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James Bond Villain Ernst Blofeld Cleared To Make A Return!

November 19th, 2013 9:50am EST
Ernst Blofeld
One of James Bond's most notorious villains may be set to make a return after producers settled a long-running legal battle over the character.

Ernst Stavro Blofeld, along with his white cat and dreams of world domination, is one of Bond's most instantly recognizable villains after appearing in films such as From Russia with Love, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice.

He was dreamed up by Bond's creator Ian Fleming with the help of Kevin McClory, the screenwriter who adapted the 007 books for cinema. Courts later ruled McClory owned substantial elements of the Bond mythos, allowing him t...

Movie boss offered Sean Connery historic deal to come back as Bond

October 31st, 2013 4:00am EDT
Sean Connery
Movie executive David Picker has revealed he offered Sean Connery the deal of a lifetime to come back as James Bond one more time after learning producers of the franchise had treated him badly.

The United Artists head oversaw the Bond movies and was stunned when he learned Connery would not be back as 007 for his sixth film and he set about winning the Scot back for one more film, 1971's Diamonds Are Forever.

Picker tells, "We approved everything but we weren't there for the day in and day out stuff of making the movie, so we were not aware that there was a problem with...

Signed celebrity Polaroids going under the hammer

October 28th, 2013 9:30pm EDT
Robert De Niro
A collection of autographed Polaroid photos featuring stars like Robert De Niro, Sean Connery and Meryl Streep are expected to fetch up to $30,000 (£20,000) at auction next month (Nov13).

Photographer Tim Boxer swapped his Nikon F professional camera for a cheap Polaroid to snap his celebrity subjects after finishing professional shoots with them during the 1970s and 1980s and he persuaded the famous faces to sign the candid, instantly-developed pictures there and then.

He amassed a total of 212 rare snaps over the years, including shots of U.S. President John F. Kennedy's widow, Jacqueli...

Sir Sean Connery is America's most popular Brit

October 27th, 2013 9:30pm EDT
Sean Connery
Bond icon Sir Sean Connery has topped a new poll to find the most popular British actor in the U.S.

The 83-year-old Hollywood veteran has seen off competition from Colin Firth and Daniel Craig to take first place in this year's (13) Q Score chart, based on opinion polls conducted in America.

Silence of the Lambs' Sir Anthony Hopkins comes in second and Liam Neeson third, while David McCallum and Daniel Day-Lewis rounded out the top five.

Henry Schafer, executive vice president of Q Scores Company, says, "Awareness of Sean Connery and his appeal was strong across the country and with all...

Alec Baldwin pays tribute to Tom Clancy

October 2nd, 2013 8:42pm EDT
Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin has paid a touching tribute to acclaimed author Tom Clancy following his death on Tuesday (01Oct13).

The writer, who penned classic thrillers including Patriot Games and Rainbow Six, passed away at a hospital in his native Baltimore, Maryland, aged 66.

Many of Clancy's novels were adapted for the big screen, and now Baldwin, who starred in the big screen version of his 1984 book The Hunt for Red October alongside Sean Connery, has reflected on the news of his passing.

A statement released on Wednesday (02Oct13) reads: "Spending time with Tom prior to shooting was the best pa...

Sean Connery Happy & Healthy At U.S. Open

September 6th, 2013 11:31pm EDT
Sean Connery
Veteran actor Sir Sean Connery put speculation about his deteriorating health to rest on Thursday when he stepped out in New York looking happy and healthy.

The legendary Bond star, who retired from the limelight in 2011, was all smiles as he made a rare public appearance to attend the U.S. Open tennis championships in Queens, but his joy was dampened as he watched his fellow Scot Andy Murray lose in straight sets to Stanislas Wawrinka in the men's singles quarterfinals.

Connery's appearance came just days after Sir Michael Caine was forced to dismiss rumours his pal is suffering from Alz...

Michael Caine Blasts Sean Connery Alzheimer's Report

August 27th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Michael Caine
Veteran actor Michael Caine has slammed a German newspaper report alleging he revealed his pal Sean Connery is suffering from Alzheimer's disease during a recent interview.

Editors at Bild reported the Alfie star said Connery was struggling to cope with dementia, and was quoted as saying, "One must have serious concerns for him."

However, the article has come under fire from Caine, who is baffled as to where the newspaper got it from.

He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "It's all bulls**t, completely preposterous. I did some interviews over in Germany for a new film and I can only assume so...

Sean Connery threatened with arrest over Spanish property scandal

July 4th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Sean Connery
Sean Connery and his wife have been threatened with arrest if they do not appear before a judge in Spain by the end of the year (13) in relation to an ongoing money-laundering and property fraud investigation.

The 82-year-old former James Bond and his wife Micheline became embroiled in the longrunning probe after selling off their beachfront mansion near Marbella in 1998.

They made $8.4 million (£5.4 million) after offloading the property to redevelopers, but reportedly failed to pay $2 million (£1.29 million) in tax on the sale of development rights to the land.

Their estate was knocked...

Lost 'Thunderball' Watch To Go Under The Hammer

May 21st, 2013 5:28pm EDT
A watch worn by James Bond in 007 film Thunderball is expected to sell for up to $93,000 after it was discovered at a market in Britain.  

The long-lost luxury Breitling was sported by Sean Connery in the 1965 movie and doubled up as a Geiger counter helping him to trace missing nuclear bombs by measuring radioactivity.

The timepiece, bought for just $39  at the time of filming, vanished after the cameras stopped rolling and was considered lost forever, but it is now set to go up for auction after it was found at a sale of second-hand goods in Britain.

Bosses at Christie's auction hous...

Forgotten Friday Flick - 'The Untouchables'

January 11th, 2013 10:00am EST
The Untouchables
Since this weeks big release "Gangster Squad" is a shallow rip off of one of the greatest crime genre films ever made, why not go right to the source – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick!  We’re bypassing the subpar imitation and instead heading back to 1987 to covet the original.  It’s a film that worked so well because of an alignment of all the best elements – an amazing cast, stellar script and a director who knew how to add panache.  Never stop fighting till the fighting’s done – it’s..."The Untouchables!"

It’s a time of prohibition in Chicago and gangster Al Capone is cashing ...

Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Goldfinger'

November 9th, 2012 11:00am EST
With some saying that the latest 007 outing "Skyfall" is the best Bond film in years, it felt right to highlight my favorite in the series this week. Welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! While this week’s selection may not be so forgotten with Bond film fans, it is nevertheless a notable outing that deserves to be highlighted and thus seen by everyone. (Yes newcomers and young folks, this one is for you!) It’s truly Bond at his best with the hottest ladies (Pussy Galore – oh, yeah!), the baddest villains (Auric G. and Oddjob!) and the coolest gadgets – my favorite of the series. Not expe...

'Global James Bond Day' Set For October 5th

August 31st, 2012 9:37am EDT
James Bond
A global celebration of James Bond will take place in October to mark 50 years since the release of the first 007 film.

Movie bosses behind the popular franchise have declared October 5th Global James Bond Day, five decades after Sean Connery made his debut as the superspy in 1962's Dr. No.

A series of special events are being organized around the world, including the launch of a Bond exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The Music of Bond concert at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles, and the release of a new documentary, Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story o...

'Expendables 2' Director Wants Sean Connery For Sequel

August 17th, 2012 1:22pm EDT
Simon West
Film maker Simon West has one final casting dream to fulfill if he is given the go-ahead to make a third Expendables movie - he wants Sean Connery to come out of retirement for one last action role.

The moviemaker stepped behind the camera to helm The Expendables 2 with a slew of Hollywood's most famous tough guys including Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Bruce Willis.

Talk is turning to a possible third film, and West admits he will try to persuade the former James Bond star to get back in the acting game.

He tells Britain's Press Association, "I ...

Jeremy Renner In 'Bourne Legacy' And 10 Other Franchise Recasts

August 9th, 2012 12:07pm EDT
The Bourne Legacy
Jeremy Renner isn't playing Jason Bourne, but he's taking over the Bourne franchise for Matt Damon in The Bourne Legacy. Renner's also not the first actor or actress to become the new face of a franchise. Here are 10 other franchise recasts:

Bruce Banner - Eric Bana/Edward Norton/Mark Ruffalo: Bana signed for three Hulk films, but was replaced by super fan Norton when Marvel re-acquired the rights. Norton re-wrote The Incredible Hulk and starred in a hit, but was unable to come to a deal when a role in The Avengers was available. Ruffalo filled in, and was given positive reviews.


Cannes To Screen Classic James Bond Movies

May 14th, 2012 11:54am EDT
Dr. No
Cannes Film Festival bosses are to mark 50 years of the James Bond franchise by screening five classic 007 movies at the event.

The suave superspy first burst onto the big screen in 1962's Dr. No and went on to become one of the icons of modern cinema.

To celebrate the franchise's 50th birthday this year, officials at this month's French film festival will screen 007's debut cinema outing along with its follow-up From Russia with Love, George Lazenby's sole turn as the spy in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Sean Connery's swansong in 1971's Diamonds Are Forever, and current Bond star D...

The Complete Indiana Jones Film Collection Coming To Blu-ray This Fall

February 29th, 2012 7:00pm EST
Indiana Jones
The man with the hat is back – and looking better than ever! The world's favorite globe-trotting archaeologist is, at long last, embarking on his greatest adventure – when The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Media Distribution.

The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection will be excavated in the fall of 2012 and will include all four of Indy's thrilling adventures - Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull -...

Daniel Craig To Make Eight James Bond Films?

December 19th, 2011 9:28am EST
Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig looks set to become the longest-running James Bond of all time after producer Michael G. Wilson revealed he'd "love" the actor to play the spy in five more films.

The star has so far signed up to three Bond movies, "Quantum of Solace," "Casino Royale" and upcoming film "Skyfall."

And now he looks set to overtake Roger Moore as the longest-running actor to play the superspy if he signs a deal to film a total of eight movies.

Moore currently holds the record with seven films, while Sean Connery took on six movies as Bond.

Wilson tells Britain's The People, "Daniel's been a te...

Roger Moore Bashes Daniel Craig And Sean Connery's James Bonds

November 6th, 2011 6:21pm EST
Roger Moore
Roger Moore has taken aim at fellow James Bonds Sean Connery and Daniel Craig in a new interview.

The British actor, who portrayed 007 in seven films between 1973 and 1985, admits he hasn't always been a fan of the spy franchise.

He tells Varsity he thought the latest Bond film, Daniel Craig's Quantum of Solace, was "a long, disjointed commercial" and he pokes fun at his predecessor, Scottish star Connery.

Moore says, "Sean is a great actor. It's a pity I can't understand what he's saying."

'Diamonds Are Forever' Movie Poster Fetches Fortune At Auction

June 16th, 2011 8:17am EDT
Sean Connery
The original poster artwork for James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever has sold at a London auction for more than $125,000.

The hand-painted piece made more than three times the original estimate of $38,000 after a collector bid $126,800 at the Christie's sale on Wednesday.

The rare poster features a miss-spelling of actress Lana Wood's name and depicts 007 star Sean Connery holding a gun with two Bond girls at his side.

A poster for the 1942 Humphrey Bogart classic Casablanca also went under the hammer, fetching a staggering $48,000.

Sean Connery Starred In First Ever On Screen Male-On-Male Kiss

June 6th, 2011 8:46am EDT
Sean Connery
TV researchers have discovered footage of Sean Connery kissing another actor in what is thought to be the first televised male-to-male smooch caught on cameras.

The 1960 BBC drama "Colombe" was lost to the archives until experts recently uncovered a copy in the U.S. Library of Congress.

In the footage Connery, then 29, plants a kiss on the lips of Richard Pasco, who plays his brother. Connery's character believes his sibling is having an affair with his wife and kisses him in a bid to understand why she has picked him as her lover.

Dick Fiddy, TV consultant at the British Film Institute,...

Top Ten Coolest Movie 'Car Chases'

April 28th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Fast Five photo
What really makes a memorable movie car chase? Could it be speed, style, sass – or maybe all of the above? The arrival of "Fast Five" (hitting theaters on April 29), which combines all the original Fast and Furious gang with some highly decked out new roadsters, has us at Starpulse revving our engines with nostalgia. With so many seriously significant car sequences in cinema history, how do you choose what’s really the best? Well, the brain has been wracked and the result is a list (complete with visual aids!) of some of the most speedometer pushing, gas peddle slamming, tongue-in-cheek...

Javier Bardem To Play Next James Bond Villain?

February 3rd, 2011 2:27pm EST
Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem is thrilled about the possibility of joining the James Bond franchise as the latest villain - he's been a fan of the superspy since he was a child.

The Spanish actor has confirmed he's in talks to star opposite Daniel Craig in the upcoming 23rd 007 movie, which is due for release in 2012. Bardem has met with the film's director Sam Mendes to discuss the role, and although he has yet to sign a contract, he reveals he's delighted to be considered for the job.

He tells the Los Angeles Times, "I'm a huge fan of the James Bond saga. When I was little, I went watching Mr. Conne...

Sean Connery Snubs 50th Anniversary James Bond Party

January 30th, 2011 6:28pm EST
Sean Connery
Bond bosses have been left disappointed after Sean Connery reportedly declined an invitation to take part in the 50th anniversary celebrations of the superspy series next year.

The Scottish veteran was the first ever actor to portray the suave British secret agent in 1962's Dr. No, and went on to play James Bond seven times.

The series is set to return to the big screen with Daniel Craig slipping on his tuxedo for his third outing as the spy next year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the franchise.

Bosses at MGM - the studio behind the movies - are planning to mark the milestone ...

Sean Connery Statue Erected In Estonia

January 27th, 2011 2:14pm EST
Sean Connery
A bronze sculpture in honor of Sean Connery has been unveiled in the Estonian capital of Tallinn.

The screen legend was honored on Thursday when a bust baring his likeness was unveiled outside whiskey sampling society The Scottish Club, where members honour "Scots who have made a difference".

The $14,000 sculpture by Estonian artist Tiiu Kirsipuu was financed through private donations.

British Ambassador Peter Carter attended the unveiling ceremony, telling guests: "Sir Sean Connery is, without a doubt, an icon. He is variously known as James Bond or the sexiest man of the century. He's ...

Sean Connery Involved In Shady Spanish Real Estate Deals?

November 21st, 2010 4:37pm EST
Sean Connery
Sean Connery has been ordered by a Spanish judge to contribute to a $76.5 million bond as part of an ongoing money-laundering and property fraud investigation.

Judge Ricardo Puyol named the James Bond star as one of the individuals who must deposit the combined sum as surety in the probe into a number of property deals, including the 1998 sale of the actor's beachfront mansion near Marbella, Spain.

Connery and his wife Micheline made $8.4 million in the sale but allegedly failed to pay $2 million to the local authority. The property was knocked down to allow for 72 luxury apartments to be...

Denise Richards Says Her Memoir Is 'Not Going To Be Salacious'

October 27th, 2010 9:15pm EDT
Denise Richards
Charlie Sheen's ex-wife Denise Richards will keep details of the actor's tumultuous night in New York under wraps when her memoir hits shelves next year - because she doesn't want the book to be a "salacious" tell-all.

The former Bond girl will write about her rise to fame, her marriage and divorce from Sheen and life as a single mom to their two daughters in the as-yet untitled book, expected for release in July.

However, the actress, who reportedly accompanied her former partner to the hospital on Tuesday after police were called to investigate an alleged disturbance in his room at Ma...

Sean Connery Fails To Show In Spanish Court

October 15th, 2010 6:26pm EDT
Sean Connery
Sean Connery failed to appear at a Spanish court on Friday after a judge summoned him to testify as part of a money-laundering investigation.

The actor and his wife Micheline were asked to take to the stand, but a letter from Connery explained he could not travel to Spain because of his age and unspecified health problems. The former James Bond star and his wife were named in the probe stemming from the 1998 sale of their beachfront mansion near Marbella.

The couple made $8.4 million in the sale but allegedly failed to pay $2 million to the local authority. The property was knocked down...

Jamie Lee Curtis: 'My Father's Legacy Will Live On'

September 30th, 2010 4:50pm EDT
Jamie Lee Curtis
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis has paid a touching tribute to her late father, Hollywood icon Tony Curtis, insisting his legacy will live on through his "great performances".

The Some Like It Hot star passed away at his home in Las Vegas on Wednesday after suffering a cardiac arrest at the age of 85. His daughter Lee Curtis has heaped praise on her dad, insisting they shared a mutual respect for one another's professions, despite their difficult relationship following his bitter divorce from her actress mother Janet Leigh.

In a statement released on Thursday, she says, "My father leaves behin...

Happy 80th Birthday Sean Connery!

August 25th, 2010 10:09am EDT
Happy 80th Birthday Sean Connery
Sean Connery, we salute you as you turn 80.

The veteran movie icon and one-time James Bond hits octogenarian status today and we are thrilled to pay tribute to Hollywood's great Scot.

From his humble beginnings in working class Edinburgh, Scotland, Connery has become one of his nation's favorite sons.

In over 70 films, Sean has been in more box office blockbusters than most - as well as his seven turns as 007, he has played Indiana Jones' father and enjoyed hits with modern classics like Highlander, The Untouchables, The Man Who Would Be King, The Name of the Rose and The Hunt for Red Oc...

Mel Gibson Insults Timothy Dalton's Son In Latest Rant

July 15th, 2010 2:36pm EDT
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson may have incurred the wrath of a former James Bond after taking aim at Timothy Dalton's son in the latest taped rant targeting the boy's mother.

Gibson's reputation has taken a severe lashing after the taped rages were leaked to website On the tapes, a male voice which sounds distinctively like Gibson's can be heard hurling expletives and abuse at his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. And, in the latest release, he turns on Grigorieva's skills as a mom to Dalton's 12-year-old son Alexander.

He rages, "Look at what you've done, look at your son, he's a f**king ...

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