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 STORYThe maestro behind one of the most memorable themes in movie history has been
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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 STORYNow that the next James Bond movie is
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 STORYSomewhere 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
auction in London on Oct. 27, according to Reuters, and is expected to fetch a record-breaking sum. It’s one of two identical DB5s used in the films in the 1960s, but the other was stolen from an airport in Florida, and never recovered.The one I own is only about three inches long and sits on top of a bookshelf. But now, for a mere $5 million, I might be able to buy the original, life-size Aston Martin DB5 that James Bond drove in Goldfinger and Thunderball. The famous silver sports car with the pop-top roof and revolving license plates is going up for
All this got me thinking, Popwatchers. First, does anybody want to loan me $5 million? And second, are there any other cars from film or TV history worth anywhere near that much? Adam West’s Batmobile? The DeLorean from Back to the Future? Jake and Elwood’s Bluesmobile? I think not… but maybe you have other ideas?
“I know what you’re thinking, Zod. ‘Did he use his heat-vision or his freeze-breath?’ Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as either would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, Krypto-punk?”
Clint Eastwood is practically a superhero in his own right, but he never leaped tall buildings in a single bound while wearing a pair of tights. He never had to, but according to Eastwood, who spoke to the Los Angeles Times while promoting his new movie, Hereafter, the Hollywood legend was approached in the mid-1970s to play the Man of Steel. The concept is rather jarring — like learning that your sweet old grandmom rocks out to Eminem — but sort of fun. Eastwood was 48 when Christopher Reeve’s Superman finally flew in to theaters, but it’s understandable that some executive would hear Superman, and immediately think, “Clint Eastwood.” What ruins it for me is trying to imagine Eastwood as stammering, pathetic Clark Kent. Can you imagine him pining for Lois Lane, or any woman? READ FULL STORY
As my colleague Benjamin Svetkey details in this week’s Entertainment Weekly cover story, James Bond fans may have a long wait before they see their hero on the big screen again. How to spend those long Bond-free hours? May I humbly suggest a few of them could be filled checking out the 007-centric essays on a new website called Blog, James Blog? READ FULL STORY
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