Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: As expected, the report that Daniel Craig had been offered $150 million to reprise his role as James Bond for two more films turns out to be completely false. Details after the jump.
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It’s no secret that James Bond is a a super misogynistic character. He’s a womanizing spy in every single one of his big screen adventures, and even Daniel Craig has pointed this very fact out before. When asked what we can learn from James Bond, Craig quite bluntly said, “Nothing. Let’s not forget that he’s actually a misogynist. A lot of women are drawn to him chiefly because he embodies a certain kind of danger and never sticks around for too long.”
That’s something that’s never been subtle in the James Bond franchise as everyone expects him to make a double entendre about sex while speaking to any of the Bond girls hired for a particular movie. Even the opening credits sequences are full of visuals that serve as not-so-subtle metaphors for sex, as one video hilariously lays out in the most obvious way after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Fred Topel
When the upcoming Showtime miniseries Purity cast Daniel Craig, some fans speculated it could be a sign he really was leaving the James Bond franchise. Today, Showtime Networks Inc. President and CEO David Nevins spoke about the upcoming show in his announcements to the Television Critics Association. After his panel, Nevins spoke with reporters further and we asked if Purity would tie up Craig long enough to keep him from playing Bond again.
“It depends when they do the next James Bond movie,” Nevins said. “I don’t think it precludes him, is the answer. This will be completed I believe during the course of 2017. So depending on how long they’re willing to wait to star shooting the next Bond, it’s possible.” Read More »
Nicolas Winding Refn has flirted with directing some big studio movies. The Neon Demon director was attached to the Ryan Gosling-led Logan’s Run remake for a while, and he later came close to signing on to make The Equalizer. One of the bigger titles the filmmaker was in the running for was Spectre, a sequel Sam Mendes ultimately returned to direct.
Refn confirmed he had a conversation regarding the film. Below, Nicolas Winding Refn discusses Spectre.
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It’s hard for anyone except the producers and accountants of a blockbuster movie to know what the million-dollar budgets are spent on. Recently we learned roughly how much the crew of a hypothetical $200 million movie makes, but there are plenty more costs than the salaries of those working on the movie. In fact, the James Bond flick Skyfall is rumored to have had a surprising cost in post-production thanks to some leather gloves purchased by Daniel Craig.
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The future of James Bond is up in the air. Rumors have been swirling that Daniel Craig really doesn’t want to come back for another mission as 007, and after his blunt comments indicating distaste for playing the iconic spy from the press tour for Spectre, that wouldn’t be a surprise. In the wake of those rumors, there have been reports of actors like Jamie Bell and Tom Hiddleston being in talks with producers to take the role. But one of those seems a little less likely now.
Tom Hiddleston already has a key role in the Marvel cinematic universe as Thor’s villainous brother Loki, and there are plenty of fans clamoring to see him throw on a tuxedo to play James Bond. However, while appearing at Wizard World Philadelphia recently, Hiddleston didn’t seem optimistic of his chances to play the secret agent. Read More »
There’s a terrific scene in GoldenEye where we are introduced to Judi Dench’s M, James Bond’s first female superior and the first sign that the series has officially moved on from its boys’ club Cold War origins. After Agent 007 wantonly disrespects his new boss, she coldly gives him a dressing down decades in the making: “I think you’re a sexist, misogynist dinosaur. A relic of the Cold War, whose boyish charms, though wasted on me, obviously appealed to that young woman I sent out to evaluate you.”
Thanks to the most recent round of Bond news, I can’t get this scene out of my mind. With the rumor mill churning out report after report about whether or not Daniel Craig will return for the twenty-fifth James Bond movie, Susanne Bier has reportedly emerged as one of the contenders for the director’s seat. A female character forced audiences to reflect on 007 back in 1995 with intriguing results – imagine how a female filmmaker could dissect one of pop culture’s most enduring characters.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 by Angie Han
Blockbuster franchises can do great things for a filmmaker’s career, but most of them don’t want to remain stuck churning out sequels for the rest of their careers. Case in point: After four X-Men movies, Bryan Singer is ready to step away from the X-universe for a little while. “I’d like to do something different,” he said, while adding that he could still return in the future.
Meanwhile, Sam Mendes, who directed Skyfall and Spectre, says he’s done with Bond for good, for real this time. Read their comments below. Read More »
No movie series in history inspires tabloid-y reports and rumors and mass pop culture hysteria quite like the James Bond films and that hysteria always reaches peak levels of crazy when it’s time to recruit a new actor to slip on that tuxedo. Right now, the future of 007 is awash in rumor and mystery – it’s almost impossible to tell what is true, what is false, and what resides in that gray line separating them.
But the rumor mill has been busy. First, it claimed that Tom Hiddleston was being eyed by the Bond producers to take over the role. Then, it claimed Daniel Craig turned down $100 million to return for his fifth (and presumably final) Bond movie. Now, we’ve come full circle with an intriguing report that says Hiddleston isn’t just on a wish list – he’s in “advanced negotiations” to play the most famous action hero of all time.
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