Pierce Brosnan to star in sci-fi thriller Youth

Pierce Brosnan is attached to star in sci-fi thriller Youth.The GoldenEye actor will front Brett Marty’s feature directorial debut, which is based on the short film he directed and co-wrote in 2016, bosses from Highland Film Group announced on Wednesda…

Pierce Brosnan is attached to star in sci-fi thriller Youth.

The GoldenEye actor will front Brett Marty’s feature directorial debut, which is based on the short film he directed and co-wrote in 2016, bosses from Highland Film Group announced on Wednesday.

Youth is set in the near future when “Renewal” – a procedure to rewind the body’s biological clock back to its prime – has become the world’s hottest and most expensive commodity. Brosnan will play Joel, an engineer who is set to retire at the age of 70 after a lengthy career. Not wanting him to leave, his company pays for him and his wife Alice to Renew. However, while Alice emerges from the operation in her 20s, the procedure goes tragically wrong for Joel. Rather than make him younger, his ageing begins accelerating rapidly, forcing him to undergo another, more dangerous procedure.

It is not yet known who will play Alice.

Marty co-wrote the screenplay for Youth with Josh Izenberg and Amelia Whitcomb and it will be produced by Jib Polhemus, Paul Schiff, and Martin Brennan, with Laura Bickford and Hannah Leader executive producing.

Later this month, the former James Bond star will next be seen in Netflix comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, alongside Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams. His upcoming projects include the horror False Positive, action movie The Misfits, and fantasy adventure The King’s Daughter. He was filming movie musical Cinderella alongside Camila Cabello and Billy Porter when the coronavirus pandemic hit.

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Damian Lewis doesn’t want to play James Bond anymore

Damian Lewis no longer wants to portray British spy James Bond.The 49-year-old British actor has been linked to the role for a number of years, however, he’s happy to admit that it’s not a role he wants anymore. “If someone had asked me 10 years ago, t…

Damian Lewis no longer wants to portray British spy James Bond.

The 49-year-old British actor has been linked to the role for a number of years, however, he’s happy to admit that it’s not a role he wants anymore.

“If someone had asked me 10 years ago, that might have been a different matter,” Lewis told GQ magazine, adding that he doesn’t “want to play James Bond anymore.”

“But I don’t have that sort of ambition now. I don’t want to go travelling off around the world for eight months of the year and play one character for the next 10 years,” he continued, noting that he thinks he’s too old to take on the mantle of the iconic 007 agent.

“And I think I’d be the oldest new James Bond cast, maybe after Roger Moore. Or maybe even older than Roger Moore. So, you know, I don’t think it’s a problem. I don’t think it’s something I have to think about,” the Billions star added.

He was one of the many famous faces rumoured to be taking on James Bond once Daniel Craig stepped down from playing the MI6 agent, but Lewis doesn’t regret missing out, even though many believed he would be a perfect fit.

“Well, I think it was quite exciting five years ago, maybe, when there was a bit of press and suddenly I was – along with, I think, one other actor – the ‘favourite’ to be James Bond. But that’s not going to happen. That’s gone. That’s gone, without regret,” he candidly shared.

Craig will step down from the role following the upcoming instalment, No Time to Die, which is scheduled to hit cinemas in November.

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Quentin Tarantino once pitched Pierce Brosnan a Bond movie idea

Pierce Brosnan was once pitched a James Bond movie by Quentin Tarantino when they were both drunk. The Mamma Mia! actor, who last played 007 in 2002’s Die Another Day, has recalled how the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood filmmaker once told him he had a…

Pierce Brosnan was once pitched a James Bond movie by Quentin Tarantino when they were both drunk.

The Mamma Mia! actor, who last played 007 in 2002’s Die Another Day, has recalled how the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood filmmaker once told him he had a great idea for the next film in the series, which he hoped to direct.

“He wanted to meet me, so I went up to Hollywood one day from the beach, and I met him at the Four Seasons (hotel),” Brosnan told U.K. Esquire in a live video interview that accompanied an online viewing party for his 1995 Bond film GoldenEye on Sunday.

“I got there at 7pm; I like to be punctual,” Brosnan said. “7.15 came around. No Quentin. He was upstairs doing press. Someone sent over a martini, so I had a martini, and I waited till 7.30, and I thought, ‘Where the heck is he?’ Word came down, apologies, so I thought, ‘OK, I’ll have another martini’.”

By the time Tarantino appeared for the meeting, Brosnan admitted he was “fairly smokered (drunk)” and shared that Tarantino quickly caught up with some cocktails.

“He was pounding the table, saying, ‘You’re the best James Bond, I wanna do James Bond’,” Brosnan recalled, “and it was very close quarters in the restaurant and I thought, ‘Please calm down’, but we don’t tell Quentin Tarantino to calm down.”

The actor didn’t reveal any details of the pitch, although he did mention it to his Bond bosses, who weren’t keen on the idea. But he still wonders how the potential project might have turned out.

“That would be a good one to watch,” he laughed.

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Cary Joji Fukunaga rules out last-minute edits on No Time to Die

Cary Joji Fukunaga has ruled out making any further tweaks to No Time to Die due to budget constraints.The spy movie was originally set to be released this month, but as the coronavirus outbreak forced cinema chains to close around the world, bosses at…

Cary Joji Fukunaga has ruled out making any further tweaks to No Time to Die due to budget constraints.

The spy movie was originally set to be released this month, but as the coronavirus outbreak forced cinema chains to close around the world, bosses at MGM decided to delay the debut until November.

But during a recent Q&A on Instagram, Fukunaga insisted that the 25th instalment in the James Bond franchise, which stars Daniel Craig as the 007 agent for the final time, is “great as it is”, and he won’t be working on it any further between now and its new release date.

“Although more time would have been lovely, we had to put our pencils down when we finished our post-production window, which was thankfully before Covid-19 shut everything else down,” he explained. “Although Bond is a big movie, we still have to weigh cost with value. And like anything, you could tinker endlessly. The movie is great as it is, hope y’all will feel the same too when it comes out.”

The highly anticipated Bond movie will follow 007 as he’s brought out of retirement in Jamaica to help find a missing scientist.

No Time to Die, also starring Rami Malek, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Ralph Fiennes, Lashana Lynch, and Ana de Armas, will be released in the U.K. on 12 November and in the U.S. on 25 November.

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Bond producers pay tribute to ‘film icon’ Honor Blackman

James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have paid tribute to late Goldfinger star Honor Blackman.The British actress, famed for portraying Bond girl Pussy Galore in the 1964 movie opposite Sean Connery as 007, passed away from natur…

James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have paid tribute to late Goldfinger star Honor Blackman.

The British actress, famed for portraying Bond girl Pussy Galore in the 1964 movie opposite Sean Connery as 007, passed away from natural causes at the age of 94 on Monday.

Accordingly, franchise producers Broccoli and Wilson were quick to offer up their condolences over the sad news.

In a statement posted on the official James Bond Twitter page, they wrote: “Today we mark the passing of a film icon, Honor Blackman who shall forever be remembered as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. She was an extraordinary talent and a beloved member of the Bond family. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.”

Meanwhile, her friend, Swedish actress Britt Ekland, who featured in 1974 Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, paid homage to Blackman on her social media pages too.

“As Pussy Galore, you were one of the first Bond Girls and as Mary Goodnight, I am proud to have followed in your footsteps, we did some fun things together over the years! Rip Honor Blackman,” she commented.

Other tributes came from Star Trek icon William Shatner, British comedian David Walliams, and director Edgar Wright, who branded Blackman the “ultimate Bond Girl”.

In addition, her The Upper Hand co-star Joe Mugg shared a photo of the cast of the 1990s sitcom online and added his memories of working alongside the screen legend.

“Just heard the very sad news that dear Honor has died,” he posted. “What a woman she was – fiercely bright, superbly funny and a wonderful actress on screen and onstage. I loved every day of working with her and I loved and respected her with all my heart RIP.”

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George Lazenby wants Margot Robbie to be first female Bond

Former James Bond star George Lazenby has named Margot Robbie as his top choice to become the first female 007.As the upcoming No Time to Die marks the final outing for Daniel Craig as the British secret service agent, fans are now wondering whether or…

Former James Bond star George Lazenby has named Margot Robbie as his top choice to become the first female 007.

As the upcoming No Time to Die marks the final outing for Daniel Craig as the British secret service agent, fans are now wondering whether or not an actress will be announced as his replacement.

And speaking to Britain’s The Sun newspaper, Lazenby stated that he would “rather see a woman on screen than a man” and tipped fellow Australian star Margot as his top pick for the role.

“There’s an Australian actress who’s over here that I was just listening to on the television today, Margot Robbie,” he said. “She would be good. She’s ballsy.

“She comes across like she’s very confident… if you can pull that off, people will believe you.”

The actor, who appeared as Bond in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, then went on to suggest producer Barbara Broccoli could turn to mixed martial arts to find the next big star.

“Some Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters are women. They’re capable. I wouldn’t like to meet one in a dark alley,” the 80-year-old added.

Lazenby famously opposed the idea of a female 007 in 2018 when he commented in an interview, “It wouldn’t work. If you hit a woman, you get arrested.”

However, he later clarified his words, insisting “we have far to progress on equality” and adding: “I hope I can be known as The Spy Who Loved #MeToo.”

No Time to Die, also featuring Ana de Armas, Lea Seydoux, and Ralph Fiennes, is due to hit cinemas from 12 November.

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Lea Seydoux: ‘My No Time to Die character is not a stereotype’

Lea Seydoux has insisted her character in the James Bond franchise is a “real woman” rather than a stereotypical Bond Girl.#The French actress first portrayed Dr. Madeleine Swann opposite Daniel Craig as 007 in 2015’s Spectre and reprises the role in t…

Lea Seydoux has insisted her character in the James Bond franchise is a “real woman” rather than a stereotypical Bond Girl.#

The French actress first portrayed Dr. Madeleine Swann opposite Daniel Craig as 007 in 2015’s Spectre and reprises the role in the upcoming No Time to Die, making her one of the few Bond girls to appear in successive films.

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar U.K., Seydoux insisted she had no hesitation about playing the character again because Swann is so complex.

“My character is not a stereotype. It’s not cliched. She’s a real woman, and an interesting woman. That’s what we needed,” she said.

Seydoux went on to state that the other female characters, played by Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, and Naomie Harris, are also “not here to please Bond’s sexuality”, which has been a focus of past instalments.

She also pointed out that while the focus of conversation is usually on women being sexualised in Bond films, the superspy himself is treated like a sexual object too.

“I think what we forget is that James Bond is also a sexual object. He’s totally a sexual object. He’s one of the few, maybe one of the only, male characters to be sexualised,” the 34-year-old explained. “I think that women, they love to see Bond, no? To see his body. No? Don’t you think? I love to see sexy men in bathing suits.”

No Time to Die, also starring Rami Malek, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw, was originally set to be released in cinemas in April, but has been postponed until November due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Lea Seydoux cried while watching No Time To Die

Lea Seydoux cried while watching upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die for the first time.The French actress first appeared as psychiatrist Dr. Madeleine Swann in 2015’s Spectre, and reprised her role for the 25th instalment in the franchise, alongsi…

Lea Seydoux cried while watching upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die for the first time.

The French actress first appeared as psychiatrist Dr. Madeleine Swann in 2015’s Spectre, and reprised her role for the 25th instalment in the franchise, alongside Daniel Craig as the suave 007 agent.

In a new interview with The Daily Mail, Seydoux revealed she had already seen the final theatrical cut and promised fans that the storyline will pull at the heartstrings.

“There’s a lot of emotion in this Bond. It’s very moving. I bet you’re going to cry. When I watched it, I cried, which is weird because I am in it,” the 34-year-old shared.

No Time to Die, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, marks the end of Craig’s tenure as the MI6 agent, and features a star-studded cast including Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Ana de Armas, and Jeffrey Wright.

While the highly-anticipated blockbuster was originally set to be released on 10 April, it has been delayed around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced the closures of cinema chains around the world and prompted millions of people to go into self-isolation to practice social distancing and stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

No Time to Die is now scheduled to hit cinemas from 12 November.

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Daniel Craig dreamed of playing Superman when he was younger

Daniel Craig dreamed of playing superheroes such as Superman and Spider-Man when he was growing up.Despite a lengthy Hollywood career, the 52-year-old actor is best known for portraying the super spy James Bond, with him making his debut as 007 in 2006…

Daniel Craig dreamed of playing superheroes such as Superman and Spider-Man when he was growing up.

Despite a lengthy Hollywood career, the 52-year-old actor is best known for portraying the super spy James Bond, with him making his debut as 007 in 2006’s Casino Royale.

However, when asked if he had ever envisioned playing the MI6 agent during make-believe games in his youth, he confessed Bond was never on his radar as he was into comic book superheroes.

“People are always saying to me, ‘You must have dreamed of playing James Bond when you were a kid.’ The answer is no. I never did,” Craig told Saga magazine. “I dreamed of being all sorts of other things – Superman, Spider-Man, the Invisible Man, even a good old-fashioned cowboy. But not Bond so much, which seems ironic now.”

Since his debut as 007 in 2006, Craig has appeared in Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre, and makes his fifth and final outing as Bond in No Time to Die, which was due to be released in April but has been postponed until November amid the coronavirus crisis.

Despite not dreaming of playing the MI6 agent when he was younger, the Knives Out star is grateful for his run as the iconic character.

“I’ve been lucky enough to land one of the best roles in movies. There’s been no downside to playing Bond,” he stated.

No Time to Die, which also stars Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, and Ana de Armas, is set to cinemas on 12 November.

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Billie Eilish splashes out on black diamond necklace

Billie Eilish celebrated her record haul at the 2020 Grammy Awards by splashing out on a new necklace.The Bad Guy hitmaker took home awards for Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album in the bi…

Billie Eilish celebrated her record haul at the 2020 Grammy Awards by splashing out on a new necklace.

The Bad Guy hitmaker took home awards for Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album in the big five categories at the prizegiving held in January, becoming the youngest artist in history to do so. Billie’s debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was also named the Best Engineered Album.

In light of her success, the star reached out to the designers at celebrity jewellers Boodaddy Diamonds and had them custom-make a 14-karat gold and black diamond ‘5X’ necklace for her.

“WITH THE ULTIMATE FLEX. CUSTOM PENDANT I MADE FOR @billieeilish 5 X GRAMMY WINNER. WITH A SWEEP OF THE MAJOR CATEGORIES,” they posted on Instagram on Thursday, alongside a series of close-up image of the bling. “FIRST TIME SINCE 1981. SHES ONLY 18 & ALREADY A GOAT (Greatest of All Time).

“THANK YOU FOR THE LOVE & SUPPORT. MUCH APPRECIATED.”

Billie also posted a photo of her wearing the necklace during a photoshoot on her Instagram page.

The 18-year-old has continued breaking records, and recently released James Bond theme No Time to Die – making her the youngest artist in history to record a song for the hit movie franchise.

The tune will play over the credits when the movie drops in theatres on 12 November 2020, after the release was pushed back due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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