Dossiers issued in February, 2011

Kevin Spacey was offered Bond 23 villain role – regrettably unavailable to star

Cinema Blend are reporting that the new James Bond film, working titled “Bond 23″, almost had a high-profile villain in Hollywood star, Kevin Spacey.

Spacey had previously worked with director Sam Mendes in his debut film, the critically acclaimed American Beauty.

According to sources the upcoming Richard III is filling Spacey’s schedule, leaving the Superman and The Usual Suspects unavailable for a Bond 23 role. Instead, it is rumored, the same role has been offered to Javier Bardem and the producers are still awaiting the Spanish star’s response.

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Roger Deakins plans next Sam Mendes project – code for Bond 23

In an audio interview with the well-respected cinematographer behind many of the Cohen Brothers’ successes, the man himself, Roger Deakins, reveals he is planning a project with Sam Mendes.

MI6 reminds us the 62 year old, English-born cinematographer has recently worked with Bond 23 helmsman Sam Mendes on “Revolutionary Road” but he has become strongly associated with the Coen Brothers’ unique style of filmmaking.

“I’ll probably do a film with Sam Mendes next,” Deakins told Collider. When asked if that meant he was shooting Bond 23, he said, “it might, yeah.”

Sony eyes James Bond 23 and Bond 24

The studio that produced the previous two 007 adventures, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace along with MGM, Sony, is set to reprise this role for Bond 23 … and Bond 24 – making this a consecutive 4 Bond pictures in the hands of Sony Pictures.

The LA Times explains, as part of the arrangement under discussion, Sony would fund half of MGM’s next James Bond movie, which is planned for release Nov. 9, 2012, and 25% of a potential follow-up.

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Details on Sony’s bargain with MGM – Dragon Tattoo to be traded for 007

Deadline have more news on the impending Sony/MGM partnership: the film that will be used to inject funds into a reborn Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is likely to be Daniel Craig’s other high-profile picture: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

The industry blog has learned that Sony Pictures bosses Amy Pascal and Michael Lynton agreed to give MGM a co-financing deal for the big title.

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Bond 23 on the verge of being distributed by old hands, Sony

Again Deadline have the scoop that 007 may be roaring back into life with a little help from its old friends at Sony Pictures. The production company was involved in the distribution of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace and was set to stand down – handing the reigns over to MGM – after the 22nd adventure.

But… what with the financial crisis the Big Cat has found itself in, MGM executives were on the prowl for a producing parter again.

It was rumoured earlier in the year that MGM’s new top brass were playing interested parties off against each other in order to get the best deal for MGM, long term.

Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum who are now the Co-Chairmen and CEOs of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have convinced Sony to use the new James Bond movie as leverage on a number of other productions. Sony and MGM are currently negocitating the details of this joint venture.

Insiders at the major studios previously negotiating with MGM described Barber and Birnbaum as “enjoying” the process of dangling James Bond like a carrot in front of studios such as Fox or Paramount.

Deadline has learned that Pascal and Lynton have already found a title on the Sony slate for MGM to co-finance.

It is understood that hot contender Paramount has recently bowed out of negotiations.

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Ralph Fiennes in talks over James Bond role, claim tabloids

The British star Ralph Fiennes famed for The English Patient and Schindler’s List has been touted by the presses as having a connection to the 23rd James Bond film.

This time, however, the rumor spreads from the Daily Mail and uses buzzwords like “darkly complex” to describe the kind of role that Mendes apparently has in mind for Fiennes.

“It’s the first of a new generation of Bond films, and the ideas Mendes has push the film into darker territory where the characters are modern, mature and challenging,” a film executive in Los Angeles connected to the production told the paper.

The report claims the role Fiennes is in consideration for is not the same as the one as Javier Bardem is in talks for.

The Bond website MI6 explains that Mendes and Fiennes are old friends. Both worked on the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Troilus And Cressida. The play also featured Simon Russell Beale.

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Javier Bardem speaks about James Bond 23

The Spanish actor in line for the role of the nemesis in 007′s forthcoming adventure, currently dubbed Bond 23, is not staying tight lipped about the possibility.

Bardem spoke to the LA Times quite openly today about his meeting with James Bond 23 director Sam Mendes and the possibility of taking the role.

“I’m a huge fan of the James Bond saga,” Bardem says. “When I was little, I went watching Mr. Connery doing James Bond with my father. Who in the world would think I’d be in one of those movies?”

“They’re changing the whole thing, the whole dynamic,” Bardem says. “I’d be playing Bond’s nemesis, yes, but it’s not that obvious. Everything is more nuanced. It’s very intriguing.”

Known as an actor who does not accept roles lightly, Bardem will be considering this offer (and the script) very carefully… although, the actor admitted he was drawn to the idea of being a villain: “Evil can be very seductive,” he jokes.

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“Reality” TV star Kim Kardashian wants to be a Bond girl

With Bond 23 casting news comes the self-promotional tabloid stories.

According to ITN, citing MTV, says that Kim Kardashin – known for Keeping Up with the Kardashians amongst other digressions – has put her name in that hat to be a Bond girl. The 30 year-old said: “I would love to be in a Bond film – a Bond girl – that would be the ultimate.”

Be mindful that Celebrity-X coveting a role does not mean they are on the producer’s radar in any respect.

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