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Mark Harrison Sep 19, 2017
Kingsman pulls the leg of the James Bond series - but how have the 007 films put across the relationship between Britain and the USA?
When Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service exploded into cinemas in 2015, it gave the iconic James Bond franchise much the same irreverent treatment that the director's previous Mark Millar adaptation, Kick-Ass, gave to comic book movies. Reviews focused on how the film recontextualised the familiar 007 tropes of guns, girls and gadgets through the lens of class, identity and that notorious final bum note.
In the sequel, Eggsy and the Kingsmen run up against a crime syndicate known as the Golden Circle with a little help from their American cousins, the Statesmen. It neatly shows us that American iconography plays much the same role for their opposite numbers, that liquor-themed codenames will stand in for Arthurian monikers, and most accurately of all, that »
Don't mess with Jackie Chan. Stx Entertainment has unveiled a new trailer, which is just one action scene, for the film The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan in a serious role as a man who goes for revenge when the police do nothing. This scene was teased in the first trailer, but now we get to see it play out entirely as Chan is hunted by a group of mercenaries. This is Martin Campbell's latest film, director of GoldenEye, Casino Royale, Edge of Darkness; adapted from a book called "The Chinaman". He plays a father who tries to get revenge when his daughter is killed in an Ira bombing, leading him right up to the politicians. It also stars Pierce Brosnan, Charlie Murphy, Katie Leung, Simon Kunz, Rory Fleck Byrne, Stephen Hogan, Pippa Bennett-Warner, and Dermot Crowley. This looks so much better than Bleeding Steel. Here's the "extended look »
- Alex Billington
After a very long wait, Daniel Craig finally confirmed his return for James Bond 25 last month after seemingly endless speculation on the matter. That means that the upcoming installment of the long-running franchise is going to have a bit more of the same before passing the torch to another actor down the road. But could the franchise be getting some new perspective as well in the form of a female director? According to producer Barbara Broccoli, it is absolutely something that they would consider.
Barbara Broccoli, who has been in control of the James Bond movies along with Eon Productions ever since her father, Albert "Cubby" Broccoli passed away, recently spoke with Screen Daily about her upcoming movie Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool. During the conversation, she was asked about whether or not she would consider having a female director helm a James Bond movie in the future. »
According to Deadline, Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale) has signed on to direct the upcoming adventure Treasure of Ali Baba & The 40 Thieves, based upon the classic One Thousand and One Nights tale.
The new film has been written by Dave Holstein from an original draft by Mansur Ahmed and Ehud Bleiberg, and its official logline reads: “An adventure novelist gets caught up in a global conspiracy and a hunt for a mysterious antiquity after discovering that his father had a map to the legendary treasure of Ali Baba. He must team up with a brilliant cartographer to locate the artifacts before they fall into the hands of the 40 Thieves — an ancient group who has quietly become a powerful, international syndicate of criminals in high-ranking corporate positions.”
“This is a great opportunity to do something with international appeal and huge franchise potential,” said Campbell. “I want this to be my Indiana Jones. »
- Gary Collinson
By Lee Pfeiffer
The Hollywood Reporter has published an article detailing the major players who are vying to gain at least some control over rights to the James Bond franchise, which -according to the article- is deemed to be under-utilizing its true potential for profitability. Warner Brothers is said to be the front runner for gaining distribution rights for the next film in the series, set for release in November 2019. Daniel Craig will star in what he has stated will be his last appearance in a Bond film. Among the top bidders in competition with Warners are newly-emerging entertainment powerhouses Amazon and Apple, both of which would like to expand the Bond image into mediums beyond feature films. However, the rights situation regarding the franchise is a complex one. Eon Productions, founded by the series' original producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, owned the franchise outright and had a »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Cinephiles and Marvel movie fans were abuzz when writer/director Edgar Wright teased plot details, production photos, and concept footage from Ant-Man, which promised to be an action comedy take on Marvel's travel-sized superhero. Wright ultimately left the project, though Paul Rudd stayed on as Scott Lang for director Peyton Reed, who delivered the 2015 film that earned over $519 million worldwide. But before Rudd entered the scene, Ant-Man himself almost looked quite a bit different.
There were plenty of actors considered for the film's lead and the no-less important parts of Og Ant-Man Hank Pym, the Wasp and/or Hope van Dyne. Today, we look at 10 actors who were almost cast in Marvel's Ant-Man at one point or another. And there are some pretty wild and unique choices to be discovered. As well as some that are simply no brainers. Would any of them have been better than Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly? »
Martin Campbell hasn't had much luck outside the James Bond franchise, having revitalized it twice with Goldeneye and Casino Royale (for my money the best James Bond movie ever). Because, besides The Mask Of Zorro, he hasn't had very many memorable outings, and even some famous clunkers like Green Lantern and the The Legend Of Zorro, which couldn't recapture the magic of the first one. However,... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Directed by John Frankenheimer.
A group of mercenaries are hired by Irish terrorists to retrieve a case to stop it falling into Russian hands.
In case you didn’t know, ronin are Samurai warriors whose masters have been killed, leaving the warriors free to roam the land as swords-for-hire to anybody willing to pay them. The movie Ronin informs you of this in the title cards so you could be forgiven for thinking this is going to be a bloodthirsty martial arts epic in the vein of Shogun Assassin until you are thrown into a Paris bistro as a ragtag group of shifty characters are assembling. We don’t know them, they don’t know each other and only one person knows why they are there – that person being »
Yesterday we brought you an international poster for the action thriller The Foreigner featuring martial arts superstar Jackie Chan, and now we have another one-sheet, this time featuring Jackie’s co-star and former 007 Pierce Brosnan; check it out here…
“The film tells the story of humble London businessman Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love — his teenage daughter — is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers.”
- Gary Collinson
The latest James Bond instalment has had a degree of uncertainty around it since Spectre hit cinemas two years ago. The target seems to be 2019, and only until recently it seems that momentum is building. In part it seems that Daniel Craig will be tied down to another. Spectre underwhelmed and Craig put in a somewhat tired performance. Speculation has been rife over his impending replacement. In any case, he’s looking like he’ll don the suit again and they can get down to the nitty gritty of picking a director.
If we believe what we’ve read recently, there’s a three man short-list (personally I think, not before long, it’d be interesting to have a female director and I’m looking at Kathryn Bigelow). The shortlist consists of Denis Villeneuve, Yann Demange and David Mackenzie. All excellent choices. »
- Gary Collinson
Production will begin later this year on a new female driven international espionage thriller The Rhythm Section, with financing from leading independent studio Im Global, it was announced today by Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of Eon Productions in London and Im Global Founder and CEO, Stuart Ford in Los Angeles.
Wilson and Broccoli, who have produced the last eight Bond films (Spectre, Skyfall, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, Die Another Day, The World Is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies, Goldeneye), will produce. Ford and Im Global’s Academy Award winning head of production Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, upcoming Detroit) and author/screenwriter Mark Burnell will serve as executive producers.
- Michelle Hannett
Neil Calloway thinks more films set in the Bond Universe should remain on the drawing board…
Of course there is talk of a James Bond Cinematic Universe; I’d put good money on someone in Hollywood holding a meeting about whether there should be a La La Land Cinematic Universe. Bond is possibly the most iconic franchise in film, and any studio would be looking to milk that name recognition and its box office for all it can; one film every couple of years, with the occasional longer break really isn’t making the brand work for the studio. Eon and Sony are surely looking at Marvel, DC and Star Wars and wondering whether they can have their own magic money tree to harvest.
The thing is, semi-regular films centred on one character is pretty much all Bond can sustain. It’s one thing to propose a series of films featuring M, »
- Neil Calloway
Simon Brew Sep 14, 2017
For the first time since 2011’s Green Lantern, director Martin Campbell has a new film coming to cinemas. Campbell, who’s previously directed movies such as Casino Royale, GoldenEye, The Mask Of Zorro and Edge Of Tomorrow, has more recently done a couple of films for television. But he’s putting the finishing touches to his latest venture, The Foreigner, that stars Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.
The script for this one has been penned by David Marconi, and he in turn has adapted Stephen Leather’s novel, The Chinaman. Jackie Chan will take on the role of a London restaurant owner, who seeks to track down the terrorists who killed his daughter.
The new trailer for the movie has now been released, and here’s a taste »
"Never push a good man too far." A trailer has debuted for the action film The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan in a serious role as a man who goes for revenge when the police do nothing to help him. This is the latest film from Martin Campbell, director of GoldenEye, Casino Royale, Edge of Darkness, and Green Lantern; adapted from a book called "The Chinaman". Chan plays a father who tries to get revenge when his daughter is killed in an Ira bombing, leading him right up to the politicians involved. The full cast includes Pierce Brosnan, Charlie Murphy, Katie Leung, Simon Kunz, Rory Fleck Byrne, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Stephen Hogan, and Dermot Crowley. This seems like an quietly intense story of a man who goes to war against everyone when no one else will do anything. Footage looks great, I'm totally in for this. Here's the first official trailer »
- Alex Billington
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Jackie Chan in a serious acting role, which is why “The Foreigner” could be a game-changer. The multi-hyphenate actor, martial artist, director and singer has had success with children’s franchise hits “Kung Fu Panda” and “The Karate Kid,” and his comedy chops are well known to “Rush Hour” fans. Now, audiences get a different side of him in “The Foreigner,” a slick revenge thriller which released its official trailer today.
Based on the unfortunately titled novel “The Chinaman,” by British crime novelist Stephen Leather, the movie has thankfully been renamed. Chan plays Quan, a restaurant owner with some serious combat skills whose daughter dies in an attack by the Ira. When the authorities botch the case, he is determined to find the people responsible and avenge his daughter’s death. »
- Jude Dry
The first official international trailer for Jackie Chan’s next, The Foreigner – an action thriller co-starring Pierce Brosnan – has just come out. The film is directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, GoldenEye), and also stars Katie Leung and Liu Tao.
A British-Chinese co-production, the film is based on the 1992 Stephen Leather novel The Chinaman, and showcases Chan in a role very different, and much darker, from the familiar guise of a heroic action figure we have seen him as in recent films like Railroad Tigers and Kung Fu Yoga.
Poster for the film The Foreigner (2017). Source: IMDb.com
In The Foreigner, Chan plays a Chinese restaurant owner, who loses his young daughter in a bombing that Brosnan’s Liam Hennessy, an Ira-man turned government minister, is responsible for. With no help from the police forthcoming, Chan sets out on a revenge mission to find the man responsible for his loss, »
- Arnav Sinha
Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate seeks the guidance of an eccentric neighbor as his life is upended by his father’s mistress.
Thomas Webb (Callum Turner), the son of a publisher and his artistic wife, has just graduated from college and is trying to find his place in the world. Moving from his parents’ Upper West Side apartment to the Lower East Side, he befriends his neighbor W.F. (Jeff Bridges), a shambling alcoholic writer who dispenses worldly wisdom alongside healthy shots of whiskey.
Thomas’ world begins to shift when he discovers that his long-married father (Pierce Brosnan) is having an affair with a seductive younger woman »
- Michelle Hannett
As we wait to find out who will replace Peter Capaldi in Doctor Who, here’s someone who could have played the Doctor in the past: Scottish actor Alan Cumming, known for his various roles in the likes of GoldenEye, Spy Kids, X2 and The Good Wife, among many others
The Huffington Post revealed that the prolific actor was asked to play the face-changing Time Lord on not just one, but two occasions. While he says he would have loved to take the part, there was one big aspect of the job that put him off; relocating to Cardiff, Wales, where Doctor Who is filmed.
Cumming recalled that a “lovely Welshman” – presumably original showrunner Russell T. Davies – had phoned him to offer him the job, but once he found out where the production was located, he wasn’t interested.
“I said, ‘Sure, I still have a flat in London, it’d be perfect. »
- Christian Bone
Simon Brew May 31, 2017
From one James Bond to another, Pierce Brosnan pens some words of appreciation about the late Roger Moore...
The outpouring of affection towards Roger Moore following his death last week at the age of 89 has seen some lovely stories doing the rounds. And now Pierce Brosnan has added a few warm words too.
Brosnan, chatting to Variety, revealed that Moore came to visit him on the set of his first 007 movie, GoldenEye. He popped in to wish Brosnan well in the role, with the latter writing that “I was still in awe of the man”.
It’s part of a lovely tribute that Brosnan’s written, revealing that Roger Moore is the only actor whose autograph he ever asked for, back when he was 12 years old.
“Many years later I was a working actor with a wife and children, and Roger and his Bond came to save the day. »
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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