James Bond didn't need a reboot, but this website did. Its origins were as a site arguing that Pierce Brosnan should be kept on as Bond and calling for a boycott of Casino Royale. However, the consensus on our forum was that this no longer reflected our aims as an online community. This site has acquired a new function. Casino Royale created a sort of herd mentality on other Bond fansites. Those critical of the current orthodoxy on Craig have been made to feel unwelcome on the traditional James Bond forums and most have either left, had their account deleted, or stopped posting altogether. The Daniel Craig is not Bond forum provides a haven where people are free to debate the current direction of the Bond franchise in a democratic fashion.
THIS IS NOT A DANIEL CRAIG HATE SITE. Daniel Craig is not the devil, merely a talented actor who we feel was miscast as James Bond. For some of us, the issue is the fact that he looks so unlike any of the previous actors to play the role or any general conception of James Bond. Others feel that he appears too uncouth compared to the suave Bond we know and love. This was a widespread view when his name was first linked to the part, even from those who mysteriously fell into line when he was cast in November 2005.
Many of us are also unhappy at the decision to "reboot" the series, ignoring the previous 20 Bond films and starting the series again from scratch. We feel this was an unnecessary and cynical move, aimed at expanding the fanbase by disparaging a series of films that we love. Whilst few of us would object to the series changing to reflect audience tastes, Casino Royale and its attendant publicity seemed to send out the message to long term Bond fans that the previous films were all rubbish and you were idiots for enjoying them. Casino Royale set out to be a Bond film for people who don't like Bond films. Well, that ain't us! If this is Bond 2.1, then we preferred Bond 1.0. Read More...
Bond 23 to raise $50m in product placement revenue
The recession has hit the posh world of James Bond. The production budget for yet to be named Bond 23 is estimated to be $150 million. A substantial decrease from $230 million spent in 2008 for Quantum Of Solace.
The renewed partnership of MGM & Sony has produced a new agreement to raise £30 million from product placement. Product placement is nothing new to the world of Bond, Die Another Day (2002) received £44 million, Casino Royale (2006) £30 million, Quantum of Solace (2008) £50 million.
Despite being proclaimed as a new record in the following article, according Variety (June 2002) Minority Report held the record with $25 million paling in comparison to the Bond franchise advertising accomplishments.
THE next James Bond movie is set to blow its rivals out of the water - in product placement revenues.
Studio MGM and the film's distributor, Sony, have agreed a deal to raise £30 million ($50 million) from companies seeking to associate their brands with the 007 franchise, one-third of the film's budget, The (London) Sunday Times reported.
This would double the previous record held by Steven Spielberg's 2002 Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise.
Among the firms being lined up are rapidly expanding Chinese technology companies.
http://www.deadline.com/2011/04/mgm-re-ups-dvd-deal-with-fox-through-2016/#more-122936 LOS ANGELES, CA April 14, 2011 - MGM announced today that the company has renewed its worldwide Blu-ray Disc and DVD distribution pact with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment through 2016. As part of the new agreement, Fox will now oversee electronic-sell-through for MGM titles and will continue to handle MGM's vast and extensive movie and television library, as well as distribute several upcoming new release productions in the home entertainment market, including the next JAMES BOND film, set for global theatrical release on November 9, 2012."
"Twentieth Century Fox is a valued partner that has taken great care of the MGM library for many years with the highest degree of integrity," said Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of MGM. "They are a tremendous asset to the studio as we look towards the future."
"MGM and UA have made enormous contributions throughout the history of film, and we're proud to be part of that legacy," said Fox Filmed Entertainment's chairmen and CEO's Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman. "We're delighted that we are extending our partnership with the studio under the leadership of our friends Gary and Roger."
Twentieth Century Fox began managing MGM's international home video distribution in 1999. The flourishing partnership expanded in 2006 when MGM signed a worldwide distribution pact with Fox. Fox's home entertainment group has enhanced the MGM legacy by maximizing key franchises and legendary films from the library that include JAMES BOND, ROCKY and WEST SIDE STORY. Additionally, Fox leveraged MGM's deep catalog to offer a selection of never before released classic films and TV shows via CreateSpace's DVD On-Demand service.
"The MGM brand has become part of our DNA," said Mike Dunn, President Worldwide, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. "We are privileged to handle this incredible library of acclaimed films, many that rank as the most commercially and critically successful films of all time." Discuss this in our forum Read More...
LOS ANGELES, CA., April 13, 2011 - Sony Pictures Entertainment will remain in the James Bond business after reaching an agreement with MGM to co-finance and theatrically market and distribute Bond 23 worldwide, it was announced today by MGM Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum and Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal. Sony will release the next film in this iconic franchise on November 9, 2012 throughout the world except for select International territories, where MGM will directly oversee distribution.
Sony Pictures and MGM look forward to Sony Pictures co-financing and distributing Bond 24 on a similar basis.
Additionally, MGM and Sony Pictures have agreed to explore co-financing opportunities on future motion pictures produced by each of the respective studios for the next five years.
The two studios have collaborated directly and indirectly in recent years on numerous films, including Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, 21, Yours, Mine and Ours, The Pink Panther, and the forthcoming Kevin James comedy Zookeeper.
The announcement of the agreement to distribute Bond 23 adds another high-profile title to Sony’s 2012 slate, which also includes Men in Black 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man, as well as I Hate You, Dad, starring Adam Sandler, Here Comes the Boom, starring Kevin James, 21 Jump Street, Resident Evil 5 and Total Recall.
Former James Bond Roger Moore is hobbling around on crutches after injuring himself on a movie set in Romania.
The 83-year-old actor was hurt after tripping over a set of wires while shooting the upcoming comedy Christmas at Castlebury Hall last month. Three electricians also fell in the on-set accident, crushing the veteran star.
But his agent Jean Diamond is adamant Roger will make a full recovery, insisting: "He is relaxing quietly at home. He'll be on his feet in no time
Sir Roger has always been class act and a hard worker giving his all when he is on the set. We hope he has a quick and full recovery so he can be back doing what he does best. Get well soon Mr Bond!
A well deserved start studded tribute to John Barry is in the works. Contact Music Stars To Pay Tribute To Bond Composer Barry Stars including Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Michael Caine and former James Bond actor Timothy Dalton have signed up to appear at a tribute concert dedicated to late 007 composer John Barry.
The Oscar-winning musician, who wrote iconic theme tunes for 11 Bond films including From Russia with Love and You Only Live Twice, died at the age of 77 in January (11) after suffering a fatal heart attack in New York.
A memorial show will be held in his honour at London's Royal Albert Hall this summer (11) and organisers have announced a star-studded line-up.
The concert will feature performances from Bassey, who famously sang Barry's Diamonds Are Forever and Goldfinger, and tenor Alfie Boe, while the composer's music will be played by Britain's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a programme devised by Barry's widow Laurie and current Bond music chief David Arnold.
The event will also see tributes from Caine, Dalton and Sir George Martin, who scored the soundtrack for 1973 Bond film Live and Let Die while Barry was on hiatus.
Proceeds from the show will help fund a film composition scholarship set up in Barry's name at London's Royal College of Music.
Henry Cavill reveals his desire to take over the James Bond
Henry Cavill the new Man of Steel as well as a favorite contender for the role of James Bond among Bond fans has brightened the day of many a fan in an interview with IGN.
"Henry Cavill On Superman Excitement And Re-Imagining; Reveals Desire To Play 007! It seems like WonderCon was all about the new Man of Steel, as two more video interviews feature the actor promising that the reboot sticks closely to the source material and his interest in taking over as James Bond... In an interview with IGN Movies, the actor talked more about his excitement with being cast in Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman: The Man of Steel, but most interestingly reveals his desire to take over the James Bond franchise as soon as current 007, Daniel Craig, is finished."
The online streaming arm of Netflix has added James Bond to their line up. Most of the Bond movies in their line up are available in HD. Good news for Bond fans in the United States and Canada (where Netlfix streaming is available).
Thunderball You Only Live Twice On Her Majesty's Secret Service Diamonds Are Forever Live and Let Die The Man with the Golden Gun The Spy Who Loved Me Moonraker For Your Eyes Only Octopussy A View to a Kill Licence to Kill The Living Daylights
Casino Royale (1954 )* Casino Royale (1967 )* Never Say Never Again (1983)* True Bond (2007 Documentary)*
Deadline.com (James Bond in Drag: Bad Idea )calls the International Women's Day short film featuring the charactersJames Bond 007 and his boss M"the very definition of ill-advised". Produced by Barbara Broccoli, perhaps it is also the very definition of what is wrong with the franchise today.
Link: Washington Post Online The video - narrated by actress Judi Dench, recreating her role as spymaster M - notes Bond's "fondness for women" but asks if the suited spy has "ever considered what it might like to be one." A silent Bond reappears on camera and strikes a seemingly confident pose in drag. As M rattles off statistics on sexual violence, education and pay inequality, Craig pulls off the wig and earrings. He exits the screen when asked "So, are we equals?"
What seems to have upset Bond fans the most is this film short is it is not Daniel Craig and Judi Dench preforming as themselves or other characters, rather as Ian Fleming's creations.