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James Bond 24 Titled Spectre & Cast Announced!

Good day to you ladies and gents, today I return to the world of the internet to blog about some important film news that comes in the form of the 24th James Bond film that will be coming out next year. The following information comes from superherohype:

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This morning, Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that the 24th James Bond film will be titled Spectre! Filming will start on Monday, December 8 for the November 6, 2015 release.

The cast (in the order they were announced) includes Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Andrew Scott as Denbigh, David Bautista as Mr Hinx, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser and, of course, Daniel Craig as 007.

Spectre will be filming at Pinewood London, Mexico City, Rome, Tangier & Erfoud, Morocco, Sölden, Obertilliach and Lake Altausee and Austria. Also, James Bond’s new car in Spectre will be the Aston Martin DB10, created exclusively for the movie.

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Commenting on the announcement, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said, “We’re excited to announce Daniel’s fourth installment in the series and thrilled that Sam has taken on the challenge of following on the success of ‘Skyfall’ with ‘Spectre.’”

Written by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, the film’s Director of Photography is Hoyte van Hoytema and the Editor is Lee Smith. Production Designer Dennis Gassner returns along with Costume Designer Jany Temime and Composer Thomas Newman. Action Specialist Alexander Witt is the 2nd Unit Director. The Stunt Coordinator is Gary Powell, SFX Supervisor is Chris Corbould, and Visual Effects Supervisor is Steve Begg.

SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) is a fictional global terrorist organization featured in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, as well as the films and video games based on those novels. The organization was led by the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Well this is certainly news worth talking about. Much like a J.J. Abrams or Christopher Nolan film, James Bond films tend to be hidden in secrecy for a while until a major announcement gets made where you find out a certain degree of information that gets you excited. It was certainly the case for Skyfall a few years ago and it looks like Spectre is following suit. Now I’m just going to talk about the specific aspects of the announcement when it comes to the film’s new name and the cast.

The Film’s Title

Spectre, tis a very simple and singular name, but at the same time its effective and sounds kind of sleek and sophisticated. And obviously if you know you Bond films then you know that the title of the film has something to do with the story. I’m not going to make any assumptions because I know I’ll be wrong, but if that terrorist organization are involved then I guess we should expect some really epic and dangerous stuff.

The Cast

The fact that all of the cast from Skyfall are coming back is a great thing. The only veterans returning to this film that are part of this series of Bond films are Craig and Kinnear as Fiennes, Harris and Whishaw were all introduced in the last film. The new cast additions make me smile I think mainly due to the additions of Christoph Waltz and Dave Bautista. Christoph Waltz has yet to star in a film I haven’t liked him in yet and since his great work with Quintin Tarantino, it just makes me want to see him in everything and it seems perfect to put him in a Bond film especially if he is the main villain. And then there’s Bautista as Mr. Hinx which I have to say is a great and funny little name for him. I love that Bautista has gone from being in something as questionable as The Man With The Iron Fists to Guardians of the Galaxy and now a James Bond film, he must be filling pretty chuffed. I would be friggin over to moon to be climbing the ladder into such big Hollywood films in such a short space of time. I think Andrew Scott’s name was the one that threw me, until I saw his face and remembered that he was the brilliant actor who played Jim Moriarty in Sherlock, just his performance in that show alone makes me so hyped to see what he’ll do in this film. Léa Seydoux, according to her filmography I have seen in at least two major films, Inglorious Basterds and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, both are films that I love, but are also films I haven’t seen in a while, but it seems like she is a great actress from what I’ve read so I’m down with her. Also Monica Bellucci, damn, she may be primarily a model and models don’t tend to make for the best actresses (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), however she is gorgeous and has had a fair amount of film experience since the 90’s and so her inclusion doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

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In the end this news make me smile and makes me hyped for the next instalment in the Bond franchise. Currently for films of 2015 there are only two films that have my attention; Avengers 2 and Star Wars: Episode VII. All other films pale in comparison and none of them have given me the same level of hype and anticipation, however I think Spectre may change the game a bit. We’ll have to wait and see,

So what are your thoughts on this announcement, please be sure comment below and let me know. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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The Imitation Game Quick Review

Howdy ladies and gents time for a late film review in the form of The Imitation Game. Now I was meant to see this film sooner, but life got in the way and since it was still playing in my local cinema I had to see it. Generally I’m not into films related to war just because it isn’t my cup of tea, that being said this film’s story looked interesting, plus Benedict Cumberbatch was in the film. As an avid fan I have to see whatever film he is in, regardless of the subject matter. So is it any good? Well read on and find out.

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So the story can be described as the following:

“Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.”

I thought the story was surprisingly engaging, dramatic and full of tension and mystery. All I can say after watching this film is I wouldn’t want to work in MI6, so much secrets and lies! That’s a lot of what this film is about; secrets and lies, so much deception and secrecy involved in what Turing and his co-workers were involved in, it led to so much trust issues, pain and suffering. Sure it was for the better good but in the end victory did not come without sacrifice. I don’t know how accurate this is to the actual events that took place, but it was interesting to learn about the interception of German messages and the crafting of early computers.

When it comes to the performances, they were all pretty good from everyone involved but it is definitely Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing who stands above the rest. This must be Cumberbatch’s best performance to date, the man is incredibly versatile and totally inhabits the role of this odd, yet brilliant man who doesn’t have the best of social skills, but has the talent necessary to be an asset to MI6. Keira Knightley was also good in this film as Joan Clarke, a smart individual who is the only person who understands Turing. Knightley is quite good and she’s actually tolerable which makes her decent in my book. Other great performances come from the lovely Charles Dance as Cdr. Alastair Denniston, Matthew Goode as Hugh Alexander, Allen Leech as John Cairncross, Mark Strong as Maj. Gen. Stewart Menzies and Rory Kinnear as Detective Nock.

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In conclusion The Imitation Game is a very compelling and interesting film with a good story, a wonderful soundtrack and an incredible central performance form Benedict Cumberbatch. For fans of Cumberbatch it is a must-see film.

Rating: 8/10

So The Imitation Game, have you seen it and if so what do you think of it? Be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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