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Saturday
Jan052013

Oscars to Feature Special Tribute to James Bond 

Greg Williams/Eon Productions via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The James Bond movie franchise will mark their 50th anniversary this year and will receive a celebratory tribute during the broadcast of the 85th Academy Awards, according to the telecast’s producers.

"We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday," said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. "Starting with 'Dr. No' back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon."

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live this Thursday at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Nov092012

Duran Duran Star Who Created Hit James Bond Theme Sounds Off on Adele's "Skyfall"

Theo Wargo/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The new James Bond movie Skyfall hits theaters Friday, and in the opening sequence, moviegoers will of course hear Adele's haunting theme, "Skyfall."  The song is popular, but it hasn't topped the charts yet.  In fact, the only James Bond theme ever to reach #1 in the U.S. has been Duran Duran's "A View to a Kill" in 1985, from the movie of the same name.

So what does Duran Duran -- whose lead singer Simon LeBon is a friend of Adele's -- think of "Skyfall?"  Bass player John Taylor, who was responsible for hooking up Duran Duran with the James Bond folks back in 1985, thinks the song is great.

"I like it. I think they got it right," he tells ABC News Radio. "I think it ticks all the boxes. I think the sound...she's got that drama, that old-school drama, and I think they got the sound of the track just right. I thought, 'Ooh, I'd like to hear more songs like this on the radio, actually.' Maybe it'll influence more contemporary music."

Overall, being involved in a James Bond theme is something any artist can be proud of, says John.

"That was a very satisfying experience, seeing the titles roll in that film," he says. "Even though it's not my favorite of the Bond films. But is there anybody who doesn't love James Bond? So to be a part of it was very significant."

One reason that "A View to a Kill" hit #1 was that in 1985, Duran Duran were one of THE biggest groups in the world, and certainly the #1 teen heartthrobs worldwide.  In fact, you could say that they were the One Direction of their day.  So what sort of advice can Duran Duran offer the boys in One Direction?  How can they stay on top as the years pass?  John Taylor says it's all about reinvention, noting that because 1D is a vocal group, it's relatively easy to do.

"One thing they can do, is they can freshen up their sound, you know, like Madonna does," Taylor tells ABC News Radio. "They're not tied to a particular bass player, a particular drummer -- you know, they can change the sound as long as they keep the sound of the voices. And that's quite an asset, actually."  

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Nov072012

Daniel Craig Says "Skyfall" Pays Tribute to Past James Bond Films

Greg Williams/Eon Productions via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- This year marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise.  So it's no surprise that the latest film in the series, Skyfall, set out to pay homage to its predecessors.

Daniel Craig, who returns as 007, says, "It's 50 years and we need to mark it and to make the best Bond movie we possibly could and to introduce and reintroduce and introduce some new ideas and to celebrate it a little bit."

"I would be lying if I said we weren't influenced by Goldfinger for sure," he continued.

Skyfall, the 23rd Bond film, opens this Friday.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Oct162012

Daniel Craig Bonded to Bond

Greg Williams/Eon Productions via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On Nov. 9, Daniel Craig will be seen in theaters nationwide for the third time as iconic spy James Bond in the 23rd 007 adventure, Skyfall.

In a press conference promoting the film on Monday in New York City, Craig admitted the decision to play the character didn't come without hesitation, but in the end it's a decision he's happy he made.

"I was just a little bewildered that they'd even come to me," said Craig.  "Of course I was concerned about being typecast...but you know when you weight it up, it's not bad to be typecast as James Bond."

The film series' producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have said publicly they want Craig to break Roger Moore's record of seven 007 films, and Craig sure seems to be on board with that as well.

"I'm incredibly proud and lucky to be in this position...As soon as we get the script I'll be really up for doing 24, and hopefully this will be a success and we'll have some momentum," he said.

Skyfall, which also stars Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, and Ralph Fiennes, centers on a villainous plot to attack Britain's spy agency MI:6 and expose its covert agents in an effort to discredit Dench's character M, Bond's boss and friend.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Oct152012

Adele's "Skyfall" Is First Bond Theme in 10 Years to Hit Top 10

Dan MacMedan/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- OK, so maybe Adele's new James Bond theme "Skyfall" didn't debut at #1 on the charts -- it's still the most successful James Bond theme in quite some time.

Yahoo!'s Chart Watch points out that by debuting at #8, "Skyfall" is now the first Bond theme to hit the top 10 in ten years.  The last one to manage it was Madonna's 2002 theme for Die Another Day, which peaked at #8.  It's worth noting that Madonna also appeared in that Bond movie, playing a fencing instructor.  It was also the last James Bond film to feature Pierce Brosnan in the title role.

Adele can also add another achievement to her list: "Skyfall" is one of only seven themes in the entire history of the Bond films that have hit the top 10 in the U.S.

The other ones are, of course, "Die Another Day," plus "Goldfinger" by Shirley Bassey, "Live and Let Die" by Paul McCartney & Wings, "For Your Eyes Only" by Sheena Easton, "Nobody Does It Better" by Carly Simon and "A View to a Kill" by Duran Duran.

The Duran Duran Bond theme remains the only one that's ever hit #1 in the U.S., but Adele still has a shot at that.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Oct082012

Daniel Craig's 007 Swim Trunks Fetch $72,000 at Auction

Greg Williams/Eon Productions via Getty Images(LONDON) -- The swim trunks that Daniel Craig wore as James Bond in his first 007 film, Casino Royale, sold for almost $72,000 at a charity auction in London on Friday, the BBC reports.

Actress Judi Dench, who has played Bond’s boss M, and continues the role in the upcoming Skyfall, introduced the blue swimsuit at the auction. 

Dench joked, "All I'm going to tell you is they're unwashed."

An Aston Martin DBS driven by Craig in Quantum Of Solace sold for nearly $390,000.  A copy of the orchestral score to Skyfall's theme song, signed by Adele and co-writer Paul Epworth, sold for $22,000.

In all, some 50 pieces of James Bond memorabilia were sold by Christie's on Friday, which marked the 50th anniversary of the first Bond movie, Dr. No.  Proceeds from the auction benefited several charities.

Skyfall, which also stars Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem, opens in theaters nationwide on Nov. 9.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Oct052012

License to Thrill: The Bond Movies Turn 50

Greg Williams/Eon Productions via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Friday, Oct. 5, has been dubbed Global James Bond Day in honor of the 50th anniversary of the release of the first James Bond film, Dr. No.  James Bond Day will be celebrated with special retrospectives, auctions and charity events around the world.

That first 1962 film took author Ian Fleming's suave secret agent from the page to the big screen, launched the longest-running franchise in film history which has raked in billions of dollars at the box office, and made a household name out of a Scotsman named Sean Connery.

The series' 23rd installment, Skyfall, hits U.S. theaters on Nov. 9, with IMAX theaters offering a one-day sneak peek on Nov. 8.

The movies were an immediate hit thanks to the British secret agent's playboy lifestyle, his arsenal of cutting-edge gadgets, his flashy cars, and of course, his women -- "Bond girls" as they came to be known.

Barbara Broccoli, who produces the films now, having taken over for her late father Albert "Cubby" Broccoli, credits Connery and the fans with the series' longevity.

"If it were not for Sean Connery we wouldn't be here," she told ABC News Radio.  "He started the franchise, he was the first person to play the role in the cinema, he is an icon."

As for the fans, Broccoli says the love of the spy, "goes from parents to child to grandparents."

On the men who wore the tux:

  • Skyfall represents Daniel Craig's third go 'round as 007.
  • Connery played the role in seven films -- though six officially, as 1983's Never Say Never Again is a remake of Thunderball and for legal reasons not part of the official Bond canon.
  • Connery was succeeded in 1969 by George Lazenby for just one film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
  • Roger Moore played Bond seven times, from 1973's Live and Let Die to 1985's A View to a Kill.
  • Timothy Dalton played 007 twice, in 1987's The Living Daylights and 1989's Licence to Kill.
  • Pierce Brosnan -- who was to take over the role in the early '80s, but was forbidden from doing so because of his Remington Steele contract -- reinvigorated the role in 1995 with GoldenEye, and played 007 four times, until 2002's Die Another Day.
  • Craig, who is the first blonde haired actor to play the part, was chosen to reboot the franchise for 2006's Casino Royale.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Oct042012

Adele's James Bond Theme "Skyfall" Debuts

Dan MacMedan/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- After much anticipation, Adele's James Bond theme, "Skyfall," debuted Thursday night at 7:07 p.m. Eastern time. That would be 0:07 Friday morning in her native London.

The majestic track features a 77-piece orchestra and hopeful lyrics from Adele. She sings in the chorus, "Let the sky fall/When it crumbles/We will stand tall/Face it all together."

The song, named after the new Bond movie of the same name, debuted on Adele's official website, Adele.tv. It's now available for purchase.

"Skyfall" has a chance to become the second Bond theme to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, following Duran Duran's 1985 theme "A View to a Kill."

There's also talk that "Skyfall" could be nominated for an Oscar, though HitFix.com speculates that it could be disqualified from consideration because it has elements of the signature James Bond music.

If it does receive an Oscar nod, it would become the fourth Bond theme to accomplish the feat.

The release of "Skyfall" coincides with the 50th anniversary of the debut of the first James Bond film, Dr. No, which is being celebrated on Friday.

Skyfall, again starring Daniel Craig as 007, opens in the U.S. on Nov. 9.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug012012

James Bond Back from the Dead in New "Skyfall" Trailer

Greg Williams/Eon Productions via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The just-released second trailer for the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall is sure to get fans buzzing.

The trailer of the film, directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes, shows Daniel Craig's secret agent shot and apparently killed on a mission gone wrong.  But Bond apparently uses the incident to fake his own death, as Sean Connery's 007 did in You Only Live Twice.

Craig's character comes back into the fold -- albeit a little rusty -- when a villain attacks MI6, in a targeted killing of agents meant to threaten his Boss M, played by Judi Dench.

The trailer also teases some new introductions for Craig's 007 series, including Ralph Fiennes as M's eventual replacement, Ben Whishaw as Bond's new -- and young -- gadget master Q, and for the first time, fans get a look at a blonde Javier Bardem as the movie's villain Silva, who shares history with M.

For good measure, the trailer also shows scenes featuring the latest Bond girls, played by Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe.

Skyfall opens on Nov. 9.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Dec202011

Daniel Craig to Play James Bond in Five More Films?

Greg Williams/Eon Productions via Getty Images(LONDON) -- Daniel Craig is currently hard at work shooting Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond adventure, and his third go-round as the suave secret agent.  But if a new report is to believed, 007 movie producer Michael G. Wilson is looking to sign Craig onto five more James Bond adventures, breaking by one Roger Moore's cinematic streak as the legendary spy.

"Filming has gone very well and I'd love Daniel to surpass Roger's record and do eight pictures," Wilson told the newspaper The People.  "A lot of people have said Daniel's been their favorite Bond since Sean Connery and I can’t argue with them.  He’s doing a great job."

Salary talks with the busy Craig -- who will be seen soon in theaters in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and heard as a voice in The Adventures of TinTin -- will reportedly start as soon as Skyfall wraps.  That film is slated to open Nov. 9, 2012.

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