Dossiers issued in March, 2010

Sources say Rachel Weisz could be joining the cast of James Bond 23?

In the past the London-born superstar has joked to the press the she was interested in the Bond role, now Cinema Blend claim to have a tip from “a reliable, proven source who’s broken numerous, since confirmed stories”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Olivia Wilde puts James Bond 23 rumors to bed via twitter

The House (FOX) star that was being touted as a new James Bond girl by England’s Daily Mirror tabloid has denied rumors of her involvement in James Bond 23.

The American actress is preparing to star with current 007 actor Daniel Craig in Cowboys and Aliens but today via her twitter social networking account Wilde said she has “no plans to do Bond”.

Additionally, Freida Pinto‘s agent has reiterated her lack of involvement in the new Bond flick. According to MI6 her agent announced: “I would like to confirm that as of today, Freida Pinto has not been approached to be part of the next ‘Bond’ film.”

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Fans think they’ve spotted James Bond’s newest car on location

In December we were speculating about the identity of one of James Bond’s least talked about co-stars: the car!

Now fans have spotted an unknown film crew shooting with the stunning new Lotus Evoras – complete with red paint job. For Your Eyes Only anyone?

The car, says fans over at Jalopnik, is part of a sequence of stunts involving the Lotus and a “snow-boarder jumping over the car, which is tres Bond-film.”

Unfortunately for those readers keen on the ’70s James Bond rides, this is not an official MGM/EON Bond film… A “tipster” told Jalopnik that the crew were shooting a Lotus-funded tribute to the cars of their James Bond era. A worthy investment in any Bond fan’s book!

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The old Freida Pinto + James Bond 23 rumor hits the tabloids… again

She’s back in the spotlight again!

This time the English paper the Mirror has an “insider” source that tells us that Freida Pinto, Slumdog Millionaire star has won a role in James Bond 23. Not even Pinto and her agent can deter the presses from “confirming” her as a James Bond girl. An insider reportedly says:

“Sam has been talking about Bond for months now and is so excited about it.

“The project has been in the pipeline for months and Freida was always the dream Bond girl, but initially she was nervous about accepting it. This is going to be the most ambitious 007 yet. Sam plans to reinvent the genre.

“Peter Morgan, who wrote The Queen, has penned the first draft of the script and it promises to be visually stunning.

“It will be a typically glamorous and raunchy role and Dev has been joking to friends he is cool with seeing Freida rolling around with 007.”

Bond23.net can’t find a second source to corroborate.

Would Pinto take the James Bong girl anyway? Readers will recall her voicing her thoughts about being ‘too young’ for any Bond girl role.

The article in question also says that the new James Bond movie is likely to shoot in “the Afghan capital Kabul” – at least the rumors are consistent.

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Could 007 be en route to Afghanistan in James Bond 23?

A recurring media rumor has come back to the forefront of James Bond 23 news. Will James Bond be heading to the Middle East in Bond 23?

Times Now has picked up on the gossip that the twenty third 007 adventure may be filmed in Helmand province in Afghanistan. According to the site “a member of the Foreign Office’s drug task force in the country has signed on as a consultant for the franchise.”

A similar report was circulated by English newspaper the Guardian last year but nothing eventuated beyond the rumor.

“The official, who has since left the Foreign Office and Afghanistan, is thought to have signed a confidentiality agreement with the filmmakers preventing any discussion of the project,” says Times Now.

Times Now is citing the Times (we assume UK’s The Times) but a quick search of the website and Google eventuated to no further results on the source of these tales.

Eon Productions, the production company set up by Bond producer Albert Broccoli, refused to comment on whether the film would visit Afghanistan.

At Bond23.net we believe location scouting is unlikely to commence until a director is confirmed for the picture.

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Robert Patterson wants to be James Bond

Move out of the way Daniel Craig, Teenage heart throb Robert Patterson has expressed an interest in the 007 role.

Patterson was chatting to fans and media on the picket-line at the premiere of his new film Remember Me. The English star, 23, told the presses: “I’m feeling really, really good, I’m so happy to be here tonight and to meet everyone… I never go to places where crowds congregate, so it’s always a novelty. It’s a completely separate aspect of my life. It’s nice.”

He said: “Everyone was so supportive on set. I got everyone helping me out everyday. Fans were gathering on the street and the crew would have to get really close together and form a circle around me, so we were really close. I don’t know, I guess I haven’t worked with that kind of unity before.”

Pattinson said at the premiere that he “would love to” play James Bond but confesses he is “not very good at running”.

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Sam Mendes and Kate Winslet split hits the tabloids

Unlikely to cause that much of a stir in the world of James Bond, but Sam Mendes, the director behind Jarhead and American Beauty has split from his wife, actress Kate Winslet.

The Associated Press report can be read below:

British movie star Kate Winslet has separated from her film director husband Sam Mendes after nearly seven years of marriage, their law firm said Monday.

The surprise split puts an end to a golden couple of Britain’s show business world, buttressed by matching Oscars and a host of commercial successes and artistic accolades.

The pair’s law firm, Schillings, said the split was “entirely amicable and is by mutual agreement.”

Winslet, 34, shot to international stardom on the back of her appearance opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in James Cameron’s “Titanic,” and sealed her reputation with an Academy Award for best actress for her role in “The Reader” in 2009.

Mendes, 44, was already an acclaimed stage director by the time he won an Oscar for directing “American Beauty” in 1999.

The pair married in a small, low-key ceremony in the Caribbean in May 2003. It was Winslet’s second marriage. Her first, to British director Jim Threapleton, ended in divorce in 2001.

Winslet has an 9-year-old daughter, Mia, from her marriage to Threapleton and a 6-year-old son, Joe, with Mendes. Schillings’ statement said Winslet and Mendes were “fully committed to the future joint parenting of their children.”

It wasn’t clear whether divorce proceedings have begun. The statement said no further comment would be made, and calls and e-mails seeking comment from the law firm weren’t immediately returned.

Born into a family with a strong thespian tradition, Winslet threw herself into acting early, securing bit roles in TV dramas in her early teens. Her breakthrough came in Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures,” which traced the obsessive relationship between two schoolgirls in 1950s New Zealand.

She went on to run through a number of other stage and film roles — including a memorable turn as Ophelia in Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of “Hamlet” — but stardom would not come until “Titantic,” one of the most commercially successful films in cinematic history.

Winslet met Oxford-educated Mendes the same year she split from her first husband, at a time when Mendes was still serving as artistic director of London’s Donmar Warehouse theater. Both Winslet and Mendes are natives of Reading, an English town just northwest of London.

At the time, Mendes told the AP that “there’s no story, really, other than two people — one famous person, another one who is slightly less famous and slightly less interesting.”

Mendes followed the success of his cinematic debut, “American Beauty,” with meditative gangster film “Road to Perdition,” starring Tom Hanks. More recently he directed his wife in “Revolutionary Road,” a film about a crumbling marriage that reunited Winslet with DiCaprio.

Reviews were largely favorable, but the film failed to set off the same box office fever that made “Titanic” such a huge hit.

In “Revolutionary Road,” Winslet portrayed a suburban housewife who became increasingly bored and desperate with her stay-at-home life. The film won Winslet a Golden Globe for best dramatic actress, and in her acceptance speech she thanked her husband for pushing her so hard.

“Thank you for directing this film, babe, and thank you for killing us every single day and really enjoying us actually being in such horrific pain,” she said last year. “But I can honestly say with my hand on my heart that I loved every second of working with you and it’s made me love you more.”

Mendes said directing his wife had been one of the best experiences of his life, although he said she liked to discuss the movie 24 hours a day while he preferred to do something else, like watch a baseball game, at night when work was done.

His next project is the 23rd James Bond film, which is expected to go into production later this year.

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Michael Sheen jokes that he wants to play Miss Moneypenny in Bond 23

The Welsh actor who has become synonymous with the award-winning co-screenwriter of Bond 23, Peter Morgan joked to the presses recently that he would love to play M’s secretary, the lovely Miss Moneypenny – who has been absent fro the Craig era to date.

Last year Sheen was connected to the role of Blofeld by the tabloids but denied the rumors, most of which sprang from the announcement of Morgan’s involvement. The pair have both been involved in The Queen, Frost/Nixon, The Special Relationship and The Deal.

Peter Morgan has written the story for the next Bond film so there was that connection and then a journalist wrote as a joke that I would be playing Blofeld and that went viral,” he said. “When people ask me, I always say I’m playing Miss Moneypenny, which I wish was true but is not!

“I suppose it’s hard to play Blofeld now because of the Austin Powers films where Mike Myers plays Dr Evil. Roger Moore dropped him down a chimney didn’t he, so he’d have to come back all f**ked up!”

Sheen is clearly making light of the press’s original rumor.

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