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.

Sam Mendes Explains Why He Returned to Direct BOND 24; Says the Film Will Feel Like a Continuation of SKYFALL

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Director Sam Mendes kept us on the edge of our seat with Skyfall, and then he left us hanging as we wondered whether or not he would return for the next James Bond movie.  Thankfully, he decided to get behind the camera again, and in a recent interview with Charlie Rose, he explained his decision.  While his initial reluctance stemmed from the time commitment, he felt that he had left the story incomplete.  “I cast a new M, I cast a new Moneypenny, I cast a new Q, I cast a new Tanner,” said Mendes.  “I felt there was a way to create the second part of a two-part story.”  He also explained that the flexibility on the part of EON, the production company behind James Bond, was also a reason for his return since they didn’t rush back into production on the 24th film. “When they agreed to wait a little longer and not go immediately, and not go with two movies but with one—which I felt very strongly about—because initially there was that plan,” Mendes confirmed.

Hit the jump for more.  James Bond 24 opens in the U.K. on October 23, 2015 and in the U.S. on November 6, 2015.

Chiwetel Ejiofor Eyed for JAMES BOND 24 Villain

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Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Oscar-nominated performance in 12 Years a Slave earned him quite a bit of attention, but he’s about to get even more of a spotlight if his next deal goes through.  Ejiofor is reported as being the frontrunner for the villainous role in Sam Mendes’ Skyfall follow-up; Mendes will direct the untitled 24th and 25th installments of the James Bond franchise. While no official offer has been extended and the parties in question are not in formal talks, Ejiofor is considered the man to beat by other actors vying for the role.  Hit the jump for more.

Roger Deakins Will Not Return as Cinematographer for BOND 24

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One of the great things about Skyfall (and there are many) is the phenomenal cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Obviously Deakins always turns in fantastic work, but his collaboration with director Sam Mendes on the James Bond pic was jaw-droppingly gorgeous—which makes the news that Deakins won’t be returning for Bond 24 that much more disappointing.  After some wavering, Mendes and Skyfall screenwriter John Logan agreed to direct and write the next Bond film, respectively, but In Contention’s Kris Tapley took to Twitter today to break the sad news that Deakins will not be back as cinematographer.  Hit the jump for more.

Director Mat Whitecross and Executive Producer Douglas Rae Talk FLEMING: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND and the Ongoing Popularity of the Spy Genre

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Before the thrilling adventures of James Bond hit the page or screen, they were experienced first-hand by author-to-be, Ian Fleming (Dominic Cooper). The four-part original drama Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond tells the fascinating story of the man whose own life and escapades were the inspiration for one of the most iconic figures in modern literature.

During the BBC America portion of the TCA Press Tour, director Mat Whitecross and executive producer Douglas Rae talked about how this project came about, how they created the look they wanted, Ian Fleming’s weird relationships with women, using the music, and the ongoing popularity of the spy genre.  Check out what they had to say after the jump. 

New Trailer for FLEMING: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND Starring Dominic Cooper as Ian Fleming

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A new trailer for Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond is now available thanks to BBC America.  The mini-series features Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Ian Fleming, the man who would become best known as the author behind the suave super-spy James Bond, but not before he’d have a few adventures of his own.  While I don’t know for sure whether or not Fleming’s real-life exploits were anywhere near as explosive as this new trailer, the series certainly looks to be a fun watch.

Also starring Lara Pulver (True Blood, Sherlock), Annabelle Wallis (Hello Carter, The Tudors), Lesley Manville (Maleficent, Another Year), Anna Chancellor (The Hour, How I Live Now) and Samuel West (Van Helsing), the four-week event stars Wednesday, January 29th at 10pm/9C on BBC America.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Blu-ray Deal: JAMES BOND The Complete 23 Film Collection with SKYFALL for $99.99 (67% off)

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Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection with Skyfall Blu-ray for $99.99 (67% off).  They had the same Gold Box Deal about a year ago and it only lasted a few hours before selling out.  So if you have yet to pick up this fantastic box set, today’s the day to grab it.  But don’t wait too long because it’s only on sale while supplies last or midnight tonight.

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James Bond Lawsuit Settlement Opens the Door for the Return of Blofeld and SPECTRE

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The legacy of the James Bond film franchise is not without its twists and turns, many of which are excellently captured in the documentary Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007.  One of the more difficult stories related to the film series involves Thunderball, which began with an original screenplay by Bond creator Ian Fleming and Kevin McClory, before Fleming decided to cut McClory out of the picture and publish the novel Thunderball—based on the idea the two hatched together—with nary a mention of McClory.  The result was a decades-long legal battle and two “unofficial” Bond films (Thunderball and Never Say Never Again), but at long last the entanglement has ended.

Hit the jump for more, including what this means for the Bond franchise going forward.

Comic-Con: Over 150 Pictures From the Convention Floor Including LEGO, Marvel, Sideshow Collectibles, SUPERMAN Costumes, Props, and Much More

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With Comic-Con 2013 officially open, earlier tonight I was able to walk around the convention floor for Preview Night.  In years past, before the convention sold out the moment tickets went on sale, you could walk around Preview Night casually picking up what you wanted, while also checking out the cool new toys.  This is no longer the case.  These days, as soon as the doors open, badge holders rush in to try and buy the numerous exclusives only for sale at the convention.  While I get why everyone is racing to buy things, I do miss the days where it was all a little more casual.

While walking around the convention floor, I was able to take over 150 pictures.  Included in the assortment are pics of Lego, toys, posters, art, comic books, The Walking Dead, the Marvel booth (Thor 2), some amazing Sideshow Collectibles, vintage Superman costumes from the films and TV shows, original props from The Wizard of Oz, James Bond, Watchmen, Indiana Jones, the PS4 and Xbox One, and so much more.  However, while I saw many cool things tonight, I definitely think one of the highlights is the brand new LEGO Delorean from Back to the Future!  Hit the jump to check it all out.

Sam Mendes Closes Deal to Direct BOND 24; Film Set for UK Release on October 23, 2015 and US Release on November 6, 2015

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We’ve got some very exciting James Bond news to share today.  While it’s been looking like Skyfall director Sam Mendes was going to return to direct Bond 24 for a while, Sony officially announced today that Mendes has closed his deal to helm the pic, with Skyfall scribe John Logan onboard to write the screenplay.  Moreover, a release date for the film has been firmed up, as Bond 24 now joins the absolutely insane list of films that will hit theaters in 2015.  The pic will open in the UK on October 23, 2015, and in the US on November 6, 2015.  It’s essentially the same release date strategy as Skyfall.

The pic is currently slated to open in the US opposite Edgar Wright’s Marvel film Ant-Man and the untitled Peanuts movie, but one imagines Marvel will alter the Ant-Man release date slightly so Bond and the superhero pic don’t cannibalize each other at the box office.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

SKYFALL Director Sam Mendes Still Not Locked for JAMES BOND 24

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Earlier this month, we reported that Skyfall director Sam Mendes was not only locked for James Bond 24, but was also looking likely for James Bond 25.  This was a welcome change from his previous stand of opting out of the sequels to focus on other projects.  Unfortunately, you may want to hold off on that celebratory martini.  At the premiere of his stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mendes spoke with HeyUGuys, and said, “In answer to the question you’re going to ask, I don’t know yet. I’m in discussion over the ‘B’ word and I won’t make any decision until this is open. It’s taken a long time to get this open and this has been my focus.”

That doesn’t mean he’s out of the running, but he’s definitely not locked down.  I assume this must be a little frustrating to Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. WilsonSkyfall was the biggest hit in the franchise, and it would be nice to quickly follow up on that success.  Audiences won’t lose interest in Bond, but after Skyfall, we want to see 007 sooner rather than later.

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