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James Bond 25 Gets Skyfall Writers

James Bond 25 Gets Skyfall Writers

Following the departure of Danny Boyle over creative differences, now it is being reported James Bond 25 has veteran Skyfall writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade back on the franchise. The duo have written six previous James Bond films also including Spectre, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, Die Another Day and The World Is Not Enough.   According to the …

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Movie Review: James Bond Spectre

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Give up the Ghost

A Film Review of Spectre

 

I’ve never been the biggest fan of the Daniel Craig Bond films, and it has less to do with the man himself and more to do with the adventures his character undertakes.  For a fictional character that has been there and done everything, Daniel Craig’s Bond rarely saw the opportunity to properly peacock by engaging in some rather pedestrian plots.  That was, of course, until Skyfall (2012) where MI6 comes under direct attack and James Bond was called upon to demonstrate some semblance of actual human weakness yielding a more compelling character and a more interesting story overall.  With such a breath of fresh air, one would think that this trend would easily blend into Spectre.  It has the same director (Sam Mendes), some of the same writers (Neal Purvis and Robert Wade) and much of the same cast, so naturally, it stands to reason, no? 

No.  And I’ll tell you why.  Skyfall presented audiences with some specific details extracted from the nebulous origin of this iteration of Bond, but what made that exposition pay off in a big time way was how it was inexorably linked to how the arcing conflict played out.  Bond was outmatched and nearly paid for it with his life, but loyalty to a mother figure in M forces him back in the game despite the fact he isn’t ready for it and uses the setting of his broken past as a means of survival and in a way, redemption.  Spectre is a film that once again attempts to hit the audience’s “G” spot for nostalgia by linking the current conflict back to his boyhood and recent past.  Unfortunately, no ground work was laid in this (or any other) Bond film to make the hard connections audiences need for any of those story elements to matter.  In fact, every connection between Bond and the bad guy is simply spoken from the horse’s mouth in a matter of minutes with some of the least cryptic rhetoric from a Bond villain to date.  “It was me all along,” spoken by someone we have never met, nor even alluded to is a flaccid revelation.  No tension is built, no conspiracy is ruminated, it simply gets to that moment in the movie where things need to move forward instead of aimlessly and boom; the audience knows the “what” and has a glance at the “why”.  Screen writing is not just any form of literature.  It must always be mindful of using words “to show” rather than “to tell” both audiences and producers of film.  Dialogue is an effective tool in filmmaking, but if it happens to be a crutch, it’s already too late to realize it’s actually a noose. 

What ground my gears the most regarding Spectre is a cancerous trend not exclusive to the recent Bond films, but to all action/adventure films coming out of Hollywood these days: vanilla villains.  They talk big games, but don’t do much.  They claim tortured pasts without showing its effects.  Their bark is much worse than their bite.  They are the least interesting antagonists in the world and they are everywhere.  (I’m looking at you too Marvel films!)  Christoph Waltz is an amazing, Academy Award winning actor and his ability to create compelling characters for the screen was recklessly mishandled by Sam Mendes and the entire production staff of Spectre.  Waltz was given practically zero material to work with: no real back story, no clear cut motive and virtually no screen time.  In many ways, his character doesn’t even need to be in this film for it to turn out in exactly the same way.  Why even cast an extra, let alone Waltz, to play a role of such inconsequence? 

Action Style

Thank goodness they hired a stunt runner for Daniel Craig.  Excellent hand to hand, close quarters combat.  Decent car chases with an interesting dash of gunplay.  General stunt work in this film was top notch.

6/6

Action Frame

Talk about an animated frame.  Wow!  The cinematography of Hoyte Van Hoytema is to be celebrated in this film.  Both action and dramatic sequences are enhanced by his efforts at creating the picturesque, everywhere.

5/5

Lead Performance

Daniel Craig is still the Blue Steel of James Bonds, but also happens to present a Bond you can root for.  Christoph Waltz on the other hand … see above.

3/6

Supporting Performance

Ray Fiennes as M is solid and I wish Ben Wishaw and Naomie Harris had more to do as Q and Moneypenny respectively.  Lea Seydoux may be a babe, but her character was far too dull.  What the heck was Drax the Destroyer doing in this film?

3/5

Music

Sam Smith’s The Writing’s on the Wall is everything you need in a Bond theme: seductive, emotive, and mysterious.  It is echoed effectively in the dramatic soundtrack throughout.

6/6

Sound F/X

Par for the course, although I’ll admit to having a weakness for hearing the engines of super-cars chasing each other on the streets.

3/5

                                                                                                           “Moving” = 26/33

Digital F/X

One mark of successful CG is the audience not knowing it was there at all, but I am uncertain if this was due to exceptional CG, or practical effects being so much better than the digital ones in this film.  That said, there did seem to be some plasticity to some explosions and Drax gets dealt with by some goofy animation.

4/6

Special F/X

Chris Corbould as the special effect supervisor proves that practical effects can still have a wicked punch!  Great use of vehicle stunts, explosions, ballistics and crashes. 

5/5

Costumes

So many suits in this film.  I’m not exactly pining for ridiculous “onesies” of Moonraker, but come on; can we get a little more creative here?

4/6

Hair & Makeup

Very acceptable battle damage on bodies and faces combined with gorgeous styling of female follicles.

4/5

Exteriors

Every Bond film is a potential exotic travelogue.  I wish we could have gotten more exotic than Mexico City, though.

5/6

Interiors

I understand that MI6 has been in funding hell for the past few Bond films, but we really need to move these guys out of the sewers once and for all and dress it up with some more tech please.

3/5

                                                                                                         “Picture” = 25/33

Hook

Even a 007 movie needs something more than “James Bond doing his thing” as the lead in to what exactly is happening, which we don’t exactly know for sure other than vague and undeveloped memories from previous Daniel Craig Bond films regarding the organization of Spectre itself.  The hook is unclear and happened upon by chance.

1/4

Conflict

So the Legion of Doom DOES exist?!  How do you fight them?  Obviously, you run a couple of obstacle courses, shoot a few dudes and victory is assured.  Oh wait, there was supposed to be a more meaningful, personal conflict at work?  Sorry, no one got that memo.

 1/4

Resolution

Can something resolve if it was never setup in the first place?  Neither surprising nor satisfying, unless the article that reveals who gets tapped as the next James Bond counts as a dénouement for Spectre.

 1/4

Dialogue

The moment to moment talking does an excellent job at keeping the audience in the moment, but these are all short term hits with no long term grand slam.

 4/6

Exposition

What exposition?  You mean this photograph and me telling you stuff about it you already knew, but no one else does?

 1/5

Character Uniqueness

Blue Steel is certainly a unique looking Bond, but I was getting used to him not being played like Mr. Roboto in Skyfall.  The main villain in this film is as common as they come.

 3/6

Character Relatability

Super Spies and secret government cabals are beyond the grasp of “normies”.  Too bad the whole sibling rivalry thing wasn’t developed in this film at all because lots of people could connect to that concept.

 2/5

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Overall MPS Rating:  65/100

Spectre is a very average action film that looks better than the story settles on one’s mind.  Perhaps the greatness of Skyfall is a difficult concept to surpass, but film franchises will always make the attempt to string things along, beyond their natural ends because they know those dollar bills will be there.  I don’t expect Spectre to even knock on the door of Skyfall’s financial success long term.  Still, I didn’t hate this film as much as some of my comments make it appear to be, but I certainly didn’t love it and I especially expected it to take Bond into even murkier waters leading to a more domesticated 007 who finally got out of the spy business (something Daniel Craig Bond was ready to do clean and clear at the end of Casino Royale).  What if he had already been out for a few years, started a family, then Spectre takes them out to settle a vendetta, forcing a psychotic James Bond to break every rule in the book to quench an insatiable vengeance and proceeds to set the world on fire (literally) to achieve some twisted form of justice before committing to some ritualistic suicide that only makes up for about 10% of all the bad he committed?  Hold everything!  That’s way too much plot for a James Bond film.  We’ll just have him shoot some people to stop a regurgitated attempt at world domination in the hopes of preserving civilization as we know it.  Yawn.

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SyFy Announces James Bond Thanksgiving 3-Day Marathon

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Syfy will shake, not stir, the Thanksgiving weekend with a three day James Bond Marathon featuring eight films starring Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

The 007-fest kicks off at 6:30AM (ET/PT) on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, with the first Bond movie, Dr. No, starring Sean Connery, followed by all four of Pierce Brosnan’s films: GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day.

For those viewers still on the couch in a tryptophan semi-coma, Bond continues Friday, November 27 with Daniel Craig in Casino Royale at 4PM (ET/PT) and Skyfall at 7PM (ET/PT).

The Marathon ends Saturday, November 28 with Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig’s second Bond movie, at 1PM (ET/PT).

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer & Ticket Sales Rumored For Monday October 19th


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It’s being said the third and final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released some time on Monday, October 19th, which is two months away from the film’s release date and marks when tickets go on sale.

According to Screen Crush and various other sites, the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer will be released online Monday followed by being attached in theaters to the November 6th release of the new James Bond Spectre movie.

It’s also suggested the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer may debut during Monday Night Football, which airs on Disney’s EPSN (via Making Star Wars). 

Regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens ticket sales, the report mentions movie theaters are prepping for sales, and Cinemark movie theaters accidentally leaked info that stated tickets will go on sale Monday as well.

It’s further noted that Disney is expected to make an official announcement about the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer and information about pre-sale tickets prior to the official Monday release, more than likely on StarWars.com.

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has a December 18, 2015 release directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer:

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Watch: New James Bond Spectre Trailer

Sony has released a new trailer for the James Bond Spectre film, which can be viewed above.

“Spectre” has a November 6, 2015 release directed by Sam Mendes starring Daniel Craig as OO7, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Andrew Scott as Denbigh, David Bautista as Mr Hinx, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swan and Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser. 

Synopsis:

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

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Watch: James Bond Spectre Spot

Watch the latest spot above for the new James Bond Spectre film.

“Spectre” has a November 6, 2015 release directed by Sam Mendes starring Daniel Craig as OO7, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Andrew Scott as Denbigh, David Bautista as Mr Hinx, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swan and Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser. 

Synopsis:

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

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Watch: James Bond Spectre Trailer #2

Sony has released a second full trailer for the upcoming James Bond Spectre film starring Daniel Craig.

“Spectre” has a November 6, 2015 release directed by Sam Mendes also starring Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Andrew Scott as Denbigh, David Bautista as Mr Hinx, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swan and Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser. 

Synopsis:

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

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Watch: First James Bond Spectre Spot

Watch the first spot above featuring Daniel Craig as James Bond for Spectre.

“Spectre” has a November 6, 2015 release directed by Sam Mendes starring Daniel Craig as 007 James Bond, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Andrew Scott as Denbigh, David Bautista as Mr Hinx, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swan and Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser. 

Synopsis:

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

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Daniel Craig’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens Cameo Revealed

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Back in September of last year it was reported Daniel Craig had filmed a mystery cameo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Now, apparently, Simon Pegg has confirmed the appearance of James Bond.

The UK’s Independent reports Simon Pegg confirmed Daniel Craig will be a Stormtrooper.

At the Red Carpet London premiere for Man Up in London, Simom Pegg was asked about his own rumored appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens where Pegg told The Sun, “I wasn’t a Stormtrooper. Daniel Craig, he was a Stormtrooper.”

It’s then reported Pegg caught himself and quickly added, “I shouldn’t have said that.”

It’s further added an insider stated Daniel Craig just wanted some sort of secret cameo role, and didn’t want to be a part of any promotion or have his name listed on posters. It appears as Daniel Craig’s face won’t be seen in the movie as “fans will love trying to work out which covered up character is him .”

Daniel Craig stars in James Bond Spectre which is out November 6th.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has a December 18, 2015 release.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer:

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Dave Bautista Wants Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy Crossover

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With the Marvel Avengers: Infinity War movies set to feature Earth’s Mightiest Heroes against Thanos, maybe the Guardians of the Galaxy will lend a hand.

While it’s not yet confirmed the Guardians will appear, Dave Bautista, aka Drax the Destroyer, says he would like to see a crossover with the Avengers.

“Strictly as a fan boy I hope that the worlds collide and we get together with the Avengers,” Bautista told the UK’s Metro.

Bautista is also playing a villain in the upcoming James Bond The Spectre movie.

“It’s fun to play a bad guy. I think I make an interesting one – not your stereotypical bad guy,” Bautista said.

Dave Bautista will also be returning as Drax for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which has a May 5, 2017 release.

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Watch: James Bond Spectre Trailer

Check out the trailer above for the James Bond Spectre film.

“Spectre” has a November 6, 2015 release directed by Sam Mendes starring Daniel Craig as 007 James Bond, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Andrew Scott as Denbigh, David Bautista as Mr Hinx, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swan and Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser. 

Synopsis:

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

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Daniel Craig James Bond Spectre Poster

Sony has released a new poster for the James Bond Spectre film featuring Daniel Craig as 007.

“Spectre” has a November 6, 2015 release directed by Sam Mendes starring Daniel Craig as 007 James Bond, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Andrew Scott as Denbigh, David Bautista as Mr Hinx, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swan and Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser. 

Synopsis:

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

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Spectre film announcement:

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Watch: James Bond Spectre Car Chase Filmed in Rome

Check out a new behind-the-scenes look at the James Bond Spectre movie as a car chase scene was being filmed in Rome.

The AP shot the video which features a car chase involving Bond’s silver Aston Martin and an orange Jaguar along banks of Tiber. 

“Spectre” has a November 6, 2015 release directed by Sam Mendes starring Daniel Craig as 007 James Bond, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Andrew Scott as Denbigh, David Bautista as Mr Hinx, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swan and Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser. 

Synopsis:

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

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