As production on the 25th James Bond movie starts to ramp up, one of the biggest questions surrounding the film — will Daniel Craig return as Bond? — has now been answered. Despite rumors to the contrary, Craig has signed on to play Agent 007 for the fifth time. The Bond movie franchise celebrates its 55th anniversary in October, and when we spoke to Craig, he offered his theories about why James Bond has been able to maintain its popularity through six decades. (Click on the media bar below to hear Daniel Craig)
The next Bond movie, which doesn’t have a title or a director yet, is due to be released on November 8, 2019.
Many consider the last James Bond film Skyfall the best film of the series, but consdiering the franchise’s continued momentum, the latest Bond flick Spectre might be even better. Daniel Craig told us that it was the cast and crew’s mission to make a Spectre a bigger and better film. Academy Award winning director Sam Mendes, who directed Skyfall and returned for this installment, welcomed everyone’s input and from there everything came together. (Click on the media bar below to hear Daniel Craig)
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Pierce Brosnan is coming back to the action genre with The November Man. After all, this is a man who played Agent 007 in four James Bond movies from 1995 to 2002. Of course, 007 has always been played by a revolving door of actors, and when it was his turn to hand the keys of the Aston Martin over to Daniel Craig, he did it without any regrets. (Click on the media bar below to hear Pierce Brosnan)
With their failed Ironside reboot creeping into the rear view, NBC sets its sights on yet another classic crime show revival: the romantic comedy/detective drama Remington Steele.
In the original Steele, private investigator Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) hires a professional con-man (Pierce Brosnan) to play the fictitious (titular) figurehead of her fledgeling detective agency to nab clients who would refuse to hire a female detective. The new series, planned as a half-hour comedy, will be a sequel rather than total overhaul, and feature the original protagonists’ daughter as she opens her own detective agency, only to face the same circumstances that brought her parents together
In light of the news, we were able to speak with star Brosnan about the show that launched his career. “I look back fondly. I mean, Remington was a major gift in my life,” the former 007 told us, relating his experience coming to America on a wing and a prayer and landing the Steele role almost immediately. (Click the media bar below to hear Brosnan reminisce.)
Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the most in demand actors in films today. After his great performance as Kahn in Star Trek Into Darkness, Cumberbatch has been rumored to be landing major roles. Most recently, he is rumored to eventually be replacing Daniel Craig as James Bond, once Craig decides he is done playing the character.
Cumberbatch is currently playing a modern version of Sherlock Holmes on the BBC, and will next be seen in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. He will also be playing Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, in The Fifth Estate. Cumberbatch says the idea of playing “007” would be very exciting, and that it has been a perfect storm of iconic, great roles, which have been offered to him. (Click on the media bar below to hear Benedict Cumberbatch)