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Barbara Broccoli: I thought James Bond was a real person until I was seven

17 Aug

Barbara Broccoli: I thought James Bond was a real person until I was seven

Nobody does it better — Skyfall producer Barbara Broccoli grew up with 007. The ultimate Bond girl tells Liz Hoggard about life on the film set and why Fleming was really a feminist.

http://www.007museum.com/Broccoli_Barbara.htm

A strong bond: Daniel Craig with Barbara Broccoli in 2008

A strong bond: Daniel Craig with Barbara Broccoli in 2008

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BEN WHISHAW CONFIRMED TO PLAY Q IN SKYFALL

16 Jul

BEN WHISHAW CONFIRMED TO PLAY Q IN SKYFALL

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of the 23rd James Bond adventure, SKYFALL, announced today that the character of Q will be making a welcome return to the Bond franchise and confirmed that the role will be played by British actor Ben Whishaw.

Ben Whishaw BEKRÄFTAT ATT SPELA Q SKYFALL

Ben Whishaw BEKRÄFTAT ATT SPELA Q SKYFALL

http://www.007museum.com/skyfall.htm

NAOMIE HARRIS IS SKYFALL’S FIELD-AGENT EVE

18 Maj

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Where are you right now Naomie? I’m in Turkey, we have had quite a lot of rain for the last couple of months but the last couple of weeks have been much warmer.

How long have you got left in Turkey? We’re here until mid-May, so quite a lot to do.

What was the audition process like for you? Debbie McWilliams, who casts a lot of the Bond films, came to see me in Frankenstein at the National Theatre, London, and she thought I would be good for the role so she asked me to come in and audition. That was really just going on tape at EON headquarters and then I was asked to do a screen test, then asked to meet Sam and Barbara Broccoli.

Are you quite chilled in those situations or sitting at home crossing your fingers? I didn’t think I was very appropriate for a Bond actress – so I didn’t think I had a chance. I knew they were auditioning all around Europe so I thought I was one of thousands to bulk up the numbers or something. So at first I wasn’t nervous at all, but after the screen test I couldn’t help but think, ‘Wow, wouldn’t it be great?’ but generally I’m like, ‘Whatever is meant to be will happen’. I don’t hold onto things too tightly. But by the third audition I started to get really nervous, as if they were asking me to meet Sam and Barbara and they’re telling me I’m down to the last four it must be quite serious. By then I was desperate for the role.

How did you celebrate getting the part? I was in Washington promoting The First Grader, which was one of the films Barbara saw me in, I was with the director, Justin Chadwick, doing press and was told I couldn’t tell anyone, that it was top secret and they didn’t want anything announced for two months. It was really difficult as I wanted to scream it from the rooftops and tell everyone as I was so happy. The only person I ended up telling was the director. I called home and told my family who were all screaming and so excited.

Your videoblog on 007.com shows you doing some pretty intensive gun training. Yes, I’ve been doing months and months of training. It’s been four months in total – more training than I have ever done for anything else.

Are you pretty handy with a gun now? I have had this amazing gun trainer, Joss Skottowe. I’ve learnt how a gun should be treated and it’s all ‘safety first’ I had to be on the gun range twice a week so I was really comfortable with guns.

Which gun was the most difficult to shoot? The Glocks because they have the hardest kicks. They’re really ugly as well. The Walther PPK is quite beautiful, which is a weird thing to say about a gun, but it’s really well made and feels good in your hand and being a woman it’s small but relatively light. The Glock is big and unattractive looking. It’s just an ugly piece of machinery. You get a big kick back and sprayed with this hot stuff from the blanks right in your face, which is not very pleasant.

Have you picked up any injuries? I have been running with my trainer three times a week and never had a problem, but recently I jumped out of a car and whilst running, I twisted my hip in the wrong position – it’s fine now.

So is Eve a full-on action role? Most of my action scenes have been since I came out to Turkey. It’s all action from here on out.

Apart from the gun training what other skills have you had to sharpen up on? I’ve been doing a lot of car training. It’s been brilliant for my actual driving. I can’t tell you how much my day to day driving has improved. That’s been so much fun – doing things like driving a Land Rover really fast on tarmac and then stopping dead, which makes any car skid wildly out of control and you have to pump the brakes to regain control. It’s doing the things you are told when you first learn to drive a car, that when a car starts to skid you’re supposed to go with it, but you never actually get to experience that unless you’re in an accident. But to have that experience in a controlled environment and to see how the car reacts and how you can bring it back under control is really exhilarating and very empowering to have learnt these new skills. Ultimately, on set you never do anything as dangerous as you do in training, they’re much more dramatic and scary in training and it gives you extra confidence when you’re on set.

What’s your costume like, is it sexy or functional? Ha! Eve wears practical clothes but this is a Bond film so you have to add a bit of glamour. So instead of your normal action trousers I have leather action trousers. So that’s nice.

So does Eve get to ‘slip into something more comfortable’? Well maybe, you never know. I can’t say.

What’s it been like working with Sam Mendes? It’s been the highlight of working on the movie. I absolutely love Sam. He’s got a great sense of humour, is always jovial and incredibly calm. The feel of the set comes from the director and he brings his calmness to the unit. I remember thinking on my first day of filming, ‘Oh my gosh it’s Bond, there’s going to be so many people, it’s going to be so big’ but actually it was quiet and there weren’t that many people around and that’s because that’s how Sam likes it. You really feel you are able to concentrate on the action without any of the fanfare and without feeling a million eyes watching you. He’s also brilliant at working out what you need as an actor, he’s very particular so you know you’re going to do as many takes as you need to get it right, so you feel you are in very safe hands.

It’s Bond’s 50th anniversary, did you grow up watching the movies? Totally. I’ve always loved Bond movies, I grew up with them, as did everyone of my generation. They have that magic formula to keep all generations engaged. And I love the fact that with time they have got more reflective of society, so the roles of women have got stronger, Bond has become more human and more fallible. I love that evolution.

Have you gone back and watched any of the classic Bond films? I mainly watched the recent ones, CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE.

Have you got a favourite Bond actress? I’ve always loved Halle Berry. I’m a huge fan of hers. I loved her in DIE ANOTHER DAY and she always brings a classy elegance to everything she does. And the fact she was quite an action girl as well was great. She was kick-ass.

Do you feel part of the Bond family now? Yeah I definitely feel that, because most of the people who work on the film have worked on nearly every Bond film. My driver has worked on the films for 18 years! So it really does feel like a family, people are well treated, they love the films and that’s what keeps them coming back. Once you’re part of the club, that’s it for life. I think that comes from Michael G. Wilson and Barbara, they are very generous and caring.

Have you filmed much with Daniel Craig? I have. He’s a fantastic actor. One of the things I love about him is he has a great sense of humour and the ability to laugh at himself. So he’s always lightening the tone. Even in serious atmospheres, Daniel comes on set, and suddenly everyone is laughing and he’s making fun of himself and being silly. He makes it all fun.

Has being in SKYFALL suddenly meant that you’re on the paparazzi’s radar? Everybody said that once the announcement came out I’d be followed everywhere by the press, but I haven’t really had that. Two journalists did go to my mum’s house, but my mum is a very strong character and probably scared them more than they scared her. At the moment my life hasn’t changed.

What was it like attending this year’s BAFTA’s? That was very different. I have been before but never walked the red carpet where everyone is screaming your name and waving pictures of you. The level of recognition and the association with Bond means that people are a lot more interested.

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SKYFALL BOND 23 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli press conference in Istanbul

30 Apr

And bringing us bang up to date here’s SKYFALL’s Daniel Craig joined by Sam Mendes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Ola Rapace and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli at the film’s production press conference in Istanbul.

http://www.007museum.com/skyfall.htm

Bombardier Recreational Products: Bombardier Ski-Doo Snowmobile Featured in New James Bond Film, Die Another Day

29 Feb

Bombardier Recreational Products: Bombardier Ski-Doo Snowmobile Featured in New James Bond Film, Die Another Day.

Business & Enertainment Editors

MONTREAL–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 4, 2002

Bombardier (TSX:BBD.A.TO) (TSX:BBD.B.TO) Ski-Doo(R) MX Z(R)-REV(TM) snowmobile will be featured in MGM Pictures and EON Productions Die Another Day(1), the latest episode of the widely popular James Bond(1) movie series, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

”MGM’s choice definitely speaks to Bombardier’s ability to produce the most technologically innovative and advanced vehicles on the market, characterized by a highly sophisticated design,” said Mr. Michel Baril, President and Chief Operating Officer of Bombardier Recreational Products. ”We are excited to showcase our leading-edge Ski-Doo snowmobile in this latest chapter of the Bond series,” added Mr. Baril.

”When it became clear that we needed an exciting vehicle to be featured in an Iceland storyline, we researched the snowmobile market and looked to Bombardier to share its expertise and supply a sophisticated snowmobile with a high-tech edge. The Bombardier Ski-Doo MX Z-REV snowmobile fit the bill perfectly,” stated Mr. Keith Snelgrove, Senior Vice President Global Business Strategy of EON Productions (Bond Marketing Inc.).

Bombardier supplied 14 snowmobiles as well as top-of-the-line Ski-Doo clothing gear for the film.

The cornerstone of the Bombardier-007(1) partnership is the limited edition Ski-Doo MX Z-REV 007 snowmobile. Bombardier designers kept special agent James Bond in mind when developing the look of this special edition model – a black and silver body accented with red and chrome. Much like the clever gadgets that master engineer Q and his team of experts have crafted for the world’s favorite spy for more than 40 years, the Bombardier MX Z-REV 007 snowmobile features all the latest technological innovations.

One thousand of Bombardier’s special edition Ski-Doo MX Z-REV 007 snowmobiles will be available for sale to customers in Canada, the United States and Scandinavia.

Bombardier (TSX:BBD.A.TO) (TSX:BBD.B.TO) Ski-Doo(R) MX Z(R)-REV(TM) snowmobile will be featured in MGM Pictures and EON Productions Die Another Day(1), the latest episode of the widely popular James Bond(1) movie series, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

”MGM’s choice definitely speaks to Bombardier’s ability to produce the most technologically innovative and advanced vehicles on the market, characterized by a highly sophisticated design,” said Mr. Michel Baril, President and Chief Operating Officer of Bombardier Recreational Products. ”We are excited to showcase our leading-edge Ski-Doo snowmobile in this latest chapter of the Bond series,” added Mr. Baril.

”When it became clear that we needed an exciting vehicle to be featured in an Iceland storyline, we researched the snowmobile market and looked to Bombardier to share its expertise and supply a sophisticated snowmobile with a high-tech edge. The Bombardier Ski-Doo MX Z-REV snowmobile fit the bill perfectly,” stated Mr. Keith Snelgrove, Senior Vice President Global Business Strategy of EON Productions (Bond Marketing Inc.).

Bombardier supplied 14 snowmobiles as well as top-of-the-line Ski-Doo clothing gear for the film.

The cornerstone of the Bombardier-007(1) partnership is the limited edition Ski-Doo MX Z-REV 007 snowmobile. Bombardier designers kept special agent James Bond in mind when developing the look of this special edition model – a black and silver body accented with red and chrome. Much like the clever gadgets that master engineer Q and his team of experts have crafted for the world’s favorite spy for more than 40 years, the Bombardier MX Z-REV 007 snowmobile features all the latest technological innovations.

One thousand of Bombardier’s special edition Ski-Doo MX Z-REV 007 snowmobiles will be available for sale to customers in Canada, the United States and Scandinavia.

http://www.007museum.com/bondcars.htm

HeinekenR and James Bond sign global SKYFALL partnership

8 Feb

Amsterdam, February 8, 2012 – HEINEKEN today announced that it has extended its 15 year partnership with the James Bond franchise. It will introduce an unprecedented and innovative global marketing campaign to support the launch of the new film SKYFALL. This is the 23rd film in the James Bond series, and the 6th consecutive James Bond film that the HeinekenR brand has been involved with.

HeinekenR brand’s global SKYFALL marketing programme will include a wide range of promotion and activation rights in and around the film, including for the first time the participation of James Bond actor Daniel Craig in the brand’s worldwide campaign. It will also leverage its global relationships with facebook and Google to ignite digital conversations about SKYFALL amongst its adult consumers.

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the Bond franchise which is generating enormous levels of consumer interest in SKYFALL. It is one of the most anticipated and talked about films this year, providing HeinekenR the opportunity to engage with consumers in a number of different and compelling ways. The campaign will be accessible in more than 170 countries around the world where HeinekenR can be enjoyed.

Alexis Nasard, Chief Commercial Officer of HEINEKEN said: ”When two great brands like HeinekenR and James Bond join together, excitement is guaranteed. We are proud of our long standing partnership. The trust that we have built has allowed us to take the partnership to a new level by linking SKYFALL directly with our award winning global ‘Open Your World’ campaign. We are confident our activation plan will ignite the conversation with our consumers and film viewers.”

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the SKYFALL producers added: ”The level of collaboration with HeinekenR is unprecedented. We are excited by the global reach and the creativity that the HeinekenR team is able to deliver.”

HEINEKEN will launch its marketing campaign to support the HeinekenR partnership with James Bond in September 2012. The brand will focus its efforts on creating new levels of excitement for the film in on-premise establishments and retail stores across multiple markets.

Note to editors:
Heineken and James Bond
Heineken has developed a strong and successful relationship with James Bond spanning global partnerships with ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, ‘The World is Not Enough’ , ‘Die Another Day’, ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Quantum of Solace’ .

About SKYFALL
SKYFALL, from Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Academy AwardR winner Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his third film as James Bond 007.

About HeinekenR :
The Heineken brand bearing the founder’s family name – Heineken – is available in almost every country around the globe, and it is the world’s most valuable international premium beer brand. Additional information is available on www.heineken.com and on www.theHEINEKENcompany.com/presscentre, www.Facebook.com/Heineken, @Heineken

Press enquiries:
Marnie Kontovraki
Heineken Brand Consumer PR Officer
Tel: + 31 (0) 20 52 39 355
Marnie.Kontovraki@heineken.com

Tribute to Oscar winning composer, John Barry…

6 Feb

Oscar winning composer, John Barry

Last summer, to a packed Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performed an emotional memorial tribute to five-time Oscar winning composer, John Barry, all under the watchful eye of renowned conductor and RCM alumnus Nicholas Dodd. The strategy was twofold: celebrate the work and life of a great man who had provided the score for no less than one hundred and twenty five films (twelve of them Bond films), and use the proceeds to establish The John Barry Scholarship for Film Composition at the Royal College of Music.

The Composition for Screen masters course is a two year programme, and a popular one at that. “We will get around fifty to eighty applications per course,” explains Area Leader in Composition for Screen, Vasco Hexel. The applicants are eventually whittled down to just ten. Of those ten, just three are chosen to go before the scholarship panel (which includes John’s wife Laurie Barry and Barbara Broccoli) until eventually one final candidate emerges. The course attracts some of the most talented young film composers from around the world, many of whom have gone on to score major films in Hollywood and Europe.

“It’s the first time we have had a dedicated scholarship for the course” adds Hexel, “and it covers all costs, including living expenses, which is rare, and counts even if you are a student from outside the EU.”

For further details on the Masters Programme in Composition for Screen At the Royal College of Music, visit www.rcm.ac.uk/screen

Keeping an eye out for Omega watches on Skyfall Bond girls

31 Jan

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According to Omega, 81% of its 1995 market was “Gents.”

In 2010, the distribution was only 51% Gents, compared to 49% wristwatches for “Ladies.”

James Bond started wearing Omega in 1995, of course — with the introduction of Pierce Brosnan as 007 in GoldenEye. His watch was a quartz Seamaster, which I suppose no one who knows his watches could imagine today.

Then again, as has been pointed out elsewhere, a great deal has changed in the world of James Bond since 1995. Specifically, a greater emphasis on the female characters. Remember the rumored “Jinx” spin-off series that was discussed as Die Another Day was coming out in 2002?

Quantum of Solace scripting took us right into the bedroom of Lady M. And now in the third month of principle photography on Skyfall, we’ve seen more photos of Judy Dench online than of Daniel Craig. Not to say that his performance as James Bond in Skyfall will be a minor one. As Michael G. Wilson emphasized at the press conference last November, Barbara Broccoli is interested in seeing more of Mr Craig, sans clothing, in Bond 23.

Yet keeping the Omega on his wrist as proof of performance, again, following suit after the sauna sequence in GoldenEye?

 

http://jamesbondwatchesblog.com/2012/01/keeping-an-eye-out-for-omega-watches-on-skyfall-bond-girls/