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First image from the next James Bond movie: Hello, disgusting bathroom!

Filming on the next James Bond film, Skyfall, officially kicked off today. To celebrate, the official 007 Twitter account posted a picture from the set. Don’t get too excited: The image just shows a phantom hand holding up the clapperboard, which advertises that they’re filming “Scene 45,” which is a “Day/Int” scene (meaning it’s an interior scene that takes place during the daytime.) Also, from what little we can see of it, it would appear that totally gross bathrooms are now officially a recurring motif of the Daniel Craig James Bond movies. (Remember the toilet fight from Casino Royale?) Still, there’s one exciting bit to take from this picture. For all the talk about the new film’s all-star cast — including Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, and Albert Finney — the secret stud on the Skyfall set is cinematographer Roger Deakins, the Coen Brothers regular who’s been responsible for some of the best-looking movies of the last decade.

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Roger Moore on Sean Connery: 'A good actor; it's a pity I can't understand what he's saying.'

It’s no surprise to find out that Roger Moore wasn’t a big fan of the last James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. After all, Solace was an unfun, manic-depressive slog with a vaguely socially-conscious plot — the Bolivian water supply! — which is pretty much the cinematic geographic opposite of the Moore-era movies, which confronted somewhat more arcane social issues like bobsledding and space lasers. Still, it’s a kick to see the still-spry Moore call Solace “a long disjointed commercial” in an interview with Varsity, a Cambridge University student newspaper. Even more entertaining: When asked about the man who preceded him as 007, Moore puckishly replies, “Sean is a good actor; it’s a pity I can’t understand what he’s saying.”

Start the debate: Hilariously witty insult, or just an old English dude making fun of an old Scottish dude? I’m a Connery loyalist till I die, but hard to argue against the fact that Moore seems pretty freaking charming in real life. Now we just need to start getting excited for the moment twenty years from now when Pierce Brosnan gives an interview to an Oxford student newspaper and kicks off a bitter cross-court rivalry with his own predecessor, Timothy Dalton.

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Hugh Jackman said no to James Bond once. Will they ask him again?

Before Daniel Craig was selected to take over for Pierce Brosnan as the next James Bond, Hugh Jackman had been the media’s odds-on choice to inherit the killer tuxedo. In fact, the Aussie seemed to take great delight in fanning the flames, joking that he himself started the rumor of his playing 007 just to get his name in the mix. “I mean, who wouldn’t want to play James Bond?” he said back then. “I’ve always wanted to be 007. He’s the only British superhero.”

But in 2005, it was reported that Jackman had rejected an offer to play Bond because it might actually limit his burgeoning career. Recently, Jackman seemed to confirm the essence of those events. “I got a call from my agent saying, ‘There is some possible interest in you for Bond, are you interested?'” the Real Steel actor told the British Press Association. “At the time I wasn’t. I was about to shoot X-Men 2 and Wolverine had become this thing in my life and I didn’t want to be doing two such iconic characters at once.”

But then he added, “I think every male at some point thinks about playing James Bond so it was not right then, but it may be right if it comes back.” READ FULL STORY

Does 'Skyfall' as a James Bond title scare 'the living daylights' out of you?

When it comes to the James Bond franchise, titles to the 22 previous cinematic incarnations basically have gone one of two ways. One, short and sweet. Goldfinger, Dr. No, Thunderball. Even License to Kill. Brief and helpfully obvious. The other favorite option has been wordy tediousness, titles that sound more like perfume names than spy thrillers. For Your Eyes Only, Tomorrow Never Dies. And, yes, Quantum of Solace. Though even some of the most flowery Bond names are drawn directly from Ian Fleming’s pen, I lean towards simplicity — perhaps only because those titles seem to better reflect the depictions of Bond as “blunt instrument” that I prefer.

So I have to say I was encouraged to read the recent Internet scuttlebutt that the next Bond film might be called Skyfall. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: When Bond Met Indy

How do you interview tough guys like Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig? Carefully, very carefully. It also helps if you bring their Cowboys & Aliens director Jon Favreau in on the conversation. Last week, the three men sat down with EW at a ranch in Montana to discuss their upcoming genre-mashing sci-fi-western about extraterrestrials invading New Mexico in the 1870s. “A journey of redemption,” Craig calls the film, which is a lot more serious than its title suggests (it was produced by an all-star team of heavyweights, including Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, and Brian Grazer).

Beyond space invaders, the three amigos talk about everything from wearing chaps, to getting older, to their famous franchises. READ FULL STORY

Rachel Weisz eyes new 'Bourne' film, but what is a Bourne Girl?

Hear the term Bond Girl and an immediate image comes to mind: a glamorous and curvy beauty with an appreciation for double entendres. But a Bourne Girl is something entirely different. In fact, it’s not exactly clear yet what a Bourne Girl is. In the original Bourne Identity with Matt Damon, Franka Potente played the punkish girl who got pulled into Bourne’s wormhole of amnesia and assassins. She wasn’t long for his world, of course, and the only other major female characters have been American versions of Bond’s M: Joan Allen’s skeptical CIA agent and Julia Stiles’ sympathetic Agency technician (and possible pre-amnesia romantic interest). So what is a Bourne Girl? Clone Dr. Lilith Sternin Crane and you’re in the ballpark. READ FULL STORY

Daniel Craig dons drag in support of International Women's Day

No, your eyes do not deceive you: That’s James Bond himself, sporting a long blonde wig and a dress in the image to the left. Daniel Craig is wearing drag (seemingly as Bond) to support international womens’ day in a powerful new advertisement. Craig’s 007 co-star Judi Dench narrates the ad as Bond’s boss M, listing off an array of disturbing statistics — among them, “Women are responsible for two-thirds of the work done worldwide, yet earn only ten percent of the total income and own only one percent of the total property.” It’s a nice tweak on Bond’s rakish image. Check out the video below: READ FULL STORY

John Barry: Remembering the Bond theme composer

john-barry-70sImage Credit: John Glanville/AP ImagesThe maestro behind one of the most memorable themes in movie history has been silenced. John Barry won five Academy Awards during his remarkable 50-year Hollywood career, but the legendary composer will always be best remembered for the catchy surf-rock theme that introduced the dashing, debonair exploits of British superspy James Bond. READ FULL STORY

Who should be the next Bond villain?

bond-villainsImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos; Glenn Harris/PR Photos; Solarpix/PR PhotosNow that the next James Bond movie is back in action — with a November 2012 release date, and with Daniel Craig cast once again as super suave secret agent 007 — we have just one question: Who should play the next Bond baddie? Rumors have been swirling since even before the 23rd Bond film was put on hold last April (thanks to money problems at MGM) that Rachel Weisz was up for the part. That would be cozy casting, considering she’s rumored to be Craig’s girlfriend. There’s also been long-whispered rumors that Michael Sheen was being courted by the Bond producers. Both are interesting choices to play successors to the likes of Gert Fröbe and Donald Pleasence, but I’ve always felt that the best Bond villains always loom much larger on the screen, both physically and theatrically — and are usually bald. Whose head would we want to shave for the part? READ FULL STORY

James Bond returns! And not a moment too soon!

new-bond-movieImage Credit: Karen BallardSomewhere in a hollowed-out volcano, a bald guy with a cat on his lap is doing a spit take. No matter how many times it looks as if James Bond has been killed for sure, the super-suave secret agent always manages to bounce back to life. Today’s announcement that the long-delayed 23rd installment of the 007 franchise was finally gearing up for production — with a release date of Nov. 9, 2012 — was the narrowest escape Bond has had since Goldfinger almost circumcised him with a laser beam. Last April, money troubles at debt-hobbled MGM forced Bond’s producers to suspend the film’s pre-production “indefinitely,” which triggered an avalanche of speculation. Would Bond ever return? Or would the most successful action series in motion picture history be tangled up for years in lawsuits and bankruptcy proceedings?  READ FULL STORY

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