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We celebrate the best Bond moments of all time as the first trailer for the new Bond film, Spectre is released...
It’s here! Daniel Craig as James Bond returns to the silver screen today, as Spectre is released in cinemas nationwide to the tune of praise from film critics. But the release doesn’t come without a fresh raft of rumours about Craig’s future as 007, as he and director Sam Mendes fuel speculation that this will be his last ever portrayal of the spy.
When asked on the interview circuit about the movie having a sense of completion, Mendes replied that he think[s] there is and that is deliberate.
The director added: We were both aware of that – and that is something we were eager to achieve as well.
Mendes’ words follow Craig’s confession that he would rather slash [his] wrists than play Bond again – a quote that might leave one co-star feeling disappointed. Naomie Harris, who plays Miss Moneypenny, described the actor as the ultimate Bond, and said that he brings a complexity, a strength, yet sensitivity and a modern brilliance to the role.
He’s my Bond, he just gets better every time, the actress continued, adding: We all hope it will be Daniel and [director] Sam Mendes back, but we just don’t know.
Meanwhile, despite Harris revealing that Idris Elba told her the role is not for [him], rumours continue to swirl that he will be the next Bond if Craig decides to leave. Another favourite for the famous spy role is Wolf Hall actor Damian Lewis who, like Elba, is said to have found a fan in franchise Barbara Broccoli.
Question is, who would you like to see take on the role of 007? Let us know your thoughts by tweeting us @womanandhome.
London museum Madame Tussauds have released that they will be showcasing the six best-known incarnations of the James Bond phenomenon in a new display to mark the release of the new film, Spectre.
From the left we have, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, current Bond Daniel Craig, Sean Connery, George Lazenby and Pierce Brosnan. The action heroes will be in London for six weeks only before heading on a world tour from December. So make sure you don't miss out.
Each of the dapper looking Bonds will be wearing a dinner suit designed by Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming. Don't they look suave and sophisticated. With some of the secret service agents taking up their original poses with guns, the more recent Bonds opting for a more relaxed demeanour.
A spokesperson for the tourist attraction has revealed how each of the figures took four months and a team of 20 artists to complete and cost around £150,000 each. With each hair on all of the figures? heads being inserted individually by hand, a process which took six weeks, a lot of work has gone into creating these wax work models. However George Lazenby (On Her Majesty?s Secret Service, 1969) was the only Bond created that did not have measurements on file but happily sat for a fitting in LA to make up the collection for this attraction.
The general manager of Madame Tussauds Edward Fuller added: ?Everyone has their favourite 007, whether it?s the Bond they grew up with or the first they saw in the cinema. It?s actually a hugely nostalgic as well as incredibly contemporary franchise, bringing together generations to view the latest incarnation at the movies and to watch the old favourites on TV.
This very exciting new display of Sir Ian Fleming?s 007's at Madame Tussauds are to be unveiled on October 17 and will be the first time to view all the Bonds together in one place.
Spectre, the latest in the Bond series will be in cinemas on October 26 and is rumoured to be Craig's last portrayal of the Scotsman.
The full length music video has finally been released for the new James Bond theme song, Writing's On The Wall and its every bit as dramatic as the film's incredible trailer. The video features a nice mixture of Smith looking sauve and clips from the upcoming film, including dramatic landscapes and a certain steamy scene between 007 and his leading lady Monica Bellucci, who will be the oldest bond woman at 50 and by far the most glamourous. In traditional Bond fashion the video shows enough to excite without revealing too much.
The powerful track took Sam just 20 minutes to write and boasts reaching 70,000 in combined sales and streams since it's release making it the first bond theme to reach number 1 in the charts. This is Smith's 5th number one and will make him the first British male solo artist to record the iconic soundtrack since 1965.
The 23-year old has said "It's incredible that it's become the first No 1 Bond theme song. It's been an unforgettable experience working with [producer] Barbara Broccoli and [director] Sam Mendes to become part of this British Legacy." The brit says it was "a special moment I'll never forget."
Today Sam Smith released a short clip of the video for his soundtrack single for the new James Bond movie Spectre, (scroll down to watch it). Every bit as haunting and dramatic as the film's incredible trailer, the video shows Sam strolling past a line of coffins draped in union jack flags, revealing clues to the blockbuster's much anticipated plot line.
The eery track took Sam a mere 20 minutes to write. The chart topper discussed his speedy song-writing skills as the track debuted on Radio 1, telling Nick Grimshaw: 'It's the quickest I've ever written a song - it took 20 minutes and they loved it!' He also discussed his relief at finally talking about the song, and said how a secret meeting with the movie's director and producer led to this exciting moment.
'I'm so relieved to actually talk about this, this has been top secret mission of my own, he said. 'I got called into the office with [film producer] Barbara Broccoli and [director] Sam Mendes and they gave me the script... they said, 'Have a go at the song?'.
One interesting thing about Writing's On The Wall is that Sam insists 'it's not about [him], about [his] life, it's the James Bond song and it's the first time [he's] had to play a little bit of the character'. That said, the chorus features the heart-wrenching lyrics of a love song. So, could we be seeing a more sentimental and romantic Bond when Spectre hits the big screen?
Listen to the song below, and keeping clicking through for more exciting updates, photos and footage of Daniel Craig playing James Bond in Spectre?
The advance box office has now opened, so you can purchase tickets for the 24th installment of the James Bond franchise, 'Spectre'.
The massive blockbuster will open in cinemas in the UK and Ireland on the 26th October - for the first time ever, this will be the same date as the world premiere in London, giving audiences in the UK the opportunity to be the first in the world to see the highly-anticipated film.
'Spectre' follows the huge success of the last installment of Bond movies,'Skyfall', which set a new all-time box office record in the UK by becoming the first and only film ever to earn over £100 million. Although this is a hard act to follow, we're sure Spectre will live up to its expectations.
We can't wait to see Daniel Craig return as 007 to the big screen, alongside the stunning 50-year old Italian actress, Monica Bellucci, who will be playing new bond girl, Lucia Sciarra.
The film will see Bond uncover a sinister organisation after receiving a cryptic message from his past, known as SCEPTRE. He seeks to untangle thw web of Spectre, with the help of Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw), as he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christopher Waltz.
Can you wait to see the new "Bond, James Bond"? Neither can we. Keep clicking for some behind-the-scenes pics...
Daniel Craig looks dapper in an all-black ensemble as "Bond, James Bond", as he moves between scenes in London.
We're definitely expecting some great action scenes - this shot shows Craig's stunt double filming a flight scene in a helicopter above Mexico City.
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Get excited for the new film by watching this thrilling trailer...
Keep clicking for the best Bond moments of all time...
We've been hooked on the James Bond films since the very first one in 1962. His good looks, suave suits, martini (shaken not stirred), love of clever beautiful women, fast cars, mind-blowing gadgets and saving-the-day antics, no matter how much he angers the boss, M, has made the James Bond film franchise the second highest grossing of all time.
It's been more than half a century since Ian Fleming's fictional British Secret Service agent, codename 007, made the transition from the bedside novel to the big screen, in the first official James Bond film, Dr. No.
The very first Bond girl. Ursula Andress appears from the Caribbean sea in a white bikini as Honey Ryder in Dr. No to collect sea shells. James Bond (Sean Connery) has been sent to the island to investigate the death of a fellow British spy. The pair eventually team up to defeat Dr.No after her boat is destroyed by his guards.
The early Bond movies are still the most memorable. Honor Blackman outsmarts Bond throughout 1965 film, Goldfinger, as sassy, classy, circus-owner, Pussy Galore - before falling for his charms...
But Goldfinger's final scene is the most iconic. Bond discovers lover Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) has been suffocated with 24-carat gold paint by evil gold magnate, Auric Goldfinger, as revenge for their indiscretion.
Filming can't have been that tough for Sean Connery! For the fourth of six big screen missions as James Bond he was back in the Caribbean to track down two stolen nuclear warheads in the 1965 film, Thunderball.
A relatively unknown actor, George Lazenby stepped into the role of James Bond for the agent's sixth mission in 1969. Although On Her Majesty's Secret Service was nominated for a Golden Globe award, Lazenby quit the James Bond franchise before the film premiered because he was reportedly unhappy with his demanding seven-film contract.
But George Lazenby didn't disappear without making Bond an honest man. 007 married Tracy Draco, played by Diana Rigg, in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the first and only time we see James Bond marry. The marriage doesn't last long though - Tracy is killed in a drive-by shooting on their wedding day by Bond's enemies.
Sean Connery than returned for one final James Bond outing in Diamonds are Forever before packing away his gun for good. Bond falls in love again, this time with diamond smuggler, Tiffany Case (Jill St John).
Roger Moore joined the British Secret Service in 1973. His first assignment as James Bond took him across the pond to New York to investigate the murders of his colleagues in Live and Let Die. Here, he meets all sorts of shady characters including politician turned drugs lord, Mr. Big. Producers wanted Moore's Bond to be different from Connery's, so he drinks whiskey rather than vodka Martini, smokes cigars and, in this film, doesn't have any help from gadgets guru, Q.
Bond's lovers have always ended up becoming just as famous as the spy himself. Britt Ekland (right) was better known as Peter Sellers' wife until she appeared as Bond girl Mary Goodnight alongside Roger Moore in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974).
While American model Barbara Bach became a household name (and later married Ringo Starr) after playing Russian spy, Anya Amasova in 1977 James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me.
Movie villains don't come much scarier than Karl Stromberg's terrifying henchman, Jaws! He's one of the only characters to have appeared in the films more than once.
There's nowhere Bond hasn't been to protect national security. In Moonraker, he jets off in to space to take control of a hijacked rocket. Check out those fetching yellow space suits!
Not all Bond girls are instantly wooed by 007. Grace Jones played villain Max Zorin's hardnosed henchwoman, May Day in A View To Kill (1985).
Roger Moore bid farewell to MI6 following seven successful missions as James Bond in 1985. Timothy Dalton then took up the role, fighting off Sean Bean, Mel Gibson and Pierce Brosnan. His first job as the secret agent saw him crossing all seven continents to track down an arms dealer in 1987 Bond film, The Living Daylights.
Although The Living Daylights did well at the box office, and critics agreed that his take on Bond was more serious than Connery or Moore's, Dalton's Bond follow-up License To Kill wasn't as successful in the US. Legal problems with the franchise put a hold on any further films, and in the end, Dalton decided to give up the role. There would be a break of more than six years before Pierce Brosnan returned as Bond.
Pierce Brosnan might well be w&h's favourite modern Bond. He certainly had the handsome good-looks!
In 1995 film GoldenEye, 007 (Pierce Brosnan) was sent to Russia to stop a deadly satellite system falling in to the wrong hands. With the Cold War now over, this was the first time James Bond could actually be filmed on location in Russia - although the all-star cast, including Dame Judi Dench, who had taken the role of M, and Robbie Coltrane, spent much of their time on pretend Russian locations around the South East of England!
Pierce Brosnan's Bond girls included the gorgeous Terri Hatcher in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)...
Halle Berry - looking very Ursula Andress - as a bikini-clad American agent in Die Another Day (2002)...
Undercover British spy Miranda Frost, played by Rosamund Pike...
And the always-stylish Sophie Marceau in The World is Not Enough (1999). She even makes a ski suit look good!
Bond wouldn't be Bond without the gadgets! Desmond Llewlyn played lovable British Secret Service defence technology mastermind, Q, in every Bond film since 1962, aside from Live and Let Die, until his death in 1999.
Q's ingenious gadgets, such as underwater cars, would always get Bond
out of a sticky situation - but they might not come back in one piece!
After five successful Bond films, Pierce Brosnan decided it was time to give up the role of James Bond. Thankfully, Daniel Craig offered to take on the part - giving us our very own Ursula Andress moment in his first Bond film, Casino Royale (2006).
Bond is never short of woman troubles. He falls hard for Eva Green's character, fellow British undercover agent, Vesper Lynd, who is sent by the British government to keep an eye on him as he takes on the terrorists at an important poker game in Casino Royale. But she turns out not to be as trustworthy as she seems...
Judi Dench returned as M in the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, but Bond's loyalty to his boss was called in to question when secrets from her past were revealed. Things didn't end well for M.
Spectre is in cinemas later this year.