First SPECTRE Set Video Has Bond Riding in a Boat along the River Thames

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Filming has begun on the new James Bond film, and we now have the first Spectre set video, which features Bond (Daniel Craig) riding in a boat with fellow MI6 agent Bill Tanner (Rory Kinnear) along the River Thames.  I’ll admit it’s not exactly the most riveting stuff, but at that same time, it’s not exactly a spoiler either unless you’re outright neurotic about that stuff (“Bond gets on a boat at some point?  Movie: RUINED.”  This filming is being done outside the SIS building, which stands in for MI6 in the Bond series.

Hit the jump to check out the Spectre set video.  In addition to filming in London, the movie will also shoot in Rome, Mexico City, Tangier, Sölden, Obertilliach, and Lake Altaussee.  The film opens November 6th, and also stars Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, and Monica Bellucci.

Christoph Waltz Says His BOND Character Is Not the Head of SPECTRE; Could It Be Someone Else?

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First we got word that Christoph Waltz was rumored to play the villain in Bond 24.  After that, it was reported that Waltz was taking the role of Ernst Stavro Blofeld.  When it was officially announced that the franchise’s 24th installment would be titled Spectre, as in the Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, the very organization Blofeld is head of, it seemed likely that Waltz really would wind up playing the evil genius hell-bent on world domination.  However, then the official James Bond Twitter account dubbed Waltz’s character Oberhauser.  Does that mean Waltz definitely isn’t the head of SPECTRE?  Could Oberhauser just be an alias for Blofeld?

While talking to Waltz for his upcoming release Big Eyes, I tried to clear that up a little bit.  Hit the jump to find out what Waltz said.

First SPECTRE Image from the Set Announces the Start of Filming and Teases SKYFALL Connection

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It’s been four days since Sony Pictures unveiled the title and cast of Bond 24, and now it’s time for the team to get to work.  A new picture just popped up on the official James Bond 007 Facebook page and it shows off the slate for the first take on the very first day of filming and also teases a little something from Skyfall.

Spectre stands for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, the organization run by the evil genius Ernst Blofeld.  At this point, we know Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear will be back to reprise their roles and that the newcomers include Christop Waltz as Oberhauser, Lea Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx, Andrew Scott as Denbigh and Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, but there’s still no word on who snagged the role of Blofeld, if Oberhauser is an alias for Blofeld, or if the character is in the movie at all.  Hit the jump to check out the very first image from the set of Spectre.  The film is due in theaters on November 6, 2015.

Quantum Agent Mr. White to Return for New James Bond Film SPECTRE

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Yesterday, Sony Pictures announced that the 24th James Bond film was entitled Spectre, and would star returning cast members Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, and Rory Kinnear along with newcomers Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, and Monica Bellucci.  However, it turns out one name was left off the list: Jesper Christensen, who played the Quantum agent Mr. White in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

Hit the jump for more.  Spectre is set to open in the U.K. on October 23, 2015 and in the U.S. on November 6, 2015.

Bond 24 Officially Titled SPECTRE; Teaser Poster Revealed; Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, and More Join Cast

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Sony Pictures held a press conference this morning to announce that the new James Bond title would be Spectre.  The name stands for SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion (“Here at Spectre, our very name says how evil we are and we don’t give a fuck,”), and is notorious criminal organization led by mastermind, Ernest Blofeld.  The conference this morning confirms that Christoph Waltz is on board, but the official Bond Twitter feed says he’s playing a character named “Oberhauser”, not Blofeld as previously suspected (although this could just be an unnecessary head-fake).The conference also confirmed that Lea Seydoux and Dave Bautista were on board.  Seydoux will play Madeleine Swann while Bautista is set as Mr. Hinx (who could be a villain in the mold of Oddjob).  Additionally, new cast members will include Andrew Scott (who played Moriarty on Sherlock) as Denbigh and Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra.  Since earlier reports said Seydoux would play a femme fatale, I assume Bellucci is playing the new Bond Girl (and my word, what a get for a Bond Girl if that’s her role).

Hit the jump for more on Spectre including the teaser poster, Bond’s new ride, shooting locations, and video of the announcement.  Returning cast members include Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, and Rory Kinnear.  The film opens in the U.S. on November 6th.

Official Title and Cast for BOND 24 to Be Announced on Thursday

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Filming on James Bond 24 is about to commence, and when it comes to starting a Bond movie, the producers know how to do it up right.  They don’t just send out a “By the way, production started today, FYI,” press release.  They do an event.  They hold a brief press conference, announce the title and the cast at the event, and finish up with a photo shoot.  It’s the way they handled Skyfall, and it’s how they’ll handle the new movie.

Sony Pictures has announced that there will be a live announcement on Thursday, and it will reveal the official title and cast for Bond 24.  In addition to the return of Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris (Miss Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q), and Ralph Fiennes (M), it looks like Christoph Waltz is on board to play villain Ernest Blofeld while Lea Seydoux could be a playing a femme fatale (possibly a different role than the “Bond Girl”) while Dave Bautista might be a henchman in the mold of Jaws.  All will be revealed on Thursday at 11:07 (GMT), and you can catch it online at 007.com.  Hit the jump for more.  The film is set to open in the U.K. on October 23, 2015 and in the U.S. on November 6, 2015.

Christoph Waltz May Be Playing Blofeld in BOND 24

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2012’s Skyfall was almost certainly one of the best entries in the James Bond franchise to date (if not the best), but it looks like returning director Sam Mendes may be upping the ante in the follow-up.  Skyfall was a successful attempt at melding the legacy of the Bond franchise with its most recent Daniel Craig-fronted iteration, as the story simultaneously addressed how a person like James Bond fits into the modern landscape while also referencing some of the series’ most notable hallmarks.  With the ending of Skyfall acting as a mild reset to the goings-on at MI 6, a new rumor now claims that Mendes might be resurrecting one of the most famous Bond villains of all with actor Christoph Waltz’s role in the upcoming Bond 24: Ernst Stavro Blofeld.  More after the jump.

Not Dead Yet: BOND 24 and TWIN PEAKS Season 3 Will Be Shot on Film

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The number of wide releases this year that were shot on film amounts to but a handful, and despite heavy advocacy from filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and J.J. Abrams, the format has become an outlier in contrast to the near-universal use of digital.  Digital is not inherently a bad format, and some filmmakers like David Fincher are able to take full advantage of the opportunities it provides, but the fear is that the choice over whether a director can shoot on film or digital may be disappearing.  That could very well be the case in the near future, but today some relief arrived in the form of news that two highly anticipated upcoming projects will be shooting on film, keeping the format alive for a bit longer: Bond 24 and the new season of Twin Peaks.  More after the jump.

Rumor: Christoph Waltz Could Play a Villain In JAMES BOND 24

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I totally lost track of this but man that December start date for James Bond 24 is coming up quick. As a fan of Skyfall, I’m stoked that Sam Mendes is coming back, since that marked the first time in a long time that Mendes had made a film with any replay value for me.  The last we’d heard on this project Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) had signed on to play the “femme fatale” with Dave Bautista in place to play a henchman character in the vein of the iconic “Jaws.” But there was still no one to really fill out the “mastermind” role.

Now it appears as though Christoph Waltz will be in the film as well (having just fallen out of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales).  While this is still technically a rumor, it comes from a source who is often right about these matters.  And the smart speculation would have him playing an adversary to Daniel Craig‘s Bond.  Hit the jump for more on Christoph Waltz in James Bond 24. The film also stars Ralph FiennesBen Whishaw and Naomie Harris  and will open on November 6, 2015.

BOND 24 News: Lea Seydoux Set to Play Femme Fatale; Dave Bautista Rumored for “Villain in the Mold of Jaws and Oddjob”

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With James Bond 24‘s December start date fast approaching, some casting news is finally beginning to surface.  First up, Daily Mail reports that Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) has signed on to play the “femme fatale” and “will meet fellow cast members, led by Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris, for a script rehearsal in late November,”.  We reported a couple months ago that Seydoux was being eyed to play a “Lead Female (30-40) Attractive, sophisticated, cool and calm secret agent.”  If Daily Mail is saying she’s the “femme fatale”, then it’s possible we’re still waiting for the “Bond Girl” and Seydoux’x character is in the mold of Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen) from GoldenEye.

Hit the jump for more on James Bond 24.  The film opens November 6, 2015.

HER and INTERSTELLAR Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema to Replace Roger Deakins on BOND 24; May Shoot on Film

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It was incredibly disappointing to hear that cinematographer Roger Deakins would not be returning for Bond 24 after doing such a stunning job on Skyfall.  However, as production on the next Bond installment is poised to get underway in December, director Sam Mendes has now settled on Deakins’ replacement, and it’s an excellent choice.  In Contention reports that Hoyte van Hoytema will be the cinematographer on Bond 24, marking yet another fantastic notch in what’s becoming a heck of a run in the director of photography’s career.  The Dutch-Swedish cinematographer first came to prominence for shooting the original Let the Right One In, going on to do equally arresting work on films like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and last year’s Her.  Most recently, though, he nabbed his most high profile film to date as Christopher Nolan hand-picked him to replace his longtime collaborator Wally Pfister on the upcoming Interstellar.

And not only is Hoytema a brilliant choice to shoot Bond 24, but the movie might actually be shooting on film this time around.  More after the jump.

BOND 24 Villain Could Be a Bigger Adversary for Daniel Craig

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I’m one of the people who thought Skyfall was an incredible Bond film.  Between that and Casino Royale (I sort of consider Quantum of Solace to be an interstitial film, almost a short) I actually feel like James Bond is almost a current, relevant character (despite some of the old-fashioned fan service).  So I remain excited for Bond 24 even though it feels like something of a troubled production (the delays, the extensive reworking of the script etc…) because I think Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig really got it right last time.

We last heard that  Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) was in talks to join the film and now we have another bit of casting info on one of the villains of the piece that doesn’t result in a particular performer just yet, but it does indicate a certain (almost retro) direction the franchise could be headed in.  Hit the jump for more on the latest Bond villain.

Rumor: Sam Mendes Wants Léa Seydoux for BOND 24

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The folks behind Bond 24 had a tough time with that script.  Even though Neal Purvis and Robert Wade opted out of the 24th installment after working on The World Is Not EnoughDie Another DayCasino RoyaleQuantum of Solace, and Skyfall, back in June, news broke that the duo would actually return to do some work on John Logan’s Bond 24 script, specifically stepping to give it some “punch.”  However, it turns out, giving it a little punch might have been a bit of an understatement.

Even though it’s being reported that Logan’s script was in really bad shape, apparently they’ve fixed it up enough now to move forward with casting because there’s a rumor out there that Sam Mendes has his eye on Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) to star opposite Daniel Craig in the film.  Hit the jump for more on that and the state of the script.

BOND 24 Brings Back Neal Purvis and Robert Wade to Work on Script; Production Delayed to December

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Screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who worked The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall, left the James Bond series over a year and a half ago, which put Bond 24 solely in the hands of Skyfall co-writer John Logan.  However, it looks like Purvis and Wade are coming back after some “polite turmoil” (so British!) behind the scenes.  The two screenwriters have been “hired to re-write Logan’s script and give it some ‘punch’.”  This was the reverse situation with Skyfall where Logan came in to work on Purvis and Wade’s script.  “Neal and Robert are only doing what was done to them. There’s no blood; no scars,” a source tells the Daily Mail.

Hit the jump for more.  Bond 24 is currently scheduled to open in the U.K. on October 23, 2015 and in the U.S. on November 6, 2015.

Screenwriter John Logan Gives Update on BOND 24; Says the Film “Continues the Themes of SKYFALL”

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As an October production start date looms closer, details are finally starting to surface about the next James Bond film.  After crafting one of the best entries in the franchise ever with Skyfall, screenwriter John Logan and director Sam Mendes return to try and raise the bar once again with Bond 24, and now Logan has spoken up a bit to give an update on the project.  The scribe says the first draft is nearly done and teases that the next film will continue the themes explored in Skyfall, so it’ll be interesting to see how much of a “sequel” Bond 24 will be in relation to Skyfall.  As a bit of trivia, this is the first time a director has returned to helm the next Bond film since John Glen directed five in a row, from For Your Eyes Only through Licence to Kill.

Hit the jump for more from Logan on Bond 24, looking to Ian Fleming and the previous films for inspiration, and even Bond 25.

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