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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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Ian Fleming Classic: ‘Casino Royale’

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Casino Royale is the first novel by the British author Ian Fleming. Published in 1953, it is the first James Bond book, and it paved the way for a further eleven novels and two short story collections by Fleming, which was followed by numerous continuation Bond novels by other authors.

The story concerns the British secret agent James Bond, gambling at the casino in Royale-les-Eaux to bankrupt Le Chiffre, the treasurer of a French union and a member of the Russian secret service. Bond is supported in his endeavours by Vesper Lynd, a member of his own service, as well as Felix Leiter of the CIA and René Mathis of the French Deuxième Bureau. Fleming used his wartime experiences as a member of the Naval Intelligence Division, and the people he met during his work, to provide plot elements; the character of Bond also reflected many of Fleming’s personal tastes. Fleming wrote the draft in early 1952 at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica while awaiting his marriage. He was initially unsure whether the work was suitable for publication, but was assured by his friend, the novelist William Plomer, that the novel had promise.

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Within the spy storyline, Casino Royale deals with themes of Britain’s position in the world, particularly the relationship with the US in light of the defections to the Soviet Union of the British traitors Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean. The book was given broadly positive reviews by critics at the time and sold out in less than a month after its UK release on 13 April 1953, although US sales upon release a year later were much slower.

Since publication Casino Royale has appeared as a comic strip in a British national newspaper, The Daily Express. It has been also adapted for the screen three times, a 1954 episode of the CBS television series Climax! with Barry Nelson as an American Bond, a 1967 film version with David Niven playing “Sir James Bond”, and a 2006 film in the Eon Productions film series starring Daniel Craig as James Bond. Read the rest of this entry »


‘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.

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[VIDEO] BBC America’s “Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond”

I saw the pilot, it’s a promising series. Good cast, great premise. Good acting, period details. If you’ve not seen it yet, check it out, the first two episodes are still repeating on BBC America

BBC AMERICA’s Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond takes a no holds barred look at Ian Fleming, the man behind the 007 legend whose real life was as exciting, eventful and sexually charged as his famous creation.

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There’s no questioning the iconic status of the man they call 007, but before his thrilling adventures hit the page or screen, they were experienced first-hand by author-to-be, Ian Fleming. Stylish and explosive – Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond tells the fascinating story of the man whose own life and escapades were the inspiration for one of the most iconic figures in modern literature – James Bond. The new original four-part drama stars Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Fleming, a charming and sophisticated maverick, whose pleasure-seeking life was turned around by WWII and led to the creation of the greatest spy the world has ever known. Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bondpremieres Wednesday, January 29, 10:00pm ET/PT as part of BBC AMERICA’s Dramaville.

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