Archive for department: "Actors"

Ralph Fiennes says Bond 24 starts shooting in October

The British actor hired to replace Dame Judi Dench as “M” in the Bond films says that he is expecting shooting to start on the new 007 adventure, currently dubbed Bond 24, in October 2014. The film is scheduled for a release in late 2015. Skyfall started production 11 months before its release date, with filming starting in November 2011 and its premiere held in London in October 2012.

As well as letting slip the shooting schedule, Fiennes tells MTV that he is in the dark about the plotting:

“I haven’t read a script yet, so I can’t tell you much. They’d probably swear me to secrecy anyway.”

Sam Mendes, director, and John Logan, screenwriter, return for their second consecutive Bond film.

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Moneypenny and Tanner talk about their responsibilities to future 007

Naomie Harris tells the press in this short video interview that she was brought onto the James Bond franchise with a mandate to “reinvent” the character of Miss Moneypenny, being sure to be strong presence in Bond’s life.

Rory Kinnear whose played Tanner to Judi Dench’s ‘M’ in the Craig era jokes that he keeps having the characters killed off and he will eventually be playing M, or even Bond!

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Unused Kincade poster revealed

The nature of Albert Finney’s role in Skyfall was just one of the many closely guarded secrets whilst the 23rd Bond film was in production. It took months before we got our first unofficial look at Kincade, the Skyfall groundskeeper who aids 007 in his final assault against Silva.

It is quite understandable that the legendary British actor, Finney, was not a major part of the promotion. Nevertheless, artists behind the Skyfall promotional campaign prepared a poster of the fine old gentleman, which has recently been released online.

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Mendes considered casting Connery in “Skyfall”

One of the early and usually unfounded rumors to circulate about Skyfall (then just “Bond 23″) was that the old Bond actors would be back for cameos. Of course, non of this eventuated… But, director Sam Mendes has recently revealed that he did consider asking Connery to cameo in the film, possibly in the role that was ultimately filled by Albert Finney.

He told the Huffington Post:

You brought back a lot of nostalgia. There’s a scene in Scotland with Albert Finney. Was there any thought of approaching Sean Connery for that role?
There was a definite discussion about that — way, way early on. But I think that’s problematic. Because, to me, it becomes too … it would take you out of the movie. Connery is Bond and he’s not going to come back as another character. It’s like, he’s been there. So, it was a very brief flirtation with that thought, but it was never going to happen, because I thought it would distract.

Obviously this wasn’t taken too seriously, as Barbara Broccoli (and if we recall correctly, Mendes has echoed this sentiment) has said, several times, that they got their ‘dream cast’ and that people they asked to take part in Skyfall were cast in the film.

If and when you see the film, let us know if you think Connery would be a good substitute for Finney?

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Stars on the red carpet at the Royal World Premiere, London

Late last month the stars of Skyfall walked the red carpet to promote the 007 adventure that is getting rave reviews in the UK and breaking box office records all over Europe. Take a look at how the stars turned out for the special night in these photos:

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New “Q” promotional banner

British newcomer Ben Whishaw will be playing “Q” in Skyfall (also known for The Hour and the Hollow Crown). A new banner promoting the film is now available online and features Whishaw as the MI6 Quartermaster. It is the first time that Q Branch will feature in a Craig film. Thus far in his tenure, gadgets have been scarce.

 

 

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New set of “Skyfall” stills revealed via Tom Ford

Almost too easy to overlook, new stills for Skyfall have been released in Asia.

They celebrate Bond’s suits in Skyfall, and if CommanderBond.net and MI6 writers can be believed, were released via Tom Ford, Bond’s tailor for the 23rd Bond film.

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Daniel Craig had a hand in wooing Mendes to direct “Skyfall”

In a new interview with UK’s Esquire magazine, Bond star Daniel Craig relates a funny story about how thespian turned action-adventure director of Skyfall, Sam Mende, landed the directorial duties of this film.

“It’s a very showbizzy story. I was at Hugh Jackman’s house in New York. It was a soiree – we were in a play together – and Sam [film and theatre director Sam Mendes] was there. I’d had a few too many drinks and I went, ‘How do you fancy directing a Bond?’ And he kind of looked at me, and he went, ‘Yeah!’ And it snowballed from there.”

In the same interview Craig also revealed how he gets personally, emotively involved in the production of the Bond adventures:

“Bond movies live or die on their popularity. They force you to care about what people think. And I’m involved [in the films] on a very deep level. I have it in my mind all the time…So there’s that kind of pressure, and that’s an enemy in any art form, acting especially.”

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First official still of Javier Bardem as Silva

With the launch of the new trailer, some new pictures are circulating the internet. One of these shows us our first official look at Javier Bardem’s character. Little is known about his motivations but it is clear he is behind the stolen agent identities and has a grudge against the incumbent “M”. Take a look below:

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Mendes reveals Bond/Severine shower scene

Bond will be romancing the enigmatic Severine in a steamy Skyfall shower sequence.

Director Sam Mendes let the ‘spoiler’ slip in his recent interview with GQ, which also features the new Bond girl, Berenice Marlohe, on the cover.

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