11 items from 2017
It’s now been well over a year since the last James Bond film, Spectre, hit theaters and we still haven’t heard much about the next entry yet. Bond 25, as it’s being called, is being shrouded in much secrecy (which isn’t terribly surprising), so much so that we can’t even say for certain whether or not Daniel Craig will be back to reprise the role. He’s bounced back and forth on the issue more times than we can count, or keep track of, and it seems that he always has a different answer whenever asked about it.
The actor doesn’t seem ready to make his mind up at the moment but if we’re to believe his co-star Naomie Harris, Craig won’t be going anywhere when it comes time to make the next James Bond movie. She recently spoke with the BBC »
- Josh Wilding
Film marketing veteran Tommy Gargotta, most recently head of marketing for the Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution venture, has joined the Fox broadcast network in a senior marketing post.
Gargotta will serve as exec VP of creative marketing, reporting to Fox chief marketing officer Angela Courtin. Courtin joined Fox from Relativity nearly two years ago.
Gargotta will oversee the on-air promotion and design departments for Fox, extending beyond the network to print, digital and outdoor venues. He’s taking on a newly created position.
“Tommy is one of the most creative marketers in the business,” said Courtin. “His extensive experience, passion for marketing and sharp creative eye make him the perfect person to develop strategic campaigns for our breakthrough shows and amplify all of the innovation happening right now throughout Fox.”
Gargotta was named president of theatrical marketing for Relativity EuropaCorp in March 2015. That entity is essentially defunct given Relativity’s dire straits. In »
- Cynthia Littleton
Forthcoming novel chronicles real life story of the man who was the inspiration for the character M in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels.
The ITV-owned indie optioned the rights to the spy book from Gemma Hirst Associates on behalf of the Jonathan Conway Literary Agency.
M tells the story of MI5’s Maxwell Knight, a spymaster who helped break up British fascism during the Second World War.
The book will be published Preface in the UK on 4 May and by »
We still don’t know if he’ll be picking up the Walther Ppk for another outing, but as of today Daniel Craig has officially became the second-longest serving James Bond, having spent 4,147 consecutive days in the role, leaving him second only to Roger Moore on 5,118.
If you’re bothered, today is the day that Daniel Craig becomes the 2nd longest-serving #Bond actor. pic.twitter.com/sEjehwAmw2
— Adrian Stirrup (@adrianstirrup) February 20, 2017
The ranking, compiled by the Press Association, begins from the day each actor was announced as 007 through to the day their successor is officially named.
Daniel Craig made his debut as Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale, and has since followed that up with Quantum of Solace, Spectre and Skyfall. Should he remain in the role for another 971 days, he would officially take the crown as the longest serving 007.
- Gary Collinson
Mark Allison Feb 22, 2017
Iam Fleming's James Bond novels still have narratives and ideas that haven't made it to the 007 movie series...
A spoiler lies ahead for Spectre
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Over the course of 11 years, Ian Fleming wrote 12 James Bond novels and nine short stories before his death in 1964, forming the basis for the film series which survives to the present day. 24 films and 55 years since the birth of the cinematic Bond, it might come as a surprise that the franchise hasn’t completely exhausted its source material. More often than not, however, the James Bond films have been adaptations in name only.
Starting with Roald Dahl’s outlandish screenplay for the fifth Bond film, You Only Live Twice, the film scripts began to drift away from their literary inspirations. For most of Roger Moore’s seven-film tenure, for example, entire plots and characters were »
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Former Bond girl (Quantum of Solace) and Terence Malick muse (To the Wonder) Olga Kurylenko turns on the laughs alongside Antonio Banderas in Simon West’s comedy Salty, about an aging rock star whose supermodel wife is kidnapped by shipless pirates. Carnaby is screening the film to buyers at the Efm.
Is this your first comedy role?
I’ve been part of other comedies before, but the roles were never that big. I think this is the biggest and also the first time I really got the taste of comedy. It’s so much fun.
How funny is Antonio Banderas?
He’s hilarious. He’s »
- Alex Ritman
Rob Leane Feb 10, 2017
More often than you might think, scenes that appear in movie trailer don’t turn up in the finished film. This can leave trailer-loving audience members confused as the credits roll, wondering if they dropped off and missed something important.
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A couple of massive movies have done this recently, and the internet has been quick to fill in the blanks with speculation. Fingers have been pointed at tinkering studio bigwigs and extensive reshoots, when the reality is often a little less dramatic: filmmakers always chop some footage in the edit, and they rarely have much involvement in the trailers. »
In the James Bond films, the character Q heads the fictional research and development division of MI6 and provides Bond with all of the gadgets he needs on his various missions. Though the character has always been played by a man since the first Bond film in 1962, CNN reports that the real head of MI6 Alex Younger has now revealed that “the real-life Q is a woman,” though her actual identity obviously remains a secret. Watch the video unpacking the news below.
Read More: Tom Hardy on Whether or Not He’s in Contention to Play James Bond: ‘If I Mention It, It’s Gone’
“Glass ceilings are being broken,” says former Chief of Disguise for the CIA Jonna Mendez. She believes that a woman might bring “an empathy, an ability to communicate with people, a kind of softness, not so much of an edge, but a natural ability to »
- Vikram Murthi
It’s looking less and less likely that Daniel Craig will reprise his role as James Bond in the next installment of the long-running spy franchise, and speculation about who might succeed him has run rampant in recent months. Among the presumed contenders is Tom Hardy, who may or may not have just confirmed that he’s in the running by not actually speaking about it.
“There’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting that if you talk about it you’re automatically out of the race,” he says during an interview with the Daily Beast. “So I can’t possibly comment on that one! If I mention it, it’s gone.” Hardy, whose FX series “Taboo” premiered last week, will next be seen in his “Inception” and “The Dark Knight Rises »
- Michael Nordine
Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Alicia Keys has contributed songs to dozens of soundtracks including “The Great Gatsby,” “Muscle Shoals,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Drumline.” But Mira Nair’s “Queen of Katwe,” which features a Keys original, “Back to Life,” was a different kind of project.
Keys first discovered the true story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi (portrayed by Madina Nalwanga in her debut) “by a little twist of fate” in 2011, when Tim Crothers’ remarkable feature story on the budding prodigy was published by Espn’s magazine (a year later, Crothers published the book “The Queen of Katwe,” on which Nair’s film is based).
Producing partner Jeff Robinson gave the article to Keys, in hopes that they could develop it under their Big Pita, Little Pita Productions banner. While that didn’t ultimately pan out, Keys could never quite shake Mutesi’s story.
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- Kate Erbland
Nicolas Winding Refn tends to play it close to the vest when it comes to his upcoming movies, but the details he’s dropped so far about “The Avenging Silence” have been tantalizing. Bond veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (“Casino Royale,” “Quantum Of Solace,” “Skyfall,” “Spectre“) are writing the script for the film, with the director saying early last year that the project was borne out of his desire to make “a big extravagant action film.” Then over the summer, the filmmaker teased that the movie would be inspired by Ian Fleming‘s seminal Bond book “Dr.
- Kevin Jagernauth
11 items from 2017
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