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Daniel Craig: Bond Returns!

Daniel Craig: Bond Returns!

Daniel Craig keeps it cool as he arrives at the Sunset Marquis hotel on Saturday (January 15) in Hollywood, Calif.

There’s some good news for the 42-year-old English actor and James Bond fans.

In a statement from MGM, the production company for the James Bond series, production of the 23rd Bond film will soon begin after a brief hiatus. Filming is expected to start in late 2011 shooting for a November 9, 2012 release. American Beauty director Sam Mendes has already signed up to direct the next installment of the British spy action movie.

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  • LL-J

    Daniel Craig is Reinstated as 007 for Bond 23

    Daniel Craig will keep his license to kill, as the actor will return as James Bond for the long-awaited 23rd installment. Craig is the sixth actor to portray the legendary super-spy – starting with Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008).
    Both of them have earn critical praise and grossed over half a billion dollars worldwide. The films` success is mostly due to Craig`s performance.

    Like 24`s Jack Bauer and Jason Bourne, this Bond became a hero for the post-9/11 generation: dark, brooding, complex, tragic, shaken, stirred, arrogant, flawed, and human.

    Sam Mendes has signed on to direct, as this untitled Bond picture is schedule to go into production in the middle of this year, and is scheduled to come out on November 9, 2012.

    Meanwhile, go West with Craig in Cowboys & Aliens, which comes out July 29.

    http://thesop.org/story/20110118/daniel-craig-is-reinstated-as-007-for-bond-23.html

  • LL-J

    EXCLUSIVE: Fox Courting ‘Bond 23′ Distribution

    EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Making Strong Moves to Snag ‘Bond 23′Add 20th Century Fox to the list of studios looking to distribute upcoming MGM films, including, of course, the next installment in the James Bond franchise.

    As THR previously reported, the new MGM management team of Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum has been talking informally to Paramount, where Barber and Birnbaum have a long-standing relationship. But last Friday, they also listened to a pitch from top Fox executives, who argue that their studio would do the best job exploiting Bond, as well as other future MGM films. They also believe they could wring the most out of the MGM library.

    Fox has had a longstanding deal to distribute MGM movies on DVD and its films overseas, though that pact is set to expire in September.

    The other contender for a deal with MGM is Sony Pictures, which successfully released the last two Bond films and is said to be on good terms with the Broccoli family, owner of the Bond rights.

    The negotiation is likely to be sorted out in the next couple of weeks.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fox-courting-bond-23-distribution-72956

  • Re: Rachel

    Do you all think he is serious about Rachel or is she rebound girl?

  • to Re: Rachel

    who knows? you look like the matter weighs heavy on your mind. you still are beset by rachel. why? that’s weird.
    ————-
    Re: Rachel @ 01/17/2011 at 12:05 pm
    Rachel is just a rebound for Daniel. He will move on sooner of later.

  • Libby

    Watching “The Accidental Tourist” (1988) with William Hurt, Gina Davis ,and Kathleen Turner. Reminds me of this scenario….William Hurt is Daniel Craig the always looking miserable guy, Gina Davis is Satsuki mitchell the perfect woman his life who tries to make it work but he never wants to marry, and Kathleen Turner the hottie who is Rachel Weisz who steels his affections-accept rachel actually had a kid and a recent relationship of her own and other non-similarities that make up Kathleens chracter. Any way Hurt’s character leaves Turner for for Gina davis. My concept is a little backwards cause when you see the movie rach and sats may seem like they should be reversed but I don’t see it that way. However, what will happen to rachel and daniel remains to be seen. But check it out if you can….it just reminded me of this triangle.

  • to Libby

    You remind me of Gina. She also invokes the movie and other actors, and evaluates Daniel. Oh wait, Gina Davis? LOL

  • Libby

    To 201,
    Rachel herself has not confirmed or denied that dshe is moving back to london that was by Britian’s Grazia magazine and a souce said that. What sourc give a name something.Anyway I don’t believe that because in her break-up announcement with Darren Aronofsky her reps said that she and aronofsky would be raising Henry their son together in NYC and their is absolutely no chance that Darren would let Rachel take his kid out of the States. They have Joint custody of their 4 year old. And Yes not even to daniel craig,

    To RE:Rachel
    Not quite sure but but we can’t be sure yet, we’ll have to wait and see….my best friend totally thinks it’s a fling, she says it won’t last long and that she gives it a year maybe a year and a half at the most. She also said that she thinks that Rachel Weisz is doing the whole Kate Winslet dating a supposed hottie after her break-up with succesful husband thing. And that just like Kate, Rach will wake up and quote on quote “smell the roses”, but as for me not quite sure, seems like it though, but maybe not.

  • Libby

    And the movie is ending guess who william hurt picks at the end of the movie?

  • Libby

    @to Libby: is that good or bad, do I really evaluate daniel. Sorry…LoL….way Lol.

  • Daniel in LOVE

    to Libby
    I do not understand why you always say Daniel looks
    unhappy/miserable. He has embarked upon the new height of his career now. And he was above all wishing and desire. Yes, he finally found a special loved woman he really wanted – Rachel.
    Oh well, i found it. Perhaps, the author hasn’t known yet Daniel and Satsuki broke up.

    http://him.uk.msn.com/style/articles.aspx?cp-documentid=155879185

    Get the look… Daniel Craig

    Whether he’s shopping with his girlfriend, Satsuki Mitchell, or attending a movie premiere, Daniel Craig exudes effortless style. As with Bond himself, our man can be casual and athletic one minute and then polished and well groomed the next. With his beefed up body and rugged features, the stage actor turned screen idol is convincing in both roles. We’ll show you how to get the Daniel Craig look.

  • Libby

    To Daniel I’m Love

    He does always look miserable too me especially as of late….don’t really care why,just wish he would smile. Do you think it’s this “I’m brutish and hot thing” he’s doing? Cause it’s not flattering. He needs a smile….he looks tooooooo serious sometimes….and I don’t mean to offend anyone here so sorry if anyone takes this wrong.

  • Daniel in LOVE

    So why do you come here? Though you hate Daniel? I do not care you if you are just hater.

  • to Daniel in LOVE

    Libby is 200.
    Libby just wants that he fall on hard times. That’s all.

  • Libby

    No,no I don’t hate daniell, I just wish he would smile….I like it better when he smiles…..and I’m not 200 let’s get that clear.

  • he

    has never ever smilied when paps took their pic.
    Go and look at old paperazzi shots from the past years.

  • Libby

    And I’m not apart of that Hate Club, It’s retatarted and stupid and with I saying that Daniel could use a pretty little smile on his face doesn’t make me one of them.

  • Daniel in LOVE

    to Libby
    All right. But he is acting alone now. Do you want to see he chuckle to oneself? LOL (It looks a fool) Or do you want to see he force a smile?
    I know he is a HollyWood star, but it is unlike him. But i agree that you want to see his smile. When he was with Rachel, he looked so happy. Loved it.

  • to Libby

    And I’m not apart of that Hate Club, It’s retatarted and stupid and with I saying that Daniel could use a pretty little smile on his face doesn’t make me one of them.
    ————————————————————————-
    don’t be ridiculous!! a shameless liar speaks smilingly. we all know your posts were all negative comments. however, you are sensitive to calling you “hater”
    WHATEVER

  • stand by idly

    Learn it. LOL
    Many of haters are its former fans. They are in a particular state of mind…..like a stalker.

  • Fio

    to opinion
    But it’s better than Mr. Air Head. lol
    to Joe Scott
    There is some truth in what Oscar Wilde says. And life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well. Joe!! ;)
    Hi, Guinness
    Rickey calculated the consequences of his action. We will see.
    “maybe Robert D Jr needs to get over himself at being such a serious star–talented, yes. stuck up and conceited and not remembering from whence he came from?”
    He was successfully rehabilitated. It gives heart or courage to Lindsay at least :) There is nothing for him to be angry about, but I know exactly how he feel. lol
    Hi, Mendel
    I love an image imprinted on my mind…a stallion!!!
    BTW…
    Paramount Pictures got in contact with Daniel? Next Bond’s studio?
    http://twitter.com/theotherwillis/statuses/27411582937993217
    theotherwillis: Daniel Craig driving around in a golf cart
    about 22 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone
    http://twitter.com/smontgomery85/statuses/27493489977597953
    smontgomery85: Just walked past Daniel Craig driving a golf cart around paramount. Pretty cool.
    about 16 hours ago via HTC Peep

  • Fio

    What about TGWTDT?
    OSCAR: Final 9 To Unveil Wednesday For Foreign Language Film Nominations
    http://www.deadline.com/2011/01/oscar-final-9-announced-wednesday-for-foreign-language-film-nominations/

  • Fio

    Reading, Reading and more reading

    http://carmichaelslaughingalltheway.blogspot.com/2011/01/reading-reading-and-more-reading.html

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl that Plays with Fire and The Girl that Kicked the Hornets Nest have consumed me entirely.

    About two weeks ago I decided that I could not bring myself to start reading a series. I didn’t want to do it. I get sucked in and then I have to read until the whole series is over. No ifs, ands or buts about it. I am obsessive like that. Well, I started the Dragon Tattoo at the gym a week and a half ago, I had heard some iffy things about the beginning so I figured okay a half hour to 45 minutes of reading won’t suck me in and there really wasn’t anything else on my Kindle jumping out at me to read. Needless to say the beginning was not nearly as uninteresting as many have said and here I am with about 48% left to read in the Hornet’s Nest book. I got sucked in and I am pretty sure Paul is ready to throw my kindle out the window.

    With the first movie being filmed and all it has left me really hoping that they don’t mess it up. I can see both Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in the rolls and have seen a photo of Rooney in character. I am hoping for a fully R rated movie also and them keeping a mushy love story out of it. There is no mushy love story anywhere in the book. Sure there is a “love story” but this book is so not something to be turned into a chick flick. They had better not prove me wrong to Paul (again) that this is going to be a movie that he likes or at least doesn’t hate. Also, I am slightly more excited for them to do the second two books. I mean the first one is great and could be a great movie but the last two have so much happening.

    I know that I will be sad in the end because there will never be any more books in the series but if it ends half as well as people say I think it will be satisfying enough. There is so much to say about the books but there is more that would give it away.

    So, that is my “read a book” PSA for the day. What are you reading?

  • to FIO

    What about TGWTDT? Hmmm, put away Noomi’s excellent performance and you have a average crime story left. Nothing really compelling. I was so disappointed when I saw the movie. I LOVE the books. I really hope Fincher’ll do better.

  • guinness

    hi Fio! yes, it seems as though Rickey’s routine was calculated and “ok” by him—is it here where they collected his twitter with him in his new “Ellen” boxers? He said he drank with Hanks and Allen (recovering ? addict, so I don’t know about that) after the show so he felt what he said was ok. whtevr. I find “traditional”Brittish humor to be soooo different than most humor over here. maybe. well, Gervais anyway. He does a painful, yet hysterical, dry, did-he-really-just-say-that humor that zing. oops, dan.

    Dan rocks. and i wish he would rock my sleigh bed across all my mountains up here!!!! (ahhh more snow—are we beating you, Canadian hairspray drinker?)

    yes, Feeeeeohhh–i felt the same way reading all 3… what? no nomination? not good.
    and Fio, i need some DD from you for the specific “crane jump” that Dan did on his own in CR. There were so many jumps in the beginning sequence, that i don’t know which one it specifically was. you game? DTM probably has it too.

    on your mark, get set, GO!!!

  • Daniel is Hot

    Please guinness, it’s gin I drink not hairspray. What will people think? That I am a hill billy? I think you are beating us with the amount of snow you are getting. Though we are getting lots of snow in the mountains, not too much in the city. Back to Dan before people get mad! I agree, I wish Dan would smile more (as his smile lights up the world – or something like that). But we know he hates the paps and when they are around, he won’t smile, unless he is with someone else. Can’t wait to see him and RW again together.

  • Libby

    Not a stalker or a hater….stand by Idly and To libby get a life just said I wished he’d to smile more….geesh. And my post weren’t negative, but take them how you will.

  • Libby

    Not a stalker or a hater….stand by Idly and To libby get a life just said I wished he’d to smile more….geesh. And my post weren’t negative, but take them how you will. And by the way To Libby I’m not lying and refuse to be someone you can attack….your post are irrelavent to me.

  • Not Liking This IS BACK…….

    To stand by…and To Libby

    Who are you both calling stalkers especially too poor Libby ,who seems to like daniel, when you both follow his threads all the time. Shut up and try to understand what she meant, I see it as her implying that she just wants to see the man happy for once….he she ignopre that paps and be himself. Now I don’t care if you call me whatever because we all know that I dislike craig very much….but don’t go hating on other people guys. And libby, I understand what your saying he needs to at least look happy. Sometimes. In my opnion he is smugged looking and looks like he rolled out of bed. And I get your joke about the fly eye sunglasses….unlike these idiots you weren’t intending harm…..HENCE THE LOL that you suggested….it just reminded you of something. Like apparently a lot of things do….Lol. Peace out people…..definitely not coming here again….just had to see what you all were chatting away this time.

  • Not Liking This IS BACK…….

    To stand by…and To Libby

    Who are you both calling stalkers especially too poor Libby ,who seems to like daniel, when you both follow his threads all the time. Shut up and try to understand what she meant, I see it as her implying that she just wants to see the man happy for once….he she ignopre that paps and be himself. Now I don’t care if you call me whatever because we all know that I dislike craig very much….but don’t go hating on other people guys. And libby, I understand what your saying he needs to at least look happy. Sometimes. In my opnion he is smugged looking and looks like he rolled out of bed. And I get your joke about the fly eye sunglasses….unlike these idiots you weren’t intending harm…..HENCE THE LOL that you suggested….it just reminded you of something. Like apparently a lot of things do….Lol. Peace out people…..definitely not coming here again….just had to see what you all were chatting away this time.

  • to noomi/libby/78

    How can you be this stupid? Really, How long are you going to cry over this,? He left his GF for greener pastures, this is common place in Hollywood. Let me make a suggestion. Don’t use a movie to base your opinion on, use real life. That way something like this wont come as a shock to you . Are you really this stupid are you? You didn’t see this coming? It was clear for sometime, he wasn’t happy, he left, Move on, he has.

  • Mendel

    to Fio

    “Daniel Craig driving around in a golf cart”

    I’d love to see a pic of this!!!

    Hi Guinness

    “Dan rocks. and i wish he would rock my sleigh bed across all my mountains up here!!!! (ahhh more snow—are we beating you, Canadian hairspray drinker?)”

    LOL!

    to DiH

    “we know he hates the paps and when they are around, he won’t smile, unless he is with someone else”

    How can we make Dan smile…put a pap in a clown’s costume, or dress up a pap like the Swedish chef – meatballs anybody?

  • to 78 79

    you are libby. do you think you are unrecognized? what an inside job!

  • biceps!!!

    omg…cutie…pa-toootie

  • LL-J

    You Only Live Weisz
    JAMES Bond movie bosses want RACHEL WEISZ to join lover DANIEL CRAIG in the next 007 film, The Sun can reveal.

    Producers are desperate to sign The Mummy star, 40 – but want her to play the spy’s arch enemy.

    Her character would be head of the sinister organisation behind the villainy in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace rather than Bond’s love interest.

    But there are fears she could turn down the role because of her romance with leading man Daniel.

    An insider said: “Casting Rachel was going to be a surprise twist as everyone would assume she’d be a Bond girl when really she would play a villain. But the fly in the ointment is that they are now dating.”

    Rachel and Daniel, 42, enjoyed a romantic Christmas break after both split from their partners.

    Meanwhile, The Sun has learned that pre-production for the 23rd 007 instalment is well under way after producers overcame financial troubles that had left its future in doubt last year.

    The film – due out next year – is tipped to be called Red Sky At Night. But Ian Fleming’s three remaining titles The Property of a Lady, Risico and The Hildebrand Rarity are also being mooted.

    Luxury brands Aston Martin, Sony and Omega are being wooed as sponsors. And planned stunts could include a death-defying winter sports chase.

    Our source said: “This is going to be the biggest of all Daniel Craig’s films.”

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/film/3361402/JAMES-Bond-film-chiefs-want-Rachel-Weisz-in-next-007-film.html

  • Amy

    biceps!!!, love your word play! Smart.
    Hot Patootie bless my soul.
    He is my hot patootie :)

  • Amy

    As for Red Sky At Night, it sounds good so far.

  • Libby

    To #82
    That isn’t me at all thank you very much. I actually like daniel craig, Not liking this is back is a completely different person, all I said was that I would love to see dan with a smile on his face and how a previous situation in his life reminded me of one in a movie. And by the way I don’t do inside jobs. That’s for people who hate dan. But take anything that you will.

  • to Libby

    you are very forgetful person. go back to the previous threads and read your all posts. check those nasty, sarcastic, derisive comments.
    seek out and bring it to here if there is your comments except it.

  • to Libby

    that is to say, it means the comment which can prove that you like daniel.

  • Me

    A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized. ~Fred Allen

  • Me

    May those who love us love us,
    and those who do not love us,
    may God turn their hearts,
    and if He cannot turn their hearts
    may He turn their ankles
    that we may know them by their limping.
    ~Irish Prayer

  • Daniel in LOVE

    to Me
    Thank you for it has aptly been said…

  • Me

    @Daniel in LOVE:
    np mark

  • Daniel in LOVE

    I am not mark, but that’s quite immaterial to me. More importantly, i care very deeply for his ankle!!

  • Fio

    to to FIO
    Well, I might have been easily impressed or influenced by Noomi.
    Hi, DiH
    “Though we are getting lots of snow in the mountains, not too much in the city.”
    What about Toronto? It’s a matter of no little interest to the DH team.
    Get ready the snow-making equipment!
    Hi, Guinness
    “is it here where they collected his twitter with him in his new “Ellen” boxers?”
    Yeah, that’s awesome! Rickey looks like George Michael, gee. lol
    Hi, Mendel
    “How can we make Dan smile…put a pap in a clown’s costume, or dress up a pap like the Swedish chef – meatballs anybody?”
    LOL
    I’m sure this pic can make Daniel laugh.
    http://twitpic.com/3qztcy
    Now let us get down to a serious talk… lol
    Remember his co-workers (Liev, his double, Hugh, Simon Pegg, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Harrison Ford, etc…) always said Daniel’s funny and goofy and he give a giggle. ‘Something amusing’ is not necessary to make him laugh. It just doesn’t matter, anyway.
    “I’d love to see a pic of this!!!”
    What were you doing there, Dan? I hope he hasn’t lost his mind!!!
    http://twitter.com/theotherwillis/status/27883301507174400
    theotherwillis: Spotted: Daniel Craig in pajamas.
    about 14 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone
    So maybe he was shooting on set…

  • Fio

    Note: The story is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious :)
    “Rachel Weisz Nude Page 3 Photo Was Rubbish” Complains James Bond

    http://www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm?headline=s4i89981

    James Bond AKA hunky actor Daniel Craig has issued a formal complaint to the Picture Editor of Britain’s ‘Favourite Tabloid Newspaper’.
    In a vitriolic tirade, Craig is rumoured to have expressed deep frustration that today’s Page 3 ‘News In Briefs’ photograph was “indecently over-dressed”.
    Starring as today’s Page 3 girl, smiling 20 year old Elle from Herts tells readers she’s delighted that Daniel and real-life lover Rachel might star together in the next Bond movie.
    Quoting Henry Ford, gorgeous Elle (fantastic tits) tells readers wisely that “Coming together is a beginning: keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
    “I liked the bit about “Coming Together”, explained Mr Craig to a close friend.
    “After all, coming together is what loving couples try to achieve in life. As often as possible”, he continued.
    “However, the thing about today’s ‘News In Briefs’ is that for my money, Elle from Herts could have been just that little bit briefer”, he declared.
    “Not a lot briefer”.
    “Just a bit less of those satin blue ‘brevities’.
    “For my taste”.
    “And a few million others”.
    Rachel Weisz is 40.
    Unlikely to win a role in tomorrow’s ‘News In Briefs’.

  • Fio

    Will they survive? Who knows?

    Rachel Weisz & Daniel Craig both set for Bond? Excuse for on-off screen couples gallery – Holy Moly com
    From Film-Set With Love

    Thu, 20/01/2011 – 11:59 By Harry Bow

    It’s normally the kiss of death – for box office receipts and the romance – when a real-life couple star in a film together, so we’re sure everyone is very worried about what might happen to Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig if they appear together in Bond…

    According to The Sun, Bond bosses are keen to sign Weisz, with a source telling the paper:

    “Casting Rachel was going to be a surprise twist as everyone would assume she’d be a Bond girl when really she would play a villain. But the fly in the ointment is that they are now dating.”

    To help Weisz make her decision, we’ve conducted a very scientific survey involving 17 celebrity couples (see gallery) who’ve appeared on-screen together. Only five of them are still an item, meaning that Weisz and Craig have only a 29 per cent of their romance surviving.

    Don’t do it, Weisz, not if you want to end up like Lucy Benjamin and Steve McFadden :(

  • Fio

    ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Stars Daniel Craig, Due Out Christmas 2011
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20110119/en_ac/7649632_girl_with_the_dragon_tattoo_stars_daniel_craig_due_out_christmas2011

    Film and book fans alike are awaiting the release of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” on Dec. 21, 2011. The film stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara as they journey to the underworld of modern society to investigate a cold missing persons case in Sweden.

    If the books are any indication, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” will be a hit movie in the U.S. after achieving success in Sweden. Other movies have done well in the U.S. after being given treatment in foreign countries first. Stieg Larsson’s novels adapted into film look to do the same thing.

    “Some Like It Hot”

    Marilyn Monroe starred in 1959′s “Some Like It Hot” which was a blockbuster for its time. The movie also picked up six Oscar nominations and won for Best Costume Design. The premise of the movie was based upon “Fanfaren der Liebe,” a West German film from 1951.

    As with many foreign films remade for American audiences, both “Some Like It Hot” and “Fanfaren der Liebe” are pretty much the same film in regards to plot and characterizations. Two men witness a crime and in order to escape from being noticed by local crime bosses (and to find work), they dress up in drag to sing as two women in an all-female band.

    When the two men start to feel romantic feelings towards the real women they sing with, the comedy ensues. Eventually the truth comes out but not after hilarious scenes and cheeky gags which made the American version so popular.

    The American film is a riot and deserves every nomination it received for the 1960 Academy Awards. The German version had much more drama and serious sides to it–a divided Germany was a new concept just six years after World War II.

    Jack Lemmon was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance and Billy Wilder received a nod for Best Director in “Some Like It Hot.” It was one of Monroe’s last films as she died in 1962 after making two more movies.

    If “Some Like It Hot” can achieve financial success with iconic actors of its time, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” should do the same. Craig has made a name for himself in tough roles such as “James Bond” films and “Road to Perdition.” Rooney Mara had a breakout year in 2010 with “The Social Network” and the reboot of “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” Both actors will likely take their stock up a notch starring in the runaway hit of the Christmas movie season for 2011.

  • Fio

    Will ‘Dragon Tattoo’ remake be a U.S. success?
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20110119/en_ac/7648018_girl_with_the_dragon_tattoo_remake_set_for_us_release_seeks_box_office_success_of_true_lies_1

    Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara will star in the American adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” MTV reports Mara got the part without even reading the script. She’s already worked with director David Fincher on one project — the ultra-successful film “The Social Network.” Look for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” around Christmas 2011.

    The first film adaptation of Larsson’s famous novel was done in the author’s native Sweden in 2010. Now the film seeks to replicate the book’s success.Other movies have done well in American audiences after being done overseas in a foreign language. One such American blockbuster was a James Cameron movie based upon a French film.

    “True Lies”

    “True Lies” stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis as happily married couple Harry and Helen Tasker. She has a boring desk job while he convinces his wife he’s a computer salesman. Yet Harry Tasker has been a secret agent for many years, a fact he’s kept from his wife.

    “True Lies” is based upon the French film “La Totale!,” which came out in 1991, three years before Cameron’s spy epic. The premise is exactly the same between both films, right down into the tense situations the main characters find themselves.

    “La Totale!” stars Thierry Lhermitte and Miou-Mious as Francois and Helen Voisin. Helene is a bored librarian who wants to have an exciting life so she decides to have an affair with a used car salesman pretending to be a secret agent. When Francois finds out and tries to confront her, they actually find themselves captured by international arms dealers. Helene didn’t know Francois was a spy until he came to break up the affair.

    Schwarzenegger’s version runs pretty much the same way. Helen Tasker tries to have an affair with a goofy car salesman (played perfectly by Bill Paxton) and then Harry uses his spy agency to scare the wits out of Simon the salesman. The scene where Paxton is extricated from his car is the funniest part of the film.

    After that, the Taskers have to save the world from Muslim terrorists threatening to detonate nuclear devices in American cities. Part action, part comedy, all blockbuster, Cameron’s “True Lies” was an American take on the French original.

    There was even controversy surrounding the depictions of Muslims in the American film. Entertainment Weekly reports the National Council on Islamic Affairs called for a boycott of the movie saying it was discriminatory against Muslims. Some women’s rights groups were also incensed by the strip tease scene done by Curtis as debasing toward women.

    Despite the controversy, “True Lies” took in nearly $150 million worth of ticket sales in the U.S. If “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” does as well as its book title, it should blow Cameron’s work out of the water as far as box office muster.

  • Fio

    It’s natural everyone should want him :)

    http://www.responsesource.com/releases/rel_display.php?relid=62111

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