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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Daniel Craig confirms he’s ‘done’ with James Bond

Daniel Craig has finally confirmed he is done with playing suave spy James Bond.The British actor left fans guessing about his future in the franchise as he promoted the 2015 release of Bond movie Spectre, after claiming he’d rather “slash his wrists” …

Daniel Craig has finally confirmed he is done with playing suave spy James Bond.

The British actor left fans guessing about his future in the franchise as he promoted the 2015 release of Bond movie Spectre, after claiming he’d rather “slash his wrists” than reprise his role as 007 once more.

He later backtracked and insisted he just needed a break, and subsequently returned for the 25th movie in the series, the upcoming No Time to Die, which he believes will serve as the perfect swansong for his stint as Ian Fleming’s fictional character.

During an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he told the host that he was making no more James Bond movies.

When Colbert asked Craig if he was “done with Bond,” the 51-year-old actor replied, “Yes.”

“You’re done with Bond?” the host pressed, prompting Craig to state firmly: “It’s done.”

In another interview with USA Today, he told the publication that he’s had a “really good run” with the role he’s held since 2006’s Casino Royale.

“It was the right thing to do one more,” Craig stated, before adding that he is confident fans will be pleased with No Time to Die. “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.”

The discussion about who should replace Craig as Bond has been ongoing for years and is likely to reach new heights following his confirmation. Previous favourites for the role have included Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Richard Madden.

No Time to Die, which features returning stars Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw alongside newcomers Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Ana de Armas, is set to open in cinemas in April.

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Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman films inspire men’s fragrance line

Fans of the Kingsman films can now smell like secret service agents thanks to a new line of men’s fragrances created with the help of director Matthew Vaughn.The English filmmaker, who masterminded Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden …

Fans of the Kingsman films can now smell like secret service agents thanks to a new line of men’s fragrances created with the help of director Matthew Vaughn.

The English filmmaker, who masterminded Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, has teamed with bosses at lifestyle brand Coty Inc to come up with a scent inspired by the hit movies.

“As a unique, quintessentially British lifestyle brand, Kingsman fits perfectly within Coty Luxury’s portfolio and nicely complements our strong luxury men’s fragrance business,” said Coty Luxury president Edgar Huber. “Through our combined strength in storytelling and Coty’s marketing and commercial expertise, we are uniquely positioned to translate the Kingsman universe into a success in fragrances.”

The fragrance will be available in February, when prequel The King’s Man, starring Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, and Djimon Hounsou, hits theatres.

“This partnership is a further evolution of the Kingsman brand, a collaboration that represents the same high quality and craftsmanship the Kingsman portfolio is known for,” Vaughn added.

“Working with Coty’s expertise in fragrance, and with a truly exciting campaign to come, I look forward to the launch of the newest addition to the Kingsman collection.”

Vaughn previously teamed with bosses at the men’s style brand Mr. Porter on a range of items inspired by the franchise and with Glendronach distillers in Forgue, Scotland on a Kingsman Edition 1991 Vintage whisky.

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Daniel Bruhl to make directorial debut

Daniel Bruhl is gearing up to make his directorial debut.The Captain America: Civil War actor will lead German-language comedy Next Door and serve as a producer under his Amusement Park Films banner. According to editors at Deadline, Bruhl will also a…

Daniel Bruhl is gearing up to make his directorial debut.

The Captain America: Civil War actor will lead German-language comedy Next Door and serve as a producer under his Amusement Park Films banner.

According to editors at Deadline, Bruhl will also appear in the film, which will begin shooting next year. Daniel Kehlmann is writing the script.

Producer Malte Grunert announced the project at the Zurich Film Festival and described it as a “dark comedy dealing with social inequalities and gentrification,” according to Variety.

No other casting details have been announced.

Sharing the news on Instagram, Bruhl added in the caption, “It’s happening, a new challenge ahead. Thankful and thrilled!!!”

The post caught the attention of a number of the 41-year-old’s followers, including actress Jessica Chastain, who joked: “Congrats! Guess I missed your casting call…,” alongside a smiley face emoji.

Bruhl and Chastain previously appeared together in The Zookeeper’s Wife, Niki Caro’s 2017 war drama, which was based on Diane Ackerman’s non-fiction book of the same name.

In recent years, the German-Spanish star has become known for his performances in films such as Rush, Woman in Gold, and The Cloverfield Paradox. He played Laszlo Kreizler in 2018 TV series The Alienist, a part he is set to reprise in forthcoming show, The Angel of Darkness, and is currently in the post-production stages of The King’s Man, a prequel to Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman film series. The flick, featuring an ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, and Djimon Hounsou, is to be released in the U.S. on 14 February 2020.

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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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Prince Charles offered role in Bond 25 – report

British royal Prince Charles has reportedly been offered a cameo role in Bond 25. The 70-year-old has been presented with the opportunity to make a short appearance in the upcoming James Bond instalment, starring Daniel Craig, according to editors at …

British royal Prince Charles has reportedly been offered a cameo role in Bond 25. 

The 70-year-old has been presented with the opportunity to make a short appearance in the upcoming James Bond instalment, starring Daniel Craig, according to editors at Britain’s The Sun newspaper.  

A source told the publication film that bosses were inspired by his mother Queen Elizabeth II’s appearance alongside Craig’s 007 in the short homage to the spy films which aired during the opening ceremony of London’s 2012 Olympic Games.  

“They loved the buzz around The Queen’s appearance alongside Daniel Craig and think Charles could top even that,” the insider said. “He is the epitome of everything British, perfect for a cameo role and Bond fans worldwide would absolutely love it… Now, he is considering it.”  

The idea for a cameo reportedly came up when the royal paid a visit to the film set earlier this year and posed for photos with the 51-year-old actor. However, the source added that his sons, Princes Harry and William, might be offered the cameo next if Charles declines.  

Harry and William are no stranger to making appearances on film – they shot cameos as Stormtroopers in 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but their role was cut out because they were considered too tall. 

Bond 25 is currently filming ahead of a cinema release in April 2020. Cary Joji Fukunaga is directing from a script by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.  

Christoph Waltz will be reprising his role of Blofeld, while Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw also return. New castmembers include Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, and Lashana Lynch, who will reportedly take over the 007 codename in the movie.  

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Matthew Vaughn: ‘Ralph Fiennes is a natural with action sequences’

Matthew Vaughn has praised Ralph Fiennes for acing the action sequences in The King’s Man.In the prequel to Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and The Golden Circle, the veteran British actor plays the Duke of Oxford, a gentleman warrior who hel…

Matthew Vaughn has praised Ralph Fiennes for acing the action sequences in The King’s Man.

In the prequel to Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and The Golden Circle, the veteran British actor plays the Duke of Oxford, a gentleman warrior who helps guide his son Conrad through the world of espionage.

With the exception of some wand-wielding scenes in the Harry Potter franchise, the 56-year-old is best known for starring in intimate dramas than blockbusters, but Vaughn has insisted Fiennes is so fit he was more than capable of handling the action scenes.

“He’s fit as f**k… He’s been doing yoga two hours every day for 35 years,” the director said to Empireonline.com. “There’s one scene, which is a homage to a Jackie Chan moment, where we put a safety harness and a winch on him. After we shot it, the safety guy said, ‘He didn’t even use the winch.’ Ralph did it himself.”

The Kick-Ass filmmaker added that Fiennes was “like a duck to water for the action,” and explained that he had practice with sword fighting scenes because he was well-versed with those in the theatre.

Elsewhere in the chat, Vaughn noted that he cast The English Patient actor in The King’s Man because he’d been hoping to work with him for years and thought he would have made a great James Bond when he was younger.

“Ralph is a brilliant actor. And his secret weapon, and I don’t think enough people appreciate it, is that he’s very f**king funny. He had no problem going into the murkiness of Kingsman quite happily. He can do it all,” he gushed.

The King’s Man, which also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Gemma Arterton and Djimon Hounsou, is set for release in February 2020.

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Daniel Craig to undergo ankle surgery after Bond 25 injury

Daniel Craig needs to undergo “minor ankle surgery” following an injury he sustained on the set of the new Bond film.Shooting only got underway on the 25th, currently untitled, instalment of the spy franchise in April, with Daniel, who has played James…

Daniel Craig needs to undergo “minor ankle surgery” following an injury he sustained on the set of the new Bond film.

Shooting only got underway on the 25th, currently untitled, instalment of the spy franchise in April, with Daniel, who has played James Bond since 2006’s Casino Royale, hurting himself a few weeks later on the Jamaican set.

The official James Bond Twitter account has now confirmed the English star’s injury needs proper medical attention, but reps insist it won’t halt production.

“BOND 25 update: Daniel Craig will be undergoing minor ankle surgery resulting from an injury sustained during filming in Jamaica. Production will continue whilst Craig is rehabilitating for two weeks post-surgery. The film remains on track for the same release date in April 2020,” the tweet reads.

Following the incident, a shoot planned for Pinewood Studios near London was cancelled, but the schedule is now back on track and filming will continue as the 51-year-old undergoes surgery and then spends time recovering.

Reports suggest filming in Jamaica has now wrapped and the production has moved to Europe.

Bond 25 will likely be Daniel’s 007 swan song. Rami Malek has joined the franchise as the villain, with Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw among the Bond regulars returning for another outing.

Cary Joji Fukunaga is helming the new film, after Danny Boyle exited the project due to creative differences.

Danny was also co-writing the movie, leaving producers to draft in Scott Z. Burns to take over the role. Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge is also on the writing team, with reports claiming she was brought in to spice up the script.

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Ralph Fiennes offered ballet star acting masterclass

Young ballet dancer Oleg Ivenko went through acting bootcamp with Ralph Fiennes after the Schindler’s List star picked him to play Rudolf Nureyev in his new film. The Tatar State Ballet company dancer was cast following a nationwide search throughout …

Young ballet dancer Oleg Ivenko went through acting bootcamp with Ralph Fiennes after the Schindler’s List star picked him to play Rudolf Nureyev in his new film.

The Tatar State Ballet company dancer was cast following a nationwide search throughout Russia to find the man who would play the ballet icon in The White Crow and director Fiennes then spent weeks with his leading man giving him a crash course in acting.

“We employed two casting directors in Russia to do a big sweep, which ended up with four or five candidates and I identified this young Ukrainian dancer, Oleg Ivenko,” the Oscar nominee tells WENN.

“I felt he had a latent acting ability and he is a strong ballet dancer, who has a physical proximity to Rudolf Nureyev. I pushed him to understand the best screen acting is rooted in being really present and in the moment. You’re reacting and listening, so the thing to get him to feel is, ‘Don’t show me you’re angry or shy or irritated or whatever; just feel it, be it. Have it inside’.

“I said, ‘If you really have it or are close to having it, it will reveal itself’.

“It sounds quite simple, but it’s hard to be really present, and the beauty of his work is that he is very present. It’s an uncluttered performance. He was very generous and allowed me to steer him a bit, but he has a real pure screen acting instinct.

“In the end, I felt we were comfortable with each other quite quickly and there was a good working relationship.”

The White Crow, which details Nureyev’s early life in central Russia in the 1940s, his student years studying dance in St. Petersburg, and his decision to defect to the West in 1961, was released throughout Europe earlier this year (19). It hits cinemas in the U.S. next week (26Apr19).

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge drafted in to ‘liven up’ Bond 25 script

British actress/writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has reportedly been drafted in to spice up the Bond 25 script. The British comedienne, who is best known for creating, writing and starring in BBC sitcom Fleabag, was reportedly approached directly by James …

British actress/writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has reportedly been drafted in to spice up the Bond 25 script.

The British comedienne, who is best known for creating, writing and starring in BBC sitcom Fleabag, was reportedly approached directly by James Bond actor Daniel Craig to bring her wit, humour, and quirkiness to the screenplay as he is a fan of the show and her other series Killing Eve, which she helped write and produce, according to Britain’s The Observer.

The 33-year-old has recently been in New York City, where Craig lives, performing a stage version of Fleabag, and during her stay, they reportedly discussed how to improve the script. Film sources claim the British actor felt the screenplay needed some “polishing” and could do with some of Waller-Bridge’s brand of offbeat humour.

Representatives for the film and Waller-Bridge did not respond to comment, while Craig’s U.S. agent said, “I’m not the guy to talk of rumours.”

There have been a number of writers attached to Bond 25. It was originally being written by John Hodge when Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle was in the director’s chair, however, after the duo left in August (18) due to creative differences, Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who helped write recent instalments Spectre and Skyfall, were brought in to rework Hodge’s script. In February (19), it was then revealed that The Bourne Ultimatum’s Scott Z. Burns had been asked to do a rewrite.

If she does join the project, Waller-Bridge will become the second female writer in the Bond franchise after Johanna Harwood, the secretary of Bond producer Harry Saltzman, co-wrote the first film, Dr. No, and its follow-up, From Russia With Love.

The film, now to be directed by True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga, has suffered numerous delays, but is now scheduled to be released in April 2020. Pre-production work has begun in locations like Italy, Norway and Jamaica, and it is thought filming will start later this month.

Craig will be joined by returning stars Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Lea Seydoux, while Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek is believed to be a new addition to the cast.

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