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New James Bond title has a 'SPECTRE' of the past

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The 24th James Bond film will have the flavor of classic old-school 007 adventures, evoking iconic villainy from Dr. No and Thunderball. At least the title will. Director Sam Mendes announced during a press conference at Pinewood Studios London that the new film, due Nov. 6, 2015, will be called SPECTRE. READ FULL STORY

From 'Psycho' to 'Gone Girl': the best director/composer teams

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With this weekend’s release of Gone Girl, director David Fincher has once again showcased the unsettling sounds of award-winning composers Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor (above). Ever since 2010’s The Social Network, the duo have become a fixture of Fincher’s work. The duo’s deceptively minimal sound, with subtle motifs barely hiding cold electronic undercurrents, is remarkably well-suited for Fincher’s trademark visual aesthetic, in which every smile and doorway can take on an air of menace if the camera lingers long enough. While he has worked with a number of composers before—most notably Howard Shore—Fincher has found a sonic soulmate in Ross and Reznor’s scoring.

But what about the other great director/composer relationships in Hollywood history? What other composers have had their music strongly associated with a director’s work, so much so that you can’t picture a film without hearing the score?  READ FULL STORY

Danny Boyle says no to James Bond: 'I'm not the right guy' to direct

Sam Mendes was a contrarian choice in many ways to direct Skyfall, but the result was the biggest box-office hit in the 50-year history of the James Bond franchise. Certainly, he was welcome to return for a follow-up, but when he begged-off to spend more time in the theater, speculating who will direct the next 007 installment became one of Hollywood’s best parlor games.

Well, cross Danny Boyle off the list. The Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire who oversaw a Bond production of sorts — the London Olympics opening ceremonies, which featured a Bond sendup with Daniel Craig and the Queen — told the Hollywood Reporter he’s not really interested. “I’m not really the guy for those movies,” he said, during promotion of his new thriller, Trance. “What we do, right, is we use genre — you take a genre, like [Trance] has got a few genres running in it, you use a genre to try and get you in the mainstream. It’s a vehicle to boost you into the mainstream. And then you f— with the genre. You twist it and change it and move it around. You can’t do it on those big movies. You genuflect in front of them. Too much money, too expectation. It’s the faith of the fans, it’s all that. You’ve got to be very careful. It’s very tempting of course — I love the movies, I love the books, but I’m not the right guy for those.” READ FULL STORY

Sam Mendes won't direct next James Bond movie

Despite Skyfall being the most commercially successful James Bond movie ever, director Sam Mendes won’t be returning for Bond’s next go-round.

Mendes’ rep confirmed the director’s statement in Empire magazine, which explains that he will not direct James Bond’s 24th adventure.

“It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael [G. Wilson] and Barbara [Broccoli]’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie,” Mendes said. “Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond.” READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): When Daniel Craig's Bond meets Javier Bardem's Silva...

Bond villains have always flirted with homoeroticism. You could say it’s as much a part of of the franchise’s 50-year-old formula as all of the girls, gadgets, and glamor. Whether it’s Goldfinger aiming his laser at 007’s royal jewels, the coy cat-in-his-lap quips of Blofeld, or even Lotte Lenya’s butch villainess Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love, the Bond films have subtly toyed with a sexual subtext. But in the latest Bond installment, Skyfall, Javier Bardem pushes the gay envelope farther than it’s ever been pushed before. Here, in an article originally published before the film hit theaters, Bardem, director Sam Mendes, and Daniel Craig talk about the scene that had everyone talking — and laughing. For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012: Behind the Scenes coverage.

The Spanish actor dons a blonde wig as the latest 007 nemesis, Silva — a cyberterrorist who has a complicated history with Bond’s boss at MI6, M (Judi Dench). And his first encounter with Daniel Craig’s license-to-kill agent is sure to get fans squirming in their seats. Which, according to Bardem, was exactly the point.

Asked if his character has an interest in Bond beyond just world domination, Bardem admits, “You could read it that way. That option was there in the script. The word that [director Sam Mendes] kept using was ‘uncomfortableness’. Beyond the sexuality, he wanted it to feel like you don’t know if Silva’s joking or not.”

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Is Javier Bardem playing the first gay Bond villain in 'Skyfall'? Bardem and director Sam Mendes weigh in

Bond villains have always flirted with homoeroticism. You could say it’s as much a part of of the franchise’s 50-year-old formula as all of the girls, gadgets, and glamor. Whether it’s Goldfinger aiming his laser at 007’s royal jewels, the coy cat-in-his-lap quips of Blofeld, or even Lotte Lenya’s butch villainess Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love, the Bond films have subtly toyed with a sexual subtext. But in the latest Bond installment, Skyfall, Javier Bardem pushes the gay envelope farther than it’s ever been pushed before.

The Spanish actor dons a blonde wig as the latest 007 nemesis, Silva — a cyberterrorist who has a complicated history with Bond’s boss at MI6, M (Judi Dench). And his first encounter with Daniel Craig’s license-to-kill agent is sure to get fans squirming in their seats. Which, according to Bardem, was exactly the point.

Asked if his character has an interest in Bond beyond just world domination, Bardem admits, “You could read it that way. That option was there in the script. The word that [director Sam Mendes] kept using was ‘uncomfortableness’. Beyond the sexuality, he wanted it to feel like you don’t know if Silva’s joking or not.”

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'Skyfall' video blog: Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes talk London

The London love just keeps rolling in.

Fresh off a two-week stint showing a record TV audience all that it had to offer while playing host to the Olympics, “The Big Smoke” (No, I did not know that was a nickname for London as of five minutes ago) turns its attention to yet another major spectacle: the upcoming release of the newest Bond film, Skyfall.

The Skyfall camp has been tight lipped as far as plot details for much of the production period, with one of the only certainties in the cloud of mystery being that London will be welcoming home its favorite secret-agent son for the 23rd installment of the franchise.

Check out a behind-the-scenes clip below to watch director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig — both native sons themselves — talking rather candidly about some of the challenges that shooting in London presented, as well as their general excitement in bringing Bond back to his roots.

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'Skyfall' teaser trailer: 'Murder?' asks a shrink. 'Employment,' responds James Bond

Will M die? Will Adele be doing the title song? And what part exactly is Ralph Fiennes playing in the 23rd James Bond movie?

The first teaser trailer for Skyfall, due in theaters Nov. 19, answered none of these hotly-rumored questions. We still have no idea what Sam Mendes’ movie will be about. But the trailer does offer a tantalizing glimpse of what’s ahead. At one point in Skyfall, for instance, Bond will apparently play word association games with a prison psychiatrist. “Murder?” the doctor asks. “Employment,” 007 replies. Welcome back, Mr. Bond. Check out the trailer below:  READ FULL STORY

'Skyfall' featurettes: Meet the new Bond girls! -- VIDEO

We’ve already gotten a sneak peek of Skyfall‘s villainous Silva (Javier Bardem), but what is a James Bond movie without a little leg? The movie just released two new featurettes introducing the latest batch of beauties: Bérénice Marlohe plays Sévérine and warns that her character “has a dark side.” Meanwhile, Naomie Harris comes out with a bang — literally. As field agent Eve, she wields a variety of lethal weapons and “sees herself as Bond’s equal.” Learn more about the actresses stepping into Skyfall below. READ FULL STORY

New James Bond video: Sam Mendes talks 'Skyfall'

Sam Mendes was always an intriguing choice to direct the new James Bond movie. For one thing, the closest Mendes has ever come to directing an action movie was 2005’s Jarhead, possibly (and purposefully) the least action-heavy war movie ever made. But as Mendes points out in a new video blog posted from the set of Skyfall, there was another reason why working with 007 seemed like a departure: “I’ve never made an English movie.” Indeed, after five films that explored America’s past and present, Skyfall will see the director taking the reigns of the most popular British franchise in history besides the one about the magic kids. The video provides a few intriguing sideways glances at scenes from Skyfall, including one setpiece that looks a bit like the nightclub scene from Collateral. Check out the video: READ FULL STORY

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