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New James Bond movie ‘Shatterhand’ will see 007 battling blind supervillain in Croatia as spy heads overseas

James Bond will travel to Croatia in the 25th instalment of the 007 franchise.The film has the working title Shatterhand and the plot sees Daniel Craig’s spy battle a blind supervillain.
It is based on the 1999 thriller Never Dream Of Dying by US author Raymond Benson, who also wrote Bond books Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day and The World is Not Enough.


The novel opens with a police raid on a French movie studio that goes badly wrong, while an actress with a sordid past leads Bond to his final target.
A source said: “Bond scriptwriters feel it could be the perfect follow-up to Spectre . They are hoping to film in Croatia next year.”

The insider said producers had been furious when a local mayor revealed they had been scouting for locations in the coastal tourist hotspot of Dubrovnik.

Bond 25: There are: an English, a French, a Canadian.

“Se vogliamo che tutto rimanga com’è, bisogna che tutto cambi”. Il motto gattopardesco, coniato dal sicilianissimo Tomasi di Lampedusa, sembra descrivere assai bene il lavoro che, da 55 anni, Eon Productions porta avanti sul personaggio nato dalla penna dell’inglesissimo Ian Fleming. A ben guardare, in tutta la saga, non c’è mai stato un cambio di passo davvero radicale: ogni cambiamento è sempre stato compensato e attutito da elementi di sostanziale continuità. Per questo, da 2 anni a questa parte, le voci che si sono rincorse hanno avuto toni fortemente allarmistici: Mendes va via, Craig pure. 


E con loro, si pensava, anche tutto il comparto creativo. Cosa ne sarà di Bond, del franchise, della sua lunga e nobile tradizione? Oggi, a seguito della diffusione delle prime note ufficiali sappiamo che i tradizionali Purvis e Wade sono stati confermati alla sceneggiatura, abbiamo una data ufficiale di rilascio (8/11/19) e apprendiamo, in queste ultime ore, anche la rosa di nomi da cui spunterà il successore di Sam Mendes. Informazioni ancora sommarie, certo, che ci dicono ancora poco rispetto a cosa sarà Bond 25, ma rivelatrici di quale sia l’obiettivo, la visione d’insieme, che muove le scelte dei produttori. Continuità o cambiamento? Al momento si direbbe che la bilancia penda nettamente sulla prima opzione. L’anno di rilascio ci rimanda a un’antica tradizione di anni dispari, che è stata mantenuta scaramanticamente invariata fino agli anni ’90. La conferma degli sceneggiatori storici, che a breve festeggeranno 20 anni dal loro primo 007, ci rimanda a figure onnipresenti, che già in passato avevano preservato il valore della continuità bondiana, quali Richard Maibaum.


 A tutto ciò si aggiungono le voci, ormai sempre più credibili, di un ritorno pressoché certo di Craig, e forse persino di Adele. Si direbbe, quindi, che non si abbia intenzione di avviare un nuovo ciclo, con tutte le incognite che questo avrebbe comportato, ma si preferisca continuare nella direzione già intrapresa del reboot: “Squadra che vince non si cambia”, o così pare. Ma fino ad un certo punto però, perché a cambiare sarà proprio l’allenatore della squadra: il regista. Dai tempi di Terence Young a oggi la figura del regista è sensibilmente cambiata dentro la saga bondiana. Fino agli anni ’80 il regista, per Eon, non era altro che un operaio che metteva a disposizione le proprie abilità tecniche e la propria professionalità al fine di dare forma all’immaginario dei produttori. Un esecutore, una figura funzionale che, in varie occasioni, è stata letteralmente allevata dalla produzione, a proprio uso e consumo, basti pensare a nomi quali Peter Hunt e John Glen. 


Il primo tentativo di esplorare un diverso e più autoriale approccio alla regia bondiana avvenne alla fine degli anni ’90, con la scelta di Michael Apted, già autore di film come Nell, Gorilla nella nebbia e Gorky Park. Ancor di più Marc Forster, reduce da opere intimiste come Monster’s Ball o Il cacciatore di aquiloni. L’obiettivo era manifestamente quello di esplorare nuove sfaccettature del personaggio Bond, conferendogli una maggiore profondità psicologica. 


Un percorso di rielaborazione autoriale del franchise che ha trovato in Sam Mendes il suo compendio: un regista premio Oscar, un autore più avvezzo ai festival che non ai blockbuster. Con Mendes si è proceduto ad un nuovo iter produttivo: il regista non era più un semplice esecutore finale ma, entrando nel team creativo sin dalle prime fasi preproduttive, ne diventava autore a pieno titolo. Una svolta assai significativa, voluta fortemente in occasione del 50° anniversario della saga, e che ha prodotto il bond-film più dirompente degli ultimi due decenni: Skyfall. Con la strada intrapresa da Mendes la saga bondiana ha riavviato il personaggio, approdando ad una popolarità mai più raggiunta dai tempi di Connery o dal primo Moore, e facendolo arrivare a fasce di pubblico fino a quel momento indifferenti. 


Con Skyfall, James Bond raddoppia gli incassi, passando dai tradizionali 500 milioni worldwide al miliardo tondo, ed entra in una dimensione in cui tutto sembra possibile: avere registi premio Oscar, attori premio Oscar, e addirittura riuscire a vincerne a sua volta, come successo al Adele! In seguito a tutto ciò appariva insensato imbroccare una strada nuova, e di fatti il team creativo al gran completo venne confermato per il capitolo successivo, bissando sostanzialmente lo stesso successo economico. Più tiepida sarà invece la critica. Oggi però, senza più Mendes, quale strada può intraprendere il franchise? Ogni nome che si è fatto sottintende una direzione precisa da prendere: Nolan, che per autorevolezza e prestigio sarebbe l’unico tra i nomi circolati a non soffrire del paragone con Mendes, potrebbe fare con Bond quanto già fatto con Batman, facendo assurgere la saga bondiana ad un lirismo mai conosciuto prima. Ma, come non abbiamo mai visto un film di Bond diretto da Stanley Kubrick o da Quentin Tarantino, così probabilmente non ne vedremo uno diretto da Nolan. Eon, per quanto disposta a lasciar spazio agli autori, non è disponibile a dare carta bianca. E quindi i nomi davvero papabili restano 3: Yann Demange, David MacKenzie e Denis Villeneuve. Un francese, un inglese e un canadese.


 Ognuno dei 3, per storia e stile, rappresenta una precisa direzione in cui la saga potrà orientarsi. Il francese Demange è quasi un esordiente, ha appena 40 anni, ed è molto distante dal pedigree dei registi bondiani a cui siamo abituati. Se fosse inglese, lo si potrebbe apparentare ai “ragazzi di bottega” nati e svezzati in casa Eon. Sarebbe un ideale ritorno a schemi produttivi anni ’80, tanto per intenderci: prodotti fatti e confezionati da Eon. Potrebbe essere una carta valida da giocarsi in futuro, per un eventuale nuovo reboot, ma probabilmente non adesso. David MacKenzie è diverso, è un solido regista inglese, duttile e con esperienza nel campo dell’azione. Potrebbe essere una sorta di nuovo Martin Campbell, capace di restituire a Bond quella natura action che si è un pò persa nell’ultimo lustro. Inoltre è inglese: fattore che, sappiamo bene, non è affatto secondario agli occhi di Eon. Se prima di lui non ci fosse stato il tornado Mendes, è molto probabile che MacKenzie sarebbe potuto essere la prima scelta di Barbara Broccoli, ma il confronto tra un premio Oscar, reduce dal più blasonato film della saga ed il quasi sconosciuto debuttante potrebbe nuocere fatalmente alla sua candidatura. 

Chi invece sembra avere le carte in regola per sfangarla è il canadese Denis Villeneuve, che attualmente è tra i nomi più gettonati dello starsystem. Il suo Arrival ha calamitato l’attenzione di pubblico e critica, imponendosi come uno dei casi cinematografici dell’anno. Ed è sempre suo l’imminente Blade Runner 2049, che si prospetta come uno dei titoli di punta della nuova stagione cinematografica. Villeneuve sembra avere tutte le credenziali: capacità, nome, persino il prestigio giusto per riuscire a misurarsi col suo diretto predecessore. Inoltre ha dimostrato di avere dimestichezza con generi come thrilling ed action. E non è detto che la fantascienza, alla quale si è legato per le sue ultime pellicole, non torni utile anche con Bond. Dopo tutto quanti anni sono che 007 non ha che fare con lo spazio?

 

Francesco Schietroma

Yann Demange rumored as frontrunner to direct next Bond film

The director Yann Demange is the frontrunner to direct the next Bond movie, which has a tentative release date of 8 November 2019, according to a report in Variety.James Bond film confirmed for 2019 – but no word on who will play 007.
Demange, known for the IRA thriller ’71, is joined on the shortlist of potential directors by Denis Villeneuve and David Mackenzie, whose respective films Arrival and Hell or High Water both earned best picture nominations at last year’s Academy Awards.


Daniel Craig is also reportedly set to reprise his role as Bond for a fifth time, according to sources, despite comments made on the press tour of the franchise’s last film, Spectre. At the time, Craig said he’d “rather break this glass and slash my wrists [than play Bond again]”. “All I want to do is move on,” he told Time Out magazine, adding that he’s “over it at the moment” and that if he were to be compelled to play 007 again it would be “only for the money”.

The director Yann Demange is the frontrunner to direct the next Bond movie, which has a tentative release date of 8 November 2019, according to a report in Variety.

James Bond film confirmed for 2019 – but no word on who will play 007

Demange, known for the IRA thriller ’71, is joined on the shortlist of potential directors by Denis Villeneuve and David Mackenzie, whose respective films Arrival and Hell or High Water both earned best picture nominations at last year’s Academy Awards.

Daniel Craig is also reportedly set to reprise his role as Bond for a fifth time, according to sources, despite comments made on the press tour of the franchise’s last film, Spectre. At the time, Craig said he’d “rather break this glass and slash my wrists [than play Bond again]”. “All I want to do is move on,” he told Time Out magazine, adding that he’s “over it at the moment” and that if he were to be compelled to play 007 again it would be “only for the money”.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who penned Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre, will write the latest, as-yet-untitled installment. French director Demange, who received the British Independent Film award for best director for ’71, is currently in post-production on the crime drama White Boy Rick, starring Matthew McConaughey.

As Sony’s contract with the Bond series has ended, the 25th film in the franchise has yet to lock down a distributor, although Warner Brothers is seen as the best bet to land the rights.

Franchise producers have also expressed interest in bringing the Dunkirk director, Christopher Nolan, onboard. “I’ve spoken to the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson over the years,” Nolan recently told Playboy. “I deeply love the character, and I’m always excited to see what they do with it. Maybe one day that would work out. You’d have to be needed, if you know what I mean. It has to need reinvention; it has to need you. And they’re getting along very well.”

Despite mixed reviews, Spectre made over $880m at the global box office, making it the second-biggest Bond adventure of all time.

Here Are the Directors in the Running for ‘Bond 25’

It sounds like James Bond 25 is very much heating up. While there have been a number of variables up in the air for the Spectre follow-up, namely if Daniel Craig will actually return, EON Productions set a November 2019 release date the other day, signaling that they’re moving forward. Indeed, Deadline now has the list of the three frontrunners in line to direct Bond 25, and they are fantastic. The three names in Deadline’s report are Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival), Yann Demange (’71), and David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water).
All three of these filmmakers are great, and I’d be happy with any one of them. Villeneuve is probably the “biggest” name of the bunch, having helmed terrific thrillers like Sicario and Arrival before making the big leap with this fall’s Blade Runner 2049. He can handle action, character, and story in equal measure, and he would likely bring DP Roger Deakins back into the fold after Deakins shot Skyfall.


Mackenzie is a “hot” name at the moment, coming off Best Picture nominee Hell or High Water. He also directed the 2013 film Starred Up and his name surfaced recently as a possibility to step into Universal’s Scarface remake. And Demange broke out in a big way with his thriller ’71, and he most recently wrapped White Boy Rick with Matthew McConaughey. Variety is separately reporting that Demange is actually the main frontrunner here, and it’s worth noting that Villeneuve has already lined up Dune as his next project, so if he directed Bond 25 he’d have to push that back.

While Christopher Nolan and Edgar Wright have surfaced as possibilities recently as well, these two filmmakers likely wouldn’t take on Bond until the franchise needs a reboot, so they can start from scratch and enact their own unique vision. We learned this week that Craig is expected to reprise his role as Bond for Bond 25, so whether this is a closing chapter or just another new entry will determine the likelihood of us seeing a Nolan Bond movie in the next decade.

It sounds like James Bond 25 is very much heating up. While there have been a number of variables up in the air for the Spectre follow-up, namely if Daniel Craig will actually return, EON Productions set a November 2019 release date the other day, signaling that they’re moving forward. Indeed, Deadline now has the list of the three frontrunners in line to direct Bond 25, and they are fantastic. The three names in Deadline’s report are Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival), Yann Demange (’71), and David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water).
All three of these filmmakers are great, and I’d be happy with any one of them. Villeneuve is probably the “biggest” name of the bunch, having helmed terrific thrillers like Sicario and Arrival before making the big leap with this fall’s Blade Runner 2049. He can handle action, character, and story in equal measure, and he would likely bring DP Roger Deakins back into the fold after Deakins shot Skyfall.

Mackenzie is a “hot” name at the moment, coming off Best Picture nominee Hell or High Water. He also directed the 2013 film Starred Up and his name surfaced recently as a possibility to step into Universal’s Scarface remake. And Demange broke out in a big way with his thriller ’71, and he most recently wrapped White Boy Rick with Matthew McConaughey. Variety is separately reporting that Demange is actually the main frontrunner here, and it’s worth noting that Villeneuve has already lined up Dune as his next project, so if he directed Bond 25 he’d have to push that back.

While Christopher Nolan and Edgar Wright have surfaced as possibilities recently as well, these two filmmakers likely wouldn’t take on Bond until the franchise needs a reboot, so they can start from scratch and enact their own unique vision. We learned this week that Craig is expected to reprise his role as Bond for Bond 25, so whether this is a closing chapter or just another new entry will determine the likelihood of us seeing a Nolan Bond movie in the next decade.
Sam Mendes reinvigorated the franchise with the stunning Skyfall and returned to helm Spectre to…disappointing results. That film introduced Christoph Waltz as franchise villain Blofeld, so it’ll be interesting to see if Bond 25 continues that thread or leaves it be. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have scripted almost all of the recent Bond movies, are back to pen the screenplay for 25.
The distribution rights to Bond are still up in the air, as studios like Sony, Warner Bros., Annapurna, Fox, and Universal are all vying for the opportunity to produce and distribute the next few Bond movies after EON’s contract with Sony ended on Spectre. That will likely be secured up shortly as EON is looking to put the pieces into place, and Deadline notes we should hear who’s directing this thing by the end of the summer.
collider.com

Is Daniel Craig back for Bond 25? Everything we know about the next 007 movie

007 will return… on November 8 2019, according to a tweet put out by the James Bond Twitter account. But, they explain, this is only the US release date, and British cinemagoers can expect to be watching the spy’s 25th (or 24th official) adventure slightly earlier.Besides the release window, details are scarce. But here’s what we know so far:

Who is writing?

Along with the release date, we also know that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will be on script duty. The duo have been writing Bond films since 1999’s The World is Not Enough and oversaw the franchise’s transition from the excesses of the Brosnan era to the Jason Bourne-influenced grittiness of Daniel Craig’s tenure.


Purvis and Wade have also collaborated with John Logan and Jez Butterworth on the most recent Bond films, so it may not be too surprising if those playwrights get credited with revisions to the script.

Another question is tone: under the direction of Sam Mendes, Skyfall and Spectre attempted to embrace the vivacity (and occasionally the humour) of the Connery films. With Mendes confirmed not to be returning, the film may resume the full seriousness of Casino Royale.

What will the plot be? 

Good question. Speaking to The Telegraph in January, Purvis admitted that they had no idea how to tackle Bond in a post-Donald Trump world. “I’m just not sure how you would go about writing a James Bond film now,” the writer said. “Each time, you’ve got to say something about Bond’s place in the world, which is Britain’s place in the world. But things are moving so quickly now, that becomes tricky. With people like Trump, the Bond villain has become a reality. So when they do another one, it will be interesting to see how they deal with the fact that the world has become a fantasy.”

Will Daniel Craig return?

Of course, the script is only half the battle. The film’s overall feel will mainly depend on who plays Bond. Despite claiming in 2015 that he would rather “slit his wrists” than reprise the role, sources report that Eon Productions are very confident they can bring Craig back, and that all he needs to do is sign a contract; according to some reports, a deal has already been done. If that is the case, Craig won’t come cheap: it’s claimed that at one point he was offered $150 million to make two more Bonds. 

But even supposing that he is ready to play Bond again, it is likely that this will be Craig’s last time doing so. By 2019 he will have been in the role in films over a 13-year span, longer than any other Bond actor with the exception of Sean Connery’s one-off appearance in Never Say Never Again (1983). From a fresh blood perspective, this film would make sense as a sendoff to the Craig period.

What about the supporting cast?

It also follows then that the story of Craig’s Bond and recurring (or more appropriately, surviving) characters should be wrapped up neatly. The matter of which cast members are returning can tell us a lot about the story even in the absence of other knowledge.

Spectre (2015) revealed Ernst Stavro Blofeld, played by Christoph Waltz, to be the “author” of all of Bond’s suffering from Casino Royale onwards. Though he was captured, it seems improbable that the producers would waste time and money introducing the franchise’s most famous villain, only to ignore him one movie later.


Waltz has admitted to feeling that he didn’t “nail” the character first time around, but his Blofeld spent most of the film concealing his identity, and doing very little in the way of world domination. Perhaps a more adventurous script (and a lot of money) will get him back for sure. 

The Craig films have also spent more time exploring Bond’s (seemingly doomed) romantic arcs, but so far no Bond girl has made it alive into the sequel. It appeared that this cycle had been broken by Spectre, when Bond escaped with Lea Seydoux’s character, the Vesper Lynd-substitute Madeleine Swann. In a world where no cinematic universe wants to be inattentive to female audiences (even the Bond films), it’s very probable that Seydoux will also make a return.


Additionally, it won’t be too much of a surprise if Ralph Fiennes’s M, Naomie Harris’s Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw’s Q are also assisting Bond. These interpretations of the characters are getting settled in and it makes little sense for them to be gone, especially when prior incumbents in those roles were long term Bond fixtures.

Where will it shoot? 

As is standard procedure on Bond films, at least one location for Bond 25 has apparently been found long before a word of the script has been typed. According to reports in February, the Croatian city of Dubrovnik has been in “advanced negotiations” to host the production. Dubrovnik is also used as a location in Game of Thrones.

Who will direct?


The director with the most momentum/wishcasting behind him is Christopher Nolan, who talks regularly about his love of the character and influence taken from the series. With Dunkirk released he would be expected to have his next film due in 2019/20, so it’s a window he could fall right into.

He has also admitted to talking to the Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who would surely be keen to draft him given the likely revenue and critical praise his attachment could attract. The only qualifier is how much creative control the producers are willing to give Nolan, who usually writes his own scripts, or collaborates with his brother Jonathan.

Danny Boyle is another well-known British director who may also be considered “due” the honour of directing one of the most well-known British franchises, and with Sam Mendes’s precedent, the series’s producers may have no problems delegating directing duties to another auteur filmmaker.


Or could it be Paul McGuigan, the Scottish director reportedly favoured by Wilson and Broccoli after they produced his forthcoming drama Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool?

Though Wilson and Broccoli prefer to hire British (or British connected) directors, they could also be tempted by Denis Villeneuve, the director of Sicario, Arrival and this year’s Blade Runner 2049, who has expressed interest himself.

telegraph.co.uk

Daniel Craig WILL stay on as James Bond and Adele is tipped to sing theme again

Daniel Craig has changed his mind and is set to sign up for his fifth Bond movie – with Adele lined up to join him.The actor, 48, claimed he would “rather slash my wrists” than play 007 again but his U-turn came after a host of British stars were tipped to replace him. The Wire star Idris Elba, Peaky Blinders’ Tom Hardy, Happy Valley villain James Norton and Poldark’s Aidan Turner were all contenders.

But Bond producer Barbara Broccoli is said to have secured Craig – and we can reveal she is “determined” that superstar singer Adele will record the theme tune.
Although Adele had to cancel the final two shows of her world tour because of damaged vocal chords, Barbara is said to be “talking the singer round”.


She believes “Bond25” can start filming next year and will be a sure fire hit.

A source involved in the project said: “Craig and Adele together are the winning team, the ultimate choice, the money spinners. It’s taken time but Daniel has come round and the strong con–sensus in the Bond offices is that Mr Craig is 007 again. As for Adele, she’s more of an unknown quantity but loved being part of Bond, so the signs are positive.” The insider said Craig’s actress wife Rachel Weisz, 47, is “on board with the decision” for him to spend a year away filming.


Craig claimed in 2015 that if he did play the spy again “it would be for the money.” He was said to have been offered up to £120million for two more films. Skyfall and Spectre scriptwriter John Logan is also said to be involved in the project.

mirror.co.uk

A Bientot…: Reflections on life

In this warm and engaging book, Sir Roger Moore looks back on a life truly well lived. Nostalgic, funny, and charming, his reflections encompass all aspects of the universal human condition. From childhood reminisces and ‘what might have been’ to keeping abreast of the ever-changing times. From senior moments, memory and getting to grips with technology to the joys and frustrations travel, work and play. 


Along with all of this he tells of the intense happiness of family life and enduring friendships, as well as the deep sadness of losing those he has loved. Featuring his own line illustrations, this book is a portrait of Sir Roger at his most open and forthright. The true stories and situations he shares in this warm and intimate book reveal a ‘Bond Unbound’, the human being inside the legendary character that made him so famous the world over. Life afirming and beautifully captured this is a definitive homage to a remarkable man.