More Bond Casting News

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Re: More Bond Casting News

Postby so sorry on Sun May 29, 2016 8:24 am

Ribbons wrote:
TheButcher wrote:BMD May. 27, 2016:
EXCLUSIVE: Tom Hiddleston Confirmed To Be In Talks For BOND 25
A source close to the actor tells us he's indeed in discussions for the role.
PHIL NOBILE JR. wrote:I can’t quite get my head around just what flavor of 007 Tom Hiddleston would be tapped to deliver. Frankly, if anything, THAT’S what makes his casting an exciting prospect. Giving an audience what they expect is what led to the lazier entries of the franchise, and much like the craignotbond.com days of 2005, it seems Eon will be charting its own course.


I really hate to be that guy, but... meh. Meh, meh, meh.



I'll be the thst guy who agrees with you. It's going to be quite a jarring physical difference from Craig too.
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Re: More Bond Casting News

Postby Al Shut on Sun May 29, 2016 12:28 pm

I think it could work. Not quite sure how but it could.
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Re: More Bond Casting News

Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Sun May 29, 2016 1:17 pm

You're falling for clickbait bollox. You did it before with stuff that turned out to be rubbish, and haven't learned your lesson.

Pack it in.
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Re: More Bond Casting News

Postby Ribbons on Sun May 29, 2016 2:56 pm

You pack it in!
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Re: More Bond Casting News

Postby so sorry on Tue May 31, 2016 8:54 am

Al Shut wrote:I think it could work. Not quite sure how but it could.



Well Roger Moore was no physical specimen in his prime either, but he had the suave Lothario thing working for him, so I guess there's that angle too.
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Re: More Bond Casting News

Postby Ribbons on Tue May 31, 2016 5:07 pm

Sam Mendes says none of your favorites are going to be James Bond:

http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/05/sam-mendes-james-bond-not-idris-elba-tom-hiddleston-tom-hardy

I will remember this article when Tom Hiddleston is cast so I can call Sam Mendes a big lying doo-doo-head
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Re: More Bond Casting News

Postby Peven on Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:56 pm

you're all wrong, the next movie will feature none other than Jane Bond played by Emilia Clarke
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Re: More Bond Casting News

Postby TheBaxter on Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:41 pm

Peven wrote:you're all wrong, the next movie will feature none other than Jane Bond played by Emilia Clarke


bah. casting women in traditionally male roles is so 2016. the next Bond should be Jamie Bond, the transgender 007. s/he will go to North Carolina and sort out the nefarious villains in the state government restricting access to bathrooms. they can call it Live and Let Pee.
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Re: More Bond Casting News

Postby TheButcher on Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:56 pm

Peven wrote:you're all wrong, the next movie will feature none other than Jane Bond played by Emilia Clarke

or
Rebecca Ferguson



Rumor: Director Susanne Bier May Tame That Sexist, Misogynist Dinosaur James Bond
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Re: More Bond Casting News

Postby Maui on Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:46 pm

Ribbons wrote:Sam Mendes says none of your favorites are going to be James Bond:

http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/05/sam-mendes-james-bond-not-idris-elba-tom-hiddleston-tom-hardy

I will remember this article when Tom Hiddleston is cast so I can call Sam Mendes a big lying doo-doo-head


Well there is certainly a lot of buzz right now about Hiddleston potentially being the next Bond.
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Re: More Bond Casting News

Postby Peven on Sun Jun 05, 2016 6:19 pm

TheButcher wrote:
Peven wrote:you're all wrong, the next movie will feature none other than Jane Bond played by Emilia Clarke

or
Rebecca Ferguson



Rumor: Director Susanne Bier May Tame That Sexist, Misogynist Dinosaur James Bond



she'll do, pig, she'll do :wink: :-P
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Re: More Bond 25 News

Postby TheButcher on Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:27 am

A Family Team Looks for James Bond’s Next Assignment
Barbara Broccoli, 55, and her half brother have controlled the rights to James Bond since 1995, ever since their father, Albert R. Broccoli, handed over the keys to the series.
BROOKS BARNES wrote:In particular, it is the steely-eyed Ms. Broccoli who runs the Bond franchise. She was the one who decided to recast the central character in 2005, giving the job to Mr. Craig, whom she had spotted in an indie drama called “Layer Cake.” She was the one who, with “Spectre” hanging in the balance after the on-set injury of Mr. Craig early this year, figured out how to keep the $300 million production on track.

Yes, a woman is in charge of the world’s most aspirational male brand.

The complicated Mr. Craig, 47, has professed a desire to move on before, but this time he seems to really mean it. (“I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists,” he told a British magazine in October when asked if he wanted to continue playing the character.) Moreover, the final scenes of “Spectre” seem designed to set up the departure of this particular 007, or at least close a chapter.

The Bond contract is also expiring for Sony Pictures Entertainment, which has distributed the last four movies. At least three studios — Sony, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox — are expected to battle for the right to take Bond into the future.

Still, Sony also finds itself at a crossroads. After enduring a battle with the activist investor Daniel S. Loeb and a devastating attack by hackers, the studio shook up its movie division this year, bringing in a new movie chairman, Thomas E. Rothman, who has a track record of financial discipline. Sony can’t exactly back up a Brink’s truck to keep Bond while preaching austerity to the rest of Hollywood.

And the expiring deal is lavish, requiring Sony to pay 50 percent of the “Spectre” production costs — which total some $250 million after accounting for government incentives — for only 25 percent of certain profits, once costs are recouped. Sony also shoulders tens of millions of dollars in marketing costs.

In an email stolen by hackers and widely published online, Andrew Gumpert, who oversees business affairs for Sony, figured that the studio would realize about $38 million in profit if “Spectre” performed as “Skyfall” did. (Sony earned about $57 million from “Skyfall,” which was less expensive to make, while MGM collected roughly $175 million and Eon’s share amounted to $109 million.)

There is one other factor working against Sony. Mr. Lynton this year pushed out the studio’s longtime movie chief, Amy Pascal, and she was the Sony executive with the strongest relationship with Ms. Broccoli. Was Ms. Broccoli upset by Ms. Pascal’s exit?

“Yes,” she said. “Amy has been a big part of the success of these movies, and we adore her.” Asked which Sony executive they are closest to now, Ms. Broccoli and Mr. Wilson struggled for an answer. Ms. Broccoli ultimately offered that Josh Greenstein, Sony’s relatively new head of marketing, “does fantastic work.”

Since there are no more Fleming books to adapt outright, each new Bond movie starts with Ms. Broccoli and Mr. Wilson rereading the old novels, they said. “We really like to kind of saturate ourselves in the world he created,” she said. Then, working in their stately London offices near the Hyde Park end of Piccadilly, they try to channel the fears and insecurities of the global moviegoing audience.

“We think, ‘What is the world afraid of? Where are we headed?’ Then we try to create a villain that is the physical embodiment of that fear,” Mr. Wilson said. With “Spectre,” they zeroed in on government surveillance.
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Postby TheButcher on Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:30 am

Five Studios’ Mission: Winning the Distribution Rights to James Bond
BROOKS BARNES wrote:LOS ANGELES — A five-studio tug of war has broken out over James Bond.

For more than a decade, starting with “Casino Royale” in 2006, the superspy series has been based at Sony Pictures Entertainment. It has been a period of stability and prosperity for 007, as global ticket sales reached new heights. The four Bond films that Sony has released collected $3.5 billion at the worldwide box office, after adjusting for inflation.

But Sony’s contract to market and distribute the films expired in 2015 with “Spectre.” So the two companies that control the franchise but do not distribute their own films — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the family-run Eon Productions — have started attending dog and pony shows put on by studios that want the rights, according to five people briefed on the sessions, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

On Tuesday, for instance, leaders at Sony spent an hour making their case. Kazuo Hirai, the chief executive, helped give the pitch, which emphasized the studio’s deep knowledge of Bond and its ideas for expanding the franchise’s reach. In true Hollywood fashion, Sony gave its presentation inside a sound stage on a recreated set from “Dr. No,” which was released in the United States in 1963 by United Artists and laid the foundation for the entire series.

Also vying for the Bond deal — even though it pays surprisingly little — are Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Annapurna, an ambitious upstart financed and led by the Oracle heiress Megan Ellison. (Not competing for the business are Paramount, which has been struggling and recently hired a new chairman, and Walt Disney Studios, which has been on a box office hot streak by focusing on its own family film labels.)

MGM and Eon, which stands for Everything or Nothing, are only offering a one-film contract. The expired Sony deal was for four movies. MGM, which is owned by private equity firms, including Anchorage Capital Partners, probably wants to keep its options open as it considers a sale or public offering.

Casting for the franchise has not been discussed in the meetings, according to the people briefed on them, although producers hope Daniel Craig will play the lead for at least one more chapter. He has a gap on his docket, according to movie industry databases, that would allow for filming.

Representatives for MGM, Eon and the studios pursuing the rights either had no comment or did not return calls.

The eagerness to land Bond underscores the continuing strength of the series but also the realities of the modern movie business. As competition for leisure time increases, studios have focused more intently on global blockbusters, and those are in short supply. In some ways, the Bond series was the first to go after a worldwide audience.

Yet the deal that studios are hotly chasing is not very profitable.

Under its previous agreement, Sony paid 50 percent of the production costs for “Spectre” — which totaled some $250 million after accounting for government incentives — but received only 25 percent of certain profits, once costs were recouped. Sony also shouldered tens of millions of dollars in marketing and had to give MGM a piece of the profit from non-Bond films Sony had in its own pipeline, including “22 Jump Street.”

In a 2014 email stolen by hackers and widely published online, Andrew Gumpert, who then oversaw business affairs for Sony, figured that the studio would realize about $38 million in profit if “Spectre” performed as “Skyfall” did. And “Spectre” did not, taking in $881 million, about 20 percent less than “Skyfall,” which was released in 2012.

Why, then, do studios want to distribute Bond so badly? Bragging rights, mostly. Having a Bond movie on the schedule guarantees at least one hit in a business where there is almost no sure thing.

Bond is gargantuan: The 25 movies have taken in nearly $6 billion at the North American box office, after adjusting for inflation, according to Box Office Mojo. The series has generated billions more in overseas ticket sales, home entertainment revenue, television reruns, marketing partnerships (Omega watches, Aston Martin cars, Gillette razors) and video games.

For at least one suitor, Annapurna, landing Bond would be transformative. Ms. Ellison started by focusing on prestige films like “Her” and “American Hustle.” But she has been diversifying toward more commercial movies like the animated hit “Sausage Party” and recently hired a senior 20th Century Fox executive to serve as president of her company. Last month, Annapurna signed an unrelated distribution deal with MGM.

The person Ms. Ellison and the other bidders need to impress the most is Barbara Broccoli, who runs Eon Productions. Moviemaking is a collaborative process, but Ms. Broccoli and her older half brother, Michael G. Wilson, have final say over every line of dialogue, casting decision, stunt sequence, marketing tie-in, TV ad, poster and billboard.


A version of this article appears in print on April 21, 2017, on Page B6 of the New York edition with the headline: Diamonds Are Forever? To Studios Vying for Rights, So Is James Bond. Order Reprints| Today's Paper|Subscribe
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