JAMES BOND 007
Something's amiss in England. There's a report going around that the next Bond movie, currently untitled but known as Bond 24, is having a bit of early pre-production trouble that may end up delaying the film. The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye, who is reliable with this kind of info, says there's a "polite turmoil" behind-the-scenes at Eon Productions, and subsequently the script is getting reworked before they move forward on production. They're bringing back co-writers Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, who have a long history with the Bond franchise, to rewrite the original script by John Logan, of Skyfall and Oscar nominated for Hugo.
Last summer we got caught up in the search for the next James Bond director. After directing Skyfall, Sam Mendes announced he was moving on and would not return. But months later, he changed his mind, and then officially signed on for Bond 24, which is due in theaters November 2015. What made him change his mind? Well, "I didn't want to do it again initially," Mendes admits in a recent interview with Charlie Rose (via SlashFilm). "At first I didn't have time to work out" details, he says, but it was the "orgy of nostalgia" and continuation of the story that changed his mind. Bond 24 is a connected continuation of the characters in Skyfall, but will only be one movie, rather than a two-part story split between 24 & 25. Read on for more.
"No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!" Oooh now this sounds nearly perfect. A number of Hollywood trades, including Variety/The Wrap, are reporting that MGM/Sony is looking at Oscar nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor for a villain role in the next James Bond movie. Casting and pre-production is underway on Bond 24, as it's currently known since they haven't revealed a title, but we do know Sam Mendes and of course Daniel Craig are back as director and 007, respectively. Their "sources" say that Ejiofor "is the top choice to play the villain" but no offer has been made and scheduling would need to work out before it's confirmed.
Out of nowhere, Sony Pictures has decided to release a teaser for the next James Bond film, and with it comes the official title for the film: Come and Dive. The film won't even begin shooting until this fall, and doesn't hit theaters until late 2015, but producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli decided to unveil a vague teaser, clearly shot with Daniel Craig in front of a green screen, and an unknown woman standing in a cemetery. The official synopsis says, "Bond will be swept away by a dangerous love story. As MI6 rises from its ashes, 007 must protect a mysterious stranger and unveil long forgotten secrets." Maybe.
We already know that the next mission for James Bond will hit theaters on November 6th, 2015, but we've been waiting to hear when the film might actually begin production. Now if we can believe the new "M" in the Daniel Craig led section of this longstanding British spy franchise, then we finally have that information. Speaking with MTV News, Ralph Fiennes, currently making the rounds for The Grand Budapest Hotel, said that James Bond 24 will head into production this fall. Fiennes said, "It's meant to start shooting in October," however, the actor adds, "I haven't read a script yet, so I can't tell you much."
"Curse you, Agent Fox!" Perfect Sunday afternoon entertainment. Many know I'm a huge James Bond fan, so when I came across this short I couldn't pass it up. Even better, it's actually an impressive animated short with a fun story and sleek animation. It's called SpyFox and is a James Bond inspired adventure about an "Agent Fox" who has to confront the evil "Dr. Hammer", a hammerhead shark villain bent on destroying the world by melting the ice caps with a satellite laser. There's a bit of romance, plenty of G-rated action, and some adorable sardine sidekicks which must be inspired by Gru's Minions. Great work, Ringling. Have fun!
It's official! After courting directors like Nicolas Winding Refn, Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee, Shane Black and Tom Hooper, James Bond franchise producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and studios MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment have announced that Skyfall director Sam Mendes will officially be back behind the camera for James Bond 24. Complete with a script from the most recent sequel's writer John Logan, the spy sequel will be released in the United States on November 6th, 2015, and will hit the United Kingdom a little bit earlier on October 23rd, 2015. This is some damn good news!
Considering that Sam Mendes was just reported to be taking on James Bond 24, and perhaps even James Bond 25, we're going to take this next casting report with a grain of salt since it still seems way too early to start down that road. However, Yahoo UK isn't one for unfounded gossip, and they have word that the lovely Spanish actress Penélope Cruz is already in talks to play one of the iconic Bond girls in the next 007 sequel starring Daniel Craig. By the time production begins (sometime in 2014), Cruz will actually be 40 years old, making her the oldest actress to play a Bond girl in the long-running spy franchise. More below!
"I love Bond... I love him." I might have landed a pretty big scoop, if a big smile is any kind of confirmation. At the end of the Cannes Film Festival, I was invited to interview Danish writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive), who was there with his divisive new film Only God Forgives. At the end of the interview (being posted soon), I asked him about a project I heard he might be involved in - the next James Bond movie. His reaction is very interesting to watch, as his body language and big smile seem to indicate he might be a top contender, however he doesn't actually say yes at all. View the clip below.
Earlier today we learned that Skyfall director Sam Mendes would not be returning for James Bond 24 to continue the British secret agent franchise. While that leaves the sequel without a director, we're also still wondering whether or not this means the proposed two-part back-to-back story, written by John Logan (Skyfall), might come back into play with Mendes stepping away from what he would have wanted to be a standalone film. More importantly, we're wondering who will step up to sit in the director's chair for 007's next venture. Daniel Craig is already slated to return, so who is the best director be to keep him in action?
Last month we heard that director Sam Mendes was seriously considering a return to the James Bond franchise after his stellar installment Skyfall wowed audiences last year (it was also my favorite film of 2012). However, it sounds like the filmmaker has now had a reluctant change of heart. Empire recently spoke with Mendes and he will not be returning to direct James Bond 24. He said, "It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael [Wilson] and Barbara [Broccoli]’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie." It sounds like commitments to the theatre will keep him busy over the next year or so.
Let's be honest, that James Bond tribute celebrating 50 years of Agent 007 was really lame. Aside from not having any of the actors who've played the spy over the years, the montage was pretty lame, not giving much screen time to Roger Moore or Timothy Dalton. Word on the street is everyone except for Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan wanted to take part, and the producers decided it had to be everything or nothing (just like the James Bond documentary you can watch right now). But one of our favorite editors, Kees van Dijkhuizen (who delivered his final film retrospective in 2012) has paid his respects. Watch!
The name's IMAX, 3D IMAX. Where do they go next after blowing up the box office? James Bond's Skyfall, during the Bond franchise's 50th anniversary year, went on to earn a massive $1.1 billion at the box office worldwide. They've released all 23 films on Blu-Ray, held conventions and exhibits around the world, now what? But of course - 3D. There's a rumor originating from Bleeding Cool today (via Collider) hinting that we might just see Dr. No, the original Bond movie, in IMAX 3D sometime soon. All based on breadcrumbs found around the web, starting with the Taiwanese Blu-ray 3D re-release of the movie (cover teased above).
Completing my 23-film Bond 50 set and arriving on Blu-Ray this week is one of my favorite movies of 2012, James Bond's Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes (who we interviewed last year). We're still two years out from seeing the next Bond movie (possibly late 2014) but ever since Skyfall was released in November, fans have been anxiously awaiting details on the next one, especially because this last one was so damn good. Would Chris Nolan direct? Would we finally see SPECTRE? Well, while nothing is confirmed yet, a report from Baz Bamigboye on The Daily Mail hints that Sam Mendes could be returning for more 007 after all.