Daniel Craig ‘Offered $150 Million to Return as James Bond’ 

But Hollywood superstar Daniel Craig is not most people.

The 007 actor, who has played the spy since 2005, has reportedly been offered the hefty sum listed above to return to the franchise for two more films. But Craig has made no secret of his reluctance to step back into the famous tuxedo.

“Daniel’s the key for a seamless, safe transition as far as Sony and Bond bosses are concerned, and they’re prepared to pay a king’s ransom to make it happen.”

“The studio is desperate to secure the actor’s services while they phase in a younger long-term successor,” a source told the celebrity news website Radar.

The source also suggested that by playing coy – remember when he told an interviewer he’d rather “slash his wrists” than immediately return to Bond? – Craig has only upped his perceived value.

He’s essentially made himself into the man too cool to play Bond.

An article published by Ta Kung Pao this week used a photo of James Bond actor Daniel Craig to illustrate what it described as the widespread presence of M16 agents in Hong Kong. Associated Press

“The studio is desperate to secure the actor’s services while they phase in a younger long-term successor.”

“Everyone knows how much executives adore him, and the idea of losing him at such a crucial time in the franchise isn’t an option as far as all the studio honchos are concerned,” said the source, who added that Craig “has played a genius hand.” Read the rest of this entry »


Matt Bevin Elected Governor of Kentucky, Only the 2nd Republican Governor in 4 Decades

Matt Bevin of Louisville, Ky., waits to speak during the 133rd Annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. Bevin, a Louisville businessman, will face off against Sen. Mitch McConnell in the primary election for the Republican party ticket. (AP Photo/Stephen Lance Dennee)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) UPDATED at 8:09: Matt Bevin elected governor of Kentucky, only the 2nd Republican governor in four decades.

The campaign for Kentucky governor concludes Tuesday as voters elect someone to replace a two-term Democrat in a race that has turned on health insurance for 500,000 people, marriage licenses for same-sex couples and public education for preschool children.

Republican Matt Bevin, Democrat Jack Conway and Independent Drew Curtis have contrasted sharply in a race watched closely for its proximity to the 2016 presidential election and for its competitiveness in one of the nation’s last two-party states.

The two major-party candidates and their allies have spent more than $14 million to air more than 41,000 TV ads in Kentucky, according to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity. That does not include direct mail or ads on radio or local cable systems.

The governor’s race is considered to be one of the top tickets in the country. The race was featured Tuesday in the New York Times. The paper said the victor will largely be determined by who actually goes to the polls. There are more registered Democrats than Republicans in Kentucky, so Bevin could “eke out” a victory if he persuaded enough Christian conservatives to go to the polls. Read the rest of this entry »


Japanese Movie Poster: ‘From Russia with Love‘, Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, 1964

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From Russia with Love (United Artists, 1964).

Japanese B2 (20″ X 29″). James Bond. Starring Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi


This Is How You Can See the New Bond Movie Every Day It’s in Theaters


Regal Cinemas is offering a “Spectre Ultimate Ticket” that will give you access to see the 24th James Bond movie once a day every day it’s out in theaters.

This is the “first-of-its-kind anodized steel collectible card,” and it will be laser etched with the Spectre symbol and personalized with the ticket holder’s name. There are only 1,000 units available and they each cost $100.

The movie is due for release on Nov. 6, and the program expires 7 months later on June 6, 2016. The movie will likely only be out in theaters for 3 t0 5 months….(read more)

Source: TIME


Daniel Craig Done With James Bond Films?

The next James Bond film might be Daniel Craig’s last. In an interview with Esquire, the actor who has played the agent four times said he might be leaving the franchise behind.

Source: The Daily Caller


[VIDEO] First Full ‘Spectre’ Trailer HD

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[VIDEO] New ‘Spectre’ Teaser Offers Bond Girls, Cars on Fire, Christoph Waltz in Shadows

Those tuning in for the NBA Final saw a different kind of warrior on Tuesday night.

James Bond (Daniel Craig) made a brief, if effective appearance, as the new one-minute long teaser for Spectre aired. It was the first glimpse of new footage since the initial trailer debuted back in March. And from the look of things, life isn’t going so well for 007 in his 24th film.

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The teaser lets other character describe Bond’s current state of mind: “You’re a kite dancing in a hurricane,” says one man, while Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) says, “You’ve got a secret, something you can’t tell anyone because you don’t trust anyone.”

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James Bond: Official Spectre Teaser Poster

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The 24th James Bond film, directed by Sam Mendes, stars Daniel Craig reprising his role as agent 007. The movie also features Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw and Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman, whose addition to the cast was announced last week.

While many of the film’s details remain secret, Sony gave fans a sneak peek last month by releasing the first footage from Spectre‘s set in the Austrian mountains:

Spectre will hit theaters on Nov. 6….(read more)

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[VIDEO] James Bond on Top of the World in First Behind-the-Scenes Footage of SPECTRE

The first behind the scenes footage from the Austrian set of SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig, plus Léa SeydouxDave Bautista and director Sam Mendes.

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SPECTRE will be released on November 6, 2015

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From Deadline Hollywood:

Daniel Craig is back as superspy James Bond in Spectre with the first pic of 007i n action just released along with early behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot in Austria. In the video above, associate producer Craig Wilson says they’re filming one of the major action sequences in the Austrian Alps which will be “a jewel in the crown, so to speak” for the Sam Mendes-directed 24th Bond movie.

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‘Spectre:’ Aston Martin to Provide Hero Car in a 12th James Bond Movie

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Spectre” will be Craig’s fourth film as Bond, following “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Skyfall.” He has driven an Aston Martin in all of them.

James Bond has no plans to give up the keys to an Aston Martin anytime soon.

In what’s become the longest relationship between an automaker and a film franchise, Aston Martin will serve as 007’s preferred vehicle of choice in “Spectre,” the 24th film in the spy series.

The Sam Mendes-directed film will mark the 12th time Bond has driven an Aston Martin in the franchise throughout the company’s 50-year relationship with the films.

[See More:Bond 24 Titled ‘Spectre,’ New Cast Members Revealed – Christoph Waltz, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, Andrew Scott, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomi Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear…]

The British sports car maker on Thursday unveiled the DB10 that will appear in “Spectre” when the movie rolls into theaters on Nov. 6, 2015.

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What’s unique about the vehicle is that Aston Martin’s design and engineering teams worked closely with EON Prods, which produces the Bond films and Mendes to design the DB10 specifically for “Spectre.”

Only ten DB10s will be built, according to Aston Martin.

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In the past, the Bond series has featured cars that moviegoers could then purchase at dealerships, with the films helping promote the venerable brand throughout the years. Aston Martin isn’t known for having a sizable marketing budget, given that it doesn’t sell a large number of cars each year. One reason is price: The 2014 DB9 is $183,700.

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Instead, it’s sought out high-profile appearances in films as a way to boost its profile. And film productions like the Bond series are only happy to have a high-end halo car to associate its characters with — especially if they’re being custom-built for their film.

Aston Martin sold 3,800 units in 2012, and 4,200 in 2011. “Skyfall,” which prominently featured the DB5 from “Goldfinger,” was released in 2013, becoming the franchise’s highest-grossing sequel, earning $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office.

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Aston Martin sees “Spectre” as a way to promote the direction it’s going with its future lineup of vehicles, led by the company’s chief creative officer Marek Reichman.

Naturally, it’s already started to promote its tie-in with “Spectre” on social media channels. Read the rest of this entry »


24th James Bond Movie Starts Shooting Dec. 6

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Sam Mendes will begin filming the 24th James Bond film on Dec. 6, with the main cast members meeting for a table read that date at Pinewood Studios.51QKuIcbSFL._SL75_

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First reported by The British website MI6, and here by Variety, we learn that Daniel Craig will return as the iconic British spy for his fourth Bond movie. Also reprising their roles will be Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Rory Kinnear as Bill 41LhtATaDjL._SL250_Tanner and Ben Whishaw as Q.

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Mendes, who directed the last Bond pic,”Skyfall,” is helming from a script by John Logan that was rewritten by the team of Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Read the rest of this entry »


Hong Kong Riddled With British Spies, Reports Say

An article published by Ta Kung Pao this week used a photo of James Bond actor Daniel Craig to illustrate what it described as the widespread presence of M16 agents in Hong Kong.  Associated Press

An article published by Ta Kung Pao this week used a photo of James Bond actor Daniel Craig to illustrate what it described as the widespread presence of M16 agents in Hong Kong. Associated Press

Hong Kong might not be a British colony anymore, but James Bond’s compatriots are still roaming its streets.

That’s according to pro-Beijing newspapers Wen Wei Po and Ta Kung Pao, which this week accused the U.K. of harboring British intelligence agents installed (in Chinese) across the city’s government, judiciary, chambers of commerce and the media, headquartered at the local British consulate-general.

“Not only did the activities of the British intelligence agency not stop after the handover, on the controversy, they increased,” Ta Kung Pao’s report ran. Read the rest of this entry »


Bond is Back: Skyfall Opens Big in England

(AP) ‘Skyfall’ opens with sky-high box office

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James Bond rules the box office – though he has failed to dethrone Harry Potter.

Producers say the new Bond adventure, “Skyfall,” has had the second-biggest opening weekend in British movie history, taking 20.1 million pounds ($32 million) at the U.K. box office.

That is the biggest opening weekend for any of the 23 Bond films, and ranks just behind last year’s final Potter movie, “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” which took 23 million pounds in its first weekend in Britain.

“Skyfall” opened this weekend in 25 global markets, taking in a total of $77.7 million between Friday and Sunday.

The film, which stars Daniel Craig as agent 007 and Javier Bardem as a villain bent on revenge, opens in the United States on Nov. 9.

via Bond is Back – BigHollywood.com