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Question marks continue to loom over the future of Sony and MGM’s James Bond franchise. Since the release of last year’s Spectre, conflicting reports have emerged regarding the immediate future of not only Sam Mendes and Christoph Waltz, but also series star Daniel Craig.
Before the turn of the year, Sony appeared confident that Craig would reprise his role as the 00 agent at least one more time in anticipation of Bond 25. It’s sparked a will he, won’t he debate that shows no sign of letting up anytime soon, though Mark Strong has now weighed in on the matter.
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Doing the press rounds for The Grimsby Brothers, Strong conceded that while the decision ultimately rests in the hands of the Powers That Be, he firmly believes that four movies in, Craig has “come to the end” of his tenure with the license to kill. »
- Michael Briers
To say last year’s Spectre was a let-down would be a colossal understatement. With its bloated runtime, boring villain, and bizarrely tangled mythology, it was James Bond repurposed for the Marvel age, a film that wanted to honor its heritage while scribbling haphazardly over it. Viewers cried foul, and rightly so – the film inexplicably missed everything appealing about the Bond character.
Needless to say, producers are scrambling to wash the bad taste out of fans’ mouths as soon as possible, so conversations are already taking place about the plot of Bond 25, which will bring back Daniel Craig for one more adventure and (hopefully) send the actor’s run as 007 out on a high note.
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- Isaac Feldberg
The first hints as to the direction of the next James Bond film after Spectre...
The 24th James Bond adventure, Spectre, arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK next week. Its box office take didn’t quite match that of the 23rd film, Skyfall, and nor did the reviews in truth. But still, you’d be hard pushed to call it anywhere close to a failure, and the film has no shortage of fans.
However, as far as Eon – the company behind the Bond films – is concerned, it’s business as usual. Gregg Wilson, son of producer Michael G Wilson, and himself associate producer for 007, was chatting to Filmweb in Norway, »
Fact-checking Is Not Enough, it seems, as reports are hitting fast that Daniel Craig is quitting James Bond, despite that not being the case (yet).
In a rumour kicked off by reports from The Sun, Craig having recently signing on for an adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s Purity means that he’s going to be handing in his licence to kill and is leaving the franchise. After that interview where he claimed he’d rather “slash his wrists” if he had to play 007 again (something that appears to have been motivated by Spectre’s troubled production), there’s a ring of truth to this, which has meant a bunch of other sites have ran with the story before even checking if this goes beyond wild speculation.
And, what do you know, it doesn’t. All the initial rumours have done is taken the original Deadline report about »
- Alex Leadbeater
James Bond's latest adventure, Spectre, has its DVD and Blu-ray release confirmed.
The latest James Bond adventure, Spectre, may not have quite reached the box office heights of its predecessor, Skyfall, but it's still banked an awful lot of cash. The film has taken $864m worldwide, and continues to leave the James Bond series in rude health.
Daniel Craig remains likely to return for at least one more outing as James Bond, but for the time being, the next step on his 007 journey is the DVD and Blu-ray release of Spectre. It's now been announced that the film will make its disc bow in the Us on February 9th, and we'd expect the UK release to mirror that, give or take a day.
Furthermore, the film will be available digitally earlier than that, on January 22nd.
Extra features? It looks like they're being reserved for the Blu-ray, »
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