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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 »

Bond Soars in Record $87.8M Debut

'Skyfall' scores franchise's best opening weekend

(Newser) - The sky's the limit for James Bond's Skyfall: The 23rd Bond film hauled in a franchise-record $87.8 million in its first weekend at US theaters. According to distributor Sony, adding $2.2 million from Thursday night previews at large-format theaters, Skyfall has taken in $90 million domestically.... More »

Skyfall Is Bond at His Best

Daniel Craig is back and better than ever in Sam Mendes film

(Newser) - Daniel Craig's return as James Bond is a triumphant one. Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes, contains plenty of the action-packed elements we've come to expect from 007—but also has some serious heart, critics say:
  • "The latest addition to the Bond canon goes beyond thrilling into chilling
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Adele Song, Documentary Mark 50 Years of Bond Films

Theme from upcoming movie is released

(Newser) - It's a big day for diehard James Bond fans. The franchise marks its 50th anniversary given the opening of Dr. No in London on October 5, 1962, reports Reuters . The 23rd film, Skyfall, debuts in the same city later this month, and Adele's theme song for it came... More »

Daniel Craig: The Worst Thing About Being Bond...

Is he can't go skinny-dipping

(Newser) - Playing an iconic character like James Bond certainly has its perks, we're sure—but for Daniel Craig, it also reins in his social life. "Back in the day, you could go and have a drink in the bar, get drunk, fall over, have a good time, relax, whatever,... More »

No Longer Shaken? James Bond Goes Heineken

Plus: 007 now a Heineken man?

(Newser) - James Bond is no longer exclusively a martini man: The super-spy will be swilling Heineken in at least one scene in upcoming 007 flick Skyfall, according to a surprising report from Advertising Age. It's part of an advertising push by the beer maker; Daniel Craig's Bond will also... More »

Brazenly Plagiarized Spy Novel Pulled

Author's debut was 'collage of others' work'

(Newser) - Bookseller Quentin Rowan appears to have forged a writing career entirely by raiding the contents of his shelves. Publisher Little, Brown & Co. recalled every single copy of his debut spy thriller, Assassin of Secrets—written under the pseudonym QR Markham—after discovering that passages had been lifted from more... More »

23rd Bond Flick Starts Filming

'Skyfall' matches up Daniel Craig with Javier Bardem

(Newser) - James Bond is back for a 23rd time in Skyfall, which begins filming today and will be out next year after a four-year gap in the 007 franchise. Daniel Craig will reprise his role as the super spy for the third time, going up against Javier Bardem as the villain.... More »

Bond Theme Composer John Barry Dead at 77

Barry won five Oscars and a Grammy for his soundtracks

(Newser) - John Barry, the soundtrack composer famous for scoring 11 James Bond films and winning five Academy Awards, died yesterday of a heart attack. His first Oscars came in 1967 for Born Free, earning him best score and best song, followed by best score for The Lion in Winter, Out of ... More »

Daniel Craig Up for Third Bond

But who will be his babe this time around?

(Newser) - Relax, girls. Daniel Craig of the soulful eyes, tormented heart, and pecs-to-die-for will be James Bond again. He'll star in the 23rd Bond flick, the third turn for Craig, 42, who has already manhandled his way through Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Now the big question is, who will... More »

Empire Strikes Back Director Dead at 87

Irvin Kershner aimed for depth with Star Wars sequel

(Newser) - Irvin Kershner—who directed the Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back, the James Bond film Never Say Never Again and Robocop 2—died Saturday after a long illness at age 87. Kershner already had made a number of well-received movies when he was hired by George Lucas to direct... More »

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