(Welcome to Role Call, where we examine two performances from an actor – their first defining role and their latest/last – to get a sense of who they are.)
Sean Connery should never have been James Bond. Author Ian Fleming’s vision for the character was a bit more debonair, a bit sleeker, a bit more refined. Not, as Fleming described Connery, an “overgrown stunt man.” But cinema has a funny way of reshaping authors’ visions, overriding them until we can’t help but see the actors’ faces when we’re reading.
So Connery is the eternal Bond. Maybe a bit gruffer than Fleming intended, but every Bond since has chased Connery’s portrayal not solely because he had the advantage of defining the role on the big screen by being first, but because he defined it successfully in the eyes of millions and millions of fans.
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Michael Bay directed three Transformers movies about Sam Witwicky, and two about Cade Yaeger, but only one about maybe his most likable action heroes, Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage) and John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery). Over 20 years after The Rock opened in theaters, sadly Bay isn’t attempting to reunite Cage and a retired Connery, but he did have an idea for how to get them back together. The Rock sequel would’ve picked up where the first movie left off, with Goodspeed and Carla (Vanessa Marcil) hitting the road with government secrets in hand.
Below, learn more about Bay’s idea for The Rock sequel.
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With six different iterations of 007 spanning 24 films, it should come as no surprise to anyone that James Bond has killed a lot of people. Whether it’s with his trusty Walther PPK of the many gadgets that Q bestows upon him, wherever James Bond goes, death will inevitably follow.
But just how many people has 007 killed? A new James Bond kill count supercut runs through each and every death caused by her majesty’s most trusted secret agent, and not only is it quite a lot, but some of them are downright silly. Read More »
This weekend Melissa McCarthy enters secret agent territory as the unlikely hero Susan Cooper in the action comedy Spy. And while the trailers seem to indicate that she’s probably not the best woman for the job, she did get us thinking about the best spies in the business.
There have been plenty of spies on the big screen, from James Bond to Jason Bourne, and I decided to count down the Top 15 Best Movie Spies that we’ve seen throughout the years. However, you won’t find the likes of real-life spies whose life stories have been adapted for film. Instead, this is a collection of fictional spies from the movies. So with that out of the way, let’s count down the Top 15 Movies spies after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
Could Sean Connery return to the Bond franchise? Believe it or not, it almost happened a third time. Also after the jump:
- The Muppets shoots this winter, Bret McKenzie returns to write more songs
- Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore has ideas for a sequel
- Robert Zemeckis isn’t planning a Roger Rabbit sequel
- Daniel Craig says Dragon Tattoo sequel needs a script
- Watch a montage of A Good Day to Die Hard filming
- Star Trek Into Darkness will be released in Dolby Atmos
- Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura talks about Red 2
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Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
Where most movie franchises are lucky to span one decade, the James Bond franchise is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with its 23rd installment, Skyfall. The trick behind its longevity is no secret — since the ’60s, the producers have reinvented the iconic agent several times so that he always feels of the moment.
But through it all, a few key characteristics remain the same. Bond is always first and foremost a martini man, though he may dabble in beer or other cocktails from time to time, and his knack for ladykilling is almost as well regarded as his talent for killing-killing. So which of the six Bonds is the deadliest, booziest, and sexiest of them all? The infographic after the jump has the answer.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
I’ve always had this fascination with seeing current rich and famous figures in their humble beginnings, and the success of tabloid columns and webpages devoted to that very topic suggest I’m not the only one. When some A-list faces are as familiar to us as those of our actual loved ones, seeing long-ago photos or videos of them is amusing in the same way that seeing pictures of your friends as little kids is amusing. “Before They Were Famous: 25 Actors in 3 Minutes” collects some especially amusing snippets of today’s biggest stars, including Angelina Jolie, Ryan Gosling, Jack Nicholson, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in some of their earliest acting gigs. Watch the video after the jump.
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Sir Sean Connery has been absent from movie screens since 2003’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Retiring on a high note can be difficult, but LXG is a more ignominious way to end a notable career than anyone would have predicted. So, to ensure that comic book misfire isn’t the end point of his illustrious movie career, Connery is now part of something that looks even worse: an animated adventure called Sir Billi. Read More »
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For months George Lucas and Steven Spielberg promised that Sean Connery’s character (Dr. Henry Jones Sr.) was included in the script for Indiana Jones 4. So when the film went into production and Connery announced that he would not be back after-all, we cried fowl.
I hope Conner’s part was very small, for their sake. Because a major character rewrite this late in to development could ruin the entire film.
I mean, Lucas and crew couldn’t have completely delete Connery’s part out of the script without causing a major rift, right? Well, our friends at FilmIck are reporting that Abner Ravenwood was not even included in previous drafts. When Connery made his official exit from the project, you may recall they announced that John Hurt had been cast in the film. He will play the father of Karen Allen’s character. Well rumor has it that John Hurt’s character is basically a rewrite of the role that Sean Connery would have played if he had decided to return. Apparently the Indy screenwriters wrote the role for two characters in case Connery decided to stay at home.
Sounds like the typical Hollywood-type decision which usually ends up ruining a film.
George Lucas says Harrison Ford will play his age in the upcoming Indiana Jones 4:
“He’s not running in any of the movies,” Lucas told USA Today. “He’s either on a horse or driving a car or a motorcycle. And he’ll play his age in this movie with what’s appropriate. The chases are more suspenseful than speedy. Like the rolling ball in the first film – it’s not that he’s running that fast, it’s that there’s a giant ball coming at him. And he will get beat up, which is a tradition for us.”
Lucas plans on having the first trailer in theaters for Thanksgiving. But we wonder what movie the trailer could possibly be attached to? Disney’s modern day princess story Enchanted? The Weinstein Co’s Stephen King adaptation The Mist? Neither sound likely. I bet the trailer will hit theaters one week earlier attached to Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf. And isn’t that a Paramount Picture?
The filmmaker hopes to keep the movie’s official title under wraps until then. He also was very tight lipped about the filming locations, but teased that one will include a waterfall.
On the possibility of Indy’s father, Sean Connery, returning for another round, george says, “We’re still trying.”
On the casting of Cate Blanchett:
“That’s who my director wanted, and I always bow to the wishes of my director,” Lucas said. “I approved it because she seemed like a good idea. When I met her at the Academy Awards, I told her, ‘Hey, you work for me now!'”
Indiana Jones 4 Poster by Paul Shipper.