As James Bond Heads To Auction Block, Which Studio Will Win 007 Franchise?

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Daniel Craig on why filming the James Bond movie Spectre is unique.

User Luke Lindemeyer has edited together almost all of the Bond opening scenes, minus Spectre given the video isn’t available yet, and it’s pretty spectacular. THE first two confirmed sightings of James Bond in Spectre indicate there will be ups and downs a’plenty for everyone’s favourite screen secret agent.That defining moment in Craig’s transformation from rough-edged interloper to the Bond by which all others will be judged could well explain his extraordinarily relaxed demeanour on the set of Spectre in Mexico City earlier this year. “I am enjoying (this film) much more than I have the other movies.

SOUNDING just a little bit like a central character from the film he has just directed, Sam Mendes throws his head back, laughs and says “never say never”.China – In addition to breaking box office records across the globe, Spectre, the 24th James Bond adventure, has been awarded a Guinness World Record title for the Largest Film Stunt Explosion.Producer Barbara Broccoli and stars Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux accepted the record certificate on behalf of the official title holder, Academy Award-winner Chris Corbould, who served as special effects and miniature effects supervisor on the film, read a statement.

I am really having a good time,” the 47-year-old actor says during a break from filming the Day of the Dead opening sequence which involved a jaw-dropping chopper stunt, an explosion and 1400 individually-costumed extras. All the Bonds are there – Daniel Craig, Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan creating the famous pose where bond stops dead on one foot and shoots the camera.

Well, the lavishly appointed Spectre (as the most expensive Bond picture of all-time) takes 148 slogging minutes (as the longest Bond picture of all-time) to end-up as one of the most average Bond pictures of all-time. But Craig’s good humour on location in Mexico, where the city’s historic centre was closed down for more than two weeks to accommodate the $US250-plus million production, contrasts rather starkly with a recent, widely-reported interview in which he appeared to be done and dusted with 007. “I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists,’’ he told UK’s Time Out magazine when asked whether he intended to reprise the role in a fifth Bond movie. The 50-year-old British-born filmmaker said six months after the vow he had a few ideas of where the Bond character could go and the sort of massive scale stunts and sequences he could do. The incredible explosion was filmed for a pivotal scene in the film and took place on 29 June , 2015 in Erfoud, Morocco and used 8418 litres of fuel and 33kg of explosives.

The actor’s salty turn of phrase recalls an earlier trip to Sydney in 2012 to promote Skyfall, during which he gave a string of combative interviews culminating in the now legendary “I’d rather suck pus out of an abscess” response to a request by an online entertainment reporter to recreate the signature James Bond move for the camera. One explanation for these seemingly contradictory Daniel Craig personas — one funny and charismatic, the other hostile and pugnacious — could be a relatively low pain threshold for the assembly-line model of film promotion favoured by most film studios. Skyfall was the other big hitter, and the success of Spectre has meant that the actor has become the highest paid Bond of all time, earning just over £25million for his part in the latest film. Mendes said he was happy with Spectre — a return to old-fashioned style Bond with tone and lighting but also the cut of Bonds’ suits and choice of cars.

And of course evil genii and Bond love interests including 51-year-old Italian glamour model turned actor Monica Bellucci and French actor Lea Seydoux. A more jaundiced industry observer, on the other hand, might lean towards the “any publicity is good publicity” school of popular thinking, and suggest that this is an actor who has mastered the art of the attention-grabbing, social media-travelling quote. While Sam Smith whiningly warbles what sounds like an ode to a missing pet, James and the usual bevy of near-nude lady silhouettes slither and slide about like sexy squids.

Almost a decade after he landed the role of Bond in what was then a controversial casting choice, the actor gives every impression of relishing the increased control that has accompanied his successful reboot of the popular and long-running franchise. “We have been working on it for two years now, or I have, script-wise. And the shooting process is just the culmination of that.” In Spectre, again directed by Skyfall’s Sam Mendes, Bond goes rogue after receiving a message from beyond the grave from the recently-deceased M (Judi Dench). It is only once James has hooked-up properly with this movie’s interchangeable exotic femme fatale of choice (French star Lea Seydoux) that Spectre snaps out of its rut, and rapidly works up a few quality rushes of blood. After dispatching Marco Sciarro (Alessandro Cremona) in a desperate, high-altitude struggle aboard the aforementioned helicopter as it circles over Mexico City’s historic Zocalo square, Bond travels to Rome, as instructed, for the assassin’s funeral.

Though the impressively-staged action sequences vary in potency — a marathon round of vehicular parkour on the streets of Rome is a highlight, as is any combat scene that doesn’t lean too hard on weapons or explosions — they never bore. But a deathbed conversation with M16 fugitive Mr White (Jesper Christensen) at his cabin in the Austrian Alps leads Ian Fleming’s much-loved superspy to a fruitful encounter with the pale one’s smart, beautiful and damaged daughter (Lea Seydoux). That is the job of Spectre’s snoozy bad-dude Oberhauser (an uncharacteristically hammy Christoph Waltz), who spends more time villain-splaining what he might be up to, rather than committing actual acts of villainy. Mr Oberhauser does have an intriguing past with James — a past which clunkily fills in some plot-holes left in the wake of all earlier Craig-era Bond movies — but not much of a future in the global evil business.

Any supervillain still dumb enough to hinge a scheme for world domination on a cheap-ass three-minute LED timer attached to a bomb deserves everything coming to him. Travelling past the Colosseum in a brand new Aston Martin, I am going f*** yes. “We are so lucky to do what we did in Rome and I think we are okay — we didn’t break anything, which is the important thing, although we came close.” “It’s a Bond movie. That scene today, with the helicopter flying up the main street of Mexico, that would be computer generated in most movies because it’s too expensive and difficult to do.

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