Oscar winner Penelope Cruz is set to join the long list of ladies who have sidled up to the dashing 007 in the next Bond film. The still-untitled film is likely to be directed once again by Skyfall helmer Sam Mendes who was reported to have previously turned down the offer to direct the 24th Bond film.
Just last week, Mendes supposedly re-entered negotiations to direct the film after rumours swirled that directors Ang Lee and Nicholas Winding Refn had met with producers to discuss the film. Mendes is also said to be negotiating for Bond 25, which would mark the end of Daniel Craig’s run as the MI6 agent. With the casting of Cruz, things seem to be falling into place rather quickly for the film whose targeted release date is 2016.
Hit the jump for more on Bond 24.
Even though he helmed the most successful 007 film to date, and this is a franchise with a 50-year history mind you, Sam Mendes has said no to directing Bond 24 but was quick to add that he "very much hopes to work with [the Bond family] again sometime in the future" so it may not be the last we see of his cinematic version of Ian Fleming's super-spy.
Speaking with UK magazine Empire, Mendes had nothing but kind words to say about his experience bringing Skyfall to a screen near you, calling it "one of the best experiences of [his] professional life" but added that other commitments will keep him occupied.
What could be so important, you rightly ask, as to keep him from rejoin a team that included Daniel Craig's moody James Bond, (hopefully) Naomie Harris' whip-smart Eve and at least one new Bond Girl and sadistic villain as its members? Well, let Mendes explain: "I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond."
Martinis will be shaken and gadget-and-Bond-girl montages will be shown as the 85th Academy Awards will be offering a special televised tribute to the 007 series, according to a press announcement released Friday.
This year's show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said via email that the internationally acclaimed spy series would be getting a special nod not only because of its popularity but also because of its impressive staying power: "We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday. 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."
And the timing couldn't be better as the current Bond film, Skyfall, has fast become the most successful of the bunch, despite, or maybe because of, director Sam Mendes' gamble with a decidedly darker version offering a defeated Bond climbing his way back to suave, super-spy status and forced to confront past and inner demons.
Few men can claim to look killer as killers, but James Bond is a striking exception. Since being brought to the big screen in 1962’s Dr. No, the womanizing, martini-guzzlin’ spy has always maintained an effortless air of sartorial greatness that kept pace with the times. With sharp suits and tuxedos in heavy rotation, his style doesn’t necessarily re-invent the wheel of menswear but it solidifies the fact that it pays off to dress up.
Bond’s style targets power and precision, and hits the bull’s eye every time. And while you may never actually find yourself in a race against time to save the world from nuclear disaster (fighting for your life in hand to hand combat atop a train flying over the hills of a distant land, no less), you’ve still got important events – say a first date or job review – that could benefit from busting out some signature Bond style moves.
Keep reading to see how you can master the look of Bond, James Bond.
Although the super-spy first appeared on-screen 50 years ago, he never wants to look out-of-date.
Costume designer Jany Temime says her mantra for the wardrobe of the latest Bond film, Skyfall, which opens Friday, was "iconic for 2012."
"I didn't follow fashion, I followed the script. But I know these characters, and I know what he or she would wear and why. I really tried to ask, 'What would that character really buy?'" Temime said.
Suits, lots of them, and most by Tom Ford, were high on the list for Daniel Craig, who is taking his third turn as Bond and is known to favor Ford's clothing both on-screen as Bond and in his personal life.
If you just looked at the cast and crew of Skyfall, you could easily confuse the assembled talent for a prestige costume drama. Director Sam Mendes, actors Judi Dench, Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes, and cinematographer Roger Deakins might just as easily be mounting a Shakespeare adaptation.
But Skyfall is, of course, a James Bond film, and not only that, it's the 23rd installment in a blockbuster franchise marking its 50th anniversary with only slightly less fanfare than the Queen's Jubilee. Skyfall is a touch more high-minded than those previous 22 films, but it's also arguably the best crafted movie in Bond history.
Those involved in the 007 empire overwhelmingly credit the higher trajectory for Bond to one man: Daniel Craig.
Blond or not, Bond looks good for 50. Ian Fleming's secret agent man celebrates half a century on the big screen and that includes countless gadgets, hundreds of villains, multiple Bond Girls, many martinis and tons of well-fitted suits.
A franchise this successful has naturally spawned imitators, homages and parodies but there's only one James Bond, with ruggedly handsome Daniel Craig as the latest, and some would say best, actor to step into the covetable wardrobe previously worn by Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.
On the cusp of the theatrical release of Skyfall, the 23rd movie in the Bond universe, we're taking a look back at the first 50 years of Bond, from soundtracks to sirens, Connery to Craig, Live and Let Die to Die Another Day.
Dive into the fast and fashionable world of 007 with our stylish infographic, after the jump.
The name’s Bond, James Bond. We look back at the past fifty years of the suave super spy in our quiz on all things 007. We’ve been counting down with our 30 Days of Bond coverage in anticipation of Skyfall and the wait is finally coming to an end until Daniel Craig is back in action on the big screen. We can’t wait to see the newest Bond babes and watch 007 take on his latest enemies.
Grab a martini - shaken, not stirred - and see if you have what it takes to join the elite ranks of MI6. Keep reading to take the Bond quiz!
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