James Bond producer: Daniel Craig still first choice

The team behind the James Bond films want actor Daniel Craig to return to the role, one of the producers had told the BBC. Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, executive producer Callum McDougall said Craig was “absolutely the first choice” of series producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson.
“I know they’re hoping for him to come back,” said McDougall, who has worked on nine Bonds, including all of those on which Craig has worn the tuxedo: Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.

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Speculation has been intense about who might replace the actor, following his failure to commit to another instalment, the departure of Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes – and Craig’s assertion that he’d “rather slash my wrists” than make another movie.
Earlier this month it was reported that the producers had offered Craig $150m for two further movies; this figure was subsequently debunked by some.
Other names anecdotally linked to the part include Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Jamie Bell and Tom Hughes.

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Susanne Bier: no one has contacted me for BOND 25

“I’d be very honoured and it would be a lot of fun, but it’s all rumours. It’s all the media stirring something up. I don’t know why rumours grow or what initiates them,” she said.

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Ralph Fiennes interview: ‘The Russians think Bond has become too

Ralph Fiennes loves Russia, and the feeling seems to be mostly mutual. But on the subject of James Bond, there is, shall we say, some polite disagreement. When the 53-year-old actor, who plays Bond’s MI6 handler M, arrived in Moscow for the Spectre promotional tour last year, he was constantly told the new films were just too downbeat for the famously blithe and breezy Russian temperament.
“I think the British audience likes Bond being brought into a more serious real world,” Fiennes says, looking intently at a glass of water on the table in front of him. “So they should nod to all those well-known Bond tropes and icons that we want, but with an undertone of gravitas.”

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But in Russia – well, they seem to prefer the old Roger Moore era. Fiennes recalls slipping off to St Petersburg to meet an old friend after completing his promotional duties on Spectre, who immediately told him he “hated” the film. “It was categorical,” he marvels – then looks up, his voice gliding into a Russian accent. “I hated thees! So serious! Please! Why? Vere are the jokes?”
Later, back in Moscow, another friend just shrugged when asked for feedback, and despairingly reminded him Bond was supposed to be “a show”.
Nevertheless, he suspects the next instalment – AKA Bond 25, the title, release date and star of which remain tantalisingly unconfirmed– will take a lighter, and therefore presumably more Russian-friendly, approach.
“Well I think if you’re the next director of Bond, you’re going to not want to go down the tone and argument of what Sam [Mendes] has put into the films,” he says, though is quick to stress he’s “heard nothing”. “Questions of British nationhood, and whether Bond is a dinosaur, all that. So I would guess if you’re coming to do the next Bond, you’d want to take it somewhere radically different, I think.”
We’re in a quiet corner of a cosy restaurant in Kensington, West London. Fiennes is as impeccably dressed as you’d hope, in a tailored blue jacket, crisp shirt, and a frankly spectacular pair of high-waisted khaki trousers he reveals he had specially made as a replica of the ones he wore in The English Patient 20 years ago.

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Aidan Turner is being backed to be next James Bond by the original Poldark

Irish star should be the next James Bond, says actor who played Ross Poldark in the original BBC series.
Aidan Turner is being backed to be James Bond by the man who played the original Poldark.
Robin Ellis had women swooning in the role of Ross Poldark in the 1970s version of the BBC series.
And he thinks the Irish actor has all the qualities needed to take over from Daniel Craig as the world-famous spy.
Robin, 74, who plays the Reverend Halse in the Poldark remake said: “I like Aidan. I think he’s doing a wonderful job as Ross. He looks great and has a brooding presence. He’s registered enormously with the public, and that’s terrific.

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“I think he’d be an excellent Bond. Aidan is a good actor, and the first 007, Sean Connery, was a very good actor. Aidan is quite capable of doing that part. Good luck to him if he gets it. I’ll be very pleased for him.”
Like Aidan, Robin became an international heart-throb after playing the rugged landowner and he also nearly landed the role of Bond as Roger Moore’s replacement.
Speaking about his audition, he said: “I turned up in a very smart suit I’d had made for me by a top tailor and I thought I looked pretty Bondish, but I’d played a character in The Europeans [a 1979 movie] who was diffident and couldn’t make up his mind about anything, and I think one of the Broccoli family saw me in that and thought, ‘Oh, we can’t have him!’”
Aidan, 33, currently in Cornwall filming series three of the show, might be one of the favourites to land the role of Bond but he is keen to play the speculation down as “just rumours”. The actor’s competition for 007 includes Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston and Michael Fassbender.
The second episode of series two was slammed by fans for not showing Aidan topless. But Robin thinks it’s all about context.
He said: “I think Aidan took his shirt off [in the first series] for valid reasons. It was a very hot summer, he was scything away, he got very hot, so naturally as Ross he took his shirt off.”

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James Bond: Christoph Waltz unsure about return as Blofeld, says he failed to ‘nail’ the role in Spectre

Daniel Craig’s future as James Bond isn’t the only uncertainty when it comes to the acclaimed series.
In a recent interview with German magazine Zeit-Magazin Mann(picked up by The Playlist), Christopher Waltz revealed he remains in the dark about his return as the villain Blofeld.
“I don’t know about [playing Blofeld again].” He told the publication. “Nobody knows. It wasn’t talked about, except in the press.”

added: “Right now, nobody even knows which studio will produce the next and if Daniel will return. All of that is filed under ‘carry on.’

If Craig – who has reportedly been offered $150 million to returnto the series – and Waltz return, the Austrian-German actor is hoping to do justice to the role after failing to do so in Spectre.
“I cannot claim that I’ve really nailed Blofeld,” he said. “Overall, it held water and was okay. But it wasn’t what I’ve been looking for. I was searching for more inspiration.”

Recently, an ‘official’ list of replacement candidates was released online, featuring the likes of Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Aidan Turner. Whoever plays Bond next, whether Craig or another, will be chosen by producer Barbara Broccoli.
Sony has so far declined to comment on the rumours. Waltz recently starred in The Legend of Tarzan and will soon be in Tulip Fever with Alicia Vikander. Daniel Craig is currently filming Steven Soderbergh’s film Logan Lucky, alongside Channing Tatum and Adam Driver.

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No, Daniel Craig is not set for a $150 million James Bond payday, and here’s why

Nonsense. That’s not how it works. When Radar writes, “The studio is desperate to secure the actor’s services while they phase in a younger long-term successor,” it suggests that Sony has some ongoing stake in the future of the character. They don’t even have the rights to release one film. Why would they care what happens three or four films down the road? Say they do secure the rights, as Radar predicts. “They will shoot two more films, which will be made virtually back-to-back, preferably featuring Daniel as 007 before he passes the figurative baton to someone else for a third movie that will mark the start of the new era.” No. Absolutely not. They don’t make Bond films back-to-back, and as a whole, the industry seems to be backing off of the two-at-once sequel strategy. It was appealing on an economic level, but it was a huge struggle for the creative teams involved. Whether you’re talking about the Pirates of the Caribbean films or the Matrix sequels, that has been a difficult model to make work, and the makers of the Bond films have never been known for developing more than one film at a time. That’s all they can do. They focus on getting each Bond movie as right as they can get it, and then they take a break and they regroup. That is how it works.
And the Bond films have also never leaned on one Bond passing the torch to the next. That doesn’t even make sense. Forget the fan theory about “James Bond” being a code name and not a character name; that’s simply not the series that EON has been making for over 50 years. When they recast James Bond, they do a hard break and they recast James Bond.
One of the things I’ve noticed is that no matter how logical or matter of fact you are about things, there are people that will automatically take an opposite position, just to argue. Could Sony have the rights all locked up? Maybe. Could they decide to do two films back to back? Maybe. Could they pay Daniel Craig $150 million for two films? Not likely at all, but maybe. Any of those things are possible, but none of them are probable. Radar’s reporting would be problematic if they just got one big part of the story wrong, but there are so many things about what their unnamed source supposedly told them that run directly counter to the way EON actually works that I think anyone who ran that story as news, even with a useless “take this with a grain of salt!” warning, should be embarrassed. It’s terrible reporting in the first place, and no one did even the slightest follow-up to see if there was some reason to run this story that runs counter to everything that we know about the people and the companies involved.
Ask yourself if the money makes sense. Ask yourself why Sony would be the ones making these calls. Ask yourself if you think EON is going to make back-to-back Bond films. Ask yourself why you should believe a story that Radar Online couldn’t even assign a byline to, instead crediting their story to “Radar Staff.” No one put their name on that reporting, and it doesn’t surprise me. I wouldn’t either. It’s a disgrace, and the way the story went viral is just as disgraceful.
We have to do better, across the board, or we have to accept that readers have no reason to trust anything they read anywhere. My own sources indicate that there is no story right now, and that when there is a story, it will be announced quickly and loudly.
Until that point, you deserve more than this “EXLCUSIVE” clickbait trash and the echo chamber that amplifies it.
Meanwhile, if EON is really stuck for a new Bond, I have a great suggestion, and I know he’s interested in the job…

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Craig has been to date the most critically and commercially successful actor to play James Bond

The Times talks about Daniel Craig offer for two Bond Movie at 150 million dollar. Ajaj Chowdhury spokesman for the #JamesBond International Fan Club expects that he will return as Bond with a deal that might also include script and Director approval. And maybe for just one more Bond.

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Flash news: 150 million dollar to Daniel Craig for two James Bond movie!

Sony is offering James Bond star Daniel Craig a whopping $150 million to reprise his role as 007 for two more of the popular franchise’s films.
“The studio is desperate to secure the actor’s services while they phase in a younger long-term successor,” a source told Radar.

should be announcing any day that the studio is re-upping the distribution rights for the Bond series, meaning billions of dollars in revenue.

“Then they will shoot two more films, which will be made virtually back-to-back, preferably featuring Daniel as 007 before he passes the figurative baton to someone else for a third movie that will mark the start of the new era,” said the source.

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It’s James Blond! Daniel Craig looks unrecognisable from super sleuth with cropped bleach haircut

Actor Daniel Craig looks like he may have used some golden dye after he appeared with a new short bleach blond haircut on the set of his new film.
The James Bond actor, 48, is working in Atlanta, Georgia on Logan Lucky a movie in which Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race.

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But his cropped cut and striped trousers are a million miles away from his style playing suave 007 on the big screen.
Craig is starring alongside a cast that also includes Riley Keough, the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, and Adam Driver.

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Trieste e Venezia set del nuovo film di Martin Campbell con Pierce Brosnan protagonista

Trieste set cinematografico, il regista Martin Campbell in città: ad inizio 2017 film con Pierce Brosnan

regista Martin Campbell era ieri e oggi a Trieste per effettuare i primi sopralluoghi del suo nuovo film Across the river and into the trees, tratto dal romanzo omonimo di Ernest Hemingway “Di là dal fiume e tra gli alberi”.

Accompagnato dalla FVG Film Commission, il regista ha visitato il Porto Vecchio, la strada Costiera, la strada Napoleonica, il centro storico (Cavana, Cittavecchia, Ghetto, San Giusto); tutte ipotesi di location adattabili alla vicenda che si svolge nel 1946.

“Di là dal fiume e tra gli alberi”, pubblicato nel 1950, narra la vicenda del colonnello di fanteria americano Richard Cantwell che, ormai cinquantenne, viene assegnato nel ’46 a Trieste dove ha combattuto durante la prima guerra mondiale. Tra struggimenti e reminiscenze giovanili c’è spazio anche per l’amore: incontra infatti Renata, una nobile ventenne veneziana, e proprio a Venezia verrà girata la restante parte del film.

Regista Martin Campbell (al centro), sopralluogo a Trieste

A interpretare Cantwell sarà Pierce Brosnan, che così ritrova Campbell che lo aveva già diretto in 007 – Goldeneye e in The Foreigner. ( in foto: MartinCampbell_RobertMcLean_FedericoPoillucci )

Martin Campbell è noto soprattutto per aver diretto un altro film di James Bond, Casino Royale, il primo interpretato da Daniel Craig, e i due film La maschera di Zorro e La leggenda di Zorro con Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones ed Anthony Hopkins.

Across the river and into the trees è scritto da Michael Radford, autore, tra gli altri, de Il Postino ed è una co-produzione Stati Uniti – Canada – Ungheria.

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