December 15, 2015

Congratulations to Daniel, Sam Smith, and the rest of the cast and the crew of Spectre for getting two nominations for the Critics’ Choice Awards 2016!

ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Daniel Craig – Spectre
Tom Cruise – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Tom Hardy – Mad Max: Fury Road
Chris Pratt – Jurassic World
Paul Rudd – Ant-Man

SONG
Fifty Shades of Grey – Love Me Like You Do
Furious 7 – See You Again
The Hunting Ground – Til It Happens To You
Love & Mercy – One Kind of Love
Spectre – Writing’s on the Wall
Youth – Simple Song #3

November 28, 2015

With Spectre still raking in the cash at the global box office, producer Barbara Broccoli has revealed that development on Bond 25 is set to get underway this coming Spring.

“We have put three years of work into Spectre,” Broccoli tells 20Minuten.ch. It was a thrill, but now we want to enjoy the success and the reactions of the audiences. In spring we start again.”

Bond 25 will likely need to find a new director, with Skyfall and Spectre helmer Sam Mendes having seeminly ruled out a return, and while there’s been a tonne of speculation as to Daniel Craig’s continued involvement, Broccoli is keen to have him back for a fifth outing:

“I hope we can continue with Daniel,” she says. “I love him, obviously not just me but also the audience. I will try my best to keep him on.”

Source: Flickering Myth

November 11, 2015

In addition to breaking box office records across the globe, SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond adventure, has been awarded a Guinness World Records title for the Largest Film Stunt Explosion, it was announced today at a press conference in Beijing, China. SPECTRE, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, opens in China this week.

Producer Barbara Broccoli and stars Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux – who appear in the scene – accepted the record certificate on behalf of the official title holder, Academy Award winner Chris Corbould, who served as Special Effects and Miniature Effects Supervisor on SPECTRE.

The incredible explosion was filmed for a pivotal scene in the film and took place on June 29, 2015 in Erfoud, Morocco and used 8418 litres of fuel and 33kg of explosives.

Commenting on the announcement, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the producers of SPECTRE, said, “It is absolutely tremendous that the Guinness World Records have recognised Chris Corbould’s incredible work in ‘Spectre’ in which he created the largest explosion ever in film history.”

Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday added: “The James Bond movies are synonymous with pushing cinematic boundaries. The latest film, ‘Spectre,’ has again captured the imagination of global cinemagoers, and this will certainly be due in part to the phenomenal stunts. The scene featuring the world’s largest film stunt explosion is spectacular and will live long in the memory as one of the outstanding moments in the Bond franchise.” The Largest Film Stunt Explosion is an early front runner for inclusion in Guinness World Records 2017, out next year. The 2016 edition is currently on sale.

Source: ComingSoon.net

November 05, 2015

Lisbeth Salander will hack again on the big screen but not in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire.

Instead, Sony is putting its focus on book No. 4 in the Millennium series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the first book famously not written by creator Stieg Larsson.

The studio is in early talks with Steven Knight (Burnt) to adapt the novel, which became an international best seller after it was published in September.

Sources say that neither Rooney Mara, who nabbed a best actress Oscar nomination for Dragon Tattoo, nor Daniel Craig will be back, and the studio sees the new book as an opportunity to start the franchise over. Ditto for Dragon Tattoo director David Fincher, who is not expected to return to Salander universe.

Though 2011’s Tattoo made $233 million worldwide, the film was deemed too expensive for a hard-R film thanks to a $90 million budget. The studio has options on Craig for two sequels, but the actor was said to want a pay raise, making his return impossible given the studio’s mandate to make Spider’s Web at a much lower budget.

The move doesn’t mean Girl Who Played With Fire is altogether dead. After all, Sony paid mid-seven figures for Steven Zaillian’s script for Girl Who Played With Fire, one of the most expensive adaptations to date. But the plan for now is for Spider’s Web to precede Girl Who Played With Fire. And once again, the role of Salander will be hotly pursued by Hollywood’s young actresses.

Read the full article at The Hollywood Reporter

November 02, 2015

The James Bond thriller “Spectre” opened to a record-smashing $80 million overseas this weekend, even better than the last 007 blockbuster “Skyfall” did in its international debut.

In the U.K., the film has taken in an estimated $64 million in its first seven days of release, the biggest opening run in that country’s box-office history. “Spectre” took the mark from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” which was also released on a Monday and totaled $82 million in 2004.

And it set a record for the highest seven-day gross in U.K. box-office history, overtaking the last James Bond film, “Skyfall.” That one went on to gross $1.1 billion worldwide, and become the top franchise performer of all time.

“Spectre” opens in the United States on Friday

Source: The Wrap

October 20, 2015

Daniel Craig will go from Bond to Iago next fall when he stars opposite David Oyelowo in an Off Broadway production of “Othello,” to be directed by Tony winner Sam Gold.

Craig, who’s excited to be moving on from Bond after the upcoming release of “Spectre,” was last on stage in New York in the 2013 Broadway revival of “Betrayal.” Before that he appeared in the 2009 Broadway production of “A Steady Rain” with Hugh Jackman. Both shows were box office smashes.

In “Othello” he’ll play the devious Iago opposite Oyelowo, the “Selma” star who’s appeared onstage in London in productions including “The Suppliants” and “Henry VI” (in the title role). Director Gold recently won a Tony for his direction of “Fun Home,” which was the awards-season champ last spring. His production of Pulitzer winner “The Flick” is currently running Off Broadway.

“Othello” will play at New York Theater Workshop in fall 2016, with exact dates still to be determined. The Workshop has made a habit of hosting high-profile productions in recent years, including early stagings of Broadway successes such as “Once” and “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Later this season the Workshop will present the world premiere of “Lazarus,” the new David Bowie-Enda Walsh musical that stars Michael C. Hall and Cristin Milioti.

Source: Variety

October 01, 2015

Once Spectre is released, we’ll be getting at least one more James Bond 007 adventure with Daniel Craig in the lead role…

There’s been no shortage of speculation in recent weeks as to the future of Daniel Craig as James Bond 007. Come the release of Spectre later this month, Craig will match Pierce Brosnan’s four outings as 007, and there had been rumours that Henry Cavill was on the radar to be his replacement.

But the preference is for Craig to continue in the role. On his watch, a James Bond movie crossed $1bn at the global box office for the first time, with Skyfall. Hopes are high that Spectre will do similar business.

So: will Daniel Craig be back as James Bond again? Yes, it seems that he will.

Chatting to our, er, favourite outlet (that’d be The Mail), Craig declared that “I work myself to death”, referring to the training required for the role. “It’s getting harder. But such is life. I’ll keep going as long as I’m physically able”.

That’s going to involve a further James Bond adventure at least, too. “I’m contracted for one more”, he revealed, “but I’m not going to make predictions”.

Craig has admitted in the past that he considered walking away from the James Bond role after Skyfall, but it seems he’s going to be 007 until at least 2017/2018.

Source: Den of Geek