Today is Bond Day, which is a fancy way of saying this is the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No, the first film in the now long-running series. The release of Skyfall, the twenty-third Bond movie (not counting two unofficial releases in Casino Royale v.1 and Never Say Never Again) is just weeks away, and MGM, Sony, and EON Productions are going all-out to make sure we remember that Bond is back.

Yesterday saw the release of the excellent Skyfall theme song by Adele, and now we’ve got a new trailer that features the tune. In addition to that, a new ‘making of’ video blog has been released, along with quite a few little video retrospectives that offer a fond look back at the series. Read More »

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While MGM, Sony, and EON Productions have been trying to keep a lid on all things Bond as the twenty-third film, Skyfall, races toward release, it was inevtiable that something was going to get out of hand. That something in this case is the title tune from Adele. Officially announced only days ago and partially leaked then, the full song has now hit the internet hours ahead of the planned “official” premiere. (That premiere is set for 0:07 GMT / 7:07EST tonight.)

This leak isn’t anything that is going to hurt the film, however, because the tune is a good one that calls back to the most classic notions of Bond. Rich in orchestral swells and Shirley Bassey overtones, this is a lush, gorgeous bit of audio to accompany Bond’s trip back to the big screen. You can purchase the track for real tomorrow, but in the meantime hit the break to listen to the whole thing.

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Feels like it has been years since chart-topping UK singer Adele was first rumored to be the choice to sing the theme for James Bond’s twenty-third (official) cinema outing. In part the long-standing rumor is due to the fact that Adele just seems like the best choice, as her vocal style sounds spot-on for a Bond theme. The series hasn’t had a theme by a UK artist since the mid-’80s (Duran Duran’s ‘A View to a Kill’) and so the choice seems perfect for Bond’s 50th anniversary.

Now Adele has tweeted a look at the printed version of the tune that will serve as the title theme to Sam MendesSkyfall, and the powers that be at EON Productions have confirmed her for the tune, with an announcement that the song will premiere later this week. (Edit: a minute and a half preview of the track is online. It sounds great, and is embedded below.)

And in addition to that, we’ve got a featurette on some of the underwater work done for the film. Read More »

My favorite Sequel Bits are the ones with a little something for everyone, like this one. After the jump:

  • Lindsay Lohan tries to get out of Scary Movie 5
  • Looks like Adele will be singing the Skyfall theme
  • Human Centipede 3 will have a 500-person chain
  • Lydia Hearst boards Cabin Fever: Patient Zero
  • Breaking Dawn Part 2 tickets to go on sale in October
  • See the Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning trailer
  • Maggie Grace goes on the run in a new Taken 2 clip
  • Paul W.S. Anderson would do a sixth Resident Evil

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We haven’t had a lot of real news about the Sam Mendes-directed Bond 23 since the release dates were confirmed, but here’s a nice batch of confirmations and one new bit of info. Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes, the former heavily tipped for a role (going so far as to reveal that he would be the villain if cast) and the latter rumored for some time, both seem to be confirmed for the film. And Miss Moneypenny, a staple Bond character who hasn’t been seen since the Pierce Brosnan films, will make an appearance as well, played by Naomie Harris. Read More »

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