susanne bier bond director

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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X-Men: Apocalypse - Bryan Singer

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 »

tom hiddleston james bond

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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jamie bell header

During the press rounds for the last James Bond installment, Spectre, Daniel Craig didn’t sound enthusiastic about the prospect of playing the iconic spy again. Physically, it’s an exhausting role, and considering how long these films take to make, it’s understandable the actor has been cautious about returning to the role, despite being under contract for one more sequel.

Recently we’ve heard more rumors insisting the actor is finished with the character. Now, another rumor has cropped up, claiming that Jamie Bell (Turn: Washington’s Spies) has had discussions about playing the new James Bond.

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We’ve yet to get confirmation that Daniel Craig is done with the James Bond franchise. But considering he spent the Spectre press tour calling his character a misogynist and declaring he’d rather slash his wrists than play Bond again — and considering recent rumors that he’s turned down $100 million to reprise the role for two more films — it seems a safe assumption that he won’t be sticking around for too much longer. So the question, then, is who’ll replace him. Because Bond is eternal — the only question is what form he’ll take on next. It’ll probably be a while before we get a real answer, but in the meantime, here are some of our favorite choices.  Read More »

Empire Strikes Back James Bond Credits Sequence

Due to the rules of how a Star Wars movie is supposed to begin and end, none of the movies in the saga have ever been given a stylish opening or closing credits sequence. Sadly, we’ll probably never see that happen unless the spin-off films decide to have a little style all their own. Even if they do, there will probably be plenty of fans outraged for straying away from tradition.

The good news is that one fan decided to have a little fun with the Star Wars credits by giving The Empire Strikes Back a credits sequence along the same stylish lines of a James Bond movie. The result is something that creates an entirely different tone for the movie, making it seem almost sexy.

Watch the Empire Strikes Back James Bond credits sequence after the jump. Read More »

guy hamilton dead

It’s easy to take the James Bond movies and the iconography that accompanies them for granted. This character and his film series have been a part of pop culture for long that it’s easy to think that Agent 007 and his world arrived fully formed, to forget the many artists who contributed to his creation. Director Guy Hamilton, who directed four James Bond movies (including the iconic Goldfinger) has passed away at the age of 93. His death is sobering reminder that the men and women responsible for so many of our great movie moments are still among us and deserve to be treasured.

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Daniel Craig is Quitting James Bond

If you paid attention to the press tour for last year’s latest James Bond mission in Spectre, then you know that Daniel Craig wasn’t exactly eager to return to work as 007 anytime soon. During one interview, Craig said that he would rather slit his wrists then go make another James Bond movie at that point. He pulled back on those comments a bit later on The Today Show:

If you’re 200 yards from the end of a marathon and someone comes running up to you and says, ‘Are you going to run another marathon?’ there’s two words you use, and not on a morning show.

However, if Daniel Craig’s close, personal friend and fellow actor Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes, Kingsman: The Secret Service), who just happens to be the godfather to Craig’s eldest son, is going to be believed, then the British actor may actually be done with his time on Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Find out more about whether or not Daniel Craig is quitting James Bond below. Read More »

Spectre Honest Trailer

Though James Bond fans were excited to see what director Sam Mendes did with Spectre after knocking Skyfall out of the park back in 2012, plenty were disappointed when the film finally hit theaters last fall. While this writer didn’t find the film to be downright terrible, mostly enjoying the throwback elements of the story and villain being utilized, the film certainly lacked the kind of punch you hope to get from a 007 adventure.

Now, the Spectre Honest Trailer really sticks it to the movie, calling it “Bond-by-the-numbers,” which is pretty hard to argue with. Plus there’s a great reference to the Nintendo 64 video game Goldeneye. Read More »

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Bond 25

Last fall brought the return of Daniel Craig as James Bond in Spectre, and along with him came a classic villain played by Christoph Waltz. As of now the future of the 007 franchise is uncertain, with no new movie in development and no official or unofficial sequel date on the horizon, but there may be one detail that is already set.

Christoph Waltz is rumored to be coming back not just for Bond 25, but also for Bond 26. However, there’s a catch. Waltz will only return for the sequels if Daniel Craig comes back as James Bond. Otherwise he’s out. Find out more below, but beware of spoilers for Spectre if you haven’t seen it. Read More »