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Former JAMES BOND stars including ROGER MOORE and BOND girl ROSAMUND PIKE have been lined up to appear at a tribute gala to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of 007 creator IAN FLEMING. The stars will read extracts from Fleming's classic book DR NO at the event in London in October (08).


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Stunning Location for 'Skyfall' Now Blighted With Fly-Tipping 4293166 News

Glen Etive in Lochaber, the stunning location used in the James Bond movie Skyfall, is now a hot spot for the dumping of rubbish. A campaign has started to combat the littering, which has seen mattresses and tents left discarded in recent weeks.

Daniel Craig SkyfallDaniel Craig in Skyfall

Local residents Phillipa and Mark Shone have been publishing images of the littering on their Facebook page - Glen Etive - the Dirty Truth on Facebook.

Scenes for Sam Mendes' Skyfall - the most successful British movie of all time - were filmed in the area, with Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench both visiting Glen Etive during filming.

The National Trust for Scotland, which owns the land, said illegal dumping was a concern.

A trust spokesman said: "This is undoubtedly an issue for us.

"Every year we remove hundreds of bags of rubbish.

"This work, while clearly vital, diverts staff from important conservation work in the area. It also leaves our charity with the costs for disposing of this rubbish."

In the Facebook group, Mark Shone, 29, said the Glen Etive community had for years tried to combat antisocial behaviour but to no avail. He claims that visitors to the glen adopt a "festival mentality" and leaves bags of rubbish, tents, beer cans and paraphernalia when they depart.

The 14 mile glen has also served as a location for two of the Harry Potter movies.

Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig are about to start production on the next Bond movie, with 'Skyfall' scribe John Logan once again writing the script. The movie is scheduled for release on October 23, 2014.

Relive the trailer for 'Skyfall':
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Glen Etive in Lochaber, the stunning location used in the James Bond movie Skyfall, is now a hot spot for the dumping of rubbish. A campaign has started to combat the littering, which has seen mattresses and tents left discarded in recent weeks.

Daniel Craig SkyfallDaniel Craig in Skyfall

Local residents Phillipa and Mark Shone have been publishing images of the littering on their Facebook page - Glen Etive - the Dirty Truth on Facebook.

Scenes for Sam Mendes' Skyfall - the most successful British movie of all time - were filmed in the area, with Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench both visiting Glen Etive during filming.

The National Trust for Scotland, which owns the land, said illegal dumping was a concern.

A trust spokesman said: "This is undoubtedly an issue for us.

"Every year we remove hundreds of bags of rubbish.

"This work, while clearly vital, diverts staff from important conservation work in the area. It also leaves our charity with the costs for disposing of this rubbish."

In the Facebook group, Mark Shone, 29, said the Glen Etive community had for years tried to combat antisocial behaviour but to no avail. He claims that visitors to the glen adopt a "festival mentality" and leaves bags of rubbish, tents, beer cans and paraphernalia when they depart.

The 14 mile glen has also served as a location for two of the Harry Potter movies.

Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig are about to start production on the next Bond movie, with 'Skyfall' scribe John Logan once again writing the script. The movie is scheduled for release on October 23, 2014.

Relive the trailer for 'Skyfall':
3219562-0;noautoplay; Skyfall - Trailer - 16.07.2014 17:23:05

19th July 2014 4194893
Recent James Bond Films Have Been Geared Towards Asian Audiences, Says John Cleese 4257147 News

John Cleese, who played James Bond’s gadget man Q in 2002’s Die Another Day, has claimed that filmmakers are more interested in the Britsh Spy’s action sequences than the witty one-liners and quintessentially British themes that made him so popular.

John CleeseJohn Cleese pictured outside BBC Radio 1's studios

"I did two James Bond movies and then I believe that they decided that the tone they needed was that of the Bourne action movies, which are very gritty and humourless," he told the Radio Times.

More: John Cleese Left Soaked After Provoking Interviewer

"Also the big money was coming from Asia, from the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, where the audiences go to watch the action sequences, and that's why in my opinion the action sequences go on for too long, and it's a fundamental flaw." He added: "The audiences in Asia are not going for the subtle British humour or the class jokes."

Bond #23, Skyfall, became the highest grossing 007 movie of all time, pulling in over $1 billion from the global box office. It marks the most successful point of Daniel Craig’s tenure as the super spy, and – in line with Cleese’s criticisms of the franchise – does focus on the darker aspects of his character. 

More: Monty Python Reunion Sparked By £800,000 Legal Bill

After some lengthy negotiations, Mendes will also direct Bond 24, making him the first filmmaker since John Glen to direct two Bond films in a row. “I felt I put everything I possibly could into this film and it was the Bond film I wanted to make. And if I felt I could do the same again, then absolutely I would consider doing another one. But it is a big task and I wouldn't do it unless I knew I could,” he explained at the time.

Bond 24 is due out in 2015 and will star Craig as Bond once more with Ben Whishaw returning as Q. Ralph Riennes and Penelope Cruz are both rumoured to star, as is Chiwetel Ejiofor.

John Cleese, who played James Bond’s gadget man Q in 2002’s Die Another Day, has claimed that filmmakers are more interested in the Britsh Spy’s action sequences than the witty one-liners and quintessentially British themes that made him so popular.

John CleeseJohn Cleese pictured outside BBC Radio 1's studios

"I did two James Bond movies and then I believe that they decided that the tone they needed was that of the Bourne action movies, which are very gritty and humourless," he told the Radio Times.

More: John Cleese Left Soaked After Provoking Interviewer

"Also the big money was coming from Asia, from the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, where the audiences go to watch the action sequences, and that's why in my opinion the action sequences go on for too long, and it's a fundamental flaw." He added: "The audiences in Asia are not going for the subtle British humour or the class jokes."

Bond #23, Skyfall, became the highest grossing 007 movie of all time, pulling in over $1 billion from the global box office. It marks the most successful point of Daniel Craig’s tenure as the super spy, and – in line with Cleese’s criticisms of the franchise – does focus on the darker aspects of his character. 

More: Monty Python Reunion Sparked By £800,000 Legal Bill

After some lengthy negotiations, Mendes will also direct Bond 24, making him the first filmmaker since John Glen to direct two Bond films in a row. “I felt I put everything I possibly could into this film and it was the Bond film I wanted to make. And if I felt I could do the same again, then absolutely I would consider doing another one. But it is a big task and I wouldn't do it unless I knew I could,” he explained at the time.

Bond 24 is due out in 2015 and will star Craig as Bond once more with Ben Whishaw returning as Q. Ralph Riennes and Penelope Cruz are both rumoured to star, as is Chiwetel Ejiofor.

24th June 2014 3970530
Everything You Need To Know About Christopher Lee's Metal Covers Album 4222151 News

He’s been the evil wizard Saruman in one of the biggest grossing blockbuster franchises of all time. He’s played Dracula on almost a dozen occasions, a bond villain and a Sith Lord and he has been knighted by the Queen for his commitment to acting. He’s accepted a BAFTA Fellowship Award for over sixty years of service to the film industry, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the British Film Institute. Yet Sir Christopher Lee, now 92, and still maintaining a commendable acting repertoire, has just begun a career as a heavy metal vocalist. That’s right, the legendary actor and go-to Hollywood villain also possesses a serious set of pipes, and his ominous baritone has found a natural home within the most melodramatic of genres.

Christopher Lee Attending The James Bond Skyfall PremiereChristopher Lee already has three E.P's and an album under his belt

To celebrate his 92nd birthday, Lee has recently released an E.P of covers entitled Metal Night, which is now available to purchase. The record will be his third covers E.P, after two Christmas-themed E.P’s were released in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Lee also received the accolade of the oldest living musician to enter the music charts as his song ‘Jingle Hell’ reached 18th in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His current release features covers of two tracks from the Don Quixote smash-hit Broadway musical Man La Mancha.

More: Christopher Lee relases metal album to celebrate 90th birthday

In a recent interview, Lee explained his choice of track listing, he stated: “As far as I am concerned, Don Quixote is the most metal fictional character I know.” Lee also sings a track called ‘The Toreador March’ which is inspired by the opera Carmen. “It was written in French and all I can say personally, as a singer, it was an absolute killer to sing,” explains the acting legend. “The French words are very short for the most part and the notes are very short for the most part, and to put the two together is very difficult.”

The final track on the album is a version of Frank Sinatra’s classic ‘My Way’, previously covered by the likes of Sid Vicious. “The song ‘My Way’ is a very remarkable song,” the acting giant expounded, “it’s also very difficult to sing because you’ve got to convince people that what you’re singing about is the truth.” His stint as a metal vocalist is not a new development, however. He has previously sung duets with Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody of Fire as well as providing narration for several of the bands albums. The Lord Of The Rings star released a full-length album in 2010 entitled Charlemagne: By The Sword And The Cross, which told the story of the first Holy Roman Emperor and received a Spirit Of Metal award from Metal Hammer magazine.

He’s been the evil wizard Saruman in one of the biggest grossing blockbuster franchises of all time. He’s played Dracula on almost a dozen occasions, a bond villain and a Sith Lord and he has been knighted by the Queen for his commitment to acting. He’s accepted a BAFTA Fellowship Award for over sixty years of service to the film industry, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the British Film Institute. Yet Sir Christopher Lee, now 92, and still maintaining a commendable acting repertoire, has just begun a career as a heavy metal vocalist. That’s right, the legendary actor and go-to Hollywood villain also possesses a serious set of pipes, and his ominous baritone has found a natural home within the most melodramatic of genres.

Christopher Lee Attending The James Bond Skyfall PremiereChristopher Lee already has three E.P's and an album under his belt

To celebrate his 92nd birthday, Lee has recently released an E.P of covers entitled Metal Night, which is now available to purchase. The record will be his third covers E.P, after two Christmas-themed E.P’s were released in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Lee also received the accolade of the oldest living musician to enter the music charts as his song ‘Jingle Hell’ reached 18th in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His current release features covers of two tracks from the Don Quixote smash-hit Broadway musical Man La Mancha.

More: Christopher Lee relases metal album to celebrate 90th birthday

In a recent interview, Lee explained his choice of track listing, he stated: “As far as I am concerned, Don Quixote is the most metal fictional character I know.” Lee also sings a track called ‘The Toreador March’ which is inspired by the opera Carmen. “It was written in French and all I can say personally, as a singer, it was an absolute killer to sing,” explains the acting legend. “The French words are very short for the most part and the notes are very short for the most part, and to put the two together is very difficult.”

The final track on the album is a version of Frank Sinatra’s classic ‘My Way’, previously covered by the likes of Sid Vicious. “The song ‘My Way’ is a very remarkable song,” the acting giant expounded, “it’s also very difficult to sing because you’ve got to convince people that what you’re singing about is the truth.” His stint as a metal vocalist is not a new development, however. He has previously sung duets with Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody of Fire as well as providing narration for several of the bands albums. The Lord Of The Rings star released a full-length album in 2010 entitled Charlemagne: By The Sword And The Cross, which told the story of the first Holy Roman Emperor and received a Spirit Of Metal award from Metal Hammer magazine.

2nd June 2014 3915526
Next Bond Villain Chiwetel Ejiofor: His Career So Far 4146840 News

12 Years a Slave may have finally brought Chiwetel Ejiofor the worldwide recognition he deserved, but now the actor is reported to be taking on another massive role, as James Bond's new nemesis in the next Bond movie. The British actor, who had carved out a remarkable career in stage and independent films before 12 Years A Slave, seems ready now to firmly take his place among the Hollywood A-List. It’s been a long time coming for a man who has five Golden Globe nominations and now an Oscar nod to his name.

Chiwetel Ejiofor                                                                                      Chiwetel Ejiofor is the new Bond villain

Born in London to Nigerian parents Chiwetel Ejiofor decided on an acting career at a young age. Starting off in school productions, he joined the National Youth Theatre at 18. Showing early promise, Ejliofor played Othello twice in his early career, first in London’s Bloomsbury theatre and then in Glasgow. Nearly ten years later he would reprise the role to wide acclaim. The young actor then got his first big movie break after being cast in Steven Spielberg's film Amistad in 1997.

The 2002 movie Dirty Pretty Things brought Chiwetel Ejiofor’s talents to real critical acclaim for the first time. For his performance he was nominated for a string of awards and won the British Independent Film Award for best actor and the Evening Standard British Film Award for best actor. The following year Ejiofor would be seen as part of the all star British cast of Love Actually, before taking on his first leading role in British drama Red Dust, opposite Hillary Swank. More acclaimed performances followed as Ejiofor began showing himself as one of Britain’s most talented rising stars. For the 2005 comedy Kinky Boots Ejiofor picked up his first Golden Globe nomination, this time for best actor in a musical or comedy. A year later he would be a Golden Globe nominee again, for Tsunami: The Aftermath, a TV minseires for which he picked up the best actor nomination.

Chiwetel EjioforChiwetel Ejiofor started his career making a name for himself in indie movies

As his screen career was really beginning to take off, Ejiofor returned to the stage as Othello again. Ejiofor’s third time in the role won him rave reviews and he was held up as one of the best Othello’s in modern times. This was cemented when he was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor. He was later made an OBE in the 2008 Birthday Honours list. The next year Ejiofor would find himself once again picking up a Golden Globe nomination this time for his performance in Endgame. Once again Ejiofor lost out on the award, this time it was to Kevin Bacon. Ejiofor then made his first blockbuster appearance in 2012,  the sc-fi disaster flick that grossed over $770 million at the box office. His follow up saw him star alongside Angelina Jolie in spy triller Salt as CIA officer Peabody.

More: '12 Years A Slave' Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor Set For Bond Villain Role

More: Dame Judi Dench And Chiwetel Ejiofor Dominate Irish Film & Television Awards

Next page: Chiwetel with a ladyfriend in West Hollywood

2013 would bring Ejiofor perhaps his biggest career moment so far, as he took the lead in Steve McQueen’s historical drama 12 Years A Slave. Critics lined up to praise Ejiofor for his powerful performance as Solomon Northup and unsurprisingly a slew of award nominations followed. He would take home the BAFTA for best actor as well as picking up his fourth Golden Globe nomination and his first Academy Award recognition. Ejiofor would lose out on the Oscar to Matthew McConaughey, but 12 Years A Slave was named best picture.

Chiwetel Ejiofor after winning the BAFTAChiwetel Ejiofor with his BAFTA for 12 Years A Slave

At the end of last year Ejiofor’s 12 Years A Slave follow up Half A Yellow Sun premiered at the Toronto Film festival and has just been released in theatres. He is currently filming the sci-fi movie Z for Zachariah, alongside Margot Robbie and Chris Pine, it's expected to hit cinemas next year. Of course now his next big project looks to be the 24th Bond film, where he is reported to have been cast as the villain. Production on this is said to start in October, ahead of a Nov. 6, 2015 release. With the intensity and charisma that Ejifor has shown in his acting career so far, we can only imagine that his turn as a Bond villain will be something spectacular. Get ready Mr Bond, you could be about to face your greatest challenge yet. 

Watch Chiwetel Ejiofor with a ladyfriend in West Hollywood:
2171517-0;noautoplay; Chiwetel Ejiofor outside Fred Segal boutique in West Hollywood - 19.02.2012 22:00:02

12 Years a Slave may have finally brought Chiwetel Ejiofor the worldwide recognition he deserved, but now the actor is reported to be taking on another massive role, as James Bond's new nemesis in the next Bond movie. The British actor, who had carved out a remarkable career in stage and independent films before 12 Years A Slave, seems ready now to firmly take his place among the Hollywood A-List. It’s been a long time coming for a man who has five Golden Globe nominations and now an Oscar nod to his name.

Chiwetel Ejiofor                                                                                      Chiwetel Ejiofor is the new Bond villain

Born in London to Nigerian parents Chiwetel Ejiofor decided on an acting career at a young age. Starting off in school productions, he joined the National Youth Theatre at 18. Showing early promise, Ejliofor played Othello twice in his early career, first in London’s Bloomsbury theatre and then in Glasgow. Nearly ten years later he would reprise the role to wide acclaim. The young actor then got his first big movie break after being cast in Steven Spielberg's film Amistad in 1997.

The 2002 movie Dirty Pretty Things brought Chiwetel Ejiofor’s talents to real critical acclaim for the first time. For his performance he was nominated for a string of awards and won the British Independent Film Award for best actor and the Evening Standard British Film Award for best actor. The following year Ejiofor would be seen as part of the all star British cast of Love Actually, before taking on his first leading role in British drama Red Dust, opposite Hillary Swank. More acclaimed performances followed as Ejiofor began showing himself as one of Britain’s most talented rising stars. For the 2005 comedy Kinky Boots Ejiofor picked up his first Golden Globe nomination, this time for best actor in a musical or comedy. A year later he would be a Golden Globe nominee again, for Tsunami: The Aftermath, a TV minseires for which he picked up the best actor nomination.

Chiwetel EjioforChiwetel Ejiofor started his career making a name for himself in indie movies

As his screen career was really beginning to take off, Ejiofor returned to the stage as Othello again. Ejiofor’s third time in the role won him rave reviews and he was held up as one of the best Othello’s in modern times. This was cemented when he was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor. He was later made an OBE in the 2008 Birthday Honours list. The next year Ejiofor would find himself once again picking up a Golden Globe nomination this time for his performance in Endgame. Once again Ejiofor lost out on the award, this time it was to Kevin Bacon. Ejiofor then made his first blockbuster appearance in 2012,  the sc-fi disaster flick that grossed over $770 million at the box office. His follow up saw him star alongside Angelina Jolie in spy triller Salt as CIA officer Peabody.

More: '12 Years A Slave' Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor Set For Bond Villain Role

More: Dame Judi Dench And Chiwetel Ejiofor Dominate Irish Film & Television Awards

Next page: Chiwetel with a ladyfriend in West Hollywood

2013 would bring Ejiofor perhaps his biggest career moment so far, as he took the lead in Steve McQueen’s historical drama 12 Years A Slave. Critics lined up to praise Ejiofor for his powerful performance as Solomon Northup and unsurprisingly a slew of award nominations followed. He would take home the BAFTA for best actor as well as picking up his fourth Golden Globe nomination and his first Academy Award recognition. Ejiofor would lose out on the Oscar to Matthew McConaughey, but 12 Years A Slave was named best picture.

Chiwetel Ejiofor after winning the BAFTAChiwetel Ejiofor with his BAFTA for 12 Years A Slave

At the end of last year Ejiofor’s 12 Years A Slave follow up Half A Yellow Sun premiered at the Toronto Film festival and has just been released in theatres. He is currently filming the sci-fi movie Z for Zachariah, alongside Margot Robbie and Chris Pine, it's expected to hit cinemas next year. Of course now his next big project looks to be the 24th Bond film, where he is reported to have been cast as the villain. Production on this is said to start in October, ahead of a Nov. 6, 2015 release. With the intensity and charisma that Ejifor has shown in his acting career so far, we can only imagine that his turn as a Bond villain will be something spectacular. Get ready Mr Bond, you could be about to face your greatest challenge yet. 

Watch Chiwetel Ejiofor with a ladyfriend in West Hollywood:
2171517-0;noautoplay; Chiwetel Ejiofor outside Fred Segal boutique in West Hollywood - 19.02.2012 22:00:02

10th April 2014 4146095
'12 Years A Slave' Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor Set For Bond Villain Role 4142941 News

The Oscar-nominated star of 12 Years A Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor, is likely to become the next James Bond villain, according to Variety. The trade magazine says the British star is the top name on producers' wish list for the 24th official James Bond movie, which will once again be directed by Sam Mendes as well as starring Daniel Craig.

Chiwetel EjioforChiwetel Ejiofor Could Be The Next Bond Villain

Bond 24 is due to begin filming in the summer for a November 2015 release date. Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris are also set to return as M, Q and Moneypenny respectively. 

It is understood that the producers' decision to target Ejiofor has been inspired by the successful recruitment of Oscar-winner Javier Bardem, who played the left-field villain Silva in Skyfall. The team are also on the hunt for one British actress and a Scandinavian actress to play the Bond girls. 

In other Bond news, studio MGM and 007 production company Eon/Danjaq are suing studio Universal for allegedly plagiarising the secret agent in the forthcoming spy tale Section 6. Attack the Block's Joe Cornish was reveald as the director of the movie, starring Jack O'Connell of Starred Up fame. 

Javier BardemJavier Bardem Played Silva in 'Skyfall'

According to the Guardian, Bond makers allege that Section 6 is "a James Bond knockoff that defendant Universal is readying for production." They allege that the new movie stars a "daring tuxedo-clad British secret agent employed by His Majesty's Secret Service with a license to kill and a 00 secret agent number on a mission to save England from the diabolical plot of a megalomaniacal villain." Sounds pretty familiar to us.

Sam Mendes' Skyfall became the most successful British movie of all time when it was released in 2012. It also scored critical acclaim and was generally considered to be one of the finest movies of the year, despite failing to score any major Oscar nominations. 

More: Liam Neeson rejected the James Bond role - 10 others who could have been 007

More: Is Idris Elba already the new James Bond?

Watch Chiwetel Ejiofor arriving on the red-carpet:
3900595-0;noautoplay; Chiwetel Ejiofor Arrives At The NYFF Premiere Of His New Movie '12 Years A Slave' - Part 1 - 16.01.2014 10:02:55

The Oscar-nominated star of 12 Years A Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor, is likely to become the next James Bond villain, according to Variety. The trade magazine says the British star is the top name on producers' wish list for the 24th official James Bond movie, which will once again be directed by Sam Mendes as well as starring Daniel Craig.

Chiwetel EjioforChiwetel Ejiofor Could Be The Next Bond Villain

Bond 24 is due to begin filming in the summer for a November 2015 release date. Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris are also set to return as M, Q and Moneypenny respectively. 

It is understood that the producers' decision to target Ejiofor has been inspired by the successful recruitment of Oscar-winner Javier Bardem, who played the left-field villain Silva in Skyfall. The team are also on the hunt for one British actress and a Scandinavian actress to play the Bond girls. 

In other Bond news, studio MGM and 007 production company Eon/Danjaq are suing studio Universal for allegedly plagiarising the secret agent in the forthcoming spy tale Section 6. Attack the Block's Joe Cornish was reveald as the director of the movie, starring Jack O'Connell of Starred Up fame. 

Javier BardemJavier Bardem Played Silva in 'Skyfall'

According to the Guardian, Bond makers allege that Section 6 is "a James Bond knockoff that defendant Universal is readying for production." They allege that the new movie stars a "daring tuxedo-clad British secret agent employed by His Majesty's Secret Service with a license to kill and a 00 secret agent number on a mission to save England from the diabolical plot of a megalomaniacal villain." Sounds pretty familiar to us.

Sam Mendes' Skyfall became the most successful British movie of all time when it was released in 2012. It also scored critical acclaim and was generally considered to be one of the finest movies of the year, despite failing to score any major Oscar nominations. 

More: Liam Neeson rejected the James Bond role - 10 others who could have been 007

More: Is Idris Elba already the new James Bond?

Watch Chiwetel Ejiofor arriving on the red-carpet:
3900595-0;noautoplay; Chiwetel Ejiofor Arrives At The NYFF Premiere Of His New Movie '12 Years A Slave' - Part 1 - 16.01.2014 10:02:55

7th April 2014 4093068
Clive Owen: 'I Was Never Offered James Bond Role' 4117029 News

British actor Clive Owen has shot down long-running rumours suggesting he snubbed the role of James Bond, revealing producers never offered him the job.

The Sin City star was the hot favourite to replace Pierce Brosnan as 007, but the coveted part went to Daniel Craig instead, prompting speculation that Owen failed to reach a deal with producers.

However, the actor has now admitted he was never approached by the Bond team.

He tells Britain's The Times newspaper, "I was never party to any of it."

Owen adds of the Bond gossip, "I wear a tuxedo in (film) Croupier and that might have had something to do with it. There was a lot of talk, but it didn't come from me."

British actor Clive Owen has shot down long-running rumours suggesting he snubbed the role of James Bond, revealing producers never offered him the job.

The Sin City star was the hot favourite to replace Pierce Brosnan as 007, but the coveted part went to Daniel Craig instead, prompting speculation that Owen failed to reach a deal with producers.

However, the actor has now admitted he was never approached by the Bond team.

He tells Britain's The Times newspaper, "I was never party to any of it."

Owen adds of the Bond gossip, "I wear a tuxedo in (film) Croupier and that might have had something to do with it. There was a lot of talk, but it didn't come from me."

19th March 2014 4101345
Mel Gibson? Actors Who 'Could' Have Been James Bond 4085561 News

Before Bourne, there was Bond. James Bond is a name that has become synonymous with the idea of classic British sophistication and suave. Professionally trained and with a license to kill, 007 has been played by some of the most debonair actors in the business, including Sean Connery and Roger Moore. The role has been much sought after and many an actor has been on the disappointing receiving end of a casting call - and some you wouldn’t even imagine would ever have been in the running to begin with.

michael caine james bond The Dark Knight star Michael Caine was once in the running for Bond

East End lad Michael Caine was considered for the role back in 1967. Caine had already starred in three spy movies and was concerned that if he were to play Bond, he’d have been typecast. Caine has since had a long and varied career, although he’s also become one with his Cockney twang. Can you imagine Caine ditching his accent in favour of Bond’s more upper-class drawl?

Cheery chimney sweep, Dick Van Dyke, also auditioned for the role in 1967. Producers felt that DvD’s so-called ‘English‘ accent just didn’t cut it. Fortunately, for fans of the franchise, he never donned Bond’s Savile Row suit, and 007 was never destined to become Dick's wacky interpretation of a Brit. Fank ‘eavens for that, ladies an’ gents!  Cringe.

Although Pierce Brosnan would one day go on to play Bond, he auditioned for the role back in the 80’s. He lost out to Timothy Dalton, who had been considered for the part on numerous occasions beforehand, but had thought himself too young to play the spy. Pierce still managed to get his stint as Bond in though, so don’t feel too bad for him.

Mel GibsonBond, James Bond.

You’ll be as surprised as us to learn that Mel Gibson thought that he was in any way suited to playing James Bond. He auditioned back in 1987 but producers weren’t keen as he wasn’t a Brit. Clearly keen to play one, Mel went on to play William Wallace in Braveheart, although the movie has been slammed for it’s supposed Anglophobic sentiments. Perhaps Gibson was still harbouring some animosity over losing out on the Bond role.

Even more surprising is Take That’s Robbie William's name popping up on a list of actors considered to play James Bond. After a music video which saw Williams parody Bond, he became a genuine contender. Producers weren’t keen and even Robbie believes that he wasn’t right for the role. Now that we’ve had time to digest it, would Robbie really have been that miscast?  Erm, yes, actually.

henry cavill james bond Henry Cavill gets our vote to play the next Bond

Before current Bond actor, Daniel Craig, was picked for the coveted role, Man of Steel star Henry Cavill was considered to play 007. He was eventually discounted as he was too young at the time. He’s a few years older now and definitely gets our vote if Daniel Craig steps down.

Who would you like to see playing Bond post-Daniel Craig?

Before Bourne, there was Bond. James Bond is a name that has become synonymous with the idea of classic British sophistication and suave. Professionally trained and with a license to kill, 007 has been played by some of the most debonair actors in the business, including Sean Connery and Roger Moore. The role has been much sought after and many an actor has been on the disappointing receiving end of a casting call - and some you wouldn’t even imagine would ever have been in the running to begin with.

michael caine james bond The Dark Knight star Michael Caine was once in the running for Bond

East End lad Michael Caine was considered for the role back in 1967. Caine had already starred in three spy movies and was concerned that if he were to play Bond, he’d have been typecast. Caine has since had a long and varied career, although he’s also become one with his Cockney twang. Can you imagine Caine ditching his accent in favour of Bond’s more upper-class drawl?

Cheery chimney sweep, Dick Van Dyke, also auditioned for the role in 1967. Producers felt that DvD’s so-called ‘English‘ accent just didn’t cut it. Fortunately, for fans of the franchise, he never donned Bond’s Savile Row suit, and 007 was never destined to become Dick's wacky interpretation of a Brit. Fank ‘eavens for that, ladies an’ gents!  Cringe.

Although Pierce Brosnan would one day go on to play Bond, he auditioned for the role back in the 80’s. He lost out to Timothy Dalton, who had been considered for the part on numerous occasions beforehand, but had thought himself too young to play the spy. Pierce still managed to get his stint as Bond in though, so don’t feel too bad for him.

Mel GibsonBond, James Bond.

You’ll be as surprised as us to learn that Mel Gibson thought that he was in any way suited to playing James Bond. He auditioned back in 1987 but producers weren’t keen as he wasn’t a Brit. Clearly keen to play one, Mel went on to play William Wallace in Braveheart, although the movie has been slammed for it’s supposed Anglophobic sentiments. Perhaps Gibson was still harbouring some animosity over losing out on the Bond role.

Even more surprising is Take That’s Robbie William's name popping up on a list of actors considered to play James Bond. After a music video which saw Williams parody Bond, he became a genuine contender. Producers weren’t keen and even Robbie believes that he wasn’t right for the role. Now that we’ve had time to digest it, would Robbie really have been that miscast?  Erm, yes, actually.

henry cavill james bond Henry Cavill gets our vote to play the next Bond

Before current Bond actor, Daniel Craig, was picked for the coveted role, Man of Steel star Henry Cavill was considered to play 007. He was eventually discounted as he was too young at the time. He’s a few years older now and definitely gets our vote if Daniel Craig steps down.

Who would you like to see playing Bond post-Daniel Craig?

26th February 2014 3921236
Bond Headed to Wales? Pinewood Studios Setting up in Cardiff 4072877 News

Pinewood Studios is setting up another complex in Cardiff which will generate an estimated $90 million for the economy. Pinewood Studios Wales will be based at the former Energy Centre building in Wentloog and will form part of the company's global network. The deal was announced on Monday (February 17, 2014) by First Minister Carwyn Jones and Pinewood Shepperton chief executive Ivan Dunleavy. 

Daniel CraigDaniel Craig Shot 'Skyfall' at Pinewood Studios

"Attracting such an iconic global brand as Pinewood is wonderful news for Wales," Mr Jones said.

"This high-profile investment is of significant economic value to Wales while the partnership between the Welsh government and Pinewood offers a priceless opportunity to promote Wales as a world-class location for film and television production."

Pinewood Studios has created over 1,500 movies in 75 years, including the James Bond films. In recent years, Prometheus, 47 Ronin, Dom Hemingway, Guardians of the Galaxy and Maleficent used the famous studio for shooting, while it was recently announced the upcoming Star Wars movie Episode 7 would be starting production at Pinewood in May.

"This is a logical next step, building upon the huge success of the revitalised Welsh entertainment industry," said Welsh born Hollywood star Michael Sheen.

"It's always a precarious business to attempt such a large undertaking, but it points to the confidence, the expertise and the creative spirit of the people of Wales and I hope it can help the country come closer to realising its hopes for the future."

Though the project is a huge boost for Wales, some will remain wary given the concerns for Valleywood film studios. The £330m studio project on a former opencast mine site in South Wales was first unveiled in 2001, though has so far made just one movie, Ironclad. The complex was partly mothballed despite promising to put Wales at the heart of the UK film industry.

Pinewood Studios is setting up another complex in Cardiff which will generate an estimated $90 million for the economy. Pinewood Studios Wales will be based at the former Energy Centre building in Wentloog and will form part of the company's global network. The deal was announced on Monday (February 17, 2014) by First Minister Carwyn Jones and Pinewood Shepperton chief executive Ivan Dunleavy. 

Daniel CraigDaniel Craig Shot 'Skyfall' at Pinewood Studios

"Attracting such an iconic global brand as Pinewood is wonderful news for Wales," Mr Jones said.

"This high-profile investment is of significant economic value to Wales while the partnership between the Welsh government and Pinewood offers a priceless opportunity to promote Wales as a world-class location for film and television production."

Pinewood Studios has created over 1,500 movies in 75 years, including the James Bond films. In recent years, Prometheus, 47 Ronin, Dom Hemingway, Guardians of the Galaxy and Maleficent used the famous studio for shooting, while it was recently announced the upcoming Star Wars movie Episode 7 would be starting production at Pinewood in May.

"This is a logical next step, building upon the huge success of the revitalised Welsh entertainment industry," said Welsh born Hollywood star Michael Sheen.

"It's always a precarious business to attempt such a large undertaking, but it points to the confidence, the expertise and the creative spirit of the people of Wales and I hope it can help the country come closer to realising its hopes for the future."

Though the project is a huge boost for Wales, some will remain wary given the concerns for Valleywood film studios. The £330m studio project on a former opencast mine site in South Wales was first unveiled in 2001, though has so far made just one movie, Ironclad. The complex was partly mothballed despite promising to put Wales at the heart of the UK film industry.

17th February 2014 3349994
Lewis Collins, Actor Who Played 'The Professionals' "Bodie", Dies Aged 67 3973898 News

Lewis Collins, the actor who starred on crime television series The Professionals, has died aged 67 after a five year battle with cancer, according to his agent, via BBC News. "He died peacefully at his LA home surrounded by his family. Privacy is asked for at this very sad time," said the agent.

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Though he is best remembered for his tough guy character Bodie in The Professionals, the Birkenhead-born actor started out his career in showbiz playing in bands before training to become an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He performed and toured with stage companies in theatres before making his foray into television with minor supporting roles in programmes including Z-Cars and The New Avengers.

Collins rose to prominence as a family name when he landed the role of The Professionals' Bodie in a series which ran from 1977 to 1983 and won the star a global following. Collins used his promising fame to unsuccessfully audition to become the next James Bond in 1982. "I was in Albert R Broccoli's office for five minutes, but it was really over for me in seconds," he reportedly said.

ITV's The Professionals was a show based around the adventures of a fictional crime fighting unit called CI5 and became huge hit in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Collins starred alongside Martin Shaw who has maintained his fame since the show ended.

Sean ConneryLewis Collins Met To Discuss The James Bond Job

Currently appearing in a West End production of 12 Angry Men, Shaw reacted with sadness to the news of his friend and former co-star's death: "We spent a very tough four years together in making the Professionals, and shared in the production of what has become an icon of British television," he said.

"He will be remembered as part of the childhood of so many people, and mourned by his fans. I send my love and condolences to his family, and the great many who will miss him."

Collins's other notable roles included SAS captain Peter Skellen in 1982's Who Dares Wins and Enrique Carrasco in 1985's Commando Leopard. His most recent on-screen role in a 2002 appearance in UK crime drama, The Bill.

Collins leaves behind his wife Michelle and their three sons, Oliver, Elliot and Cameron.

Lewis Collins, the actor who starred on crime television series The Professionals, has died aged 67 after a five year battle with cancer, according to his agent, via BBC News. "He died peacefully at his LA home surrounded by his family. Privacy is asked for at this very sad time," said the agent.

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Though he is best remembered for his tough guy character Bodie in The Professionals, the Birkenhead-born actor started out his career in showbiz playing in bands before training to become an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He performed and toured with stage companies in theatres before making his foray into television with minor supporting roles in programmes including Z-Cars and The New Avengers.

Collins rose to prominence as a family name when he landed the role of The Professionals' Bodie in a series which ran from 1977 to 1983 and won the star a global following. Collins used his promising fame to unsuccessfully audition to become the next James Bond in 1982. "I was in Albert R Broccoli's office for five minutes, but it was really over for me in seconds," he reportedly said.

ITV's The Professionals was a show based around the adventures of a fictional crime fighting unit called CI5 and became huge hit in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Collins starred alongside Martin Shaw who has maintained his fame since the show ended.

Sean ConneryLewis Collins Met To Discuss The James Bond Job

Currently appearing in a West End production of 12 Angry Men, Shaw reacted with sadness to the news of his friend and former co-star's death: "We spent a very tough four years together in making the Professionals, and shared in the production of what has become an icon of British television," he said.

"He will be remembered as part of the childhood of so many people, and mourned by his fans. I send my love and condolences to his family, and the great many who will miss him."

Collins's other notable roles included SAS captain Peter Skellen in 1982's Who Dares Wins and Enrique Carrasco in 1985's Commando Leopard. His most recent on-screen role in a 2002 appearance in UK crime drama, The Bill.

Collins leaves behind his wife Michelle and their three sons, Oliver, Elliot and Cameron.

28th November 2013 3943703
Helen Flanagan In Running To Be Next Bond Girl. This Is Not A Joke. 3927572 News

Helen Flanagan, the former Coronation Street star turned I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here contestant turned glamour model, is apparently in the running to be the next Bond girl. 

The 23-year-old reportedly made a big impression after meeting with casting directors at MGM in Los Angeles, "turning heads" at the movie company. Of course, we shouldn't read too much into this given it comes from the scallywags at The Sun but the story is so ridiculous that it might actually be true.

Model Kate Upton - one of the world's most famous faces - is also in the frame to star alongside Daniel Craig in the new movie, set to be helmed once again by Sam Mendes.

Should Flanagan land the role - which would represent the biggest surprise in the history of movie casting - she'd follow in the footsteps of Halle Berry, Ursula Andress, Gemma Arterton and Teri Hatcher. 

On July 11, 2013, it was confirmed that Daniel Craig would return as James Bond for Bond 24, with Mendes returning as director and John Logan once again writing the script following the monumental success of Skyfall.

So far, only the casting of Craig has been officially confirmed though Ralph Fiennes will return as M and Ben Whishaw as Q. Rumors suggest Benedict Cumberbatch could feature, perhaps as the main villain. 

Flanagan has signed on for Mark Millicent's comedy-romance Fizzy Days, starring Boardwalk Empire's Stephen Graham and James Dreyfus. The comedy caper set in the north of England in the 1970s will be released in 2014.

Helen FlanaganHelen Flanagan, Bond Girl?

Daniel Craig
Could Daniel Craig Be Joined By Helen Flanagan?

Helen Flanagan, the former Coronation Street star turned I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here contestant turned glamour model, is apparently in the running to be the next Bond girl. 

The 23-year-old reportedly made a big impression after meeting with casting directors at MGM in Los Angeles, "turning heads" at the movie company. Of course, we shouldn't read too much into this given it comes from the scallywags at The Sun but the story is so ridiculous that it might actually be true.

Model Kate Upton - one of the world's most famous faces - is also in the frame to star alongside Daniel Craig in the new movie, set to be helmed once again by Sam Mendes.

Should Flanagan land the role - which would represent the biggest surprise in the history of movie casting - she'd follow in the footsteps of Halle Berry, Ursula Andress, Gemma Arterton and Teri Hatcher. 

On July 11, 2013, it was confirmed that Daniel Craig would return as James Bond for Bond 24, with Mendes returning as director and John Logan once again writing the script following the monumental success of Skyfall.

So far, only the casting of Craig has been officially confirmed though Ralph Fiennes will return as M and Ben Whishaw as Q. Rumors suggest Benedict Cumberbatch could feature, perhaps as the main villain. 

Flanagan has signed on for Mark Millicent's comedy-romance Fizzy Days, starring Boardwalk Empire's Stephen Graham and James Dreyfus. The comedy caper set in the north of England in the 1970s will be released in 2014.

Helen FlanaganHelen Flanagan, Bond Girl?

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Could Daniel Craig Be Joined By Helen Flanagan?

29th October 2013 3897811
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