Aidan Turner now bookies favourite for James Bond

Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard a few names thrown around in regards to James Bond.  Ladbrokes have now added a “odds-on” favourite for the role.

Irish actor Aidan Turner (Poldark, Being Human), is now the top contender. A spokesperson for Ladbrokes said:

“Money talks, and it’s the Poldark man that punters want as their next Bond. Turner’s been shaking and stirring the betting for the last week and it’s not a huge surprise to see he’s been backed into odds-on.”

I interviewed Aidan at the recent MCM Expo, interestingly, the press were banned from asking him about James Bond…

 

Henry Cavill wants to be James Bond

It’s well-known that Henry Cavill was once Hollywood’s unluckist actor. He was very nearly Superman in Superman returns, he was very nearly Batman in Batman begins. He was also very nearly James Bond in Casino Royale.

The actor is clearly having success playing Superman, so that rules out Batman. But he still has a keen eye on the role of Bond. Whilst promoting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on The Graham Norton Show, the actor was asked if he would consider taking over the role. Here’s what he had to say:

“I’m very busy with the Superman stuff, but if there were any windows and they wanted me to do that kind of role, it would be great. I would love to do it.”

Of course, despite speculation, the role is still Daniel Craig’s until he confirms his departure.

Pierce Brosnan wasn’t overly impressed by Spectre

There have been a lot of reviews about Spectre and now, the only one anyone is interested in has arrived. In an interview with Yahoo, former 007 Pierce Brosnan said: 

“I was looking forward to it enormously. But I thought it was too long. The story was kind of weak — it could have been condensed. It kind of went on too long. It really did. Its neither fish nor fowl. It’s neither Bond nor Bourne. Am I in a Bond movie? Not in a Bond movie? But Daniel Craig, in the fourth go-round, has ownership of it. He had a nice looseness to him. He’s a mighty warrior, and I think he found a great sense of himself in this one with the one-liners and a nice playfulness there. Just get a tighter story, and he’ll have another classic.”

What did you think of Spectre? Let me know @BadWilf

Review-Spectre 

In many ways Paramount are extremely lucky that Star Wars forced them to move Mission Impossible 5 from Boxing Day to a July release date, as MI:Rogue Nation and Spectre are pretty much the same movie. 

In Mission Impossible 5 Ethan Hunt has gone “rogue” and disappeared deep underground to track down and prove the existence of “the syndicate” as well as the man responsible for the death of his boss. Along the way, he is joined by his tech genius friend, Benji and a small fracture group whom are disobeying orders to help him. He also teams up with and saves a woman who has information regarding The Syndicate. All this happens whilst an outside force are trying to shut down the IMF agency.

In Spectre, James Bond has gone “rogue” and disappeared deep underground to track down and prove the existence of “Spectre” as well as the man responsible for the death of his boss. Along the way, he is joined by his tech genius friend, Q and a small fracture group whom are disobeying orders to help him. He also teams up with and saves a woman who has information regarding Spectre. All this happens whilst an outside force are trying to shut down the double-O programme.

So far, so similar and that’s Spectre’s biggest problem. It isn’t a terrible movie, in fact it’s actually quite enjoyable. It’s just very generic, it could be any summer blockbuster. 

The fight scenes and action pieces are stunning. The script is okay and the performances are strong, however it all just feels formulaic. It’s like someone making a lasagne from their nan’s recipe. It’s nice, but it’s just not quite right. Wait for Blu Ray. 

Sam Smith is singing the Bond theme

Singer Sam Smith took to Twitter yesterday to announce that he is the artist singing the the theme tune, for the upcoming Spectre.

He tweeted this image

 Spectre is set for release in the UK on October 23rd in the UK and November 6th in the States. 

The song titled writing’s on the wall, will be available on September 25th. 

Goulding finger? 

It’s heavily rumoured that British singer Ellie Goulding has recorded the theme song for the upcoming Bond movie ‘SPECTRE’.
The singer posted on this image on her Instagram account, which shows her leaving Abbey Road Studios with the caption “That’s a wrap!”

  

Before this picture, her name was heavily speculated and other little clues have been dotted around.

 

Last week, spectre director Sam Mendes revealed the theme song had been done.

Brosnan backs Idris Elba as Bond

After the Sony hack a few months ago, it was revealed that Exec Amy Pascal was interested with the idea of Idris Elba (Luther, The Wire) take up the mantel of James Bond when/if Daniel Craig decides to hand over the keys to his Aston Martin.

Daily mail readers went in to melt down about a black man having a licence to kill.

Now, former 007 Pierce Brosnan has chimed in on the debate. Speaking to the radio times he said:

“Yeah, Idris Elba would make a good Bond. Colin Salmon also. May the best man get the job and may Daniel bring home the bacon for as long as he wants.”

Fans of the franchise may well remember that long before Daniel Craig was announced, Colin Salmon was the bookies favourite to take on the role.

Salmon has already appeared as Charles Robinson in three Bond films – Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.

Elba has stated that he would be interested in the role, were it offered to him. I personally would love to see him take on the role. Colin Salmon would also be a great choice, but I think him playing such a central character in the past may go against him.

Given the way Skyfall explored a lot of Bond’s past, I don’t think Daniel Craig is ready to go just yet.

The 24th Bond film ‘Spectre’ is currently in Production and is released on the October 23rd.

Bond writers confirm their departure from the franchise

As Skyfall becomes the most successful Bond film in its 23 film history, British screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade took part in a master class at the fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) to lift the lid on writing for one of the iconic film franchises of all time.

“When we were originally asked to come in to meet the Bond people, we weren’t expecting to be walking straight into a meeting with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson” said Neal Purvis, describing the moment they first started collaborating with franchise’s producers. “Usually there are many other layers of people that stop you getting to the head honchos and we certainly were not expecting to be kept around for 15 years”

“When we met Eon Productions, only two of our screenplays had been made into films. It just seemed preposterous to us that they wouldn’t have other writers on the project” added Robert Wade. “But they’d read a few of our other scripts and liked our sense of character and action. If there’s action without a story or a character angle, then it’s just boring.”

Meeting at 22, the pair who has been writing together for 28 years wrote their first script during the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

“The British Film industry in 1984 was not in a great shape. We’d write pop video’s to make extra money,” said Purvis. ”The tragedy is we were getting paid in the 80’s what screenwriters are still being paid today”

Since then, they’ve written a total of 41 scripts, with ten being made into films. Wade said “We were told don’t expect anymore than one in ten of your screen plays to be made. She was right. We thought yes, that’s probably true, however that won’t apply to us.”

“Now were on our 41st script and have have ten films made. You wouldn’t write each day if you didn’t believer that your scripts were going to be made,” added Purvis.

Addressing the production delays this latest outing, the duo shed light on how important this additional time was “We benefited from the delays as we hadn’t gotten the story right. The film would not have been made without them,” explained Wade.

“The third act wasn’t right. We gave ourselves a few weeks to come up with a new concept, which ultimately became a metaphor for our journey working on these movies – our own Skyfall” added Purvis.

When pushed on if the partners were intending to write more Bond films Wade said “We’re very happy to have done five Bond movies, I think we’ve gotten it to a good place. I know that John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time.”

Purvis added, “We were going to stop with Quantum of Solace, but it’s good to go out on a high with Skyfall.”

Asked about other projects outside of Bond, Wade divulged “We did get hired to write a script about Elton John stealing 11 of the best footballers in the world, to play against a team of robots on another planet. “That was our second paid job,” explained Purvis.

And what’s the only thing as a bond writer you can’t do? “Time Travel” says Purvis. “And killing him off” said Wade, before adding “although we have been tempted”