JAMES BOND 007
"I've been expecting you, Mr. Bond…" There's a brand new, one-of-a-kind cinematic installation now open on the top of a mountain in Austria and it's amazing. Open to the public today (July 12th) in Sölden, Austria is 007 Elements, a new James Bond museum/experience that is a spectacular, sleek, thrilling permanent adventure into the world of 007 and its 56-year history. This installation has been under construction for two years, and it's finally open. I was lucky enough to visit Sölden earlier this week and get a sneak preview inside of 007 Elements, joining a group of the most die-hard 007 fans from other Bond websites/fan clubs all over the world. We were all very seriously impressed. Sölden's 007 Elements installation is even better than I expected, entirely worth the trek into the mountains and up to the top of Gaislachkogl to experience.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Bond is back! Now playing in theaters everywhere is the 24th Bond movie, titled Spectre, from Eon Productions, directed once again by Sam Mendes. Daniel Craig returns for his fourth Bond movie as Agent 007, this time chasing after a mysterious Oberhauser. Is it time to re-introduce the evil organization SPECTRE? Also starring Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, plus Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Dave Bautista and Léa Seydoux. So how is this new Bond movie? Better than Skyfall or nowhere close? Is Daniel Craig done with Bond? How about that ending? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Spectre.
From its inception in 2006, the latest reboot of the James Bond franchise has taken some unexpected steps. Daniel Craig, blonde-headed as he is, quickly proved himself as the ideal choice to bring Ian Fleming's debonair superspy to life. That part of the 007 equation has been on solid footing this whole time. The films, though, have gone to great lengths in sidestepping the expectations that come with a franchise that's now passed its 50th year in the cultural zeitgeist. Craig is Bond yet again in Spectre, and, once again, fans of the series should immediately hit the eject button on any expectations. Any preconceived notion of what Spectre should be like will do a disservice to what the filmmakers were trying to do this time around.
"Look around you, James… everything you ever stood for… a ruin!" Sony Pictures has unveiled two kick ass, action-packed new TV spots for the next Bond movie Spectre, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007. The most recent spot just debuted this weekend, and will likely be showing on TV in primetime spots starting this week. This looks so amazing and I really can't wait to see it, Bond at his best with lots of characters and twisted plots and a formidable villain. I'm still very curious to see whether Christoph Waltz is who we all think he is, and why Léa Seydoux is so important she's always with Bond, or if there is someone else hiding in the shadows running SPECTRE. Only a few weeks left until we find out.
"You are a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr Bond." Holy crap, this is badass! IMAX has debuted their new poster for James Bond's Spectre, starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007, directed by Sam Mendes. It's a bleak and bold skull mask painted in front of James Bond's face, connecting to the imagery we've seen in the trailers and on the other posters so far. I love how it's just right up there front and center, and the subtle blue tint in the eyes is just perfect. I don't care if Daniel Craig doesn't like playing Bond, this is still very cool, and it's just an ideal tease and tiny hint at the Spectre storyline. I can't wait to see this! Bring on Bond.
"I've spent a lifetime running, And I always get away. But with you I'm feeling something, That makes me want to stay." Eon Productions has debuted a music video for the new James Bond theme song Spectre, featuring musician/singer Sam Smith. Most of us have already heard the song, but this video adds in some new footage from Spectre as well as some shots of Sam Smith walking around mouthing the lyrics. Daniel Craig returns as Agent 007, and can be seen in the video along with Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux. Personally, I'm not really into this song, the singing seems a bit off. I like the orchestral background and I'm crazy excited for the movie itself, but I think we can forget about the song pretty quickly. Anyway - have fun!
"Why did you come?" "I came here to kill you." Sony Pictures and Eon Productions have debuted the final trailer for the 24th Bond movie, titled Spectre, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007. The stellar cast includes Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q and Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, to the new Bond girls Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux and Stephanie Sigman, as well as bad guys Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser and Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx. This is a very short, very intense, final trailer that focuses on two major details - the globe-spanning action, and the evil organization SPECTRE. Which means this is their final reminder that, yep, this is the movie where SPECTRE comes back.
"The tradition for Bond is always real stunts, real action, real explosions… So the ultimate goal is the visceral excitement you can only get from live stunts." Eon has unveiled the newest video blog focused on the action in Spectre, the 24th Bond movie, directed by Sam Mendes, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond. The footage in this is very unique, as it shows us an advance look at some of the action set pieces in this, set at three different locations all over the world. And it's always awesome to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse because it's so impressive and amazing to see them actually pulling off these stunts and filming it all perfectly with a huge crew at the same time. I can't wait! Fire up the new vlog on Spectre's action below.
Open Your World. This is for Bond fans, and just because it's awesome. Yes, it's shameless advertising being plugged for no other reason than it's cool. But it's such a cool video, and I'm a Bond nerd so I can't help but feature it. Heineken has debuted their latest TV commercial as a tie-in promotion for Spectre, the 24th Bond movie, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond. Craig stars in this short 90 second spot as 007 escaping by boat, and of course because it's Heineken, they make it fun and toss in a lovely lady who gets pulled in (literally). They made one of these for Skyfall too (also below), but this one is perhaps a bit better. Enjoy!
Wait, what?! Regal Cinemas has announced a special "ultimate" ticket for the upcoming 24th Bond movie, titled Spectre, starring Daniel Craig as 007, once again directed by Sam Mendes. The cinema chain has revealed a special ticket that, for $100, allows any moviegoer to go see Spectre once a day for the entire run of the movie - which will likely be 3 or 4 or maybe 5 months at most. The kicker, or the real prize as it should be affirmed, is the limited edition "first-of-its-kind black anodized steel collectible" laser etched Spectre ticket card that you will receive and use to get access to the movie. Awesome. Now I want this, hell, just for the card, not even for the movies (which is probably the whole plan, if you think about it). Read on.
Bond is back! There's now two months left until the new James Bond movie hits theaters, and I'm starting to get really excited. So is the movie studio, as they're continuing to release more and more marketing to get us in the mood for some spy action. A set of new promo banners have debuted for Sam Mendes' Spectre, the 24th Bond movie, once again starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007. The official poster with Bond is his tux debuted a few weeks ago, but this new poster also features Léa Seydoux (as Madeleine Swann) at his side. And there's also the masked skeleton character seen in Mexico showing up again, too. Is that Blofeld?
"You don't trust anyone, do you James?" It may be a bit too early to be posting a tribute to the Daniel Craig era of James Bond movies, considering we're still in the midst of it, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy one anyway. YouTube user Steven Thomas has edited together an excellent five minute tribute to Daniel Craig as Agent 007 in anticipation of his fourth movie coming up, Spectre, directed by Sam Mendes arriving in theaters this November. Roger Moore made seven Bond movies, Sean Connery made six (not counting Never Say Never Again), so Craig has a few to go to match them. I'm very excited for Spectre and I'm hoping it's as good as if not better than Skyfall. In the meantime, watch this 007 tribute in full below.