September 26, 2013

James Bond has been “aged up” to match actor Daniel Craig in William Boyd’s new 007 novel Solo – so will it soon be made into a movie?

Boyd has been given the blessing of series creator Ian Fleming’s niece Lucy with his new work, which apparently sees the spy retaining all the “bad habits” his original author gave him.

“I’ve aged him up to 45, but Daniel Craig is 45, and he’s in great shape, so Bond’s got a another 20 years in him, I reckon,” the BBC quotes him as saying.
However, as we reported yesterday, it’s actually Daniel Day-Lewis who would be the writer’s top choice to fill the role.

“He actually resembles the Bond that Fleming describes in the books,” Boyd reasoned. “That’s someone who looks like the American singer-songwriter Hoagy Carmichael – a tall, lean, rangy, very dark-haired, good-looking man.”

On the Bond he presents in Solo, he teased: “He has all the bad habits that Fleming gave him – he’s a huge drinker.

“I was counting his drinks as I read the Fleming novels like an anxious wife married to an alcoholic.”

Boyd, who has previously worked with Daniel Craig as a film director, said he re-read all of Fleming’s books before starting his own. “I’ve now achieved Mastermind status in Bond studies,” he joked.

The follow-up to last year’s hit movie ‘Skyfall’ is currently being organised, with Sam Mendes confirmed to return as director.


September 21, 2013

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September 18, 2013

An Irishman has already played James Bond with distinction but now moves are afoot to actually shoot the next James Bond film in Ireland for the first time, its producer and writer have said.

Both Barbara Broccoli, whose family have produced the franchise from the beginning, and the screenwriter John Logan appeared at a high profile event in Dublin at the weekend hosted by the Institute of Directors to support the Irish film industry.

Three-times Oscar-nominated Logan is one of Hollywood’s most successful screenwriters with titles like Gladiator, The Aviator and the last Bond film Skyfall among his credits.

According to the Irish Times Logan will be based in Ireland until next March as creator and producer of the $33 million gothic horror television series Penny Dreadful for Showtime. The series is being shot at Dublin’s Ardmore Studios and will be partially funded by the Irish Film Board international production fund.

Penny Dreadful stars former James Bond Timothy Dalton, former Bond girl Eva Green and actors Josh Hartnett and Reeve Carney. Keeping it in the Bond family Sam Mendes, the executive producer of the series, will also direct the next James Bond movie.

Logan told the press that the script for the new Bond film, which is not due out until the end of 2015, is in process and he would be using his time in Ireland to “soak up the local color now that I’m here,” with a view to including the country as a location in the next film.

Logan also pointed out that he is second-generation Irish himself as his parents both come from Belfast. ‘I’m fully Irish,’ he said.

Broccoli said if Logan includes it in his next script ‘we’ll come here. Ireland is gorgeous. I’d love to come here and make a Bond film.’

Broccoli was also the producer of the Broadway musical version of the low-budget Irish film Once which became an international sensation. On Sunday she revealed she’s working with Once director John Carney on another film to be shot in Ireland. ‘I hope we will come here to film whether it is a Bond or another story,’ she added.

Meanwhile Irish director Carney scored a major international success at the Toronto Film Festival last week with his new movie Can A Song Save Your Life?

Producer Harvey Weinstein reportedly snapped up the US distribution rights to the film for the movie for $7 million with a commitment to spend a further $20 million in advertising.


September 15, 2013

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September 11, 2013

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September 10, 2013

The actor Daniel Craig has suggested that the secret to his successful marriage is a rule against taking anything technological into the bedroom.

The James Bond star, who wed the actress Rachel Weisz in a secret New York ceremony in 2011, said his wife had changed him for the better.

“I’m far happier than I’ve been for many years,” he said.

“I think finding the right person and being with the right person is probably the answer to most things.”

Offering what could be his recipe for marital bliss, he added: “There’s nothing technological allowed in the bedroom.

“If the iPad goes to bed, I mean, unless you’re watching porn on the internet, it’s a killer. We have a ban on it.”

Fighting against technological devices taking over one’s life “is a good fight to have, as far as I’m concerned,” he said.

The couple, who tend not to speak publicly about their relationship, will appear together on Broadway next month as an adulterous couple in Harold Pinter’s play Betrayal.

Craig, 45, will play the part of Robert, while Weisz, 43, will play his cheating wife Emma.

Craig dismissed the idea of himself and his wife as a “power couple,” however, insisting, “We just keep ourselves to ourselves.”

He also rejected the description of them as the world’s “hottest couple,” saying: “I think there are far hotter couples out there than Rachel and I – not putting Rachel down in any way, shape or form.”

Speaking of their decision to perform opposite each other on stage, he said they had wanted to do a play together for some time.

“It seemed like an obvious thing to do – if it feels stunty, it wasn’t,” he told the New York Times.

“We’re not exposing our marriage onstage.”

Weisz is Craig’s second wife after he was briefly married to the actress Fiona Loudon in his twenties.

It was hard to find love that offered “a kind of stability” that young, he suggested, adding: “It’s very hard to make it stick, especially if you’re an actor.”

Last year, Craig performed as 007 in a scene with the Queen as part of Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony for the London Olympics, an experience he described as “surreal.”

Praising the Queen’s acting skills, he said she “completely got it” and was even better than the actress Helen Mirren.

“She improvised,” he said. “She sat down at the desk and said, ‘Would you like me to pretend to be writing something?’ Took out a piece of paper. Did some business.”

He was, however, “probably a republican at heart”, he admitted.

“I probably want to abolish the monarchy deep down inside,” he said.

Despite being an accomplished performer with a string of blockbuster credits to his name, Craig admitted he was afraid of impromptu public speaking, saying: “I lose verbs.”

He also revealed he had stopped Googling himself and was far happier as a result. He had previously been kept up all night worrying about public opinion, before realising “you can’t win,” he said.