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There is still no word yet on whether or not Daniel Craig will return as 007 in James Bond 25. But there have been no shortage of other actors vigorously vying for the position. Today, Eon Productions has made it very clear that there top choice for James Bond in this next adventure is Daniel Craig. And it's just a matter of playing the waiting game to find out if he agrees to come back.
An Eon Productions senior production executive spoke out on the matter to UK's BBC Radio 4 Today program, via Deadline. And they made it very clear who their number one top choice is. Callum McDougall has worked on the previous four Bond movies. And about Daniel Craig's possible return, he said this.
"[He's] absolutely the first choice."
Despite Daniel Craig’s general indifference to Bond 25 – something the British actor has been vocal about in the past, even reportedly turning down exorbitant contract agreements – Craig is still “absolutely the first choice” to headline the next James Bond film when the time calls.
Word comes by way of the BBC, where Callum McDougall appeared on Radio 4’s Today programme. It was here that the franchise veteran – McDougall has executive produced nine Bond movies in total, including Craig’s quartet: Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre – revealed that despite reports to the contrary, series producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are working to lock down Daniel Craig for at least one more outing as the famed 00 agent.
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“I know they’re hoping for him to come back,” McDougall told the BBC, before stressing that Daniel Craig is “without question” the »
- Michael Briers
Callum McDougall, executive producer on the last four Bond films, told the BBC Friday that Craig is the “first choice” of Broccoli and Wilson, who run Bond’s production company Eon Prods.
McDougall, who has worked on nine 007 movies, was asked if Craig would be returning. “I wish I knew,” he said. “We love Daniel. We would love Daniel to return as Bond. Without any question he is absolutely Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli’s first choice. I know they’re hoping for him to come back.” He added that if Craig is willing to join the next Bond movie the role would “absolutely” be his.
Eon did not respond immediately to a request for confirmation.
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- Leo Barraclough
The team behind the James Bond films want actor Daniel Craig to return to the role, one of the producers had told the BBC. Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, executive producer Callum McDougall said Craig was “absolutely the first choice” of series producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson.
“I know they’re hoping for him to come back,” said McDougall, who has worked on nine Bonds, including all of those on which Craig has worn the tuxedo: Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.
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- Catherine Shoard
Simon Brew Sep 30, 2016
There’s little sign of a new James Bond film yet, and Spectre has left lots of questions behind. So what now, 007?
Update: here's a story that landed this morning, of relevance to this article.
This article contains light spoilers for Spectre.
At the end of October 2015, the 24th James Bond film, Spectre, enjoyed its global premiere. Following the massive success of Skyfall, hopes were understandably high for Spectre, and it quickly notched up some strong – and not so strong – reviews. Originally rumoured to be the first of a two part story (with a suggestion that it be filmed back to back with James Bond 25), Spectre would prove to be a big box office hit too. As Bond drove off into the sunset at the end of the film, the next adventure was surely an inevitability.
But something wasn’t quite right. And one year later, »
After the massive success that Adele had with her album, 21, it was hard to imagine that anything she did after could ever top it. Since 2011, she has become an icon with multiple Platinum singles, including her theme for Skyfall and “Rolling In The Deep,” while 21 ended up dominating the Billboard 200 charts for years. 21 managed to sell over eleven and a half million records as of last February, and it’s been the only Diamond certified record released since Usher’s 2004 album, Confessions – well, until now.
Adele’s recent album, 25, was born to break records, and it’s the latest album to get the honor of a Diamond certification, having moved over ten million units in the United States alone. Honestly, it’s not a surprise: 25 hit the eight million sales mark back in February and shattered the first week sales record upon its release last year. It was only a »
- Joe DeAndrea
The article originally appeared on EW.com.Adele began her six-night run at New York's famed Madison Square Garden on Monday, which the British star suggested the crowd treat as a Friday instead. She certainly did, as she ran through a wide-ranging set list that featured recent hits like "Hello" and "When We Were Young" and old favorites like "Someone Like You," "Set Fire to the Rain," and the thrilling closer, "Rolling in the Deep." But these days, Adele fans don't go to Adele concerts just to hear that gorgeous voice. They're hopeful for a hilarious ad-libbed moment, a potential engagement, »
- Jessica Goodman, @JessGood
Director Antoine Fuqua was provided with a surprising gift when he began making his contemporary remake of “The Magnificent Seven”: Seven themes composed by the late Oscar-winning composer James Horner (“Titanic”), who died last year in a plane crash. Horner didn’t live long enough to screen any footage, but he read the script and provided the backbone of the score for Fuqua. Indeed, after collaborating on “Southpaw” together, Horner convinced the director to make “The Magnificent Seven” when he was ambivalent about the project and worried about financing.
Horner, in fact, was on such a steady ascent before his fatal crash (including Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” and “The Great Wall”), that he discussed greater collaboration with producer-composer-arranger Simon Franglen (the Grammy-winning “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic”). They also worked together on the gritty, electronic-tinged “Southpaw,” and Franglen later arranged “Skyfall” and “Spectre” for composer Thomas Newman. »
- Bill Desowitz
For those that missed the final onscreen adventures of John Logan's literary characters or want to experience their trials and triumphs again, Showtime Networks, CBS Home Entertainment, and Paramount Home Media Distribution will release Penny Dreadful: The Final Season on Blu-ray and DVD on October 4th with several special features:
Press Release:hollywood, Calif. (September 12, 2016) – Experience the thrilling conclusion to the Showtime® original series when Penny Dreadful – The Final Season arrives on Blu-ray and DVD October 4 from Showtime Networks, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. The final episodes of the psychological thriller from three-time Academy Award® nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator)1 will also arrive with a collection of bonus material that dive into the making of the historical fantasy drama, including three special features only available on Penny Dreadful – The Final Season Blu-ray and DVD collections.
Penny Dreadful, a co-production with Showtime® and Sky, features »
- Derek Anderson
A decade ago, “Kidulthood” — a tough, multiracial British teen drama, written by and starring eventual BAFTA winner Noel Clarke — was justly praised for its vibrant energy; two years later, follow-up “Adulthood” saw the actor-scribe step up to add directing duties to the mix. Opening with a montage sketching the salient events of the story so far, third installment “Brotherhood” sees the return of West Londoners Sam Peel (Clarke), nemesis Uncle Curtis (Cornell John) and other familiar faces from the first two films. In this par-for-the-course conclusion to Clarke’s “‘Hood” saga, the key transition is the evolution of the main character’s philosophy: From a trenchant warning not to mess with a boy that has nothing to lose, to the realization that perhaps “the only person more dangerous than someone with nothing to lose is someone who stands to lose everything.”
Having served his time for killing a boy with »
- Catherine Bray
After a week and a half of Mediterranean sun, fun and countless Aperol Spritzs, the Venice Film Festival came to a close this evening, with the annual awards ceremony ahead of closing film “The Magnificent Seven.” And as usual, the jury (headed this year by “Skyfall” and “American Beauty” director Sam Mendes) delivered some surprises. […]
- Oliver Lyttelton
Amid reports of ridiculous contract negotiations – contract negotiations that seemingly resulted in Daniel Craig being offered an eye-watering $150 million to reprise the role of 007 for a further two movies – and talk of Sam Mendes vacating the director’s chair, Bond 25 is, at least for the time being, very much up in the air.
Sony and MGM are clearly keen to set the wheels in motion, but there are still some creative hurdles to overcome, meaning that James Bond isn’t likely to strut onto your local cinema screen – be that Craig’s Bond or some new actor entirely – for some time yet.
That’s something that Spectre star Christoph Waltz touched upon while chatting with German magazine Zeit-Magazin Mann (via CommanderBond), stating, “right now, nobody even knows which studio will produce the next and if Daniel will return. All of that is filed under ‘carry on’.” As we mentioned before, »
- Michael Briers
Daniel Craig’s Bond movies have been hit and miss, to put it lightly: Casino Royale is a stunning action flick, worthy of being placed in the character’s top five outings; Quantum Of Solace...has some cool action scenes; Skyfall is—not simply by the standards of the action genre—a tremendous movie; and Spectre...has some cool action scenes. So, if we’re... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
It’s the ‘will he, won’t he?’ debate that refuses to relent. Daniel Craig, having donned the famous tuxedo and license to kill four consecutive times, looked set for the exit door after reportedly turning down $99 million to reprise the role of James Bond.
But Craig’s hesitance has only fuelled Sony’s desire to suss out a contract, it seems, with celebrity news website Radar reporting that the studio has now tabled a $150 million offer, which would seemingly secure Craig to the title role for a further two movies extending his tenure as 007 to six installments.
It’s hardly surprising that Sony is eager to put pen to paper – between them, Skyfall and Spectre pulled in close to $2 billion worldwide – but as Radar notes, getting Daniel Craig back on board for the immediate future would afford the studio ample time to zero in on a long-term replacement, thereby »
- Michael Briers
Daniel Craig seems to be my kinda dude.
He signed on to the James Bond franchise around a decade ago, and while he's definitely served his time fairly well, it's no secret that he's been emotionally checked out of the character since Skyfall.
During the promotional circuit for the latest Bond film, Spectre, the British actor was famously quoted the Red Bulletin that viewers could learn nothing from Bond, and went on to call him a mysoginist. Prior to that, Time Out also quoted him, saying he would rather "break this glass and slash my wrists" than do another James Bond film. He clarified to state that that was how he felt in that burnt-out moment, but either way, it was very clear that another 007 film wasn't too high on his priority list.
Craig then took it one step further and said, “if I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money. »
- Joseph Medina
Back in May, Sony Pictures reportedly offered Daniel Craig a whopping 68 million pounds, or close to $100 million, to return as the title character in James Bond 25. Today we have word that the studio is "desperate" to keep the actor on board for two more movies, while they continue their search for a younger, "long-term replacement." This new report claims that the studio has offered Daniel Craig a whopping $150 million to come back for two more 007 movies.
Radar Online has this latest news, but it isn't clear if Daniel Craig plans on accepting this offer to return as 007. Back in May, it was rumored that the actor was "undecided" about returning as Bond, and we haven't heard anything official about whether or not Daniel Craig has made up his mind yet. Here's what an unidentified source had to say about the studio's huge offer.
"The studio is desperate to secure »
I’m not quite how much to believe this, but various sources are reporting that Daniel Craig has been offered an extortionate amount of money to return to the role of James Bond. The deal, which is for a reported $150 million, is for two more Bond movies, which, according to my estimates, is one more that he is actually contracted for.
The next Bond movie, which we’re expecting in 2018, is actually the 25th in the series – quite a significant milestone in the series – and would be Craig’s fifth, following Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall and last year’s Spectre. Those four movies are the highest grossing in Bond’s history (accumulating to a huge $3 billion in worldwide box-office).
RadarOnline is reporting the new Bond rumour with a source telling the outlet, “The studio is desperate to secure the actor’s services while they phase in a younger long-term successor. »
- Paul Heath
If Daniel Craig has been playing hard to get, his strategy may be paying off. In the latest tremor in the question of Who Will Be James Bond, Radar reports that Sony is ready to offer Craig $150 million to keep going with the franchise for two more films.
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“The studio is desperate to secure the actor’s services while they phase in a younger long-term successor,” says Radar‘s source.
Craig’s casting was initially met with resistance by fans, owed largely to the fact that the actor sports lighter hair than his predecessors, but his take on the enduring character has become one of the most acclaimed during his four-film tenure.
“Daniel’s the key for a seamless, safe transition as far as Sony and Bond bosses are concerned, and they’re prepared to pay a king’s ransom to make it happen, »
- Michael Nordine
It has been nearly a year since Spectre hit theaters and though it didn't quite live up to the lofty expectations placed on it by Skyfall, fans still want to see Daniel Craig return as James Bond. The problem is, we still don't know if that is going to happen, so the studio is reportedly looking for his replacement, should Craig pass on the opportunity to continue on as 007. Now, a shortlist has emerged, and it is a very mixed bag of potential candidates to take on the role of James Bond.
UK Celebrity gossip site The Sun is reporting that Sony and MGM have narrowed their search to six potential names for the next James Bond movie, which will be the landmark 25th installment of the franchise. The list includes long rumored names like Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hiddleston. The rumored list also includes a couple of less talked about, »
More on the Moulin Rouge musical news below.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Moulin Rouge – the stage musical – is being developed by Global Creatures and Alex Timbers (Oh, Hello; Peter and the Starcatcher; Rocky) is set to direct. John Logan (Red, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers – but also Skyfall, Spectre and the upcoming Alien: Covenant) is writing the book.
“I first encountered Alex Timbers through the remarkable and inventive production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and the brilliance of Here Lies Love. I immediately recognized the young director’s creative »
- Paul Heath
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