldenEye: Bond is now the veteran and M is the newbie with something to prove.
In many ways, I am detecting that Mendes and screenwriter John Logan are in several sneaky ways pulling from »
(This review pertains to the UK Region 2 video releases).
By Adrian Smith
Michael Armstrong, the writer and star of Eskimo Nell,once said, "It's hard to wank and laugh at the same time". In the 1970s filmmakers gave it a very good try however, and the British sex comedy was virtually the only kind of film being funded. The problem is that the majority of them were neither funny or sexy. They were generally grubby and embarrassing for the actors and the audience. One of the pioneers of the British sex film was director and producer Stanley Long, responsible for The Wife Swappers (1969) and Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1975) and many others. An occasional cinematographer on prestigious films like Roman Polanski's Repulsion (1965), Long often recognised and nurtured new talent, particularly if he could see a financial reward.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Sure, there have been countless articles detailing the debonair men that portrayed the world’s most famous superspy in Ian Fleming’s creation of Agent 007 (a.k.a James Bond). And of course there have been many debates arguing who is considered the best Bond of them all (yes…I concur with the majority of the Sean Connery census that he is the ideal licensed to kill Lothario of them all). Plus, the listing of who’s the better Bond from top to bottom is always a lively discussion among Agent 007 aficionados.
Well, here is one more list to join the fray in terms of examining the actors that carried the action-packed load in bringing Fleming’s dashing Danger Man into the forefront of adventure, mystery, travel and romance. In Of Human “Bond”-age: Top Ten Actors That Had Played James Bond we will take a look at the actors »
- Frank Ochieng
Firefighters were called to the Malibu home of actor Pierce Brosnan late Wednesday night after a fire broke out in the star's garage, ABC News reports.
It took nearly 35 minutes and over 50 firefighters to fully extinguish the blaze, but it appears that the flames were contained primarily in the garage.
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The extent of the damage to Brosnan's home is not yet known, however no injuries were reported.
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Coincidentally, Brosnan last appeared in a Super Bowl commercial for Kia motors which ends with the star walking to a house that catches fire and explodes.
Check out the video below to watch Brosnan take on »
Actor Pierce Brosnan’s home caught fire late Wednesday night in Malibu.
The fire reportedly started in the garage, according to Kabc, and was later extinguished by firefighters.
No injuries were reported.
The story first broke after 11:30 p.m. Pt local time. Local affiliates caught video of Brosnan talking to firefighters outside the home.
Heavy smoke & fire last night from the garage of Pierce Brosnan's Malibu home. No injuries. Damage to garage/bedroom. pic.twitter.com/aPwU4CgK4y
— Kenny Holmes (@KHOLMESlive) February 12, 2015
He has since starred in “The Ghost Writer” and “November Man.”
A witness posted this video to YouTube of the blaze.
- Variety Staff
Both roles initially seem secondary to the male hero in their respective films (Ben Affleck's Nick in the former, Eddie Redmayne's Stephen Hawking in the latter), but gradually come to take over the story in their own right. Here's our pick of nine further films where a heroine usurps her male counterpart.
Women usually get a raw deal in Bond films, so much so that the leads are dismissively referred to as 'Bond girls'. But the casting of Judi Dench as M from 1995's GoldenEye onwards went some way to redressing the gender balance - and by her final outing in Skyfall, she had almost become the protagonist in her own right.
M had always been in a »
Details about G.I. Joe 3 are up in the air at the moment. It was announced back in April last year that Jon M. Chu had left the director’s chair of the movie and the studio have since been in talks with D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four) and Martin Campbell (GoldenEye) to take over.
According to the chaps over at Film Divider, it seems like Paramount are looking to add some new characters to the line-up to keep things fresh. First up will be the villainous Crimson twins Tomax and Xamot, who were big parts of the comic book and cartoon series, but perhaps more interestingly is the possibility of a cross over character.
The site claims that a character by the name of Matt Trakker will be added to the G.I. Joe roster. For those not in the know, Trakker was the leader of the good »
- Luke Owen
Walking spoiler Sean Bean has bitten the dust in film and television more than any other actor. But how well do you know his big-screen demises?
With Bean starring in this week's Jupiter Ascending, the film is naturally going to be loaded with tension over whether he makes it to the end credits in one piece. With that in mind, we've assembled a Sean Bean Death Quiz to test your knowledge on the many downfalls of Sheffield's favourite son.
1. Which on-screen death has Sean previously claimed is his favourite?
A) Boromir in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Correct! "It was a good, slow, heroic death," Bean told Digital Spy in a 2012 interview. Watch the entire 'Death Reel' chat below:
2. What were the final words of Sean's Bond villain Alec Trevelyan in GoldenEye? »
20. Dead Man Walking
Directed by: Tim Robbins
Susan Sarandon earned herself an Oscar for her work in “Dead Man Walking,” a film directed by her then husband, Tim Robbins. She plays Sister Prejean, a nun who befriends a death row inmate named Matthew (Oscar nominated Sean Penn) as they confide in one another and build a convincing relationship as the days and hours tick down until his execution. Robbins intercuts the scenes with Sarandon and Penn with moments of the actual crime taking place, creating a storytelling rift that both supports and contradicts moments within the film, creating two very carefully drawn and developed characters. In addition to visiting him regularly, Prejean begins the crusade to find him a lawyer to make an appeal, doing all she can to delay his sentence being carried out. But, as she meets the families of the victims, she finds herself torn between right »
- Joshua Gaul
Caruso is best know for directing Eagle Eye and I am Number Four, and has done his fair share of action so he would seem to be an appropriate choice for the Joes’ third outing. Recently Martin Campbell (GoldenEye) was also rumoured to be in talks to direct.
As of yet Paramount has not revealed a release date for the film, or any official casting news, although Dwayne Johnson is expected to return as Roadblock.
- Thomas Roach
Several months ago, uber-Bond director Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Casino Royale) was rumored to be taking over the reigns of G.I. Joe 3. While Campbell has been hanging around the TV arena since directing Green Lantern, the man seemed like a solid choice to bring his style to the Joes. Well, it looks like we have another name to add to the list as word on the street is that Paramount is looking to D.J. Caruso as the man to bring Roadblock and crew to fruition in a third installment, »
- Sean Wist
13 items from 2015
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