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The man who was Q, John Cleese, reckons that money has ruined the James Bond series...
John Cleese has form in the James Bond movies. He ascended to the role of Q in Die Another Day, and was originally expected to return to the part. However, Pierce Brosnan departed the world of Bond, the reboot came in, Daniel Craig got the role, and things went back to the start for Bond. Only now has Ben Whishaw been introduced as the new Q.
In a new interview to promote his autobiography, Cleese was asked what he thought of Whishaw's take on Q. But as it turns out, he's not seen it. Cleese said that he didn't watch Skyfall "because I have criticisms of the new Bond movies".
He continued, telling Shortlist that "two things went wrong: the plots became so impossibly obscure that even professional writers couldn’t figure out what »
John Cleese has criticised the direction of the new James Bond films.
The actor - who played long-time Q actor Desmond Llewelyn's assistant in The World is Not Enough and his replacement in Die Another Day - complained that the comedy has gone out of the classic spy franchise.
"I didn't see [Skyfall], because I have criticisms of the new Bond movies," the Monty Python legend told Shortlist.
"Two things went wrong - the plots became so impossibly obscure that even professional writers couldn't figure out what they were about, and the action scenes, which are supposed to make the adrenaline run, go on far too long.
"They discovered these movies were popular in places such as the Philippines and South Korea, and so they dropped the humour because no one there is going to understand jokes about the English class system. They're financially incredibly clever, as the take goes up by $100m every movie, »
1999 will always be one of my favorite years for movies. This is partially because there were a lot of great movies released that year, but mainly because in 1999 I was in high school, and as we all know, the world was more important and less terrible when we were in high school. Last week, I took a look at which movies from 1999 had aged well, and asked which had aged poorly. The response was overwhelming, insofar as it's overwhelming that anyone likes American Beauty. However, one reader email in particular struck me as a launchpad for an important conversation. Here »
- Darren Franich
French actress Léa Seydoux has signed on to play a femme fatale in Bond 24, according to a new report from The Daily Mail. The actress is reportedly set to meet co-stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw for a script rehearsal in late November, with production scheduled to begin in six weeks. Before the rehearsal, the actress will meet with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson for a series of camera, costume and makeup tests to determine her look for the movie.
We reported in August that Léa Seydoux was being eyed by director Sam Mendes to play Miranda Frost, a character played by Rosamund Pike in the 2002 adventure Die Another Day, which was Pierce Brosnan's last turn as 007. It hasn't been confirmed if the actress is, in fact, playing Miranda Frost or not. It is also unclear if this is the »
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- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Everyone who read Gillian Flynn's runaway 2012 bestseller Gone Girl quickly had a vision of Amy Dunne in their head. Hollywood was no different: The beautiful blonde who'd been the model for her parents' popular children's books, Amazing Amy, who disappeared on the morning of her fifth wedding anniversary, leading to a media frenzy that focused suspicions of foul play on her husband, Nick, could've been Reese Witherspoon or Charlize Theron or Emily Blunt. Chances are you didn't immediately picture Rosamund Pike. But when the lights come on in the theater after David Fincher's Gone Girl, don't expect to hear much second-guessing. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Rosamund Pike, the star of the highly anticipated film, Gone Girl, is about to get a lot of attention for her standout role as Amy Elliott Dunne, a disillusioned housewife who suddenly disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary. The part is one intense (and showy) role, and will surely stick with audiences well after the end credits stop rolling.
With all the buzz coming her way, it’s a good time to get to know the 35-year-old English actress making a big splash Stateside.
She’s a Bond Girl
While this is definitely her biggest role, it’s hardly her first. The actress’ first big screen part was Miranda Frost, a villainous Bond Girl in Pierce Brosnan’s final James Bond film Die Another Day. She was the 68th actress to be featured as a woman who finds herself entangled with the famed British spy.
And She Can Act
- Stacy Lambe
Gone Girl is a movie about two marriages. The first union is between Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike), two out-of-work writers living in small-town Missouri. The second is between director David Fincher and scribe Gillian Flynn. Both Fincher and Flynn are masters of their domain, sharing a knack for precise plotting, macabre stories and finessing those tales with slices of razor sharp comedy. The latter couple is a marriage built to last. The former, not so much.
Nick wakes up one balmy July morning – his five-year wedding anniversary, no less – and heads over to the bar that he runs with his twin sister Margo (Carrie Coons). The thirty-something husband returns home to find his dog barking madly, a glass table in his den shattered and his wife gone. Nick is aghast when the two investigators, Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) and Jim Gilpin (Patrick Fugit), suggest »
- Jordan Adler
Here's what an unidentified source told British tabloid The Sunday Mirror, claiming that the Barbados native is a huge fan of the James Bond franchise.
"Rihanna is a big fan of the Bond films and has always loved the idea of appearing in one. She didn't even need to think about it, she knows she wants to do it. She's really excited."
Rihanna made her feature film debut in the 2012 action-adventure Battleship. She also played herself in last year's comedy hit This Is the End and appeared in the documentaries Katy Perry: Part of Me and Bettie Page Reveals All. The actress-singer also lends her voice to DreamWorks Animation's Home, in theaters next March.
It's possible that Eon Productions may also want Rihanna to sing »
At the tender age of 21, the British actress was cast as the sultry Miranda Frost, a sword-wielding vixen in the James Bond film “Die Another Day,” her first studio feature. She powdered on enough makeup to look a decade older, donned a black sports bra, and met an untimely demise with a knife to her heart. Onscreen, she was killed by Halle Berry. Offscreen, she suffered a far worse blow to her budding career.
The baggage of playing a Bond Girl backfired. “It cemented a sort of patrician, frigid, English, standoffish cold image,” says Pike, over breakfast in September at the Toronto Film Festival. “People think I lie about my age. I never had a chance to do those young roles.” After her high-profile gig in the 2002 Bond picture, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The James Bond franchise is one of the longest-running movie series in the history of cinema, and over the course of its 24-film tenure, has managed to rank #3 in the highest-grossing movie franchises of all time (behind Harry Potter and the Marvel Cinematic Universe). Its iconic status and immense popularity categorically cannot be denied, yet at the same time, it’s not exactly had a consistent track record over the years, with the various changing-up of actors and creative strategies making for countless Bond moments fans would rather just forget (and no, this isn’t just picking on the Roger Moore years).
These poor decisions made viewers wince and cringe rather than feel the thrill of the spy’s best efforts: this includes poorly-cast Bond girls, behind-the-scenes issues which hampered creativity, unsavoury cameos, tonal problems, dubious disguises, bad CGI, and some awful directorial decisions. So egregious were some of »
- Jack Pooley
Fans know Ben Affleck as an Oscar-winning filmmaker, actor, screenwriter, and one hot husband and doting dad. A lesser-known talent? "When we first were doing makeup tests I thought, 'This guy could be a standup comedian,' " says Affleck's Gone Girl costar Rosamund Pike. "He has characters and impersonations ... accents. He quickly crystallizes you." The two star together as husband and wife in perhaps this fall's most anticipated film, director David Fincher's adaptation of author Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel about a marriage gone very wrong. The film opens Oct. 3. "He's so good in the film. You watch »
- Jennifer Garcia, @JenGarciaAllen
Written by Gillian Flynn
Directed by David Fincher
There’s something rotten in the state of Missouri, as one man’s wife has gone missing and he takes on the role of primary suspect, looking guiltier with every grimace. David Fincher’s latest film is Gone Girl, based on the best-selling novel from Gillian Flynn. It’s a film that festers and feels dead inside, but imbued with a lively pessimism, a stinging bitterness. It’s one of Fincher’s best films in years.
Fincher is an expert chemist when it comes to concocting the nastiest tales of cynicism and darkness. Gone Girl may not be the culmination of his efforts to date, but it’s undoubtedly a sinister piece of work. There’s an oppressive air within the film, from its meticulously created soundscape and score (from Fincher alums Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) to its plasticized aesthetic. »
- Kyle Turner
Rosamund Pike burst on to the scene as Bond girl Miranda Frost in Die Another Day back in 2002, and has since explored roles as diverse as Jane in Pride and Prejudice and Queen Andromeda in Wrath of the Titans.
Her newest role may be her most eye-catching, playing Amy opposite Ben Affleck's Nick in David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. She told Digital Spy that she relishes playing provocative characters, but why she has "to disappear for a while" after this movie.
The film centres around the disappearance of Amy Elliott-Dunne (Pike). Her husband Nick (Affleck) becomes the chief suspect, as the investigation begins to reveal unsavoury truths from the couple's past.
Hong Kong – New Zealand has picked the Maori-language “The Dead Lands” as its contender for the Academy Awards foreign-language Oscar section.
It stars James Rolleston (“Boy,” “The Dark Horse”), Lawrence Makoare (“Die Another Day,” “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”), Te Kohe Tuhaka (“Sione’s 2: Unfinished Business”), George Henare (“Once Were Warriors”), Xavier Horan (“The Dark Horse”) and Rena Owen (“Once Were Warriors”).
Magnet Releasing will release the film in the Us. Transmission Films will release it widely in New Zealand on Oct. 30, having previously given it a low-key Oscar qualifying run Sept. 11-17. International sales are handled by Xyz Films.
- Patrick Frater
“If you’re looking for ransom, I can tell you that I don’t have any money. What I do have, are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.” – Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), Taken
When Liam Neeson was playing telephone with bad guys in 2008’s Taken, he was not just introducing himself to those who had nixed his daughter’s attempt to stalk U2 guitarist The Edge. He was inaugurating a new action hero archetype built of aged wisdom and burrowed brawn, the middle-aged vigilante assassin. (Vigilante applied here because as “one who undertakes law enforcement without legal authority,” while “assassin” fits to associations of precise violent skills.)
The success of Neeson’s mission as ex-cia guy Mills, that is, the hundreds of millions of dollars Taken took, confirmed the vitality of a middle-aged vigilante assassin, »
- Nick Allen
The best movies leave you thinking about them long after the end credits roll. Some films marinate in the mind more than others, spawning fanciful theories and intriguing 'what ifs' from their dedicated fans.
Is James Bond really just one man? Do the Pixar films exist in a shared universe? And just how did Heath Ledger's Joker get those scars? We look at 9 mind-blowing movie fan theories below...
Heath Ledger's Joker is a war veteran
The Joker appears in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight seemingly out of the blue, an agent of destruction hell-bent on reeking havoc across Gotham. Unlike Jack Nicholson's Jack Napier, we never get to see a backstory for Heath Ledger's incarnation play out.
The Joker himself offers up two contrasting "wanna know how I got these scars?" stories so we can never truly trust the Clown Prince of Crime's explanation. One »
To celebrate the release of the Emmy Award-winning TV series Black Sails, out on DVD & Blu-ray 29th September 2014, we have a copy on DVD up for grabs!
Black Sails is executive produced by Michael Bay (Transformers), directed by Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones) and stars Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) and Zach McGowen (Dracula Untold). From cut-throat action down to the drama and tantalising scenery, this show is one that demands to be consumed in quick succession. This is a certified binge show, once you start you won’t stop until you reach the end.
“Commendably gritty, down and dirty” – The Scotsman
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- Phil Wheat
The final season of "Strike Back" has the potential for even more bad-assery than usual, based on the just-announced guest cast. The action drama, co-produced by Cinemax and the UK's Sky 1, resumed production on its fourth and final season, following a brief hiatus caused by star Sullivan Stapleton getting injured away from the set. For the final year, Stapleton, Philip Winchester and the rest of the returning crew (including Robson Green, Michelle Lukes and Milauna Jackson as members of British special forces unit Section 20) will be joined by a set of actors with impressive action bonafides: * Michelle Yeoh, one of the greatest action stars ever produced by international cinema, and star of one of the best action movies ever made ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"); * Dustin Clare from Starz's very violent "Spartacus" franchise (plus fellow "Spartacus" alum Christian Antidormi); * Adrian Paul, who brandished a sword many times as star of the »
- Alan Sepinwall
The family comedy comes from Outnumbered creators Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton, and brings the spirit of the BBC sitcom to the big screen with Pike and Tennant playing parents taking their kids up to Scotland for grandpa Gordy's (Billy Connolly) birthday.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Pike revealed that it was Jenkin and Hamilton's script's ability to tap into the "magic of childhood" that convinced her to jump on board.
"You do start off on a story you think you've got a handle on, then it just goes to these extraordinary places," Pike said of the comedy, which surprises with a bittersweet blend of humour, warmth and tragedy.
"I like the fact it's a film where the adults »
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