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Review: "Dimension 5" (1966) Starring Jeffrey Hunter And Harold Sakata; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Hank Reineke

As one might expect from any 1960’s James Bond pastiche, an assortment of cool spy gadgetry is on display in Franklin Adreon’s Dimension 5 (1966): microchips secreted in the rear compartment of a Bulova wristwatch, a poison dart firing pen, an exploding briefcase, and a cool bullet-firing point-and-shoot 35mm camera. If that’s not enough – and with possible exception of the invisible car from Die Another Day (2002) - Dimension 5 offers us one of the more ridiculous and dubious items found in any secret agent arsenal… a “time-convertor” belt.

We’re first introduced to this device during the film’s mildly exciting pre-credits sequence. In the first few minutes we’re treated to what one expects from a nifty ‘60s spy thriller: a bit of a car chase, a surprising punch-to-the mouth of a double-crossing Asian villainess and a swooping helicopter rescue. What we do not
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Logan’s Hugh Jackman Recalls Decision To Turn Down James Bond

Cast your mind back to 2004, when Wolverine was at his peak and Hugh Jackman was arguably one of the biggest stars on the planet, and you may recall the moment when he turned down the chance to play James Bond.

The Aussie actor was just in the process of gearing up for Bryan Singer’s X-Men 2, while MGM and Eon were casting the net far and wide in search of a new 00 agent to replace Pierce Brosnan, whose four-film run petered out with Die Another Day. At the time, Jackman believed the franchise’s creators needed to produce something “grittier and real” to bring the James Bond brand back into focus, which is, in hindsight, rather prescient considering MGM dreamed up Casino Royale two years later.

Daniel Craig ultimately landed the coveted gig, but it turns out Hugh Jackman still stands by his decision:

I was about to do X-Men
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Hugh Jackman turned down Bond role over “unbelievable and crazy” scripts

Hugh Jackman has revealed he was offered the role of James Bond more than a decade ago, but turned it down after being told he would have no say in changing the “unbelievable and crazy” direction of the franchise at that time.

The star, who has sparked awards season buzz for all-singing, all dancing musical The Greatest Showman has discussed being offered Bond before, but he has now told Variety it was the fantastical nature of scripts that turned him away from the job.

Given that filming for that second X-Men movie took place in the summer of 2002, it’s clear what Jackman was talking about. The Bond film released later that year was Die Another Day, complete with ice palaces and invisible cars.

Jackman said: “I was about to do X-Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I’d be interested in Bond. I just felt
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James Bond: Hugh Jackman turned down chance of the 007 role

Simon Brew Dec 6, 2017

Hugh Jackman recalls when he got the approach to gauge his interest in playing James Bond - and why he turned the chance down.

When it became clear that 2002’s Die Another Day would be bringing the Pierce Brosnan era of James Bond to an end, Eon Productions embarked on its quest to find the next 007. Daniel Craig eventually got the nod, but it turns out that others had been courted.

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In particular, Hugh Jackman has now confirmed that he did indeed get an approach to scout out his interest in playing British’s most famous secret agent. And that he ultimately chose to turn that potential opportunity down.

“I was about to do X-Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I
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Hugh Jackman on why he turned down the chance to play James Bond

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When production was underway for Die Another Day, what would be Pierce Brosnan's fourth and final James Bond film, the producers begain reaching out to actors who could replace him as 007, including Hugh Jackman. While doing promotion for his upcoming musical The Greatest Showman, Jackman revealed to Variety that he was about to start X-men 2 when he got the call about playing James... Read More...
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Why Hugh Jackman Said No to Playing James Bond

Why Hugh Jackman Said No to Playing James Bond
Hugh Jackman as James Bond? It could have happened. The 49-year-old actor reveals that he turned down the chance to play the iconic MI6 spy early on in his career. He would have been balancing the X-Men franchise and the James Bond franchise at the same time, which would be incredibly difficult for any actor, which is part of the reason he turned down the role.

The beloved actor who brought Wolverine to life on the big screen for nearly two decades is currently promoting his latest movie, The Greatest Showman. During a recent interview, Hugh Jackman reveals that he was called about being the next 007, back when the producers were looking to replace Pierce Brosnan. Here's what Jackman had to say about it.

"I was about to do X-Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I'd be interested in Bond. I just felt at the time
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"An Evening With Anthony Waye", London, 15 November

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Tony Waye with Halle Berry on the set of Die Another Day.

Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

The Production Guild of Great Britain presents:

‘An Evening with Anthony Waye’ 7:30pm - 10pm, Wednesday 15 November 2017 The Courthouse Hotel, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, Soho London W1F 7Hl

The Production Guild of Great Britain kicks off a brand new series of events this month, designed to take the public behind the scenes of film and TV drama production by hearing from some of Britain’s most experienced production professionals.

‘An Evening with Anthony Waye’, taking place on Wednesday 15th November in central London, is the first of the Production Guild’s new ‘Close Up’ series of events which aim to raise the profile of leading British careers in production. Tickets are openly available to the general public, as well as PG members and film students.

From mail boy to executive producer,
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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in November 2017

What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in November 2017
November may mean the end of Halloween, but that doesn’t mean that the creepy fun has to end as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon continue to add some freaky films to November’s list of streaming content.

Netflix will start the month off with films like “Oculus” and “Silent Hill” for fans of big scares and “Casper” and “Scary Movie” for those who looking for a milder way to keep the Halloween spirit alive, and will also add in “9” and “Piranha” later in the month. For those who would rather leave the October spookiness behind, science fiction comedies like “Chappie” and “Men in Black” or family-friendly films like “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Boss Baby” should make for fun movie nights.

Hulu will also keep the frights coming with offerings like “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and “Beowulf,” but will also get a headstart on the winter holiday season with “Christmas with the Cranks,” Happy Christmas,” and collection
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Blade Runner 2049 to Bond 25: yes, Mr Villeneuve, we expect you to direct

Like Christopher Nolan, Sam Mendes and Peter Jackson, Villeneuve is a rare example of a visionary film-maker with franchise nous. Can he get the 007 gig?

Sam Mendes may have done more than just reload 007’s Walther Ppk with box-office bullets when he took on Skyfall five years ago. For decades, Bond production company Eon vacillated between recruiting indie directors with a handful of arthouse hits on their hands (Quantum of Solace’s Marc Forster; Die Another Day’s Lee Tamahori) and tried and tested industry stalwarts (Casino Royale and GoldenEye’s Martin Campbell; The World Is Not Enough’s Michael Apted). But in the wake of Mendes’ success in taking Bond past the $1bn mark for the first time, then almost repeating the feat with 2015’s Spectre, an entirely new calibre of film-maker is being mentioned to take charge of 2019’s 25th official 007 movie.

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Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Back in 2014 when Matthew Vaughn was adapting lesser-known material for the screen, in the comic series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, expectations were not exactly sky high. Few really knew what to expect from Kingsman: The Secret Service but even fewer expected the film to be the success it was. Blending a stylish cinematic aesthetic with Brosnan era techno thrills and Moore era comedy, Kingsman boasted crazily inventive action scenes, charismatic comedy that nailed the right balance of homage and parody and featured some enthused performances by a cast fully committed to the spy caper chaos. Naturally, a sequel was guaranteed but as we all know, following up a sleeper hit or big screen novelty can be a difficult task (see: Monsters: The Dark Continent, Piranha 3Dd, Now You See Me 2 and Bad Santa 2). So, has Kingsman: The Golden Circle managed it?

Well, no, it hasn’t
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How 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Is Building a Bigger, Better James Bond

How 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Is Building a Bigger, Better James Bond
A bespoke British spy with a license to kill. His techy right-hand man, known only by his code name. All the amusingly absurd gizmos and gadgets. A beautiful femme with an inclination toward evil. It sounds familiar, yet there's been so much ado about whether there will be another James Bond movie -- and if Daniel Craig will be back for it -- that people seem to have forgotten there's another agent who ticks all those boxes and does have a movie out now: Eggsy (Taron Egerton).

If you didn't see Eggsy make his chav-to-suave(ish) transformation in The Secret Service, you are going to be awfully confused when the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, kicks off with not so much a bang, but at least at gunpoint. Charlie (Edward Holcroft), rejected by the Kingsman in the first film, holds Eggsy up, which escalates to gunshots and then an intricately choreographed fight in the backseat of a town
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The James Bond movies' special relationship with America

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
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Competition: Win ‘Black Sails: The Complete Collection: Series 1-4′ on Blu-ray

To celebrate the home entertainment release of Black Sails: Season 4, available on DVD and Blu-ray 28th August, we have a copy of Black Sails: The Complete Collection: Series 1 – 4 on Blu-ray up for grabs. The Complete Collection: Series 1- 4 Includes Over 100 Mins Of New Bonus Material – Available Exclusively On Blu-ray And Steelbook.

Watch the multiple Emmy Award-winning hit pirate series, from legendary Hollywood producer and director Michael Bay, from start to finish. A thrillingly addictive prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic book Treasure Island, Black Sails follows Captain Flint (the brilliant Toby Stephens) and his notorious crew of pirates, in this treasure trove of a boxset containing all Xxxviii (that’ll be 38 me hearties!) episodes, guaranteed to provide hours of swashbuckling entertainment. For those with an eye on the really prized booty, there is a stunningly-designed limited edition SteelBook of seasons 1 – 4.

The thrilling, big-budget series from legendary producer
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Giveaway – Win Black Sails: The Complete Collection: Seasons 1 – 4 on Blu-ray

To celebrate the home entertainment release of Black Sails: Season 4, available on DVD and Blu-ray 28th August, we have a copy of Black Sails: The Complete Collection: Seasons 1 – 4 on Blu-ray up for grabs. The Complete Collection: Seasons 1- 4 Includes Over 100 Mins Of New Bonus Material – Available Exclusively On Blu-ray And Steelbook.

Watch the multiple Emmy Award-winning hit pirate series, from legendary Hollywood producer and director Michael Bay, from start to finish. A thrillingly addictive prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic book Treasure Island, Black Sails follows Captain Flint (the brilliant Toby Stephens) and his notorious crew of pirates, in this treasure trove of a boxset containing all Xxxviii (that’ll be 38 me hearties!) episodes, guaranteed to provide hours of swashbuckling entertainment. For those with an eye on the really prized booty, there is a stunningly-designed limited edition SteelBook of seasons 1 – 4.

The thrilling, big-budget series from legendary producer
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Bond boxset sued for not having enough Bond movies in it

Simon Brew Aug 7, 2017

The definitive James Bond DVD and Blu-ray boxset wasn't definitive at all, it seems...

Here’s a bit of an odd story for you. Back in September 2012, a boxset of James Bond movies was released, that claimed to gather “all the Bond films” in one set for the first time. As such, lots of people bought said set, including a customer by the name of Mary Johnson.

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Thing is, Mary Johnson wasn’t best pleased to note that two 007 adventures were missing from the set. The original, comedy-driven take on Casino Royale, and the unofficial remake of Thunderball, Never Say Never Again.

Given that the box copy was boastful about the set containing every Bond film adventure – we assume that Stormbreaker doesn’t count,
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Judge Allows Lawsuit Claiming James Bond Box Set Was Incomplete

Judge Allows Lawsuit Claiming James Bond Box Set Was Incomplete
In a victory for James Bond completists, a federal judge has refused to dismiss a proposed class action suit alleging that MGM and 20th Century Fox deceptively marketed a James Bond box set.

Mary L. Johnson, of Pierce County, Wash., purchased one of the box sets from Amazon in February of 2016 for $106.44, only to discover that “Casino Royale” (1967) and “Never Say Never Again” (1983) were not included. She filed a lawsuit in April, accusing MGM and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment of violating Washington’s Consumer Protection Act and breach of express warranties.

Judge Ricardo S. Martinez issued a ruling on Thursday dismissing parts of the complaint, but allowing the substance of the allegations to move forward. Martinez’s ruling hinges on the claim that the box set included “all” of the James Bond films.

The defendants claim that the word is open to some interpretation, and qualifies as advertising “puffery” which is not subject to litigation. Johnson
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Update: Bond 25 titled rumoured to be titled Shatterhand, plot reportedly revealed

We still don’t technically have confirmation that Daniel Craig will be returning as James Bond for the character’s 25th outing (though he is heavily rumored), but there are already possible leaks revealing an alleged Bond 25 title and synopsis.

According to The Mirror, the title of the next James Bond film will be Shatterhand, and is based on a recently written James Bond story: the 2001 novel Never Dream of Dying written by Raymond Benson. The author is also responsible for the James Bond novelisations Die Another Day, The World is not Enough, and Tomorrow Never Dies.

The plot of Never Dream of Dying revolves around an evil French organization known only as “The Union” led by a blind supervillain. In the novel, Bond is investigating a police-raid gone wrong, when he crosses paths with an actress with a mysterious past, who (of course) eventually leads Bond to The Union itself.
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New James Bond Movie Title Revealed, Plus Villain Details?

The new James Bond movie title may have been revealed if reports in the British newspaper The Mirror are to be believed. According to the red top, the 25th 007 adventure, and follow-up to box-office smashes Skyfall and Spectre, may be called ‘Shatterhand’. They say that the film will see parts of it based on the 1999 thriller novel ‘Never Dream Of Dying‘ by Us author Raymond Benson, who also wrote Bond books Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day and The World is Not Enough.

New James Bond movie title to be Shatterhand?

The same report over at the news outlet is that the new film could see James Bond taking on a blind super-villain, though they add that Christoph Waltz and Dave Bautista will be reprising their roles as their two villains from Spectre after provisionally agreeing to do the next blockbuster.

An ‘insider’ told the newspaper: “Bond scriptwriters feel it
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Bond 25 Rumors Intensify As New Report Points To Potential Title And A Blind Villain

The James Bond rumor mill is operating at full tilt.

As the radio silence from MGM and Eoin continues unabated – both studios recently locked down a late 2019 release for the untitled Bond 25, but nothing more – British tabloid The Mirror (via /Film) has compiled a report that claims to have identified the film’s working title, Daniel Craig’s all-but-inevitable return, and the novel on which Bond 25 will be based: Never Dream Of Dying.

Before we deep dive into this latest info dump, we should stress that The Mirror isn’t exactly what one would call a reliable source in the film industry, and the outlet’s track record with Bond, in particular, is sketchy at best. With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s indulge in a little 00 speculation, shall we?

First thing’s first: the 25th instalment in MGM’s iconic spy franchise is reportedly simmering
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The Female Action Hero

Tom Jolliffe on female action heroes…

With the impending UK release of Atomic Blonde, it now seems a good time to consider the female action hero. You may think this ‘phenomena’ only stretches back to around the time Sigourney Weaver donned a mecha-suit, but it goes back further. There has certainly been a significant rise in the last two decades in female lead action movies, but still, particularly on the big screen, they remain the exception to the rule. For whatever reason I suppose they’ve generally not sold as successfully as the male counterparts. Maybe the atypical grunting, stoic action caveman suits the male species more, but perhaps there’s still an inherent sexism. Indeed, when the ladies have it their own action piece there tends to be a level of exploitation (Atomic Blonde has all the hallmarks of an explo film going by the trailers, but in a
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