BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
The latest installment of the James Bond franchise, Spectre, may still be in the midst of production, but with the movie coming out later this year, promotion and marketing is kicking into high gear a little bit early. Hence, today we have our first look at the legendary 007 back in action.
One of the most lasting images frrom Sam Mendes' Skyfall was of s tiny, porcelain, Union Jack-covered bulldog. The relic - which originates from World War II - was one of the few things that survived the explosion in M's office, and was used rather perfectly symbolically throughout the film. It was a wonderful touch to include in the 23rd James Bond adventure, and it looks like it will be back for number 24.
Since Spectre mania is in full swing, now's a good time to start thinking about just what happened to Quantum? If this new piece of casting is the least bit true, we're about to find out.
Aston Martin is James Bond’s car. There’s no doubt about it. So it’s no surprise that Aston Martin specifically developed a new model for the upcoming Bond film, Spectre.
Are you one of the more modern Bond fans who had no clue why everyone else was freaking out over the new film's title? If so, it is vital you read this briefing and bring yourself up to speed.
Bond 24 finally has a name, and some faces to go with it! Get all of the showstopping details within!
When James Bond got the reboot treatment a few years back, it came with a new darker, more serious tone. Daniel Craig's version of 007 is a seemingly much more damaged individual than the incarnations played by the likes of Pierce Brosnan and Roger Moore. It's been successful thus far, with Casino Royale and Skyfall being considered two of the greatest Bond movies ever made, but it's still interesting that the franchise would turn its back on that part of its legacy.
When it comes to literary villains, Professor Moriarty has always been one of the most formidable opponents to ever have graced the page or the screen. His keen intellect is only matched by his psychotic mindset, and in countless instances he's made life a living hell for his arch-nemesis, Sherlock Holmes. Imagine how awesome it would be if he teamed up with the like minded Blofeld, the bane to the existence of famed super agent James Bond?
Christoph Waltz looks like he's closer to being announced as a cast member to Bond 24, and judging by the latest reports we've scouted, we have a good idea on who he'll be playing.
So the rumor that caught fire last week was that two time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz has signed on for a mysterious role in Bond 24. So naturally, people think that his role is that of the film's latest villain. Waltz made his first great impression as an antagonist, and a brilliant one at that. This just makes us think that if Waltz is going to be a baddie in the Bond franchise, he's probably going to be the greatest baddie of all: Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
It would appear that the filmmakers behind the James Bond franchise have begun using the Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner pool of the last few years to help them find an appropriate villain. For Skyfall, Sam Mendes turned to Javier Bardem - who took home the aforementioned prize for his turn in the Coen brothers' No Country For Old Men - and now it's being reported that the upcoming Bond 24 is looking to bring on two-time Academy Award winner Christopher Waltz to square off against 007.
After years of success in the wrestling industry, Dave Bautista is now starting to find some extreme success in Hollywood. This past summer he was part of the ensemble that made up James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy - playing Drax The Destroyer and doing so tremendously well. Obviously having an important role in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is pretty huge, but now rumors say that Bautista may have a part in one of the biggest movie franchises of all time.
The Bond girl for the 24th installment has been announced, and Lea Seydoux will be 007’s latest sparring partner when the film is released in 2015. Seydoux has previously appeared in the likes of Midnight In Paris and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, but her most infamous portrayal came in the controversial, Blue Is The Warmest Color.
In every James Bond movie, there are always a couple of exotic locations that 007 whisks away to. After all, international security can't be completely served if you're just sitting at a desk filing paperwork in England - at least not the type of international security Bond handles. Shooting locations are important to any Bond film because not only does this give us some sort of hint as to where the threat facing the world is coming from, it also hints at the usually amazing set pieces that a good James Bond adventure is based around.
Casting has begun for an assassin, with a focus on “someone extremely physically fit and over 6' 2".” The person is said to have “several altercations with Daniel Craig's 007 throughout the film,” and also will be featured in a driving sequence.
No one would doubt that the James Bond films aren't huge everywhere: the last one, Skyfall, collected $1.1 billion dollars worldwide - over $300 million of that coming from America. But in England, they're absolutely NUTS for Agent 007, to the point where stories involving the new movie (slated for release November 6th, 2015) take on an almost fanatical level of rumor and conjecture. This happens particularly often in regards to the fabled "Bond theme." Who will be singing it this time for Bond 24?
The problem, according to the Daily Mail, is that these rewrites are going to cause a significant delay in the production, or, as a source calls it, “polite turmoil” behind the scenes. The production on Bond 24 now won’t begin until December, “a few months later then they wanted” according to the source.
Before Skyfall, Sam Mendes was a director known for dour, character centered pieces that resonated with humanity. That's not the type of director that screams “James Bond ready”, but Mendes proved that the contrary was true as his finished product went on to become one of the best loved Bond films in the modern era.
The James Bond franchise isn't really one known for continuity, with most of the films in the series largely operating as individual stories, but that's something that has changed greatly in the Daniel Craig era. Director Sam Mendes has admitted that a great deal of the next 007 adventure, now simply known as Bond 24, will tie back to what we saw happen to the super spy in Skyfall.
Whoever ends up playing the next 007 villain in Sam Mendes' untitled Bond 24 has some serious shoes to fill. In his performance as the ex-MI6 terrorist Silva, Javier Bardem created not only an amazing antagonist, but one of the greatest baddies in the history of the franchise.
For a moment, I forgot that Ralph Fiennes was a part of the updated James Bond franchise. No disrespect to the amazing Oscar nominee, but when we think of Bond, we immediately think about Daniel Craig (the current 007), and maybe whichever actor is circling the role of “Bond Villain,” but not the man who has been tapped to replace Dame Judi Dench in the long-running spy franchise.
As I explained in my review released just prior to the movie hitting theaters back in 2012, Sam Mendes' Skyfall is a great film for many, many reasons. The story does fascinating things with the James Bond character, puts the franchise in an interesting modern context, and features one of the greatest Bond villains ever in Javier Bardem's Silva. Perhaps its greatest asset, though, is the cinematography of genius Roger Deakins.
Fans of Skyfall and all other things good for James Bond, rejoice! Director Sam Mendes has finally agreed to return to direct another installment of the Bond franchise, signing on today officially to direct what's now just being called Bond 24. Here's what producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli had to say about bringing Mendes back into the fold
So here's a twist. Sam Mendes had seemed officially, totally out of the running to direct the next James Bond movie, committing himself to theater projects like Charlie and the Chocoalte Factory and King Lear. But Skyfall made $1 billion-- yes, $1 billion-- and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson weren't going to take his rejection that easily
If rumors are to believed, it seems that the producers of the long-running James Bond franchise loved Javier Bardem's performance as the villainous Silva in Sam Mendes' Skyfall so much that they're even game to cast people related to him in the upcoming sequel. Like, for example, Bardem's wife.