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James Bond 23: Mendes' Skyfall Starts Shooting, Craig Joined by Finney, Bardem, Fiennes UPDATED

At a press conference in London’s Whitehall district Thursday, director Sam Mendes confirmed the swirls of rumors surrounding Bond 23, from the new title to casting. Matt Mueller was there.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • November 3, 2011 5:11 AM
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Brand New Spy and Cult Classic Alias Play Spy Game--by Different Rules

In this week’s “Now and Then” column, Matt Brennan takes a look at two players in the small-screen spy game, the new Sky 1/Hulu comedy Spy and J.J. Abrams breakout cult hit, Alias.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 31, 2011 3:45 AM
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BAFTA Renames Britannia Award for James Bond Producer Cubby Broccoli; John Lasseter First Recipient

BAFTA Los Angeles is changing the name of its Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment in honor of Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli (new name: Cubby Broccoli Britannia Award), the producer of the James Bond franchise. The first award to hold his name will be presented to Pixar's John Lasseter at the 2011 BAFTA Awards on November 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, to be hosted by Alan Cumming (they will air on TV Guide Network December 4).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2011 6:00 AM
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007 Watch: James Bond Might Land French Bond Girl; Idris Elba Wants a Chance At Playing 007

French ingenue Bérénice Marlohe is the latest rumored Bond Girl for Sam Mendes' Bond 23 (photo below). Also rumored to be in the hunt for the coveted role are Freida Pinto and Olivia Wilde. Marlohe would join Daniel Craig, Judi Dench as "M," and Naomi Harris as Miss Moneypenny; Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes are expected to finalize negotiations to become the next Bond Villains soon. MGM's still untitled Bond 23, written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan with a score by David Arnold, is set to start filming in Istanbul, reports MI6, in November for stateside release by Sony on November 9, 2012.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 30, 2011 5:09 AM
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007 News: James Bond/Daniel Craig, The Face of Indian Railways; Adele to Record Bond Theme?

Daniel Craig, the James Bond du jour, might trade in his Aston Martin and other fancy wheels for a set of decrepit railway tracks. Daniel Craig is likely to sign on as the official Ambassador of Indian Railways, said Dinesh Trivedi, India’s railways minister. James Bond 23, the newest 007 film, directed by Sam Mendes, will film in India. The new Bond installment features an important sequence on the rails, which required many meetings with ministry officials to obtain permission. As WSJ reports, there needed to be a tradeoff, and Craig’s face on the train, or at least in a television ad, might seal the deal. The Indian railway is less than high-tech, and Trivedi hopes that Craig’s presence will give the train company an image boost.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 6, 2011 7:56 AM
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Sam Mendes Will Shoot New James Bond Film in India

The Indian government has approved director Sam Mendes to film the latest James Bond feature in locations including Delhi, Goa and close to Ahmedabad, reports THR. The scene in Delhi, India's capital, is rumored to take place among the crowded bazaar Daryaganj and the famed flea market Sarojini Nagar. The Times of India reported that these areas were approved, excepting some railways because of concerns about security, but the Bond production team is talking with the Railway Ministry, because clearly Bond needs an action sequence on the rails.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 31, 2011 3:32 AM
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Internet Movie Cars Database: A Ticket to Ride, from James Bond to Batman

An iconic set of wheels can be the perfect prop in a film: the right car reveals personality as well as a speedy cut to the chase. And jaw-dropping car design can add just the right tone--from the sexy masculinity of James Bond's Aston Martins and the fantasy futurism of the latest Bat vehicles to the adrenaline rush of the Formula 1 race-car documentary Senna.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 12, 2011 8:46 AM
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EW Cover Sells When Bond Met Indy, Not Cowboys & Aliens

"When Bond Met Indy" is a headline to woo any fan of movies, Hollywood icons, or handsome men. That's what EW's cover story sells with a joint profile of Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • July 21, 2011 7:20 AM
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Javier Bardem Confirms He Is Bond 23 Villain, Still Hope for Ralph Fiennes

UPDATE: Javier Bardem confirms he will play the villain in Bond 23 (the title is rumored to be Skyfall), telling Nightline; "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." Daniel Craig hopes that both Bardem and Ralph Fiennes will be in the film. So do we.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 11, 2011 5:44 AM
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Amy Winehouse Still Tops Bond Composer David Arnold’s 007 Wishlist

Amy  Winehouse Still Tops Bond Composer David Arnold’s 007 Wishlist
David Arnold, who’s scored every James Bond movie since 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies, spoke to Matt Mueller shortly before a Memorial Concert in honour of legendary franchise composer John Barry at London’s Royal Albert Hall:David Arnold knows who he’d love to sing the next 007 theme tune: Amy Winehouse. The British composer is a massive fan of her jazzy vocals and spent two days with the singer when she was being courted to sing the title track to Quantum Of Solace. Winehouse’s personal problems prevented her from taking the gig but, although recent headlines suggest the substance-abuse demons haven’t gone away, Arnold feels she’d make the perfect Bond chanteuse. “She’s absolutely the real deal and the problems she has are part of that genius,” he says. “Of course, until you read the script it’s impossible to say who would be right and you’d consider any of the current great female vocalists, like Adele, Beyonce, Lady Gaga… But if Amy was in a position to be back to full fighting strength, she would be fantastic.” UPDATE: Alas, Arnold's wishes will never be. Winehouse succumbed to her demons on July 24, found dead at her London home at age 27.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • July 8, 2011 1:11 AM
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