Daniel Craig celebrates his 42nd birthday today.
Daniel Craig celebrates his 42nd birthday today.
According to Mi6.co.uk, Jesper Christensen, known as the mysterious “Mr. White” from Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, claims that he will not be returning to the James Bond series.
While speaking to the press before Friday’s premiere of his new film, “A Family”, at the Berlin Film Festival, Christensen said that he is happy that his “interlude as a villain in the James Bond series is over.”
Christensen’s comments on the new Bond films didn’t end there, though. He went on to say, “Today, I admit that I regard Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace as really shit. All the people die in them, so two movies are enough for me.”
How will this effect the continuity and consistency of the future films? Well, I imagine it won’t be too damaging. After all, White was a very under-used and poorly-written character. And on top of this, continuity errors and inconsistencies were littered through out the Craig series right from the get-go.
… How exactly did Bond get to Talamone without a visa, passport, or credit card, anyhow?
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.
Nikki Fenke of Deadline.com reports that Sam Mendes isn’t on board to direct Bond 23, yet. Instead, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are in final negotiations with Mendes for him to initially join the film crew as a consultant.
According to the trusted news site:
Daniel Craig is ‘insisting’ on Mendes’ hiring because the actor was stung by criticism of the last Bond film [Quantum of Solace]… Once EON hires a director on their Bond films, it triggers a first payment from MGM. Well, given that MGM is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, and EON may have the right to take Bond elsewhere, it stands to reason that the producers wouldn’t want to do anything right away that further complicates ownership of Bond #23. ‘The producers are working on a deal to bring Sam on as consultant with an eye to direct,’ said one of the insiders. ‘Once they put him on as the director, something happens to the contract in terms of ownership. But let me emphasize there’s not any deal done.’ Said one insider about the choice of Mendes: ‘Barbara thinks he’s smart, which he is. But you don’t need such a fancy director. You need someone who can do an action movie.
MGM has not confirmed any of these reports and has denied reports that pre-production on Bond 23 is on hold.
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.
A new interview with screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) has revealed some limited information regarding the 23rd James Bond film.
Morgan was writing the Bond 23 screenplay from July to October of this year and described it as “a shocking story”. He also stated, “There is a level of hysteria that I haven’t seen before. [James Bond] is a magnet for publicity—everyone wants to know what is going on with the new film.”
Pre-production for Bond 23 has been put on hold until February as MGM, through which EON Productions release the 007 pictures, is up for sale. Because of this, it was also revealed that work on the next Bond film has been put on hold until February 2010.
So long as Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are involved in the Bond series, I have little-to-no faith for the next film. I hope Peter Morgan can infuse some intelligence in the next Bond story, rather than making it yet another “shoot ’em up”, impotent, mindless James Bond adventure.
No, I’m not talking about having your best friend Photoshop an image for you.
According to the site:
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If you’re a Bond fan with the money, then why not? It’s a win/win situation. Not only will you be helping out a charity, but you’ll also have bragging rights among the entire Bond fan community.
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.
The SyFy Channel will be airing a total of sixteen James Bond films this Thanksgiving weekend. Below is the full schedule:
Thursday – November 26th 2009
8:00 AM – Dr. No
10:30 AM – Licence To Kill
1:30 PM – Live And Let Die
4:00 PM – The Spy Who Loved Me
6:30 PM – Tomorrow Never Dies
9:00 PM – Casino Royale
Friday – November 27th 2009:
12:00 AM – For Your Eyes Only
2:30 AM – The Man With The Golden Gun
08:00 AM – Thunderball
10:30 AM – From Russia With Love
1:00 PM – You Only Live Twice
3:30 PM – Diamonds Are Forever
6:00 PM – Casino Royale
9:00 PM – GoldenEye
Saturday November 28th 2009:
12:00 AM – Goldfinger
2:30 AM – Never Say Never Again
All times are EST.
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.
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