Bond Talk After Dark - Lawsuits, Tabloids And Clowns

Plus: a piece of BOND 25 gossip even the tabloids won't touch.

What is it about the James Bond franchise and lawsuits? From the Kevin McClory Thunderball mess to the 1990 Danjaq-MGM mess, legal squabbles tend to be part of the series' history. Now we have this frivolous lawsuit, accusing MGM and 20th Century Fox of false advertising when their 007 home video box set didn’t contain “every” James Bond movie. If I were a judge seeing this case clog valuable court time and taxpayer money, I’d immediately rule that these dopey plaintiffs should be mailed Blu-ray copies of 1967’s Casino Royale and 1983’s Never Say Never Again and be done with it. Instead, the judge made a dumb pun and allowed the case to move forward. I hate everything.

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Bond 25 Tabloid Watch: Daniel Craig is making two more Bond films! And the 26th film will be a remake of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service! Okay! Sure!

I know I sound like a broken record debunking these but when no one calls them out as bullshit, more and more places pick the stories up and suddenly they’re being reported as fact, with no source but the Sun. Even funnier, when legit news outlets are reporting this, since nothing was denied last time these tabloids reported Bond 25 news, they’re adding Craig was “confirmed to return last week.” What?

The Sun also said this weekend that Daniel Craig agreed to come back once it was confirmed that Mendes wasn’t coming back. I’ll call bullshit on this one as well; Craig lobbied hard to get Mendes on board for Skyfall, apparently talked him into coming back for Spectre, and even if they’d had some falling out, don’t you think Eon would be clued into that? It would never even get to some hypothetical moment where Craig is holding out to make sure Mendes wasn’t back on board. Mendes was always a hire made at Craig’s request/insistence.

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Here’s something interesting - the Showtime CEO David Nevins says Bond 25 might delay their upcoming miniseries Purity. Sayeth Nevins: “He's doing Bond first and I can't say anything about what I know or don't know about Bond, (but) it's possible it may not shoot until 2019.” Huh. Setting aside the question of whether or not Nevins just dropped some inside intel about Craig’s return or is just reading the Sun like the rest of us, I thought Purity was filming this year? And even still, why would a 2019 film delay anything? Bond 25 probably isn’t going to start filming until November or December of next year at the earliest. Get it together, Nevins.

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On the completely unverfiable, I am not saying this is true, you-didn't-get-it-from-me front: that source I mentioned a while back, who I believe is part of the Bond production machine, is out there saying Daniel Craig was partially lured back for Bond 25 by the prospect of an actor initialed "TH" (apparently not the one we all had heard) replacing him. This other fella initialed TH was apparently ready to go, and the idea of being replaced by this gentleman was enough to spur Craig to action. Anyone buy that? This source is also saying Craig has agreed to back-to-back Bond films, when he'd previously mentioned hearing that Eon was going to sell off the franchise after Bond 25, so who knows which way is up at this point. I will say I'd believe this guy more than any tabloid. Sooo...anyone got any weird on-set gossip from Layer Cake...?   

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Looking to add to your Bond collection? The AMC Hornet that executed the famous barrel roll in The Man With The Golden Gun is up for auction. Now you can recreate the world record-setting stunt in your own backyard, and do it this time without a slide whistle! I’d bid, but I’m saving up for Scaramanga’s flying car.

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Several Alamo Drafthouse locations around the country will be screening Octopussy on September 5th, as part of a week of programming called “Send In The Clowns.” The screening is free to Alamo Victory members; check here to see if it’s playing in your neck of the woods. I'm currenly pondering the two hour drive to Yonkers. I have a sickness in me. 

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ICYMI, I was a guest on Matt Gourley and Matt Mira’s James Bonding podcast this week. It was lots of fun, though I found myself reflexively NOT looking at Matt & Matt while we recorded, as I’m used to them in my ears and not my eyes. Weird! It was a great couple hours, during which we ranked our favorite Roger Moore Bonds and read from the late actor’s Live and Let Die making-of journal. Good times.

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This week was the 40th anniversary of the US release of The Spy Who Loved Me. To my shame, I didn’t get a chance to reflect on it properly for the site, but Brian Doan has you more than covered with this look back. It’s a terrific read.

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Speaking of Sir Roger’s 1977 epic, here’s a three-hour doc on the making of the film! (“Thanks” to Charlie Brigden for sending this my way. Three hours, good grief.) Good luck and godspeed.

 

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