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Daniel Craig Denies A Two-Part 'James Bond' Story Arc Is Next; Calls Idea "Impossible"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 31, 2012 5:11 PM
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Here's a little bit of reality to dampen your excitement. Earlier this week it was reported that "Skyfall" screenwriter John Logan had been hired to write a lengthy James Bond story that would take place over the course of two films, "Bond 24" and "Bond 25" essentially. Considering it's never been done before and the idea would be ambitious for the Bond series, the appetites of many fans were whetted over the news.

Daniel Craig, John Goodman & Hugh Bonneville Join George Clooney's 'The Monuments Men,' Bill Murray & Cate Blanchett Confirmed

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 29, 2012 11:24 AM
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After a busy few years (six movies in three years, from "Up in the Air" to "The Descendants"), George Clooney's been taking things a little easier in 2012. That's not to say that he hasn't been busy: the actor wrapped Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," and is a producer on Ben Affleck's "Argo," a role which is all but certain to see him pick up an Oscar nomination in a record-breaking sixth different category (having previously got nods in Actor, Supporting Actor, Director, Adapted Screenplay and Original Screenplay). But with the former being delayed from its original berth in November to an unknown date next year, 2012 marks the first calendar year since Clooney's ascension to stardom in the early 90s that the actor hasn't appeared in a film in theaters.

Daniel Craig Wants David Fincher Back For 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel,’ But Is That Realistic?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 23, 2012 9:58 AM
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On a normal movie franchise timetable, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” series is running behind schedule. If this were Marvel for example, the sequel would have been announced as the film was entering theaters or a few months afterwards. But brooding, dark, decidedly for-adults-only material and not four-quadrant broad like most ideal tentpoles, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” is not your average would-be franchise. To boot, according to MGM’s math, the film posted a financial loss after all was said and done (even though the film made $232 million worldwide, its shooting, post-production and promotional budget apparently exceeded those figures).

Watch: Bond Meets Q In New 'Skyfall' Clip Plus Willow Smith Covers Adele's Theme Song & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 22, 2012 1:20 PM
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007 is officially back on screens when "Skyfall" comes out of the cold and into the multiplex internationally on Friday. And with not only a new film, but fifty years of Bond to celebrate, the promotional train continues over at MI6.

Exclusive: Sam Mendes Says He Was "Not At All" Interested In Bond At First, Took Direct Inspiration From Nolan's 'Dark Knight' Films

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 18, 2012 4:25 PM
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Sam Mendes may be a self-confessed long-time fan of the James Bond franchise, but he's known for more humanistic dramas like "American Beauty," "Road to Perdition" and "Revolutionary Road," and the director said the Bond series wasn't something that appealed to him as a filmmaker. Asked if he was interested in doing a Bond movie during an exclusive interview with The Playlist, Mendes the filmmaker said quite the contrary, "No, not at all," he admitted, and noted that his mind was changed by Daniel Craig who approached the filmmaker to see if he was interested in helming "Skyfall."

Watch: Javier Bardem Shows Off His Latest Toy To James Bond In A New Clip From 'Skyfall'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2012 4:11 PM
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"Skyfall" is hitting theaters soon which means Sony and MGM are ramping up the marketing effort, which means....more clips! Yet another brief snippet from the movie, and another moment from the trailer with a few more beats added on.

Watch: New 'Skyfall' Clip Features 007 Facing Friendly Fire Plus 2 New U.K. TV Spots

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 15, 2012 10:41 AM
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Now that the hype surrounding the release of Adele's “Skyfall” theme song has been sufficiently met, the questions shift to the Sam Mendes-directed 007 film itself, and whether Daniel Craig can pull off the 23rd installment. However, after a strong critical reaction resulted from its first press screenings, and with the official UK release next week, a tense new clip -- along with two TV spots - have arrived to erase “Quantum of Solace” from James Bond fan's memories.

Review: Sam Mendes' 007 Film 'Skyfall' Sees James Bond Back To His Best

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 12, 2012 7:00 PM
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Christopher Nolan is, famously (like many British directors), a big fan of the James Bond franchise. He said that he approached "Batman Begins" more like a Bond flick than a superhero movie, he directly nodded to one of 007's high watermarks in "Inception," and has publicly expressed interest in, at some point, directing one of the films in the franchise.

Watch: James Bond Drops His Famous Introduction In New Clip From 'Skyfall'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2012 9:41 AM
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As we noted in our examination of "Skyfall" a few days back, either Sam Mendes and co. are holding a lot back or the movie has one great action setpiece and...not much else? We're hoping for the former because so far, the numerous TV spots and various bits of advertising for the movie have mostly been the same recut footage and that one shot of Daniel Craig stylishly landing in the back of a train car while it's moving and adjusting his suit (all part of this scene). Suave. And now another snippet has landed that will be familiar for anyone who has watched a 007 flick.

Fall Movie Pros & Cons: 007's Return In 'Skyfall'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 10, 2012 10:58 AM
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With festival season finally mostly winding down (only a few days left of the NYFF...), we're spending this week and next taking a look at some of the big movies remaining under wraps for the rest of this year, reading the tea leaves to see what bodes well for the films, and what might be their potential negatives. After "Lincoln" and "Flight" earlier in the week, we're casting our eye on the next big blockbuster of the season...James Bond's return to theaters in "Skyfall."

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