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  1. Exclusive offer: Buy three 007 Reloaded audiobooks and save 33%

    AudioGo’s 007 Reloaded series of audiobooks represents one of the most exciting retellings of Ian Fleming’s classic James Bond novels. A high profile collection of actors tackle Fleming’s books for the audiobook series, including Rory Kinnear (Quantum of Solace, Skyfall), Bill Nighy, Rosamund Pike (Die Another Day), David Tennant, Kenneth Branagh, Toby Stephens (Die Another Day), Jason Isaacs and lots more.

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    Matt Weston @ 2012-11-30
  2. AskMen’s Bond Lessons iPad app out now

    Ever wanted to be James Bond? Go on, admit it! Of course you have. Well, AskMen’s exclusive James Bond lessons iPad app offers plenty of tips and tricks to help you get there.

    Feature articles include:

    • 007 style: Suiting up for all occasions
    • The martini revisited: Recipes from around the world
    • Why Aston Martin keeps coming back
    • Inside the brain of a psychopath
    • Travel like 007: 24 hours at the locations of Skyfall
    The app also contains exclusive video interviews with the Skyfall cast.
    Matt Weston @ 2012-11-14
  3. Reports: John Logan scripting original two-part story for Bond 24 and 25

    John Logan

    John Logan

    Skyfall is just days into what looks set to be a record-breaking run in theatres, so it’s not surprising that the wheels appear to already be in motion for James Bond’s next adventure. Or should that be adventures?

    According to reports in Variety and The Hollywood ReporterSkyfall screenwriter John Logan has signed on to pen the 24th and 25th films in the James Bond series.

    The Hollywood Reporter claims the scripts will feature an original two-part story arc, not based on the Ian Fleming novels. Variety, meanwhile, speculates that the Logan deal could see Bond 24 and Bond 25 filmed back-to-back.

    The reports claim Logan pitched the story to 007 producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and that he has already begun solo work on the screenplays.

    The news follows an earlier report in the Guardian claiming that Logan had signed on for Bond 24. That report also revealed Neal Purvis and Robert Wade would be bowing out from the series, having written or co-written every Bond film since 1999’s The World Is Not Enough.

    MGM declined to comment on the latest reports.

    Head on over to this thread of the CommanderBond.net forums to discuss this news.

    Matt Weston @ 2012-10-28
  4. Exclusive interview: Charlie Higson brings Ian Fleming into the Twitter age

    Charlie Higson at Twitter HQ

    Charlie Higson at Twitter’s UK headquarters.
    Photo courtesy Twitter UK.

    If Ian Fleming were alive, would he use Twitter? The James Bond creator loved gadgets and technology, but would he embrace all there is to love and hate about the social media revolution as @IanFleming?

    It’s a proposition that inspired Young Bond author Charlie Higson (@monstroso) to partner with Twitter for the #BondTweets project, fittingly held on the eve of the Skyfall premiere. His mission? To condense each of Fleming’s 12 Bond novels into a single 140-character tweet.

    Between 2005 and 2009, Higson penned five novels and one short story exploring James Bond’s years at Eton in the 1930s. He’s also a long-time fan of Ian Fleming and within seconds of us starting our Skype chat, Charlie gleefully points out the set of Fleming hardcovers on the bookshelf behind me. Who better to bring the original Bond stories into the Twitter age?

    Casino Royale

    “I thought the conjunction of 1950s Ian Fleming with state-of-the-art Twitter was quite an interesting concept,” Charlie tells me. “I use Twitter a lot. As a writer, it’s a great way to get you to think very carefully about the words you use, how you use them and if there are other, simpler ways of saying what it is you want to say.”

    “Fleming was always into new ideas and new gadgets, so I certainly think computers would have appealed to him. Would he have used the internet and Twitter? I don’t know.”

    Dr No

    The task took Higson much longer than he thought it would. “What really appealed to me was the idea of trying to get across the essence of each book in 140 characters, without it sort of being a dry plot description. I tried to get across the bits of the books that I really loved, and to make each one entertaining in its own right.”

    “A hundred and forty characters is not all that long, so a lot of the ideas I had, I thought, ‘Well, I can’t do that — it just won’t fit.’ So, it was quite a challenge getting enough in there to make them fun to read.”

    Goldfinger


    As you would expect of a bonafide Bond fan, the tougher books for Higson to compress were his favourites, including From Russia with Love and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. “The best books have really good set pieces and characters and things happening. Those are the harder ones to sum up and get right because you’re worried about leaving stuff out that’s important to you.”

    Likewise, the easiest books for Charlie were his least favourite Bond novels, though he enjoyed crafting them into tweets. “I quite liked tweeting The Spy Who Loved Me because the book itself is structured into three parts, so I structured the tweet in the same way. You don’t worry about leaving too much out from that one,” Charlie laughs.

    The Spy Who Loved Me

    Charlie joined Twitter in late 2009. “I wish I’d been in that initial rush to Twitter,” Charlie says. “A lot of people established a presence and a style on there when there weren’t so many people using it. I think it’s harder now. On Twitter, you used to be able to be quite influential, but now you need to have the number of followers that Lady Gaga has.”

    The immediacy and reach of Twitter clearly has appeal for Higson. “I found the conversation part of Twitter to be quite fun. You could be having a conversation with people from all over the world at the same time. It’s a fantastic way of keeping in touch with people who read my books, with other writers, people you’d never normally meet, but as a sort of promotional tool, you have to use it very carefully. People don’t want you to go on there and say, ‘Buy my book now – it’s brilliant’. You have to think of ways to talk about your work so that it doesn’t come across like an advert.”

    Twitter has also opened up doors for the author – often literally. “Twitter is a fantastic research resource. If I’m writing a book and I want to go and have a look around somewhere, I can say on Twitter, ‘Does anyone here know anyone who works in the Tower of London?’ and within 10 or 15 minutes you’ve got several options. You can use Twitter for a lot of stuff that people who don’t use Twitter don’t realise.”

    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

    While Charlie didn’t attend tonight’s premiere of Skyfall at Royal Albert Hall, he will be watching the film tomorrow night at an equally exclusive screening with members of the Ian Fleming estate. Higson was impressed with Casino Royale, but was less thrilled by Quantum of Solace. He’s now keenly looking forward to what Skyfall has to offer.

    “All the indications are good for Skyfall,” Charlie says. “I’ve deliberately tried not to read to much about it or watch too many trailers because I just want to go out and enjoy it for what it is. Although, I have heard from people who say that it really is very good.”

    You Only Live Twice

    It’s been around 10 years since Charlie Higson sat down to write the first of his Young Bond novels, SilverFin. “I had great fun writing those books. I remember how thrilling it was to sit down and type the words ‘The name’s Bond, James Bond’. It gave me a great, childish thrill. So, I was very pleased that after initial scepticism, the James Bond fan community did accept the books and accepted that I wanted to remain true to the spirit of Ian Fleming.”

    Since closing the book on his time as a James Bond novelist, Charlie has gone on to write the bestselling zombie thriller series, The Enemy. “I would’ve loved to have written more Bond books, but in the end, having written five of them, I was at the stage of thinking that I would really like to write something that was entirely of my own creation. It was a very difficult decision to make because I loved doing it and I’d love to do more. I had a full trilogy worked out with Bond’s time at Fettes.”

    Sadly for fans of Charlie Higson’s James Bond books, it doesn’t sound likely those plans will come into fruition. “They can’t wait for me forever to come back and write some more.”

    “Never say never again?” I put to Charlie hopefully.

    “Live and let die,” he fires back, with the quick wit of both a seasoned Twitter user and of 007 himself.

    With thanks to Charlie Higson. Follow him on Twitter at @monstroso. You can also check out the full collection of Charlie’s #BondTweets on the UK Twitter blog. Thanks also to Simon Branney.

    Matt Weston @ 2012-10-24
  5. Javier Bardem offered Bond 23 role

    Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem has been offered a key role in the upcoming 23rd James Bond film, Deadline reports.

    Details about the character remain unknown, but Deadline speculates it’s likely to be the role of the film’s villain.

    The 41-year-old Spanish actor received the offer from 007 producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson last week, around the same time the actor received his third Oscar nomination for his role in the film Biutiful.

    However, Bardem is a highly sought-after actor; last week he was also offered the lead role in Ron Howard’s three-film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. Deadline also notes that the actor turned down the villain role in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

    Bardem is most well-known as the star of No Country for Old Men. He has also appeared in Collateral, Love in the Time of Cholera, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Eat Pray Love.

    In other Bond 23 news, Deadline also reports that MGM are using the film to leverage more cash flow for the embattled studio. According to the site, MGM are seeking a studio to co-finance a number of films as part of a deal to distribute the next James Bond outing.

    An insider told Deadline, “The quick cash flow allows MGM to have revenue which it hasn’t had in a long time. Thereby their books look better, and therefore the possibility of getting more funds for production is increased. So expect whichever studio lands Bond to also announce it is several co-financing deals allowing MGM into other pics that are already shooting.”

    But this stipulation isn’t sitting well with executives at studios seeking to land the distribution deal. Top brass at Sony, Warner Bros, Fox and Paramount “are growing increasingly frustrated with the way [MGM’s co-chairmen] are playing one studio off another – and enjoying it,” said one executive. One studio said its strategy to land the deal has been reduced to “pleading”.

    Meanwhile, Dame Judi Dench has confirmed in an interview with BBC News that she’ll be back as “M” in Bond 23. The appearance will mark Dench’s seventh turn in the role; the Oscar-winning actress first appeared in 1995’s GoldenEye.

    “I’m looking forward hugely to working with Daniel again and with Sam, who I’ve only ever worked with in the theatre,” the actress enthused to the BBC. “That’ll be all good fun to do. I’m so glad it’s coming back. It’s wonderful.”

    Bond 23 will be released on 9 November 2012. The film will be directed by Sam Mendes from a script written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. Details are being kept under wraps, but the film will follow on from the events of Quantum of Solace.

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    Matt Weston @ 2011-01-31
  6. MGM planning year-long 007 celebration in 2012

    In their report on the official announcement of Bond 23, trade paper Variety notes that MGM aren’t going to let the James Bond series’ fiftieth anniversary slip by.

    The studio have already begun preparing a year-long celebration to mark 50 years since the release of the very first 007 film, Dr No.

    Specifics remain unknown, but fans should expect a celebration to top the series’ fortieth birthday held in the lead-up to the release of 2002’s Die Another Day.

    Spy blog Double O Section speculates that the celebrations could include anything from theatrical re-releases of classic 007 films, books, toys and the release of the remaining Bond films on Blu-ray Disc.

    Bond 23, to be directed by Sam Mendes from a script by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan, will be released on 9 November 2012. The film will feature Daniel Craig reprising the role of James Bond for the third time.

    Keep watching CommanderBond.net for more details on the Bond films’ fiftieth anniversary as they come to hand.

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    Matt Weston @ 2011-01-15
  7. Project X manuscript imminent

    Jeffery Deaver’s forthcoming James Bond novel Project X is right on schedule, it seems.

    Back in June, we reported the author was set to deliver the book’s manuscript on 30 October. A recent update on the official Project X website has confirmed Deaver is putting the finishing touches to the manuscript.

    28.10.10 – Stop press: Rumours of a manuscript

    Rumours are circulating that Mr Deaver has nearly finished writing Project X, and that the papers will soon be delivered to a top-secret location. This is causing huge excitement in the Hodder and Ian Fleming offices and we can’t wait to read it. Although, like you, we’re going to have to wait until May next year to discover James Bond’s latest adventure.

    Little is known about Project X (working title only), except that it is the first in a brand new series of James Bond novels set in the present day. Each book will be written by a different author.

    Project X will be published around the world on 28 May 2011.

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    Matt Weston @ 2010-10-31
  8. Choice of Weapons book launch details revealed

    The details are in for the launch of Raymond Benson’s upcoming James Bond omnibus, Choice of Weapons.

    Bond girl Janet Davies

    Bond girl Janet Davies

    Benson will launch the book on 12 September in Chicago, Illinois. The novelist will be joined by special guest Janet Davies, the Channel 7 anchor who appears as herself in Benson’s short story “Live at Five”.

    Choice of Weapons collects Benson’s Zero Minus Ten, The Facts of Death and The Man with the Red Tattoo, along with the rare short stories “Live at Five” and “Midsummer Night’s Doom”.

    Full details of the launch can be found below.

    Sunday 12 September, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
    Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
    7419 W. Madison St.
    Forest Park, IL

    You can RSVP to the Choice of Weapons launch event on Facebook.

    Benson’s first James Bond omnibus, The Union Trilogy, was released in 2008. As was the case with that collection, Benson will provide an all-new introduction for Choice of Weapons.

    Keep watching the CommanderBond.net main page for the most up-to-date literary James Bond coverage on the web.

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    Matt Weston @ 2010-08-07
  9. Report: Bond 23 development also hampered by creative differences

    Another week, another media report questioning the future of James Bond. Today, it’s the Los Angeles Times, which claims MGM’s massive debt is not the only complication facing Bond 23.

    Daniel Craig as James Bond

    Daniel Craig as James Bond

    According to the paper’s unnamed source, the picture’s script remains unfinished and continues to be the source of creative differences between James Bond writers and producers.

    The script for Bond 23 was penned by regular 007 collaborators Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (The World is not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) and polished by newcomer Peter Morgan (The Queen). The LA Times also claims Sam Mendes, who is unofficially attached to direct the film, worked on the script last spring.

    The paper’s source claims “creative discussions among the writers and producers” have hampered the film’s development. The LA Times doesn’t elaborate on the specific nature of the alleged scripting issues, but speculates that it may owe to the lofty expectations placed upon a film which it claims will be framed as a trilogy-closer to Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

    The report notes that a completed script has not been delivered to the studio; however, this is likely owing to MGM struggling under the weight of almost $4 billion of debt, rather than a stalemate among the film’s creative team. Studio executives were reportedly hoping Bond 23 development would proceed on schedule for a 2011 release date when Sam Mendes boarded the film earlier this year.

    With an uncertain timeframe for Bond 23, Sam Mendes is prepping a screen adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel On Chesil Beach. Daniel Craig, meanwhile, was recently signed to star in the anticipated adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which will begin filming later this year. Craig is also currently shooting Cowboys & Aliens, for which he has an option for a sequel.

    The LA Times notes that switching Bond actors for Bond 23 “is not believed to be on the table”.

    MGM and Danjaq declined to comment to the LA Times, while the paper’s call to the offices of Eon Productions was not returned.

    The LA Times’ report coincides with Entertainment Weekly’s cover story this week, which claims the Bond series is “falling apart”. However, the magazine offers no new information to back up its sensationalist claims.

    Development on the latest James Bond film has been suspended since April 2010.

    Keep watching CommanderBond.net for all the latest Bond 23 developments.

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    Matt Weston @ 2010-08-06
  10. GoldenEye to come bundled with golden controller

    It was rumoured back when Activision’s GoldenEye was itself a rumour, but online listings now confirm that Nintendo will release a special Classic Controller Pro for the Wii alongside the anticipated James Bond shooter.

    Destructoid reports that GoldenEye will be available bundled with the controller, rumoured to be a special golden edition of the Classic Controller Pro.

    The controller/game bundle will retail in North America for US$69.99. No word yet on whether the bundle will be available outside of North America.

    Gamers will be able to play GoldenEye with either the Wii’s trademark Wiimote/nunchuk setup or with the Classic Controller Pro.

    Meanwhile, a new variation on the trailer for GoldenEye has been released, showcasing a few extra sequences from the game, including what appears to be footage from the revamped Jungle level.

    Be sure to check out our exclusive report on GoldenEye and Blood Stone and keep watching CommanderBond.net for the latest James Bond gaming news.

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    Matt Weston @ 2010-08-01