Javier Bardem confirms he'll be taking the lead villain role in Bond 23.
The news that a full third of the budget for the next James Bond movie will be raised through product placement deals is either a masterstroke of financial planning by producers when it comes to dealing with the realities of getting an expensive movie made when your studio is emerging from bankruptcy or a horrible reminder of the cost of making movies in this culturally insipid, consumer society. Me? I think it's kind of spectacular and oddly tragic.
The once-shaky future of the Bond franchise is now more secure with a co-financing and distribution agreement covering the next two films. The still-untitled 23rd Bond movie will be released on Nov. 9, 2012.
MGM has halted pre-production on the 23rd James Bond film as the beleaguered studio awaits the first bids on its assets, which include rights to the Bond and Pink Panther franchises, and half-ownership of the upcoming Hobbit adaptations. UPDATED! Nothing to see here, apparently!
The most grueling fight that James Bond has ever faced is almost at an end. After the 23rd installment in the classic spy series was delayed due to MGM's widely publicized financial difficulties, it now appears that the gears are back in motion for another Bond adventure.
MGM's much reported financial turmoil has sidelined James Bond and The Hobbit for the time being. But are the skies starting to clear for the troubled company? Will 007 and Bilbo Baggins ride again before much longer? According to two optimistic points of view, the answer is... possibly.
Gary Ross seems to have emerged as the director for Lionsgate's movie adaptation of The Hunger Games, beating out fellow directors like Sam Mendes and David Slade. But is there more than meets the eye to the decision?
"Go ahead, make my day," you ask? Perhaps the recent revelation that Clint Eastwood was once offered the chance to play both the Man of Steel and Agent 007 will brighten your day just a tad.
Well, the James Bond franchise didn't stay dead for too long. Just weeks after news broke that the movie follow-up to Casino Royale was on hold indefinitely, the estate of Ian Fleming has announced that the character will return next year in a brand new novel.