Dossiers tagged with "James Bond 23 news"

“Skyfall” storyboards were auctioned on Ebay

This production has had it’s fair share of leaks – spoilers concerning the use of the Aston Martin DB5 and the call sheets which leaked character names and fates to name just a couple.

Now Storyboards detailing some action scenes have been actioned online. The asking price for 52 pages of call sheet (with generally 3 frames per sheet) was a pricy $350.00. The company auctioning explained that the boards were a crew copy, but not specifically what scenes are characters are depicted. Fan’s can make educated guesses as the pictures are still available.

Since writing this, ComicBookMovie has acquired even more detailed photos of the storyboards.

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Bond back in London to shoot Land Rover action

Skyfall director, Sam Mendes, and his crew were back in London to shoot another sequence that shows Daniel Craig and co-stars onboard a Land Rover, driven by a stunt driver from the roof of the vehicle.

Some fans are predicting that, in a homage to Live And Let Die, Bond’s driver is assassinated and the car races out of control, thus explaining the need for the real driver to remain out of shot.

The scene, as a rogue clapperboard pic (one not released by @007 on twitter) reveals, is number thirty nine and so coincides with the action shot on the first day of principal photography, and comes shortly after the funeral sequence that was revealed in an earlier twitter photo.

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Skyfall press conference highlights

Aside from the factoids about the forthcoming James Bond film, the press conference gave 007 fans a teaser of what they can expect this time next year. Here’s a few basic highlights from the press conference:

The MC explains, as was first (to the best of our knowledge) reported on MI6, that 3rd November marks the day that Sean Connery was ushered onto the world stage as 007 in 1961.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are welcomed to the stage to reveal the “worst kept secret in London” – the title of the James Bond film, Skyfall.

Sam Mendes is welcomed onto the stage to confirm a few rumors. He confirmed that a major set piece was to be shot in London’s Whitehall. Pervis, Wade and John Logan have written a “fantastic script” and Mendes is “incredibly excited”.

Ben Wishaw, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney will be playing top secret parts in scenes that Mendes cannot (or will not) reveal. “They might… or they might not…” was the answer Mendes offered for a well-posed question about if these would be characters Bond fans would recognise from the canon.

Just in case you were wondering Mendes pronounces the French actress’s name: “Bera-niece Mar-low” and the long-associated villain of the piece: “Hav-ear Bar-dem”.

Dame Judi is introduced by Mendes as a “young actress” that “some of you might not have heard of” but who “has a promising career ahead of her”.

Asked about what attracted him to Bond 23, Mendes claims to be a “huge fan of the Bond movies”. Mendes got “very excited” when he saw Craig in Casino Royale, which he “loved”, so working with Craig in Skyfall was part of the attraction. “Working with Sam is a dream come true” for Barbara Broccoli. Mendes’ “boyish excitement is really infectious,” says Broccoli.

Wilson says that “nobody thought we would get to 50 years of Bond” in 1961. Wilson tips his hat to the fans who supported the franchise all these years.

Craig says they have an “incredible crew”.

Dench suggests that she will never “get a grip on who M is” – nor anyone in the MI6 offices.

Harris says that she’s well into her training for the action sequences and feel’s “really ready” for what 007 can throw at her.

Mendes explains that there will be “lots of surprises” when quizzed about the return of some typical Bond gadgets. He also explained that the press were “not entirely accurate” in their assumption Bond will be “going back to his roots” with Scotland on the shooting schedule.

Barbara Broccoli dismissed the rumors of budget cuts with a rhetorical, “does it look like we’re cutting back?” The budget, Wilson tells us, is in the same range as the last film. Instead of cutting back they’re “adding” if anything. Barbara echoes her father when she says “it’s all going on the screen”.

Craig is “incredibly proud to be part of this gang of people” making Bond 23.

Bardem suggests that we should not conflate “a villain” and “a bad person”!

Mendes says he’s is very happy to be working with Alexander Witt and his second unit and that the action and special effects is the part that is new and exciting for him. He explains that the “action needs to coexist with the drama”. In addition he says that Oscar nominations (or wins for that matter) are “not the reason you do any movie and certainly not the reason you do a Bond movie”.

Asked what kind of training he has had to go through, Javier Bardem says “English vowels!”

Harris has been having a bit more of a workout with “stunt driving and firing machine guns”.

Sam Mendes was put on the spot at the conference when he was asked if he would be open to doing more than one Bond film. He was prompted by Broccoli and Wilson commented that “this is a question we’ve been trying to get the answer to”. Sam answered: “if in six months time I am still as excited as I am now, then the answer would be ‘yes’.”

The title, Skyfall, Barbara says, will have some “emotional context”.

Mendes says that it “doesn’t connect with the last two movies.” Quantum will not appear in Bond 23.

Craig was asked if he would be “doing this for a few more years?” / “Ask her,” said the Bond star, pointing at producer Barbara Broccoli. Cubby’s famed daughter answered, “yes, definitely.”

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MI6 announces live blog coverage of Bond 23 press conference

Unfortunately we won’t be available to report live on the scene from the forthcoming James Bond 23 press conference but as ever the British Bond site MI6 is offering what looks to be great coverage of the Bond nerd event of the year.

Take a look at MI6 live blog who will be updating with news and views from the events in central London on 3rd November at 11:45AM GMT.

Don’t worry! We will of course to be on the ball with a full summary of the press conference happenings, if, like us, you are unable to tune in live.

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James Bond 23 launch press conference to be staged on November 3rd @ 11.45AM

The long awaited press conference to confirm principal photography on James Bond 23 is confirmed for Thursday November 3rd 2011.

According to MI6, the Director and “key members of the cast” will be in attendance – along with Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

Although it looks like it was intended to be a private affair, journalists and bloggers quickly spread the news via twitter.

It is likely that many casting rumors will be confirmed at the conference, and some fans are expecting a title to be announced

UPDATE: The press conference will kick off 11:45AM British Time.

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Javier Bardem self-confirmed for James Bond 23

The Spannish actor and star of No Country for Old Men, Javier Bardem, has been speaking to the media about his good-will work and whilst they were at it Nightline popped the Bond 23 question:

The journalist in a recent video interview prompted Bardem to tell us “about the next villain you are going to play, in James Bond?”

“I am very excited, my parents took me to watch the movies, and I saw all of them, and to play that is going to be fun. They chose me to play this man, but I cannot give you many details.”

Bardem’s name as been associated with the production since January when it was revealed he was offered a part… only this week can we confirm that he will star in the film.

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Duntrune Castle to feature in pyrotechnic finale for Bond 23

According to residents of the castle (in an interview carried by the BBC) Bond 23 production team will utilize Duntrune Castle in Scotland for the finale of the film.

“They are coming here at the end of February and are going to film for several days,” explains Patricia Malcolm, resident.

Malcolm went on to say: “They are using the castle – just the outside – it’s going to be used for the end of the film. I think it is meant to be James Bond’s ancestral home – he will bring all the villains here.”

“I think they are going to attack the castle from land and sea – there are going to a lot of bangs and explosions.”

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James Bond 23 press conference scheduled for November

According to the ever-reliable MI6, the Bond 23 production team have penciled in a press conference for the launch of principal photography on James Bond 23.

This also confirms the earlier suspicion that, despite media rumors to the contrary, 007 was not yet shooting at Pinewood Studios.

The event will mark the commencement of a 6-7 month shooting schedule, assuming the production team will be breaking for the Holiday season.

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British press assert that Helen McCrory has been cast in James Bond 23

According to the usually suspect Daily Mail, Helen McCrory has won a role in James Bond 23. British born McCrory is famed for playing Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter saga as well as portraying Cherie Blair in two Peter Morgan penned dramas: The Queen and The Special Relationship.

In the same article, journalist Baz Bamigboye asserts that French star Berenice Marlohe is Bond’s latest lady friend after screen-testing at Pinewood with Sam Mendes. Perhaps this is what the Guardian meant when it suggested that 007 was ‘filming’ at Pinewood already? Marlohe was rumored to have won the part back in September – what said part involves it remains to be seen.

Ben Wishaw‘s name continues to be associated with the production, although it is unclear what role he might be lined up for.

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James Bond 23 to shoot scenes at Duntrune Castle, Scotland

As well as Istanbul and probably South Africa, James Bond will be en route to his native Scotland, where Sam Mendes has recently been spied location scouting.

According to a local newspaper, Duntrune Castle is on the shooting schedule for James Bond 23.

Duntrune Castle on Poltalloch Estate near Lochgilphead in mid-Argyll was host to Mendes and team, and 007 is expected to arrive in February 2012.

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