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After Sony’s rights to the James Bond franchise ended with Spectre in 2015, it has been uncertain who may pick up the brand for future generations. Warner Bros. has been the front runner (and the most logical suitor), two unlikely possibilities have emerged: Amazon and Apple.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter the two companies would be willing to pay at least or more than Warner Bros. is proposing. Both companies may see the franchise as virtually “untapped” beyond the movie space. For example, sources indicated Apple would be looking to take Bond to television, a space where many brands and services are thriving at this point in time.

An insider told the ‘Reporter’ the franchise could be valued anywhere between $2B and $5B, the lower number being slightly larger than the average NFL team (at about $2.4B).

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

James-Bond-Money-Penny-Cov-Lotay-One-Shot-LrgThere have been quite a few comic book series based on the James Bond character and franchise, but Bond girl Moneypenny has never had her own. Comic book publisher Dynamite has released a “one shot” of their James Bond series featuring Moneypenny in a never-before-told mission in which she discovers plans for an attempted assassination/terrorist plot.

The issue was written by Jody Houser and illustrated by Jacob Edgar, with a street date of Weds., Aug. 30, 2017.

Synopsis:

By writer JODY HOUSER (Mother Panic, Faith) and new artist JACOB EDGAR, a never-before-told mission starring MONEYPENNY, friend of JAMES BOND, former MI6 field agent and bodyguard of M! On a ‘routine’ protection mission, Moneypenny discovers a complicated assassination plot that bears a startling resemblance to a terrorist attack from her childhood. Can she call upon her secret agent skills to stop the plot…?

Moneypenny first appeared in Dr. No (1962) and is the private secretary of MI6 director M. In EON-production Bond films, Moneypenny has been played by Lois Maxwell (1962–1985), Caroline Bliss (1987–1989), Samantha Bond (1995–2002) and Naomie Harris.

What do you think? Should Moneypenny be considered for her own book at least a mini-series? Maybe read the one-shot first and see what you think. Some of the pages are pasted below.

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skyfall_daniel_craig_james_bond_stillAccording to sources on Sunday, Aug. 6 Daniel Craig has had a change of heart and will star as 007 in the next James Bond movie. “Bond 25,” as it’s referred to, is scheduled to begin shooting in 2018 and slated for release on November 8, 2019.

IMDB does already list Craig for the role, although noted as “rumored.” Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are credited with the screenplay based on the characters created by Ian Fleming.

Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are listed as producers, with Gregg Wilson as associate producer.

We’ve been debating about who might play a great James Bond if/when Craig decides to finally turn down the role, and we’ve even discussed what woman could pull off the role of 007 after actor Chris Hemsworth (Thor) suggested Charlize Theron would make a great James Bond.

 

Jul 29 2017

A Woman James Bond?

charlize-theron-Photo-by-Jonathan-Prime-Universal-Pictures-1280pxChris Hemsworth (Thor) recently made news when he suggested the new James Bond should be Atomic Blonde actress Charlize Theron. Theron, of course, has starred in quite a few heroic roles including as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max and assassin Aeon Flux, and recently as the villain in The Fate of the Furious.

“She’s smart as hell. She’s physically able. Ya know watching her in those fight scenes, doing it in high heels by the way and 8-foot long gown,” said Hemsworth.

Theron is certainly one woman would fit the role nicely, but would the James Bond franchise, and especially the Broccoli family, be ready for a woman in the role?

Diehard 007 fans may not think so. There is certainly a population of “conservatives” who want to keep Bond exactly as Ian Fleming created him: tough but gentlemanly, and male. But those were different times when Fleming, a journalist and ex-naval intelligence officer, wrote Casino Royale in 1952.

Today, a woman playing the role of the hero is not so out of the ordinary. Look at films like Salt, Lucy and Kill Bill. They all have strong leading ladies that command the screen. A female 007 would be an easy transition as long as the franchise owners are willing. And, think about the extra level of covertness if the MI6 agent “man” known as “James” turns out to be a woman.

We thought of some other well-known woman actors (if Theron wasn’t ready to play the role) who might be considered for the role of James Bond such as Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, and Scarlett Johansson. But let’s not forget the actor needs to have an English accent (or at least close to it) to get away with the role. That’s a given, if the past is any indication of how the actor is chosen.

Who do you think would play a great woman James Bond? Fill out the Google Form below and help us decide. (We do not collect email addresses.) Please note we really wanted to include Halle Berry but she’s already been a Bond girl!

Daniel Craig, Film Premiere "Spectre" 2015Multiple sources are reporting that Daniel Craig will likely play the role of James Bond in the next film, which will be a milestone for the franchise at number 25. Surely, if you’re a Bond fan, you would have heard the rumors that Craig had enough of the franchise after playing his third stint as Bond in Spectre (2015). But Craig has been a favorable actor to play the role. He blends a perfect mix of well-mannered and dangerous, and for many was a return to how Bond was portrayed by Sean Connery.

Craig had doubts about returning as James Bond after Spectre, the largest and most expensive Bond film to date estimated between $300M and $350M, was completed. He said he felt an enormous amount of pressure after Skyfall to surpass what that film had accomplished. But after making close to $40M on Spectre, how could he possibly turn down that kind of salary that would inevitably be increased?

At the same time sources have been saying that Adele will likely be singing the theme song for James Bond #25, even though she sang the theme song and won a Grammy for Skyfall (2012). Previous theme songs for the high-profile recordings have been sung by Jack White/Alicia Keys, Chris Cornell, Sam Smith, Sheryl Crow, Garbage, Tina Turner, and Gladys Knight (the list goes on).