Archive for June, 2007

Maria Sharapova makes rounds in the whacky media

Posted in Wacky Media on June 28, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

I guess Amy Winehouse week has ended. Now it’s Sharapova’s turn.
Maria Sharapova

The ever-reliable Sun is quoted in several sources as saying that Maria Sharapova wants to be a Bond girl (according to an unnamed “friend”).

“But her biggest dream is to be a Bond girl. She’s always talking about it,” The Sun quoted the friend, as saying.

“Maria loves the James Bond films and all the glamour associated with the role. And with her Russian blood, she thinks she would be perfect,” the friend added.

Apparently, these rumors arise from her choice of “James Bond” on her list of “Top Ten Dream Mixed Doubles Partners.”

Good choice.

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Marc Forster all over the news

Posted in Quantum of Solace with tags , , on June 27, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Cinematical, Rope of Silicon, CBn and more are talking about the Marc Forster interview in which he discusses the possibility of using the Alps as a filming location.

Not sure how I feel about it. Been there, done that, plus there’s always production problems because of the harsh weather. Will they never visit South Africa or Australia?

James Bond and One-liners

Posted in James Bond on June 27, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Yesterday’s Slate declared “Yippee-Ki-Yay-Motherfucker” the greatest one-liner in movie history. And makes a persuasive case for it, too. But the article on one-liners gives 007 his due as well.

And not only did the James Bond franchise give us “Bond—James Bond,” but lines such as “Shocking! Positively shocking!”; “He had to fly”; and “He got the boot” prove that Bond also gave action films their penchant for punning. Throughout the series, Bond’s cheeky dialogue defuses the emotion of a given scene, just as the one-liner does throughout the action genre.

I’d add “No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!” “From my angle, things are shaping up quite nicely;” “I think he got the point;” and “Do I look like I give a damn” to the list of classics.

Amy Winehouse dominates the Bond rumor mill

Posted in Wacky Media on June 25, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Okay, okay, I get it. Cover of the Rolling Stone. All that. But Amy Winehouse just won’t leave the Bond rumor mill. When I check my newsfeed today, the two top stories are about her (two top Bond stories, that is).

First, this non-story that Shirley Bassey “backs” Winehouse to record the next Bond song. What does that even mean?

And then, a craptacular story that gets all of it wrong.

Amy Winehouse will not feature in the next James Bond film.

Last week, it emerged the singer, 23, was being considered to sing the theme song.

And now it’s been reported that the newly married diva was also offered a starring role.

‘Amy was asked last month if she’d like to appear in the next movie as a sexy singer in a plush bar that Bond goes undercover in,’ a source says.

‘Sadly she is too busy to commit to any new projects at the moment but was really annoyed about it.’

But that doesn’t mean the big-haired lass won’t be involved in future Bond films.

‘She didn’t want to rule it out completely – she’d love to do it one day,’ the source tells thelondonpaper.

Let’s see how many we can count. First, she has already denied having been offered a role. Second, the role described in this story is surely a cameo along the lines of Madonna as Verity, not a “starring role.” Also, the David Arnold story from last week specifically said she hadn’t been offered the song (yet).

And note that all of this is from “a source.” Not an “inside” source. Not a source “close to Winehouse” or “close to the Bond producers” or close to anything except the reporter’s imagination. Just “a source.”

Yeah, right.

Daniel Craig is so hot

Posted in Daniel Craig on June 25, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Via Nathaniel, I find this sexy and appealing series of Daniel Craig photos from Interview magazine.

It’s a nice range; the photography is wonderful and Craig displays a lot of humor and warmth. The cover shot is especially good.

The Joy of Drinking

Posted in James Bond on June 22, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Via Contemporary Nomad, this wonderful quote about spies and drinking:

“… James Bond…was ‘the wave of the future, the drinker not as merrymaker,’ personified by Nick and Nora Charles of ‘Thin Man’ fame, but the drinker “as expert, authority, specialist.’”

Amy Winehouse re-enters the rumor mill

Posted in Quantum of Solace, Wacky Media with tags , , on June 20, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Rolling Stone cover girl Amy Winehouse is back for a second trip around the Bond rumor mill. This time, she’s supposedly singing the Bond 22 theme song (which will, I’m guessing, have a kickier title than “Bond 22”).

Rolling Stone

Amy Winehouse is set to sing the next James Bond theme tune…after catching the attention of composer David Arnold.

Arnold, who composed the last three 007 theme songs, is so impressed with Amy’s husky voice, he wants her to record the next Bond title track.

He told Britain’s Daily Express newspaper, “Amy Winehouse did the best record of last year. I haven’t asked her yet but I think she’d be good, although Bond songs can be a bit of a war zone….

“The books are all done now so this one is going to be an extension of what happens to Bond, continuing the story from ‘Casino Royale’. We haven’t a title yet but anything without death, dying, tomorrow or dies would be fine by me!”

Certainly seems like a legit interview, although notice that the headline and lede both say she’s “set,” but if you read further, she hasn’t even been asked.

The tidbits about the movie’s story are intriguing.