Sony must be bullish on Bond...James Bond. Although Skyfall won't hit theaters until October, the studio has confirmed plans to get a new Bond film in theaters every two years. Although Daniel Craig's three picture contract expires with Skyfall, it's well known that his relationship with EON Productions has been among the best any 007 actor has enjoyed. Thus, it's expected Craig can be lured back into Bondage fairly easily. For more click here
Here's a blast from the past: America's dueling film critics, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert debating the merits of the "new" 1983 James Bond movie Octopussy. It begins about 4:40 into the segment, after they both trash a B sci-fi movie. Click here to view
Although EON is being stingy releasing information about Skyfall, some new official photos from the forthcoming James Bond film have been released, including this impressive photo of Daniel Craig atop a London rooftop. Click here to view
Author William Boyd has accepted an invitation from the Ian Fleming estate to write the next (as yet untitled) James Bond novel. Three of Boyd's books have been adapted into films that have starred 007 actors Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. Boyd was not giving any details on the project except to say it will be retro-based with the story taking place in 1969. The Ian Fleming estate has been following a policy of having prominent authors each write one Bond novel. Sebastian Faulks and Jeffrey Deaver have already written best-selling Bond thrillers. Boyd has been a Bond fan since childhood. His book will be released in 2013. For more click here
Britt Ekland in The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)
The Daily Mail takes a look at Bond girls now and then. The gallery shows that time has been kind to these ladies, from Ursula Andress to Teri Hatcher, and it seems the best way to age gracefully is to simply bed down with 007! Click here to view
The James Bond producers have been a bit more generous with the BBC than they have been with other media outlets in terms of allowing access to the set of Skyfall. Click here for a visit to the set and scenes of Daniel Craig as 007, along with an interview with the actor about his future as Bond.
Here's an ambitious April Fool's joke. The web sites for the London tabloids the Daily Express and The Sun report that Her Majesty The Queen will be teaming with Daniel Craig for a special James Bond promotional stunt for the opening of the London summer Olympics. According to the Sun, Her Majesty has granted access to Buckingham Palace to film a mini-movie that will air on opening night of the games, which will be followed by Daniel Craig parachuting into the Olympics opening ceremony. The Sun reports that Oscar winning director Danny Boyle will oversee directing the events. Before everyone gets excited, we do caution readers to remember this story has appeared on April Fool's Day. The Daily Express reports that Craig actually did film scenes at the palace in February, but they were for the new Bond film Skyfall and featured a look-a-like of Her Majesty. This is a story that contrasts substantially with the Sun's account. If all this is still being reported as fact tomorrow, maybe we'll be convinced there might be a tiny grain of truth to the notion that perhaps something was filmed inside the Palace, but for now it appears to be an elaborate April Fool's joke, as there is NO WAY Daniel Craig is parachuting into the Olympics! For the Daily Express report, click here. For The Sun's report click here
UPDATE: Well. it's April 2 and the mainstream British press are still reporting this story as though it is true. Until Craig confirms it, we don't believe it. If this does turn out to be an April Fool's joke, there will be a lot of discredited newspapers. Let's see what develops...