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Daniel Craig on playing 007: 'I've been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it'

Skyfall, the 23rd official James Bond adventure that opens today, has already been crowned one of the best Bonds ever, recapturing the critical goodwill that Daniel Craig helped establish in 2006′s Casino Royale. The new film has opened in several countries already and earned more than $320 million, a pace that should eventually help it become the franchise’s highest-grosser ever. Yet after three undeniably successful films — Quantum of Solace grossed $586 million worldwide — Craig seems to have entered that phase that all-Bond actors eventually discover: ambivalence.

The 44-year-old actor told Rolling Stone magazine in its November cover story that the thrill that comes with a license to kill is gone. Or never was there to begin with. “I’ve been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it,” Craig said, “but they won’t let me go, and I’ve agreed to do a couple more, but let’s see how this one does, because business is business and if the sh– goes down, I’ve got a contract that somebody will happily wipe their ass with.” READ FULL STORY

Got a spare two hours? Why not watch every James Bond movie as a single James Bond movie?

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.

Check it out below, and be sure to have that window with the TPS reports handy should your boss stroll by:  READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: An election, Bond, a 'Twilight' battle in late night, and new 'Top Chef'

Soon, you can look forward to a life free of pesky presidential political ads interrupting your favorite shows – well, for the next fours years anyway. This week of course, brings the much-anticipated election, along with live Daily Show and Colbert to get you through it, the premiere of Top Chef’s new season in Seattle, and an event certainly sexier than the election — Bond, James Bond.

Have a great week!
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Can we get an 'Amen'? The Vatican loves 'Skyfall'

Providing further evidence that the modern Catholic Church ain’t your mama’s Catholic Church, the Vatican’s film critic has written a full-throated support of Skyfall, praising the film’s “adrenalin pumping action, amazing hyper-realistic chases, exotic locations, extremely beautiful Bond girls, the usual super villain, and the essential vodka martini” — all things much enjoyed by the population of the Vatican. (They took a vow of chastity… but nothing wrong with a little window-shopping, amiright boys?)

But it’s not all fun and games: Vatican film critic Gaetano Vallini praises how in Skyfall, James Bond is “less attracted to the pleasures of life, darker and more introspective… more human, even able to be moved and to cry.” You could say that Bond is experiencing a crushing sensation of guilt, which makes it impossible for him to experience joy in a meaningful way. If only there could be a whole belief system built on all-encompassing guilt! READ FULL STORY

This week's cover: Bond is back -- Daniel Craig on the new 007 film, 'Skyfall'

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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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Willow Smith covers Adele's 'Skyfall' -- VIDEO

(Children of) stars! They’re just like us. Everybody wants to be Adele.

And lately, being Adele means covering her hit James Bond theme, “Skyfall.” The Girl Who Whipped Her Hair, Willow Smith, tackles the moody tune — even playing piano — and the results, which she uploaded to YouTube, aren’t half-bad.

This isn’t the only Adele/Skyfall news recently. After her theme song sent the world ablaze, it was also used in a new version of the 007 trailer. Skyfall is in theaters in the U.S. Nov. 9.

Check our Smith’s version of the chorus below: READ FULL STORY

Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem on their flirtatious scene in 'Skyfall'

For 50 years, James Bond has been a heterosexual icon, a dashing, promiscuous charmer who rubs elbows — and other body parts — with gorgeous women with names like Pussy Galore and Honey Rider. Yet there’s a scene in Daniel Craig’s latest outing as 007 that adds a new wrinkle to his legendary sexuality.

Craig returns as Bond in next month’s Skyfall, which will see the MI6 agent tangle with Javier Bardem’s feathery-haired villain Silva. The actors were on hand for two separate press conferences yesterday, where they each discussed a charged scene in which Silva runs a hand down Bond’s chest while he’s bound to a chair (see the photo above). 007 takes the caress in stride, responding, “What makes you think this is my first time?” READ FULL STORY

'007 Legends': James Bond videogame brings back Jaws and Goldfinger -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

James Bond may not be back on the big screen until next month, but armchair secret agents needn’t wait until Skyfall‘s Nov. 8 bow to get their MI6 fix. 007 Legends — Activision’s latest interactive take on the iconic, 50-year-old film franchise — lands like a thunderball on Xbox 360s and PlayStation 3s Oct. 16.

Forgoing the movie-tied mediocrity plaguing most film-to-game adaptations, Legends puts players behind the Walther PPK in an inspired overarching story spanning six Bond films; from escaping Auric Goldfinger’s infamous swimsuit area-searing laser to evading Jaw’s bone-crushing blows in Moonraker, players face off against favorite foes in a number of classic scenes. On top of revisiting the films’ most fan-pleasing moments, Legends also features a detail-drenched likeness of Daniel Craig and promises more slick gadgets, sexy girls, and globe-trotting action than you can shake — not stir — a martini at.

Check out the exclusive launch trailer here:
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'Saturday Night Live' recap -- Daniel Craig hosts a show that's shaky, not stirred

Maybe the SNL gang is still exhausted from its Thursday night Weekend Update specials. Maybe they simply wanted to dust off a few evergreen sketches that ended up working better on the page than on the stage. Whatever the reason, last night’s episode was weirdly inert and un-topical — though host Daniel Craig did try his best to bring some life to the proceedings. The fact that the season’s third episode is already rerunning fake commercials says a lot — even if that commercial is the very funny “Undecided Voters”.

The show never really recovered from its toothless debate cold open, which pictured Jason Sudeikis’s Romney droning on while Jay Pharaoh’s Obama worried, via voiceover, about missing his wedding anniversary and getting altitude sickness. Though comedians like Jon Stewart have been merciless about skewering Obama’s lackluster debate performance, SNL‘s own sendup was way too easy on both Obama and Romney — even if it was nice to see Chris “Dr. Spaceman” Parnell stop by to play Jim Lehrer.

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Daniel Craig hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

Is Daniel Craig funny? If you had asked me on Monday, I probably would have shrugged and changed the subject. I have a vague memory of Craig tossing off a few one-liners in Munich — that lighthearted romp — and the way his Bond responds when asked whether he’d like his martini shaken or stirred (“Do I look like I give a damn?”) induces a smile, if not a laugh. But generally, Craig isn’t much known for his sense of humor. He can smolder, he can fight, he can even bring some gravitas to an ill-fated adaptation of a beloved fantasy book — but it’s unclear whether he can tell a joke, or at least spend just one evening not taking himself very seriously.

Then again, the SNL promos Craig filmed with cast member Taran Killam earlier this week prove that the actor might have a silly side after all.  READ FULL STORY

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