Dossiers issued in June, 2010

Matt “Dr. Who” Smith says he would be open to a James Bond villain role

The young English star of the cult sci-fi show Dr. Who has put his name forward for the role of a James Bond villain.

Matt stars in upcoming sci-fi movie Womb (filmed last year, as yet unreleased in the UK) with former Bond girl Eva Green, who appeared in Casino Royale, but says he wouldn’t feel right playing the super-agent himself.

In an interview with British paper Coventry Telegraph Matt said: ”I don’t think I’m handsome enough. I think I’d make a quite good, young Bond villain.”

But he admitted: “It would be kind of nice though to be the actor who’s done both.”

He added: “I’ve never got away with being the handsome leading man. I suppose I’m the peculiar, odd lead. Which may work in my favour.

“The Doctor’s a bit bumbly, isn’t he? He doesn’t really know what to do with women”, he told the Radio Times.

“People ask me ‘Who do you think your Doctor is?’ and I’m reluctant to think of it in those terms, because it’s still a work in progress.

“Steven Moffat, who’s just the most brilliant writer, told me when I first met him that the interesting thing, the defining thing, about the Doctor is that he never quite knows what’s going to come out of his mouth in any given situation.

“His thoughts just combust spontaneously. I’ve tried to harness that brain-to-mouth rapidity.”

“I mean, you could think about it for ever but how do you play the most charismatic man in the universe? It’s a real challenge.

“If you play him consciously charismatic, he instantly loses the charisma. Of course, really charismatic people don’t have to do a thing. They just are. I’m still finding my way on that one, but I like to think it gives me something creative to play with,

“Hopefully we see him in the white heat of danger, flying by the seat of his pants. He’s also funny and he has great courage and this enormous intellect, but all the great Doctors have had that.

“As a character, he kind of belongs to everyone. Everyone has their own identity for him. Mine is probably different, but I’ve become a real fan. I know it sounds very vain, but I do look forward to the ceremony of watching the show on a Saturday night.”

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Activision re-imagine the classic “GoldenEye 007″ for Wii

Long time fans of the Bond franchise will recall that “GoldenEye 007″ for the Nintendo 64 was a hit in both Bond and non-Bond gaming circles. Activision is trying to relive the magic with a remake of this game.

The agents over at Bond site mi6-hq.com reported on the action as it happened. First a GoldenEye trailer leaked onto the internet by IGN sooner than expected. It was removed at Activision’s request but not before many blogs picked up on the release and ran with it. A full report on the new James Bond video game was soon on the new wires.

Fans can pre-order GoldenEye for the Wii on Amazon now, set for release on November 2nd, according to the Amazon product listing.

Today Activision released their official press release.

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 15, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ — With eight million copies sold and a legion of passionate fans worldwide, the Nintendo 64 version of GoldenEye defined multiplayer gaming for a generation of gamers in 1997.

Now, a new take on the legendary James Bond adventure arrives with Activision Publishing’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) all-new GoldenEye 007(TM), which was unveiled at Nintendo’s press briefing, held today during the Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3) in Los Angeles.

Developed exclusively for Wii(TM) and based on the GoldeneEye film, GoldenEye 007 gives players the chance to use the lethal, gritty style of Daniel Craig’s James Bond to outwit, outmaneuver and overtake an arms syndicate that threatens the world in an innovative, modern take on the legendary GoldenEye movie adventure. The game, which is slated for release this holiday season, is playable in Nintendo’s booth in the West Hall, #5407.

“GoldenEye for the N64 was one of the most acclaimed games and fans regularly cite it as one of the most influential and important titles in history,” said David Pokress, Head of Marketing for Licensed Properties, Activision Publishing. “We’re thrilled to bring the new GoldenEye 007 to gamers around the world as an all-new adventure that seamlessly integrates nostalgic GoldenEye movie moments with innovative FPS gameplay and unique multiplayer action that is unrivaled on the platform.”

GoldenEye 007 features an unprecedented lineup of four-player split-screen MP options that encourage social gaming, including 40 total characters, 8 classic Bond characters, 5 maps, 3 standard modes and 16 special modifiers that allow gamers to create hundreds of game combinations. GoldenEye 007 also features online multiplayer for up to 8 players designed for seasoned FPS online gamers with unique modes and a robust XP system for unlockables and achievements. GoldenEye 007 also supports the Classic Controller Pro(TM) for gamers who want to play with standard FPS controls and the Wii Zapper(TM) for “point and shoot” gamers; players will have several control scheme options, allowing them to experience GoldenEye 007 on Wii any way they want.

The GoldenEye 007 video game is developed by Eurocom under license from EON Productions Ltd and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM). For more information about the game, visit www.goldeneyegame.com.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world’s largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., Ventanazul, MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Domestic Networks LLC, MGM Distribution Co, MGM International Television Distribution In, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Worldwide Digital Media, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 120 countries. MGM ownership is as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), TPG (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

About EON Productions/Danjaq, LLC

EON Productions have produced twenty two James Bond films since 1962. In 1995, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli took over the 007 franchise from Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and are responsible for producing some of the most successful James Bond films ever, including CASINO ROYALE and more recently QUANTUM OF SOLACE. The James Bond franchise is the longest running in film history. EON Productions and Danjaq LLC are affiliate companies and control all worldwide merchandising for James Bond.

About Activision Publishing, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company’s website, www.activision.com.

So, whilst there is little news on a 007 adventure, EON, IFP and their license holders are delivering the goods in the form of a new 007 video game and a new continuation novel.

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Millionaire offers James Bond producers help to get Bond 23 restarted

The man behind Chase Vodka and Tyrrells Potato Chips has reportedly approached one of the 23rd James Bond film’s co-producers, Barbara Broccoli, with a suggestion or two.

William Chase hopes to help resolve some funding issues which have plagued EON Productions with regular backers, MGM, in a financial slump and close to bankruptcy.

The approach, the Telegraph reports, has not been declined (or denied) by anyone at EON, but it make take more than one millionaire to selvage 007. Nevertheless, once there is one new backer, others might follow suit. Fans should remember though, MGM owns a share of James Bond, and so no production (under the current arrangement) will go ahead without the big cat’s say so.

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Director Sam Mendes still has 007 on his radar

The acclaimed English director still has his attention on the delayed James Bond 23.

According to Deadline the director has signed on to a musical production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which was initially pitched as a stage show.

Other things are on his mind as well, Deadline says: “…Mendes remains committed to the Bond film and intends to direct it once the MGM ownership situation gets sorted out.”

The helmsman has long been expected to direct but both his people and spokespeople for EON Productions, who make the films, were staying quiet on any arrangements.

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