Damian Lewis: ‘James Bond is a terrible spy’

Damian Lewis may have harmed his chances of playing James Bond by confessing he thinks 007 is a terrible spy.The Homeland star has long been tipped as a possible successor for Daniel Craig in the popular film franchise, although he has recently slipped…

Damian Lewis may have harmed his chances of playing James Bond by confessing he thinks 007 is a terrible spy.

The Homeland star has long been tipped as a possible successor for Daniel Craig in the popular film franchise, although he has recently slipped behind younger favourites like James Norton and Richard Madden in the betting.

However, Damian thinks Ian Fleming’s hero isn’t so great at his job.

“The great thing about Bond is how bad a spy he is, and how brilliant he is in recovering his position. Bond makes endless mistakes,” he told British newspaper The Observer. “That’s what’s fun about him, and then (he) has to do something extraordinary to recover himself.”

Damian went on to admit that he is quite obsessed with spies and is currently promoting his own docudrama series about the most important spies of the past 40 years, Spy Wars.

And the star insisted it’s the “grubbiness” of espionage that he finds fascinating.

“I find the different reasons for turning traitor or being a hero, depending on your view, are often quite grubby and banal. I’m interested (in) the motives of these spies. That’s the series we’ve tried to make,” the 48-year-old explained.

Lewis’s spy show will debut on the History network in October.

Meanwhile, Craig is currently filming No Time to Die, the 25th instalment in the Bond series. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, the feature will see Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, and Lea Seydoux reprise their roles, respectively, with new additions to the cast including Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, and Billy Magnussen. It is set to hit cinemas in April 2020.

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Al Pacino joins Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Al Pacino has been added to the all-star cast of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The Pulp Fiction director is quickly pulling together an ensemble cast for his new project, which will follow the story of TV star Rick Da…

Al Pacino has been added to the all-star cast of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The Pulp Fiction director is quickly pulling together an ensemble cast for his new project, which will follow the story of TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), who are trying to make names for themselves in the film industry at the time of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in 1969.

On Thursday (07Jun18), Variety reported that Pacino is joining the film too and is set to take on the role of Dalton’s agent, Marvin Shwarz. No other details about his character have been announced but the film will mark the first time he has worked with Tarantino.

The Hollywood veteran, known for his performances in The Godfather and Scent of a Woman, recently wrapped production on Martin Scorsese’s mob drama The Irishman, which also stars Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.

Pacino’s casting news comes shortly after a string of high-profile names were attached to star in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Also joining the cast is Margot Robbie as murdered actress Sharon Tate, Burt Reynolds as ranch owner George Spahn, Damian Lewis as iconic actor Steve McQueen and Dakota Fanning in the part of Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme, the Manson Family devotee who tried to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975.

Emile Hirsch has been cast as Jay Sebring, the hairstylist who was another victim of what became known as the Tate murders, and Luke Perry is set to portray Scott Lancer.

Nicholas Hammond has been cast as director Sam Wanamaker and Tarantino regulars Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Keith Jefferson have landed supporting roles, while Timothy Olyphant and Kurt Russell are also set to appear.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is slated for release in August 2019.

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Damian Lewis and Dakota Fanning join Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Luke Perry and Emile Hirsch and have been cast in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The foursome will feature alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Burt Reynolds in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, which is set in Los Angel…

Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Luke Perry and Emile Hirsch and have been cast in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The foursome will feature alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Burt Reynolds in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, which is set in Los Angeles around the time of Sharon Tate’s murder in the late 1960s.

Margot Robbie is reportedly on board to play the pregnant actress, who was killed by followers of cult leader Charles Manson, while Tarantino regulars Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Keith Jefferson have landed supporting roles.

According to Deadline, British star Lewis will play iconic actor Steve McQueen, while Fanning will portray Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme, the Manson Family devotee who tried to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975.

Hirsch has been cast as Jay Sebring, the hairstylist who was another victim of what became known as the Tate murders, and Perry is set to portray Scott Lancer. Nicholas Hammond has been cast as director Sam Wanamaker.

Previously, it was announced that DiCaprio will portray washed-up TV star Rick Dalton, who coincidentally lives next door to Tate, while Pitt will portray his stunt double, Cliff Booth. Timothy Olyphant and Kurt Russell are rumoured to have supporting roles.

While DiCaprio has remained tight-lipped about the movie’s plot, during an appearance at Sony’s CinemaCon 2018 held in Las Vegas in April (18) he shared that he was “incredibly excited” to collaborate with Tarantino again, having worked with the director on 2012’s Django Unchained.

“I think he’s going to transport us. I’m a huge fan of Singin’ in the Rain – movies about Hollywood. As an L.A. native, having read the script, it’s one of the most amazing screenplays. We are going to do our best job to make it fantastic,” he shared.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is slated for release in August 2019.

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