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Sam Mendes' second crack at Bond, "Spectre" (November 6), also written by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, could mark Craig's fourth and last turn as MI6 agent 007 after "Skyfall," "Quantum of Solace" and "Casino Royale." As the British star revealed in a new Esquire profile, he may only have one Bond left in him. “I don’t know,” he said. Really? “I really don’t know. Honestly. I’m not trying to be coy. At the moment I can’t even conceive it." Read More: Meet Bond Women Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci Has the franchise, which in his term has scored over $2 billion worldwide, dried him out? He added that if asked to play Bond again, he'd say, “At this moment, no. I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit. But we’ll see.” The Esquire piece arrived on the »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Speaking to Digital Spy, the filmmaker said he was in line to make the 23rd Bond movie before Sam Mendes took the reins.
"Barbara [Broccoli] asked me to do Skyfall and I just felt I couldn't do another - because the pressure's so big to make one of those movies. I wanted to do an independent film.
"After that, I did World War Z, another big one - and making these big movies is fun, but it's a year, year-and-a-half of your life, and it's non-stop. But I »
It may be hard to believe, but Daniel Craig has been playing James Bond for almost 10 years, starting with Casino Royale in 2006. As he readies himself for the release of his latest 007 adventure, with Spectre hitting theaters worldwide this November, he's taking some time out to reflect back on this secret agent he's played in four movies, which also include 2008's Quantum of Solace and 2012's Skyfall. Speaking with Esquire, he calls Bond out for being sexist, and hopes his portrayal has helped to curb that notion. He also doesn't think he could spend much time with the character, heavily hinting that his days as James Bond are numbered.
"Hopefully my Bond is not as sexist and misogynistic as [earlier incarnations]. The world has changed. I am certainly not that person. But he is, and so what does that mean? It means you cast great actresses and make the parts as good »
Horowitz, who is currently writing the James Bond novel Trigger Mortis, picked apart the film's plot in a recent interview reported by The Mail.
Pussy Galore is back in the new James Bond book Trigger Mortis
Criticising the film, he went on to say: "Bond is weak in it. He has doubts. That's not Bond."
He added: "Secondly, the villain wins. The villain sets out to kill M. The »
The recent crop of Bond movies has come in for a lambasting from Anthony Horowitz, the latest author to join the 007 novel-writing franchise. Horowitz described the current onscreen incarnation of James Bond as “weak” and said that Skyfall was his least favourite of the entire film series.
In remarks reported by the Mail on Sunday to mark the publication of Trigger Mortis, the latest in the string of “continuation” Bond novels commissioned by Ian Fleming’s estate, Horowitz complimented Daniel Craig, calling him “terrific”, and said he admired the 2006 release Casino Royale (“a total return to the gritty seriousness of it”), but then laid into the follow-ups. The massively successful 2012 film Skyfall came in for particular criticism.
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- Andrew Pulver
Friends and family of the late Hollywood casting director Dan Velez have started a scholarship in his honor to help struggling actors. Velez, who cast for shows such as “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” served as a casting associate for the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace,” and helped found Space Station Casting Studios alongside partner Sherri Henderson, was “a very passionate, intense guy, and often the actors he loved and related to were those [kinds of] actors,” friend and CEO of Space Station Ben Rovner told Backstage. “He’d always talk about how when you meet an actor, you could see their passion and their love for it.” The Dan Velez Scholarship Fund, which will be accepting essay submissions from Aug. 24 through Sept. 28, will provide three working actors with a $3,000 scholarship to help further their careers—whether that be paying for acting classes, vocal lessons, new headshots, or other acting-related expenses. “We’re »
Director Sam Mendes has promised that we can anticipate a backstory about James Bond that has been previously unexplored in the upcoming Bond film, “Spectre.” “Bond has been rebooted at the end of the movie,” Mendes told EW, as he shared some cryptic information about the highly-anticipated film, which will hit theaters Nov. 6. “This is only the beginning of the story.” See Video: New 'Spectre' Trailer Teases Daniel Craig's 007 Going Rogue (Video) The director said that “Spectre” will bind together the three most recent Bond films all starring Daniel Craig, which include “Skyfall,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Casino Royale, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
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With the release of Spectre little more than two months away, Eon Picture, Sony and MGM have dropped a new Vlog, to help better acquaint you with the film’s female contingent.
Check it out below.
The Vlog gives both Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci a chance to gush about the franchise and their collaborators, without giving too much away concerning their roles in Spectre’s sure-to-be-twisty framework.
A good Bond girl is a key part of any good Bond outing, as some of Daniel Craig’s past credits will attest. Eva Green was an absolute scene-stealer in Casino Royale, whilst the disappointing Quantum of Solace can chalk-up Olga Kurylenko’s flat turn as one of its critical flaws.
- Daniel Kelly
A new video blog from Spectre has come online, shedding light on two new characters, Lea Seydoux’s Madeline Swann and Monica Bellucci's Lucia Sciarra, two roles that, as director Sam Mendes puts it, “both have great mystery, they both have depths and for that you need great actresses”. We also find a connection between Spectre and earlier Bond adventures, with Swann being the daughter of the suave super spy’s old nemesis Mr. White (Jasper Christenson), last seen in Quantum of Solace. Released: 6th NovemberSynopsis: A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Roger Moore and Daniel Craig are positioned at polar opposite ends of the Bond spectrum. Both have great and not so great (Quantum of Solace, never forgive, never forget) credits as England’s spy du-jour, but their approaches contrast vastly. Moore a wise-cracking gentlemen, splitting his time between Playboy cover-girls of the 70s and foiling cartoonish schemes for world domination. Craig on the other hand broods and struggles his way through each adventure, with an “I’ll knock your shit in” attitude more inline with Ian Fleming’s novels.
But what would happen if Moore stepped into Craig’s darker, nastier world?
Well the chaps at Mars VFX have given us an indicator by cutting Moore into a trailer for upcoming Craig outing Spectre.
Pretty awesome right? Rather than contrasting the styles for comic effect, the trailer balances them to create an authentic looking hybrid. In fact, it tonally »
- Daniel Kelly
Josh Trank’s debut, Chronicle, was a surprise hit of 2012. The film fused the found-footage genre with superhero tropes to create a coming-of-age story that was both fresh and exciting. Trank’s ability to transcend these tired trends and motifs made him an ideal candidate to finally do justice to the Fantastic Four franchise, one that had an unreleased early 90s film, and two poor mid-00s flicks. However, with production problems between Trank and cast members, and no advanced press screening, many pundits were concerned this would be a mess.
The results are in, and it is not only a poor film, but has been described as the worst reviewed Marvel film to-date. That’s not good. Trank responded openly via tweet to this, noting how Fox had – ah, »
- Matthew Lee
The very first pilot I watched on this job was for a CBS drama called "Ez Streets." Created by Paul Haggis — then best known for creating "Due South," but most commercially successful for having helped develop the "Walker, Texas Ranger" pilot — it was essentially an HBO drama before such a thing existed: dark, dense, ambitious, heartbreaking, and addictive. It even featured Joe Pantoliano playing a sociopath gangster years before he won an Emmy for it on "The Sopranos" (and was, to my mind, better as Jimmy Murtha than as Ralphie Ciffaretto). It was also the first time I got my heart broken in this job. Despite rave reviews from me and my more established colleagues across the country, "Ez Streets" was Doa: CBS pulled it off the air after only two episodes had aired, and though most of the remaining episodes would air the following winter, it was just running out the string. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Five months after being named head of Sony Pictures, Tom Rothman is making his first substantial restructuring of his leadership team — consolidating his position with the appointment of two new executives at the studio’s flagship Columbia Pictures and naming a new president of the TriStar label, according to a person familiar with the moves.
Rothman is moving his former right-hand from TriStar, David Beaubaire, to Columbia, where he will become an executive vice president of production. Beaubaire will be joined at Columbia by Palak Patel, who is leaving his post as president of production at Roth Films to also become exec VP of production at Columbia. Taking over Rothman’s former job as president of TriStar will be Hannah Minghella, who most recently served as co-head of production at Columbia.
All three of the newly appointed executives will report to Doug Belgrad, who remains president of Sony’s Motion Picture Group. »
- James Rainey
The Strain kicks off with a brilliant first five minutes this week, then goes unfortunately downhill from there...
This review contains spoilers.
2.4 The Silver Angel
I was shocked to discover that there was something genuinely interesting in The Strain this week, an episode that wasn’t as predictable as I’ve come to expect.
The first five minutes are dedicated to a wonderfully bizarre black and white B-movie homage where a Mexican masked wrestler takes on vampires, and gets a dodgy knee for his troubles.
Unfortunately, this opening was 200% more compelling that the rest of the show. I can't be alone in wanting to know more about el Angel de Plata (the Silver Angel). By the end, all we’d managed to extract was that he now »
Can we say that Daniel Craig incarnation of James Bond rivals Sean Connery’s at this point, or is that still considered blasphemy? Given that Skyfall (2012) is, at least until the release of Spectre, the most complete and entertaining Bond film ever produced, I wonder if we can’t mention the two actors in the same sentence without feeling the least bit guilty.
The new trailer for Spectre does very little to dissuade my enthusiasm for Craig and his Bond films (although Quantum of Solace (2008) was quite the follow-up to Casino Royale (2006) I was hoping for). The new film looks to continue the dark and menacing nature of these films, and I’m all for it; it’s a tone that works for Bond. Here’s hoping that the final film delivers the good that this trailer promises.
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Spectre: A cryptic message from the past sends »
- Mike Tyrkus
Read More: Film Movement Acquires North American Rights to 'Men Go To Battle' After having its world premiere last night at the Fantasia International Film Festival, action-thriller "Momentum" has been picked up by Starz. The film, which marks Stephen S. Campanelli's directorial debut, stars Olga Kurylenko ("Quantum of Solace") and James Purefoy ("The Following") and Morgan Freeman. The official synopsis reads: "When Alex (Kurylenko), an infiltration expert with a secret past, accidentally reveals her identity during what should have been a routine heist, she quickly finds herself mixed up in a government conspiracy and entangled in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a master assassin (Purefoy) and his team of killers. Armed with her own set of lethal skills, Alex looks to exact revenge for her murdered friends while uncovering the truth." "'Momentum' is such a fun ride," said Kevin Kasha, head of acquisitions for. »
- Ethan Sapienza
Starz has acquired the North American rights to the action thriller “Momentum,” the company announced Thursday. The deal comes after the film made its world premiere on Wednesday at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival. “Momentum” stars Olga Kurylenko (“Quantum of Solace,” “Magic City”) and James Purefoy (“The Following”). Adam Marcus and Debra Sullivan co-wrote the script. The pair had previously collaborated on films like “Texas Chainsaw 3D” and “Conspiracy.” The film also marks the directorial debut of award-winning camera man Stephen S. Campanelli. Also Read: Starz Names Ex-Time Warner Cable Exec Jeffrey A. Hirsch President of Global Marketing and Product Planning When Alex (Kurylenko), an. »
- Joe Otterson
Femme fatales, souped up cars and a mysterious villain in a Nehru jacket -- yep, it must be a new James Bond film! Sony released a brand new trailer for "Spectre" early this morning, giving us a better glimpse at Daniel Craig's next outing as 007. The clip sees our favorite secret agent bouncing between Mexico City, Rome, London and the Austrian Alps on a rogue mission to infiltrate a "sinister organization" known only as Spectre. With the aid of Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw), 007 tracks down Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux), the daughter of Mr. White -- who was previously seen in "Quantum of Solace" and "Casino Royale." This all leads him to Christoph Waltz's Franz Oberhauser, the head of the shadowy organization who has a "chilling connection" to Bond himself. "Welcome James, you come across me so many times, yet you never saw me. What took you so long? »
- tooFab Staff
Blimey, it's hard to beat a good James Bond trailer these days. Mirroring the memorable marketing campaign for Skyfall, the new trailer for Sam Mendes' second Bond movie gives us far more to chew on than March's teaser. Our analysis of that one is here.
It also gives us an idea of how the film will go back to the basics of the series while simultaneously tying up loose ends from the previous three films starring Daniel Craig, by bringing back the titular criminal organisation from the original run. If you haven't watched the trailer yet, take a look at the embedded video below and then read on for some potentially spoilery analysis of what's going on...
Looks good, right? Planes, trains, automobiles and »
Is Christoph Waltz Blofeld? We still don’t know, but it’s certainly seeming that way – just look at that jacket he’s wearing in the brand new trailer.
Everyone’s been expecting the two-time Oscar winner to play the head of terrorist conglomerate Spectre since he was first rumoured to play the villain in the new 007 film, and every development – the film being called Spectre, him being the leader of the film’s organisation, – has backed that up. Sam Mendes and co. have obviously been trying to play it down, reaffirming he’s simply playing the contextually-cool Franz Oberhauser, but with that jacket (a modern update of the classic get up Ernst Stavro), the cat is definitely off the lap (unless Andrew Scott’s Denbigh is the real villain, but that’s a theory for another day).
Yes, a new trailer (the first full one after a run of teasers, »
- Alex Leadbeater
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