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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

Bond 25: what we know (and what we expect)

Bond 25 was unexpectedly (for the most) announced yesterday evening on all the 007’s social media account. The press release was short and didn’t contain so many info, but we did a little digging and, based on speculations an common sense (that’s all we have at this point folks), we arrived at the following conclusions:

  • Purvis and Wade will return as the screenwriters (ok this was quite simple): they will write a Bond movie for the seventh time. The started working on the francise at the end of two decades ago, on The World Is Not Enough and, even with ups and downs, they put the pens on all the screenplays from there to today.
  • Craig is (almost certainly) set to return. Early this month rumors surfaced that, after the sadly too famous comment (I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists) when he was asked if he was going to wear the tuxedo one more time, Daniel Craig had set up his mind, and was going to sign at least for one more. Last night, also The New York Times broke the story that two internal sources confirmed the Liverpool-born actor was returning for his fifth outing as 007.
  • All the “side cast” is returning: this assumption is based on the one above: if Craig is returning, he is doing it to close his story line in a big way, and he is going to have his squires beside him. Fiennes, Harris, Whishaw, Kinnear, Seydoux probably even Waltz and Bellucci will star in the movie.
  • We most certainly won’t have a back to back story: every time a new Bond movie is announced, the story of a two-part movie to be shoot togheter starts spreading. We know that a Bond movie needs a long preparation time, a long shooting time, and a lot of efforts from all the parts involved. Maybe it needs way to much of all these things to have to movies properly shot as they should, and we know Broccoli and Wilson want to make this right
  • Broccoli and Wilson are not ready to pass the baton. They are probably in the prime of their careers as producers. Their play, The Kid Stays in the Picture, based on Robert Evans book, is having a very good ride and it seems it is set to be brought to USA, they are set to produce a non-007 spy movie starring Blake Lively, The Rhythm Section, based on Mark Burnell’s novel.
  • Nolan won’t be the director. As he stated multiple times,evend in the last days, he would love to do a Bond movie but, as for all his project, he has to have the complete control of the creation phase, something he doesn’t have today, with a storyline set, a decided actor, and an arc that is going to be closed. It’s far more probable we will see him directing Bond 26, with an actor he will decide (he stated Tom Hardy, on of his faithful stars, would be a perfect Bond, and we agree), a story he and his brother will write, and a decided number of movies (3 perhaps?) to be shot in a not so long time arc. the only possibility to see him on Bond 25, is that Broccoli and Wilson are giving him the possibility to close this cycle and open a new one with the next movies.
  • We will have a new distributor. The deal with Sony expired with SPECTRE, so we can expect a very fierce auction to secure the rights to distribute the next installment. Annapuna and Warner Bros were rumored to be in the mix, and the latter would hint once more to a Nolan nod, since they distributed his movies, including the currently-in-theaters Dunkirk.
  • We will have new cars, new watch, new suits, new gadgets. As we all know, every Bond movie is also a marketing opportunity. Every brand involved wants to maximize the commercial effort he makes to have the double 0 seven licence. So expect a lot of new merchandising to come out.

But most important of all, we know have a countdown running, we now are 836 days away from the next Bond movie!

Exciting times are coming!

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.

Omega’s Chief to Meet with Daniel Craig

Following the news that Eon Productions have purchased a Bell UH-1D helicopter from the Luftfahrt Museum in Germany to be used in Bond 25, it seems that more details are falling into place, with the President of Omega – the official watch of James Bond – revealing that he will be meeting with Daniel Craig later this month.

Speaking to ‘The Australian‘ at the launch of their new flagship store in Martin Place, Omega president and chief executive Raynald Aeschlimann, was asked if “Daniel Craig will sport the Seamaster once more on-screen?”

“I’ll meet with him in two or three weeks, but I’m not the one to decide. (Bond producers) Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson have this incredible spirit about what they want.”

SPECTRE Breaks Guinness World Record

SPECTRE has been awarded a Guinness World Records™ title for the Largest Film Stunt Explosion it was announced today in Beijing, China. Producer Barbara Broccoli, Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux, accepted the record certificate on behalf of winner Chris Corbould, who served as Special Effects and Miniature Effects Supervisor on SPECTRE. The explosion was filmed for a pivotal scene in the film that took place on June 29, 2015 in Erfoud, Morocco and used 8418 litres of fuel and 33kg of explosives.

Commenting on the announcement, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the producers of SPECTRE, said, “It is absolutely tremendous that the Guinness World Records have recognised Chris Corbould’s incredible work in SPECTRE in which he created the largest explosion ever in film history.”

Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday added: “The James Bond movies are synonymous with pushing cinematic boundaries. The latest film, Spectre, has again captured the imagination of global cinemagoers, and this will certainly be due in part to the phenomenal stunts. The scene featuring the world’s largest film stunt explosion is spectacular and will live long in the memory as one of the outstanding moments in the Bond franchise.” The Largest Film Stunt Explosion is an early front runner for inclusion in Guinness World Records 2017, out next year. The 2016 edition is currently on sale.

This is the second world record set by SPECTRE, which also holds the record for First James Bond Theme to Reach No.1 in the UK Charts with ‘Writing’s on the Wall’, by Sam Smith.