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One of the great things about Skyfall (and there are many) is the phenomenal cinematography by Roger Deakins. Obviously Deakins always turns in fantastic work, but his collaboration with director Sam Mendes on the James Bond pic was jaw-droppingly gorgeous—which makes the news that Deakins won’t be returning for Bond 24 that much more disappointing. After some wavering, Mendes and Skyfall screenwriter John Logan agreed to direct and write the next Bond film, respectively, but In Contention’s Kris Tapley took to Twitter today to break the sad news that Deakins will not be back as cinematographer. Hit the jump for more.
Tapley gives no reason for Deakins not returning for Bond 24, but one imagines scheduling is the likeliest culprit as Deakins is, deservingly, one of the most in-demand talents in the film industry. The cinematographer’s commitment to Skyfall prevented him from shooting Inside Llewn Davis for longtime collaborators The Coen Brothers, so maybe they’ve already snatched him up for their next project? I'm reaching for a silver lining here. After Skyfall, Deakins handled the photography for last fall’s Prisoners and he just finished shooting Angelina Jolie’s next directorial effort Unbroken, which finds the cinematographer capturing World War II POW camps in Japan.
As for the Skyfall follow-up, little is known about Bond 24 at this point besides the fact that Daniel Craig will obviously return to star and Mendes faces incredibly high expectations following his stellar 2012 entry in the franchise. Who do you think should replace Deakins on the project? Sound ...
Before the thrilling adventures of James Bond hit the page or screen, they were experienced first-hand by author-to-be, Ian Fleming (Dominic Cooper). The four-part original drama Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond tells the fascinating story of the man whose own life and escapades were the inspiration for one of the most iconic figures in modern literature.
During the BBC America portion of the TCA Press Tour, director Mat Whitecross and executive producer Douglas Rae talked about how this project came about, how they created the look they wanted, Ian Fleming's weird relationships with women, using the music, and the ongoing popularity of the spy genre. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Question: How did this project come about?
DOUGLAS RAE: My great claim to fame, growing up in Edinburgh, was that Sean Connery was my mother’s milkman. He was a milkman, but in his nighttime, he was trying to get a job as an actor. He was in South Pacific and A Chorus Line, and then eventually Broccoli chose him to play Bond, which horrified Ian Fleming, at the time. He saw his Bond character like himself – a suave, sophisticated old Ottonian, and Sean Connery was a milkman. Anyway, that’s by-the-by. This project really started because we had an idea of making it as a movie. The script came in and it was four hours long, which was going to be an expensive movie, but the story was so good that we didn’t want to cut ...
James Bond didn’t get to be the super spy that he is today by telling all of his secrets. So far all we know about the next installment in the Bond franchise is that it’s coming out in November of next year. But can of all Bond’s associates keep a secret? In an interview with […]
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A new trailer for Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond is now available thanks to BBC America. The mini-series features Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Ian Fleming, the man who would become best known as the author behind the suave super-spy James Bond, but not before he'd have a few adventures of his own. While I don't know for sure whether or not Fleming's real-life exploits were anywhere near as explosive as this new trailer, the series certainly looks to be a fun watch.
Also starring Lara Pulver (True Blood, Sherlock), Annabelle Wallis (Hello Carter, The Tudors), Lesley Manville (Maleficent, Another Year), Anna Chancellor (The Hour, How I Live Now) and Samuel West (Van Helsing), the four-week event stars Wednesday, January 29th at 10pm/9C on BBC America. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
Here's the new trailer for Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond, along with a bit more on the show itself:
FLEMING: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND *** Premieres WED JANUARY 29 at 10pm/9c *** Only on BBC America. Presented by Dramaville.
Starring DOMINIC COOPER (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Devil's Double) with LARA PULVER (True Blood, Sherlock), ANNABELLE WALLIS (Hello Carter, The Tudors), LESLEY MANVILLE (Maleficent, Another Year), ANNA CHANCELLOR (The Hour, How I Live Now) and SAMUEL WEST (Mr Selfridge, Hyde Park on Hudson).
FLEMING: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND takes a no holds barred look at Ian Fleming, the man behind the James Bond legend whose real life was as exciting, eventful ...
The legacy of the James Bond film franchise is not without its twists and turns, many of which are excellently captured in the documentary Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007. One of the more difficult stories related to the film series involves Thunderball, which began with an original screenplay by Bond creator Ian Fleming and Kevin McClory, before Fleming decided to cut McClory out of the picture and publish the novel Thunderball—based on the idea the two hatched together—with nary a mention of McClory. The result was a decades-long legal battle and two “unofficial” Bond films (Thunderball and Never Say Never Again), but at long last the entanglement has ended.
Hit the jump for more, including what this means for the Bond franchise going forward.
Per HitFix, MGM and Danjaq have reached a settlement deal resulting in MGM now controlling all of the rights to James Bond. This is noteworthy because this deal means that classic Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld and the nefarious organization SPECTRE are now back in the official library, meaning future Bond films from Sony can incorporate the character and/or organization. It’s kind of like Warner Bros. finally getting the rights to Lex Luthor.
Skyfall director Sam Mendes is currently hard at work developing Bond 24, which is poised to open in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in the US on November 6, 2015. Details on the pic have been scarce and I doubt the producers have time to rework the film and include Blofeld before ...
With Comic-Con 2013 officially open, earlier tonight I was able to walk around the convention floor for Preview Night. In years past, before the convention sold out the moment tickets went on sale, you could walk around Preview Night casually picking up what you wanted, while also checking out the cool new toys. This is no longer the case. These days, as soon as the doors open, badge holders rush in to try and buy the numerous exclusives only for sale at the convention. While I get why everyone is racing to buy things, I do miss the days where it was all a little more casual.
While walking around the convention floor, I was able to take over 150 pictures. Included in the assortment are pics of Lego, toys, posters, art, comic books, The Walking Dead, the Marvel booth (Thor 2), some amazing Sideshow Collectibles, vintage Superman costumes from the films and TV shows, original props from The Wizard of Oz, James Bond, Watchmen, Indiana Jones, the PS4 and Xbox One, and so much more. However, while I saw many cool things tonight, I definitely think one of the highlights is the brand new LEGO Delorean from Back to the Future! Hit the jump to check it all out.
As our 007 Days of Bond nears its end (tomorrow we have the Top 10 Bond Movies!), Movie Fanatic looks back at the 23 films and brings you our most memorable James Bond moments of all-time. For fifty years, from Dr. No to Skyfall, the British superspy has been enthralling audiences with his swagger, penchant for action, shaken not stirred martinis, killer villains and of course, the ladies (who are the Top 10 Bond Girls?).
We present our favorite Bond moments from the entire series in no particular order because that would be like choosing a favorite child!
The first time we heard that iconic theme song
In Dr. No, something was established that would be used in every single James Bond movie, the iconic theme. Using its surf rock tone guitar intro that builds into a full-on trumpet fanfare is easily considered one of the most indelible themes in movie history.
The first time we heard, “Bond, James Bond.”
Sean Connery would utter the above words in the first film, something that is congruent throughout the entire series. The first time is always the best. Connery milked every ounce of every syllable, thus setting the standard for all Bonds to come.
Bond runs across alligators
Live and Let Die
Roger Moore brought something completely different to the role and it could be defined as 1970’s panache. As Moore’s Bond hits the Bayou in Live and Let Die, an iconic moment is achieved: Bond steps across a series of alligators to safety. An interesting fact: When the stuntman performed the sequence, he came millimeters away from an alligator bite that could have left him without a leg. All for the art of Bond!
Bond leaping into the air as his Union Jack parachute opens
The Spy Who Loved Me
There are too many stellar moments over the years to call this exuberant showing of British pride the personification of a Bond moment. But it is one of the most stimulating and invigorating. In the end… the British flag parachute scene is all about flash and action… something Bond has embodied for five decades.
Pierce Brosnan is introduced
Pierce Brosnan had wanted to play Bond years before, but because of his Remington Steele contract, he couldn’t. So producers needed something truly special when they could finally introduce their new Bond in 1995, and what better way than to have 007’s mantra of me against the world put to the test? Brosnan jumps off a mountain and catches up to a plane that is on the verge of crashing. Does it crash? What do you think! It's one of the most thrilling intro scenes to any Bond movie... ever. That's how you make an entrance.
The laser beam dangerously moving towards Bond’s crown jewels
As Connery is tied to a table with a laser beam inching closer to cutting him in half, crotch first, Goldfinger and Bond share a two line classic exchange that is one of the most iconic James Bond quotes of all time. Bond says, “Do you expect me to talk?” To which Goldfinger replies, “No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die.”
Bond addresses the audience
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Australian George Lazenby’s one go around as James Bond found 007 addressing the camera for the first time in the most humorous and delightful ways. “This never happened to the other fella.”
Bond tries to defibrillate himself
Daniel Craig introduced himself as Bond to the worldwide fan base in the glorious Casino Royale. When we knew he was our guy was during a rather tense casino game, where the superspy rushes to his car to fend off a poison attack by defibrillating himself. Simply… wow!
Bond drives one-third of a car in Paris
A View to a Kill
The series is filled with some of the most action packed and suspenseful chase scenes ever put on film. To keep it original must be difficult, but producers of A View to a Kill got one for the record books as Moore does what he can with one-third of a car, racing away from bad guys on the streets of Paris.
Ursula Andress coming out of the ocean in white bikini
The archetype that would also become standard to the Bond canon was introduced in the most memorable of ways as Ursula Andress emerged from the sea in that iconic white bikini. The scene is still a must on Bond highlight reels 50 years later.
Bond feeds Killifer to the Sharks
License to Kill
Timothy Dalton joined the franchise and his best moment has to be when he feeds the evil villain to his beloved sharks, leaving him quite shaken and stirred.
Bond kills Grant in his train car
From Russia With Love
Simply for the fact that this fight scene is not only one of the best Bond action sequences, but it is clearly one of the top fight scenes of all-time.
I recently asked a close friend of mine if you are a fan of James Bond. His answer to me with a disinterested look on his face was ‘not really’. I followed that question up with what would you think of a box set of all the bond movies on Bluray in a 50 year anniversary box set.
His wide eyed response to that was that is definitely a cool item worth buying. I for one have to completely agree and this is from somebody who is not a big fan of box sets. Box sets tend to be a money grab. First we saw all the VHS movies re-released on DVD which was somewhat reasonable since my massive VHS collection has completely rotted on me. Then we saw the same movies freshly minted onto DVD getting re-released on Blu Ray which in a lot of cased made zero sense.
What makes this 50 Year Ultimate Bond Collection set so unique is not the fact that it is on Blu Ray or that it is packed full of fantastic special features, what makes it truly unique is that this is the only set of all the James Bond movies that has been released.
I am not a diehard fan of James Bond but grew up watching the movies and it is one of the best literary to film translations in the history of film and has become one of the most iconic heroes on film. Over the weekend I sat down and literally spent an entire day watching Bond movies. I cherry picked watching Golden Eye starring Pierce Brosnan as Bond, Casino Royale with Daniel Craig as Bond and then went back to watch the greatest bond of all Sean Connery.
I still have hours and hours of James Bond to experience since with 22 films in this collection this bond set will easily keep me entertained till the new year.
If you are looking for a gift to buy for a family member who likes the Bond film franchise this 50 Year Anniversary Collectors set is definitely an outstanding choice. If you have a friend or family member who loves Bond then it would go without saying that this is a must have birthday or Holiday gift.
This is an example of a studio putting out a box set to fill a need not to just grab more cash from our pocket books. Like most of you my resources are limited and I cannot afford to buy every movie that comes out much less hefty box sets but without a doubt this is one box set I am pleased to have in my collection. With all 22 films it will keep me busy for weeks getting my fix of Bond… James Bond.
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The EPIX exclusive documentary Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, from director Stevan Riley, celebrates 50 years of James Bond, just in time for the highly anticipated release of the latest Bond film, Skyfall, due out on November 9th. The fascinating story focuses on three men – Bond producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming – and the inspiring story behind the creation and survival of one of the longest running film franchises in cinema history.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Barbara Broccoli – who has continued her family’s legacy as Bond producer, along with her half-brother Michael Wilson – talked about how this documentary came to be, what it was like to see her father achieve the American dream, how Bond has always been a huge and extraordinary part of her life, and what it’s like to be a part of something that has not only become a film legacy, but is also her family’s legacy as well. She also talked about why Daniel Craig was the right Bond for the 21st century, that the first cut of Skyfall was only about 8 to 10 minutes longer than its current 2 hours and 21 minutes, and how she’s made sure to sign the actor on for more films. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Collider: How did this whole documentary come about?
BARBARA BROCCOLI: We were just approached by John Battsek and Simon Chinn, the producers. They came to us ...
If you missed any of the recent trailers for Sam Mendes' James Bond flick, Skyfall, or the excellent theme song by Adele, you're in luck because now you can enjoy them both together! The theme song is great on its own and I'm sure that it'll fit nicely with the opening credits of Skyfall, but it feels a bit forced in this patched together trailer.
Skyfall stars Daniel Craig, Ben Whishaw, Bérénice Marlohe, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Helen McCroy, Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem. It opens stateside November 9th. Hit the jump to see the new trailer.
Check out the new trailer for Skyfall below:
Here’s the official synopsis for the new James Bond film, Skyfall:
Daniel Craig is back as James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. The film also stars Berenice Marlohe, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Helen McCroy, Albert Finney, and Ralph Fiennes.