Merely a matter of weeks after her break-up with Scots DJ and producer Calvin Harris, the romance between Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston began in ernest. A ‘Bond insider’ has told The Sun: “Tom’s cool performance in The Night Manager saw him as a late contender for 007, but initial talks have come to an end. Ajay Choudary, head of the International James Bond fan club, thinks not.
Bonds stars old and new including Jane Seymour, Sir Roger Moore and Naomie Harris assembled for a 007-themed party thrown by the Duke of Edinburgh yesterday, to celebrate 60 years of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Six decades’ worth of Bond girls were in attendance from Seymour and Harris to Joanna Lumley and Maryam d'Abo, from ‘The Living Daylights’. It was even held at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire, which has featured in the Bond movies 'Goldfinger’ (the infamous golf game between Sean Connery’s Bond and Gert Frobe’s Goldfinger) and 'Tomorrow Never Dies’.
Hurling a curveball into the 007 proceedings and then retiring to a safe distance is ‘The Good Wife’ star Archie Panjabi. The British actress recently dropped a snap of herself outside the famous Albert R. Broccoli 007 sound stage at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, featuring the caption ’#TomHiddleston ha!’. As for Hiddleston’s chances at taking over the role from Daniel Craig, the ‘San Andreas’ star added: “I do think he would be a good [pick] - but they’ve done pretty well in the past [with casting].
When it comes to the Bond movies, there’s likely very little you don’t know: everyone seemingly has the 007 actors, the Bond girls, the cars, the gadgets and the one-liners all committed to memory. Before he was Gunner Jensen, before he was He-Man, even before he was Ivan Drago, Dolph Lundgren was mysterious KGB henchman Venz. All untamed eyebrows and Eddie Munster stares, Benicio Del Toro also made his movie debut as a henchman in a Bond movie (unless you count 'Duke The Dog-Faced Boy’ in 'Big Top Peewee’).
Adding another dimension to the rumours swirling around the future of the Bond series, it’s been reported that production company Eon may be lining up its first ever female director. According to the Radio Times, Susanne Bier, the Danish director who helmed hit BBC spy drama ‘The Night Manager’, is on the shortlist. Sources close to Eon and producer Barbara Broccoli are said to have Bier among a 'handful’ of other names to takeover from Sam Mendes, who successfully brought home both 'Skyfall’ and 'Spectre’ for the franchise.
Jamie Bell is stuffing his ballet shoes in the bottom of the wardrobe, and could be exchanging them for a tuxedo and a Walther PPK, according to reports. The ‘Billy Elliott’ and ‘Fantastic Four’ star is said to have held 'informal chats’ with producer Barbara Broccoli over the perhaps soon-to-be vacant role of James Bond. Broccoli is producing his latest movie 'Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’, and is said to have been impressed with his work.
Sometimes a movie comes out before people are ready for it – whether it’s because of the themes involved, what you see on-screen, or the style of filmmaking. Back when it was released in 1989, audiences were taken aback by Timothy Dalton’s brutal second Bond film. Fast forward to 2006 however and Daniel Craig’s version of Bond returned to Dalton’s gritty ways, though ‘Casino Royale’ was a huge critical and commercial hit.
The British public want Tom Hardy to be the next James Bond, according to a Yahoo Movies poll. The ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ star was the number one choice for our readers, winning a massive 26% of the 1,292 votes cast.
After a huge amount of speculation over who’ll take the reigns as James Bond after Daniel Craig, it appears Tom Hiddleston is up for the challenge. Speaking in an interview with The Sunday Times after his lauded role in BBC’s ‘The Night Manager’, the Brit had a lot to say regarding the future of the James Bond franchise and any involvement he’d have. “Time magazine ran a poll and there were like, 100 actors on the list, including Angelina Jolie,” he recalled.
Daniel Craig’s days as James Bond could be numbered. Who could take on the role of Ian Fleming’s gentleman spy next? Based on the bookies’ favourites (with a few humble suggestions of our own) here are the actors who we think could potentially be the 007th official Bond…
From jet packs to exploding pens, James Bond has historically enjoyed a plethora of gadgets to get him in and out of spy scrapes. In more recent years Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes have settled on a more realistic approach that sees Bond get by with a simple pistol. ‘SPECTRE’ saw a return to gadgetry with the tricked out Aston Martin whose flamethrower helped Bond escape from evil henchman Mr. Hinx.
‘GoldenEye’ was released 20 years ago this week. After a 6-year hiatus – the longest gap in Bond history – 007 was back with a bang, and Pierce Brosnan’s debut effort is still rightly considered one of the best Bond movies of all time. Here are 8 reasons why ‘GoldenEye’ stood the test of time.
‘Skyfall’ is not only the most financially successful James Bond film ever released, but it was also roundly acclaimed by critics too. Because before ‘Skyfall’ was in place, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the franchise regulars who have co-written ‘The World Is Not Enough’, ‘Die Another Day’, ‘Casino Royale’, ‘Quantum Of Solace’ and ‘Spectre’, partnered with the Oscar-nominated Peter Morgan to work on a Bond script. The “central idea … the hook” that Morgan, Purvis, and Wade worked on was ultimately used for ‘Skyfall’, while the script’s “shocking story” that was teased for years, but never divulged, has now been finally revealed.
Léa Seydoux in ‘Spectre’ (MGM/Sony) With 2012’s Skyfall and this week’s Spectre, director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig worked to create a new James Bond, turning an immortal, sex-crazed Teflon tuxedo into a bleeding, bruised middle-aged man on a mission. Luckily, they found a perfect partner in French actress Léa Seydoux. Warning: Minor spoilers for Spectre below: The 30-year-old French actress, who broke out in 2013 with the critically acclaimed relationship drama Blue is the Warmest Color, plays Dr. Madeleine Swann, a physician with a link to Bond’s troubled last few years — and who’s running from her own dark past. She saves him.” Swann turns out to be the estranged daughter of the assassin Mr. White, the top villain in Casino Royale (2006) and its sequel, Quantum of Solace (2008). The character, played by Jesper Christensen, shows up again in SPECTRE — part of Mendes’ effort to tie all the Craig-era films together — and gives Bond some important information, in exchange for a promise that Bond will keep Swann safe.
Spectre, the latest installment of the James Bond franchise that rolls into Canadian movie multiplexes this week, cost a reported USD$300 million to make, and that’s before you figure in an equally hefty marketing budget. The high cost of producing the film makes Sony Pictures’ coveted product-placement deals even more important to help defray 24th Bond flick’s enormous costs. There’ve been magazine ads for Bond’s new favourite vodka, Belvedere, and Bell Mobility is pitching a Sony Xperia smartphone “made for Bond” in TV ads starring Miss Moneypenny, played by Naomie Harris.
James Bond is a master spy, a solid hand-to-hand combatant, and a dapper dresser. But his most impressive skill must just be wordplay. The MI6 secret agent has been specializing in corny innuendo for more than 50 years, quipping his way into the hearts and beds of women around the world. Yahoo Superfan collected some of 007’s best double entendres, ranging from Sean Connery’s modest quips to Pierce Bronsnan’s blunt forehead-slappers (see: “I thought Christmas only came once a year” — as spoken to a lover named Christmas Jones).
Does a good henchman matter, or is it more about the villain? Now – imagine a gun sight and a suited man walking into the middle of it… 23. ‘Die Another Day’ (2002) Invisible cars, rubbish Madonna theme tune (and embarrassing cameo), dull plot – there’s not much right with Pierce Brosnan’s final appearance in the franchise. Still, Rosamund Pike managed to shake it off and become a Oscar-nominated actress, so that’s lucky. After the bombast of ‘Casino Royale’, Daniel Craig’s sophomore effort is muddled and (shock horror) a bit boring.
New Bond Girl Léa Seydoux has said that the explicit but award-winning film that made her name, lesbian drama ‘Blue Is The Warmest Colour’, was a ‘male fantasy’.
James Bond star Daniel Craig certainly keeps us on our toes. In one interview, he says he’ll continue playing the iconic role as long as he’s able; in the next, he suggests he wants out immediately. The interview Craig just gave to Time Out London belongs firmly in the latter category, with the soon-to-be four-time 007 declaring, “Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists [than shoot another Bond]… “I’m over it at the moment.
Following yesterday’s news that seemingly confirmed Ellie Goulding was recording the theme song for ‘SPECTRE’, a surprising new name has been thrown into the mix. Moody indie rockers Radiohead are now said to be the bookies favourite to record the next James Bond theme song after a huge bet was reportedly placed on the Oxford band. A spokesperson for William Hill told the MailOnline: “We can confirm that someone did enter one of our shops requesting to place a £15k bet on Radiohead at odds of 10/1. On top of that, we have seen loads of smaller bets that have forced the odds down to 6/4 from 10/1.″ - Movie Poster Photoshop Fails - Channing Tatum Quits Gambit? - Incredibly Awkward Interview “A gamble like this suggests that an announcement could be coming soon whether it be Radiohead or another artist.” Goulding seemed like a likely contender after she shared an Instagram photo of herself leaving Abbey Road Studios - the same location Adele recorded the Oscar-winning ‘Skyfall’ theme - with the caption “That’s a wrap”.