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With the brand new 007 movie Spectre only a couple of weeks away from release, and Sam Smith’s new single Writing’s On The Wall riding high at the top of the UK charts, the British public have been out in force voting for their favourite Bond theme of all time.
perhaps unsurprisingly Adele’s Skyfall from the film of the same name topped the poll, which was conducted by Bingocams. The track, from the 2012 film of the same name, attracted a huge 366 votes out of the poll of 1700 people, nearly double that of its nearest rival, Paul McCartney and Wings’ superb Live and Let Die, which bagged 188 votes.
Shirley Bassey’s scored a double-whammy with third and fourth place with her themes from Diamonds Are Forever (160 votes) at the number three position, and Goldfinger with 147 votes in fourth. Carly Simon’s Nobody Does It Better from The Spy Who Loved Me »
- The Hollywood News
This one? Very nearly the best Bond of the lot. Building the entire film around one card game is a masterstroke: the simplicity of the premise allows room for the Bond legend to grow. Umpteen moments of inspiration clamour for attention; Bond inventing the Vesper Martini is a personal favourite. Meanwhile, makers of blue swimming trunks must bow down before the DVD every morning - the collective 'phwoar' as Daniel Craig emerges from the sea echoed around cinemas across the world. Someone doesn’t skip the gym.
The Girl: Okay, I’ll say it - Vesper’s the best Bond girl of all. Honey Rider is a bikini, Pussy Galore a silly name; Tracy and Anya are pretty great but Vesper takes the crown. She’s »
22 best and worst Bond theme songs ranked: Do you agree?
Ah, Mr Bond! We've been... inspecting you. Yes, ahead of Spectre's release on October 26, Digital Spy has attempted the impossible: ranking all 23 films of the 007 franchise. From 1962's Dr No all the way to 2012's Skyfall, we've graded which films were 00-heaven - and which were, well, something of an oddjob.
Ok, we've ignored unofficial outing Never Say Never Again and that weird original Casino Royale with Woody Allen. Plus the radio version of Moonraker, starring Blockbusters' Bob Holness. But otherwise, read on for your definitive guide through a minefield of gadgets, girls and shaken martinis, starting with the abject worst. Violently disagree? Be sure to let us know...
23. Die Another Day (2002)
One of the most iconic aspects of the films of James Bond, one of the longest-running film franchises that has been going on for over 50 years, has been the title song. Unofficially referred to as the “Bond song”, past performers have included Shirley Bassey (who performed the Bond songs of the same name for both 1964’s Goldfinger and 1971’s Diamonds are Forever), Tom Jones (who sang the titular theme for 1965’s Thunderball), Tina Turner (who sang the Bond song of the same name for 1995’s Goldeneye), Paul McCartney and Wings (who did the main song for 1973’s Live and Let Die) and Garbage (who sang “The World Is Not Enough” for 1999’s The World Is Not Enough).
With the 24th entry in the franchise, titled Spectre, set to premiere later this year, Sam Smith will be taking over the reins from Adele, who performed “Skyfall” for the 2012 film of the same name, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Practically a curse for some this one, and now a contender for Worst Bond Ever. This is a bit harsh: Die Another Day doesn’t deserve the opprobrium heaped upon it. Not to say it’s good; just not utterly irredeemable. Perhaps its greatest problem is tonal. For a while it seems we might get the hard-hitting Bond that Pierce Brosnan so deserved; then suddenly we’re in an ice palace and Bond’s borrowed a car from Harry Potter. The second half of the film is utterly ludicrous but fun if you go along for the (invisible) ride; alas, the first half promised something far more intriguing. It wouldn’t be completely accurate to say it begins as Licence To Kill and ends as Moonraker; but nor is it totally unfair. »
Earlier this month, Daniel Craig spoke out about his interpretation of 007, saying that his Bond "is not as sexist and misogynistic as [earlier incarnations]". Well, Pierce Brosnan doesn't think James Bond is a sexist. So there.
"I never thought of him like that," says Brosnan, speaking exclusively to Digital Spy. "I saw him as a solitary, enigmatic character."
But he does agree with Craig on the "very f**king lonely, great sadness" front - to an extent:
"I saw him as a fellow who carries a certain amount of pain and angst. Deep down as someone who's quite troubled, and solitary - [though] Ian Fleming really doesn't give you a lot to hang your hat on.
"There's a lovely sequence in [the books] where Bond is on a flight and there is terrible turbulence and he's shaking in his shoes, from turbulence. 'The drink, the drink, give me the drink'."
Back in 1995's GoldenEye, the »
"Anything is possible for sure, but I think he'll be male and he'll be white. There's wonderful black actors out there who could be James Bond, and there's no reason why you cannot have a black James Bond.
But a female James Bond, no, I think it has to be male. James Bond is a guy, he's all male. His name is James, his name is James Bond."
The comments follow on from some a few weeks ago when Brosnan vocalised his support for Idris Elba in the role. »
- Garth Franklin
Pierce Brosnan thinks that the next James Bond will be both white and male.
The former 007 actor said last month that Idris Elba had "the physicality, the charisma [and] the presence" to play the spy, but has now added that he thinks Daniel Craig's successor in the role will be white.
Everything you need to know about Spectre including spoilers, trailers and latest rumours
"Anything is possible for sure, but I think he'll be male and he'll be white," Brosnan said in a new interview with Pa.
"There's wonderful black actors out there who could be James Bond, and there's no reason why you cannot have a black James Bond.
"But a female James Bond, no, I think it has to be male. James Bond is a guy, he's all male. His name is James, his name is James Bond."
Elba has been tipped as a future Bond many times over, »
For many, Tomorrow Never Dies is the forgotten middle child of the Brosnan era. Neither as loved as Goldeneye, nor reviled as Die Another Day, and it doesn’t have Christmas Jones. A muscular, accomplished outing that certainly deserves the prefix 'action' before any mention of 'thriller', Tomorrow Never Dies is the moment Brosnan hit his stride and simultaneously fell over. Great chases, hissable villains and one of the brightest of Bond’s flames in Paris Carver keep this viewer happy. The over-explosive climax and reluctance to experiment hint at trouble ahead.
The villain: I think Rupert’s gonna sue somebody… The antipodean qualities of megalomaniac media mogul Elliot Carver have only grown more pronounced over time. He’s a fine villain in his own right, with that fine »
Note: the following contains major spoilers for Skyfall.
With the towering success of Skyfall, it's fair to say that Eon Productions have set themselves a tough act to follow. Making $1.18bn worldwide, Skyfall wasn't only the biggest Bond film to date, but also ranks among the biggest films of all time. It was about the best 50th birthday present the franchise could have hoped for.
If what we've heard is true, however, Skyfall could have been rather different.
You'll probably remember Skyfall's final act: Bond (Daniel Craig, of course) and M (Judi Dench) speed off in an old Aston DB5 and head to Skyfall Lodge, Bond's ancestral home. There, Bond stands reflectively over the graves of his parents, and meets Kincade (Albert Finney), the lodge's groundskeeper and Bond's childhood mentor. Together, the three »
Eva Green ("Penny Dreadful," "Casino Royale") and Sean Bean ("Legends," "Goldeneye") are reportedly being sought for villainous roles in Patty Jenkins' upcoming "Wonder Woman" solo film at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Heroic Hollywood reports today that Bean is being looked at for the role of the God of War Ares, while Green is wanted for the part of Circe the Sorceress.
Both are strong choices, and would join both Gadot and Chris Pine who at last report has been slated to play her love interest Steve Trevor. The film is slated for a June 23rd 2017 release. »
- Garth Franklin
With Gal Gadot debuting as Wonder Woman next year in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. are gearing up for her first solo outing in 2017, with shooting in London set to begin this November. With Gadot and Chris Pine, as love interest Steve Trevor, already on board, a new rumour from Heroic Hollywood suggests director Patty Jenkins is looking to pit our heroine against not one but two villains, with Sean Bean sought to play ancient Greek deity Ares, the God of War, and Eva Green once again flexing her bad guy muscles once again as Circe, a wicked sorcerous who has been a long time thorn in Wonder Woman’s side. Personally, I figured Cheetah, considered Wonder Woman’s Joker, would be a shoe in for the bad guy role for this first solo outing, both these foes make sense and play up the mystical angle of »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
So with every Bond movie there’s always the question of who’s doing the opening song. The list of artist names is a compilation of some legendary artists. Die Another Day – Madonna, The World is Not Enough – Garbage, Goldeneye – Bono. Well with Spectre on the horizon the question has arisen yet again and directly from Sony we know now that Sam Smith will be singing the titular track for the upcoming movie.
Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes have co penned the song “Writing’s On The Wall”. This is also marks only the second time the musical responsibilities have fallen to a British artist. Smith has been quoted
“This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honoured to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song. I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jason The X)
This article contains spoilers for Goldeneye.
Goldeneye: a mostly triumphant return after an extended absence. Far from perfect but its flaws are overwhelmed by the sheer brio of the whole thing, especially once former Bond bestie Alec Trevelyan finally shows face. The reliance on gadgets is just about right (the exploding pen got a Skyfall namecheck) and the action is reliably entertaining. At least provided you can enjoy a tank chase through Moscow - which this writer certainly can. Probably the most loved of the Brosnan Bonds, although arguably Tomorrow Never Dies is a more coherent film (we'll be coming to that one next, of course). But this one had a lot riding on it. After six years it was do or die - »
"I think you're a sexist, misogynist dinosaur, a relic of the Cold War." - M (Judi Dench) to James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) in "Goldeneye" Guess what, M? James Bond actually agrees with you! Or rather, Daniel Craig does in a new interview with Esquire, where the current Bond star calls historical portrayals of the spy -- yes -- "sexist and misogynistic." Is he the first 007 to refer to the character as such? Hard to say, but it's a pretty bold (and honest) statement from a man who is still actively playing the womanizing spy on screen. (Note: this is not the first Bond controversy to break today.) “Hopefully, my Bond is not as sexist and misogynistic as [earlier incarnations]," said Craig in the interview.. "The world has changed. I am certainly not that person. But he is, and so what does that mean? It means you cast great actresses and make the »
- Chris Eggertsen
The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme
You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.
The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.
The Festival will screen a »
West. Kilmer. Keaton. Clooney. Bale. Affleck. Brosnan? Speaking in an interview with Details, former 007 Pierce Brosnan revealed that he was once offered the chance to play The Caped Crusader for Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film.
At the time, Pierce Brosnan was one of a number of stars in line for the coveted part, rubbing shoulders with Mel Gibson – fresh off the Mad Max trilogy – Tom Selleck, Charlie Sheen, Kevin Costner and Bill Murray. Ultimately, though, it was a role that never really caught the actor’s attention, and here he reveals exactly why he passed up the chance.
“It was the beginning of these huge movies, and I just thought, Batman? Batman held such an indelible place in my own childhood, but I said something flippant to Tim Burton like, ‘Any guy who wears his underpants outside his trousers cannot be taken seriously.’ So, yeah.”
Low and behold, it was »
- Michael Briers
Game of Thrones is notable for having a huge cast, featuring some of the very best acting talent around. In particular over the past five seasons, it has often been a who’s who of the cream of the British crop, with a number of actors you’ll at least recognise from a variety of other series and movies.
From Doctor Who to Downton, with a dab of Bond thrown in as well, stars have been on some of the biggest stages before heading to Westeros, with notable examples including Aidan Gillan (Littlefinger; Tommy Carcetti in The Wire), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister; Sarah Connor in her Chronicles), and of course Sean Bean (Ned Stark; seen dying in pretty much everything from – Spoiler – GoldenEye to Lord of the Rings).
It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that so many actors who have appeared in one of TV’s »
- James Hunt
The restoration by the BFI National Archive will receive its world premiere on Oct 16 with a new live score by John Altman, the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning composer whose work includes Titanic and Goldeneye. The score has been written for a 12 piece ensemble playing multiple instruments.
Shooting Stars, first released in 1928, was Asquith’s first film as co-director and scriptwriter and is a drama set behind the scenes at a film studio.
Annette Benson (Mae Feather) and Brian Aherne (Julian Gordon) play two mis-matched, married stars and Donald Calthrop (Andy Wilkes) a Chaplin-esque star at the same studio, with whom Mae becomes romantically involved.
Chili Bouchier, Britain’s first sex symbol of the silent era, plays a key role »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
August 18th is bringing horror and sci-fi fans a bounty of home entertainment choices this week, especially if you’re into cult classics and indie genre films. Titles arriving on Tuesday include newer movies like Cub, Ejecta and Closer to God as well as the latest from the Soska Sisters, Vendetta. Several older films are getting an HD overhaul on Blu-ray too, including Nomads, The Hunger, Nightmare Castle, The Wife Killer and the supernaturally-infused Burn, Witch, Burn which was also co-penned by Richard Matheson.
And while it may not necessarily be a full-on genre movie, it’s worth noting that Shout! Factory is also releasing the criminally underrated cyber-adventure/thriller Hackers onto Blu-ray this week to celebrate its upcoming 20th anniversary.
The powers of dark magic rule the night in this chilling masterpiece of supernatural horror as a
college campus turns into a nest of evil. »
- Heather Wixson
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