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This weekend, Tracks is released in UK cinemas. Starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, it tells the story of a young woman called Robyn Davidson, who trekked 1700 miles across the Australian outback, the journey on camel back taking nine months to complete. Along the way she is joined by National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Driver) who begins to document her expedition.
The wilderness is endlessly mysterious and fascinating to mankind – both a stark ever-present reminder of our per-civilization past and a dangerous challenge for the adventurous to attempt to overcome, its vast expanses remind us all of our own comparative insignificance. Not surprisingly, its beauty has formed the backdrop – and sometimes the centerpiece – of dozens of movies, stories which capture both its breathtaking awe and cruel, unforgiving harshness. Primal and untouched, man’s place in it becomes far removed from the comforts of mainstream society.
Here are ten movies which feature the great, »
- Andrew Dilks
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb…
This week had a free-for-all on Pierce Brosnan’s tenure as James Bond after he, himself, revealed it wasn’t “good enough”. Horatio Harrod conducted the interview for The Telegraph…
“His feelings towards the role are equivocal. “I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger and Sean,” he says … He mock-shudders. “I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. ‘Cause it’s just never good enough.” He laughs mirthlessly. “It’s a horrible feeling.”
Read the full interview here.
Soon after, The Guardian headlines an article on their blog as “The name’s Bland, not Bond: why Pierce Brosnan is right about his 007” and twitter was alight with ‘agreement’. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but Daniel Craig – though a brilliant James Bond – was a version created by the trends of the time (as Brosnan was). Casino Royale built »
- Simon Columb
During an interview with The Daily Telegraph to promote his new film The Love Punch, Irish actor Pierce Brosnan has been reminiscing about his time as James Bond, stating that he is unable to watch himself as 007 as he was “never good enough”.
“I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger and Sean,” says Brosnan, who played Bond in GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day. “It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me. The violence was never real, the brute force of the man was never palpable. It was quite tame, and the characterisation didn’t have a follow-through of reality, it was surface. But then that might have had to do with my own insecurities in playing him as well.”
How do you feel Brosnan stacked up as Bond? Let us know your thoughts… »
- Gary Collinson
Rosamund Pike has revealed that her role in the James Bond movies helped her to learn about herself, as she takes part in a new photoshoot for W Magazine.
"The Bond film was like an ejector seat from normality into a crazy circus world," Pike said. "It was trial by fire. I was 21, and I was made to look far more sophisticated than I felt."
She continued: "Instantly, I had to come to terms with myself as a woman and also as an object. I was looking at myself from the outside for the first time. That awareness, for any girl, is both horrible and fascinating."
Pike also revealed that she had never seen a James Bond film before she was cast in the role. »
Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan recognizes the role as a “gift that keeps on giving,” but he doesn't particularly enjoy watching himself order martinis shaken, not stirred. “I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond, because it's just never good enough — it's a horrible feeling,” Brosnan told UK outlet The Telegraph. Also read: MGM Accuses Universal of Trying to Make a James Bond ‘Knock-Off’ – And Lying About It Brosnan played Agent 007 in four films released between 1995 and 2002: “Goldeneye,” ”Tomorrow Never Dies,” ”The World Is Not Enough” and “Die Another Day.” “I felt I was caught in a time. »
- Greg Gilman
Regardless of where James Bond aficionados rank him in the pantheon of 007's, Pierce Brosnan is a tough personal critic. In an interview with Britain's The Telegraph, the 60-year-old actor revealed he has "no desire" to watch himself as James Bond, saying his performance was "never good enough." Photos: Fifty Years of James Bond Photos Discussing his four films as 007 -- Goldeneye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002) -- Brosnan said, "I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger [Moore] and Sean [Connery]. "It was
- Patrick Brzeski
Actor, who played Ian Fleming's secret agent in four Bond films, describes his portrayal of 007 as 'tame'
Pierce Brosnan has dismissed his own run as James Bond "never good enough" and admitted he hates watching himself as 007.
In an interview with the Telegraph, the Irish actor said he struggled to get under the skin of the suave British sleuth, who he played in four films between 1995's Goldeneye and 2002's Die Another Day.
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- Ben Child
In an interesting admission, actor Pierce Brosnan says that he believes his work as James Bond was "never good enough".
Reflecting back on his time as 007 over four films from 1995 to 2002, the actor tells UK tabloid The Telegraph:
"I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. 'Cause it's just never good enough. It's a horrible feeling...
I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger and Sean. It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me. The violence was never real, the brute force of the man was never palpable.
It was quite tame, and the characterisation didn't have a follow-through of reality, it was surface. But then that might have had to do with my own insecurities in playing him as well."
Brosnan is grateful for the many other opportunities that playing James Bond has opened up for him: "It's the gift that keeps on giving, »
- Garth Franklin
It might be argued Pierce Brosnan has had his fair share of Spy thrillers in his time, however on August 27 (Us) Brosnan will be seen jumping back into the spy game when November Man hits the cinemas.
Brosnan starred as the well-known and much loved spy James Bond for four films, the last one (Die Another Day) being released in 2002. Even though Brosnan isn’t taking on the role of Bond anymore, it should be pretty fun seeing Brosnan in the role of a spy once again.
The spy thriller film is based on Bill Granger’s novel There Are No Spies which was published in 1987. The film itself is focused around an ex-cia agent who is willing to go jump back into the spy game for a personal mission. Peter Devereaux, Brosnan’s character, will find himself facing his former pupil in a mission involving high level CIA agents and the Russian president-elect. »
- Henry Nash
Pierce Brosnan believes that he was "never good enough" in the role of James Bond.
He told The Telegraph: "I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger and Sean. It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me.
"The violence was never real, the brute force of the man was never palpable. It was quite tame, and the characterisation didn't have a follow-through of reality, it was surface. But then that might have had to do with my own insecurities in playing him as well.
Asked if he has revisited the movies, he replied: "I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. 'Cause it's just never good enough. It's a horrible feeling."
However, Brosnan did say »
Relativity has also decided to move back Natalie Portman’s “Jane Got a Gun,” which had been set for Aug. 29. The studio has not set a new date.
Brosnan starred as the iconic spy in four James Bond films, the last of which, “Die Another Day,” was released in 2002.
“November Man” centers on an ex-cia operative who is brought back on a personal mission. He finds himself pitted against his former pupil in an operation involving high-level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.
Roger Donaldson directed “November Man,” which is produced by Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime and Das Films, in association with the Solution Entertainment Group, Merced Media Partners and Palmstar Media Capital.
The script was adapted from Bill Granger’s novel “There Are No Spies.” Producers are »
- Dave McNary
Remember that ridiculously long sword fight from the disappointingly cheesy 2002 James Bond flick "Die Another Day"? That was back when Pierce Brosnan played a less roguish 007, one that was a bit more refined and elegant than today's darker, brooding, dark-past-riddled Bond, played with grit and great physicality by blond-haired, blue-eyed Daniel Craig. But I digress; back to "Die Another Day." Turns out, someone with extra time and a mysterious motivation to make a forgettable Bond movie unforgettable has replaced the regular sabers used in the two-minute sequence with red and blue light sabers (sound effects included, natch). The result is, well, what it is: James Bond with light sabers.
- Tim Hayne
Brosnan appeared in four James Bond films as the iconic spy, the last coming in 2002 with “Die Another Day.”
“November Man” centers on an ex-cia operative who is brought back in on a personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in an operation involving high-level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.
- Dave McNary
London — Amazon has taken exclusive U.K. rights to Starz’s pirate drama series “Black Sails.”
The show, which is exec produced by Michael Bay, will feature on Amazon’s subscription streaming service Prime Instant Video from April 4.
The 18th century-set high-seas drama, which follows Captain Flint and his men as they fight for survival in a dog-eat-dog world, stars Toby Stephens (“Die Another Day,” “The Machine”), Jessica Parker Kennedy (“90210″), Tom Hopper (“Merlin,” “Doctor Who”), Zach McGowan (“Shameless”), and Clara Paget (“One Day,” “Johnny English Reborn”).
All eight episodes of “Black Sails” will be available to stream on more than 400 devices at launch.
“We’ve seen the sanitized version of pirates in films and TV shows many times before, and this is a more realistic, dangerous and sexy take on the pirate life,” said Jason Ropell, head of Amazon Instant Video international content acquisition. “What makes the show so fascinating »
- Leo Barraclough
The Man Behind The Music
From Silver Screen To The Small Screen
Via The London 2012 Olympics
London 2012 Olympic Games
Grammy Award Winning
Royal Festival Hall London
July 6th 2014
(Photo by Mark Mawston. All rights reserved.)
David Arnold, multiple nominee and winner of Grammy, Ivor Novello, Bmi, Saturn, World Soundtrack and BAFTA awards and one of the UK's leading Film and TV composers and songwriters is to make his London concert debut on July 6th at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Songbook Series at London’s Festival Hall which also includes concerts with Tim Rice, Tony Hatch and Burt Bacharach.
David Arnold – A Life In Song – will take the audience on a journey, with new and reworked performances of his best-known work. Following the inaugural Song Book series concert last year with Don Black, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Toby Stephens has heavily criticised the UK film industry.
The 44-year-old actor - and son of Dame Maggie Smith - has described the disappointment he feels when receiving British scripts.
"We need to stop trying to imitate America. We need to stop trying to do the same movies over and over: the gangsters and football violence."
He added: "We do these intelligentsia movies about married couples in Hampstead or whatever. I think there's a place for all those things but we can't keep on repeating ourselves."
Stephens explained that his latest project, British sci-fi thriller The Machine, was an exception to the rule.
"This script came through and it blew me away. It's not about football violence, it's not about gangsters, »
If you're an aficionado of cinema's most iconic spy James Bond, then the Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum, Covent Garden - open seven days a week from March 21 - is a must-see.
The largest official collection of original vehicles from the 007 films, Bond in Motion features iconic cars like the gadget-laden Aston Martin DB5 and the aquatic Lotus Esprit S1, plus a wealth of other classic props and vehicles - from You Only Live Twice autogyro Little Nellie to Octopussy's crocodile submarine.
At a press launch earlier this week, Digital Spy spoke to two men who between them span the Bond franchise's 50-plus years on the big screen - BAFTA-winning stuntman and director Vic Armstrong and racing driver Ben Collins.
"My first foray into Bond would've been 1966 on You Only Live Twice - I became a ninja for the princely sum of 65 pounds a week, which was fabulous in those days, »
The Machine, 2013.
Written and Directed by Caradog W. James.
With an impoverished world plunged into a Cold War with a new enemy, Britain's Ministry of Defence is on the brink of developing a game-changing weapon. Lead scientist Vincent McCarthy provides the answer with his creation, The Machine - an android with unrivalled physical and processing skills. When a programming glitch causes an early prototype to destroy his lab, McCarthy enlists artificial intelligence expert Ava to help him harness the full potential of a truly conscious fighting machine.
Have you ever finished watching a film and felt that, despite its technical merits and objective qualities, you’re simply not sure whether you liked it or not? That perhaps the film adds up to less than the sum of its parts? Many may feel that way after seeing new science-fiction thriller »
- Gary Collinson
Back in August 2012 when the world’s attention was squarely focussed on London, down in Wales, and in point of fact Bridgend, a quiet town just outside Cardiff, in a warehouse in an industrial estate of all places, a brand new science fiction film was being filmed, one that takes place in a world dissimilar enough to where we are. “We haven’t seen much of it [Bridgend] because we’ve been filming in here [The Warehouse], this is an underground bunker, and we’re shooting in a real MoD site in St. Athans, which is just outside Cardiff, so we’re using that as the exterior.” producer John Giwa-Amu tells us as we sit down for an introduction to The Machine in the back of the warehouse, where light breaks into the room just enough to remind some of the cast and crew what the outside world is like.
In an effort »
- Andrew Jones
• Iceland's film locations – in pictures
The sun has yet to rise but the morning light is already illuminating the reasons why Iceland is renowned for its landscape. I'm standing on a helipad in the south-eastern town of Höfn: with its harbour behind me, I can see snow-covered mountains separated by four icy tongues, each part of the enormous Vatnajökull glacier.
A few lights glow yellow-orange in windows but the main colours are sky blue, a sliver of pink around the clouds and the dark-brown mass of mountains yet to reveal their rugged detail. I'm not waiting for a helicopter; this just seemed like a good place to take in the view … sort of. The wind speed is more than 40mph – that's an »
- Robert Hull
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