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Lea Seydoux brings more than just sex appeal to the role of Bond Girl

Léa Seydoux is a sphinx of an actress. Her characters always seems to have a secret, even when they don’t. It’s a quality that will make her an ideal Bond Girl in SPECTRE, the next 007 installment.

Today, after a month or so of rumors, director Sam Mendes confirmed her involvement when he introduced Seydoux to the media and announced that she would be playing a character named Madeleine Swann. Madeleine Swann: either they cast the perfect actress in the role, or they named the character only after she’d agreed to become the most elegant of Bond Girls. Has anyone who ever lived looked more like a Madeleine Swann?

But there might be some real meaning behind the name. It could be a nod to Marcel Proust’s “Swann’s Way,” which features themes of involuntary memory that evoke SPECTRE‘s logline, “A cryptic message from Bond’s past…” Perhaps Seydoux is destined to be more than just eye candy, which makes a ton of sense considering her resume. READ FULL STORY

10 lucky -- and rich -- fans can purchase James Bond's new Aston Martin

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.


Stephen Hawking wants to play a Bond villain

Eddie Redmayne is playing Stephen Hawking onscreen in The Theory of Everythingout now, but Hawking wants his own moment in front of the camera—and he wants that moment to be on the set of a James Bond film.

“My ideal role would be a baddie in a James Bond film,” the physicist told Wired, according to The Telegraph“I think the wheelchair and the computer voice would fit the part.” READ FULL STORY

Shake, don't stir: James Bond comics are coming in 2015

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?

Even better: What if they make him Idris Elba


Fallon plays 'Goldeneye' with Pierce Brosnan, becomes a Bond villain

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.

'Sherlock' goes 'Man of Steel': Should heroes have a license to kill?

The Sherlock Holmes played by Benedict Cumberbatch is the most brilliant problem solver on television. The Sherlock Holmes played by Jonny Lee Miller in Elementary comes pretty close, but I give the edge to the “high functioning” sociopath with the “mind palace” in his head. (Now that’s some Intelligence.) The third and final installment of Sherlock’s third season challenged the master detective with a most vexing conundrum, a test of both imagination and morality, one that has become increasingly popular in our hero fiction of late: To kill or not to kill. READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly: What James Bond and 'Doctor Who' tell us about the future of pop culture

Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines contemporary pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!

James Bond and the Doctor don’t have very much in common. Bond is a violent British superspy. The Doctor is a pacifist alien traveler. Bond jets around to exotic locations and uses expensive gadgets; the Doctor spends a curious amount of time in Wales and uses semi-abstract technology that makes funny noises. Weirdly, if the two characters ever met, they would probably be enemies. Bond is the kind of guns-blazing loose cannon the Doctor hates; in turn, the Doctor is practically a Bond villain, a stateless entity with a sci-fi lair that houses several weapons of mass destruction.

Bond is a hedonist with rampant sex drive, a figure of pure id. The Doctor is a vaguely ascetic intellectual, a figure of pure superego. Except when he’s not, which brings up a more important difference: Whereas the Platonic Ideal of James Bond was chiseled in granite from the word go, the Doctor is less a character than a series of variables. James Bond has always kind of looked the same; the Doctor can look like a scary philosopher hobo or the internet’s dream of combining every member of a British boy band into one perfect human. Both characters are essentially immortal, although in different ways. The Doctor frequently mentions his age, although he could be lying, or just forgetful. James Bond is always a man just old enough to have the athletic prowess of a peak Olympian and the refined taste of a retiree millionaire. READ FULL STORY

Henry Cavill and Kaley Cuoco split after 12 days

You hear that sound, PopWatchers? It’s the sound of doves crying over the breakup between “wait-they’re-dating-huh?” couple Henry Cavill and Kaley Cuoco. After news broke that the two were in “the beginning stages of a relationship,” the tabloids couldn’t get enough of them. Alas, true love between Kal-El and Penny was not meant to be, and the couple quietly called it quits, according to People. Thankfully, their careers seem to be doing just fine.

The tabloids only caught wind of the relationship on July 1st, so we’ll never really know how long they actually dated. But let’s celebrate the 12 days that we were aware of it, with a by the numbers look at Cavill and Cuoco. READ FULL STORY

Who should direct the next James Bond movie?

It’s fair to say that Sam Mendes did a pretty good job with his James Bond film. Skyfall earned rave reviews, made $1 billion at the global box office, won two Oscars, featured the first actually-popular Bond song in forever, is generally credited with re-rescuing the Bond franchise from its most recent low point, and somehow managed to introduce all the old pre-Craig tropes (Moneypenny, Q, Monty Norman’s theme, M-as-a-Man) while still feeling fresh. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Bond producers wanted to bring Mendes back for another film — or possibly two more films, since Skyfall co-writer John Logan is reportedly working on a two-film saga. Alas, Sam Mendes announced today that he’s too busy working on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and King Lear to make a James Bond movie. (Read that sentence a couple times and tell me Sam Mendes isn’t the luckiest kid on the playground.)

Mendes’ departure means that one of the most surefire blockbusters of the next few years needs a new director. The past history of the Bond franchise — which, unique in moviemaking, has mostly been steered by a single family and not by a studio — offers us some hints. With the exception of Marc Forster, the Bond directors have all been British, if you fuzzily consider that New Zealand — home of Martin Campbell (Goldeneye and Casino Royale) and Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day) — used to be part of the British Empire. READ FULL STORY

Review: 'Skyfall' makes a style-over-substance leap to game consoles


Sullied by generic gun-play, substandard stealth mechanics, and an unconvincing narrative trick tying together six different Bond films, last month’s 007 Legends served as a lackluster lead-in to Daniel Craig’s third blockbuster turn as the British secret agent. This double-0 disappointment had a potential silver lining, however, in its sixth and final mission, based on Skyfall.

In an effort to avoid spoilers, Activision released the bonus Skyfall content on the PlayStation Network alongside the film (360 and PC versions land on Nov. 20.) The add-on mission is free-to-play for those who’ve already purchased Legends, but even that appealing price tag can’t overshadow the fact that it suffers from most of the same problems as the rest of the game. READ FULL STORY

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