More on the Boyle-Bond connection

After yesterday’s Breaking News, in which Baz Bamigboye gave us his confirmation that Boyle will indeed be the next Bond director, more news are coming in.

The same Bamigboye is quoting two unnamed sources that add some points to the Boyle news.

First one says that Boyle and long time writing partner Hodge came in some weeks ago to have a talk about an idea they’ve had for Bond 25. Apparently, the two didn’t have much faith in the outcome of the meeting, but unexpectedly both Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson were fascinated by It.

But more than this it seems that the most excited by the idea was Daniel Craig himself.

He and the Trainspotting director meet each other from a long time, having worked togheter during 2012 Summer to create the small movie, along with the Queen and the corgies, that served for the opening cerimony.

And, according to the second source, Boyle idea for the movie goes all the way back to that moment and, to quote the source, “It’s pure gold”

Now we only have to wait that Hodge completes the screenplay and that Boyle finishes his current projects.

Than, we will have announcement.

MGM to partner with Annapurna in US distribution

Today, in a not very surprising move (things were roumored around for a while now) MGM and Annapurna announced a deal in US movie distribution.

On MGM site the announcement says:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Annapurna Pictures (Annapurna) have formed a new joint venture for theatrical distribution in the U.S., it was announced today by Gary Barber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and Megan Ellison, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Annapurna Pictures.

The move marks the return to U.S. theatrical distribution for MGM, and the continued expansion of Annapurna, who launched their marketing and distribution arm earlier this year. While Annapurna and MGM will share funding for the joint venture’s operations, each studio will retain creative control over their individual projects. The marketing and distribution team established at Annapurna will facilitate campaigns for all MGM titles, which will be distributed under the MGM banner. Annapurna produced films will continue to be distributed under Annapurna’s already established label.

But what does this mean for Bond? Well, even if the announcement itself invites to calm down on Bond (Worldwide distribution plans for the 25th installment of the long-running James Bond franchise, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, will be announced at a later date.) we all know that this means that MGM is going to return to distribute the movie by itself (well, sort of).

This opens to a wide variety of thoughts: while this deal means that MGM will have a quite total control all over the movie creativity stage, with no more interference regarding the choices of directors, actors, but most important, of, for example, the brands of the piece of equipment the Spy and his teammates are going to use (we explored all the scenarios here), and we all know, by the news, that reportedly Sony wasn’t considered exactly the best option for technology by some of the parts involved, prior to SPECTRE.

It is not all sunshine and puppy dogs, tough. While the studio will have total creative control, a huge amount of money that came from the distributor will be missed. At this point, there are two possibilities: MGM will decrease the budget, and go (relatively) low cost or, and that is the option I’d bet my money on, will put its own money, betting on an (another) huge success to start the next chapter without Craig with a load of cash to use.

This announcement will also impact the director choice. While Villenevue has heavily hinted that the job has been offered to him, but due to some other projects constraint he was still reluctant to accept, now Kathryn Bigelow, Award winning director, linked to the company, could jump in as a front runner.

What we can do at the moment is speculate and wait. We’ll keep you posted

‘The Roger Moore Stage’ Unveiled at Pinewood Studios

The Roger Moore Stage
© Pinewood Studios

On what would have been Sir Roger Moore’s 90th birthday weekend, the studio he called home for over 40 productions has today unveiled ‘The Roger Moore Stage’ in his honour.

HRH The Countess of Wessex opened the stage, and led the afternoon celebration of 300 cast, crew, family and friends.

On-stage tributes came from Dame Joan Collins, Sir Michael Caine, Bond producers Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli and, on behalf of UNICEF, David Walliams. Featuring live music from the Julian Rachlin Quartet and Q The Music, several of the star’s film vehicles adorned the stately studio gardens – including the submarine Lotus Esprit from ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, the Volvo P1800 from ‘The Saint’ and the Aston Martin DBS from ‘The Persuaders’ – as a capacity crowd – including Stefanie Powers, Stephen Fry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Lord Grade of Yarmouth, Sir Tim Rive along with Bond girls Madeline Smith (‘Live and Let Die’), Gloria Hendry (‘Live and Let Die’) and Lynn-Holly Johnson (‘For Your Eyes Only’) – enjoyed a post ceremony afternoon tea.

Lasy Moore and the stars three children paid an emotional end tribute, saying just how proud Roger would be to see his name dominate the Pinewood lot.

Source: Sir Roger Moore.

Production Designer Dennis Gasner to Return for Bond 25

In an interview with ICG Magazine, production designer Dennis Gasner confirmed his return for Bond 25.

With franchises,” Gassner adds, “you have to honor the established elements while meeting audience expectations. I’m about to do my fourth James Bond film, and acknowledging the efforts of Ken Adam and others is a big part. But we still need to make it new for ourselves, and on 2049, that meant expanding the poetry that Denis brought.

007 Themed Zippo Lighter Collection Announced

James Bond themed Zippo Lighter Collection

Zippo has partnered with EON Productions to unveil a specially-designed 007 collection of windproof lighters.

The first lighter collection features the classic James Bond gun barrel, the 007 logo as well as movie poster designs from DR. NO and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE. Additionally, a wider Zippo collection dedicated to classic James Bond poster art is in development and slated to launch in time for Christmas 2017 in selected markets.

Press Release: 007.com

Denis Villeneuve is Daniel Craig’s Pick for Bond 25 Director

The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye reports that Denis Villeneuve is Daniel Craig’s preferred director for Bond 25.

The director of such acclaimed films as ‘Sicario’ and ‘Arrival’ is reported to have “spoken with Craig and Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson about making what is currently known simply as Bond 25.

Given the series recent efforts to give “Bond Girls” more power, Bamigboye notes that part of Villeneuve’s appeal may be that he “considers women deeply in his films” and “there’s nothing superficial about his female characters

007 ELEMENTS: A James Bond Cinematic Installation

007 Elements Cinemastic Experience at Soloden

007 ELEMENTS is the new James Bond cinematic installation opening this winter built inside the summit of the Gaislachkogl Mountain in Sölden. The name 007 ELEMENTS reflects the visitor’s journey through a series of galleries, each distilling the craft of the signature elements that define a James Bond film. The installation will focus on SPECTRE, which was shot in Sölden, but will also feature other titles in the James Bond franchise.

The collaboration between the project’s Creative Director Neal Callow (Art Director on CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, SKYFALL and SPECTRE) and Optimist Inc. Head of Design Tino Schaedler and his team has resulted in an immersive, interactive, and educational experience that places visitors inside the world of 007 while revealing how that world is made.

“Our aim with 007 ELEMENTS is to tell the narrative of the Bond story in an emotional and engaging way”, said Callow. “We want to use this incredible location to place our guests into Bond’s environment, and bring the stories to life in a unique and unforgettable way.”

Located 3,050 meters above sea level, the 1,300 square meter building has been constructed within the mountain and is arranged over two levels. Blending seamlessly with its surroundings, the impressive structure reveals itself through a tunnel and unfolds into two main areas offering spectacular views of the Tyrolean valleys.

The bespoke new building to house the installation was designed and is currently being constructed by Obermoser Architects. Tyrolean architect Johann Obermoser and his team have been planning and realising award-winning commercial and residential buildings since 1983 including the spectacular ice Q restaurant on the summit of the Gaislachkogl and the Gaislachkogelbahn and Giggijochbahn cable car stations in Sölden.

Combining state-of-the-art technology with stark contemporary architecture, 007 ELEMENTS creates a captivating experience with a dramatic cinematic soundscape set in nature’s awe-inspiring surroundings.

Press Release: 007.com

Vintage UK to Release New Ian Fleming 007 Hardbacks

Ian Fleming James Bond 007 Hardbacks

IanFleming.com today announced that Vintage UK will be publish new hardback editions of ‘Casino Royale’, ‘Live and Let Die’ and ‘Goldfinger’.

Each edition features a new introduction by screenwriter, author and documentary filmmaker John Cork, and new cover and endpaper designs by Budapest-based graphic designer and illustrator Levente Szabo.

The new hardbacks will be available in UK bookstores from 2nd November, 2017 and are priced at £12.99.

Daniel Craig confirms he will return!

Last night, on the The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Daniel Craig confirmed he will indeed return as James Bond, for one last time, and he “couldn’t be happier”.

All days Craig was answering interviews by saying nothing was decided yet, but once Colbert asked him, he said that he was saving the real answer for the show, and apologising for the lie, he confirmed his reprise of the role.

You can see the video here:

Also EON confirmed with an official statement about an hour ago

“Daniel Craig will return as 007 in Bond 25. The actor confirmed he would play James Bond for the fifth time to host Stephen Colbert on The Late Show. Bond 25 will be released in US cinemas on November 8, 2019 with a traditional early release in the UK and the rest of the world.”

Is an italian director in the mix to direct Bond 25?

Italian newspaper “Il Messaggero” reported today that italian director Paolo Sorrentino could be in the mix to direct the new untitled Bond installment, set to be released in North America the 8th of November 2019.

Oscar winning Sorrentino is currently set to film the second season of the critically aclaimed tv series “The Young Pope”, well, sort of: HBO recently announced that they are going to produce a limited series called “New Pope”, making it higlhy unlikely for tv series star Jude Law.

Now Sorrentino seems to be in the mix to direct Bond 25, the day Yann Demange has reportedly been spooted at EON headquarter, making his nomination more likely. Sorrentino in the past said he would have been interested in directing a Bond movie.

Source:ilmessaggero.it