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Announced for Next Bond Film...
being held back for years by significant financial
dramas at MGM Studios, the 23rd James Bond film has
begun casting in earnest, with Javier Bardem and Ralph
Fiennesboth confirmed to appear, according to The
Daily Mail. Bardem, who won an Academy Award in 2008
for his villainous turn in No Country for Old
Men, has been previously quoted by The Los Angeles
Times as saying that he was in talks to play the nemesis
of Daniel Craigs 007. Fienness role was
not specified. Directed by Sam Mendes and partly financed
by Sony, the film is slated for release on Nov. 9,
2012, and is to begin shooting this year.
Bond Gets A New Drink...
James Bond author has created a tipple for fans of
the suave superspy to sip as they read his new book,
writer Jeffery Deaver is getting rave reviews for
the book and he mixed up the new Bond cocktail during
an appearance on MSNBC's Dylan Rattigan Show on Friday.
drink, dubbed The Carte Blanche, features a double
shot of Crown Royal, a half measure of triple sec,
two dashes of bitter and a twist of orange peel.
traditional tipple has always been a Martini, "shaken
Naomie's Licence To Thrill...
Moneypenny, 007's tart-tongued, flirtatious foil,
is returning to the James Bond movies in the shape
of Naomie Harris. The actress met with Sam Mendes,
director of Bond 23, earlier this year and is now
in the final stages of negotiations to play the long-running
Bond girl -- although, strictly speaking, Moneypenny
isn't a Bond girl at all; she's the assistant to Bond's
boss, M. Naomie made her name in Danny Boyle's film
28 Days Later, but is known from the Pirates of the
Caribbean movies. She did her best work in Sex &
Drugs & Rock & Roll, The First Grader (an
enjoyable low-budget recent release) and Danny Boyle's
National Theatre production of Frankenstein, in which
she played the leading lady opposite Benedict Cumberbatch
and Jonny Lee Miller. The actress is poised to appear
alongside Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes
and Judi Dench when filming begins later this year.
The Moneypenny character, who holds the rank of Lieutenant
RN, hasn't been seen in a Bond picture since Samantha
Bond played her in Die Another Day back in 2002, when
she appeared with Pierce Brosnan.
New James Bond 'GoldenEye' Game To Debut This Month...
is reloading the golden gun to take another shot at
reviving a James Bond video game relic.
game publisher plans to unveil a new 007 shooter based
on the 16-year-old Pierce Brosnan flick, "GoldenEye,"
at a news conference later this month, said a spokeswoman
helping organize the Activision event.
formal announcement is to take place on July 20 in
San Diego at the annual Comic-Con expo. There, Activision
will also show upcoming games in the "Spider-Man"
and "X-Men" series.
Publishing registered Web domains last month suggesting
the title of the new Bond game may be "GoldenEye
next Bond film, which is codenamed Bond 23, is scheduled
to open in theaters on November 9, 2012.
was neither the highest grossing nor the most memorable
Bond movie. But the "GoldenEye 007" game
resonates with many people, even today.
the late '90s, the four-player shooting game was part
of a nightly ritual at many college dormitories and
which created "Donkey Kong Country" and
was later acquired by Microsoft, developed the cult
classic, and Nintendo published it exclusively for
the Nintendo 64 console.
and Nintendo's divorce, along with Activision becoming
the exclusive rights holder to develop Bond games,
has spun an elaborate web that has left the original
"GoldenEye 007" landlocked. Nintendo and
Microsoft have been unable to come to terms on how
to redistribute the game.
"Perfect Dark," a futuristic spy franchise,
was billed as the spiritual successor to "GoldenEye."
Several "GoldenEye" designers left Rare
to form a studio called Free Radical Design, which
develops the "TimeSplitters" games.
the "GoldenEye" name, story and characters
hold a special place in many gamers' hearts. Seeing
that opportunity, Activision remade the game and released
"007: GoldenEye" for Nintendo's Wii in November.
Developer Eurocom replaced Brosnan's likeness with
that of Daniel Craig, the current Bond actor.
Wii is not typically associated with first-person
shooter games, and the "GoldenEye" reboot
didn't necessarily break that mold. But Eurocom has
said it was satisfied with the sales.
developed a recent Bond game, based on the "Quantum
of Solace" film. Most recently, it made "Call
of Duty: Black Ops." Treyarch was not tapped
to make the upcoming "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
3," and it has not said what its next project
industry watchers suggest the new "GoldenEye"
will be released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3,
two systems where shooting games have thrived.