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Craig not coming back for Bond?

The latest we had heard was that Daniel Craig would return to the James Bond franchise for two more films.

That may have been premature. Craig, while doing press for “Logan Lucky” had this to say:

No decision has been made at the moment, there’s a lot of noise out there and nothing official has been confirmed. And I’m not, like, holding out for more money or doing anything like that. It’s just all very personal decisions to be made at the moment. I know they’re desperate to get going and I would in theory love to do it, but it’s just there is no decision just yet.

Do you want Craig to come back?

This is getting a lot like sorting through the “Star Wars Episode VII” saga, which eventually went to J.J. Abrams. First came news that Nicolas Winding Refn, Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee, Shane Black and Tom Hooper were all in the running for Bond 24, the follow up to “Skyfall” with Daniel Craig. Then came news that Sam Mendes was in talks to return. Now new reports say that Mendes is directing Bond 24 AND Bond 25. That’s the length of Craig’s contract for the record, so maybe this will be Craig’s big finale.

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A day after reports came that directors like Shane Black, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper and Nicolas Winding Refn were up to direct “Bond 24” comes news that Sam Mendes IS in talks to return. Mendes directed “Skyfall” starring Daniel Craig as 007/James Bond and Javier Bardem. Apparently they’re willing to wait until Mendes becomes available to direct the film.

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Nolan to tackle Bond?!

This is just a rumor for now, but Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight Rises”,”Inception”) has been approached to direct the next James Bond movie. Talks are in the very early stages for Bond 24. But  Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson want the next film within three years, which may be hard because Nolan’s “Interstellar” comes out in 2014. But two years for a film isn’t unheard of. “Skyfall” became top-grossing Bond film ever. Sam Mendes directed that one. Daniel Craig is returning as 007.

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Next Bond film delayed?

This probably has something to do with Sam Mendes opting not to return, but MGM said the next James Bond film will come out in the next three years. “Skyfall”, which starred Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench and Ralph Fiennes, earned more than $1 billion worldwide, more than double what any previous Bond film made. Original plans had the next film coming out in 2014, a two year gap between films. But now that three year window could push it to 2015, or even 2016.

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“Skyfall” was a monster hit, earning more than a billion dollars worldwide. Starring Judi Dench, Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and more, it was also one of the most critically acclaimed James Bond films ever. Much of that credit goes to director Sam Mendes. But Mendes, who was reportedly considering returning, has chosen to leave the upcoming Bond sequel. That’s too bad. Whoever comes in next has his work cut out for him.

In the “Spider-Man” universe, filming has started for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. In addition to Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Jamie Foxx is in as Electro, as is Paul Giamatti as Rhino. Here’s some interesting tidbits on what could have been to Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 4”, which got cancelled in favor of a reboot. Raimi said he hasn’t seen “The Dark Knight Rises”, where Anne Hathaway played Catwoman, but he said he had tapped her to play Felicia Hardy, AKA the Black Cat, in “Spider-Man 4”. He said he was displeased with “Spider-Man 3” and wanted to end with the “Best Spider-Man of them all”. So what happened? Raimi said he couldn’t get the story right in time for Sony’s deadline. Unfortunate, hopefully Marc Webb can step up his game.

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3D is still going strong (unfortunately). We had “Jurassic Park 3D”, “Finding Nemo 3D”, “Star Wars Episode 1” 3D “The Lion King 3D” and more. Now comes a listing on a website for a 3D conversion of…wait for it…”Dr. No”. Yep the very first James Bond film starring Sean Connery is apparently coming out on 3D Blu-Ray for the Taiwanese release. Even more disturbing? Moviefone now has a listing for an IMax 3D version of “Dr. No”. Hopefully this is all just talk. Because for starters, 007 doesn’t need 3D. And if they were really set on that. Why not the newer films? The chase scene in “Casino Royale” could be pretty entertaining in 3D I suppose, even some of the scenes in the bad “Quantum of Solace”. Why the first film in the series?

More Bond news, an Oscars spokesman said all the Bond actors will not appear together during the show. The Academy is honoring 50 years of James Bond.

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Bond has big opening

Director Sam Mendes’ “Skyfall”, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw and more, took in $87.8 million in its opening weekend. That number rises to $90 million when you add in the Thursday preview showings. It shatters the previous high for the series of $67.5 million, set by “Quantum of Solace”. Worldwide, the film has now grossed more than $500 million.

“Wreck It Ralph” fell just 33 percent, “Wreck It Ralph” took in another $33.1 million.

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“Skyfall” review

Craig is back. Is “Skyfall” a worthy Bond film? Or does it fall short like “Quantum of Solace”?

The Good

“Skyfall” is entertaining and thrilling. In fact, though I’m sure many will disagree, “Skyfall” is one of my favorite Bond films ever. The action gets going right from the beginning when director Sam Mendes lets us know this isn’t the same Bond we’re used to. Gone are the openings we’re used to . We’re dropped right in the action. And the action in this film is great. No shaking the camera so much so you can’t tell what the hell’s going on. It’s fun, entertaining and thrilling. But Mendes really shines with the performances he gets from his actors.

I won’t give away any more of the storyline that the trailer didn’t. But, I’ll say this. Judi Dench (“M”) gets her time to shine in this film and it’s about time. For too long she’s been limited to saying “Bond!” or “James?” in this series. Finally, she plays a much more integral role and it’s nice to see one of the best actresses to come along get her due in this series. Javier Bardem also steals scenes as the villain. There’s no evil plot to take over the world this time, but, his actions may seem the most justified of any Bond villain in history. This may not quite be to the level that he played in “No Country For Old Men”, but he’s a helluva better Bond villain than we’ve seen in years.

Between this film and “Cloud Atlas”, Ben Whishaw is quickly becoming one of my favorite young actors in Hollywood. This film also really cements Craig as one of my favorite Bonds of all time. There’s also two references for long-time Bond fans that should please them greatly.

The Bad 

I love this film. That being said, I think it fell just a little bit short of the very high praise it’s been getting. Let’s just say, nothing about this film was bad, but I wouldn’t be nominating it for Best Picture on my list. Also, the one thing I liked in “Casino Royale” the most was the vulnerable Bond that we saw. That apparently is gone with Bond becoming just short of a super hero with the stunts he pulls off in this film.

The Final Word

If you haven’t seen a Bond film in a long time, this is the one to jump back in with. “Skyfall” is thrilling, entertaining and one of the best Bond films ever, bar none. It might not be one of the year’s best come Oscar time, but “Skyfall” is a film that shows the Bond franchise is ready to keep kicking for another 50 years.

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Daniel Craig is back as James Bond with “Skyfall”. “Quantum of Solace” was uber successful, but left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths. Will his newest adventure be good enough to erase that?

Yes. First, in the series’ history, the previous installment doesn’t really affect the next installment’s box office performance. Plus, this one has Javier Bardem and is getting rave reviews across the board. The trailers have been intense and there’s a lot of excitement for this one. Look for my review of the film soon!

Opening weekend: $75-80 million

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