Albert Finney, one of the true legends of British cinema, is joining the cast of Bond 23 according to the Daily Mail.
By Lee Pfeiffer
For Bond fans who have been clamoring for a return to substance over the endless action sequences of Quantum Of Solace, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have obviously been listening. Not only is Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty) directing but he's brought the most prestigious cast in memory on board, with Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes and Javiar Bardem already signed. Now the Daily Mail reports that the cast and crew were at a script reading at Pinewood Studios when Mendes announced that the legendary Albert Finney will also be in the cast. Finney's role will be more than window dressing- he will be playing M's boss. As a fan of the Bond franchise since age 8 in 1964, I've learned when advance news about the next film merits enthusiasm or cringe-inducing fear. The latter was experienced when it was announced way back in '74 that the character of Sheriff Pepper was returning in The Man With The Golden Gun. You instantly knew that the film would be a wreck even before you saw a single sequence. Conversely, the good news regarding Bond 23 just keeps getting better. I think we have the ingredients to rival the excitement that was accorded Casino Royale. Click here for more
Cinema Retro has received the following official press release from the National Motor Museum and Eon Productions:
London, October 2011. The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu and EON
Productions are proud to announce that Bond
in Motion, the exclusive official exhibition of 50 original James Bond
vehicles, will be unveiled to the public on 18th January 2012.
The exhibition, the largest of its kind staged anywhere in the world,
will showcase 50 of the best loved and most iconic James Bond vehicles in
celebration of the 50th year of James Bond films. Bond in Motion
will run from January to December 2012 at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.
In addition, 2012 also marks the 40th
anniversary of the world-famous National Motor Museum, a fitting year to be
hosting a major new car exhibition with some of the most recognised vehicles from
the Bond films.
Bond in Motion will feature a whole range of vehicles
which have appeared in Bond films over the years including cars, boats,
motorbikes, sleds, jets and many more. This collection of iconic movie vehicles
will include the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 and the 1937 Phantom lll Rolls-Royce both
from Goldfinger, theLotus
Esprit S1 affectionately nicknamed ‘Wet Nellie’ from The Spy Who Loved Me, the Bede Acrostar jet famously flown in Octopussy, the BMW 750iL from Tomorrow Never Dies, the original
villain Parahawk featured in The World is
Not Enough and the original SFX Cello Case Ski famously navigated by
Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights.
Beaulieu’s Commercial Director, Stephen Munn said, “2012 is going to be a very exciting year for Beaulieu. After
many months of planning, the preparation of the Bond exhibition area is about
to begin and the first consignment of vehicles will be arriving in a few weeks”.
The world-famous National Motor Museum at Beaulieu has a collection of
over 250 vehicles telling the story of motoring on the roads of Britain from
the dawn of motoring to the present day.There are historic racing cars, modern rally cars
and the latest F1 machines as well as World
Land Speed Record Breakers and family cars from every motoring era. Visitors to
Beaulieu can also explore Palace House, home of the Montagu family since
1538 and 13th century Beaulieu Abbey as well as World of Top Gear. Open
every day, except Christmas Day, from 10am. For more information Tel: 01590
612345 or visit www.beaulieu.co.uk
EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled
by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with MGM, the
copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce
future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON
Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which
makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with
twenty-two films produced since 1962. Michael G Wilson and Barbara
Broccoli took over the franchise from Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli in 1995 and
have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO
ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE.
Paul McCartney's title song was a major hit on the international charts- and scored an Oscar nomination.
Author and Cinema Retro contributor Matthew R. Bradley sets his sites on the world of 007 with a look at the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die which marked Roger Moore's debut in the series. Click here to read
Jacqueline Bisset as Miss Goodthighs graces the cover of Cinema Retro #6 which features in-depth coverage of Casino Royale. See Back Issues section to order.
By Lee Pfeiffer
The Daily Mail reports that the big budget 1967 spoof version of the James Bond novel Casino Royale, which was only moderately successful at the boxoffice, has since grossed over $120 million to date. The revenues are obviously enhanced by decades of TV broadcast fees and home video income. Peter Sellers' estate is still getting royalties because the legendary actor had negotiated an astonishing deal that would pay him 3% of the gross in perpetuity. The much-troubled production became legendary when virtually every British studio was utilized by numerous directors to bring the spoof to life. An all star cast included Sellers, Ursula Andress, David Niven, Deborah Kerr and Woody Allen. The film received mixed reviews but earned the wrath of hardcore Bond and Ian Fleming purists who complained the movie the squandered the opportunity to bring an excellent novel to the screen (a situation that was finally remedied with the 2006 release of the "serious" version of Casino Royale.) This was the only Bond novel that wasn't controlled by legendary Eon Productions producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman. Rather than bring the rights owners, producer Charles K. Feldman, in as a partner on a big screen version, they preferred to let Feldman develop his own project. The result was that the film was in theaters at the same time as Eon's official Bond movie You Only Live Twice.
For extensive coverage of the making of the 1967 Casino Royale, see Cinema Retro issue #6.
BAFTA Los Angeles have renamed their Britannia Award For Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment in honor of the legendary James Bond producer Albert R. ("Cubby") Broccoli. Pixar's John Lasseter will be the first recipient of the newly-named award at a ceremony on November 30. Not without irony is the fact that an actor who played a Bond villain- Alan Cumming of GoldenEye- will emcee the ceremonies. For more click here