Helicopter bought by Eon may not be for Bond 25

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Eon Productions’ recent purchase of a helicopter may not be for Bond 25, according to the Twitter feed of the MI6 James Bond website.

The helicopter is to be used for a non-Bond “historical war film” that Eon is co-producing, the website said on Twitter. The movie is to be filmed late this year, the website said.

Eon’s purchase of the helicopter from a museum, first reported last month, spurred fan interest whether it might be for Bond 25.

There has been little official news about the next installment of the 007 film series.

MGM said nothing about the project on a call with investors last week to discuss 2016 financial results. Daily News writer Baz Bamigboye reported last week that screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade were being brought back to work on Bond 25’s story but there was no official comment from Eon.

Bamigboye had a number of scoops proven correct about Skyfall and SPECTRE, the last two Bond films.


UPDATE (March 13): The MI6 James Bond website now has a FULL STORY on the subject.


Ranking all 24 (26) James Bond Films.


By Gert Waterink, Guest Writer

The premiere of SPECTRE took place almost one year ago. Shortly before the premiere, many movie critics and entertainment websites started to prepare for the festivities of another Bond film by writing the obligatory rankings of its predecessors.

Some posted a TOP 10 of “The Best,” and others were daring enough to flashback all the entries by ranking all 23. For a passionate Bond fan like me, that’s not an easy task.

But we are one year further out, and as of late some new rankings included SPECTRE. I did a bit of research into the matter, and I added up all rankings from the major film critics and movie entertainment websites. One placing equals one point in below average “Ranking of Rankings.” The more points a Bond film received, the lower it ended in the outcome.

You will find the results here (click on the table to see a larger image):


It’s interesting to see how SPECTRE performs. You can draw your own conclusions, of course. This ranking got me interested in conducting my own poll. But before I do that, I have to stress that as of today all 24 Bond films (26 films actually, because I like analyzing all portrayals of Fleming’s character, including those in the two non-EON films) have a special place in my heart. And I wouldn’t be surprised if I speak for many fellow Bond “nerds.”

Yet by ranking all the Bond films, by actually critically dissecting each and every aspect of a Bond film, or perhaps judging a Bond film solely as a “good or bad film without the Bond formula tag,” one can perhaps facilitate some more respect or discover some surprising nuances for a franchise that’s almost 54 years old.

To be very honest, asking someone to rank all Bond films can be a pretty subjective pastime. But saying that all Bond films are “great” or “fantastic,” or saying that all of them are complete ridiculous isn’t very objective either.

Hence why trying to make a TOP 24 (26) of Best James Bond films is actually a very exciting, interesting and daring task to do.

And, in case you are already a senior Bond fan and your little nephew or niece hasn’t actually seen a Bond film, your ranking could become quite a helpful piece of paper (or not, depending how you look at it). So opinions do matter. But especially an average of opinions is interesting, because that creates an average understanding of the quality of each and individual Bond film.

Hence why recently I initiated a poll by myself. But, unlike many other polls where people simply press a button once for their favourite film, I actually made sure that each and every “forum member” posted his or her TOP 10 of Best Bond Films. And while they were doing that, they were attaching a system of points to the ranking that I wrote down in the “rules.”

A person’s 1st placed ‘Best Bond Film’ received 12 points, his or her runner-up received 10 points, then the ‘bronze’ placed film got 8 points, downwards from 7 points (4th placed), to 6 points (5th placed), 5 points, 4, 3, 2 and finally 1 point (for the 10th placed ‘Best Film’). Adding up all the points results in a TOP 26 ranking.

If you like to vote in the Ranking poll, which is titled “The Big James Bond 007 Film Contest,” then by all means do not hesitate to post your own TOP 10 of Best Bond films by registering yourself in the forum section of our partner website www.MI6-HQ.com (To keep track of the validity of the votes, registering is necessary. But you can do it easily via Facebook or Twitter). You can leave your TOP 10 in this topic:

http://www.mi6community.com/index.php?p=/discussion/16631/bond-polls-2016-the-big-james-bond-007-film-contest-your-top-10-of-best-bond-films/p1 .

Here’s a short overview of all 26 films featuring the famous secret agent:

Old timeline Bond-films (1962 – 2002):
01. 1962: “DR. NO,” directed by Terence Young
02. 1963: “FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE,” directed by Terence Young
03. 1964: “GOLDFINGER,” directed by Guy Hamilton
04. 1965: “THUNDERBALL,” directed by Terence Young
05. 1967: “YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE,” directed by Lewis Gilbert
06. 1967: “CASINO ROYALE,” directed by: Ken Hughes, John Huston, Joseph McGrath, e.o.
07. 1969: “ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE,” directed by Peter Hunt
08. 1971: “DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER,” directed by Guy Hamilton
09. 1973: “LIVE AND LET DIE,” directed by Guy Hamilton
10. 1974: “THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN,” directed by Guy Hamilton
11. 1977: “THE SPY WHO LOVED ME,” directed by Lewis Gilbert
12. 1979: “MOONRAKER,” directed by Lewis Gilbert
13. 1981: “FOR YOUR EYES ONLY,, directed by John Glen
14. 1983: “OCTOPUSSY,” directed by John Glen
15. 1983: “NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN,” directed by Irvin Kershner
16. 1985: “A VIEW TO A KILL,” directed by John Glen
17. 1987: “THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS,” directed by John Glen
18. 1989: “LICENCE TO KILL,” directed by John Glen
19. 1995: “GOLDENEYE,” directed by Martin Campbell
20. 1997: “TOMORROW NEVER DIES,” directed by Roger Spottiswoode
21. 1999: “THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH,” directed by Michael Apted
22. 2002: “DIE ANOTHER DAY,” directed by Lee Tamahori

New timeline Bond-films (2006 – present):
23. 2006: “CASINO ROYALE,”, directed by Martin Campbell
24. 2008: “QUANTUM OF SOLACE,” directed by Marc Forster
25. 2012: “SKYFALL,” directed by Sam Mendes
26. 2015: “SPECTRE,” directed by Sam Mendes

Again, it is important to note that also here subjectivity sneaks in. For those forum members who already voted and had problems in ranking all the Bond films, I asked them to judge all aspects of the film.

One could think of aspects like coherent story, acting performances, cinematography, originality, is it a film with the right amount of “Bond formula,” film score, interesting dialogue, unique action sequences and main titles sequence. Then it’s merely a matter of translating it back to the overall effectiveness of the total package of a particular Bond film. Perhaps then it’s a bit easier to create your TOP 10 of “Best Bond Films.”

On top of that, most voters so far are Bond fans and not generic movie aficionados or people who don’t consider themselves Bond fans. So the rankings mostly represent the ideas of fans and is not supposed to be a definite scorecard of some sort.

Regarding the system of points attribution, I did not devise it entirely by myself. It’s a common ranking system used in the Eurovision Song Contest ( http://www.eurovision.tv/page/voting ). There’s a deadline to the above ranking poll: October 26th, 6:00 PM GMT+1. Shortly after that, we will get into the details of the final average ranking with conclusions in a follow-up article. So far 81 people have voted, so don’t hesitate to become part of a larger poll sample.

SPECTRE filming photos from weekend emerge


There was more outdoor SPECTRE filming in London over the weekend, which got coverage in the U.K. press and saw images show up on social media.

The DAILY MAIL described events in its usual, breathless fashion such as this description of star Daniel Craig:

“The 47-year-old actor cut a dapper figure, dressed in suit to portray the titular spy as he strolled along Whitehall in London, drawing large crowds of excited onlookers.” The story has photos as well as a video.

THE MIRROR also chimed in, making some guesses about the plot of the 24th James Bond film based on photos of the filming.

Meanwhile, social media participants also put out photos, such as this one on Twitter.

On THIS PAGE of the message board of the James Bond MI6 website, users downloaded photos from social media outlets and posted them.

Richard Graydon, 007 stuntman, dies at 92

Richard Graydon, a stuntman in several James Bond films, died Dec. 22, according to an obituary at the MI6 JAMES BOND WEBSITE.

Two of Graydon’s signature stunts involved cable cars. In On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, he doubled star George Lazenby, in a sequence where Bond is supposed to be on a cable as a cable car approaches. The official 007 Twitter feed on Dec. 23, posted a picture in connection with the movie’s 45th anniversary.

A decade later, Graydon doubled for Roger Moore atop a Rio cable car in a scene where 007 is depicted as fighting Jaws. In the documentary Inside Moonraker, director Lewis Gilbert described himself as transfixed watching, having to be reminded to yell cut. Graydon shows up as an interview subject in a number of the 007 film documentaries directed by John Cork.

Graydon also got an on-screen credit in the end titles of 1983’s Octopussy as Francisco, the Fearless, one of the acts in Octopussy’s circus.

Eon says it will protect rights to SPECTRE screenplay


Eon Productions issued a statement where it said it would protect its rights to the SPECTRE screenplay.

In THE STATEMENT, Eon said “an early version of the screenplay for the new Bond film SPECTRE is amongst the material stolen and illegally made public by hackers who infiltrated the Sony Pictures Entertainment computer system.”

The script “may not (in whole or in part) be published, reproduced, disseminated or otherwise utilised by anyone who obtains a copy of it,” Eon said in the statement.

The entire statement can be viewed BY CLICKING HERE. The Gawker website ran an article on Dec. 12 after obtaining a copy of the script and comments from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Son Pictures about the script. According to Gawker, the critiques took place as recently as last month.

Separately, four James Bond fan websites, issued a joint statement, where they said they won’t write or publish any information about SPECTRE related to the Sony hack. The websites are James Bond Brasil, James Bond-magasinet, The Bond Bulletin and James Bond Club Germany. You can CLICK HERE to see a copy of the statement running on the James Bond-magasinet website.

Sony emails about SPECTRE may have leaked (no spoilers)

SPECTRE teaser poster

SPECTRE teaser poster

No spoilers in this post.

Some Sony Pictures emails concerning the story of SPECTRE may have leaked onto the Internet.

The emails, unconfirmed at this point, appear to be studio reactions to different script drafts of the 24th James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. For example, some emails refer to some characters not mentioned in the other set of emails. Sony has released Bond films, starting with 2006’s Casino Royale. The emails currently on the Internet are detailed and, if verified, would be spoiler-laden.

Hackers have released details of Sony’s business dealings, including unflattering comments about stars, celebrity aliases, financial data, scripts and discussions about Sony film franchises. This CNN MONEY STORY is a roundup of what’s happened so far. This story by THE WALL STREET JOURNAL reported how Sony, which controls the film rights to Spider-Man, had discussions with Walt Disney Co. to get the character into Marvel’s film universe.

The Bond-related emails were reported earlier by THE MI6 JAMES BOND WEBSITE.

UPDATE: The CNN/MONEY WEBSITE, after reviewing hacked Sony emails, reported there has been disagreements between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Eon over SPECTRE’s budget. According to the story, the budget was on pace to exceed $300 million and MGM is trying to get it to $250 million.

Skyfall, the most recent 007 film, had an estimated budget of $200 million, a reduction from the $230 million estimated budget of 2008’s Quantum of Solace.

The story quotes emails from Jonathan Glickman, president of MGM’s motion pictures group, and Eon co-boss Barbara Broccoli as well as an email from Sony executive Amy Pascal.

Sony has released Eon’s Bond movies since 2006’s Casino Royale. MGM and Eon co-own the Bond franchise.

If you click on the click to CNN/Money, the post does contain spoilers about SPECTRE’s plot.

Bond 24 press conference suggestion: don’t take questions

Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson

Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson

Bond 24 will start principal photography on Dec. 6, The Daily Mail said at the very end of a Sept. 11 story and the MI6 James Bond website wrote in more detail in a Sept. 13 article. That likely means a formal press conference in the coming months.

Here’s a suggestion for those concerned with Bond 24: just don’t take any questions.

Based on the November 2011 press conference for the start of Skyfall production, the co-bosses of Eon Productions, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, don’t really like answering a lot of questions. At that event, more than 10 minutes passed (out of less than 28 total) before reporters were even permitted to ask any.

If you did away with the question and answer part of the press conference, it would hopefully mean some clichés would go away. “The money’s all up on the screen,” or “I could tell you but I’d have to kill you,” for example. They don’t add anything.

Also, not taking questions would lessen (though not eliminate) the possibility of misleading things being said.

Director Sam Mendes, in an April PBS interview, said he cast the part of Bill Tanner in Skyfall when, in fact, actor Rory Kinnear already played the part in Quantum of Solace.

He also said Skyfall was the first James Bond film where characters were allowed to age, a statement that didn’t stand up to much scrutiny. Nor was that his first time saying questionable things. Back when he was in talks to direct Skyfall, Mendes denied it while his publicist confirmed it. Not taking questions would help avoid that.

Some fans think it’s ridiculous journalists should even expect an answer to a question (read one of the comments to THIS POST). They just want to watch the video. It’s also not like the media outlets wouldn’t show up if the movie makers didn’t take questions. They’d be there to record the various comments and get video.

For the reporters, would they miss much if not allowed to ask questions? At the 2011 press conference, the MC mocked the scribes for not asking what Skyfall meant sooner. Then, Barbara Broccoli gave the vaguest of answers.

Is it really a loss to not go through that? Most of the real information about the movie (that Skyfall would be the title, that Judi Dench’s M was being killed off, that Naomie Harris’ character was really Moneypenny, for example) came out elsewhere.