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Taken transformed Liam Neeson from respected dramatic actor to white-hot action star in 2008. But that transition could’ve come a lot sooner had Neeson accepted a certain job in the ’90s.

In a recent interview, Neeson revealed he’d turned down the iconic role of James Bond in what turned out to be Goldeneye, for the most un-Bond-like of reasons. Find out why after the jump.

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Wes Anderson / James Bond

Wes Anderson, James Bond director? Yeah, that’s never going to happen — but the filmmaker is still more than happy to share some thoughts on what might ensue if it did.

During a lengthy recent interview, Anderson revealed that he actually does have an idea for a 007 called Mission: Deferred, which involves a purposeless Bond, a busy M, and a really fancy coffee machine. Watch Anderson tell Skyfall star Ralph Fiennes all about it after the jump.

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Magic Mike

Could John Travolta join the Bond villain ranks? He hopes so. Also after the jump:

  • Matt Bomer is working on new looks for Magic Mike 2
  • Gary Oldman dishes lots of details about his Apes role
  • Iron Sky: The Coming Race gets a writer and a logo
  • Hong Kong’s Monkey King is getting a sequel, of course
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 gets a cute Korean poster

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In the BBC mini-series Fleming: The Man Who Would Be BondDominic Cooper plays 007 creator Ian Fleming in a biographical story that follows the author through his career in British Naval Intelligence. This isn’t quite Bond 24, though there’s definitely an attempt to make Fleming’s life look as much as possible like the screen life of his famous creation. Was Fleming really a suave player, prepared for everything? By all accounts he definitely created Bond in his own image, but this mini-series seems to be pushing that angle above all others.

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Idris Elba Confirms He Met With Marvel About ‘Luke Cage’

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Just about every actor in Hollywood has been cast in, linked to, or rumored for a Marvel superhero at some point or other, but one story that’s cropped up quite a few times over the years is that Idris Elba was in the running to play Luke Cage. Elba himself seemed perfectly happy to roll with this particular claim, telling press he’d “like a stab” at the character.

Ultimately, though, nothing came of that chatter. The long-rumored movie languished in development, and a few weeks ago Marvel announced that they were developing the character for a Netflix series. But for what it’s worth, Elba confirms now that he actually got as far as meeting with Marvel at some point. Hit the jump to see what he had to say about it, as well as his comments on those James Bond and Jurassic Park rumors.

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Ernst Stavro Blofeld

For years, the world has been safe from Ernst Stavro Blofeld (above, played by Donald Pleasence in the first incarnation to show his face) and the evil SPECTRE organization, not because James Bond and his MI6 cohorts are just that good at their jobs, but because legal wrangling prevented recent Bond films from using the two villainous names.

But things have changed. Kevin McClory, who owns the names to those bad guys, passed away in 2006. A deal has now been struck between his estate and the Bond folks, giving Bond film producers rights to all of the McClory estate’s James Bond holdings. In other words, Blofeld is primed for his comeback.

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Fleming, a televised mini-series biography of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, is the product of a cooperation between Ecosse Films, BBC AMERICA and Sky Atlantic. The four-part series stars Dominic Cooper as the author and Navy intelligence man, and based on this first teaser there will be some attempt to directly link Fleming’s life to the  basic film image of his most famous creation. Check out a bit of footage below. Read More »

Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig on Skyfall set

Briefly: More than likely, Sam Mendes is telling people he’s not yet committed to Bond 24 to forestall any questions about what the movie is going to be. But all the same, the director who once ruled out making another Bond film to follow Skyfall, but who was then all but confirmed to direct Bond 24 (and Bond 25) is saying that nothing is set in stone at this point. Read More »

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