James Bond: Mexico City to hold first Day of the Dead parade thanks to Spectre

Upon its release, Spectre was heralded as one of the best James Bond films to date, various publications awarding Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as 007 five stars.
The film’s stand-out moment was the opening scene in which Bond casually strolls through a Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City before, changing into a suit and pursuing his targets.
Despite the utterly ridiculous helicopter fight, perhaps the most unbelievable part of the entire scene was a Day of the Dead parade even happening in Mexico City, because no such procession has ever taken place in the city before.
Inspired by the film, officials have decided to host a similar parade, on 29 October, that will start at the Angel of Independence and finish at the historic Zocalo square.

According to a statement, picked up by AFP, hundreds of volunteers will help bring the event to life, using “the props and the wardrobe of the well-known film Spectre”.
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday, celebrated throughout the country, in which friends and family gather to remember those the have lost.
Recently, when talking about returning to the James Bond series, Craig has seemed surprisingly optimist, telling fans in New York: “I’ve got the best job in the world doing Bond.”


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Timeless: Sean Maguire talks playing James Bond author Ian Fleming

Before Sean Maguire returns as Robin Hood to ABC’s Once Upon a Time, he’ll be making another time-ly stop, as James Bond creator Ian Fleming on NBC’s time-travel drama Timeless. But stepping into Fleming’s shoes didn’t mean sitting at a desk, spinning spy stories; instead, Maguire’s Fleming is a spy himself, as the real Fleming had served in the British intelligence during World War II.
When the trio — Lucy (Abigail Spencer), Rufus (Malcolm Barrett), and Wyatt (Matt Lanter) — wind up in Nazi Germany, they’ll need Fleming’s help. Maguire spoke with EW about playing the real James Bond for the series’ fourth episode, and teases what to expect.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What drew you to the role?
SEAN MAGUIRE: It’s a rare one. I wasn’t going to do guest spots for a little bit because I’m trying to finish something that I’m writing, but then my manager said, “Look, this is Ian Fleming, and it’s on this really new, cool show,” and I was like, “Oh my God, Ian Fleming! Are you kidding?” So I was more than happy to give it a go. And I have to say, I just had such a wonderful time. I felt like a kid in a candy store. It was like going to Bond fantasy camp for two weeks.
How did this set compare to the others you’ve been on? The showrunners of Timeless have talked before about how much of a challenge it is to create a new era for every episode.
It was epic. It’s an epic ask of this crew to create a completely new world every week. Normally with a show, you have your main sets and then you have to tweak them for your storylines, but with this they have to create an entirely new world and an entirely new time, and so I think a huge credit has to go to the production staff who just worked so tirelessly. You can see it obviously means a lot to them because the results have been phenomenal.

TIMELESS -- "Party At Castle Varlar" Episode 103 -- Pictured: Sean Maguire as Ian Fleming -- (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

TIMELESS — “Party At Castle Varlar” Episode 103 — Pictured: Sean Maguire as Ian Fleming — (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

Now, about Ian Fleming. How much pressure did you feel going into the role?
Well, the work is always a bit daunting because you’re inhabiting somebody new, and if it’s somebody iconic like Fleming, then yeah it’s a little more daunting… It’s the same with Robin Hood; you’re daunted on the first day but after that, you just go, “Right, I’ve made my choice,” and you learn to enjoy it. And with this one, I really, really did. I just thought he was charming and sort of fly-by-night and kind of, if facing death in the face, will go, “Well, let’s have a drink!” [Laughs.] I can understand that guy a bit. I’ve gotta say, full credit goes to Jim Barnes, the writer [of the episode], because not only was the script excellent, but he was on set the whole time and was willing to explain what a certain line meant. It just made the creative process so much more fulfilling for me as an actor.

So how did you research him? Were you reading biographies or watching Bond or…
No, I kind of stayed away from Bond because I know the Bond movies well and I’m a big fan, and Fleming was the godfather to all that… I researched as much as I could on him, and I found I had to make an adjustment with the way he talks… We’re in 1944, so it’s before any of the Bond films took place, and there is a vernacular. Fleming was sort of upper class, old guard MI-6, so he speaks incredibly posh, so much so [his accent] sort of sounds like affectations. I went to the casting people and said, “I think I’ll dial that back.” We want to see this guy as masculine and cool as possible, and if he’s like [puts on an over-the-top accent] “Helloooo there! How aaare you!” then you’re gonna go, “This is a pantomime character.” So [my performance] is a modified version of him, but one that hopefully captures his essence.
In the episode, we know that Lucy catches Fleming’s eye. How so, and what can we expect from that relationship?
Look, he’s the kind of guy who knows that death could be around any corner, and if he sees a very attractive woman like the character Lucy, he just thinks, “Well, who knows what tomorrow brings? Let’s make the best of today!” Jim very cleverly wrote the character so that we could see the origins of where Bond came from, that kind of martini-drinking, woman-seducing kind of guy. Jim really captured that in Fleming.
On the flipside, who will we see Fleming butting heads with?
Because he’s a Brit and the [time-traveling] team are Americans, you assume that we’re allies and we have the same objectives, but he’s a spy with his own objectives, so he might have a different agenda from what he initially set out to do. He says you could take him at his word, but he’s a spy. Also, the storyline for Rufus is he’s playing a bit of a double agent, and he’s intrigued to ask Fleming, “How does one reconcile lying to friends and people that trust you?” Fleming’s response is an interesting one.
Outside of the show, are your friends and family fans of Bond? How did they react to your casting?
I think almost everyone I know is a fan of Bond, even if it’s one era over the other. They’re just good old-fashioned escapism, and my brothers and sisters and close friends have certainly been almost as giddy as I have been, so I kept sending them pictures from the set, like, “Look, I’m in a Nazi costume! This is really terrible, but kind of cool!” They’re really excited for me, too. They know it’s the role that’s kind of all my Christmases and birthdays at once.


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MR.BOND N.38. See you soon!!

Ve l’avevo detto quaiche settimana fa che MR.BOND N.38 stava per “nascere”. Pierfrancesco Stenti ha confezionato l’ennesima copertina che lascia senza fiato, questa poi, vi piacera’ ancora di piu’ perche’ abbiamo pensato di tornare a parlare di Daniel, facendovi leggere cosa la stampa inglese sta scrivendo sul suo coming back per un altro film. All’interno troverete altre sorprese assieme ad un ampio articolo su cosa ha fatto Le Cercle in 10 anni di attivita’. Il 2017 e’ alle porte, pronti per festeggiare con 10 candeline sulla torta, non sono poca cosa ora piu’ che mai desiderosi di  aggiungerne altre 10!

Ilario Citton- founder di Le Cercle 007 friends


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Ralph Fiennes parla di “M” al festival del cinema di Roma

Grazie a Roberto Leofrigio che per Le Cercle 007 Friends ha girato e regalato questo bellissimo contributo video. 

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Legendary director Werner Herzog says he wants to play a Bond villain: ‘I think I would be good’

Werner Herzog is best known for his work behind the camera, as the director of some of the most memorable movies ever made both fictional (“Fitzcarraldo”) and documentary (“Grizzly Man”).
But as he told Business Insider on Monday, he loves “everything that has to do with cinema,” and that includes being an occasional actor.
Over his career, his unique brand of storytelling that focuses on ambition and the dark fringes of society has bled into the kinds of roles he’s taken, most notably playing the villain in the 2012 Tom Cruise movie “Jack Reacher,” based on the popular Lee Child novels.
Herzog is in his fully glory in “Jack Reacher” playing the sinister Zec, who has spent most of his life in a Soviet Union Gulag and has the scars to prove it — he once chewed off his fingers before the frostbite could turn to gangrene.
Here’s Herzog in action in “Jack Reacher” (his unmistakable voice is perfect for the part):
Now the 74-year-old tells us he’s ready to be the villain on one of the most famous movie franchises ever.

“I think I would be a good villain in a James Bond movie,” Herzog told Business Insider while doing press for his latest documentary, “Into the Inferno,” which will be available on Netflix on October 28. “They were fairly weak the last half-dozen of villains in James Bond movies. They weren’t that convincing.”
Herzog said he was offered big villain roles after “Jack Reacher,” though he wouldn’t reveal what they were, only saying he turned them down because they were “silly stuff.”
“‘Jack Reacher’ was very easy because the function of the villain was just to spread fear and horror,” said Herzog, who believes he can do the same opposite 007.
But he said his villanry is only for the screen.
“You have to ask my wife — she maintains I’m a fluffy husband,” he said.
The 25th James Bond movie has yet to go into production. Producers hope they can get Daniel Craig to return. Craig said he’d grown weary of Bond after “Spectre” but has more recently said he hasn’t ruled out returning as Bond. Maybe the casting of evil Herzog can convince him.


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Designing 007, 13 to February in Dubai

The Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition is to open at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai on November 13 to February 13, 2017. On display will be Scaramanga’s Golden Gun from THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, Daniel Craig’s sky-blue trunks from CASINO ROYALE, the SPECTRE Aston Martin DB10 and much more.

The exhibition will be held at the Burj Khalifa ANNEX, with additional displays and experiences at a number of other locations also owned by Emaar properties: At The Top, Burj Khalifa – the world’s highest observation deck, Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall, The Dubai Fountain and Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.

The ‘Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style’ exhibition is a collaboration between the Barbican and EON Productions. The unique exhibition was curated by the Barbican, guest-curated by fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming and designed by Ab Rogers who had unprecedented access to EON Production’s archive. Since its successful debut at the Barbican Centre, London, in 2012, Designing 007 has been exhibited in Toronto, Shanghai, Melbourne, Moscow, Rotterdam, Madrid, Mexico City and Paris.

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BLONDE BOND-SHELL James Bond star Daniel Craig reveals new Bond villain style hairdo – before hinting that he’s not finished being in the franchise

The 48-year-old actor, who is most famed for playing the sixth incarnation of James Bond, bore a striking resemblance to Robert Shaw – who played the villain Donald Grant in the 1963 Bond movie, From Russia with Love.
new ‘do didn’t come without reason however, as the actor is currently filming Logan Lucky, a Stephen Soderbergh film that required him to make the transformation.

Daniel appeared at the festival to discuss life after Bond with acclaimed writer Nicholas Schmidle – but expressed a regret at the time he publicly slammed the idea of ever working in the franchise again.
During the conversation, he revealed: “As far as I’m concerned, I’ve got the best job in the world. I’ll keep doing it as long as I still get a kick out of it.”
He later added: “If I were to stop doing it, I would miss it terribly.”


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Pan Bahar brings on board Pierce Brosnan for its new ad

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Mr.Bond N.38, editoriale: the show must go on

Dopo l’ubriacarura finale di Spectre concretizzatasi con la corsa agli acquisti di bluray e dvd, se ne sono andati velocemente, giorni, settimane e mesi, dove con la lingual di fuori, ci siamo dannati l’anima nel leggere ovunque cosa sarebbe accaduto al nostro amato eroe e attore. Craig si, anzi, Craig no, fan disperati, per il suo probabile addio, e altri ,una minoranza, diciamolo pure senza troppi giri di parole, che osannavano l’arrivo di un nuovo interprete. Fra questi c’ero e ci sono anch’io, per un semplice motivo: James Bond con Spectre ha deluso sotto l’aspetto della creativita’, e il buon Daniel mi e’ sembrato stanco di essere parte di questo magnifico circo filmico e mediatico. The show must go on, sembrano ripetere i produttori, a cui non importa assolutamente nulla di quello che pensano i fan, e neppure il rifiuto di Craig di fronte all’ipotetica offerta di 150 milioni di Dollari per due film, non crea imbarazzo. La gallina dalle uova d’oro deve tornare a tutti i costi, questo e’ il business del cinema. Bond ridotto a action movie e volgare macchina da soldi. Se mai ci sara’ un ritorno di Daniel Craig, temo che vedremo un film sulla falsariga di Spectre. Nulla di piu’. Eon Production mi sembra l’ombra di se stessa, ossia: poche idee, e tanti soldi spesi male.
Lo show deve continuare ma lasciando piu’ autonomia realizzativa agli sceneggiatori, quelli che quando c’era Cubby Broccoli inventavano con mezzi infinitamente inferiori, scene di un incredibile portata emotiva. Momenti che sono da sempre citati e recitati da tutti noi quando ci incontriamo per condividere la nostra immortale passione per I film di 007. We need the original James Bond! 

Per quanto riguarda Le Cercle, due sono le novita’: 

il nome e’ lo stesso, ma cambia con l’aggiunta di 007 Friends. E’ ormai cosa chiara e nota che la produzione non intende ufficializzare nessun club ed avere contatti stampa, definirci Club credo sia inutile. Più importante invece lanciare un messaggio diverso: siamo un gruppo di amici uniti sotto lo stesso nome, Le Cercle, un nome ormai molto consolidato e apprezzato in Italia e non solo. Ed ecco che arriviamo alla seconda novita’: il blog pubblica da un mese e mezzo circa tutte le news in inglese, questo perche’ e’ importante farci leggere da un pubblico molto piu’ vasto. Si potranno leggere anche articoli in Italiano nei giorni in cui tutti i rumour sulle riprese di ogni nuovo film saranno “caldi”. Infine, Mr.Bond rimarra’ al momento uguale, con la mia seria intenzione dal prossimo anno di realizzare ogni numero in due lingue, questo favorira’ nuove iscrizioni da tutto il mondo.
Ilario Citton

Founder Le Cercle 007 Friends
Londra, 7 Ottobre 2016

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Naomie Harris begs Daniel Craig to remain as James Bond

Daniel Craig should stay on as 007 and make a fifth James Bond film, according to Moneypenny actress Naomie Harris.
“He’s an extraordinary actor and I think he’s the best modern Bond that we have had and I desperately want him back,” she said. “Come back Daniel!”
The Skyfall star made the comments at a London Film Festival screening of Moonlight, an Oscar-tipped US drama in which she plays a drug-addicted mother.
Harris shot the film while promoting Spectre, her most recent Bond outing.

“Of course I want to be back with Daniel, I started with Daniel,” the actress told reporters on Thursday.
“When I was nervous on my first day, it was Daniel who calmed my nerves.”
With Craig yet to commit to another Bond film, speculation is mounting as to which actor might replace him.
Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and James Norton are among those being touted as his replacement.


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