Michael Kors launching James Bond capsule collection

Michael Kors is teaming up with executives of the James Bond film franchise to launch a limited-edition collection of bags.The three-piece MKC x 007 Bond Capsule Collection is part of an exclusive partnership with the 007 film franchise and will be ava…

Michael Kors is teaming up with executives of the James Bond film franchise to launch a limited-edition collection of bags.

The three-piece MKC x 007 Bond Capsule Collection is part of an exclusive partnership with the 007 film franchise and will be available just before the 25th Bond movie, No Time To Die, is released in April.

The line consists of three bags – the Bond Bancroft satchel, priced at $1,750 (£1,350); a calf leather Bond Carryall, $2,350 (£1,810); and the cotton canvas Bond Duffel, $1,950 (£1,500).

Kors said he has been heavily inspired by movies throughout his lengthy career and believes his accessories are a “perfect fit” for the 007 franchise.

“When it comes to iconic jet-set sophistication, I think Bond is top of mind for a lot of people the world over. When this opportunity arose, we felt it was a great match. Jet-set glamour, sophistication, speed, energy – these are all words that come to mind when you think about the world of James Bond. They’re also at the core of our brand DNA,” he told WWD.

The Bond Bancroft is also worn by Naomie Harris’ character Eve Moneypenny throughout the upcoming movie, and the Oscar-nominated actress loved using the chic bag on set.

“Moneypenny is usually carrying around a lot of vital information in her bag and filming hours are long. So it was great to have something so comfortable and easy to wear, as well as stylish,” she explained. “(It’s) the perfect embodiment of Moneypenny’s love of traditional workwear with designer, quirky funkiness.”

The MKC x 007 Bond Capsule Collection will be available in select Michael Kors stores, on michaelkors.com and 007.com, in late March.

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Barbara Broccoli: ‘Daniel Craig brought a lot of humanity to James Bond’

Daniel Craig “brought a lot of humanity” to the role of suave womanising spy James Bond, according to franchise producer Barbara Broccoli.The 51-year-old actor will make his fifth and final appearance as the British MI6 agent in the upcoming 25th Bond …

Daniel Craig “brought a lot of humanity” to the role of suave womanising spy James Bond, according to franchise producer Barbara Broccoli.

The 51-year-old actor will make his fifth and final appearance as the British MI6 agent in the upcoming 25th Bond movie, No Time to Die.

The franchise’s longtime producer Barbara has credited the British actor with helping evolve the character from his womanising roots to a respected man living in a time with the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

“(Bond) has evolved, like men are evolving, one hopes,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “Daniel’s brought a lot of humanity into the role and to his relationships in the film. He’s got vulnerabilities. He’s much more 21st-century.”

Elsewhere in the interview, she also revealed how she had persuaded Daniel to make one more Bond movie, as he was ready to retire after filming had finished on Spectre in 2015.

“He felt at the end of the last movie he’d kind of done it,” she explained. “I said to him, ‘I don’t think you have, I think there’s still more of the story of your Bond to tell.’ Fortunately, he came around to agree with that.”

Now the search is underway for Daniel’s replacement, but Barbara is trying to avoid thinking about her longtime friend departing the iconic film franchise, which has been delighting moviegoers for 57 years.

“We still have so much to do to finish this film, to get it right, so we’re really focusing on that,” she shared. “I’m in denial, to be honest, about Daniel. I can’t really confront that right now.”

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Lashana Lynch thrilled to work with Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Bond movie

Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas were thrilled to discover Phoebe Waller-Bridge had been hired as a writer on their James Bond movie No Time to Die.The Fleabag creator was brought onboard the project by Bond actor Daniel Craig and helped redraft a script…

Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas were thrilled to discover Phoebe Waller-Bridge had been hired as a writer on their James Bond movie No Time to Die.

The Fleabag creator was brought onboard the project by Bond actor Daniel Craig and helped redraft a script written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Scott Z. Burns. Accordingly, franchise newcomers Lynch and de Armas were thrilled to learn of her involvement.

“I very literally squealed when I first heard her name,” the Captain Marvel actress told The Hollywood Reporter. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, British girl just like me. She’s going to know how to actually take care of women onscreen.'”

“I saw Phoebe, and I just blushed – I got red like a tomato,” the Knives Out star added. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, can I hug you? I want to be your friend.'”

The hire was considered an attempt by franchise producers to bring the films into modern times, with more well-rounded female characters that aren’t just Bond’s conquests.

Cuban actress de Armas told the publication it was clear the franchise was evolving by the fact that Lynch is a main character and gets to wear trousers, and while her character Paloma wears a gown and heels, she has insisted there is more to her than her appearance.

“She’s got this bubbliness of someone who is excited to be on a mission, but she plays with this ambiguity — you don’t really know if she’s like a really trained, prepared partner for Bond,” she said. “(Her) brains and looks are equal this time. She’s very smart. She helps Bond navigate through certain things that he wouldn’t be able to do alone.”

Meanwhile, Lynch explained that she approached Waller-Bridge with ideas about her character and they help craft a real woman who was “round enough the edges”.

No Time to Die hits cinemas in April.

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Rami Malek: ‘Phoebe Waller-Bridge gave life to my Bond villain’

Rami Malek has credited Phoebe Waller-Bridge with transforming his villain character in new James Bond film No Time to Die.The Bohemian Rhapsody star, who portrays mysterious villain Safin in the upcoming 007 blockbuster, has revealed that the Emmy and…

Rami Malek has credited Phoebe Waller-Bridge with transforming his villain character in new James Bond film No Time to Die.

The Bohemian Rhapsody star, who portrays mysterious villain Safin in the upcoming 007 blockbuster, has revealed that the Emmy and Golden Globe winner collaborated closely with him to revise the character.

“She had quite an impact on what I was doing,” Malek told Entertainment Weekly. “I’d have long phone conversations with her, giving her context as to what we were essentially looking for in the scenes, and she would turn things over incredibly quickly… We know her as a very witty and funny writer, but she’s got a knack for drama and tension as well.”

The Fleabag creator was hired last year after James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, personally recommended her as he was impressed by Waller-Bridge’s writing on the award-winning shows Fleabag and Killing Eve.

“She’s the best f**king writer around,” he stated.

Craig previously dismissed rumours that she was hired to flesh out the movie’s female roles or to bring more diversity to the writing team, with him telling a reporter from The Sunday Times last year that the reports were “f**king ridiculous.”

Director Cary Joji Fukunaga, who replaced Danny Boyle after he departed the 25th Bond movie due to creative differences, also contributed to the screenplay, alongside screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and The Bourne Ultimatum’s Scott Z. Burns.

No Time to Die, which also stars Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, and Jeffrey Wright, is released in April.

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Producer Barbara Broccoli insists James Bond will never be played by a woman

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has insisted a woman will never be cast as the British spy in a movie.Daniel Craig is set to make his fifth and final appearance as the suave MI6 agent in No Time to Die, the upcoming 25th Bond film. Speculation ha…

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has insisted a woman will never be cast as the British spy in a movie.

Daniel Craig is set to make his fifth and final appearance as the suave MI6 agent in No Time to Die, the upcoming 25th Bond film.

Speculation has been rife over who will replace the 51-year-old after he retired from the role, and fellow Brits including Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Richard Madden have since emerged as frontrunners.

However, Broccoli is adamant that the role of Bond will never be played by a woman.

“He can be of any colour, but he is male,” she told Variety, adding that she wants better and more interesting characters to be created for women. “I believe we should be creating new characters for women – strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”

Last year, it was rumoured that Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch was in the running to become the next Bond.

Yet, it was later revealed that she will instead be playing a character called Nomi who is assigned Bond’s iconic 007 number when he retires from MI6.

No Time to Die, which also stars Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Jeffrey Wright, will hit cinemas from 2 April.

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Billie Eilish to perform theme song for No Time to Die

Billie Eilish has been tapped to perform the theme song for new James Bond film No Time to Die.Producers confirmed that the Bad Guy singer had signed on to perform the title track for the upcoming spy movie on Tuesday, with the gig making her the young…

Billie Eilish has been tapped to perform the theme song for new James Bond film No Time to Die.

Producers confirmed that the Bad Guy singer had signed on to perform the title track for the upcoming spy movie on Tuesday, with the gig making her the youngest artist in the history of the franchise to the tackle the theme.

Billie has teamed up with her older brother and frequent collaborator, Finneas O’Connell, to work on the tune, described by Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli as “an incredibly powerful and moving song”.

Gushing about the historic role, the 18-year-old shared, “It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honour. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock.”

While Finneas added, “Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we’ve been dreaming about doing our entire lives. There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of Goldfinger and Live and Let Die. We feel so, so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007.”

Elsewhere, director Cary Joji Fukunaga insisted that James Bond fans will instantly fall in love with the song.

“There are a chosen few who record a Bond theme,” he commented. “I am a huge fan of Billie and Finneas. Their creative integrity and talent are second to none and I cannot wait for audiences to hear what they’ve brought – a fresh new perspective whose vocals will echo for generations to come.”

The track will be released to coincide with the global launch of No Time to Die, starring Daniel Craig, in April.

Billie follows in the footsteps of artists like Sam Smith, Adele, and Shirley Bassey in landing the prestigious honour.

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Hans Zimmer confirmed as new composer for No Time to Die

Hans Zimmer has been confirmed as the new composer for James Bond movie No Time to Die following the departure of Dan Romer.It was reported last week that the Oscar-winning German composer had been drafted in to score the movie after Romer departed the…

Hans Zimmer has been confirmed as the new composer for James Bond movie No Time to Die following the departure of Dan Romer.

It was reported last week that the Oscar-winning German composer had been drafted in to score the movie after Romer departed the project due to creative differences, and the news was confirmed by the official James Bond Twitter account on Monday night.

“CONFIRMED: @HansZimmer will compose the score for #NoTimeToDie,” the message read. “Director Cary Joji Fukunaga said: ‘I’m beyond excited that Hans is scoring #NoTimeToDie. The music of Bond has always been iconic and I’ve already witnessed Hans adding his touch of genius to the Bond legacy.'”

Zimmer, who has composed scores for the likes of Gladiator, The Dark Knight, Inception, and Dunkirk, also confirmed the news by sharing a picture of the No Time to Die logo on his Twitter page.

The 62-year-old, who won the Best Original Score Oscar for 1994’s The Lion King, now has less three months to create the score for the film, which hits cinemas on 2 April and marks Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as the British spy.

Editors at Variety reported last week that Zimmer may bring in favoured collaborators Benjamin Wallfisch or Lorne Balfe to help him rescue the score due to the short timescale and his heavy workload, as he is scoring four more films due for release in 2020 – Wonder Woman 1984, Top Gun: Maverick, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, and Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake.

Romer, who had previously worked with Fukunaga on 2015 movie Beasts of No Nation and 2018 Netflix miniseries Maniac, had been announced as the composer back in July. He has not yet commented on his departure.

It is the latest setback for the troubled production, which was delayed after director Danny Boyle left due to creative differences and was replaced by Fukunaga.

It has not yet been revealed who will perform the film’s theme song, although Dua Lipa is a hot favourite.

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Daniel Craig felt Spectre wasn’t right place to conclude run as James Bond

Daniel Craig wanted to reprise the role of James Bond one more time because he felt Spectre wasn’t a satisfying way to conclude his run as the spy. After Spectre was released in 2015, many believed it was the British actor’s final turn as the MI6 agen…

Daniel Craig wanted to reprise the role of James Bond one more time because he felt Spectre wasn’t a satisfying way to conclude his run as the spy.

After Spectre was released in 2015, many believed it was the British actor’s final turn as the MI6 agent, particularly after he famously said he would “rather slash (his) wrists” than play the character again, a statement he later retracted.

However, he decided to come back and reprise the role for the fifth and final time for No Time to Die, and in an interview with Empire magazine, Craig explained that he wouldn’t have been satisfied if he’d stopped after Spectre.

“If that had been it, the world would have carried on as normal, and I would have been absolutely fine,” he said. “But somehow it felt like we needed to finish something off. If I’d left it at Spectre, something at the back of my head would have been going, ‘I wish I’d done one more.'”

He added that he had his own thoughts about where the continuing story might end up.

“I always had a kind of secret idea about the whole lot in my head, and where I wanted to take it. And Spectre wasn’t that… But this feels like it is,” the 51-year-old noted.

Craig, who began playing Bond with 2006’s Casino Royale, confirmed he was “done” with Bond movies during an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in November.

He also told USA Today he has had a “really good run” as the spy, and stated, “It was the right thing to do one more… I think we’ve done something really wonderful… We’ve got an amazing story and something that’s going to be surprising for people. It’s all going to come together.”

No Time to Die, which takes place a few years after the events in Spectre, features returning stars Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Ralph Fiennes as well as newcomers Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, and Lashana Lynch. It is set to hit cinemas in April 2020.

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Judi Dench teased Idris Elba over James Bond role while filming Cats

Judi Dench teased Idris Elba over the possibility of him playing James Bond while they were filming Cats.The film and theatre icon stars as Old Deuteronomy in the big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit stage musical, alongside Ian McKellen,…

Judi Dench teased Idris Elba over the possibility of him playing James Bond while they were filming Cats.

The film and theatre icon stars as Old Deuteronomy in the big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit stage musical, alongside Ian McKellen, James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo, and Taylor Swift.

During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Dench confessed that she tried to make fun of the speculation surrounding Elba playing the famous MI6 super spy, following Daniel Craig’s retirement from the role.

“I knew he was up for it and in Cats I had the line to him ‘You’ll never get to the Heaviside Layer’ but, during rehearsals, I said, ‘You’ll never get to MI6,” Dench quipped.

“But, I think he might,” she cryptically added, before confessing that she’d taken a shine to the 47-year-old star, who plays Macavity in the musical movie. “Well, of course! Why ever not?” the 85-year-old laughed.

Dench played M, head of MI6, from 1995 until her much-loved character was killed off by Javier Bardem’s villain Raoul Silva in 2012’s Skyfall, although she had a cameo appearance in 2015’s Spectre.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Hollywood veteran revealed that she was surprised when she saw her character Old Deuteronomy, which is traditionally a male role, brought to life because it reminded her of one of her own pets.

“It came as a surprise, but it’s still a clapped-out old cat,” she laughed. “I thought I knew the kind of cat I was, but when I saw the film, I realised I had turned into Carpet – a cat I once had that was a huge orange bruiser!”

Cats debuts in theatres 20 December.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge slams suggestion she was hired for Bond film because of her gender

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has slammed reports suggesting she was hired to help write the female characters in upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die.The Fleabag creator/actress was drafted in to finesse the script written by director Cary Joji Fukunaga and…

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has slammed reports suggesting she was hired to help write the female characters in upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die.

The Fleabag creator/actress was drafted in to finesse the script written by director Cary Joji Fukunaga and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns – which was an update of an earlier draft written by Bond veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

It was subsequently suggested Phoebe had been brought on as a diversity hire and to help write the female characters, and the British actress has now insisted that her gender had nothing to do with landing the job.

The 34-year-old recalled during a recent interview with comedian Deborah Frances-White at the Southbank Centre in London that she was approached by the film’s star, Daniel Craig, and producer Barbara Broccoli.

“The reality was I got a call from Barbara and Daniel saying, ‘We like your work, can you come in and help us?’ There wasn’t ever really a conversation about can you come in and help us with ‘the ladies’,” she shared, according to theguardian.com.

“They are proper, amazing producers and writers and actors and suddenly they are reduced to those people?” Phoebe fired. “The characters were there, the story was there, it was just really exciting to be a part of it. There was a bunch of writers, I was a small contribution to this thing.”

Daniel previously denied the suggestion Phoebe was a diversity hire, calling the claim “f**king ridiculous” and adding to Britain’s Sunday Times, “She’s a great writer. Why shouldn’t we get Phoebe onto Bond?”

Phoebe will be the second woman to be credited as a writer in the Bond franchise after Johanna Harwood, who worked on Dr No and From Russia With Love in the early 1960s.

No Time to Die, which features female characters played by Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, and Lashana Lynch, hits cinemas in April.

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