Posts Tagged ‘Bond 23’

Bond 23 in 3D?

January 12, 2010

The Sun conjured up an interesting rumor today. According to the tabloid site, a source said: “The 23rd Bond movie has been put back a few months and that has given them the time to prepare to film it in 3D.” The article goes on about how it’d be great to see explosions and stunts in 3D. The author even goes on to write how it’d be amazing to see a Bond girl in 3D.

Do I believe this? Absolutely not. Would it be cool? Absolutely not.

The 3D movie trend should apply to only certain genres of films; Pixar/animated movies and low-class “horror” flicks, like Final Destination. We never needed to see Sean Connery, Roger Moore, or Timothy Dalton in 3D in order to be entertained by their Bond films. I don’t think we need that now, either.


Mendes. Sam Mendes…

January 5, 2010

British director Sam Mendes will take on the 23rd James Bond film, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The site reports that Mendes – the director of “American Beauty”, “Revolutionary Road”, and “Jarhead” –  is currently in negotiations with Eon Productions’ Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson to direct Daniel Craig’s third 007 outing.

The site also goes ahead and states, “Production is being fast-tracked and could begin as early as June with an eye toward a 2011 release. Plans for the film are moving forward despite a possible sale of MGM. Sony co-produced and distributed the most recent installment of the 007 series with MGM.”

No official statement has been made by EON Productions, however, so Bond fans will have to wait for verification.

Judi Dench returns as “M” in Bond 23…

December 2, 2009

According to an interview with MTV News, Dame Judi Dench stated that she’ll be returning to the Bond franchise in Spring 2011. However, this raised some questions when it was compared with Daniel Craig’s statement that the 23rd Bond film will be shooting in late 2010.  The discrepancy could be explained by the fact that Dench’s “M” only seems to appear in a handful of scenes, whereas Craig’s James Bond is featured through out the entire film.

I’m sure we can still expect a 2011 release date.

Bond 23 production begins late 2010, Craig confirms

November 7, 2009

Daniel Craig has confirmed that production for the 23rd James Bond film will begin in late 2010. He stated this while as a guest on the Regis and Kelly Show in New York City.

The plan is to start shooting the next one at the end of next year, so it’ll be ready for 2011. We’ve got a lot of work to do.

Click here to see the full video.

2010: James Bond back in action again?

October 23, 2009

According to Access Hollywood, actor Daniel Craig told fans that Bond 23 starts up in late 2010.

An extra year will probably help MGM sort out their current financial situation, also.

As of now, we know that Bond 23 is being written by  Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and Peter Morgan, who penned “The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon”. David Arnold will return to compose his sixth Bond film score. However, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have yet to announce a director.

This is good news. Perhaps it’ll give the Bond team a chance to develop a fresh story, with fresh characters. Maybe they’ll use the time wisely to seek out an experienced director, too.

Bring back Dame Shirley Bassey!

October 5, 2009

A behind-the-scenes look (or listen) at Dame Shirley Bassey’s new album project has been launched on YouTube. Here’s the video:

It’s obvious that this legend still has “her groove”. Those song excerpts are astonishing. I really can’t wait to hear this album in full.

EON Productions… do yourself a favor. Hire Dame Shirley Bassey to sing the theme song for the next Bond film. David Arnold’s got her back (he’s producing her new album), and she’s never failed the franchise.

Keep an eye out for “The Performance”, coming to stores November 9th. For more information, check out Dame Shirley’s home page:

Bond going head-to-head with Spielberg’s TinTin?

September 17, 2009

According to, 2011 may be a busy year for Daniel Craig fans. Supposedly, online sources have confirmed that Craig will star in the 23rd James Bond film, and that’s set to release at the same time as Craig’s other film, Steven Spielberg’s Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, which is scheduled to premiere in Europe.

The big question is: who will suffer most?

While Steven Spielberg has proved to be the King of the Box Office, James Bond always manages to rake in a decent amount of money for Eon Productions. The Craig films, in particular, have been big money-makers lately, together banking roughly a billion dollars internationally. Imagine what a third Craig flick is going to rake in?

Either way, if this rumor is even true, I’ll be seeing both of them. Spielberg’s my favorite director, while James Bond is one of my favorite fictional characters — as if this blog, dedicated to him, didn’t point that out already.

Muse for Bond 23?

September 16, 2009

According to BBC News, British rock band Muse have reportedly expressed interest in performing a song for the 23rd James Bond film.  Muse drummer Dom Howard said, “It’s something we’d probably say yes to, or at least give it a good go… Certainly some of our music fits with the James Bond vibe – and I think it could work… The last few have been pretty good … But I think we could do a good job… United States of Eurasia [from their new album, “The Resistance”] could have worked but it’s probably a bit late for that now.”

I’ve heard parts of their new album, and must say that (of what I’ve heard) it isn’t too bad. I’m mixed when it comes to Muse, though. I really enjoy some of their music and really can’t stand the rest. Will they be good for Bond? Well, I don’t think they’re up-to-par with the last British rock group to perform a Bond theme, Duran Duran, but I think they’d certainly do better than that White/Keys mess of song.

At this point, I’ve got high hopes for The Killers.

I’ve always liked this Muse song, titled “Shrinking Universe”…

Michael Sheen not appearing in Bond 23

September 11, 2009

The Press Association reports that Michael Sheen, star of Frost/Nixon, has denied rumors that he’ll appear in the next James Bond film.

Following the release of Quantum of Solace, various tabloids claimed that Sheen would appear in the next James Bond outing as a villain; specifically as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, a character who has been an arch-nemesis of James Bond for over 40 years.

Sheen stated, “The rumors are I might be playing Blofeld, the Bond villain, because Peter Morgan, who I’ve done Frost/Nixon, The Queen and The Damned United with, is writing it – there is no truth to those rumours.”

He summed the statement up with a smile, saying, “I wish I could tell you different, but no.”

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June 18, 2009

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