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There’s a terrific scene in GoldenEye where we are introduced to Judi Dench’s M, James Bond’s first female superior and the first sign that the series has officially moved on from its boys’ club Cold War origins. After Agent 007 wantonly disrespects his new boss, she coldly gives him a dressing down decades in the […]
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The winds of change are blowing heavily over in the land of James Bond. As we've reported numerous times on the site, Daniel Craig has made it all too clear that he's not very interested in continuing on the with Bond franchise, but there's another heavy hitter who seems to be ready to move on.
At the Hay Festival of Literature in Wales, acclaimed British director Sam Mendes expressed his desire to hand the reins over to a new director, THR reports.
"It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it," Mendes said of his five years working on the thriller franchise. "But I think it's time for somebody else."
Last year's Spectre was Mendes' second time at the helm of the Bond franchise, the first time being 2012's Skyfall, which may very well take the cake as one of the strongest Bond films since Goldeneye. »
- Joseph Medina
In not surprising news, Sam Mendes is moving on from the 007 franchise after Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). Daniel Craig is probably moving on, too, but rumors about who will replace him are, as ever, premature. The names floating about this time are Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston (wishful fan thinking, maybe, since the internet has been suggesting these two names forever) and 30 year old Jamie Bell which is an interesting idea and probably not a bad one. If chosen he'd be the youngest Bond since Sean Connery (who was 30 when he was cast for Dr. No (1962) though most subsequent Bonds have been around 40 when they started. Plus Bell is super charismatic but underused in cinema.
Though Bond films are largely regarded as producer driven and leading actor focused pictures, rather than directorial feats, the man in the chair is important. In the past the franchise has generally relied on mid level directors rather than auteurs, »
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It’s time to talk about remakes again. In this installment of our series, we’re going to be looking at a revamped version of one of the most legendary fictional heroes ever. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Mask of Zorro (1998).
The Zorro character was introduced in the 1919 serialized story, “The Curse of Capistrano”, written by Johnston McCulley, and was published in All-Stories Weekly, the same magazine that first published Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Tarzan of the Apes” and “John Carter: Warlord of Mars”. Zorro was partly the inspiration for Batman. (Parenthetically, in DC comics, Bruce Wayne and his parents were coming out of a theater after seeing a film version of Zorro when his parents were killed.)
The story has been adapted several times. The first time was a silent film version in 1920, starring the cinema’s first-ever action star Douglas Fairbanks as the title character. However, we »
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David’s Quick Take for the tl;dr Media Consumer:
Golden Eyes, directed by Jun Fukuda (more famous for his Godzilla sequels shot around this same period) is a trifling goof of a film, probably best suited as a Saturday matinee indulgence whenever one happens to be in the mood for lightweight distraction of little or no substance. The movie qualifies as a Criterion title only on account of its availability on their Hulu channel. I seriously doubt that it will ever be dignified with a release on physical media in this country, unless Criterion ever decides to open a print-on-demand service, in which event I figure at least a few copies will be snatched up by J-Pop cultists who have a special appreciation for the slightly bonkers aesthetics of this era. It’s a 1968 sequel to a film released in 1965 that in English-speaking countries is known as Ironfinger, but »
- David Blakeslee
Our series on remakes continues, but there’s a twist this time. For a change, we’ll be looking at a good remake of a bad old movie. This week, Cinelinx looks at Casino Royale (2006).
Normally in these articles, we examine remakes of good movies to see if they’re worthy of their predecessor. Today, however, the original film is a dud while the remake is a winner. James Bond movies are generally hit-and-miss. Some are excellent and some are weak. The two adaptations of Casino Royale represent one of each. The 2006 remake with Daniel Craig is great. The original however…ugh!
The original version of Casino Royale (1967) bore very little relation to the actual book. While it started out as a straight adaptation (the first draft was written by Ben Hecht) it underwent a metamorphosis into a comedy/parody on the Bond films, and spy movies in general. Columbia Pictures »
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Since being freed from the pages of Ian Fleming’s novel series, James Bond, history’s most notorious superspy, has conspired and charmed his way through Hollywood. And while Sean Connery is often held as the gold standard for all Bond actors, each has contributed his own strengths and abilities to the overall film canon.
Each acting incarnation of British spy was also tied to the era which he lived and filmed, portraying the social and political climate of the time. The two most recent actors to take on the role - Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig– have brought Bond to contemporary audiences, and reinvigorated his timeless appeal. Brosnan made his Bond debut with Goldeneye in 1995, in a post-Soviet world in which the renowned sexual escapades of previous James Bonds would have been considered not only outdated but stupidly dangerous at a time when AIDS was never far outside of the public consciousness. »
GoldenEye star Pierce Brosnan and director Martin Campbell are set to reunite on an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s 1950 novel Across the River and Into the Trees, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.
The project has been written by Peter Flannery (Inspector George Gently) and Michael Radford (Il Postino), and follows “an American officer serving in Italy right after World War II, facing news of his terminal illness with stoic disregard. Determined to spend his weekend in quiet solitude, he commandeers a military driver to facilitate a simple duck hunting trip and a visit to his old haunts in Venice. As his plans begin to unravel, a chance encounter with a young countess begins to kindle in him the hope of renewal.”
Brosnan and Campbell are currently working together on the action thriller The Foreigner, which is expected to wrap next month. Production on Across the River and Into the Trees »
- Gary Collinson
Two decades after GoldenEye, star Pierce Brosnan and director Martin Campbell are looking to team up again, albeit for a very different kind of movie. They’re joining forces for Across the River and Into the Trees, based on Ernest Hemingway‘s 1950 novel about an older man who travels to an exotic location and strikes up a romance with a much […]
- Angie Han
Delivering one of the best James Bond films with "Goldeneye" twenty years ago, actor Pierce Brosnan and director Martin Campbell are now reportedly re-teaming to tackle a film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's 1950 last full-length novel "Across the River and Into the Trees".
BAFTA winner Peter Flannery ("The Devil's Whore") and Oscar-nominee Michael Radford ("Il Postino") penned the adaptation of this story of an American officer (Brosnan) serving in Italy just after WW2.
Facing news of his terminal illness with stoicism, he commandeers a military driver to help visit his old haunts in Venice. As his plans begin to unravel, a chance encounter with a young countess begins to kindle hope of renewal.
Robert MacLean, John Smallcombe, Kirstin Roegner and Claudia Bluemhuber will produce. Filming aims to begin in Italy in October. Brosnan and Campbell are currently working together on the Jackie Chan-led action thriller "The Foreigner" which is currently filming in London. »
- Garth Franklin
What do you get when you team up James Bond with director Martin Campbell? Only some of the best installments of the 007 franchise, namely Goldeneye and Casino Royale. But what about when it's James Bond without the franchise? Campbell and Goldeneye's Bond, Pierce Brosnan, are set to reteam for two movies, one of them a newly announced Ernest Hemingway adaptation. First, though, they're currently in the midst of shooting The Foreigner. The action thriller, based on Stephen Leather's 1992 novel The Chinaman, also stars Jackie Chan as a London restaurant owner who takes revenge on the Irish Republican Army, having lost his daughter to the terrorist organization. Brosnan plays a lawyer with ties to the Ira whom Chan's character hounds for...
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Feast your eyes this Valentine's Day on a livestream horror movie marathon featuring some of Scream Factory's cult classic films for free. Also in this round-up: a new teaser for A&E's Damien, The Girl in the Photographs release details, a gallery of images from 6:66 Pm, and release date / trailer for Nailed Down.
Love Is in the Scare Livestream: Press Release: "Have no fear, love is in the scare. This Valentine’s Day, ditch the roses and keep the box of chocolates for yourself while you watch Love Is in the Scare, a marathon of Scream Factory classics streaming free on Sunday, February 14th, from noon to midnight Pt at loveisinthescare.com.
Brace yourself for 12 hours of heart-stopping shocks from seven terrifying films including the Shout! Factory TV premiere screenings of Beyond Darkness, Ghosthouse, Metamorphosis, Nomads, Class of 1984, Witchery and The Editor. The marathon event serves as »
- Tamika Jones
Daniel Craig’s fourth or Roger Moore’s eighth? The former of course but you get the point. The almost-realistic stylings of early Craig have given way to the full blown pantomime excess of mid-Moore (or late Connery, in fairness). Desert lairs, endless car chases, free-wheelin’ helicopters and indestructible airplanes are all very much back in vogue. The result is a largely enjoyable, extremely silly film which attempts to tie previous Craig outings together at the expense of consistency and logic. There isn’t a plot: more a succession of scenes stitched together. And it still can’t manage a decent finale! Fun but ultimately frivolous. Now who does that remind me of?
The Villain: It’s Blofeld! »
Irish DreamTime’s first production was the 1998 drama “The Nephew,” followed by the remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair,” which starred Brosnan and Rene Russo. Other Irish DreamTime productions included “The Laws of Attraction,” “Matador,” “November Man,” “Evelyn,” “The Greatest,” “Some Kind of Beautiful” and the yet-to-be-released “I.T.”
She also was a producer on the 2002 remake of “Rollerball.”
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