JAMES BOND 007
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.
It's been four long years since we've seen superspy James Bond on the big screen, but his newest outing, Skyfall, is already the most succesful Bond film of all time. The movie has certainly been well represented here at FS.net, with Alex raving about it himself, interviewing the producers, director Sam Mendes, and even Ben Whishaw (the new Q) while Jeremy gave it top marks for Bond accuracy. But could the 00 agent with a license to kill have borrowed a few tricks from a classic 1990 holiday film for its action-packed third act, or was that sequence a shout-out to a Sam Peckinpah classic? And does it even matter? Discuss below!
It's the week after Skyfall already hit theaters and dominated the box office, but the James Bond goodies keep on coming like gadgets out of Q Branch. Yesterday, we let you try your hand at guessing the James Bond alphabet, but now we have three news videos for your pleasure. One is a feature length documentary called Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 from director Stevan Riley. It looks at the history of James Bond including the making of the now 23-film franchise that spawned from Ian Fleming's stories. In addition, we have a the opening credits to Skyfall with Adele's spellbinding theme song, and a very cool SoundWorks featurette with the sound mixing and editing crew. They're all worth watching now!
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? 007 reporting for duty. Now playing in theaters is the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, marking the triumphant 50th anniversary of the character's big screen appearance. American Beauty director Sam Mendes takes the reigns, directing Daniel Craig in his 3rd Bond movie as Agent 007. He's joined by Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Bond girls Bérénice Marlohe and Naomie Harris, plus Ben Whishaw as the new Q. So how is it? One of the best Bond movies ever? Or an overlong forgettable mess? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on Skyfall.
For as long as I can remember, I've been a Bond fan. I've boasted numerous times about my VHS/DVD/Blu collection of all 22 (soon 23) films and extensive history with the series. A few weeks ago, I was honored to sit down with the two masterminds behind the 50 year old franchise - producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Barbara is the daughter of the legendary Albert R. Broccoli, known as "Cubby", who is the father of the original Bond movies starting with Dr. No in 1962. I was excited to talk with them about Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes with Daniel Craig as 007, and the status of the Bond franchise. Dive in!
50 years. 23 movies. A franchise as rambunctious and stubborn as its lead character, the James Bond series wouldn't have lasted as long as it has without a few great movies here and there in its arsenal. Skyfall is a great movie. Not as elaborately charged or as gun-wrenchingly explosive as one might expect, it still finds a way, thanks to director Sam Mendes, to bridge a gap between old and new schools of spy film, the Sean Connery smoothness of Goldfinger with the electricity of Daniel Craig. Skyfall earns tops marks for James Bond accuracy and continues a groundbreaking, cinematic tradition with a pinpoint bullet.
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by guest Jacob S. Hall from Movies.com to go over their latest picks of the week, the newest in DVD & Blu-ray releases, new trailers for Elijah Wood's Maniac remake and Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects and much more. The main topic of the night was covering the James Bond Franchise, in honor of the 23rd film Skyfall hitting theaters this week. The guys talk over all aspects of the Bond universe including best and worst films, gadgets, girls and cars. They talk about where Bond will be headed in the future and if Daniel Craig will continue playing 007.
"To me, the true father of the Bond movies is Hitchcock." Bond is back, and better than ever. And the man responsible for bringing him back in one of the greatest Bond movies of the modern era is director Sam Mendes. The Oscar winning director's filmography includes American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road and Away We Go, but he finally takes the leap into action and intensity with 007. After seeing the film a few weeks ago in New York City, I had the chance to interview Mr. Mendes and discuss everything we could about Bond, James Bond and the 23rd 007 movie. "From one Bond fan to another..."
Look up! Look down! Look out! It's 007! Ohh, this is a good one. It's not actually an infographic, rather it's the nymphographic. On Movieline, they posted an infographic for James Bond (timed with Skyfall hitting theaters this weekend) highlighting the sex and women in Bond's
life lives. Agent 007 is known for his suave, sexy ways and ability to bed any women he wants, hence why Bond girls are always an important part of this franchise. It recaps all 75 of his "sexual encounters", film-by-film, and breaks down details on who, when and where. Unfortunately a lot end up dead after a night with Bond, but what a final experience.
Now before you get all bent out of shape (though I imagine there will be plenty of other, more disturbing reasons that some fans will be upset about this news), remember that Daniel Craig is still signed for two more James Bond films in addition to Skyfall coming next month. However, the future of James Bond is always on people's minds, especially since it seems Craig has a countdown to when he's done with Her Majesty's Secret Service. So who would put on the tuxedo next? What if I told you British actor Idris Elba had met with James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli about making him the first black 007 sometime?
Let me say first that I absolutely love this poster. I want it. On my wall right now, staring me down every night. It's stunning and fits Skyfall (one of the best Bonds in a long time) perfectly. But I'm afraid IMAX is going to bait and switch midnight fans once again. Following up regarding my complaint about the "IMAX exclusives" and the very cheap tricks they pull just to build interest, this is a poster I would go out of my way to get. But if I go to a midnight IMAX showing of Skyfall in a few weeks - will I even find it? Or be given a full (27"x40") poster? IMAX sneakily doesn't include any size or details in their announcement, just a look at this poster and that's it. That's all we have, unfortunately. But it's definitely worth taking a closer look at!