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Scheherazade
10-19-2005, 06:40 PM
There is a new Bond in town! :D What do you think of him? Who is your favorite Bond?
Actor Daniel Craig has been confirmed as the new James Bond. The English star of gangster film Layer Cake, who arrived at a press conference in London by speedboat, will play a tougher, grittier and darker 007.

"It's a huge challenge. Life is about challenges and this is one of the big ones as an actor," said Craig, 37, who will be the sixth James Bond.

He joked he "had a couple of Martinis" when he got the role. Casino Royale is due to start filming in January.

"We've got an incredible script and that's my first line of attack," he said. "Once I'd read that, I realised that I didn't have a choice. I had to go for it."

He admitted taking the role was a big responsibility but added: "I've just got to step up to the plate and deal with it."

Bond was "a huge iconic figure in movie history and these things don't come along very often", he said.

Director Martin Campbell said the 21st Bond film would be "definitely darker, more character, less gadgets".

Craig told reporters: "Together with Martin, I want to make the best film we can, the most entertaining film we can."

The actor said he was not looking to redefine the role, but added: "It's a question of taking it somewhere maybe where it's never gone before."

Craig said he had received encouragement from predecessor Pierce Brosnan and had tried to think of it "like any other job".

He also admitted there was a danger of being "trapped" by being stereotyped in the role.

DANIEL CRAIG'S CV

1996 - Our Friends in the North (above)
1998 - Love is the Devil
2000 - Some Voices
2001 - Tomb Raider
2002 - Road to Perdition
2003 - Sylvia, The Mother
2004 - Layer Cake, Enduring Love

But he said: "I'm not allowing myself to think in that way. I'm thinking about the agenda ahead and the agenda ahead is to make the best movie we can."

Producer Michael G Wilson said the film-makers considered more than 200 actors from around the world over two years before settling on Craig.

Neither Q nor Moneypenny will appear, Mr Wilson added, but M will return. However, it was not confirmed whether Dame Judi Dench will play the spy chief.

Producers are now setting their sights on finding a female star to fill what Mr Campbell said would be the "best Bond girl part" ever.

Casino Royale will be an adaptation of author Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel, in which the spy was introduced as a more youthful and cold character than he has been portrayed on film.

BOND THROUGH THE YEARS

1962-71 - Sean Connery (above)
1969 - George Lazenby
1973-85 - Roger Moore
1987-89 - Timothy Dalton
1995-2002 - Pierce Brosnan

"I certainly think it will be a little bit darker - that's not to say it won't have its sense of humour, of course it will have that," Mr Campbell said.

Mr Wilson also revealed work had already started on the 22nd James Bond film, which would be Craig's second as 007.

The actor's first major role was in the BBC Two drama Our Friends in the North in 1996 and he rose to prominence in Hollywood alongside Tom Hanks in Road To Perdition in 2002.

He has since played poet Ted Hughes opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Sylvia and headlined Layer Cake, which co-starred Sienna Miller.

He is also to appear in Steven Spielberg's new drama Munich, about the Olympic massacre of 1972.

Craig will follow in the footsteps of previous Bond stars Pierce Brosnan, Sir Sean Connery, Sir Roger Moore, George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/4337224.stm


More info on Daniel Craig (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0185819/)

Mark F.
10-19-2005, 07:00 PM
Connery is the best, Bond is as kitsch as it gets, Brosnan was awful but it wasn't his fault the screenplays were bad and the films were just crap action instead of espionnage, Craig could be good but we'll have to wait and see.

Darlin
10-19-2005, 09:33 PM
I'm not a Bond fan but I've seen one of each of the different Bonds in a film except the Lazenby guy but overall Bronsan was it for me and probably because I thought he was gorgeous and uber suave. The new Bond, I'm very iffy about - never seen him, or don't remember him and he has no sex appeal. Sex appeal counts very much for Bond. But maybe it'll be different when he's playing the part.

samercury
10-19-2005, 10:45 PM
You mean there's more than one Bond :eek2:

Darlin
10-20-2005, 12:22 AM
Oh, samercury you are so young! :) I can remember my father taking me to the drive-in to see Goldfinger with Sean Connery (who btw is ten times sexier in his later years) as Bond. Not sure why he took a young impressionable kid to see that but all I remembered was the gold painted woman. I'd say you're not missing much but that might upset the Bond fans. :D

simon
10-20-2005, 12:37 AM
Why waste a thread when we all know whose the best.

Darlin
10-20-2005, 01:02 AM
So, Simon who's the best?

Oops! Gotta edit this as I saw you'd taken the poll. Sean all the way, eh? He'd make a scrumptious one now I think. :)

Koa
10-20-2005, 07:14 AM
the two times I tried to watch a Bond movie I fell asleep... well actually, during with Russia With Love I stuggled to stay awake, and with Goldfinger I only got halfway through...I wonder if there's something wrong with me? ;) :blush: Anyway I guess a true Bond fan would want noone but Connery... though I'm not voting since I have never seen the others, nor I care...

simon
10-20-2005, 12:38 PM
Theres nothing wrong with you Koa the Connery ones are old, the special effects are ridiculous, the dialogue really isn't all that great, the ties are really skinny and the car chases are filmed in a studio. I can easily understand how you fell asleep. The Brosnan ones are more exciting, but the dialogue is even worse and why is there a character named christmas who acts like she knows nothing about nuclear phyisics. That said I still think there is only one Bond, and a Bond 2 incase he kicks the bucket. Who else would I be talking about? Just look at the poles, everyone agrees.

Now. Who the **** is this Daniel Craig guy and why is he pretending to be James Bond?

Natalie
10-20-2005, 02:11 PM
My favorite hands down is Pierce Brosnan - no one can be as beautiful as him.

samercury
10-21-2005, 07:12 PM
I watched this Bond movie once when I was...10 (an older version)I think, I didn't really like it :(.... Two years ago my sister was watching another one....she's a fan! I didn't notice any difference between the two..... :p That's just me though

Nightshade
10-22-2005, 06:28 AM
Goldfinger with Sean Connery (who btw is ten times sexier in his later years) as Bond.
I think thats the only Bond film Ive sat through totally and I was :eek2: :eek2:
what happened to sean Connery I thought people were suppose to be humm'nicer" when they were younger
Yupp definetly one of the people who just matures well
heres some pics of Craig
http://network.news.com.au/image/0,10114,432712,00.jpg
andhttp://salzers.myvideostore.com/images/news/daniel_craig_bond.jpg
why couldnt it have been Jude Law !

Scheherazade
02-19-2006, 04:16 AM
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41346000/jpg/_41346348_green_203.jpg


French actress Eva Green will be the female lead in the new James Bond movie, Casino Royale.
The 25-year-old will play femme fatale Vesper Lynd in the movie, which will also see Daniel Craig's first performance as the suave secret agent.

Producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: "After an extensive search we found the perfect actress."

Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen will play Bond's nemesis, Le Chiffre. Work on the movie is already under way in Prague.

'Enigmatic and seductive'

Syriana star Jeffrey Wright will play CIA agent Felix Leiter.

Green, 25, made her film debut in 2003 in The Dreamers, about a French brother and sister who befriend a young American during the Paris student riots of 1968.

Last year she starred in Ridley Scott's historical drama Kingdom of Heaven.

"She brings to the complex role of Vesper an exciting combination of enigmatic and seductive beauty," said Wilson and Broccoli.


It takes much more than beauty to make this role work

Amy Pascal,
Columbia Pictures chairman
Casino Royale, directed by Martin Campbell, is based on the 1953 novel by Ian Fleming which introduced James Bond.

Columbia Pictures chairman Amy Pascal said: "Vesper is a pivotal role in Casino Royale and it takes much more than beauty to make this role work."

Ms Pascal said that, in addition to action and espionage, "the great James Bond adventures" contain "palpable sexual tension".

"In casting Vesper, we really needed to up the ante, because this character is very much an equal to Bond and central to our story," she said.

The most recent Bond film, Die Another Day, saw Pierce Brosnan paired with Halle Berry and took more than $425m (245m) worldwide after its release in 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4722848.stm

IrishCanadian
02-22-2006, 09:54 PM
This is way cool ... from when I wasn in highschool i can now brag that i have seen every bond film ever! I had a life in highschool ... really I did!

simon
02-23-2006, 12:37 AM
But was it really worth it?

Virgil
02-23-2006, 12:44 AM
Pierce Brosnan?? This must be a generational thing. There is only one bond, Sean Connery. I like Roger Moore elsewhere, but Connery defined the role.

Scheherazade
02-23-2006, 11:11 PM
James Bond fans angered by the decision to cast actor Daniel Craig as 007 have launched a website threatening to boycott the new film Casino Royale. The web site, www.craignotbond.com, calls on fans "to stop Sony and Eon [Productions] from ruining the future of James Bond by hiring Daniel Craig".

But former Bond star Pierce Brosnan has defended his successor. "I think Daniel is a very fine actor," said Brosnan.

"These are rocky waters, but I think he will have the last laugh."

Speaking at the UK premiere of black comedy The Matador, Brosnan said he had every sympathy for Craig, who was reportedly injured while filming a fight sequence for Casino Royale in the Czech Republic.

"You get twisted some way or another if you throw yourself into it. There's going to be mishaps," said the 52-year-old star, who plays a washed-up hitman in his new film.

Media criticism

British actor Craig, 37, was announced as the sixth James Bond in October last year.

Best-known for his roles in gangster thriller Layer Cake and the recent Spielberg drama Munich, he has been the subject of media criticism since he made his debut as the secret agent at a lacklustre press conference.

The craignotbond.com website criticises brother and sister producing team, Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, for replacing Brosnan - "the most beloved actor to play Bond since Sean Connery" - with Craig.

"How can a short, blond actor with the rough face of a professional boxer and a penchant for playing killers, cranks, cads and gigolos pull off the role of a tall, dark, handsome and suave secret agent?" the site demands.

"This is what happens when you lose touch with public opinion. By casting Craig, Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson have proven once and for all that they care little for the opinions of Bond fans."

Earlier this week, veteran actor Christopher Lee called on critics to give the new Bond star a chance.

"People should not pass judgment until they have seen the film," said Lee, a former Bond villain and a distant cousin of 007 creator Ian Fleming. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4738536.stm

Scheherazade
05-12-2006, 06:08 PM
Does anyone know which singer/band will be singing the theme song for the new movie? Also, which one is your favorite Bond song?

1. James Bond (From Dr. No) - John Barry & Orchestra Listen Listen Listen

2. Goldfinger (From Goldfinger) - Shirley Bassey Listen Listen Listen

3. Nobody Does It Better (From The Spy Who Loved Me) - Carly Simon Listen Listen Listen

4. A View To A Kill (From A View To A Kill) - Duran Duran Listen Listen Listen

5. For Your Eyes Only (From For Your Eyes Only) - Sheena Easton Listen Listen Listen

6. We Have All The Time In The World (From On Her Majesty's Secret Service) - Louis Armstrong Listen Listen Listen

7. Live And Let Die (From Live And Let Die) - Paul McCartney & Wings Listen Listen Listen

8. All Time High (From Octopussy) - Rita Coolidge Listen Listen Listen

9. The Living Daylights (From The Living Daylights) - A-Ha Listen Listen Listen

10. Licence To Kill (From Licence To Kill) - Gladys Knight Listen Listen Listen

11. From Russia With Love (From From Russia With Love) - Matt Monro Listen Listen Listen

12. Thunderball (From Thunderball) - Tom Jones Listen Listen Listen

13. You Only Live Twice (From You Only Live Twice) - Nancy Sinatra Listen Listen Listen

14. Moonraker (From Moonraker) - Shirley Bassey Listen Listen Listen

15. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (From On Her Majesty's Secret Service) - The John Barry Orchestra Listen Listen Listen

16. The Man With The Golden Gun (From The Man With The Golden Gun) - Lulu Listen Listen Listen

17. Diamonds Are Forever (From Diamonds Are Forever) - Shirley Bassey Listen Listen Listen

18. Goldeneye (From Goldeneye) - Tina Turner Listen Listen Listen

19. Tomorrow Never Dies (From Tomorrow Never Dies) - Sheryl Crow Listen Listen Listen

20. The World Is Not Enough (From The World Is Not Enough) - Garbage

21. Die Anohter Day (from Die Another Day) - Madonna

Copied this list from a CD cover so not sure if there are any songs missing.

RobinHood3000
05-12-2006, 06:44 PM
Live and Let Die has a grammatical error that constantly gets on my nerves, otherwise, it'd be great...

Personally, my favorite so far is "Nobody Does It Better," though I haven't heard them all yet.

jackyyyy
05-12-2006, 07:17 PM
Nobody does it better, Carly Simon.

IrishCanadian
05-12-2006, 10:31 PM
Live and Let Die and Gol;dfinger are pretty good songs. But I'm going to go with the popular choice on this one: Nobody does it better.

Scheherazade
05-14-2006, 03:17 PM
'Casino Royale' trailer (http://video.uk.msn.com/v/en-gb/v.htm?g=e9539fe8-7902-4cd2-8dc2-aeab38ca6ad3&t=s74&f=34/64&p=)

AimusSage
05-14-2006, 03:21 PM
Yes, I've seen it already, not very 'bondish' looking if you ask me, spiffy though. :)

Scheherazade
05-16-2006, 02:07 PM
I am surprised to see that 'Nobody Does It Better' is a favorite (is it the title? ;)) because I can easily say that is the song I like the least.

'We Have All The Time In The World', 'Tomorrow Never Dies', and 'The World is Not Enough' are among my favorites but Tina Turner's 'Goldeneye' gets the prize for me.

Aimus> Agree that the trailer does not look very Bondish! :(

Scheherazade
07-23-2006, 06:42 PM
Ursula Andress has been voted the best Bond girl of all time in a poll by Empire magazine and Sony Pictures. Andress appeared as Honey Ryder in the first James Bond film, 1962's Dr No. The character's emergence from the sea in a bikini remains an iconic scene.

Goldfinger, starring Sean Connery, was named the best Bond film.

Donald Pleasance's Blofeld, from You Only Live Twice, was named best villain. The Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me was voted best gadget.

Andress beat Famke Janssen, who played Xenia Onotopp in Goldeneye, into second place.

Halle Berry, who played Jinx in Die Another Day and recreated Andress' famous beach scene, was third.

A Channel 4 poll in 2003 named the Dr No scene the sexiest moment in cinema history.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5206120.stm

What do you think? Who is your favorite Bond girl?

Mine are Solitaire (Jane Seymour) from 'Live And Let Die' or Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh ) from 'Tomorrow Never Dies'... I think!

Bond girls (http://www.geocities.com/james_e_r24/bond/)

grace86
07-23-2006, 06:47 PM
My favorite hummm...I will come back...

But it is not Halle Barry...not Halle Barry...not Halle Barry!!!! I think they could have picked a better actress than her.

RobinHood3000
07-23-2006, 08:54 PM
Xenia is very deadly, and most intriguing indeed (I had a hard time telling it was Famke Janssen). I have to agree with Scher, though, Wai Lin is possibly my favorite, though I have a hard time believing that she would go after a guy like Bond sans strings attached.

SleepyWitch
11-28-2006, 08:15 AM
i watched the new Bond film yesterday and liked it quite a bit. (I'm not a Bond fan)
I won't say the new guy is the best Bond ever, but this one is the first who makes sense as a character, I think.
Sean Connery was great, too. But this guy fits in best with today's world and he's more than your run-of-the-mill hero.

Eva Green was amazing! You rarely see actresses who are that beautiful and natural at the same time!
Do you guys see all of them as the same character? My boyfriend and me have agreed to pretend "James Bond" is just a pseudonym for a series of agents because otherwise it just doesn't make sense.

SheykAbdullah
11-28-2006, 10:01 AM
I have been a devotee of Bond movies and espionage in general my entire life and I have to say, as a rabid fan of the books (though admittedly I've never read any book by anyone other than Ian Fleming), I can catagorically say the best Bond and Bond Girl were, in my opinion, George Lazenby and Diana Rigg (Le Comtesa Di Vincenzo from OHMSS, On Her Majesty's Secret Service).

They were more like the books characters than anyone else, though Dalton and this new guy (I admit haven't seen the movie yet and I run into a moral deilemma about it. The last few have been so terrible I swore off new Bond movies all together, so I need some assurance this is good before I break my oath. It will be especially traumatic as Casino Royale was by far my favorite book, and is the most filmed book of the Bond series coming to the screen on three seperatre occasions including a made for TV movie), are close to Lazenby. Connery and Moore lacked the sadism and moral complexity that was inherit to the character as Fleming protrayed him, though that character is an avowed racist, homophobe, and chauvanist and that part is better overlooked (every really bad villian is either gay or sexless, he constantly talks about how stupid the Turks and the Bulgarians are, and he actually wrote in one of the books "The reason there are so many lesbians, pansies and sissies in the world is because women were allowed to vote." For those of you for whom English is not a first language, pansies and sissies were originally English slang for male homosexuals). As far as Diana Rigg (whose only equal in beauty in her prime is, in my opinion, the French actress Isabel Adjani from Bon Voyage and Le Reine Margot among others), she was the only Bond girl that could keep up with Bond (and no Haile Berry, she was terrible and totally unsmooth, a perfect match for Brosnan. Not to mention that the NSA doesn't have operatives, only the CIA does. The two organization's roles in intelligence collecting could not be more different).

Annamariah
11-28-2006, 04:35 PM
I saw Casino Royale today, and I liked it. It was much better than Die Another Day, and I think that Craig did a good job with the role. Those cold blue eyes - perfect for a man with a license to kill :D

higley
11-28-2006, 08:53 PM
I don't think there's anything wrong with the way Daniel Craig looks! He's handsome.

Barbara Broccoli. :p

aeroport
11-29-2006, 02:05 AM
You know, I've never seen a Bond movie in which I found the lead fellow to be as repulsive as some people seem to find. None of them are really awful. I never liked Roger Moore much, I suppose, but he wasn't all bad. I definitely think Daniel Craig is just fine as Bond. I look forward to seeing him in the future films. Still, there's just nothing like Sean Connery. "Goldfinger" is one of my favorite films; it's one of those movies with lines that you just remember for no reason at all: "Ejector seat?" "You expect me to talk?"/"No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die", etc. Classic. And a great deal of what makes the older films work for me is simply the way Connery says things and the look on his face at those very ironic Bondian moments.
I never seem to remember the villains so well, except for fellas like Blofeld who stick around a little. I thought Trevelyan (006) in "Goldeneye" was an interesting one, though. And of course Mr. Goldfinger is rather hard to forget.
As regards "Bond girls", I must confess I'm still a little in love with Eva Green's character in "Casino Royale", so I'm a bit prejudiced in favor of Vesper Lynd. Wai Lin was cool, but I cannot really remember the older ones very well - perhaps as a consequence of the rather insignificant roles they seemed as a general rule to play. Of course, someone with a name like Pussy Galore is hard to forget, but I didn't really think she was anything special. I am certainly a fan of the more self-assertive Bond girls of the newer films.
Hmm, songs... I dug the Garbage song - it's the only part of that movie that I remember. :) "Goldeneye" was pretty neat too - written by Bono and Mr. Edge, was it not? In general, I really liked all of the older songs - with the notable exceptions of "Live and Let Die" and "A View to a Kill".

Oh yes, no mention has been made of the CARS! I'm thinking the BMW from "Tomorrow Never Dies" and that DELIGHTFUL Aston Martin Db5 from the new one (complete with glove-compartment defibrilator!) are my favorites.

OZEED
11-29-2006, 04:08 AM
I'm a huge Bond fan, something about the gadgets, bespoke tailored suits and of course the bond girls get my motor racing.
Sean Connery is my favorite bond, with Roger Moore falling in second.
The new movie opens here, on the 1st December. I've pre-booked:D

Annamariah
11-29-2006, 03:25 PM
I've been listening to the theme from Casino Royale on repeat for some time now...:blush: You Know My Name by Chris Cornell, it's just so... catchy? I can't find a proper word, but I like it :D

Scheherazade
01-17-2010, 06:54 PM
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