Tag Archive: Skyfall


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?

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With news that Sam Mendes may return for “Bond 24” and “Bond 25”, this sounds a little too early. But reports are that Penélope Cruz is in talks to join the next Bond film as one of the Bond girls. Javier Bardem, Cruz’s husband, played the villain in “Skyfall” so maybe this could be real, but I think until a director is named, I find it hard to believe that they’d start casting. Whatever the case, Daniel Craig will return as 007.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Sam Mendes did a great job with “Skyfall” helping Daniel Craig and James Bond reach new heights. With Mendes gone the search is on for a new director. According to reports the list includes Shane Black (“Iron Man 3”) David Yates (“Harry Potter”), Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”) and  Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”).

Who would you want to see get the job?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“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.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

It’s officially over. The Oscars have been given out, the awards season is done and…the results were there was something for a lot of films. “Argo” ended its run with a Best Picture win, Jennifer Lawrence beat Jessica Chastain, Ang Lee surprised in Best Director. Lee’s win totally shocked me. I didn’t give him any real shot of winning. My biggest disappointment was Christoph Waltz winning Best Supporting Actor. Look, I enjoyed his performance, but out of that whole group, I actually thought he was least deserving. I also would have liked to see “Moonrsise Kingdom” get Best Original Screenplay. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a BIG Tarantino fan, but “Django” just wasn’t my favorite film, I enjoyed “Inglourious Basterds” a heck of a lot more and “Moonrise Kingdom” deserved to win something. What did you think of the Oscars? Share your thoughts!

Best Picture
Amour
Argo–WINNER
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln–WINNER
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook–WINNER
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Best Director
Michael Haneke, Amour
Ang Lee, Life of Pi–WINNER
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Original Screenplay
Amour, Michael Hankie
Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino–WINNER
Flight, John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal

Best Adapted Screenplay
Argo, Chris Terrio–WINNER
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, 
Life of Pi, David Magee
Lincoln, Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell

Best Original Song
“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice, music and lyric by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted, music by Walter Murphy; lyric by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi, music by Mychael Danna; lyric by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall” from Skyfall, music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth–WINNER
“Suddenly” from Les Misérables, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Best Original Score
Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
Argo, Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi, Mychael Danna–WINNER
Lincoln, John Williams
Skyfall, Thomas Newman

Best Production Design
Anna Karenina, Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
Les Misérables, Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
Life of Pi, Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Lincoln, Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson–WINNER

Best Film Editing
Argo, William Goldenberg–WINNER
Life of Pi, Tim Squyres
Lincoln, Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook, Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty, Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables–WINNER
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Sound Editing
Argo, Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
Django Unchained, Wylie Stateman
Life of Pi, Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
Skyfall, Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers–WINNER
Zero Dark Thirty, Paul N.J. Ottosson–WINNER

Best Sound Mixing
Argo, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
Les Misérables, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes–WINNER
Life of Pi, Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
Lincoln, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
Skyfall, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour, Austria–WINNER
Kon-Tiki, Norway
No, Chile
A Royal Affair, Denmark
War Witch, Canada

Best Documentary Feature
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man–WINNER

Best Documentary Short
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart
Redemption
Inocente
–WINNER

Best Live Action Short
Asad
Buzkashi Boys
Curfew–WINNER
Death of a Shadow 
Henry

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained––WINNER

Best Animated Short
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head over Heels
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
Paperman–WINNER

Best Animated Feature
Brave–WINNER
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Cinematography
Anna Karenina, Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained, Robert Richardson
Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda–WINNER
Lincoln, Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall, Roger Deakins

Best Visual Effects
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott–WINNER
The Avengers, Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Prometheus, Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
Snow White and the Huntsman, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

Best Costume Design
Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran–WINNER
Les Misérables, Paco Delgado
Lincoln, Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror, Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman, Colleen Atwood

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Hitchcock, Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
Les Misérables, Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell–WINNER

Disney had “The Avengers”. Warner Brothers had “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Dark Knight Rises”. Sony had “Skyfall”. Yet all four of these major studios saw its profits drop in 2012 from the previous year. That leaves the last major studio as the only one to see its profits increase, and by a large margin I might add. Which one was it? Well, it’s the studio that released “Battleship”. Yep Universal saw its profits increase a whopping 229 percent. Universal had some modest hits like “The Bourne Legacy” but no huge hits. That didn’t seem to affect them, however.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.