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5 Things We Learned About New James Bond Film 'Skyfall' From The Latest Issue Of Empire Magazine

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 26, 2012 9:02 AM
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, the longest-running and arguably most successful (although Harry Potter might have pipped in in total gross in recent years) film series of all time. So it's appropriate that Ian Fleming's character, currently played by Daniel Craig, is returning to the screen for the first time in four years, after being mired in MGM's financial difficulties for some time.

Watch: First Video Blog For Latest James Bond Flick 'Skyfall' Arrives, Is Mostly Footage Of Sam Mendes Looking At Things

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 22, 2012 9:03 AM
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Bond is back. Again. With the MGM financial situation sorted, production on the 23rd official film to feature Ian Fleming's super spy, and the third to star Daniel Craig in the role, got underway late last year, but as ever the security around "Skyfall" has been airtight. We know the cast, which sees Craig joined by Javier Bardem as the villain, Ben Whishaw as gadget-master Q, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe and Helen McCrory, and we know a vague logline, which suggests that the plot revolves around Judi Dench's M, but not a lot besides.

First Official Image Of Daniel Craig In 'Skyfall' Suggests New James Bond Is A 'Tron' Sequel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 1, 2012 8:59 AM
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Even given the excitement around the reboot of "Casino Royale" a few years back, we can't remember the last time a James Bond film was quite as keenly anticipated as this year's 23rd installment in the franchise, "Skyfall." Not only does it mark the third time that Daniel Craig has played MI6's finest secret agent -- a somewhat belated return, after the movie was held up for over a year due to MGM's financial problems -- but thanks to the presence of Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes, and Oscar-nominated scribe John Logan ("Hugo"), the bar has been raised in terms of the pedigree of the series. 

Mike Newell To Direct 'On Chesil Beach'; Sam Mendes Stays On To Produce

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2011 6:06 PM
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Last year, in the midst of the MGM financial debacle that left the productions of both "Skyfall" and "The Hobbit" in doubt, director Sam Mendes was looking at another project, an adaptation of Ian McEwan's "On Chesil Beach." Granted, getting the picture mounted seemed to difficult as financing was never quite there, but there was a glimmer of hope when StudioCanal begin sniffing around the film after Focus Features dropped it. And then...everything went quiet. Well, with "Skyfall" now in front of cameras, Mendes will be too busy to take it on, but another helmer has stepped in to take his place.

Sam Mendes' James Bond Film Officially Titled 'Skyfall,' Movie Is A Stand-Alone Story

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 3, 2011 12:33 PM
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First Synopsis Suggest That Judi Dench's M Will Be Front-And-CenterUpdate: The official Bond twitter account, @007, have revealed the first synopsis for the project, which reads: "Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost." It certainly backs up the idea that it's a stand-alone tale, and suggests a bigger role for Dench, as Bond's superior M, than ever before. Intriguing stuff...

Albert Finney Goes From Bourne To Sam Mendes' 'James Bond 23'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 28, 2011 11:53 AM
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When it was announced that Oscar-winner Sam Mendes, a man best known for prestige pictures like "American Beauty" and "Revolutionary Road," would be directing the new James Bond film, it was generally seen as something of a curveball. And if anyone was expecting business as usual for the franchise (especially after the poorly-received "Quantum of Solace"), they were mistaken. While previous entries have been made up of acclaimed, but relatively small names like Mads Mikkelsen and Mathieu Amalric, Mendes has stacked his deck with a host of award winners.

Nora Ephron Directing Sam Mendes-Produced Time Travel TV Adaptation 'Lost In Austen'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 11, 2011 1:14 AM
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Yes, It's Another Version Of 'Pride & Prejudice'It's easy to dump on Nora Ephron. And in many ways, justified, certainly to anyone who's had to sit through "Mixed Nuts," or "Michael," or "Lucky Numbers" or "Bewitched." But she did, of course, write the stone-cold classic "When Harry Met Sally," and, maybe it only feels that way because so many of those who've been influenced by her have botched the rom-com genre so badly, but when she gets it even half-right, as in "Sleepless in Seattle," "You've Got Mail" or "Julie and Julia," there are few who can do what she does as well as she does it.

Is 'Skyfall' The Name Of Sam Mendes' James Bond Film?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 6, 2011 1:03 AM
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Considering it's had an unusually tortured journey to the screen for a big franchise picture, thanks to the financial problems of MGM, it's not entirely surprising that details are relatively thin for the twenty-third James Bond film, the third to star Daniel Craig as the suave secret agent. Oscar-winner Sam Mendes has been attached to direct for close to two years now, we've known that for certain. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who've penned the first draft of every Bond script since "The World Is Not Enough," again did the groundwork, before Peter Morgan, John Logan and most recently "Notes on a Scandal" scribe Patrick Marber, came on for a polish. And it's a given that the plot will continue, or possibly cap off, Bond's pursuit of Quantum, the secret organization behind the events of "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace."

Naomie Harris Will Play Moneypenny In 'Bond 23,' Javier Bardem & Ralph Fiennes Locked In

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 8, 2011 11:34 AM
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For the most part, the Daniel Craig-era of Bond has left behind many of the franchise's most familiar tropes; aside from Judi Dench as MI6 head honcho M, and the CIA agent Felix Leiter played by Jeffrey Wright, it's a been a fresh start: no Q, no Blofeld, no SPECTRE, no gadgets. It worked out nicely in "Casino Royale," not so well in "Quantum of Solace," and now it appears that at least one classic Ian Fleming-created character is going to appear in the latest, Sam Mendes-directed entry in the series, currently known only as "Bond 23."

Sony Close To Bringing 'Bond 23' Back Into The Fold; MGM Get A Piece Of 'Dragon Tattoo' In Return

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 8, 2011 1:56 AM
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Freida Pinto Bond Girl Rumors Persist We were as pleasantly surprised as anyone when 2006's "Casino Royale" turned out to not only be a thoroughly successful reboot of the James Bond franchise for the modern era, but also the best Bond movie since the Connery era. By the same token, we were as disappointed as anyone when quickie follow-up "Quantum of Solace" proved to be as bad as the worst Brosnan entries, let down by a writer's strike-afflicted script and poor direction from Marc Forster.

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