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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

Andrew Garfield? Emma Stone? Tom Hardy? Who was 2010's Rising Star?

Solarpix; Landmark; Tina Gill; Chris Hatcher; Albert L. Ortega; all PR Photos

We Americans are inclined to assume that most all Brits are smarter, classier, and more refined than us Yanks, and the movie business is especially susceptible to such impressions. The Oscar is the industry’s gold standard, but a BAFTA Award has the Land of Shakespeare’s stamp of approval, lending itself unique artistic credibility. So it’s a little surprising-slash-refreshing that BAFTA presents an annual Rising Star Award, and even more unexpected that the winner is voted on by the British public. (And even more unlikely that the contest is sponsored by a British company.) How utterly People’s Choice Awards! READ FULL STORY

'Goldeneye' returns: Will either of the two new James Bond games be any good?

The future of the James Bond film franchise is still tangled up in MGM’s uncertain future, but fans are celebrating mini-Christmas today with the arrival of two new Bond videogames. One of them, Blood Stone, is an original globe-trotting adventure, complete with the vocal talents of Daniel Craig and Judi Dench. The other will look a bit more familiar. GoldenEye 007 is a remake of the masterful N64 James Bond game, with lots of contemporary updates to the gameplay.

This new GoldenEye features a major difference guaranteed to spin the heads of Bond freaks: Daniel Craig takes over as the voice and face of Bond. This is heresy, of course, but we shouldn’t be too upset. There hasn’t been a good Bond game since GoldenEye, and if you’re like me, you’d rather play a Gus Van Sant-ish recreation of a great game than ever even think about James Bond: Everything or Nothing again. READ FULL STORY

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

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