JAMES BOND 007
Just last week, we learned that the next adventure in the long-running James Bond franchise would be titled Spectre, and fans of 007 know why it's a pretty big deal (if you want to know more, check out Alex's piece on the evil organization right here). Well, production on the film from director Sam Mendes officially began today across the pond, and will continue with shooting locations in Mexico City, Rome, Tangier & Erfoud, Morocco, Sölden, Obertilliach and Lake Altausee, Austria. We thought we'd show off the first slate from production on the film bringing Daniel Craig back as 007, mainly because it's a fun tease for the film coming next fall, and it shows that cute little Union Jack porcelain pup. We can't wait to see a real first look!
Your mission, Agent 007, is to find and eliminate the leader of SPECTRE. Who is the leader? None other than Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the mastermind behind many of the world domination evil plans that James Bond has foiled over the years. Earlier today it was officially announced that the title of the upcoming 24th Bond movie will be Spectre, hinting at the return of Blofeld (likely being played by Christoph Waltz even though they're not announcing anything about his character other than the name "Oberhauser") and the evil organization. Bond fans have been patiently awaiting the return of SPECTRE and Blofeld in this newest iteration, and it sounds like they're going all out if the name of the entire movie is the same as organization.
It's official! The James Bond series continues on by re-introducing the evil organization known as SPECTRE in the next installment titled "Spectre". On Thursday morning at an event held at Pinewood Studios, Eon Productions officially announced the titled of Bond 24 as well as the starring cast of the 24th Bond movie, including Daniel Craig returning as James Bond, 007, along with Christoph Waltz as a villain named "Oberhauser". The title, simply Spectre, alludes to the return of legendary villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who has appeared in a number of classic Bond films as the white-cat-stroking bald villain. No confirmation of the name "Blofeld" yet, but all signs seem to indicate it will indeed be the long-awaited return of the character.
Briefly: We've been waiting patiently for the title and official cast reveal for James Bond 24, the next installment in the long-running spy franchise, and we won't have to wait much longer. EON Productions, MGM and Sony Pictures announced that a live event will be happening on Thursday at the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios across the pond where the title and cast will be revealed before production on the film begins on Monday, December 8th. The even will stream live on 007.com, beginning at 6am Eastern time (that's 3am Pacific time). We'll have all the details as soon as they're announced to come back in two days!
Back in April, Oscar nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor was being eyed for the villain role in James Bond 24, the as yet untitled next installment in the long-running secret agent franchise. However, it sounds like that may not be happening anymore as The Daily Mail's reliable James Bond scoop master Baz Bamigboye just revealed on Twitter that Christoph Waltz has signed on for a role in 007's next outing. Now we're presuming that he's playing the villain, though the source doesn't actually clarify, so there's a chance that maybe he's not playing a bad guy after all. But having Waltz as a Bond villain just makes sense. Read on!
If you know anything about James Bond, it's that the theme song is one of the most iconic parts of the film franchise, and it really sets the mood for the film as a whole. There are some classics out there from films like Live and Let Die and Goldfinger, while more recent efforts haven't quite measure up like the songs for The World is Not Enough and Tomorrow Never Dies (I actually enjoyed the weird track for Die Another Day). Personally, I've found all of the songs done for each Daniel Craig installment of James Bond to be solid, and now we may have word on who will sing the new theme for the untitled 24th spy adventure.
After being one of the most surprisingly entertaining parts of Guardians of the Galaxy this past summer, wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista has reportedly landed another big blockbuster role. Latino Review reports Bautista has bagged the iconic henchman role in James Bond 24. Talk of the role surfaced in August with MI-6 revealing that this bad guy was going to be crafted in the mold of Jaws or Oddjob, but different than any of the villains who have been created before. The henchman's name is Hinx (that might be a codename), and will reportedly have several altercations with 007. This is such a huge role for Bautsita!
Briefly: After being rumored back in August, it appears Blue is the Warmest Color star Lea Seydoux will be taking a role in the still untitled James Bond 24. Baz Bamigboye, who has a sterling record when it comes to James Bond movie news, reports Seydoux is now signed to take a "femme fatale" role in the next 007 adventure sated for release on November 6th, 2015. Production is supposed to begin before the end of the year with Daniel Craig back as Bond, Ralph Fienes back as the new M, Ben Whishaw as Q and Naomie Harris as Ms. Moneypenny. Still no word on story, but Skyfall director Sam Mendes is back at the helm, so that's great. Since a script read-through will happening next month, stay tuned for more casting news.
Here's your dose of awesome news for the day. After working on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and Spike Jonze's Her, cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema is set to work on Eon's Bond 24 next. With shooting confirmed to start in December this year despite script delays, production is coming together and that includes solidifying the crew for the next Bond movie. We know that Sam Mendes from Skyfall is back at the helm, which is also great news. But instead of bringing back Roger Deakins, who earned another Oscar nomination for his work on Skyfall, Mendes is working with Hoyte van Hoytema on this next one. To top it off, there's a possibility he may even shoot on film. Which sounds like the right decision for this franchise.
For anyone who grew up when Nintendo 64 was new and popular, the James Bond game GoldenEye is easily one of the best games from that time. Today there are still plenty of people who held on to their system and play the game with their friends. But what if you could play the game with James Bond himself? Well, that's exactly what Jimmy Fallon did on "The Tonight Show" last night when Pierce Brosnan came on the show to promote The November Man, the film hitting theaters next week and that also just had a sequel announced to be in development. So did Brosnan hold his own against Fallon at all? Watch below!
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.