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Daniel Craig: New 'Skyfall' Pics!

Daniel Craig: New 'Skyfall' Pics!

Scope out the new promo pics from the upcoming James Bond movie, Skyfall!

The Sam Mendes-directed flick, which opens November 9, stars Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, and Naomie Harris.

Ralph Fiennes has also been confirmed to join the cast. Rumors state that he will be stepping into Dame Judi‘s shoes as the new M.

“I’m not allowed to say that I’m a government agent,” Ralph previously stated. “I used to be a complete nerd about the books and the detail in them. They are fantastic.”

Daniel Craig Talks His “Skyfall” Character

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166 Responses to “Daniel Craig: New 'Skyfall' Pics!”

  1. 1
    Real Says:

    Craig, if you are a “good” actor no need to feel threatened by reality tv.
    No need to bash women it’s unbecoming of a gentleman.

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    WOW Says:

    epitome of manliness

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    Maja Says:

    Awesome pics. Getting REAL excited for Skyfall

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    Rima Says:

    Damn, he is so masculine lol. I need to find a man like him

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    Gossipgirl Says:

    What?? No Dame Judi?? I am so sad…….

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    Rara Says:

    @Real: John Ham, Jonah Hill, Jason Statham, etc, etc….. They all blame her! And Kim Kardashian is NOT a woman, she’s a *****!

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    More pics Says:

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    More pics Says:

    Judi’s here.

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    Ida Says:

    Awesome! It gets better n better. Can’t wait!

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    JEN Says:

    Whoa, those photos are amazing! Daniel is the best Bond FOR ME.

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    Daniel is Hot Says:

    Can’t wait to see him in the next Bond movie. I heard Bond was giving up his martini. Can’t believe it! Well, I won’t give up my martini!

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    Sara Says:
    Cool! Daniel in the pic is sooooooooooo BRIT!! :D

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    To Real Says:

    You are a sexism. Kardashians are nothing of a weak. Kim always twists the meaning for her own advantage. Everyone is fearful of criticism, so they zip their lip. Craig just speaks the truth, he is not only brave but wise. People agree with him coz people valued truth above all else. He made a good chance to start something, his comment sparked off an argument among the people.

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    Mike Says:

    BaaaaaaaaaaaaaaadAss! Daniel as James Bond does what he wants, when he wants, where he wants!

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    Mike Says:

    @To Real:
    Well said. Way to go, Dan!!

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    Gloria Says:

    Holy ****! Great Image – Daniel and DB5. So He Is Such A Beast!

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    Stacie Says:

    I’m so ready to see this movie .It looks so Good . : )

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    Elle Says:

    Jared and More pics, thanks for new stills. All these new pictures are fantastic! Especially, nice to see the first Ralph Fiennes! Keep up the good work, Mendes and Deakins!

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    Mendel Says:

    JJ, Fio was quicker ;)

    OMG! I love these pics!!! Dan is just so freakin’ sh*t hot!!!

    to DiH

    “I heard Bond was giving up his martini. Can’t believe it! Well, I won’t give up my martini!”


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    Elle Says:

    @Daniel is Hot.
    I heard Bond was giving up his martini. Can’t believe it! Well, I won’t give up my martini!
    I also heard it, but I don’t think Bond gives up a martini. He has enough money to buy both Heineken and a martini! Lol

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    BOBSON Says:

    Umm.. I’m of two minds about which to choose for using wallpaper on my desktop..

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    Charlize the best Says:

    @Real: Ha! It is reverse discrimination.
    You are showing partiality and sympathy to the weak, but she just ’disguises’ herself as a weak person such a poor woman. She was seduced by the temptation of easy money and has started to sell her privacy. Hypocrisy is my abhorrence. We scorn liars and hypocrites.

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    Ana Says:

    Great stuff! Daniel looks absolutely stunning.

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    Amy Says:

    Wow, what a day! Why did they become generous suddenly? lol

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    Amy Says:

    Both are good, I’ve already used my favorite picture as desktop wallpaper, he he.

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    Monica Says:

    Gladly saw these pics. He’s still my dreamboat<3

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    Jane Says:

    I cannot wait for this movie to come out. Daniel is so ultra cool and sexy.

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    Mako Morton Says:
    Great tailored classic style suit/coat! Those shape of the suit/coat create a ‘real’ Tom Ford look. The fact that he looks good in this suit, gives him a comfortable feeling.

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    what a fine creature LOL

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    Fio Says:

    Daniel Craig: One liners back for new Bond Skyfall – The comedy will return to the James Bond franchise, says star on film’s Pinewood set–one-liners-are-back-for-new-bond-skyfall.html
    Prepare for a return to James Bond’s more comic roots. That’s the tantalising glimpse into the changing tone of ‘Skyfall’, the spy’s 23rd adventure, offered by Daniel Craig as Yahoo! visits the film’s Pinewood Studios set.

    “You have to have a script that has the bones of comedy,” Craig tells us. “Comedy in Bond films, for me, comes out of the situations people get into. They’re exciting, and hopefully heart-stopping, and the comedy comes out of one-liners and things. When Sam [Mendes] came in, it was key for all of us that there’s a lightness of touch in the writing that’s not been as evident in the past two.”
    Producer Barbara Broccoli agrees. “It’s got those situations where you think, ‘You could only see this in a Bond movie,’” she adds. “That’s where the wit comes into it.”
    Four years have passed since the character’s last outing, ‘Quantum of Solace’, and Craig says the time has been well spent tightening ‘Skyfall”s script. “We’ve all been working for at least two years, in some aspect of tossing ideas around, which you need to start playing around with those things, because you can’t make them up on the day.”

    It’s a key change of pace for Craig’s Bond, renowned for its darker, edgier approach to the character. But as the series celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, the desire to honour that legacy is palpable amongst the cast and crew. “We all want this to be the best Bond ever,” declares Broccoli. “And I think it’s going to be; I really feel that.”
    It’s a typically iconic moment we watch Craig shoot on set. In an impeccably recreated London Underground station – complete with moving tube trains – Bond faces off against the villainous Silva, played by Spanish actor Javier Bardem, by taking aim with his trusty Walther PPK. But before he can go for the kill, Silva detonates an explosion; sending debris flying as the smell of gunpowder fills the 007-Stage.

    Craig says he recruited Bardem for the role at a party. “I met him at some fundraising function and I just went, ‘Would you be in the next Bond movie?’” he says. “No-one told me that’s not how it’s meant to happen! He’s an incredibly precious actor, but he’s not precious about his acting and so he’s thrown himself into what he’s doing. I smile every time he’s on set.”

    For Bardem, becoming a James Bond villain meant dealing with his own aversion to guns and violence. On the set of ‘No Country For Old Men’, the Coen brothers dubbed Bardem “The Spanish Ballerina” because of his distaste for weaponry. “I like peaceful people,” he laughs. “I’ve worked 28 years and Skyfall will be only the third movie with a gun in my hand. But it’s more than having a gun in my hand. It’s about creating a profile of a person that would justify that, and that’s the tricky part. There aren’t many opportunities to construct something behind that violence.”
    There are even fewer hints at the film’s plot on offer – as Bardem put it, “it’s a James Bond movie, everything is top secret” – and Dame Judi Dench is remaining especially tightlipped amidst rumours that her character, M, might die. “How can I possibly tell you that?” she laughs.

    But she did say she’d shot her last scene for the film, noting that her final day was announced by the crew with a “Thank you, and seventeen years later…” Perhaps it signified a grand send off for the legendary thespian, who joined the franchise with 1995′s GoldenEye. “Seventeen years is a long time,” Dench reflects. “And I don’t like the thought that they’re going on. If you’re in a play at least you’re all finished on the same night. Here they’re all getting on perfectly well without me!”

    Whatever happens, expect ‘Skyfall’ to be a roller coaster from the start. “We’ve got a great story, a great cast and a great director,” summarises Craig, “and we’re making something that’s exciting and is hopefully going to move people.”

    ‘Skyfall’ is released in the UK on 26 October 2012.

    Are you happy about James Bond returning to his comic roots? Let us know below.

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    Fio Says:

    More new stills…

    Skyfall Set Visit Preview And New Stills – We peek into James Bond’s lair
    As the mammoth, six-month production moves into its final few weeks, the producers of Skyfall decided it was time for some show and (to a much lesser extent) tell. For the past two days, the doors of Pinewood have been opened (well, moved slightly ajar) to the world’s press.

    We toured sets — including a weirdly convincing fibreglass tube train, a partially flooded subterranean tunnel and a platform of Temple Station, all constructed on the gargantuan 007 Stage — then were also treated to a small but impressive explosion, during a scene in which Bond (Daniel Craig) desperately pursues this movie’s big bad, Silva (Javier Bardem).

    The sense was of a movie as tough and gritty as you’d expect of the Craig-era Bonds, but also shot (digitally) with a pin-sharp elegance rarely before seen, by director Sam Mendes, and his celebrated cinematographer.

    “Visually we’re in very safe hands because Roger Deakins is shooting this movie, which is just phenomenal,” said Daniel Craig this morning. “It has a classic feel to it. I won’t lie to you: we’ve tried to sort of bring some of the feelings of older Bond movies into this film — but this is a modern movie.”

    Craig, like everyone we talk to, is unable to give much away. Indeed any requests for plot details are universally (but very politely) stonewalled. When asked, for example, how Bond has changed since Quantum Of Solace, Craig laughs and says, “Well, I’m a bit older”.

    But it’s a particular treat to finally meet Bond 23’s villain, Javier Bardem, who speaks of the joy of working in the 007 genre. “It’s great ground on which to play a character like this,” he says. “And you have a frame. There are certain rules in Bond movies, no? It is very challenging to be part of the frame of the James Bond movie, and also being able to bring your own thing to it.”

    But can he at least confirm one thing: Is the mysterious Silva Spanish, like Bardem himself?

    “He is kind of from over there, yeah,” Bardem smiles. “He is not from Oklahoma, I can tell you!”

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    Fio Says:

    We will have to wait until Monday for their full set visit reports…

    Skyfall Preview and Pics – IGN was just on the set of 007′s new movie!
    James Bond (once again played by Daniel Craig) stalks down a darkened subway tunnel, Walther PPK raised and ready to kill. He has pursued his enemy Silva (Javier Bardem) underground after a prolonged chase. But before 007 can take out his prey, the tunnel wall behind him explodes — and what comes after that you’ll have to wait until Monday to find out!
    IGN was among select press invited to Pinewood Studios in England this week to observe the filming of Skyfall, the 23rd Bond movie. While our full set visit report is embargoed until next week, consider the above a taste of what we saw. We also have a bunch of new photos from the movie for you today.
    In addition to the London underground set from the aforementioned scene, we also saw cool sets for a casino in Macau and an abandoned Japanese island town.
    That’s all we’re allowed to reveal until next Monday, April 16, when our set visit reports — including interviews with Craig, Bardem, Judi Dench, new Bond Girl Berenice Marlohe, and producer Barbara Broccoli — can run in their entirety.
    Be sure to check back Monday for our full set visit reports!

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    Fio Says:

    Daniel Craig talks Skyfall: On-set report
    007 star Daniel Craig says he is confident fans will be pleasantly surprised by Bond’s 23rd outing, Skyfall.

    Though details are closely guarded secrets, the Bond team revealed some tidbits to international press today on Day 95 of shooting on Skyfall at Pinewood Studios.

    “I haven’t changed his character, he’s not in drag, he’s not doing anything that’s going to surprise people completely,” Craig laughed in-between shooting an incendiary chase scene on a tube station set. “But he has these great characters and a great story. I’m very proud of what we have at the moment.”

    In Skyfall Bond’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested to the limit when lines become blurred and MI6 comes under attack by villain Silva (Javier Bardem). Directed by Sam Mendes, the filmmakers have hinted that this latest instalment will be more character-driven and gritty than Quantum Of Solace.

    “I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised,” Craig said of Mendes’ stewardship. “Sam is a boy and he likes blowing **** up – but we’re stylishly blowing **** up!”

    Explosions aside, Mendes has also brought on board legendary cinematography Roger Deakins, Ralph Fiennes as the mysterious Mallory plus Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw and Bond girls, Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe.

    “The talent we’re pooled in this movie is phenomenal and I’m very confident in what we have,” Craig enthused.

    The film’s release coincides with the 50th anniversary of Bond’s first cinematic foray with Dr No and Skyfall will nod to its past. “It’s throwing in some new characters and some old characters…” teased Craig. “And I’m just giving you flannel now…”

    And now the veteran of two 007 movies feels even more at home with his license to kill status. “It’s a really fun thing to do for a living, the more I do it the more fun I get out of it. And if it makes me more fun at home – that’s a good thing!”

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    Fio Says:

    (VIDEO) Daniel Craig Promises ‘Skyfall’ Won’t Be An Emo Bond Flick – Director Sam Mendes isn’t making ‘some chamber piece about people’s emotions,’ Craig assures MTV News
    James Bond fans fear not, there will be plenty of action in the much-anticipated upcoming Bond flick, “Skyfall.”

    For months, the rumor mill had Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes stripping away the action for the 23rd Bond movie in order to make a more dramatic movie that reflected the emotional depth of the characters.

    But when MTV News recently visited the London set of “Skyfall”, James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, was quick to dispel those rumors, assuring fans that he and Mendes have struck a balance between drama and the action that Bond flicks are known for.
    “I sat down with Sam Mendes two years ago, three years ago — now it’s getting on four — and we discussed what we wanted to do and how we wanted to do it, and he’s one of the biggest Bond fans around,” said Craig, who’s taking on the 007 role for the third time.

    “He’s not out to do an angst-ridden movie, some chamber piece about people’s emotions,” Craig continued. “It’s a Bond movie. But we both agreed that if he cast the film, which he did really well, and we brought in older characters and new characters, that we’d have something really rich and sort of exciting to watch.”

    The cast includes Judi Dench (playing “M” for the seventh time), Ralph Fiennes in a mysterious role and Oscar winner Javier Bardem.

    “I think it’s a James Bond movie and this movie is going to have everything that any James Bond fan would expect and even more,” Bardem told us. “Also the emotional aspect of it and the action aspect of the movie as well, it’s going to contain a lot of surprises for the audience.”

    And Bardem should know what fans want as a longtime fan of the franchise. “I’ve seen many, many James Bond movies,” he said. “It’s fun to be part of one of them. It’s really fun, but again, it’s also about the people … around this movie that is really exciting to work with — amazing cast, a great director and great character to play. It’s a very serious movie, it’s very solid.”

    Bond fans can catch all the “Skyfall” action when it hits theaters November 9.

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    Rie Says:

    “we also saw cool sets for a casino in Macau and an abandoned Japanese island town”
    Wowww, I’m so exciting!! What island of Japan is it?

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    Fio Says:

    Hi, Rie
    It’s a ghost town on Hashima Island in Japan. Do you know that place? :)

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    Rie Says:

    Thanks! Hashima is in the Nagasaki Prefecture, and once it had residents (Hashima coal mine), however, now it is a desert island. What is Bond going to do there, I wonder?

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    Rie Says:

    Hashima Island tour

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    gia Says:

    i just heard this old song called poisin heart song by ng monaster it has a james bond style would be perfect for it

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    Amy Says:

    Yafoo UK’s worth reading, especially “One liners back” and BB’s comments!
    The view from the sea is spectacular!!!!!

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    Snubbles Says:

    I have playing chess by myself :(

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    Fio Says:

    Daniel Craig Says ‘Skyfall’ Bond ‘Not So Broken-Hearted’ – ‘He’s much softer and nicer now,’ Craig tells MTV News on London set.
    When we last left James Bond in “Quantum of Solace,” he was on a mission of vengeance after being scorned by a past love. “Quantum” picked right up where “Casino Royale” left off, and even though there was a lot of action in the flick, Bond wasn’t Bond: He transformed into a cold, hard character, who audiences never saw crack a smile or have his martini shaken.

    Fast-forward four years: Bond has had time to heal and seems to be ready to get back to his old form, even if he has traded in his martini for a Heineken. MTV News visited the London set of Daniel Craig’s third Bond flick, “Skyfall,” and he told us fans will see him portray a whole new 007.
    “He’s much softer and nicer now,” Craig explained. “It’s just different … hopefully, it’s different again from that ['Casino Royale']. There was a story to telling ‘Quantum’ that we had to finish off and round off. He was hurt and broken-hearted; he’s not so broken-hearted. He’s on the mend; he’s feeling much better.”

    While little is known about the plot of “Skyfall,” the 23rd Bond film, what we do know from the official synopsis is that Bond’s loyalty to Judi Dench’s character, M, is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. That leaves a lot of holes that need to be filled, but, of course, Craig wouldn’t give away too much. After all, it’s top-secret information.

    Craig said Bond’s relationship with M is “a very important part of the film.” “There’s also the very important relationship he has with the bad guy in the movie [Silva, played by Javier Bardem]. We got Javier to come and do that, which gives the film a richer content, but his relationship with M, they are very close and they basically go on an adventure together, she gets out in the field. Judi, she’ll tell you she usually films most of her stuff in the studio like this while we are all off in some wonderful location and she gets to come with us this time.”

    “Skyfall” hits theaters November 9.

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    Fio Says:

    Hi, Rie
    Thanks for the info. Amazingly impressive!! Shame, maybe Hashima only will appear in a small part.
    Hi, Amy
    Yeah, I don’t know what I feel for it…but I’m sure he will pull it off!

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    Mendel Says:

    to Fio

    thanks for all the info – I just love all the new pics!!!

    “Yeah, I don’t know what I feel for it…but I’m sure he will pull it off!”

    I liked the humour in Casino Royale – there were some great…well…maybe not one but two liners. If Skyfall has a few like them, I’ll be happy!

    And yes, Dan will pull it off…now why does my mind wander… (Guinness, your cue!)

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    Fio Says:

    New Bond Daniel Craig packing a lot more muscle in Skyfall
    DANIEL Craig’s chiselled jaw grinds aggressively on a wad of chewing gum as he awaits his call to action.

    The air is cold and damp on the set, the actor is deep in the bowels of the London Underground, reconstructed on the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios.

    Daniel Craig limbers up, swaying his hips from side-to-side and stretching his arms across his chest before assuming his starting position, tensing every muscle in his body to become James Bond.

    As the camera rolls he snaps his Walther PPK up from his hip and locks his target in his sights. “I’ve got bad news, Silva,” he warns. “Me too,” comes Javier Bardem’s villainous reply.
    Seconds later a bomb rips through the roof of the tunnel.

    Bond girls in pictures through the years

    Insider is on the London set of the new James Bond film Skyfall – the 23rd instalment of the spy franchise which opens in Australia in November.

    Back in the real world Bond fans are preparing to face their own bombshell. The spoiler mill went into overdrive this week with reports that Judi Dench’s MI6 matriarch character M doesn’t make it through the film alive.

    “We’ve just filmed M’s death scene. Judi Dench is leaving the franchise,” a member of the Skyfall production crew apparently told British film website Best In Film. That is bad news. But is it true?

    Interviewed by Insider at Pinewood on Wednesday, Dench whose character has managed to stay alive through six Bond films since Goldeneye in 1995 says the plot, and her character’s fate, remained classified. “I’m sorry, it’s ridiculous, it’s absurd, but that’s the nature of Bond,” she says.

    Script security is paramount on any 007 set, but with the added expectation of the release coinciding with Bond’s 50th anniversary on the big screen, nothing has been left to chance.

    Dench recalled the day her Skyfall script arrived, playing out like a scene dreamt up by Bond author Ian Flemming himself. The 77-year-old was entertaining people in her garden when a shadowy figure strode through the gate.

    “We were all talking and having a drink and suddenly we looked and there was a man completely in black with script under his arm.

    “He never spoke and he darted out and I said to the others, ‘That, believe it or not, is the Bond script’.”

    Despite the secrecy, two things about Dench’s role are clear. It will be the biggest part she has played during her Bond career and that her relationship with her pet agent becomes a lot more complicated.

    The synopsis of Skyfall reveals that Bond’s loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. With MI6 under attack it is up to agent 007 to “destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost”.

    Interrogated about M’s past during an interview between gun battles, Daniel Craig drew on his secret service experience to throw his questioner off course. “She was a stripper in Morocco,” he says with characteristic Bond cheek.

    Taking a more serious tone, Craig says though there would be plenty of action in the film, it would also take its audience on an emotional journey. So what could the cast and crew reveal? Well, it is in fact Bond who strips, again. “There is a swimming pool scene …any opportunity to get him to take his clothes off,” producer Barbara Broccoli says.

    Craig has been training hard to maintain a toned torso for the shoot. Though she kept his measurements confidential, costume designer Jany Temime describes his body as “wonderful”.

    Even Bardem, who plays super villain Silva, has apparently been turning his head, telling Insider: “Daniel, man, he is working hard, this guy is in really good shape.”

    The woman likely to get closest to those muscles is French-Cambodian actress Berenise Marlohe, the latest Bond girl. But for now her lips remain sealed.

    While admitting she thoroughly enjoyed “interacting” with Craig and Bardem, she said of Bond: “Is he good in bed? I don’t know”. Perhaps their romp is alfresco?

    Skyfall opens in Australia on November 22

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    For 007 sex scene Says:

    Daniel Craig beefs up for his latest 007 sex scene
    DANIEL Craig will be going for diet options for the next ten days.
    The actor is working out extra hard ready for his sex scene in the next Bond film, Skyfall.

    He is due to get it on with new Bond girl, Greek actress Tonia Sotiropuolou.

    A source said: “Daniel knows his body will be scrutinised in the bedroom scene so he’s been training like a mad man.”

    But he shouldn’t worry about stage fright – Tonia is the spit of his wife Rachel Weisz.

    Must make things a bit easier.

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    Heineken Ad Says:

    Daniel comes tomorrow to the Czech Republic to shoot Heineken ad in Prague and stays there for three four days.

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    Fio Says:

    Skyfall Interview: Daniel Craig and Producer Barbara Broccoli
    Easily the most anticipated interview on any Bond set would be to talk to James Bond 007 himself, Daniel Craig, and with more mystery surrounding Skyfall than previous movies and Craig’s increased involvement in the storytelling, we hoped he would open up a bit more than usual. Sadly, that wasn’t to be.

    For some reason, Craig tends to like doing his Bond interviews with producer Barbara Broccoli by his side, something that dates back to Casino Royale, but because there really is no one else involved with Bond as knowledgeable about how the movie came together than the heir to Albert Broccoli’s legacy with the Bond franchise, we hoped she could fill in any blanks.

    Mind you, this interview was done with a group of international journalists and some of the questions were better than others, so we tried to cull this brief interview down to only include the most pertinent and relevant information to the movie.

    Question: You had a really long break between the last movie and this one. How did that affect you in terms of coming back to the character and the production as a whole in terms of how it changed what it would be?
    Daniel Craig: I was very sanguine about the whole thing, really, because there’s nothing I can do about the situation. MGM and Sony thankfully are back in the fold and we’re making the movie, which is mind of the bottom line. There were financial issues that were going on, which there’s nothing I can do about. I can make a phone call and go, “Please,” but that’s not really my style. It’ll work itself out, it won’t work itself out, but if it’s not to be, it’s not to be. I mean, I was hoping it would, I was desperate, and the longer things went on, the more desperate I became to make another one. Thankfully, we just carried on regardless. I mean, we had to quietly carry on because it was all in flux, but Sam got involved, the bones of the script came together, then John Logan got involved. We were constantly just at it. It gave us the chance to prepare ourselves in a way that we hadn’t had on the other movies – well, I certainly hadn’t in my first two experiences.

    Q: Let’s talk about Sam Mendes, because he’s the new addition from the past two movies. Bond’s always been a very producer-driven franchise I would say, and with Sam, you have a director who’s won an Oscar. What does he bring different to the franchise? Can you about working with him as opposed to some of the other directors who have worked on Bond?
    Barbara Broccoli: Well, in terms of it being a producer-driven movie, I think because it’s a franchise and because of its long history, we obviously are very much in control of how we set the movie up, but I think anyone who knows anything about movies knows it’s a very collaborative effort. We’ve always wanted a director that would put a stamp on the movie, so we’ve never been one to hire directors for hire. We always wanted someone who was a great director in their own right and a storyteller, and I don’t think you can get any better than Sam Mendes. When Daniel suggested him, we were unbelievably thrilled that he would be interested because he is such a fine director.
    Craig: I dunno. I just sort of had a flash, really. I had spoken to him at a party and we’ve known each other for years and obviously we’ve worked together before. I just said, “Would you be interested?” because it just seemed to me like a good idea. He’s English. He grew up watching Bond. He’s a huge Bond fan. He just instinctively knows about what Bond movies are about. He just seemed to be the correct choice.

    Q: How much has James Bond changed in this film?
    Craig: Since the previous two? I’m a bit older. (Laughter)

    Q: It’s been mentioned by others that he has more of a conscience in this one.
    Craig: I’ve always been interested in that side of him, only because I think that there are consequences from actions, less so than maybe it used to be, but I think that it’s interesting to sort of play the emotion of everything that you see on screen. It’s not to say this movie’s become a piece of drama. I think what Sam has done is cast it in a way that means that we just have fabulously interesting characters to watch and be entertained by, and that their interaction is what the movie’s about. He’s a killer, that’s what he does for a living. To have a conscience about that I think is interesting, or to have some sort of effect on him that’s interesting.

    Q: We’ve also heard he’s kind of out of his comfort zone.
    Craig: Pushing him, I think is the best way to describe that. We’re always pushing him, and honestly, it’s just about making the best – because really the 50th anniversary is the whole thing, and that’s a lot of pressure because we’re trying to produce something that’s going to stand-out and be memorable, but we’re just pushing the characters as far as we can, physically and emotionally and just as far as we can within the context of the Bond movie. That’s been the aim.

    Q: “Casino Royale” was a very elegant movie, while “Quantum” was very modern. What is your perception visually of how this one is turning out?
    Craig: Well, visually we’re in very, very safe hands because Roger Deakins is shooting this movie, which is phenomenal. You can tell usually when you’re on a film set because you watch the monitors. I know you were watching stuff yesterday and you saw some explosions, maybe not the best of scenes, but even that scene is lit incredibly. That’s how Roger does it. Every scene is like that. It’s what he does. It’s his heart, and so, therefore, we’re in such safe hands there that it has a classic feel to it. It feels very modern at times, but I won’t lie to you, we tried to bring some of the feelings of older Bond movies into this film. It’s there, but this is a modern movie. We’re shooting digitally. We’re doing it in the most modern way possible. We’re just trying to make it feel as classic as we can.

    Q: Would you explain the title “Skyfall?”
    Broccoli: I can’t even say it. It sounds like a Fleming title, right? It’s not based on any Fleming story–there isn’t any left–but it has a real spirit of Fleming in it. I think the title reflects that too, and you’ll just have to see the movie to understand what the title means.
    Craig: Good Fleming titles always had double meanings and things, and that’s really from where the story comes, but it has a number of meanings, all of which apply in the movie.

    Q: Whenever there’s a Bond movie not based on a Fleming novel, you almost always get flack about the title, like with “Quantum of Solace.” This title “Skyfall” does sound very Bond, but once again, you have to deal with people not liking it.
    Broccoli: Believe it or not, it’s one of the toughest parts, choosing a title, because it’s the thing that brands the movie. We get a lot of flack about it. (Laughs) This one has been pretty good, people have liked this one.
    Craig: But we get a lot of flack about everything. I dig this one and I’m very pleased with this. I liked “Quantum of Solace,” but that got a lot of sh*t for it.
    Broccoli: But people now know what the meaning of the word “quantum” is, you know?

    Q: Does this movie follow directly after “Quantum of Solace” like that one did with “Casino Royale”?
    Broccoli: No.
    Craig: It’s a separate thing.

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    Q: What did screenwriter John Logan bring to the movie?
    Broccoli: Well, it’s very usual in films that are this big and complex that you have several writers working on it. He’s a masterful writer, and he did extraordinary work on what was a very good script to begin with. He is the first person to say how good the script was that he contributed to. Also, obviously when Sam came on board, a director has a lot of input, Daniel has a lot of input, all the actors do, so that the script has evolved and it’s really exceptionally good.

    Q: How good is the villain in this one?
    Craig: (Makes motions as if waving that question away, which gets laughter) He’s all right. Won a few awards, apparently. There’s a kind of expression in sport that if you play with the best, it rubs off on you a bit, and Javier is one of the best in the business, so for me, it’s a really big treat. I’m a huge fan of his. He’s incredibly generous, just funny and we’re having a lot of fun together when we’re doing our scenes and again, it’s just one of those things. We had a wish list, and he just happened to be at the top of the wish list. Both Sam and I would like to have Javier to play this part. We knew that he would be the best Bond villain, we were very excited about it. And he said “yes”!
    Broccoli: It’s incredibly exciting watching these two actors in a scene together. I mean, you’re really in for something special.

    Q: What about his character?
    Broccoli: He’s very complicated.
    Craig: Very complex in many ways.

    Q: The explosion we watched yesterday seemed like it could be very nerve-wracking.
    Craig: Yes, it’s not in the movie, it’s just for you guys. (laughter) Yeah, for f*ck’s sake, we better blow something up. This is a Sam Mendes movie, it’s all talking. No idea. It wasn’t nerve-wracking for me, I have earplugs in. I couldn’t hear anything.

    Q: But this was a one-shot thing. If they didn’t get it right the first time, it took five hours or more to set it up again.
    Craig: Well, the shot that we’re doing today takes a week to reset so that’s a one-shot deal, but we do quite a lot of those one-shot deals on the movie. That’s just kind of the nature of doing a Bond movie, the number of things that may take five or six hours a day to the set. Those aren’t usual. The one we’re doing today is.

    Q: How do you manage to calm your nerves and remain focused?
    Craig: I just want to focus myself, so I’m thinking about what I’m doing and I make sure that I’m focused and ready to go. I don’t want to f*ck it up. It’s as simple as that.
    Broccoli: We all take it very seriously.
    Craig: I try not to take it too seriously. That’s for when we do the take, it’s like, we’re in a Bond movie, so I have to kind of be that person.

    Q: Do you feel like Sam has kind of upped the ante for the rest of the cast as well, since you have the likes of Albert Finney and Ralph Fiennes?
    Craig: I keep listing the cast and, “Oh, Albert Finney’s in this movie.” I mean, yes, he has. He went and asked. I mean, that’s the great thing is again we had a wish list of people we’d say, “Well, this we’d love.” Everybody we wanted said “yes.”
    Broccoli: Everybody said “yes.”
    Craig: That’s the Sam Factor.
    Broccoli: Yeah, Sam and Daniel. Everybody wants to work with Sam, everyone wants to work with Daniel. We were very lucky. The script was great.
    Craig: I mean, they may want to work with us and we’re nice people, but the script was in a really good place, and I think when you give actors good material, they just go, “Oh, okay, I get this.” They can see that there’s something there for them, that they’re not going to have to work that extra. I mean, it’s a lovely idea, but you get a script and it’s kind of disappointing, it’s very easy to turn that down. There’s too much work involved.

    Q: Is it true that we’ll see you and Moneypenny back? We know about Q, that was announced by his agent.
    Broccoli: Nothing’s been announced.
    Craig: Agents are liars. You know that. (Laughter)
    Broccoli: There is a lot of speculation about Bond, which is great. We’re very happy that people are interested and we got a great movie.

    Q: Can you tell us how the relationship between Bond and M will change?
    Craig: It’s just grown. It’s just growing, and that’s what’s great. Judi’s just such a wonderful – I mean, we have Judi Dench in the cast. She’s an amazing actress, and that relationship was always strong. I always thought it was strong. We got something going in “Casino Royale.” We’re running with it. We’ve just tried to improve it. I love what we’ve got together, and I’ve enjoyed working with Judi so much on this movie because we’ve had so much more to do together, so it’s great.

    Q: How is it shooting on the streets and the subways of London?
    Broccoli: We’ve had enormous cooperation, I think because we’re British. Obviously, the film is British and it’s our 50th anniversary and there’s a lot of focus on London at the moment with the Olympics and the Jubilee and everything, so they’ve been wonderful with us. We’ve had tremendous cooperation.
    Craig: Yeah, we’ve shot in places you wouldn’t normally be allowed to shoot and it’s down to the police and local authorities just been helping us out, and underground have been brilliant.

    Q: When you made “Casino Royale,” you had the Bourne movies you were being compared to. Now you have the last “Mission: Impossible” as that franchise seems to be upping its game as well. How do you guys feel about that?
    Broccoli: I’m always thrilled. I always say when good movies are out, it’s good for us because when there are good movies, audiences they go see them, they have a great time, they go back to the movies. So, I’m thrilled that “Mission: Impossible” is doing well, that the Bourne series did well. It’s what we want. We want good competition because we need people to keep going to the movies.
    Craig: I agree.

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    Elle Says:

    Thank you for the article. I’m exciting to hear Babs’s comments! She’s so smart indeed. I found these “extremely interesting” articles on the same site..
    - spoiler alert -
    Skyfall Interview: Javier Bardem is Raoul Silva

    Bond Week: From the Set of Skyfall

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    Guinness Says:

    thanks Fio–keep it coming–saves me alot of time looking for updates.
    and I believe Dan can deliver the “one-liners” as an exceptional extraordinary deliverer of sarcastic wit. and it is part of his personality too. Beer? wow. Bond drinking beer, yes, in a wonderful nice glass…ok. it will be easy to photobucket into guinness! and that is what he may request to drink in lieu of what he is promoting. (can I have a Heiny, Dan??? yee haw!)

    and I just have a visual Mendel–no quips about taking off anything, sometimes that is much better!

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    Mendel Says:

    to Fio

    thanks for all the great info!

    “Well, it is in fact Bond who strips, again.”

    Excellent! That’s what I like to hear *grin*

    “While admitting she thoroughly enjoyed “interacting” with Craig and Bardem, she said of Bond: “Is he good in bed? I don’t know”. Perhaps their romp is alfresco?”

    Sounds promising!

    “Q: How do you manage to calm your nerves and remain focused?
    Craig: …I don’t want to f*ck it up. …”

    Just gotta love Dan’s linguistic style :)

    to Elle

    thanks for the links!

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    Mendel Says:

    Hi Guinness,

    welcome back!!! Only saw your post after I posted mine!

    “(can I have a Heiny, Dan??? yee haw!) ”

    LOL! Yee haw indeed!!!

    “and I just have a visual Mendel–no quips about taking off anything, sometimes that is much better!”

    Do share!!! *grin*

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    Mendel Says:

    From the Guardian:


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    Amy Says:

    I love love love his “Little Britain” show!!!!!!!! Mendel, don’t you agree?
    David Walliams ‏ @davidwalliams
    I had the best day out of all time at the set of the new Bond movie ‘Skyfall’ in Pinewood today
    17 Apr 12 via web
    David Walliams ‏ @davidwalliams
    ….The film looks stunning. I can’t wait to see it in October
    17 Apr 12 via web
    Chelsea Pearl Li ‏ @ChelseaPearlLi
    How was I so much more excited to see David Walliams today when Daniel Craig was in the same room? #sortyourlifeout
    17 Apr 12 via

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    Amy Says:

    Vicki Leung ‏ @VickiLeung32
    So today, daniel craig saw me giving a topless lapdance. With the pleasure of Sam mendes directing. My job is crayyyy…?!
    17 Apr 12 via Twitter for BlackBerry®
    Vicki Leung ‏ @VickiLeung32
    @philatte_ lol doing some filming for the new bond film :-) its pretty cool. How are u stranger? Xx
    17 Apr 12 via Twitter for BlackBerry®

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    Fio Says:

    Hi, Elle
    Thanks for the articles… I feel all casts want to conceal the details. And, honestly, don’t wanna see that story. If I give too much away right from the start it won’t be so interesting. Agh, an enormous dilemma faces me!
    Hi, Guinness
    Well, I’m sure Daniel prefers Guinness to Heineken! :)
    Hi, Mendel
    “Excellent! That’s what I like to hear *grin*”
    Yeah, but I want to see the scene of at least two strips! Like CR!
    “From the Guardian”
    Thanks for the articles. Those scenes remind me of QOSWhy does Bond like a rooftop so much? lol
    Hi, Amy
    Wow, why was David Walliams in the same room with Daniel? Where is Matt Lucas? Vicky Pollard was annoying for me, tho! lol

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    50 SINGS IN DA CLUB!!!!!!!! HAHAHA


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    susan Says:

    By Andrew Hough6:30AM BST 19 Apr 2012

    The Oscar-winning director admitted he thought the British actor was not the “right casting” as 007.
    After Craig, 44, replaced Pierce Brosnan, 58, as the British secret agent in 2006, Mendes said he would have “advised him not to do it”.
    Craig’s casting to play the MI6 agent for the first time in Casino Royale was initially met with a wave of scepticism from critics and Bond fans who questioned his capacity for the coveted role.
    But Mendes credits Craig with “re-energising” the franchise and together with critics who praised his acting, and many fans who admired his physique, he admitted he has since changed his mind.
    ”I was one of the people who said I didn’t think he was the right casting,” he said.

    At the time, I was asked in an interview and I said, ‘I’m not sure, I would advise him not to do it’.”
    But Mendes, who previously directed Craig a decade ago in Road To Perdition, admitted he was wrong.
    ”I watched him go through that intense pressure and come through that with flying colours,” he said.
    “I bumped into him after Casino Royale and I was so excited to see him as Bond. It was great to watch him come through that and prove the doubters wrong.”
    He made the admissions during a press conference beamed live from the set of the 23rd Bond movie on Wednesday.
    Filming has taken place in Turkey and Shanghai, but the action has now moved to the 007 stage at Pinewood studios, in Iver Heath, Bucks.
    The 46 year-old told reporters based at Pinewood Studios that while the film would remain true to its roots, he confirmed that Craig’s character would sip on a Heineken beer.
    Fans have been outraged that movie product placement will deny James Bond his favourite pre-prandial tipple.
    Craig, who recently vowed to keep playing Bond until he was forced to stop, said working with Mendes for the first on a Bond film – and the second time during his career – had helped him deal with the pressures of the role.
    He has previously said that he suggested Mendes for the role, adding that he believed the “Sam Factor” helped attract other actors including .
    ”I have got an awful lot to worry about when making a movie like this – it’s another level making a Bond movie,” said Craig, who again stars as the superspy for a third time.
    “Sam has allowed me to forget about that and concentrate on the job. I have been able to remember why I love this job.”
    Bond girls Naomie Harris, a British actress, and Bérénice Marlohe, a French model who plays the exotic and villainous Sévérin, also fronted the cameras.
    Harris, who plays a field agent called Eve, disclosed she had seen Craig ”partially naked” but that she keeps her clothes on throughout the movie, suggesting the pair do not embark on an on-screen fling.
    ”I don’t reveal anything physically,” she said.
    Harris, 35, also said the set at Pinewood was one of the most relaxed she had ever worked on, thanks to Mendes and Craig.
    ”I was really intimidated for a long time when I found I was going to be on a Bond movie, it was much more terrifying,” she said.
    “But I was incredibly surprised. Sam is such an incredible director. He engineers it that you feel so taken care of. It feels like you’re making a small independent film.”
    Studio executives have high hopes that Mendes will give the franchise an intelligent new depth as they attempt to bounce back from bankruptcy.
    The production of the film was in limbo for months while the previous movie earned mixed reviews.
    Mendes, who earned five 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director for American Beauty, promised fans the film would “play on the history” of previous films in a tribute to its 50th anniversary this year.
    Fans would spot references to previous 007 adventures including the return of the Aston Martin DB5 as the “Bond” car.
    But he defended the decision to introduce the character to beer for the first time, in a decision that has created a backlash.
    The makers of Skyfall have inked a deal with the Dutch beer company for a reported £28.1 million ($45 million) and Craig this week defended the decision as a commercial reality.
    Skyfall, which also stars Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw, will be released in British cinemas on October 26 and US cinemas on Nov 9.
    While the last two Bond films were parts of a connected story, Mendes has indicated that Skyfall is a standalone adventure that is not linked to either the story started in Casino Royale and concluded in A Quantum of Solace.
    Reports have suggested the plot details a potential rift between Bond and M, his boss played by Dame Judi.
    Sony Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp, will distribute the film.

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    Fio Says:

    (VIDEO BLOG) Skyfall: World exclusive behind-the-scenes on Bond set
    James Bond is back with a new behind-the-scenes video from the Shanghai set of ‘Skyfall’, starring Daniel Craig and directed by Sam Mendes.
    Take a look our world exclusive video:
    This exclusive video blog comes from China, the second major location for the film’s shoot after England, and shows off some of the wonderful sights found around the country before heading to its largest city Shanghai.

    First Unit Director Alexander Witt takes us through one of the sequences being filmed there as Bond and Sévérine (Bérénice Marlohe) touch down at the airport, before Bond follows her through the streets and to the high rises of the city where it appears a major action sequence takes place.
    Also starring Judi Dench as M, Javier Bardem as the film’s villain Silva, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw as Q, ‘Skyfall’ is set for release on 26 October.

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    Fio Says:

    I love Daniel’s sound approach to the problem! :)
    So when is he going to go to Vietnam? On the weekend?

    Raymond Gutierrez: Excited to announce that I’ll be interviewing Daniel Craig in Vietnam for Omega watches! Thankful for all the good opportunities! :)
    Raymond Gutierrez: Press tour of Orbis, the flying eye hospital. Daniel Craig’s project with Omega.

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    Fio Says:

    Hi, susan
    Thanks for the article! Mendes entertained me with the interesting episode. You know Martin Campbell also viewed this matter in the same light. They were wrong after all!!
    As for Heineken, James Bond would drink Vodka Martinis as well. So calm down, Bond fans! lol
    Finally, producer Michael G. Wilson confirmed that Bond would sup Heineken in the film, but added that he would drink Vodka Martinis as well.

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    Fio Says:

    Bond Week: Bond’s Latest Girl, Berenice Marlohe
    Q: You spoke about the modern Bond, so what has Daniel Craig done to affect 007?
    Marlohe: Well, this complexity he gave to the character is really interesting. I’m a really big fan of for instance, Christopher Walken is my favorite actor ever, because he has what is for me the definition of charisma. He has one part of an animal, one part of an alien, one part of a woman and one part of a man, plus his talent, of course. So then suddenly, there is something happening that is strange and mysterious, and you want to see that. Daniel did a really good job, because he instilled very different colors – like vulnerability, like strong and tough, almost like a robot sometimes, but on the other hand, very human, very sensible with a sense of humor, so he brought all that, so suddenly, there is something interesting on screen to see, and alive and human, too, but rich. So that’s what he brought, this modernity.

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    Amy Says:

    The guy’s going to Saigon just now. I guess Daniel will appear in Vietnam tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.
    Raymond Gutierrez ‏ @mondgutierrez
    Lounging in the airport waiting for our flight to Saigon. Had an amazing time in the resort town of DaNang. Highly recommend it for some R&R
    20 Apr 12 via Echofon

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    Turkey's Wind Says:

    Bond shoot interrupted by strong winds in Istanbul

    Eminönü square, in Istanbul, Turkey and one of “Skyfall” key foreign locations was subject to high winds this week, reports from the country indicate.

    Twitter user @Turkish_agenda first reported that Istanbul had been struck by gusts yesterday, saying, “windstorm damaged the set of James Bond film “Skyfall” in Eminonu district”.

    Local press are reporting that minor injuries were sustained and that the day’s shoot was cancelled to allow time to clean up the location.

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    Martini Says:

    Finally, producer Michael G. Wilson confirmed that Bond would sup Heineken in the film, but added that he would drink Vodka Martinis as well.
    What about Martini company – do they like it Heineken became the first drink? being replaced by a beer is a shame…

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    to Martini Says:

    No, Budweiser in LTK

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    Rie Says:

    Thanks for the great video! The Jĭngxī is Exotic & Romantic!

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    Rie Says:

    @to Martini:
    Bond drinks a beer in Bolivia with Felix Leiter in Quantum of Solace, too.

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    Fio Says:

    Hi, Amy
    Well… but it seems that he went back to his home, Manila. Maybe he’s staying tight‐lipped about it, or he has not accomplished his mission yet.
    Hi, Rie
    Great find!! I thought the place was Suzhou… The view beggars all description!! I hope they use those scenes, are so important.

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    Fio Says:

    to Martini
    Yeah, plus Product placements, brand integrations, promotional tie-ins and sponsorships for LTK include Busch Beer and Carlsberg Beer.

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    Fio Says:

    Skyfall on Istanbul
    ISTANBUL — I blame James Bond for my romantic vision of Istanbul. I got my first glimpse of the city from the edge of a seat in a dark Philadelphia theater on a Saturday afternoon in the early 1960s, watching Sean Connery save the world from the evils of Spectre in “From Russia with Love.”

    I moved to the real Istanbul a few years later, and as a young teenager trooped down to the fabled Emek Cinema to follow on the screen behind a vast proscenium arch, under its gilted rococo ceiling, Bond’s perilous trip on the Orient Express. I was a young orientalist myself, and my own journey home along the Bosphorus seemed every bit as exciting as the Istanbul on the screen.

    Today I am among the first to cheer James Bond’s return to town in his incarnation as Daniel Craig. Whole sections of the historic city have been turned into a film set for the new Bond epic, “Skyfall.” I’m happy to endure the inconvenience of police cordons and traffic gone haywire as long as the result is another glorious rendering of Istanbul, as idealized as in the prequel.

    Some of the most exciting scenes in “From Russia with Love” take place in Istanbul’s ancient Romany quarters. Though filmed at Pinewood Studios, just west of London, they were accurately modeled on the Sulukule district near the Byzantine walls. This neighborhood is no more, however, having been recently razed to make way for luxury apartments and shops. The streets behind Emek Cinema were turned into a throughway in the 1980s, and what remains of the working class neighborhood nearby is being redeveloped. The cinema itself will soon be turned into a shopping center with a Madame Tussaud wax museum and a multiplex theater.

    If my years living in Istanbul have taught me anything, it is the folly of nostalgia. The Istanbul of 1963, the year “From Russia with Love” was released, had a population of some two million. The Istanbul of “Skyfall” counts closer to 14 million. It’s hard to believe they are the same city. Not even the its historic peninsula, which now serves as the backdrop for “Skyfall,” is immune to uncontrolled real estate speculation. The developers’ bulldozers have been eating at it, too.

    “Skyfall” itself is doing a bit of damage. Indeed, the shopkeepers of Istanbul’s covered bazaar were distressed to learn this week that a stunt driver in the new Bond epic had crashed into a 330-year-old shop-front after losing control of his motorcycle trying to avoid a crowd of extras. “Licence to Destroy” was a favorite headline in the local papers the next day.

    In 1902 the poet Tevfik Fikret described the city where I live as “a young virgin who had survived a thousand husbands.” The notion that Istanbul triumphs over those who would possess her is an illusion as romantic as the idea that James Bond always wins. I still cling to it, but my grip is getting looser every day.

    Andrew Finkel has been a foreign correspondent in Istanbul for over 20 years, as well as a columnist for Turkish-language newspapers. He is the author of the book “Turkey: What Everyone Needs to Know.”

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    Fio Says:

    Charles Joshua: So daniel craig is around the town in my uni is shooting the new bond film, damn!!!
    20 Apr 12 via Twitter for BlackBerry®
    Raaajan: @MrNiceVesperia serious ? Where lol
    20 Apr 12 via Twitter for iPhone
    Charles Joshua: @Raji_boi near uxbridge station lol
    20 Apr 12 via Twitter for BlackBerry®
    Miles Hardman: Can’t believe I walked past the station Daniel Craig is filming for the new Bond film in near Brunel today! Would have made my life :’(
    20 Apr 12 via web

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    Fio Says:

    His step-mother, Kirsty Craig, talks about the sweet memory :)

    Cats Part One: The Cat that came home with 007
    We were living near Tarporley in Cheshire when my son Daniel was fourteen. He had been out for a walk with Jane, our black Lab, and when he walked back into the kitchen they were followed by a tiny grey and white kitten. Daniel explained he had been a half a mile up the road when it had jumped out of a hedge and, totally unfazed by the dog, followed them home. Clearly hungry, we fed him (it was a he!), after which it promptly marched off to the lounge, jumped on the settee and went to sleep.

    We made numerous enquiries, which all drew a blank so we figured he was staying and named him Moonpie. For the next ten years he, Jane and a Siamese we bought two years later we called Clea, all lived in Buckingham, Oxfordshire and finally in 1988 settled in Shropshire. Moopie survived numerous adventures and escapades. One time, when we were living in a small place called Dunsmore near Chequers, he went missing only to reappear two weeks later, when we were convinced he was dead, with a large square of fur shaven from his right shoulder but otherwise unhurt.

    Moonpie grew into a big strong cat and would bring in squirrels, rabbits, rats, mice, voles, moles etc – not always dead – and, sad to say, some birds including pheasants. As he grew older he constantly worried us by going on walk about for up to a week at a time and inevitably one day in 1992 he did not return. We were heartbroken and searched the fields and hedgerows for hours but never found his body. On the windowsill there is the framed photograph of him, taken by Daniel all those years ago and I still find myself wondering what happened to him.

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    Grand Bazaar Says:

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    Geek Says:

    @Grand Bazaar: Gina, you are so late. We all know that accident. Go and see the Mendel’s post.

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    Craig's Movies and Beer Says:

    Recap: Dream House suffered reshoots, postponed release, and no actual premiere and did not make money back.

    Cowboys and Aliens was a total crappy thing of the year and lost huge money.

    Dragon Tattoo not released in some countries and has postponed release in Japan and plus lost money.

    When I watch what happens around Skyfall since New Year I shake my head because there are more bad things around Skyfall than did around previous three movies together. First it was dramatically cut movie budget, then the thing with funny-named locations, cancelled shooting for logistical filming factors, the trumpet serenade by school guys, Turkish guys breaking in and watching the set, now the set damageing Grand Bazaar and windstorm holding back shooting days. And finally, the beer thing. I think that all of these mentioned things is the worst that “beer”. Haha.

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    To Geek Says:

    Okay. never mind. at least you can see how Skyfall is slowly but surely bombing, haha.

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    Skyfall in Next Days Says:

    I hope there won’t be worse news the next week…..

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    To Geek Says:

    Gina, you are so late. We all know that accident. Go and see the Mendel’s post.
    I hope YOU post the worse news next week!

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    Amy Says:

    David Marchant ‏ @dmarchantTHFC
    Daniel Craig had moved down the road from my parents , also means so had Rachel weis #trickortreat
    So I see.

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    Fio Says:

    Will Daniel arrive at Istanbul tomorrow? I heard that he’ll arrive on Apr 30, tho…

    Rabia.: Daniel Craig yarın Türkiye’de ?! Bond ?
    21 Apr 12 via web
    Defne Özgönenç: James Bond´u oynayan Daniel Craig yarin Istanbul´da!
    from Türkiye
    21 Apr 12 via web

    (Google Translation)
    Rabia: Daniel Craig in Turkey tomorrow?! Bond?
    Defne Özgönenç: Daniel Craig plays James Bondu in Istanbul tomorrow!

  105. 105
    Fio Says:

    yakup: Daniel craig(james bond ) pazar günü ıstanbula geliyor 3 hafta burda kalacak yapimcisi açıkladı
    21 Apr 12 via txt

    (Google Translation)
    yakup: Daniel Craig (James Bond) maker will be announced here on Sunday, arrived in Istanbul 3 weeks

  106. 106
    Fio Says:

    Gözde: @eisenzuck olm daniel craig yarın geliyormuş çadırları al filmsetinin etrafında kamp kuruyoruz.
    21 Apr 12 via web

    (Google Translation)
    Gözde: Daniel Craig to come tomorrow, camping tents around olm al filmsetinin scratch.

  107. 107
    Fio Says:


    Treading quietly and carefully and hoping that no one notices, here are the democratically elected nominees for Hot or Not (democratic because several female MILFers contributed their POVs. This was a group effort, people). I.e. They’re gents that we’re attracted to and can’t quite figure out if they’re hot. Please do not misconstrue this as man-hating, man-worshipping or general angry-making. We love men, particularly when they’re shirtless. All these lads are rather talented fellows, too. So: are they hot or not?

    TONS of credit goes to Susannah, with whom much debate was had. She found a bunch of the pics and did the slider.

    Pros: Dude is James Bond. Lovely blue eyes, fantabulous body (see above). He’s also got that sophisticated English thing going on, but isn’t afraid to get dirty/sweaty … ahem.

    Cons: Not what one would call ‘classically handsome’—taken one at a time, all his features don’t quite match up. Always looks like he’s staring into the sun. And his James Bond’s coolest gadget is a defibrillator, which is decidedly not sexy.

    Pros: Floppy hair, bright smile, Oscar winner. Sense of humor, and ability to make out with Halle Berry (if you’re into voyeurism).

    Cons: That nose. What’s up with that? Questionable facial hair in more recent months. A tad skinny for my taste.

    Pros: He’s a living muppet! And the nicest person on the planet. Adorable, huggable, warm and fuzzy.

    Cons: He’s a living muppet. Do we really think muppets are hot? He’s also, like, 20 feet tall. So, a really big muppet.

    Pros: So very, very pretty: blond hair, blue eyes, nice abs, great physique. That quiet, intense gaze. Can pull off a satin jacket. Plus, he’s a meme.

    Cons: He either looks like a hobo or a sex god; there does not appear to be any in between. Despite the meme, I cannot imagine him being a normal person.
    Pros: The Gallic cool, a la Jean-Paul Belmondo. So suave he can out-suave George Clooney. He’s married to Monica Bellucci, which means he must be doing something sexy.

    Cons: Creepy, at times terrifying (see Black Swan, Eastern Promises, and … almost anything he’s ever been in). Again, not classically handsome or even pretty in the best of lights. Not even remotely huggable.
    Honorable mention (cause we love men so much that five was not enough!)

    Pros: He’s Peter Sellers!

    Cons: He’s Peter Sellers.

  108. 108
    Fio Says:
    (Google Translation)
    TELE 5: You are our reigning James Bond. It sucks you have to be reduced again to that?

    Daniel Craig: I realize that my role, no matter how different they may be, are frequently compared to James Bond. And I’m just the guy who plays him. I myself am of course not to him, when I stand for another film before the camera. Nevertheless, I am happy to be James Bond and to be offered to other roles that deviate from it.

    It has now been off for almost four years, that you most recently, Quantum of Solace ‘saw in your signature role. Is not that a bit too long?
    For me it was great because it means I be there with all the other movies were. Otherwise I might not be able to fulfill my dream to finally play a cowboy times, or with great directors like David Fincher and Steven Spielberg are working well. They were fantastic opportunity for me.

    How much do you have now accepted that bond has a greater interest in your person by the press and photographers?

    Ten or twenty years ago it would certainly have been easier to get used to it. But the Internet makes things more difficult: It is a free space to tell where everyone and everything else can appear. Since nothing can be controlled, there are no rules and no restrictions. Nevertheless, I will not complain, because the job has given me so much and the fame is part and parcel of my life. Even before Bond I had to insist that my life belongs to me. Unless my family and my friends are affected is not to say anything against it.
    Can you normally go to the streets?

    Not really. Especially not when my visit is announced in size, and wait outside the hotel fans and photographers. It would be impossible to walk undisturbed through the main entrance. It is somewhat different when I visit a town home. Since I’m moving but also in places where space is quiet. I’ve also found that residents of a large city is often more important things to do. The maximum time to say, ‘Oh, look who is there’.

    Time in the pup to go drink a beer is probably not even then it …

    But, yes, I do not let me. I have strong bodyguards and the like to drink a beer with me (laughs). Currently I live most of their time in New York, and if I want to go out, then I go out. And the people here have to do mostly better. And if someone is too pushy, then I’ll go again.

  109. 109
    Fio Says:
    (Google Translation)
    They are born in Chester, not far from Liverpool where the Beatles come from …

    Therefore, I am also a big fan of the Beatles. Everyone comes out of the area like the Beatles. I grew up with her ​​music, and in a while I could even get to know Paul McCartney. But I always liked the Rolling Stones.

    Do you have a favorite song that expresses what you feel and think?

    Hard to say. Certain stages of life, of course, I associate with songs. This is probably the case with everyone. Meanwhile all hear different music, and from month to month, the change also. Right now I have my I-pod set on the random “Shuffle”, which sometimes gets me in an embarrassing situation, because I want to play someone a song and did not find. In the mix is everything here from Lou Reed to Nicki Minaj, I think it is fantastic.

    Were they perhaps a candidate for the next Bond song?
    Then I finally can not influence. Own ideas and wishes, I will not divulge here now. Why should I reveal a secret? That’s just what I like about the show business: There are secrets! I remember when I went to the theater as a child and always wanted to know as an actor has done this or that. Like when there on stage it looked as if he had only one leg. It was then always, it’s a trick that will not be betrayed. I have a similar view: everything is to reveal, not good, this is some loss of power.

  110. 110
    Fio Says:

    (VIDEO) James Bond Filminin Yapımcısı: Kapalıçarşı’nın Çatısına Zarar Vermedik

    Bond film-maker said: no harm!
    Daniel Craig is here to stay for three weeks on Sunday that Turkey’s future, and Wilson, ” He came to Turkey in the other players except for the five weeks here.

  111. 111
    Nothing Says:

    No Martini
    No House
    No Baby
    No Party

  112. 112
    Great Numbers Says:

    Great! My post got number 111 at 2:22 pm! I have a secret wish now.

  113. 113
    To Fio Says:

    Hey Fio, like in the case of horrorish Dream House, sci-fi Cowboys and shoe-string Dragon Tattoo I feel in my knees that Skyfall will suffer another catastrophies. I don’t think that windstorm or problems with locations and logistics but something worse. I wonder what it is.

  114. 114
    Mike Says:

    Yes, I think twitters are right. Daniel will be there soon, and he will shoot some scenes at sea with Greek beauty, Tonia Sotiropoulou, in Fethiye.
    - this article was posted April 17 by Turkish news paper

    Coming up next week

    The film is directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig’s next Tuesday for shooting Turkey ‘to the future of the learned. The film’s close-ups so far away from just dublörlerle plans, will begin to withdraw from next week. Craig, the first shots of Fethiye ‘will do well. The famous actor , then shots, then planned to be completed in a week to Istanbul next. The Adana-ups will be made and will last about three weeks.

  115. 115
    Mike Says:

    Fethiye Weather Forecast

  116. 116
    to Mike Says:

    Fethiye Weather Forecast
    I laugh you worry about weather so much that posted weather forecast, it’s funny as hell. Don’t worry weather (like the windstorm) is not the problem but something different and surprising happens. We have plenty of time until June and we’ll see…

  117. 117
    Elle Says:

    @Fio. @Mike. Thank you the info!! Rachel is in London with Daniel, so she goes to Turkey together with him?
    Tracie villacrusis ‏ @tracie0211 Close
    Am I lucky or what?! Yesterday I met Rachel Weisz-Craig. Today, it’s Pamela Anderson.
    from Hillingdon
    London, England
    2:12 PM21 Apr 12 via Twitter for iPhone

  118. 118
    Mendel Says:

    to Fio

    thanks for the great links. I loved the behind-the-scenes video from the Shanghai set of Skyfall. The film definitely promises to be very exciting.

    “HOT OR NOT”

    Hot :)

    “He’s also got that sophisticated English thing going on, but isn’t afraid to get dirty/sweaty … ahem.”

    Feeling rather hot and sweaty myself now…!

    “his James Bond’s coolest gadget is a defibrillator, which is decidedly not sexy.”


    (although Dan can make a defibrillator look sexy, too)

  119. 119
    Mike Says:

    Umm.. no. I think she has mistaken. Rachel was spotted with Henry in NYC today. Looks Fethiye is horny place him anyway! LOL

  120. 120
    Rie Says:

    @Craig’s Movies and Beer:
    I’m Japanese, living in Tokyo. TGWTDT has not postponed a release date, was shown on schedule on February 10, and was a big hit on the opening weekend in Japan. Because the movie has good reputation/word-of-mouth, the distributing company holds over the movie. So we can still see TGWTDT at a movie theater in Japan.
    Bond drinks a Vodka Martini in Skyfall, too.

  121. 121
    MGW at Press Conference Says:

    Wilson Holds Turkish Press Conference

    The day before the ‘Skyfall’ main cast and crew were due to fly out to Turkey, co-producer Michael G. Wilson held a press conference in Turkey to deal with claims made in the Turkish media about the recent Second Unit filming in Istanbul.

    The ‘Skyfall’ Second Unit recently moved filming to Istanbul after completing the first leg of shooting in the southern province of Adana. Two of Istanbul’s busiest and most crowded neighbourhoods, Eminonu and Sirkeci, are being utilised for the latest shooting in Turkey’s capital city. The historic Post Office in Sirkeci has been completely repainted, and various motorcycle action stunts, using stunt-doubles, have already been filmed in the streets in and around the famous Grand Bazaar. Some motorcycle stunts have also been filmed on top of buildings at the Bazaar. On April 17, for example, two stuntmen rode motorcycles across the top of roofs at the large market, watched by a considerable number of curious shop owners.

    The press call, which took place on the morning of April 21, was held by the Bond producer to address a number of claims carried by Turkish newspapers (and subsequently reported by Reuters) that some ‘Skyfall’ stunt filming, using motorbikes, had led to some damage to local buildings. There have been allegations, for example, that a 400-year old building on Aynacilar Street, near a Jewellery shop in the iconic Grand Bazaar, was damaged on the first day of the Istanbul filming. The Jewellery shop owner even called the local police to complain.

    There have also been further (anonymous) claims that the Second Unit production team had damaged tiles at the Bazaar, rumours that have already been strongly denied by a member of the Grand Bazaar Artisans Association, who said the tiles had already been damaged in the last restoration in 1983.

    Wilson opened his remarks at the press conference by expressing his great happiness to be in Turkey, and also said he would like to thank the Turkish Ministry of Culture for all the invaluable support they have provided. He said EON have filmed in a number of countries in the past and have always left a good impression, and he wanted to reassure Turkish people that the rumours about serious damage to buildings, roofs and tiles were completely unfounded.

    Wilson emphasised during the conference that, despite media claims that rooftops in the Grand Bazaar area had been damaged, the film-makers were actually creating ‘an illusion’, which is part of the film-making process, and the ‘damage’ was not real. The roofs and tiles there had appeared to be damaged, but were not really. The film team’s special FX people had been extremely careful. They had removed tiles across a 100 square metre area for the shooting, and replaced them temporarily with special plastic ones brought into the country from Britain. The temporary plastic tiles were also supported with special silicone materials so that there was no damage to the roof area.

    The main cast and crew of ‘Skyfall’, including Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes, are due to arrive in Turkey on April 22, and it is thought the filming for the movie will continue until May 6.

  122. 122
    MGW at Press Conference Says:

    uh-oh, I forget to post the link:

  123. 123
    Guinness Says:

    wow–I totally read the word “de-fib-rillllator” wrong. He would be fibrillating me totally, forget the “de”. ya-hoo!
    Hi Mendel. Fio has been doing great stuff here, eh? and shout out to susan. and others who have been keeping this place respectful!!! i hope I dont ruin it! hey–I was invited to donate $ for Obama, then I would be in a raffle to get to go to George Clooney’s house!! anyone want to donate money for me to donate for the raffle????!!! (i signed up to recieve emails from the campaign 2 yrs ago and they keep sending me stuff–its quite hilarious, john stewart mentioned it on his show).
    so, i was thinking if i win, and George is Dan’s friend, i would get to meet Dan!! and then I wake up, of course. hey–i got within 5 feet of him without Clooney’s help!!
    and so, how do you decide which article to read and not read about skyfall because I am getting way too many spoilers and i dont want to know the script when i watch it on IMAX!!!
    quick thoughts:
    thx Fio for the quoted from 2007–Dan stating that too many women are expected to do a frontal, when he states he will—wtf? Has anyone in Hollywood heard this? dah–will someone here ask him to do it now??? and would he??? (I know his past–there is the crazy garbage in the road scene…the tub scene…yes, but would he do one now???)

    my fav interview was the most recent here. above, fio posted. he sounded eloquent. and insightful, and sooo sexxy.

    I cant believe he said nicki—-my girls and i LOVE her… she has her own line of OPI nail polish i got for x-mas. and we alllll her music. did anyone see the ELLen show with her on it and the 2 little girls! classic. Dan will now be in every visual when Nicki sings.

    I still like orinoco flow cuz i fast forwarded and didnt hear the song. have you watched yet mendel? what have you been watching? (“are these my feet?”)

    and Dan, be careful in Turkey!
    thx Fio.

  124. 124
    Guinness Says:

    wow. Dan does product placement. wow, Dan has to place Guinness in his mouth. wow. uh, whaaaa ? oh, i mean, his Heiny has to be placed in front of me…oh great. frontal. just that word makes me want his Heiny. wow.

    so, he is being a professional again, and taking one for the team, and drinking a Heiny beer. hhhmmm-yea, I went into the wrong career.

  125. 125
    Damage Says:

    @MGW at Press Conference:
    Wilson emphasised during the conference that, despite media claims that rooftops in the Grand Bazaar area had been damaged, the film-makers were actually creating ‘an illusion’, which is part of the film-making process, and the ‘damage’ was not real.
    lol. but this way really real:
    “SHOOTING for upcoming James Bond film Skyfall has been interrupted after a stuntman lost control of his motorcycle and smashed into a store front in Istanbul, Turkey.

    The cast and crew were filming a scene in the city’s famous 15th-century Grand Bazaar when an unnamed stuntman crashed into a 330-year-old jewellery shop at high speed, in a bid to avoid hitting a pack of extras. Unhappy store owner Mete Boybeyi tells Reuters, “It is very nice for the Grand Bazaar to be chosen as a location for shooting this kind of movie.

    But the bazaar’s administration… didn’t notify us the shooting would be like this… No one from the movie crew came to ask ‘what are your losses?’ We filed a complaint at the police station.”
    Video of what stunt guys damaged:

  126. 126
    Damage Says:

    shooting in Istanbul lost control of his motorcycle and smashed into the window of a 330-year-old shop in the city’s 15th-century Grand Bazaar, Turkish media said on Monday.

    The stuntman swerved to avoid hitting extras while careering through the Grand Bazaar at high speed, the NTV news channel said, but then crashed into the jewellery shop and smashed its crystal glass window.

    “It is very nice for the Grand Bazaar to be chosen as a location for shooting this kind of movie. But the bazaar’s administration … didn’t notify us the shooting would be like this,” said Mete Boybeyi, the owner of the shop which once served members of the Ottoman court from the nearby palace.

    “This place is regulated by the Council of Monuments. We can’t even change our window without their permission,” he said.

    The bureaucracy involved in replacing the window would take quite some time, Boybeyi said, and that would mean the shop would remain shut and a loss of revenue.

    “No one from the movie crew came to ask ’what are your losses?’,” Boybeyi said. “We filed a complaint at the police station.”
    Babs is out of pocket so maybe Heineken pays the damage.

  127. 127
    Damage Says:

    uh-oh, I forget to post the link:
    uh-oh, I forget to post the link:
    “A train derailment on a bridge has caused a headache for “Skyfall” filming in Turkey.

    As test shots were being prepared for a train sequence over the stunning Varda Viaduct, a freight train derailed and stranded crew and passengers for 2 hours atop the 99-meter high gorge.

    Local media are reporting that the derailment could have been a lot worse given the precarious nature of the track and the long drop either side (video).

    The 172 meter long span claimed the lives of 21 workers when it was first constructed in 1912.”

    Yeah, old article but good because it’s one of many problems for Skyfall.

  128. 128
    Kaput Says:

    so Dream House is kaput, Cowboys and Aliens are kaput, Dragon Tattoo is somewhere in hell, and Skyfall is attracting many trouble.
    if the bond movie will fail so I wonder what these excited posters will talk about. Maybe Daniel will work on another “commercial anticipated hit of the year” and these posters again fall into excitement just to learn later the movie is kaput.

  129. 129
    007 Crew Says:

    Now, Daniel is in Turkey! Yayyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!/kadpelit

  130. 130
    to 007 Crew Says:

    Why do you call the man “007 crew?”

  131. 131
    007 Crew Says:

    Kadir Pelit ‏ @kadpelit
    Lunch time before bond comes …
    Kadir Pelit ‏ @kadpelit
    Jusr seen Daniel Craig :-):-)
    Kadir Pelit ‏ @kadpelit
    He is realy cool with his black suit :-):-)
    He is the Turkish crew if he does not steal this ID card from someone :D

  132. 132
    to 007 Crew Says:

    He is the Turkish crew if he does not steal this ID card from someone :D
    I believe him! Thanks mate!

  133. 133
    Elle Says:

    i hope I dont ruin it! hey–I was invited to donate $ for Obama, then I would be in a raffle to get to go to George Clooney’s house!!
    AWESOME!!! I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you!!!!!!!!!

  134. 134
    Mendel Says:

    Hi Guinness

    “wow–I totally read the word “de-fib-rillllator” wrong. He would be fibrillating me totally, forget the “de”. ya-hoo!”


    “I was invited to donate $ for Obama, then I would be in a raffle to get to go to George Clooney’s house!!”

    YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!! I am keeping my fingers crossed for you!

    “Dan stating that too many women are expected to do a frontal, when he states he will—wtf? Has anyone in Hollywood heard this? dah–will someone here ask him to do it now??? and would he???”

    Dan, you will, you will, you will… *grin*

    “mendel? what have you been watching?”

    Too many political programmes… (yes, a very boring Mendel…)

    “Dan has to place Guinness in his mouth. wow. uh, whaaaa ? oh, i mean, his Heiny has to be placed in front of me…oh great. frontal. just that word makes me want his Heiny. wow.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! Priceless!

    “taking one for the team”

    Somehow my imagination is running wild here… ;)

    Something completely different (but with a cute Dan pic):

  135. 135
    Fio Says:

    On the set of Bond film ‘Skyfall,’ almost everything is top secret
    BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, ENGLAND — On the set of the new James Bond film, Daniel Craig and gang aren’t letting much slip about the plot of “Skyfall.”

    This is what we know: Adele may or may not sing the theme song. Judi Dench’s character, spy chief M, may or may not die. There will be guns.
    All will be clearer once the juggernaut that is Bond — the world’s longest-running movie series — rolls into cinemas Nov. 9 on a wave of interest rekindled by the 2006 arrival of Craig as the serious, brooding blond Bond.

    But for now, prying details out of the cast is about as easy as prying 007’s Walther PPK out of his hand.

    The juiciest nugget from Craig is that “Skyfall” will be laced with more comedy than his previous Bond outings, which were punctuated by seriousness (verging on sterility in the last film).

    “I’m so camp in this one, I’ve gone quite far,” says Craig, who is wearing tight blue jeans, a gray sweater, white shirt and black tie. While he’s clearly buff, it’s easy to imagine the 44-year-old actor ducking into his local pub unnoticed, save for those piercing blue eyes and the nervous fiddling with his Omega watch.

    We’re sitting in a ballroom at Pinewood Studios, about 20 miles west of London, which for self-defined Bond nerds is a kind of utopia surrounded by elegantly framed movie stills. The general store has a black-and-white stencil of Sean Connery on its window, and the largest stage is known simply as the “007 stage.”

    “There is a lightness of touch in the writing, I think, that’s not been as evident in the last two, and I’m very excited about that,” Craig says.

    Cue cringe-worthy flashbacks to the cornier days of Bond, as in “Die Another Day,” when Pierce Brosnan tells his fencing instructor, “I have been known to keep my tip up.”

    A more light-hearted Bond would be a dramatic departure for Craig, whose first outing as 007, “Casino Royale,” is often talked about in the same breath as “Batman Begins” — a wildly successful reboot of a film series that returns to its origins with a darker, less sophisticated hero.

    If critics are concerned about a wittier, funnier outing from Craig, well, he says, “you gotta take risks in this business.”

    He is quick to deflect hard questions or even compliments with the kind of self-deprecating humor that seems fitting for 007, even a leaner, meaner one like Craig. And when the veteran Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, who is sitting next to him, comments that he is wiser than when he started, Craig teases her: “I’m still working with you. I can’t be that much wiser. You’d think I’d learn.”

    Much is riding on this film, which was plagued by delays following MGM’s bankruptcy in 2010. The new studio bosses hope it will fill their coffers, and, for his part, Craig could use a hit. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was a commercial success, but several of his other recent films have bombed; a stellar turn here would help cement his longevity as Bond.

    And “Skyfall,” to be released 50 years after the first Bond film, “Dr. No,” gave Craig a bigger role than that of lead actor, for it was he who put forward Sam Mendes’s name for the role of director, having worked with him in “Road to Perdition.”

  136. 136
    Fio Says:


  137. 137
    Fio Says:

    William J. Marshall: The nicest Empire cover I’ve seen in a while…
    23 Apr 12 via Twitter for iPhone

  138. 138
    Fio Says:

    Daniel as Bond on the Skyfall cover of the June edition of Empire magazine. Scan the articles from CBN. Thanks, PPK_19!! :)

  139. 139
    Fio Says:

    And more…

  140. 140
    Fio Says:

    Article insights, concerning plot/imagery by PPK_19.
    “Bond’s mission has taken him to Shanghai first, and there he gets a lead that the person he is looking for is in Macau. He has one slender lead and it takes him to a casino on a lake. Its a very transitional piece you’re seeing tonight. It’s just an arrival.”

    Empire nips inside a dark Gazebo where a huge plasma high-def screen monitor displays the view through Deakins’ lens, as Bond stands at the entrance to the Casino, dead centre: “This is definitely the best-looking, most painterly few seconds of Bond that Empire has ever seen.”

    “Bond is back from the dead” , casino creator Dennis Gassner says, somewhat cryptically. He adds “This whole film is about illusion.”

    Empire makes an educated guess, from what they have seen during various set visits in February and April, that “Silva’s MO has something to do with computers and the control of information”.

    Lastly, Mendes assures us that Skyfall will see 007 “physically pushing himself”.
    ” Guarding the entrance of Skyfall’s Golden Dragon Casino, are a pair of gigantic Chinese dragon heads, lion-mouths petrified into a permanent roar, eyes popping wildly…Standing aboard a small boat, punted gently through the archway, between the dragons and toward the steps is Daniel Craig as 007: tight lips pensive, blue eyes wary and glistening hard.

    “A Tom Ford Tuxedo is pulled taut over Craig’s honed frame. Its small lapels and ’60′s line subtly recall the character’s mythic-historical homeland. His hair, once such a source of Bond-not-blonde fan outrage, is cropped short and immaculate. The fireworks crackle behind him, but his attention never wavers, concentrating hard on the task in hand, on the meeting that awaits him ahead, within.”

  141. 141
    Fio Says:

    Marie Phillips, Author of Gods Behaving Badly, was live-tweeting the Daniel’s biography yesterday. What a supreme/successful attempt!
    For example… Oh, how I love his awkward moments! lol!/mpphillips
    Marie Phillips:”A large-breasted woman herself, Marina confirmed that Daniel was very much a boobs man.” THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER. #danielcraig
    Marie Phillips: “He’s gorgeous, tremendously talented, charming and sexy.” I can see this is going to be no holds barred, warts and all stuff #danielcraig

    It is unbelievable that I have not yet read his biography… Shame on me! So I bought it now! lol

  142. 142
    Fio Says:

    James Bond ekibi Fethiye’de çekimlere başladı
    (Google Translation)
    James Bond crew began filming in Fethiye

    Koca Calis beach area location for shooting the intense security measures were taken on the plateau region, established in an effort to stop journalists literally walled over meat.

    EON Productions Anka Film Adana and Istanbul with a portion of the filming of his new James Bond film called B23 Skyfall film crew to shoot from Fethiye, Calis husband deployed area. The last film in the James Bond series, cast and crew for the shooting of a thousand people came to Fethiye. Calis Surf Cafe shots to five for the tent area was surrounded by iron fence.

    During filming, reporters were taken extensive security measures to avoid the image. Security officers who are placed on a hill in the area of ​​shooting a bird’s eye, the camera and the camera is blocked in regions. Between 25 to 28 April 2012 Date and Karagözler Ataturk Avenue in front of the Amphitheater District 29 To make the vehicles parked on both sides of the road blocked Street.

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    Fio Says:

    With Bérénice Marlohe? I thoght Daniel would be shooting with Tonia Sotiropoulou in Fethiye! Oh well…

    James Bond’un 56 metrelik Yatı Regina
    (Google Translation)
    James Bond’s 56-meter yacht, Regina
    November 2, 2012 007 James Bond Series Skyfall latest film will be released in Turkey.

    Nowadays, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul shooting the next shot the film stop the ongoing Gulf of Fethiye.

    The film team chose to shoot 56-meter-long super yacht Regina. I also previously worked on the deck of the famed, and virtual navigation of the life spent in Regina and marketing processes that are still followed the yacht, and was held in Bodrum, Bodrum, launched in 2011. 6 cabins yacht super luxury furniture and interior design, considering the changed scenes in the film will pass.

    Regina, British actor Daniel Craig (James Bond) and French actress Berenice Marlohe (Severine) will host the scenes.

    Confidentiality agreement in accordance with the scenario described in more films, will be released in Turkey on November 2.

    You can visit the following link yacht Regina virtual navigation.

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    Fio Says:

    Hi, Guinness
    “I was invited to donate $ for Obama, then I would be in a raffle to get to go to George Clooney’s house!!”
    Yes, yes, you’re a lucky woman!
    “hey–i got within 5 feet of him without Clooney’s help!!”
    Yes, yes, you’re the most lucky woman in the world!!
    Ask Clooney; do you select Daniel as a star if you direct a movie next time? :)
    Hi, Mendel
    Thanks for the article. Yeah, he’s cute cuz he has a ‘right’ hair style in the pic. lol

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    Mike Says:

    Berenice Marlohe will play a bigger role than we expected. I hope she has a wide range of acting abilities.

  146. 146
    Fio Says:

    to Mike
    Yeah, if I were her, I’d be dying!!
    Regina is a 49.70 meter classical schooner newly built to operate to far seas from October to April to Maldives and Caribbean. This is the reason that even her lines has all features of classic sailing yachts she also designed both for conformity of a charter yacht and an ocean going vessel with two aluminum alloy masts and a strong standing rigging calculated by Christopher John Mitchell, AES Ltd. The steel hull is built both on vertical and longitudinal frames to ensure stiffness of the yacht under strong sea conditions. Delivery is planned for summer 2010.

    The interior styling has a classical features and will be executed in clear mahogany wood and white lacquered. All three master cabins has a separate dressing room and specially fitted with Satellite TV, DVD and music system. Every detail will be considered for guests conformity. Other guest 3 cabins are considered as comfortable as owner cabins. The large saloon and deck area give a possibility of excellent charter cruise for guests both on engine and sail cruising with international and capable sailing hardware. A large galley has all necessary equipment to cook all world’s cousins. She also has five crew cabin with a crew mess for 8-9 people.

    3 Master Cabins, 3 Guest Cabins, 1 saloon, 1 galley with service lift, aft deck, fore deck.

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    Fio Says:

    Empire’s New Bond Cover Is Here! Read all about Skyfall and much more
    It’s that glorious time when we get to unveil a new issue of Empire again, and this month’s issue is led by Skyfall, Daniel Craig’s latest outing as James Bond. And he’s there in all his pinstriped glory on our cover, suited, booted and armed.
    Inside we have the fruit of several visits to the set of Skyfall, wherein we try to peer behind the veil of secrecy that covers the production (well, it is about a spy after all) and bring you all the news we can extract from the cast and crew. We also celebrate Bond’s 50th anniversary with a look at some key moments in Bond history: there’s a look at GoldenEye, Live and Let Die and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, as well as a chat with Timothy Dalton. You might say we have a licence to thrill! If you were into tired puns, anyway.

    We have a widely diverse range of films inside as well: there’s a Big Interview with Michelle Pfeiffer, a first look at Looper and a peek at Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and the full coverage of this year’s Jameson Empire Awards, a feature filled with more pictures of glamourous people than you’d find in the entire photo section of Glamour R Us.

    And as if that weren’t enough, there’s news on Anchorman 2 (read a tiny taster of that here) and Emma Stone giving one of the great Pint of Milk interviews. The new Empire hits newsstands on Thursday. Get it while it’s hot!

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    Fio Says:

    Damn! His pants are pretty weird… Change your pants!!

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    Fio Says:

    Gerçek James Bond Sean Connery’dir
    (Google Translation)
    Real James Bond Sean Connery

    According to Daniel Craig’s best ever ‘James Bond’, Sean Connery: “was bad, sexy, who knows, perhaps a style hayvaniydi but had to sell itself. Then I include it yanaşamadı any Bond actor. ”

    “James Bond 007: Skyfall” movie starring Daniel Craig, before coming to Istanbul to shoot an intimate confession. Answering questions about the film series in Los Angeles, Craig, who plays the best James Bond actor Sean Connery said: “I, too, were little in director Sam Mendes has been passionate about James Bond. This agent Sean Connery admired us. Was bad, sexy, who knows, perhaps a style hayvaniydi but had to sell itself. Then I include it yanaşamadı any Bond actor. In short, if you was here today, I owe Sean Connery. “

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    Mendel Says:

    to Fio

    thanks for all the info – I am still catching up!

    “Damn! His pants are pretty weird… Change your pants!!”

    Dan, take them off ;)

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    susan Says:

    oh joy of joys! our favorite troll, Gina, has decided to visit her again. i admit, i almost responded to one of her posts but then i caught myself. she is not worth the time or the effort.

    Fio, thanks for the great posts.

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    Skyfall Teaser Trailer Says:

    CinemaCon: Sony Previews First Skyfall Teaser Trailer
    Tonight was Sony Pictures’ chance to shine at CinemaCon with an impressive 45-minute sizzle reel of their upcoming 2012 line-up with the high point being the first time anyone had a chance to see any footage from the upcoming James Bond movie Skyfall, in this case the very first teaser trailer. Before we got to watch it, Sony’s President of Worldwide Distribution Rory Bruer talked about Sony’s slate for 2013 and beyond and confirmed that James Bond would indeed be back in 2014 with the 24th movie in the franchise and the follow-up to Skyfall.

    So what can we say about the Skyfall teaser trailer? Well, it was a lot of quick-cut images that were hard to dissect on a single viewing, but this is what we can say about it.

    It begins with an interrogation scene, possibly a psych evaluation of Bond as someone is doing a word association game with the agent. At first we hear it as narration over a couple of establishing shots of London, starting with “Country” to which Bond responds “England.” “Gun” is next, with the response being “Shot,” followed by “agent” and “provocateur,” and “murder” to which Bond replies “employment.” By then, we’re into the interrogation room and there are three people behind the glass looking on with Dame Judi Dench’s M and Ralph Fiennes’ Mallory being the most prominent, though we’re not sure who the third person was. (In hindsight, either that third person or the interrogator may have been Albert Finney’s character, but we’re not sure.) When the interrogator says “Skyfall,” Bond doesn’t respond so he says “Skyfall” again and Bond says “Done” and gets up to leave.

    From there, we got a lot of quick shots of a lot of different images, many of Bond running or falling, either into water or from some height. We see him on a barge in front of the Macao casino with the giant dragons in the background, which we saw on set a few weeks back, and he’s running through cars in London, presumably part of his chase after Silva. We also saw the briefest shot of the subway car crash that ends that chase.

    There was absolutely no sign of Javier Bardem’s character anywhere in the teaser, unless he went by too fast for us to notice and probably only one shot each of Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe (and we’re not 100% of the second one).

    It ends with Bond saying “Some men are coming to kill us. We’ve got to kill them first.”

    And that’s about all we could get on one viewing, but it definitely got us very excited to see it a second or third time. Since we’re guessing the teaser trailer will be on Avengers next week (just like every other movie), maybe it will be online sometime soon and you can watch it for yourself.

    Skyfall opens November 9. Look for our write-up on the rest of what we saw during the Sony presentation later tonight.

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    Skyfall Teaser Trailer Says:

    James Bond Gets Interrogated In First Skyfall Trailer Shown At CinemaCon
    When it comes to blockbusters, there is always a certain time window a few months in advance of the release date when you know that a teaser trailer is imminent. With Skyfall, the latest installment of the James Bond franchise, due out on November 9th, that means that we are in that window now. While it has not yet been announced when the trailer will either be arriving online or in theaters, I can tell you that it’s been completed. How can I tell you that? Because I’ve just seen it.

    All this week I have been reporting from the annual event known as CinemaCon in Las Vegas and I have just walked out of the Sony presentation where they world premiered the first teaser for Sam Mendes’ Skyfall and I must say that I was impressed.

    The trailer begins with a shot of Bond (Daniel Craig) from behind looking at the city of London. Then we hear someone in a voice-over say the word “Country” and Bond saying, “England.” It seems he is playing some sort of word association game. We then hear the mystery voice say “Gun” and Bond replies “Shot” as we view a target at the end of a shooting range. We then see that 007 is in an interrogation room where he is being asked the questions and being watched by Ralph Fiennes and some other people through two-way mirrors. The man sitting in front of Bond says “Agent,” and the superspy replies “Provocateur.” As more images flash on the screen the word association game continues: “Murder” “Employment.” The music then drops out as we flash back to the interrogation room and the man running the test says. “Skyfall.” After a pause, Bond says, “Done,” and stands up from the table. Another huge montage begins and we see shots of helicopters, giant fireballs causing a mysterious silhouette, shots of the Shanghai nightlife, Bond is standing over a long row of coffins draped with the flag of England, and a subway car crashing through a tunnel wall with incredible force. As the trailer comes to an end we hear Bond say, “Someone is coming to kill us. We’re going to kill them first.”

    From beginning to end the trailer was impressive and had a very slick look to it that we don’t typically see from Mendes’ movies. While it all came in flashes, the movie looks like it is very action packed and tense. As excited as I was for Skyfall going into the presentation, I’m even more excited now.

    While I’m not entirely sure when the trailer will be available for you to see, it’s worth noting that Sony is putting out Men in Black III in late May, so it’s possible we’ll see it then (if not earlier). In the meantime, to see more from the new 007 film head over to our Blend Film Database.

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    Skyfall Teaser Trailer Says:

    CinemaCon 2012: James Bond not interested in games in first trailer for 007′s ‘Skyfall’
    What exactly does the movie title Skyfall refer to?
    We’re not getting any answers out of James Bond.
    The first trailer for Daniel Craig’s third outing as 007 (due in theaters Nov. 19) begins with the British superspy in a debriefing room, playing word association with an examiner while Judi Dench’s M and Ralph Fiennes, apparently a member of the government agency, look on dourly through one-way glass.
    “Country …” the examiner begins.

    “… England,” Bond replies flatly.
    “Gun …” the man says.
    “… Shot,” Bond says.
    “Agent …”
    “… Provocateur,” Bond says. (Hey, maybe he’s just a fan of luxury lingerie.)
    “Murder …”
    “… Employment,” Bond growls.
    “Skyfall …”
    Bond hesitates.
    The examiner repeats it: “Skyfall …”
    “… Done,” Bond says finally, standing up and walking toward the glass while Dench and Fiennes look like they just swallowed their chewing gum.
    Clearly, 007 knows what this means, and it’s most likely not good news. The next series of shots in the trailer include Bond storming in through a door, rapidly firing a handgun, and other assorted action scenes. Then we see a series of coffins draped in the British flag.
    “Some men are coming to kill us,” Bond says. “We’re going to kill them first.”
    Okay, let’s do it.
    Sony Brings Spider-Man, James Bond and Franchise-Heavy Slate to CinemaCon
    But perhaps the biggest bang of Sony’s presentation came with the world premiere of the trailer to the latest James Bond film, “Skyfall.” This one was presented in lowly 2D, but it didn’t need the extra dimensionality. The film finds Bond back to his globe-trotting, world-saving ways, but this time his mission is to protect his mentor M.

    The preview ends with 007 saying “Some men are coming to kill us. We’re going to kill them first.” Probably safe to bet on Bond in that match-up.

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    Fio Says:

    5 Things We Learned About New James Bond Film ‘Skyfall’ From The Latest Issue Of Empire Magazine
    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, one of the longest-running, and most successful film series of all time. Four years after “Quantum Of Solace,” Daniel Craig is returning as 007 in “Skyfall,” arguably the most prestigious entry yet with Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes at the helm, a top-notch creative team behind him, and a cast that includes heavyweights like Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris, among others. But so far, the film’s secrets have remained relatively locked up.

    But with the film’s trailer set to debut in a month, paired with the release of “Men In Black 3,” some more info has started to leak out, with Bond the cover star of the latest issue of Empire Magazine, who’ve been on the set of the movie. The magazine is on newsstands now, and it’s a must-read for Bond fans, with features not just on “Skyfall,” but also on “Dr. No,” “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” “Live And Let Die,” “Licence To Kill” and “Goldeneye.” Below, we’ve rounded up five of the key reveals about “Skyfall” from the magazine that’s on newstands now.
    1. The offer for Sam Mendes to direct the film came directly from Daniel Craig.
    Announced well over two years ago, the choice of Oscar-winner Sam Mendes, a theater veteran known for independent-minded comedy-dramas “American Beauty” and “Away We Go,” and glossy prestige pictures “Road To Perdition,” “Jarhead” and “Revolutionary Road,” was an unusual one for Bond, which has always shunned A-list helmers for journeymen-type directors. In fact, the initial suggestion came from star Daniel Craig; the two had worked together on “Road To Perdition” a decade ago, and stayed friends. At a party after Mendes had come to see Craig on Broadway with Hugh Jackman in “A Steady Rain,” the actor suggested, “What about doing the next Bond movie?” Mendes, a long time fan of the franchise, wasn’t sure at first, but tells Empire that “I think, like lost of people, ‘Casino Royale’ woke me up again to the possibilities of Bond. It seemed for the first time to be a real person in a real situation.”

    2. The director has three rules for what makes a Bond movie work.
    Like most Brits, Mendes grew up on the series, and knew when he came in to develop the project (with writers that included franchise veterans Neil Purvis and Robert Wade, Peter Morgan and “Hugo” scribe John Logan) that there were three essentials to a Bond movie: 1) “There needs to be a female contingent that interacts with Bond in a way that verges on the racy side.” 2) “He doesn’t live entirely in the real world, in the sense that you can’t put him on the street. He’s not Bourne. Bourne is a footsoldier. You walk into Waterloo station this morning, he’s probably there, standing next to you. Bond can’t do that. He has to have his own space around him.” 3) “He also can’t work in tandem with another man of a similar age. You can’t be Butch and Sundance. You can’t have a buddy. There’s this constant tension where he only has relationships with his senior figures in MI6 – and women.” Sounds about right to us.

    3. Contrary to reports, Fiennes is playing an MI6 higher-up, named Mallory, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be getting involved with the action.
    Plot details are still firmly under wraps, bar a brief logline, but producer Michael Wilson says that the film “is about Bond defending MI6, the country and the realm” from Javier Bardem’s villain Silva, and Empire suggest from their on-set visits that his plot involves “computers and the control of information.” But for the moment, it doesn’t seem that cast member Ralph Fiennes is plotting with him. Early rumors suggested that he might be playing a villain (some of the more far-fetched rumors even pegged him as Bond nemesis Blofeld), but the magazine reveals that he’s playing a senior figure in MI6 named Mallory. This doesn’t rule out him being a turncoat figure, but given that regular rumors suggest that this film will mark Judi Dench’s final appearance as Bond’s boss M, could Fiennes’ character initial be taking over? Either way, he’s not going to be stuck behind a desk: the first still of the character sees him taking cover and wielding a gun.

    4. The film’s likely to be more playful than the last two Craig films, with more nods to classic Bond.
    While we like “Casino Royale” a lot (“Quantum of Solace” much less so) they were unusually dour for the series, nodding more to the Timothy Dalton era than the Connery films. But with the revenge plotline jettisoned for the moment, Mendes suggests that this film could be lighter in tone, with the director saying that it’s “more playful than the last two,” comparing it to “Goldfinger” as well as the darker “From Russia With Love” and “Live And Let Die.” Bond’s most closely identified car, the Aston Martin DB5, will return to the franchise, while the presence of Ben Whishaw as Q means we’re likely to see a host of gadgets, something that’s been absent from the Craig era so far. All that being said, Mendes’ aesthetic will be in full display, particularly thanks to the presence of legendary DoP Roger Deakins. Visual effects supervisor Chris Corbould tells Empire that the tone is “Probably arthouse. I think people will look at this and think, ‘That’s a beautiful shot.’ But there’s lots of action, don’t get me wrong!” And it sounds like there will be, with sequences mentioned including Bond chasing down Silva in the London Underground, and a gunfight with a helicopter outside a Scottish country home.

    5. Secret organization Quantum are nowhere to be found, but don’t rule out a return in future engagements.
    “Quantum of Solace” made history as the first direct sequel in the franchise, picking up almost directly where “Casino Royale” left off. It’s been known for a while that “Skyfall” would be a stand-alone adventure, disappointing fans who hoped to see Bond moving further up the ladder of QUANTUM, the shadowy organization responsible for the death of Vesper Lynd, and to whom the last film’s villain Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amarlric) belonged. But while producer Michael Wilson says “This story doesn’t involve them,” none of the producers seem to be ruling out the thread being picked up down the line.
    “Skyfall” opens in the UK on October 26th, and will hit U.S. theaters on November 9th.

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    Fio Says:

    Daniel Craig set for quick return to Bond after Skyfall – Bond 24 is already in the works with a 2014 release date
    Looking forward to Skyfall, the latest outing for superspy James Bond? Anticipation not yet sated by the months of buzz and hype? Well, now get excited about Bond 24, the film following Skyfall, which will hit cinemas towards the end of 2014

    Financial woes led to that four-year-gap between Skyfall and the previous 007 effort, Quantum of Solace, but now the coffers are in the bag, it seems Sony is eager to get the spook franchise back on the every-two-years treadmill.

    As Bond fansite MI6 points out, Bond 24 will be the last film Daniel Craig is contracted to star in. But he will be offered first refusal on the fourth outing, and with the time gap so brief, it’s unlikely the studio would be eager to hire another man to step into his briefs.

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    susan Says:

    to Fio

    thanks for the new article. i really like knowing that Bond 24 is already in the works and it’s scheduled for release in 2014. oh yeah, and Daniel is contracted to be in it. i hope he agrees to sign on for more Bond after that . but you know, our favorite troll will be upset about this.

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    Elle Says:

    Their decision makes sense. So some actresses/models claim they auditioned for a Bond girl in Bond 24. Preparations for the new project are under way in both companies simultaneously.

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    Fio Says:

    Why I Like Daniel Craig
    I was in the theater watching Tomb Raider. The second shower scene started. I groaned. One hadn’t been enough?

    Then the camera revealed to us that the dripping would-be object of lust was Daniel Craig instead of Angelina Jolie again, and I laughed. The movie knew what it was and what it had come from, but it wasn’t afraid to play with it. That alone made the movie worth the painful father-daughter scene and Jolie’s magic, jiggle-free bra.

    I was reminded of that moment in the theater when I saw this.

    Emily Asher-Perrin has a post up at lamenting the ubiquity of the butt-to-the-camera pose (usually with side-boob) used to promote female action heroes for movies. This was provided as a rare example of a similar pose for a man. Like the second shower scene, the novelty was highly welcome.

    That was when it occurred to me that this is a great deal of why I like Daniel Craig. It isn’t the pretty face people say he has. The stony, stoic sort don’t really appeal to me personally. No, it’s the fact that, whether or not he’s ultimately responsible for the decision, I’ve seen him throw a little twist in the tail of a fair number of movie gender-dynamics stereotypes. After all, what other Bond could have gotten away without romancing the “Bond girl” the way Craig did in Quantum of Solace?

    And then there’s this.
    With all that, how could I not like Daniel Craig?

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    Fio Says:

    MoonInMyspoon: Just happened to see few rushes of next bond film ‘skyfall’ ,one underwater fight scene was brilliantly shot in a new dimension!
    Sienna X: We are so excited to be tanning the cast of the new James Bond film Skyfall!/SiennaXOfficial/status/195784754845589505/photo/1

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    Fio Says:

    to Elle
    Well…you mean, Lola Ponce? :)

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    Fio Says:

    Craig, camp mum about new Bond film
    BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, England — On the set of the new James Bond film, Daniel Craig and gang aren’t letting much slip about the plot of “Skyfall.”
    This is what we know: Adele may or may not sing the theme song. Judi Dench’s character, spy chief M, may or may not die. There will be guns.
    All will be clearer once the juggernaut that is Bond — the world’s longest-running movie series — rolls into cinemas Nov. 9 on a wave of interest rekindled by the 2006 arrival of Craig as the serious, brooding blond Bond.
    But for now, prying details out of the cast is about as easy as prying 007′s Walther PPK out of his hand.
    The juiciest nugget from Craig is that “Skyfall” will be laced with more comedy than his previous Bond outings, which were punctuated by seriousness (verging on sterility in the last film).
    “I’m so camp in this one, I’ve gone quite far,” says Craig, who is wearing tight blue jeans, a gray sweater, white shirt and black tie. While he’s clearly buff, it’s easy to imagine the 44-year-old actor ducking into his local pub unnoticed, save for those piercing blue eyes and the nervous fiddling with his Omega watch.
    We’re sitting in a ballroom at Pinewood Studios, about 20 miles west of London, which for self-defined Bond nerds is a kind of utopia surrounded by elegantly framed movie stills. The general store has a black-and-white stencil of Sean Connery on its window, and the largest stage is known simply as the “007 stage.”
    “There is a lightness of touch in the writing, I think, that’s not been as evident in the last two, and I’m very excited about that,” Craig says.
    Cue cringe-worthy flashbacks to the cornier days of Bond, as in “Die Another Day,” when Pierce Brosnan tells his fencing instructor, “I have been known to keep my tip up.”
    A more lighthearted Bond would be a dramatic departure for Craig, whose first outing as 007, “Casino Royale,” is often talked about in the same breath as “Batman Begins” — wildly successful reboot of a film series that returns to its origins with a darker, less sophisticated hero.
    If critics are concerned about a wittier, funnier outing from Craig, well, he says, “you gotta take risks in this business.”
    He is quick to deflect hard questions or even compliments with the kind of self-deprecating humor that seems fitting for 007, even a leaner, meaner one like Craig. And when the veteran Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, who is sitting next to him, comments that he is wiser than when he started, Craig teases her: “I’m still working with you. I can’t be that much wiser. You’d think I’d learn.”
    Much is riding on this film, which was plagued by delays following MGM’s bankruptcy in 2010. The new studio bosses hope it will fill their coffers, and, for his part, Craig could use a hit. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was a commercial success, but several of his other recent films have bombed; a stellar turn here would help cement his longevity as Bond.
    And “Skyfall,” to be released 50 years after the first Bond film, “Dr. No,” gave Craig a bigger role than that of lead actor, for it was he who put forward Sam Mendes’s name for the role of director, having worked with him in “Road to Perdition.”
    Craig also cornered Spanish actor Javier Bardem at a fundraising party in Los Angeles and coaxed him into playing the chief villain.
    Craig explained: “I just went: ‘Would you be in the next Bond movie?’ and he said, ‘Yes,’ and I went, ‘Great!’ and that was it. … Nobody told me that’s how it doesn’t happen.”
    Despite winning an Oscar for his portrayal of a hit man in “No Country for Old Men,” Bardem has such an aversion to violence that he said the Coen brothers, directors of that film, dubbed him “the Spanish ballerina.”
    But there he is, on a recent day of filming on the 007 stage, in a thrilling action scene with Craig. The set has been transformed to resemble the deepest, darkest (and coldest) parts of the London Underground subway system. The ground is flooded with 8 inches of water, dyed black to make it look deeper.
    We watch a debonair Craig (clad in one of the 200 suits designer Tom Ford stitched for his character) fire his semiautomatic at Bardem.
    “Not bad, James, for a physical wreck,” says Bardem, before triggering an explosion that rips a hole through a musty tunnel.
    When asked to expand on the scene, Bardem says: “This is a James Bond movie; everything is top-secret.”
    The only seismic plot point the production company will be drawn out on — officially — is that “Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her.”
    “More about her was written this time, which was very, very nice for me,” Dench says.
    Less gregarious than her co-stars —he admits she is nothing like the “frankly bossy” head spymaster she has played since 1995 —Dench lights up talking about advances in technology or foreign affairs or her coming lunch with the former head of Britain’s domestic spy agency.
    Of “Skyfall,” she says, “it’s been very well written, I think.” But she bats aside questions on the rumors that her character will be killed off.
    During a morning of guided tours at Pinewood, we stumble on a few other tidbits: a sawed-off shotgun will play a prominent role, and Craig’s and Bardem’s characters first bump into each other in an abandoned city on an island near Japan. We learn that Bond will sip on a Heineken and will wear “tailored” swimming trunks (although it’s not clear whether he’ll do so while drinking the beer).
    But while the cast members are coy about the meat of the story, they are brimming with confidence that this film has the ingredients to be the best Bond yet.
    “We have a good story, we got a great cast, we got a great director,” says Craig, adding: “We are making something that’s exciting and that’s hopefully going to move people a little.”

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    Fio Says:

    Roger Moore tells of dropping Sean Connery’s famous Bond phrase

    Roger Moore has told how one of his first decisions before taking over the role of James Bond was not to use Sean Connery’s famous phrase “shaken not stirred”.

    In an interview for June’s edition of Empire magazine, Moore recalled his early meetings with 007 film director Guy Hamilton.

    Moore said that while he would be playing the same character they wanted to avoid “any deliberate” comparisons.

    The interview, one of a series in Empire on Bond, came ahead of new Bond film Skyfall.

    Starring Daniel Craig as 007 and directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes, the latest movie in the franchise will be released in October.

    Scenes have been shot in London, Turkey and the White Corries in Glencoe.

    The filming in the Highlands in February reportedly involved a car chase featuring Aston Martin DB5s – the same car driven by Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball.

    Talking about his early discussions with Hamilton about taking over from Scottish actor Connery, Moore said: “We talked about my approach to the character.

    “The thing he wanted to avoid was any deliberate comparison to Sean, apart from the fact I was playing the same character.
    “So I was never saying ‘Martini, shaken not stirred’.”

    In her interview with Empire, producer Barbara Broccoli recalls how Connery exploded the traditional image of a movie’s leading man.

    Ian Fleming’s books about the secret agent were adapted for film by Broccoli’s father Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman.

    She said: “The typical British leading man used to be Trevor Howard or Leslie Howard – very polite and your classic gentleman.

    “I think the real genius of Cubby and Harry was the fact that they didn’t pay any attention to the typical class structure and they took someone who was a very real person and put him into this suit.”

    The magazine tells of “unsung hero” Yat Malmgren, a Swedish dance teacher to whom Connery turned to help hone his movement and gestures.

    It also tells of Dr No scriptwriter Terence Young introducing Connery to his Savile Row tailors and then telling the actor to sleep in the suits.

    Empire said the idea was to give the character the look of a man who had an eye for finery, but was more caught up in “life and death than ironing shirts”.

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    Fio Says:

    The best still so far!!

    Bond Blog: Nieuwe foto #SKYFALL Bond en M in Schotse Hooglanden, afkomstig uit Duits magazine!/bondblog/status/196226961725591552/photo/1/large

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    WOW Says:

    looking smoking hot at the press conference in Turkey

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    Joel Angelini Says:

    Quite a few thanks

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