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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 »

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Japanese Movie Poster: ‘Thunderball’, 1965

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Bond-Loving Billionaires and their Toys

Robert Frank Any average millionaire can buy the Omega Seamaster 300 worn by Daniel Craig in the new James Bond movie, “Spectre.”

“Take Elon Musk. When he was a kid, the billionaire Tesla chief watched “The Spy Who Loved Me,” the 1977 flick starring Roger Moore as James Bond. Musk has said he was amazed by the Lotus Espirit sports car that turned into a submarine.”

But only a multimillionaire or billionaire can afford the original Aston Martin DB5 used in “Goldfinger,” valued at a minimum $5 million.

Memorabilia and super toys based on the Bond franchise have become increasingly popular with today’s rich, many of whom grew up watching the movies.

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“So when one of the cars used in the film came up for auction in 2013, he bought it for just under $1 million. When Musk discovered that it didn’t actually function as a car, he said he would install a Tesla powertrain to make it work as a true submarine car.”

While many of the spy’s accessories — from his martinis and suits to his watches and sunglasses — are affordable, billionaires have the money to fund much bigger Bond fantasies.

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Take Elon Musk. When he was a kid, the billionaire Tesla chief watched “The Spy Who Loved Me,” the 1977 flick starring Roger Moore as James Bond. Musk has said he was amazed by the Lotus Espirit sports car that turned into a submarine.

So when one of the cars used in the film came up for auction in 2013, he bought it for just under $1 million. When Musk discovered that it didn’t actually function as a car, he said he would install a Tesla powertrain to make it work as a true submarine car.

The 220-foot, $50 million "Spectre" yacht.

Source: Benetti Yachts The 220-foot, $50 million “Spectre” yacht.

But it’s the Dezer family, who own and develop real estate in Florida and other states, who have what is believed to be the largest collection of Bond cars in the world.
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Vintage Book Cover: James Bond

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[PHOTOS] ‘Bond, James Bond’: SilencerCo ‘Spectre’ Walther Summit Package

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SilencerCo® collaborated with Walther® in order to pair a Walther PPK/S and Spectre 22 for a Summit line package in anticipation of the new James Bond™ movie, titled Spectre. Packages will be available with an either black or stainless Walther PPK/S and Spectre 22 pairing, shipped together in a Q-worthy locking case.

There will be 25 Stainless packages and 25 Black Packages available.

FEATURES

  • Walther PPK/S – Black or Stainless
  • SilencerCo Spectre 22 – Black or Stainless
  • Black Metal Locking Case
  • Two Magazines

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  • Caliber: .22 LR
  • Barrel Length: 3.3″
  • Capacity: 10 rounds

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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


[VIDEO] First Full ‘Spectre’ Trailer HD

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007 Spectre Trailer 2 (2015) Daniel Craig James Bond Movie HD [Official Trailer]

 

 


[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 »


Richard Graydon, James Bond Stuntman, Dead At 92

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Richard Graydon, an intrepid stuntman who performed in ten James Bond films over a decades-long career, died December 22, The Telegraph reports. He was 92.

Graydon credited his early work as a jockey as an excellent foundation for his stunt work. His Bond run started in 1963 with From Russia With Love. In 1969, he doubled for George Lazenby tobogganing down the Cresta Run in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. In one scene he slides down on a piece of chain to a cable car dangling over an 80-foot drop.  “The only safety devices I had were two hooks in the palm of my hand attached to my safety belt. The difficulty was that ice had formed on the cable,” he recalled.

His next gig as 007 would come ten years later, again atop a cable car suspended hundreds of feet above the ground doubling for Roger…

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Sexual Warriors: How to Set a Honey Trap

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TRADECRAFT: Seductive spies aren’t simply James Bond fantasies – femmes fatales have been a key feature of espionage for centuries

goldhill_2934190aFor The Telegraph writes: The best security and military training in the world is no match for the charms of a femme fatale. Using feminine wiles to access state secrets sounds like hackneyed fiction – surely anyone with a secret worth keeping would run at the sight of a beautiful lady in red lipstick? But the oldest trick in the book never stops working, and spy agencies continue to use seduction as an effective method of espionage.

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“In America, in the West, occasionally you ask your men to stand up for their country. In Russia, we just ask our young women to lay down.”

— Oleg Kalugin, a former KGB general

Stefan Wolff, professor of international security at Birmingham University, says that few governments would consider seduction an off-limit technique. “If you’re in the spying business, any opportunity that you have to get information, you will use,” he says. “Especially given what we’ve learnt from Wikileaks and Snowden, not much is considered to be beyond the pale when it comes to key issues of national security. I would argue, maybe that’s the right approach. If you want to save lives then a honey trap is a much more palatable approach than waterboarding.”

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“I’d see a German officer on the train or somewhere, sometimes dressed in civvies, but you could pick ’em. So, instead of raising suspicions I’d flirt with them, ask for a light and say my lighter was out of fuel…. ‘Do you want to search me?’ God, what a flirtatious little bastard I was.”

— Nancy Wake, a British agent during the Second World War

National Archives have revealed that special agent “Fifi”, a stunning blonde woman, was used to test the trustworthiness of young British spies during the Second World War. And there’s no signs that the technique has gone out of fashion. But how do you set a honey trap? Here are some of the secrets of seduction gleaned from the great femme fatales of history.

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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_

[Order the 3rd Daniel Craig Bond adventure: Skyfall (Blu-ray/ DVD + Digital Copy) from Amazon.com]

Rather pointless to watch a Bond movie completely sober, dont you think? You’ll need The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond, 2nd Edition

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.

[Bloody hell, order the whole history of the franchise: Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection with Skyfall [Blu-ray] at Amazon.com]

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 »


[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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Why Britain Has Bond and America Has Bourne

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Mark Tapson  writes:  In the wake of disturbing revelations from Wikileaks and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden about widespread government spying, the British public appeared to be unruffled by a controversy that sparked heated debate in the United States. Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland says “Americans are outraged to discover they are being spied on and watched. Britons give a kind of polite shrug of the shoulders and say, ‘So what?’” What accounts for this disparity of attitudes? Apparently the answer is Bond. James Bond.

To begin with, a recent article at Public Radio International argued, the British are already much more accustomed than Americans to living under perpetual government surveillance. Nick Pickles (can that really be his name?) of Big Brother Watch estimates there are as many as four million surveillance cameras focusing their unblinking eyes on a country of just over 60 million people.

Freedland points out an even bigger difference between the two countries: unlike American populists, British society “still bears the imprint of its monarchical origins,” which means that power flows from the government to the people, not the other way around. Britons, he says, are “subjects rather than citizens,” more inclined to submit to being spied upon than Americans, who tend to strongly resent government invasion of privacy.

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Hong Kong Riddled With British Spies, Reports Say

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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