The combination of Sam Mendes and James Bond proved a potent one in Skyfall, resulting in the highest box office grosses of the franchise’s 50-year history. No wonder, then, that producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson were eager to pull him back on board for Bond 24. For a while it seemed they’d get their wish, but Mendes has now confirmed that he has passed on the project. Read more after the jump.
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His arsenal of high-tech gadgets aside, James Bond’s tastes seem to run toward the classic: sharply tailored suits, ice-cold martinis… and 2D movies. While action properties from Marvel to Harry Potter to Star Trek have embraced 3D technology in recent years, 007 has been happy so far to stick with good old-fashioned 2D.
But that could be about to change. While nothing has been confirmed as of yet, a few clues scattered around the Internet are pointing to a possible IMAX 3D re-release for the very first James Bond movie, Dr. No.
If Sean Connery‘s Bond is coming to IMAX 3D, can Daniel Craig‘s be far behind? Hit the jump to keep reading. Read More »
Sequel Bits: Steven Spielberg Once Got Rejected For James Bond, Plus: ‘Riddick’, ‘S-VHS’, ‘Lost Boys 4′
Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
Let’s run through a few sequel-related odds and ends. After the jump:
- Katee Sackhoff explains why Riddick got an R rating
- Steven Spielberg reveals that he once offered to do Bond
- Get your first peek at the horror anthology S-VHS
- Corey Feldman confirms that Lost Boys, as a series, is dead
Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
Part way into the new James Bond film, Skyfall, 007 is led to a deserted island, wherein waits the film’s villain, Silva. But this isn’t your typical deserted island — it’s no sandy outcrop with a couple palm trees and a few buried, empty bottles of rum. No, this is a portrait of urban blight in miniature, a place where everyone’s luck ran out, but the city-like structures they built still stand.
And it’s a real place. Or, at least, it is based on a real place. The island in the film gets its own fictional backstory, but the look of the place is based in great detail on an island called Hashima, on which thrived a tiny but densely populated company mining town. Abandoned in the ’70s, Hashima stands now as one of the strangest ghost towns on Earth. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, November 11th, 2012 by David Chen
This week, Dave, Devindra and Adam review Skyfall and discuss its place in the James Bond Canon. Special guest Matt Singer joins us from Criticwire. Be sure to check out Matt’s 007-themed articles at Criticwire, including his Best Bond Films Ever and his query as to whether you are truly a Bond fan if Daniel Craig is your favorite Bond.
You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993.
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In addition to having one of the most identifiable pieces of movie music ever written, the James Bond series of films is rich with memorable theme songs performed by popular (and frequently talented!) artists. This year, the Bond series celebrates its 50th anniversary with the release of Skyfall (read Angie’s review with Skyfall’s producers here). It also heralds the release of a 2-disc set, Bond…James Bond: 50 Years – 50 Tracks, which features nearly every single Bond theme song ever written, in addition to a bunch of other assorted score tracks from the series. [Notably, Adele's Skyfall theme is not included on this disc, not is any other music from that film included. Too bad, as Thomas Newman's score is certainly kickass.]
I took this opportunity to look back at some of the highs and lows of the franchise, musically speaking. Check out my rundown after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
The Bond film has become a genre unto it’s own, with specific rules and tropes. These have been imitated and appropriated, but the rules of a Bond film are very clear. Part of what makes Skyfall interesting is the way in which Sam Mendes and his associated creators try to subvert and circumvent the rules, even as EON Productions attempts to ensure that they’re followed to the letter.
If you need a refresher on the rules of Bond, you could watch one or two of the classic films. Or you could watch all of them, in a manner of speaking.
50 Years of James Bond: The Movie is a feature-length super cut that takes a novel approach to collating the evolution of the franchise: it takes five minutes from each film and puts them in consecutive order. So you’ll see (roughly) the first five minutes of Dr. No followed by minutes 6-10 of From Russia With Love, minutes 11-15 of Goldfinger, and so on. It’s a neat way to look at the series, and while there’s no argument that the transitions are precisely seamless, the fact that it does all flow to a good degree makes a good argument for the consistent rules and evolution (or lack thereof) of Bond. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 26th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
The twenty-third James Bond film, Skyfall, opens in the UK today, and if early reviews are anything like a barometer of public opinion, it could be the most successful film of the franchise. We know that Daniel Craig will likely make two more Bond films, and EON Productions isn’t wasting any time setting the twenty-fourth film in motion.
The current report is that Skyfall co-writer John Logan is already set to write the next Bond movie. But there’s a change from the way these films have been scripted in recent years, as he’ll work solo at the outset. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have worked on Bond films since The World is Not Enough, are moving on. While Logan rewrote their initial draft for Skyfall, now he’s the first guy in line for the follow-up.
Update: Logan will actually write two films; details are added below.