Nov. 10, 2012 | 9:00 a.m.
“You Only Live Twice” isn’t just the name of one of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels (and the movie it spawned). It’s also turned out to be a fitting description of Fleming’s legacy. Not only does Fleming’s most famous creation live on nearly 50 years after his death — the latest Bond flick, “Skyfall,” hit theaters Friday — but Fleming’s unique brand of international intrigue continues to influence today’s thriller writers. While the Fleming estate recently announced that William Boyd would write the next official Bond novel (due next fall), a slew of other authors have been keeping the 007 spirit alive with their own series. They don’t all write about spies or diabolical plots to take over the world, but they do acknowledge their debt to Fleming and his sexy, high-stakes take on the thriller. Hero Complex has compiled […]
June 06, 2012 | 9:27 a.m.
This is the golden anniversary of “Dr. No,” the film that introduced moviegoers to the most famous spy of them all: James Bond of her majesty’s secret service. To mark the anniversary we’ll be running excerpts from Bill Desowitz’s just-released “James Bond Unmasked,” which features interviews with all six Bond actors. Desowitz will be signing copies of his book at the American Cinematheque’s “007: The Complete James Bond Retrospective,” Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood and June 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. “Bond. James Bond.” It’s the most famous introduction in movies, of course, establishing Sean Connery as Bond and his special mixture of danger and sex. Yet our first real intro to 007 is the more iconic gun barrel teaser by title designer Maurice Binder, which has become an indispensable part of […]
Nov. 03, 2011 | 8:26 a.m.
James Bond will be back in U.S. theaters in November 2012 with “Skyfall,” the 23rd film in the venerable spy franchise and the third installment starring Daniel Craig as 007. Shooting began Thursday for the film that will mark the film franchise’s 50th anniversary, although the fans who made “Dr. No” a hit back in 1962 might barely recognize the hero in his current taciturn mode. Still, at a news conference in London, director Sam Mendes assured reporters and fans that he will keep the adrenaline pumping in an aging brand that was revitalized with Martin Campbell’s “Casino Royale” in 2006. “It, I think, has all the elements of a classic Bond movie, including, to quell any rumors, a lot of action,” said the filmmaker, whose credits include “American Beauty,” “Jarhead” and “Road to Perdition.” The new film will also star Javier Bardem as the villain and brings back Judi Dench as Bond’s […]
July 28, 2011 | 3:54 p.m.
We recently brought you a pretty cool feature about the energized scene of pop-culture poster art and one of the leading names in that scene, Mondo, will release a new series of limited-edition “Cowboys & Aliens” posters on Friday (keep an eye on Mondo’s Twitter account for details). The series was curated by “Cowboys” director Jon Favreau — he personally picked the artists from the Mondo roster — and the filmmaker is a big fan of the Mondo shop after working with them on the “Iron Man” franchise as well as the memorable Janee Meadows one-sheet for “Cowboys” that became a viral sensation in June. The series includes work by Daniel Danger, Tom Whalen and Florian Bertmer and we got some comments from each of them about their approach to creating singular images based on a new popcorn universe. (Click on the “Captions On” option in photo gallery to […]
July 26, 2011 | 2:31 p.m.
It was quite the Hollywood posse — Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Steven Spielberg, Jon Favreau, Ron Howard and Olivia Wilde? Comic-Con International has been bringing in movie stars for years now, but the San Diego pop-culture expo has never seen anything like the world premiere of “Cowboys & Aliens” on Saturday. Favreau, the director of the film and a true savant when it comes to fanboy culture and film promotion, championed the idea of making the premiere a Comic-Con tie-in. It was at Comic-Con that Favreau found his way to the project in the first place (as he explained to Hero Complex when we visited the film’s New Mexico set), and it was at Comic-Con that he introduced the movie to the world last year via a memorable preview panel. If the movie does well when it opens Friday, he might just round up the […]
July 17, 2011 | 6:57 p.m.
You see the strangest things in the desert. Last year, for instance, if you followed a ridgeline in Abiquiu, N.M., you would have discovered a massive alien spaceship and, nearby, James Bond strumming a ukulele beneath a wispy tamarix tree. “Wait around,” he muttered, “and Indiana Jones might show up too.” The man with the four-string uke was actor Daniel Craig, who is best known as the British spy 007 but was on this particular day on location with “Cowboys & Aliens,” an audacious $180-million film that also stars “Raiders of the Lost Ark” hero Harrison Ford. Both actors have brought grim, granite stares to the project, which leads to a nagging question: Is this film as silly as its title or as fierce as its famous faces? “I’m not sure anyone knows what to make of this movie,” Craig […]
June 13, 2011 | 9:25 a.m.
EXCLUSIVE It looks like “Cowboys & Aliens” will saddle up in San Diego. Filmmaker Jon Favreau had just walked off stage Sunday night after a sparkling “Iron Man” reunion at the Hero Complex Film Festival, but his thoughts were already on a far-bigger spotlight moment this summer — Comic-Con International in San Diego. “The worldwide premiere of ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ will be at Comic-Con,” the director said of his hard-edged sci-fi western that stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell “And not only are we going to premiere it there, we’re going to find a way to include as many of the fans as possible. I feel like they’ve come out for me, they’ve supported me.” The movie goes into wide release on July 29 with its tale of an alien invasion in six-shooter days of 1873 Arizona. To some […]
May 23, 2011 | 5:21 p.m.
James Bond has finally met his match — himself. “Battle of the Bonds,” a six-minute video by Kyle Roberts and Oklahoma City-based film company Reckless Abandonment Pictures, features the British agent in four of his cinematic incarnations with Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. Do four versions of 007 equal 028? Decide for yourself, the short made its online debut this weekend. The short joins a parade of clever fan-made movie parodies and tributes that rack up millions of YouTube hits. Here’s some of our favorites: “Battle of the Bonds“: The filmmakers, who partnered with The Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, Okla., and Speeding Bullet Comics, used more than 5,000 photos of action figures (Bond is too cool to use the word “dolls,” though Barbie does make an appearance as Pussy Galore) to make the video. Several YouTube personalities […]
Jan. 11, 2011 | 12:24 p.m.
MGM has released a press release that is short and (for fans of 007) sweet… Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions, together with Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., today announced that the 23rd James Bond film will commence production in late 2011 for a worldwide release on November 9, 2012. Daniel Craig will be returning as the legendary British secret agent, with Sam Mendes directing a screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. RECENT AND RELATED Craig: My 007 future is out of my hands MGM woes? Sure, but new Bond film also needs script Clint Eastwood: I was offered Bond role in ’70s 24 FRAMES: Journos invest in “Bond” speculation James Bond is back with martinis…but not the gadgets PHOTO GALLERY: “Bond” girls through the […]
Nov. 17, 2010 | 2:38 p.m.
Sci-fi westerns are dangerous territory for directors: Barry Sonnenfeld’s six-gun parody “Wild Wild West” collected five Razzie Awards and Joss Whedon’s 26th century cowboy yarn “Serenity” met with tumbleweeds at the box office. But, based on the release Wednesday of his trailer for “Cowboys & Aliens,” Jon Favreau might be the white-hatted hero for the troubled mash-up genre. Favreau has all the western essentials covered here. The trailer opens with a grimy, confused Daniel Craig waking under a bright blue Arizona sky to discover a mysterious metallic cuff on his wrist and a posse encircling him. Craig is an amnesiac gunslinger, Olivia Wilde the town saloon-keeper and Harrison Ford a grizzled sheriff on Craig’s trail. “I want that man,” Ford hisses. “You give him to me now, or I’m gonna take him.” A stiff wind blows and, just when it […]