James Bond has no shortage of iconic hallmarks from his decades-long history, but few are as memorable as the envy-inducing collection of cars he’s driven. But now fans who have wanted to cruise around like Bond—well, the really loaded ones—will have a chance to own 007’s latest ride.
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The next James Bond movie taking too long to come out? How about some 007 comics to tide you over?
On Tuesday, comic book publisher Dynamite Entertainment announced a partnership with the estate of Ian Fleming that will give Dynamite worldwide rights to publish comic books featuring suave superspy James Bond. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deal allows for both adaptations of existing 007 stories and entirely new adventures—in fact, Dynamite’s first Bond project will be set before Casino Royale and document Bond’s earliest years.
No creative teams have been announced yet, but with New York Comic-Con just a couple of days away it’s hard to imagine the team working on the first Bond books will stay secret much longer. Now, the big question: what will this Bond look like? Will they go full Connery? Half Craig? Or totally Moore?
When Pierce Brosnan first took on the iconic role of James Bond in 1995’s Goldeneye, he very likely had no idea he was becoming a part of video game history. But Goldeneye 007, the 1997 video game adaptation of the film, was a huge success, and a whole generation of video game fans grew up with Brosnan’s face plugged into their Nintendo 64.
So when the actor came by The Tonight Show last night, host Jimmy Fallon, a huge video game fan, challenged him to a match.
Brosnan isn’t very good, but Fallon doesn’t really care—he’s too busy cackling with glee in exuberant Bond villainy. Fallon’s enthusiasm rubs off, and it looks like Brosnan is having a jolly time. They really should have changed the game mode, though: The Man With Golden Gun is the way to go for sudden death Goldeneye matches. And you can’t forget Big Head mode. That’s important.
So much for getting any work done today.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise, not to mention the release of Skyfall tomorrow, the folks at Eon Productions have stitched together all 22 movies featuring Agent 007 into one single omnibus James Bond movie. (Sorry Never Say Never Again fans, wherever you are — it didn’t make the cut.) More intriguing still, this super-Bond film was constructed in chronological order, with the opening sequence from 1962’s Dr. No, followed by roughly the fifth through tenth minutes of 1963’s From Russia With Love, the tenth through fifteenth minutes of 1964’s Goldfinger, and so on up through the final five minutes from 2008’s Quantum of Solace.
It makes for a remarkably cohesive storytelling experience; Carey Lowell wondering where she’s going to get a small prop plane in 1989’s License to Kill, for example, segues perfectly into Pierce Brosnan flying a small prop plane in 1995’s GoldenEye. Whether that’s an indictment of the Bond formula, or a testimony to its resilience, I leave to you to decide.
James Bond is back with a double-O bang in Skyfall. The first 007 installment in four years, Skyfall (out Nov. 9) is a different kind of Bond film. It reaches back to the past, nodding to classic bits of Bond lore like Monty Norman’s original Bond theme and the Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger, and looks to the future, as 007 and Judi Dench’s M grapple with being dinosaurs in a world that’s speeding past them. There’s also a new director (Oscar-winner Sam Mendes), a new Q (Ben Whishaw), a pair of new Bond girls (Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe), and a new villain who’s so flamboyantly nasty that he immediately vaults to the top tier of Bond baddies (Javier Bardem). In other words, it’s the ideal film to cap Bond’s first 50 years — and make fans bullish about the next 50.
In this week’s Entertainment Weekly, we sit down with Bond himself, Daniel Craig, to discuss the role that’s changed his life for better and worse. He tells us about his reluctance to take on the role back in 2005 when he was first asked to replace Pierce Brosnan, how he roped Mendes into directing the film (here’s a hint, it included booze and Hugh Jackman), and what it was like working with a costar even more famous than he is — Queen Elizabeth II — during his now-famous skydiving skit for this summer’s Olympics opening ceremony. “My first reaction was, ‘How many people will be watching? A billion and a half?! I guess I’m doing this.’ She was great, a really good sport. When they brought it to me, they’d already told her that I’d be doing it. I didn’t have much of a choice. It was literally a Luca Brasi situation from The Godfather — an offer I couldn’t refuse.”
Craig, who recently signed on for two more Bond films, also talks about the future of the franchise and where he’d like to see it go. “Everybody always moans, ‘Where’s Bond gone? Where’s all the jokes?’ Well, give us time! I always had a master plan in the back of my head that with the third movie — if I ever got there — it would be time to take the gloves off and bring the gags back in.”
Read more about Skyfall in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands October 26th. And remember, it’s for your eyes only.
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