James Bond Rights

The rights to the next big screen adventure of James Bond have been up in the air ever since Sony Pictures’ deal with 007 owners Eon Productions and MGM expired following the release of Spectre in 2015. Since then, we’ve been wondering which studio would pick up the rights to James Bond, and it looks like we might finally have an answer.

Back in April, Sony Pictures wasn’t going to give up the rights without a fight, but Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Annapurna Pictures were also said to be in the running. More recently, Apple and Amazon emerged as possible contenders, but it turns out one of the possible distributors from last spring may be coming out on top after all, and if the deal is finalized this week, it will be Annapurna Pictures distributing James Bond 25 in the United States. Read More »

Bond 25 Director

Denis Villenevue‘s Blade Runner 2049 may have underperformed at the box office, but the filmmaker is soldiering on with his next big flick: an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic Dune. In a recent interview, however, Villenevue confirms a rumor that’s been making the rounds: he’s been in contact about helming the next James Bond film. Will Denis Villenevue direct Bond 25? It’s time for a new addition of Bond Watch.

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Christoph Waltz Is Not Returning for James Bond 25

Spectre - Christoph Waltz not in James Bond 25

Back in August, confirmation finally came that Daniel Craig would return as James Bond from the actor himself. So now everyone is wondering what is in store for 007’s next mission on the big screen. Sadly, for those who enjoyed a certain iconic villain from James Bond history being played by Christoph Waltz, we have some bad news.

During a red carpet interview, Spectre villain Christoph Waltz was directly asked if he would return for James Bond 25, and the actor gave a definitive and firm response in the negative. But his elaboration is what we’re most intrigued by. Read More »

james bond film rights

The James Bond franchise is one of the longest-running film franchises of all time, and it’s no secret that Hollywood’s current business model holds bankable franchises in particularly high esteem. That’s why nearly every major studio has, at one time or another in the past few years, been vying for the distribution rights to the Bond movies after MGM and Eon Productions’ deal with Sony Pictures lapsed after Spectre.

But now two new contenders have entered the fray, and if one of them wins the rights, the future of the Bond franchise (and potentially the blockbuster film landscape as a whole) could look very different than it does now. Apple and Amazon are now bidding on the James Bond film rights, and there’s the chance that a James Bond TV show could even be in the cards if the right circumstances fall into place.
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bond 25 story

It’s been a little over a month since we officially entered “Bond Watch.” If you know the movie news cycle, you know the drill. The next James Bond movie is coming, which means that every single British tabloid in existence is blindly throwing darts at a board, trying to get the big scoop on what the next 007 adventure will be about and who will be in it. Most of the stories that come out of Bond Watch will be stinky helpings of BS, served by the shovelful by sources who don’t know what they’re talking about. But sometimes? Sometimes you’ll find a little gem of truth. That’s the game.

Anyway. Bond Watch: Day 36. Today’s story is that the still-untitled Bond 25 will revisit one of the more infamous events in the series’ storied history. Specifically, the climax of 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

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James Bond 25

Another week, another cycle of news reports about the 25th James Bond movie that may or may not have any credence to them. Strap in, because it’s Bond Watch: Day 29.

The latest in the hot 007 gossip: Beyonce may be in talks to record the theme song for the latest James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig. The only thing confirmed in that sentence is Craig, as it seems like “the talks” that the pop super star is in are just a bunch of rumors. Or are they?

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Daniel Craig Doesn't Need James Bond 2

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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