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Not So Fast, Is Daniel Craig Really Quitting Bond?

2/24/2016 3:12pm EST
Relax, Daniel Craig Has Not Quit James Bond
Yesterday, an interview with Mark Strong on Shortlist suggested his friend, Daniel Craig, had retired from playing James Bond. This story got picked up wide in mainstream outlets, because of course it’s possible Bond news. But if you look at Strong’s quotes, it’s clear this is not any official news. Shortlist was even careful to add “according to Mark Strong” to qualify the headline. Frankly, he’s being diplomatic and being careful not to get himself or his friend into any trouble.

Shortlist asked Strong if he’d like to appear in a Bond film in any capacity. Like any actor asked a speculat...

Will Daniel Craig's Surgery Delay Latest Bond Film?

4/6/2015 10:45am EDT
Daniel Craig Has Surgery After Injuring Knee On Set Of New Bond
Secret agent James Bond is known for being a tough guy, and it seems the same can be said about current Bond actor Daniel Craig.

Craig reportedly had surgery on his knee over Easter weekend after injuring it two months ago while shooting a scene for the upcoming Bond film Spectre. The 47-year-old actor was shooting at London's Pinewood Studios when he sprained his knee.

But Craig sucked it up and kept shooting, even with the injury. The arthroscopic surgery was done in New York during a scheduled Easter break.

The surgery is being described as minor, but it's unclear if Craig will be si...

James Bond Villain Ernst Blofeld Cleared To Make A Return!

11/19/2013 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...

John Travolta Wants To Play Bond Villain

7/26/2013 12:11pm EDT
John Travolta
Renowned Hollywood actor John Travolta is hoping to land a role opposite Daniel Craig in the next James Bond film as he has long fantasized himself playing a villain in the 007 franchise.

The 59 year-old actor admits he is a big fan of the movie series and hopes to eventually follow in the footsteps of actors including Christopher Walken, Christopher Lee and Javier Bardem who have all previously played Bond's rogues.

The Saturday Night Fever star tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "I'd love to play a bad guy in James Bond."  He adds of the films' lead actors, "I have two favorite Bonds, S...

85th Oscars Plan a Special James Bond 50th Celebration

1/5/2013 10:31am EST
85th Oscars Plan a Special James Bond 50th Celebration
The 85th Academy Awards® will include a tribute to the James Bond movie franchise, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the telecast's producers announced today.

"We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday," said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. "Starting with 'Dr. No' back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon."

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in ...

James Bond Auction Raises $1.6 Million

10/6/2012 8:08pm EDT
Casino Royale
Daniel Craig's iconic Casino Royale swimming trunks and a car he drove in Quantum Of Solace helped raise more than $1.6 million at a James Bond memorabilia auction in London on Friday night.

The Global Bond Day Christie's sale was held to mark the 50th anniversary of the first superspy movie, Dr. No, and former James Bond icon Roger Moore was on hand to help sell off several collectibles and props.

The highlight of the sale was a 2008 Aston Martin, driven by Craig in Quantum of Solace, which sold for $386,000, while the swimwear he donned in one famous Bond scene earned $71,120.


'Global James Bond Day' Set For October 5th

8/31/2012 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...

Sam Worthington To Be The Next James Bond?

4/26/2012 11:24am EDT
Sam Worthington
Sam Worthington is the actor most likely to step into James Bond's shoes when Daniel Craig hangs up his Walther PPK, according to Britain's leading bookmaker.

Craig is currently shooting scenes for his third outing as the suave superspy in Skyfall, which is due for release in 2014, and shows no signs of retiring from the role.

However, when he eventually moves on from the 007 franchise, Avatar actor Worthington - who was born in Britain but grew up in Australia - is hot favorite to take over the coveted part, followed by English actor Tom Hardy and Shame star Michael Fassbender.

A spo...

Javier Bardem To Play Next James Bond Bad Guy

10/11/2011 8:18pm EDT
Javier Bardem
Spanish actor Javier Bardem has been confirmed as the villain in the new James Bond movie.

The Oscar winner has ended months of speculation by confirming he has signed up to play Daniel Craig's foe in the untitled 23rd 007 film.

He tells ABC TV, "I am very excited. My parents took me to watch the movies, and I saw all of them, so to play that is going to be fun. They chose me to play this man, but I cannot give you many details.".

Adele To Sing Next 'James Bond' Theme?

9/4/2011 11:45am EDT
Soul superstar Adele has sent fans into a frenzy by hinting she is next in line to record a "James Bond" theme.

The London-born singer teased her big secret during an interview with U.K. TV host Jonathan Ross after he asked about her upcoming projects.

Adele mentioned the recording studio, before blurting out, "It is actually a theme, what I've got to do. Wow, that's really giving something away!"

She then covered her mouth, and Ross began humming the Bond theme tune. Adele added, "It's a concept. One song."

Adele will be in good company if she does end up on the superspy soundtrack - J...

Jason Statham Dreams Of Landing Bond Role

5/20/2011 8:19am EDT
Jason Statham
British actor Jason Statham is hoping to become the next James Bond, branding the superspy part his "dream" role.

The Expendables star has risen to fame playing tough guy characters in movies including Snatch, The Italian Job and Crank.

However, Statham, who is dating beauty Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, is eager to take over from Daniel Craig as the next 007.

He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "You'd be lying if you said no. He has all the fanciest gadgetry. He's in and out of bed with the sexiest, hottest women. And gets to save the world. Come on! It's everybody's dream, isn't it?"


Sean Connery Fails To Show In Spanish Court

10/15/2010 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...

Happy 80th Birthday Sean Connery!

8/25/2010 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...

Pierce Brosnan Says He Felt 'Shackled' By Bond Role

8/9/2010 11:00am EDT
Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan was relieved to give up his 007 status following his stint as James Bond - after realizing he had "lost his way" while playing the iconic superspy.

The Irish actor was devastated after he was replaced by Daniel Craig as the suave secret agent and admits it took several years to regain his self-belief. But now he's convinced his dismissal was for the best.

He says, "I felt very shackled by Bond and didn't want to rock the boat. You get tangled up in your own ego of how you're perceived. You can lose your way... You can be a leading man for so long and it's wonderful but t...

Is This It For James Bond? Find Out In This Week's EW

8/5/2010 9:15pm EDT
Daniel Craig As James Bond
With MGM up for auction - and no buyer in sight - the world's greatest film franchise lies in peril. This week's cover story investigates what's next for James Bond, and whether Daniel Craig has sipped his last shaken martini.

Up until last spring, it looked as if James Bond would indeed return, but after decades of invincibility, it seems as if 007 has finally been defeated, at least for the foreseeable future. What's holding up production on the next movie is the sale of MGM, which went up for auction last November and still hasn't found a buyer. Then, in July, there was more reason t...

Christopher Nolan Was Influenced By 'Bond' Films

7/11/2010 6:00pm EDT
Christopher Nolan
Film-maker Christopher Nolan has credited the James Bond franchise with providing inspiration for his sci-fi thriller Inception.

The director grew up watching the superspy series and insists the action scenes and themes found in 007 films influenced his upcoming movie, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a skilled thief who steals secrets from dreamers' subconscious minds.

Nolan explains, "The Bond influence on the film was very intentional because, for me, growing up with the Bond films - they've always stood for grand-scale action (and) stood for the promise of being taken to some place bi...

Freida Pinto: I'm Too Young To Be A Bond Girl'

4/7/2010 11:56am EDT
Freida Pinto
Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto is "flattered" by rumors linking her to a role in the new 007 movie - but insists she's not "beautiful" enough to play a Bond girl.

Pinto was recently reported to have signed up to play Daniel Craig's love interest in the next James Bond blockbuster, which will be directed by Sam Mendes. A representative for the actress dismissed the rumors, confirming Pinto has "not been approached" by Bond bosses.

And the Indian beauty, 25, is convinced she would be the wrong choice for a role in the super-spy franchise.

She tells Britain's OK! magazine, "It was...

Freida Pinto's Rep Denies Bond Role

3/23/2010 8:49am EDT
Freida Pinto
A spokesperson for Freida Pinto has denied reports the actress has signed up to be Daniel Craig's next Bond girl.

British tabloids last week fueled speculation that the "Slumdog Millionaire" star has been chosen to appear in the next 007 movie, which will be directed by Sam Mendes and set in Afghanistan.

A source told the Daily Mirror, "Freida was always the dream Bond girl, but initially she was nervous about accepting it. This is going to be the most ambitious 007 yet."

However, Pinto's rep has dismissed the stories, insisting movie bosses have not asked the actress to star in the a...

Robert Pattinson In Awe Of Friendly Pierce Brosnan

2/16/2010 7:00pm EST
Robert Pattinson In Awe Of Friendly Pierce Brosnan
Twilight heart-throb Robert Pattinson was impressed with Pierce Brosnan's social skills while filming their new movie - because the former James Bond star was so kind to his fans. The 23 year old spent a lot of time with Brosnan while they were in New York City shooting Remember Me.

However, while Pattinson found it difficult to deal with all of the attention from fans while out in public with his co-star, Brosnan was generous with his time when meeting devotees - and the young actor was left in awe of the smooth-talking Irishman.

Pattinson tells Vogue magazine, "He's totally recogn...

Celebrity Birthdays, February 12

2/12/2010 3:00am EST
Josh Brolin
Happy Birthday to:

"Jonah Hex " star Josh Brolin (1968)

Actress Christina Ricci (1980)

Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky

Wilson Phillips singer Chynna Phillips (1968)

Talk show host Arsenio Hall (1955)

Canadian character actor Michael Ironside (1950)

Bond girl Maud Adams (1945)

Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek (1939)

American film actor Joe Don Baker (1936)

"Bonanza" star Lorne Greene (1915; d. 1987)

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Celebrity Birthdays, January 8

1/8/2010 3:00am EST
Elvis Presley
Happy Birthday to:

'The King' Elvis Presley (1935; d. 1977)

Christian singer Rachel Lampa (1985)

"Buffy" actress Amber Benson (1977)

Troubled singer R. Kelly (1969)

"Homicide: Life on the Street" star Michelle Forbes (1967)

Mother Love Bone lead singer Andrew Wood (1966; d. 1990)

English singer/actor David Bowie (1947)

Doors guitarist Robby Krieger (1946)

Game show host Bob Eubanks (1938)

"James Bond" theme song singer Shirley Bassey (1937)

Comedian Soupy Sales (1926)

"Gone With The Wind" actress Butterfly McQueen (1911; d. 1995)

Puerto Rican film acto...

Celebrity Birthdays, October 14

10/14/2009 3:00am EDT
Happy Birthday to:

R&B singer Usher (1978)

Actress Stacy Keibler (1979)

British musician Thomas Dolby (1958)

Actor / magician Harry Anderson (1948)

Moody Blues singer Justin Hayward (1946)

"British Elvis" Cliff Richard (1940)

James Bond actor Roger Moore (1927)

"First Lady of the Silent Screen" Lillian Gish (1893; d. 1993)

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Celebrity Birthdays, October 6

10/6/2009 3:00am EDT
Elisabeth Shue
Happy Birthday to:

Hollow Man star Elisabeth Shue (1963)

Pink Power Ranger Amy Jo Johnson (1970)

Singer/songwriter Matthew Sweet (1964)

Swedish Bond girl Britt Ekland (1935)

Actress Carole Lombard (1908)

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Celebrity Birthdays, September 12

9/12/2009 3:00am EDT
Emmy Rossum
Happy Birthday to:

"Phantom of the Opera" actress Emmy Rossum (1986)

"The O.C." actor Benjamin McKenzie (1978)

"American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard (1978)

"Into the Blue" actor Paul Walker (1973)

Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde (1968)

Musician Ben Folds (1966)

Fishbone bassist John Norwood Fisher (1965)

Actress Amy Yasbeck (1963)

French singer Mylene Farmer (1961)

British actress Rachel Ward (1957)

XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews (1956)

"Bosom Buddies" actor Peter Scolari (1954)

America co-founder Gerry Beckley (1952)

Author and Rush drummer Neil ...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 25

8/25/2009 3:00am EDT
Gene Simmons
Happy Birthday to

Kiss bassist/singer Gene Simmons (1949)

"The O.C." actress Rachel Bilson (1981)

"Kenan & Kel" star Kel Mitchell (1978)

German supermodel Claudia Schiffer (1970)

"All My Children" actor Cameron Mathison (1969)

Powerman 5000 singer Spider One (1968)

Belle & Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch (1968)

Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy (1967)

Actor Blair Underwood (1964)

Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus (1961)

"Coraline" director Tim Burton (1958)

English musician Elvis Costello (1954)

Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes (1952)

Judas Priest singer Rob Half...

Celebrity Birthdays, May 28

5/28/2009 3:00am EDT
Kylie Minogue
Happy Birthday to "Swimfan" star Jesse Bradford (1979), Australian singer Kylie Minogue (1968), country singer Phil Vassar (1964), "The Drew Carey Show" actress Christa Miller (1964), The Plasmatics singer Wendy O. Williams (1949; d. 1998), actress Sondra Locke (1947), Creedence Clearwater Revival singer John Fogerty (1945), singer Gladys Knight (1944), American musician Papa John Creach (1917; d. 1994), singer T-Bone Walker (1910; d. 1975), and "James Bond" author Ian Fleming (1908; d. 1964).

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Celebrity Birthdays, April 5

4/5/2009 3:00am EDT
Happy Birthday to Neptune Pharrell Williams (1973), Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready (1965), fmr. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell (1937), British actor Nigel Hawthorne (1929; d. 2001), director/producer Roger Corman (1926), "Mr. Belvedere" star Christopher Hewett (1922; d. 2001), "To Kill A Mockingbird" star Gregory Peck (1916; d. 2003), "James Bond" producer Albert R. Broccoli (1909; d. 1996), and legendary thespians Bette Davis (1908; d. 1989) and Spencer Tracy (1900; d. 1967).

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Celebrity Birthdays, March 2

3/2/2009 3:00am EST
Ben Roethlisberger
Happy Birthday to "A.J. Soprano" Robert Iler (1985), Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (1982), Lady in the Water star Bryce Dallas Howard (1981), actress Heather McComb (1977), Coldplay singer Chris Martin (1977), new James Bond actor Daniel Craig (1968), rocker Jon Bon Jovi (1962), SNL alum Laraine Newman (1952), singer Karen Carpenter (1950; d. 1983), Star Trek doctor Gates McFadden (1949), singer Eddie Money (1949), Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher (1948), Velvet Underground singer Lou Reed (1942), authors John Irving (1942) and Tom Wolfe (1931), former Soviet Union presid...

Celebrity Birthdays, February 12

2/12/2009 3:00am EST
Christina Ricci
Happy Birthday to actress Christina Ricci (1980), filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, Wilson Phillips singer Chynna Phillips (1968), "Milk" actor Josh Brolin (1968), talk show host Arsenio Hall (1955), Canadian character actor Michael Ironside (1950), Bond girl Maud Adams (1945), Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek (1939), American film actor Joe Don Baker (1936), "Bonanza" star Lorne Greene (1915; d. 1987), and 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln (1809; d. 1865).

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Celebrity Birthdays, January 8

1/8/2009 3:00am EST
Elvis Presley
Happy Birthday to Christian singer Rachel Lampa (1985), "Buffy" actress Amber Benson (1977), New York Yankee first baseman Jason Giambi (1971), R&B singer R. Kelly (1969), "Homicide: Life on the Street" star Michelle Forbes (1967), Mother Love Bone lead singer Andrew Wood (1966; d. 1990), Austrian chef/restaurateur Wolfgang Puck (1949), English singer/actor David Bowie (1947), Doors guitarist Robby Krieger (1946), game show host Bob Eubanks (1938), "James Bond" theme song singer Shirley Bassey (1937), revolutionary performer Elvis Presley (1935; d. 1977), comedian Soupy Sales (1926), "Gone...