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SAM MENDES on JAMES BOND SPECTRE

courtesy EON Productions, MGM, Sony

courtesy EON Productions, MGM, Sony

After the billion dollar success of Skyfall, how do you top it?

Director Sam Mendes reveals why he returns for the 24th James Bond film and to expand the story he began.

“The reasons I’m doing the second Bond movie are the reasons I would do any movie, really, which is all to do with the story. And in this movie, SPECTRE, what you have is a movie entirely driven by Bond. He is on a mission from the very beginning,” he says. “It’s about whether or not to pursue the life he’s always pursued, whether he matters and is he going to continue or not. And you’re going to have to come to see the movie to find out whether he does.”

In the new interview via 007.com the director gives more insight on the story and we see footage of Daniel Craig as James Bond in action.

Watch more of Mendes of the set on SPECTRE in Rome: Continue reading

First Look At JAMES BOND In SPECTRE

courtesy EON Productions, MGM, Sony

courtesy EON Productions, MGM, Sony

James Bond returns in Spectre.

The studio takes fans to nearly the top of the world for the first behind the scenes look of the the 24th 007 film.

Daniel Craig returns as Bond for fourth time with director Sam Mendes back to direct after the critical and billion dollar success of the last adventure, Skyfall.

We see what will be a “crown jewel” action sequence in the film being shot in the stunning mountains of Austria.

We see Craig in action and hear from Bond girl Lea Seydoux, villain Dave Bautista and key personnel who help create 007’s adventure.

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JAMES BOND On the Slopes in SPECTRE

courtesy @007 via Twitter

courtesy @007 via Twitter

James Bond hits the slopes in style.

Producers shared this shot of Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux and Dave Bautista on the set of SPECTRE via Twitter in Solden, Austria.

Craig returns for his fourth appearance as 007. Seydoux plays Madeline Swann. Bautista of Guardians of the Galaxy plays the villain Mr. Hinx. Continue reading

JAMES BOND in SPECTRE

courtesy EON Productions, MGM, Sony

courtesy EON Productions, MGM, Sony

James Bond will return in Spectre.

EON Productions, MGM and Sony announced the title and cast of the 24th 007 film in the iconic film series. Daniel Craig returns as Bond for fourth time with director Sam Mendes back to direct after the critical and billion dollar success of the last adventure, Skyfall.

The title is a blast from the past. SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terror Revenge and Extortion) was an evil organization led by Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Ian Fleming’s novels.

The first teaser poster is an homage to the symbol of the ring worn by SPECTRE operatives in the Sean Connery 007 films.

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X-MEN Director Almost Directed CASINO ROYALE?

The Cast of X-Men: First Class courtesy Marvel.com

The Cast of X-Men: First Class courtesy Marvel.com

Matthew Vaughn gave X-Men: First Class a sense of 1960’s James Bondian intrigue mixed with mutant drama. Vaughn directed Kingsman: The Secret Service, the new espionage film based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.

 

Now Vaughn reveals he almost directed the film that relaunched the 007 franchise and turned Daniel Craig in the modern day James Bond. Continue reading

JAMES BOND 24 Update

Daniel Craig in Skyfall courtesy Eon Productions

Daniel Craig in Skyfall courtesy Eon Productions

Daniel Craig will return as James Bond. Writer John Logan is on board for the follow-up to Skyfall which co-wrote. Logan is writing solo this time. Expectations are at (to borrow the theme from Octopussy) at an All-Time High after the critical and box-office success of Skyfall. Continue reading

14 Geek Wishes for 2014 Movies & Television!

X-Men #183 courtesy Marvel

X-Men #183 courtesy Marvel

2014 will be superstar year for comic book and sci-fi fans with Marvel movies, a new Doctor Who, The Walking Dead returns and Godzilla’s comeback!

 

But a geek can dream – here’s what I hope to see or announced in 2014.

 

1. All New Cast for X-Men: Apocalypse!

Bryan Singer revealed he’s on board for 2016 film set to star the First Class cast. After the time twisting elements of X-Men: Days of Future Past – it’s  a perfect opportunity for Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) to start over and discover a young Cyclops, Jean, Storm and even the impossible task of recasting a wild loner named Logan!

 

Wolverine #11 courtesy Marvel

Wolverine #11 courtesy Marvel

2. Hugh Jackman in Wolverine and Kitty Pryde.

I know I’m countering my previous wish but if Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold return for a solo Wolverine movie I hope it’s based in part on this other classic tale by Chris Claremont set in Japan. Ellen Page as Kitty could join Jackman in this supernatural tale of family, honor and demons.

 

3. Daniel Craig returns as James Bond 007 in SPECTRE!

Don’t “Khan” it! Producers have the rights to bring back the classic S.P.E.C.T.R.E. and their sinister leader, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, back to the big screen for the first time since the Sean Connery era! I want to see Craig’s Bond kill and seduced his way up the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. food chain until a final showdown with the bald, bad criminal genius with a fondness for white kitties.

 

4. Fantastic Four teaser in X-Men: Days of Future Past!

I think Fox’s Marvel movie team (including Mark Millar) have a “Fantastic” teaser moment in the post-credits sequence for us! How about Dr. McCoy calling on a young Reed Richards in class or Logan and Ben Grimm sharing a brew?

 

The Massive #1 courtesy Dark Horse Comics

The Massive #1 courtesy Dark Horse Comics

5. The Massive will become a movie or television series!

Brad Pitt as sniper/professional soldier turned conservationist Callum Israel and executive producing a big-screen version of Brian Wood’s epic series of pacifist environmentalists now fighting for survival and searching for their sister ship in a post-apocalyptic world. With Naomi Campbell as Mary, Callum’s tough devoted lover and Dwayne Johnson as Mag, Callum’s fellow soldier turned activist.

 

 

6. Rian Johnson

The director of Looper should be up for any superhero movie he wants! How about Doctor Strange?

 

7. Lex Luthor in Superman vs. Batman!

Enough speculation – let’s have the charming but ruthless genius/C.E.O. manipulate the conflict between the DC titans but in a sequel having him fitted for a Lexcorp Battlesuit!

 

courtesy BBC and Facebook/DoctorWho

courtesy BBC and Facebook/DoctorWho

8. Doctor Who, Agent of ?

 

I’d like to see the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) forced to an agent of a greater power. I always enjoyed when the Time Lords forced the Third and Fourth Doctor to go on missions for them. My first Doctor Who arc was Tom Baker on a quest for The Key to Time by the White Guardian. The Time Lords forced Baker’s Who to investigate the Genesis of the Daleks. Capaldi reminds me of Jon Pertwee, who was a UNIT scientific adviser. I liked seeing the anti-authority rebel Doctor sometimes forced to work at the whim of a higher authority.

 

9. Spacey cameos in Guardians of the Galaxy!

The Collector, The Nova Corps and Ronan the Accuser will appear in the big screen adventure based on Marvel’s space faring team. I’m sure if Ronan is a villain then we’ll see the Supreme Intelligence or Yon-Rogg, the Kree officer connected to the transformation of Carol Danvers into Ms. Marvel – now known as Captain Marvel.

 

Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #2 courtesy Marvel.com

Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #2 courtesy Marvel.com

10. Black Cat in Amazing Spider-Man 2! Sony is spinning spinoffs starring Venom and the Sinister Six but have about Peter Parker’s femme fatale? There are some reports Felicity Jones will play Felicia Hardy – the cat burglar anti-heroine.

11. Misty Knight and Colleen Wing in Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones.

The tough private detectives (Knight Wing Restorations) aka the Daughters of the Dragon are integral players in the world of Murdock, Cage, Rand and Jones. Misty and Danny Rand always made one hot couple.

 

 

12. Steranko in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Stan Lee deserves every cameo he wants but how about giving the legendary Jim Steranko a role in the ABC series or flashback arc that salutes the groundbreaking Steranko era of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

 

 

13. Fatale The hit horror/crime noir Image series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips would be a smash and (would have to be on HBO, Showtime, Cinemax.) Josephine is cursed and so is every man who falls in love with her as she runs through the decades from demonic forces and killer cults.

 

 

Black Widow and The Winter Soldier from the cover of Captain America and Bucky #624 courtesy Marvel.com

Black Widow and The Winter Soldier from the cover of Captain America and Bucky #624 courtesy Marvel.com

14.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier

This is THE story that made be love Steve Rogers all over again. Ed Brubaker’s epic take on the Star-Spangled Avenger and his resurrected best friend is one of my all-time favorite comic book storylines. I hope this sequel is such a smash that we see a Winter Soldier/Black Widow movie based on Brubaker’s spinoff series.

 

 

There you have it – my 14 geek wishes I hope to see or have announced in 2014. What’s on your wish list? Comment below or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter @comicsblend and check out our Best of 2013 recaps.

 

By Editor