Los Angeles: (IANS) James Bond will be honoured at the Oscars ceremony following the success of ‘Skyfall’, the latest film in the franchise. The 85th Academy Awards will also pay a tribute to the Bond movie franchise, which is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, reports dailystar.co.uk.
“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,” said show producer Craig Zadan.
‘Skyfall’ is expected to pick up a handful of nods when the Oscar nominations are announced Thursday. Former Bond star Timothy Dalton feels ‘Skyfall’, the most successful Bond movie ever, is worthy of serious consideration in a number of categories.In a recent interview, Daniel Craig`s predecessor insisted the latest blockbuster is “right at the forefront” of modern cinema.
In the past, only two spy series won Oscars — 1964 release ‘Goldfinger’ won the best sound effects trophy, while its follow-up ‘Thunderball’ got the best special visual effects award. “It is absolutely time for Bond to get proper attention at the Oscars. On almost every level, this Bond movie is right at the forefront of what cinema is capable of.
“It is an absolutely modern James Bond, a movie truly of its time. Daniel Craig is fantastic and it feels very real. I thought the film was fabulous,” said Dalton.
‘Skyfall’ has become the first Bond film to earn more than $1 billion at the global box office.
Fictitious British spy James Bond has millions of fans worldwide but ‘Skyfall’ has produced an uncommon fan in Vatican. The Vatican’s mouthpiece ‘ L’Osservatore Romano’ dedicated an entire page and five articles in appreciation of James Bond. The Vatican paper recognizes ‘Skyfall’ as one of the best Bond flicks ever made and it stopped just before naming him some sort of ‘Catholic Hero’.
Giving an insight into this Vatican’s ‘change of heart’ reputed English daily ‘The Telegraph’ writes, “As the mouthpiece of the Holy See, L’Osservatore Romano, which was founded 151 years ago, used to run only turgid editorials on Catholic saints, articles on theology and notices of the Pope’s official engagements. But since a new editor was appointed in 2007 and urged by Pope Benedict XVI to make the publication more relevant, it has ventured into popular culture, commenting on everything from Harry Potter to The Blues Brothers.”
The Vatican paper has appreciated the latest Bond flick ‘Skyfall’ in great detail. Under the headline “007 – license to cry”, the mouthpiece writes ” Skyfall had all ingredients of a classic Bond film, from “adrenalin-pumped action to exotic locations, beautiful Bond girls, and the inevitable vodka Martini – shaken, not stirred.”
Calling ‘Skyfall’ the most convincing of all Bond films starring Daniel Craig the Vatican paper wrote , ” Skyfall is less clichéd, less attracted by the pleasures of life, more introspective and more vulnerable physically and psychologically”.
As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of James Bond’s arrival on the silver screen it becomes important to revisit the phenomenon called Bond. In 1962 on this day the first James Bond film, Dr. No was released and since then the world is celebrating the day as ‘James Bond Day’. Within a few weeks the 23rd official Bond film starring Daniel Craig will be released globally.
Sean Connery was the first actor who played Bond and played the role six times in his life. Actor 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 stepped into Bond shoes in 1995 with Golden Eye, and played the role four times, until ‘Die Another Day’ which was released in 2002
Daniel Craig became the first blonde haired actor to play 007 in 2006 with Casino Royale. This year’s Bond release “Skyfall is Daniel Craig’s third Bond film.
James Bond is one of the iconic fictitious characters of modern era. He is the symbol modern western culture. He likes his martinis shaken, not stirred, and introduces himself as “Bond … James Bond”. But this year Bond will be seen drinking beer which is a departure from the trend.
Ever since Dr No released in 1962 Bond movies have been watched by billions in the world. It is phenomenon which is still going strong even after 50 years of its existence.
Robert Pattinson wants to take on the role of James Bond, but not before he has added 20 more years of experience in his acting career. The 26-year-old star is keen to play the iconic spy and thinks he’ll be able to do justice to the role in two more decades.
“Yeah, I’d definitely like to go for Bond, but in more like 20 years. There’d be nothing worse than, like, Let’s get a fresh-faced Bond! That would be the worst idea in the world. It would be ridiculous to reinvent it as some young posh kid,” Contactmusic quoted him as telling the Sun newspaper.
“After Daniel Craig you have to have some baggage. I’d have to be tortured in the first few scenes. I’d have to do the first film with one arm or something,” he added.
The first trailer for upcoming James Bond flick ‘Skyfall’ starring Daniel Craig released online today This 168 second long exclusive trailer is packed with intense scenes featuring Daniel Craig in his own inimitable style.
“Skyfall” is a story about James Bond getting in trouble over his loyalty as Agent 007 towards his reporting officer M. This is the third Bond movie in which Daniel Craig will play James Bond after “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace”. Prominent among others acting the movie are Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris.
The Queen of England, Elizabeth The Second, has reportedly asked actor Daniel Craig to open the London Olympic Games 2012 as James Bond. She has also asked ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ director Danny Boyle to shoot a short film with Daniel Craig to launch the event scheduled in July later this year.
According to sources the actor –director duo of Daniel Craig and Danny Boyle have been invited to the palace to shoot the film. In surprising move the Queen herself has shown willingness to play a cameo in the film.
The source has been quoted by the contactmusic.com: ”It’s a huge coup for BBC producers and Danny to be allowed into the palace and have the Queen involved.
”They wanted the most iconic British film character inside the building most associated with London and with the monarch – and they got it.
The Buckingham palace is one of the most regal buildings that exist in modern era and houses the Queen of England is also gearing up for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June to mark her 60th year on the throne .
The first official photo from “Skyfall,” the new James Bond movie has been released by Sony Pictures featuring a shot of Daniel Craig by the pool. This picture has unique resemblance with the Daniel Craig’s previous Bond promotional picture in which he was seen sporting speedos.
In “Skyfall,” Bond’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 (Craig) must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
“It has all the elements of a classic Bond movie, including, to quell any rumors, a lot of action,” said Sam Mendes. “Skyfall,” which co-stars Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw, is set to hit theaters on November 9th, 2012.
The Sam Mendes directed new James Bond film will soon be shot in parts of India with the I&B ministry giving a go ahead to the production unit.
The USD 200 million movie, with actor Daniel Craig starring as the British spy, will be the second Bond film shot in India after Octopussy.
The Information and Broadcast ministry has allowed the film to be shot in India and some of the locations being explored are Goa, Ahmedabad and the Daryaganj, Sarojini Nagar areas in Delhi.
Some train stunts are to be shot in Konkan railways, Sabarmati in Gujarat and a couple of other locations falling under the jurisdiction of South Western railway, said an official in the Railway ministry.
The official said that letters have already been sent to the General Managers of Konkan railway, Western and South Western railway to allow the shooting of the film.
India Take One productions, which is handling the film’s production in the country, refused to divulge any details.
The movie, 23rd in the 007 franchise and produced by Hollywood studio MGM, is slated for a November 9, 2012 release and the shooting is expected to begin soon.
The film, with the working title Bond 23, is the latest in the list of foreign productions being shot in India, some of which include the Julia Roberts starrer Eat Pray Love, Bipasha Basu-Josh Hartnett starrer Singularity and Judi Dench starrer The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.