Daniel Craig doesn't need James Bond

Earlier this week, Daniel Craig put years of speculation to rest when he announced that he’s officially returning to play James Bond again. But after seeing his delightfully un-Bond-like performance in Steven Soderbergh‘s Southern-fried heist movie Logan Lucky, it’s more clear than ever that Craig doesn’t actually need the Bond franchise. He may be great at playing 007, but he’s a more exciting actor when he’s allowed to cut loose. Read More »

Sequel Bits AC

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Alien: Covenant gets a cool special effects video
  • Edgar Wright talks about the potential for Baby Driver 2
  • Wet Hot American Summer is getting the comic book treatment
  • M. Night Shyamalan provides an update about his progress on Glass
  • Is Annapurna Pictures poised to scoop up the James Bond franchise?
  • Noomi Rapace comments about a possible return to the Alien franchise
  • The animated sequel Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars gets a new trailer
  • And more!

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Daniel Craig James Bond returning

Mere hours after Daniel Craig said he still wasn’t sure about returning to the role of James Bond again, the actor announced on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that he is indeed – yes, officially this time – coming back to play the part again. Two Bond Watch entries in one day? Well, at least we can finally put some of these casting rumors to bed for the next few years.
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James Bond 25 Daniel Craig

Earlier this month, we decided that if we’re going to wade into the flood of 007 movie rumors that tends to form in the months and years before a new franchise entry officially gets underway, at least we’ll have some fun with it. So here we are. Bond Watch: Day 15.

But this time, there’s more than just unverified “reports” from British tabloids to discuss. Daniel Craig himself has gone on the record about whether or not he’ll return to the role of the world’s greatest superspy once again, and you can read his latest comments below.
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james bond 25

Now that we know James Bond 25 is happening and that Daniel Craig is most likely returning for one more go-around as 007, it begins — the endless circulation of James Bond rumors and news that may or may not turn out to be true.

So here we are. Bond Watch: Day 1. James Bond 25 may be titled Shatterhand and see the British super agent face off against a blind supervillain.

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next james bond

Like any massive machine that has been in operation for decades, the James Bond franchise is sometimes slow to get rolling. But once it picks up speed, nothing can halt its progress. Following yesterday’s news that the 25th 007 adventure will hit theaters on November 8, 2019, and the rumors that Daniel Craig is very close to officially signing on to return, we know who the Bond producers are eyeing for the director’s chair.

And while they all come from different filmmaking backgrounds, they have one thing in common: they all have a big hit, either financial, critical, or both, in their wake.

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James Bond 25

Update: The New York Times is reporting that Daniel Craig will return as James Bond in the 25th 007 adventure due out on 2019. This is not an official announcement (they cite several anonymous sources), but it feels right. After all, there’s no way EON doesn’t want to give Craig’s version of the character a grand finale following the disappointing Spectre.

Our original story follows below.

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The end credits of every James Bond movie always include a title card promising that “James Bond will return,” and now we know exactly when the world’s greatest super spy will be coming back to the big screen. Read on find out everything we know about the still-untitled James Bond 25.
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Christopher Nolan Directing James Bond

The future of the James Bond franchise is still up in the air. Not only do we not know where the rights for the franchise will end up now that Sony Pictures and MGM are no longer in control of the secret agent on the big screen, but Daniel Craig hasn’t even signed on to return as 007. That has left many fans speculating and wondering what’s in store for James Bond, and that includes thinking about who should get behind the camera for his next mission.

One of the filmmakers who is on almost everyone’s wishlist to direct a James Bond movie is The Dark Knight and Inception director Christopher Nolan. Though you might think Nolan wouldn’t be keen on returning to franchise filmmaking, the director has a soft spot for James Bond and has previously expressed interest in directing one of 007’s movies. However, if Nolan were to direct a James Bond movie, there’s really only one way he could see himself doing it.

Find out below what scenario would need to be happen for us to see Christopher Nolan directing James Bond. Read More »

james bond

If you hear the phrase “James Bond Cinematic Universe” and want to lay your head on your desk and not move for a good hour or so, I totally understand. That’s a reasonable response. Every studio wants a connected cinematic universe these days and between the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Extended Universe, the Dark Universe, the Conjuring-verse and everything else lurking in the wings, it can be exhausting. Why does a series as storied and respected as the 007 movies need a cinematic universe, anyway?

The truth: it doesn’t. Also the truth: a James Bond cinematic universe would completely fit in with the series’ modus operandi of borrowing whatever is cool, hip, or popular and making it its own.

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Roger Moore Was My James Bond

Roger Moore Was My James Bond

Everyone has their James Bond. For my uncle, it was Sean Connery.

When I was around 10 years old, he visited from up north and sent me on a mission. I was to scour the local Blockbuster (remember when that was a thing?) and return with a James Bond movie on VHS (remember when that was also a thing?). There was only one parameter: it had to star Connery. In my uncle’s eyes, he was the only Bond. No one else mattered. Those other guys? Not worth the time of day. He specifically requested Goldfinger, a movie that he claimed featured everything you needed to know about being a man. Goldfinger was unavailable. I returned with Diamonds Are Forever, which proceeded to punish my entire family for two hours as we endured it.

I share this story because every James Bond fan has their quirks. You won’t find anyone who loves all of the movies. You won’t find a consensus on which actor best portrayed 007. And in my experience, the exact nature of these quirks are defined by very specific and very personal moments. Bond has always been malleable, a pop culture force that bends with the times and absorbs popular trends to create the artifice of youth. It’s always different. Always adapting. Always shapeshifting. Because of this, your Bond isn’t always my Bond. Agent James Bond of MI6 is a different thing for just about everyone.

And Roger Moore was my James Bond.

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