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Timothy Dalton talks 'Chuck,' 'The Tourist,' and, of course, Bond

Timothy-Dalton-ChuckImage Credit: Michael Ansell/NBCTimothy Dalton may be the only actor in cinema history who’s worked with both Mae West and Fran Drescher. In a career that kicked off more than 40 years ago with his standout role as the king of France opposite Katharine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole in The Lion in Winter, Dalton has found success in film, theater, and television. Bond fans, though, will always know him as the two-time 007 whose attempt at bringing a harder-edged but more human sensibility to The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill, though largely unappreciated in the late ’80s, anticipated today’s more character-driven Bond. The long-running franchise is currently back where Dalton left it in 1989 — with no sign of another film being made in the near future — while he’s embracing his comic side, with a hilarious turn as Gregory Tuttle, Linda Hamilton’s benign, tweed-jacketed MI6 handler on NBC’s spy-fi spoof Chuck. He also has a part in Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s upcoming thriller The Tourist (out Dec. 10th). We asked Dalton about Chuck, The Tourist, his delightful turn as Mr. Pricklepants in Toy Story 3, and, of course, Bond.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What can you tell us about your character on Chuck?
TIMOTHY DALTON:  You’ve got to forgive me, but I’m going to be careful here. I want there to be surprises! Within the framework of what this series is all about, my character, Tuttle, is in the spy world, but he’s not an agent. He’s not a trained spy. He’s not someone who goes out into the field. He’s more of a bureaucrat as it were, but he’s called a handler. You could tell he might have wanted to be a spy, but he never made it. He wasn’t good enough. He might have been a wannabe, though, or still is a wannabe. READ FULL STORY

'MythBusters' to test James Bond's 'Goldfinger' wetsuit-to-tuxedo moment

goldfingerMythBusters, Discovery’s Emmy-nominated reality series, returns Oct. 6 with new episodes. According to a network release, the following myths will be either confirmed, deemed plausible, or busted this fall. I’ve bolded the five myths I’m most looking forward to seeing Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara test. Your picks?

• What really happens when you take candy from a baby?
• Can a 747 simulate the havoc of a real tornado? (A runner-up: Not something I’m dying to know, but they always have fun with destruction.)
• Can a sniffer dog be thrown off the scent using household items?
• Is it possible to recreate an ancient killing device in modern day America? (Note: If I knew what this meant, it would be a contender.)
• What happens when the poop literally hits the fan? (What kind of poop will they use? Dog? Cow? Horse?)
• Do people really get cold feet when they are afraid?
• Is 007 for real when he peels off his dive suit to reveal a perfectly pressed tuxedo? (I will be less upset by this than them busting the Real Genius house of overflowing popcorn.)
• Could your laptop save you from a speeding bullet? (I’m a writer in New York, this could be useful.)
• What is the safest way to sneeze without spreading germs?
• Is it really possible to pull a tablecloth out from underneath a set table (using a motorcycle)?
• If your car turns upside down in deep water, is it still possible to safely get out? (This is assuming someone actually gets in the car, wearing a scuba tank.)
• Can you really slap sense into someone? (Another runner-up: How will they test this exactly?)
• Is driving tired more dangerous than driving slightly inebriated? (I presume they’ll go method.)
• Do humans really use only 10 percent of their brain?

James Bond's original Aston Martin up for auction

Aston-MartinImage Credit: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett/LandovThe 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 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.

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?

Clint Eastwood as Superman? James Bond?

clint-eastwoodImage Credit: David Montgomery/Getty Images“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

007's number may be up. But there's Connery galore at the website 'Blog, James Blog'

aug132010_1115As 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

Heat Wave Watch: Name some pop-cultural things that are freezing, otherwise I am going to pass out

One way to combat the oppressive heat, I’ve found, is to will myself onto a hypothetical tundra and just sit there (a.k.a. here at my desk) for a while and pretend I am Sanka in the ice cream truck. My ultimate winter wonderland fantasy is the “Poor Leno” music video from Norwegian electropop duo Royksopp. But devoting an entire post to a Norwegian electropop duo would be almost as ridiculous as the current temperature. So I shan’t! After the jump, the first 10 Things That Are Freezing I could think of. Brrrrrrr! It’s so cold! Come on, you have to play along. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch on Ice: Ladies short program sets the stage for a 21st-century Battle of the Brians

Despite a brilliant skate, Japan’s Mao Asada (left) finished nearly five points behind South Korea’s Kim Yu-Na (middle), who broke her own world record in the short program. NBC pitted the two 19-year-olds’ routines side-by-side in this crazy video. So which Brian of the 1988 Battle of the Brians is Kim? Even though silver medalist Brian Orser is Kim’s own coach, the answer has to be gold-medalist Boitano. The chunky jewels on Kim’s mosaic-style James Bond dress simply come far closer to the gold hardware on Boitano’s blue military-style costume than anything on Asada’s dress ever could. But enough about that. EVERYONE rose to the occasion last night! Or more succinctly, in the immortal words of one of Scott Hamilton’s guttural spasms after someone lands a tough jump, “Owwwhh! What a night, unnhhhhh, I can’t believe it!”

Before I get into the ladies’ rankings, please join me in a hearty Canadian round of applause for your faithful PopWatch on Ice recapper Mandi Bierly, who was last spotted “performing” spiral sequences in the middle of a New Jersey Transit car midday Tuesday — eyes closed, iPod’s “Fo Shizzle My Twizzle” playlist on shuffle, hoping the train would transform into a giant bobsled and luge her all the way to Vancouver. (Update: She’s at her computer.) Top 6 finishers after the jump, and by jump I obviously mean triple lutz-triple toe. For the love of Scott, this is the Olympics! Owwhh! READ FULL STORY

'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' 40th anniversary: Life.com unearths rare James Bond photos

Forty years ago, the producers of the James Bond film franchise had a doozy of a dilemma on their hands : Who would replace the indelible Sean Connery as 007 in their next chapter, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service? Connery had already appeared in five Bond films and it wasn’t exactly news to anyone that the Scottish star was chafing at the restrictions of the role and his contract. So when he walked, the producers scrambled to find their replacement. It was no easy feat, to say the least. READ FULL STORY

Your Thanksgiving TV marathon guide: Friday

It’s as much of an annual tradition as turkey, football, and awkward family dynamics — the Thanksgiving weekend TV marathon. With Thursday behind you, why not go to the fridge, get some leftovers, and settle in to that nice groove in the sofa. And look, we’ve already done the hard part for you. Here’s our guide to the best marathon programming for Friday, Nov. 27.

*Bravo is running The Real Housewives of New Jersey all day long. I don’t know why exactly this qualifies as “special” holiday programming since they pretty much air the various Housewives incarnations all the time anyway. But hey, that doesn’t mean it ain’t still tasty. Watch these well-mannered ladies and their tastefully decorated homes…Ah, who are we kidding? Let the catfighting and kitsch begin!

*For a classier (but just as bawdy) bunch of dames, head over to WE for its Golden Girls marathon.

*Nothing will make you feel lazier than spending a whole day watching brawny men risk their lives to catch Alaskan King Crab. That’s right, Discovery is trotting out a mess of Deadliest Catch episodes. So bust out the Slanket and heat up some crab dip. Yummo!

*We would never actually advocate watching E!’s “Kardashiathon“, but we do like the cute name they came up with. Instead, why not check out a much better show from another L.A. hip zip, SOAPnet’s “Chillin’ with Dylan” Beverly Hills, 90210 marathon?

*Thursday’s James Bond marathon over on Syfy continues on Day 2 with Thunderball, From Russia With Love, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, Casino Royale, Goldeneye, Goldfinger, and Never Say never Again.

*Finally, TV Land gets a gold star for its nostalgic block of Sanford & Son episodes. Interesting footnote: When my brother and I were kids, we named our cats Fred and Lamonte. Just saying. Oh, and by the way, best…theme song…ever.  I’ll tell you what I’m thankful for this holiday, Quincy Jones!

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Your Thanksgiving TV marathon guide: Thursday

It’s as much of an annual tradition as turkey, football, and awkward family dynamics — the Thanksgiving TV marathon. You know the drill, you’re stuffed full of mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie and you can’t bear to watch the hopeless Detroit Lions take on the Green Bay Packers, so you start flipping channels looking for something…anything to get you through the day and maybe facilitate a nap. But so many channels. Well, let us be your guide. Here’s our guide to the best marathon programming for Thursday, Nov. 26.

*We’re guessing that A&E’s The First 48 marathon might be a little bleak for what’s essentially a feel-good holiday, what with its tick-tock investigations of homicides and what not. May we suggest FX’s Home Alone marathon? That’s right, nothing but Home Alone flicks from noon to midnight. Because nothing goes with candied yams like a heaping helping of Culkin. Warning, if they include the Macaulay-free Home Alone 4 with French Stewart, acid reflux may ensue.

*It wouldn’t be a national holiday without a round-the-clock dose of Bond, James Bond. Kicking off at 8 a.m., the good folks at SyFy are busting out Dr. No, License to Kill, Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, For Your Eyes Only, and The Man With the Golden Gun.

*When it comes to comfort food, no one tops TV Land. And they’ve outdone themselves this year with The Brady Bunch from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., followed by Little House on the Prairie from 6 to 9 p.m., and topped off with a three-hour string of classic Roseanne Thanksgiving specials. We’re hoping this blissful block of programming will include this gem…

*If Dad’s a bit grumpy with these offerings, why not let him settle into his La-Z Boy with Spike’s Band of Brothers marathon? After which he can tell you how spoiled your generation is.

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