Why Is Bond Still Big? Daniel Craig Has Some Theories

The James Bond franchise started more than 50 years ago, and it’s still going strong today, with the 25th official Bond film in the pipeline and almost ready to start shooting. Daniel Craig returns to the role for the fifth time, which will most likely be his last as Agent 007. (This is the last Bond film in his contract, and he’s talked publicly about his departure from the series.) He knows that Bond will go on without him, as it has done after several other actors gave up the role, because people still want to see the movies. And while Craig can’t give a definite reason why that is, he’s got a few ideas. (Click on the media bar below to hear Daniel Craig)

If all goes as planned, expect the new Bond film in late 2018 or early 2019.

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Blu-Ray Spotlight: Steven Soderbergh Recaptures Cinematic Passion With ‘Logan Lucky’


Director Steven Soderbergh’s self-imposed retirement from making movies lasted all of four years, and thankfully his return to cinema was a successful one with Logan Lucky. Although it’s been rightfully compared as a kissing cousin to his Ocean’s Eleven movies, Logan Lucky has an entire energy of its own.

The narrative centers on Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum), a recently out of work construction worker who hatches a plan to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Helping him on his quest is his one-armed brother Clyde (Adam Driver), an Iraq War veteran who believes their family is cursed, and their hairdresser sister Mellie (Riley Keough), a lady who loves driving fast cars.

Keeping this criminal plan in the family isn’t enough, as they enlist explosives expert Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) to help their cause. Joe, however, is in prison, and Jimmy must engineer a way to infiltrate the jail and pull off the operation. Jack Quaid and Brian Gleeson co-star as Joe’s dimwitted brothers, with Hilary Swank thrown in for good measure as a determined FBI agent ready to take them down.

On a superficial level, the picture can be seen and enjoyed as an engaging heist caper that’s filled with a likable, all-star ensemble. Soderbergh also infuses a surprising level of sentiment in the film, as Jimmy’s love for West Virginia and his loving daughter (Farrah Mackenzie) is felt throughout the narrative. With Soderbergh’s own frustration with the politics of show business, it’s easy to see why a story about a group of outsiders taken down a corporate entity would be appealing (the heist is set to take place during the Coca-Cola 600).

The Blu-ray is definitely a worthy purchase if you’re a fan of Soderbergh’s previous work, and it’s an always engaging watch. Though no audio commentary or making of featurette is not featured in the disc, it does come with two deleted scenes. One sequences features a monologue from Joe Bang, and seeing Daniel Craig chew the scenery (in a good way) is an absolute pleasure.

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CinemAddicts Podcast Takes On ‘Detroit’ And ‘Logan Lucky’


Steven Soderbergh went on a self-imposed hiatus from directing feature films (his last effort was 2013’s Side Effects), but now he’s back with the August 17 release Logan Lucky. The project once again features a collaboration with Channing Tatum (who starred in Side Effects and Magic Mike), and it features a return of the heist element featured in Soderbergh’s Ocean Eleven films. This time out,two brothers (Adam Driver,Tatum) who attempt to abscond with money from a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Riley Keough, who delivered a standout performance in last year’s American Honey, and a scene stealing Daniel Craig co-star.

Coming out August 4 is Columbus, an indie film that centers on a Korean American named Jin (John Cho) who travels to Columbus, Indiana after his architecture scholar father slips into a coma. Haley Lu Richardson gives her finest performance to date as the youth who strikes up a friendship with Jin. Reminiscent of such walking and talking films like Before Sunrise and Lost in Translation, Columbus is a filled with beautiful visual compositions from up and coming filmmaker Kogonada and excellent work from the two leads.

Also covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts is Detroit and the recent Blu-ray release Black Butterfly. Take a listen below for our August movie preview!!

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Daniel Craig: Why James Bond’s License To Thrill Keeps Getting Renewed

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.

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Steven Soderbergh Continues Cinematic Heists With ‘Logan Lucky’


Director Steven Soderbergh’s self-proclaimed hiatus from directing movies lasted all of four years, and that’s a good thing since Logan Lucky has the makings of a comedic gem. Soderbergh, whose body of work covers a ton of genre, had his biggest commercial hits with his Ocean’s Eleven films, and now he’s pulling off another cinematic heist with Logan Lucky.

Reteaming with Magic Mike collaborator Channing Tatum, Soderbergh’s first film since 2013’s Side Effects centers on brothers (Tatum, Adam Driver) who attempt to rob the Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Daniel Craig, who should be the film’s funnest character, plays the recently freed prisoner who helps in the brothers’ criminal escapade.

As with his Ocean’s Eleven movies, Logan Lucky features an all-star cast which includes Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, Katherine Waterston, Riley Keough (she worked on the Soderbergh produced series The Girlfriend Experience), and Sebastian Stan. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

Logan Lucky opens nationwide August 18th.

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