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Jolie Pitt's Movie Bombs, Fails to Break 6 Figures

As James Bond rules again

(Newser) - The box-office duo of James Bond and Charlie Brown again dominated North American movie theaters, while Angelina Jolie Pitt's By the Sea caused barely a ripple. Spectre, the 24th Bond installment and last week's top film , took in $35.4 million in its second weekend, according to studio... More »

Spectre Finally Puts Box Office Out of Its Misery

'Spectre' soars to 73M, ending weeks of flops, but falling short of 'Skyfall'

(Newser) - It took the combination of James Bond and Charlie Brown to save the box office with the openings of both Spectre and The Peanuts Movie after a disastrous few weekends of flops . Spectre took an easy first-place spot with an estimated $73 million, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday, failing to... More »

Bond Starting to Feel a Little 'Bland'

Critics agree 'Spectre' can't compete with 'Skyfall'

(Newser) - Daniel Craig's lack of, um, warmth regarding his role as 007 may come across in his fourth and probably final James Bond flick, Spectre . Thought critics aren't exactly bashing it, the film isn't getting anything close to the kind reviews that Skyfall did back in 2012. Here'... More »

Daniel Craig Really Not Into 007 Anymore

Gives some interesting interview responses while promoting 'Spectre'

(Newser) - Daniel Craig has already made it clear that he'd rather slit his wrists than play James Bond again , and his lack of enthusiasm for his role as 007 continues to shine through as he makes the interview rounds for the latest flick, Spectre. Consider these lines from an interview... More »

Decades of James Bond Cars Hit Paris

Including Aston Martin from upcoming 'Spectre'

(Newser) - Q branch is paying a visit to Paris with the arrival of nearly 20 cars featured in James Bond films over the years. From the Sunbeam Alpine in the 1962 Dr. No to this year's Aston Martin, the cars paraded down the Champs Elysees on Sunday after arraying in... More »

Daniel Craig: I'd Rather Slit My Wrists Than Play 007 Again

Another James Bond movie? No. Hell no

(Newser) - Daniel Craig has said he wants to move on from the James Bond franchise and that, for now, he would rather slit his wrists than do another Bond movie. In an interview with Time Out magazine, in which he was asked whether he could imagine doing another Bond film, Craig... More »

Cinemas May Be Watching You With Night Vision Goggles

In the UK, it's part of an effort to crack down on movie piracy

(Newser) - When the new 007 film Spectre hits UK theaters next month, James Bond won't be the only one with cool spy gear. The Telegraph reports theater staff equipped with "military-style night-vision goggles" will patrol screenings looking for would-be bootleggers. "The bigger the film and the more anticipated... More »

The New James Bond Flick Gets a Theme Song

Sam Smith's 'Writing on the Wall' follows Adele's big hit

(Newser) - Apparently Sam Smith was just pulling our collective leg. The British singer who has repeatedly denied singing the theme song for the new James Bond flick, says the song will in fact be out on Sept. 25, reports NME . "This has been top secret mission of my own,"... More »

Sony Hackers Vow 'Christmas Gift,' Swiped 007 Script

Plus, much more from Amy Pascal's email archive

(Newser) - The Sony hackers apparently also stole an early version of the script to the latest Bond movie, titled Sceptre, according to the BBC , and the movie's producers say in a statement they're "concerned that third parties who have received the stolen screenplay may seek to publish it... More »

New James Bond Film Gets a Name

It's 'Spectre,' and cast is also announced

(Newser) - The 24th James Bond film, out Oct. 23 in the UK and Nov. 6 in the US, has a title and a cast. Both were announced live today from London's Pinewood Studios, the 007 franchise's British studio home, as principal photography on the movie is set to start... More »

Live and Let Die Villain Dead at 84

Geoffrey Holder was an artist with a varied career

(Newser) - Geoffrey Holder, a multi-talented dancer, artist, director, actor, and composer best known for his role as a Bond villain, died in New York yesterday of complications from pneumonia, the New York Times reports. He was 84. An unmistakable presence, Holder stood 6'6" and possessed a booming voice with a... More »

'Jaws' From James Bond Movies Dies

Richard Kiel was 74

(Newser) - Jaws has bitten his last: Richard Kiel, the 7-foot-2-inch actor best known for playing the metal-mouthed villain in two Bond movies, has died at the age of 74. The Detroit-born actor, who appeared in dozens of other movies, including Happy Gilmore, was in a California hospital after breaking his leg... More »

7 Most Overrated Movies Ever

James Bond, Inception among them

(Newser) - Looking for something to watch this weekend? You've probably heard great things about the following films, but don't believe the hype, Tim Robey writes in the Telegraph . He lists the 10 most overrated films:
  1. Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes, is hardly the thriller it was made out to
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Brosnan Admits His Bond Wasn't 'Good Enough'

He explains why he struggled with iconic role

(Newser) - In the middle of a wide-ranging interview with the Telegraph , Pierce Brosnan offers up this interesting tidbit: "I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. ‘Cause it’s just never good enough. It’s a horrible feeling." Brosnan, who really does refuse to watch the... More »

Real Bond Would Be an 'Impotent Drunk'

Study: Booze intake would leave spy too pie-eyed to function

(Newser) - If James Bond was a real person he'd be too booze-addled to seduce gorgeous Soviet spies, let alone shoot straight or defuse nuclear bombs, according to doctors who have cast a worried eye over his alcohol intake in the 14 original Bond novels from the '50s and '... More »

'James Bond' Olympics Skydiver Dies in Accident

Mark Sutton hit mountain ridge while wing-diving

(Newser) - Mark Sutton, the stuntman who parachuted into the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond, died in a wing-diving accident yesterday. Sutton, 42, jumped from a helicopter at 10,826 feet in Switzerland wearing a "wingsuit," an aerodynamic jumpsuit that increases the body's surface area and... More »

James Bond's Missing Watch Reappears... at Flea Market

Goes for $38; set to auction for up to $91K

(Newser) - James Bond's wristwatch played a starring role alongside Sean Connery in the 1965 film Thunderball, but after the movie, it went MIA. Now it has finally made a reappearance—after a buyer found it at a British equivalent of a flea market, Sky News reports. The anonymous buyer paid... More »

Argo Wins Best Film at Britain's Oscars

Ben Affleck takes prize for best director

(Newser) - Iran-hostage drama Argo continued its journey from awards-season outsider to favorite today, winning three prizes, including best-picture, at the British Academy Film Awards. Ben Affleck was named best director for the based-on-reality story of a longshot plan to rescue a group of American diplomats from Iran after the 1979 Islamic... More »

China Censors Rebuked in Unusual Way Over Skyfall

Cuts spur official news service to speak out

(Newser) - Chinese censors' license to snip has been challenged: Cuts to the latest James Bond movie proved heavy-handed enough to earn a rare rebuke from state media, the South China Morning Post reports. Skyfall opened in Chinese cinemas this week, but with cuts that highlight the problem with the country's... More »

China Edits Out 23% of Cloud Atlas

Censors may have ditched gay romance

(Newser) - Thought Cloud Atlas was too long? Head to China: Its version of the film is 40 minutes shorter. Censors trimmed the film from 169 minutes to 130. So what was cut? The Hollywood Reporter guesses that scenes of a gay relationship were on the chopping block—and perhaps a sex... More »

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