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‘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.

Craig is returning! (Adele too!)

The Mirror broke the story, Daniel Craig is set to return for another movie as the most beloved spy of Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

The British newspaper says to have sources inside the production affirming that Barbara Broccoli was able to secure the Liverpool actor at least for one more outing as James Bond, with Rachel Weisz, his wife, on board to have him away filming for one more year.

But news aren’t finished. It seems the powerful EON producer is pushing to recreate the combination Actor-Singer we had for Skyfall. She is positive to have British singer Adele to sing once again the title song.

You can find the complete Mirror article here

We will keep you informed as news come.

Purvis and Wade to write Bond 25!

It has been reported by Baz Bamigboye on his twitter account (and in this Daily Mail article that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been hired to write once more a Bond film.
Bamigboye, Daily Mail columnist, is usually very reliable when it comes to Bond movies’ news.
He also adds that Daniel Craig has still not cleared his mind on wheter he will continue his tenure as Bond or not. In the same article, Bamigboye highlights that Daniel Craig, 49, seems to be more inclined to continue, at least one more time, as the most famous british spy.

Purvis and Wade inked six Bond movies, often with other authors, and are a well oiled couple when it comes to know how to write a Bond movie. There have been several rumors in the past of disagreements between the two and Bond production in the past, maybe the most famous one when John Logan was reportedly called to adjust the Skyfall script. But they were brought back in for the next installment, SPECTRE, when the screenplay wrote by Logan seemed in need to be fixed.

So here we are, first fresh news about Bond 25, and first hints of a possible late 2018 release, with a late 2017 start for the filming.
We will see what will go on.

Happy Global James Bond Day!

As all of you will know, today is the day that marks 54 years from the release of the first installment of the most beloved her majesty’s secret service’s agent.
IN fact, the 5th of October of 1962, Dr. No was released in theaters, giving the start to the franchise we all love.
So, enjoy this day, watch a good 007 movie, and stay tuned, big news are coming, first of all with the interview Daniel Craig will have in two days. Maybe we will have some answers there!

Is Daniel Craig returning after Spectre?

…we don’t know it.

But we can analyze some facts. (SPOILER AHEAD- Do not read if you have not seen SPECTRE)

Daniel Craig has just finished the promotion for his fourth outing as James Bond, Spectre. His words, when he was asked about returning after this film, are now infamously famous: “Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists” he answered, back in June, to the interviewer of Time Out magazine.

And these are the words all the newspapers of the world reported, speculating about the last outing of the Liverpool born actor as the most beloved agent of Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

What they accidentally forgot to mention, is the the answer Daniel gave to the next question the interviewer asked: You can find it here, along with the rest of the interview. You want to move on from Bond for good?
‘I haven’t given it any thought. For at least a year or two, I just don’t want to think about it. I don’t know what the next step is. I’ve no idea. Not because I’m trying to be cagey. Who the fuck knows? At the moment, we’ve done it. I’m not in discussion with anybody about anything. If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.’

It’s clear that the man that is talking it’s an exhausted one. As you could probably understand, at the time of the interview, he had just finished shooting, after more than a year around the world, Mexico, Austria, Italy, Tunisia, London. Away from New York, away from his family. This could suffice to cut off any discussion about a new film, but more that this, this wasn’t a normal movie, this was a Bond movie, and a tough one. As we all know, Craig does a lot of his stunts himself, and doing this, he has often injured himself while filming. This movie isn’t different, he broke his knee while shooting some fight scene, and was so dedicated that continued filming whit the pain, until he had some time to undergo surgery.

So, this could be why he gave that answer in the first place. But let’s go deeper than this, let’s analyze why he could and should stay.

  1. Craig’s Bond isn’t done. After rebooting the series in 2006, slowly a lot of classic elements of the saga were reintroduced. But, even after Spectre, there isn’t that climax that could make Craig enter in the Olympus of the spy movies.
  2. Craig is a producer in Spectre. If EON gives this kind of opportunity to the actor, is to make him understand he is still valuable to them and they still need him. I can imagine they gave up a significant amount of money to add him as producer.
  3. Waltz’ Blofeld isn’t done yet. I mean, come on, we waited 44 years and then he lasts only 20 minutes? No way. And no way they keep Blofeld withouth keeping Craig.
  4. EON thinks they have Craig, as Michael Wilson clearly says here.
  5. We absolutely a proper adaption of You only live twice. I mean, you could change Japan with wherever you want, change the castle with a laboratory, change the poisonous plants with terrible plutonium, but give us Irma Bunt, give us Shatterand, and give us a fantastic last outing of Craig as James Bond 007, than replace him.
  6. We have some little information, not verified, that in the end he is going to return.
  7. A new distributor, given the expiration of the contract with Sony, will want to start big, and they only be sure of it by keeping Craig.
  8. Craig doesn’t seem too convinced to leave

So, Craig must stay, and we need a new Bond before the end of the 2017. Tempus fugit, they say.