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Naomie Harris: Bond Role Made Me Feel Beautiful

Naomie HarrisNaomie Harris says playing a Bond girl made her feel "darn good" about her looks.

The 37-year-old beauty, who played Eve Moneypenny in blockbuster hit Skyfall, admits playing a glamorous secret agent opposite Daniel Craig as James Bond helped alleviate her insecurities about her appearance. "I have to say, it does make me feel pretty darn good. When you get those moments when you feel, 'Oh God, I look like such a minger today' ... Then you think, 'I was cast a Bond girl, you can't really be that much of a minger, Naomie!'" she said.

While many actors play coy about Oscar buzz for their roles, the British actress candidly admitted she is excited about potential awards recognition for her portrayal of Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie in new biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: "I'd be bloody over the moon! I'm not gonna be, 'Oh no, not an Oscar nomination!'"

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James Bond Release Date Confirmed

Daniel Craig as James Bond

James Bond is to return to movie screens next year.

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as the suave British spy in the 23rd screen adventure in November 2012, after the film was finally given the go-ahead, nine months after it was originally shelved amid money problems for studio MGM.

Sam Mendes will direct the film, while legendary actress Dame Judi Dench is believed to be returning as M. Frost/Nixon actor Michael Sheen has reportedly been approached to play the villain while a Bond girl to play opposite heartthrob Craig is yet to be decided.

"I think I'm going to be needed in spring of 2011. That's a message I got," Judi previously said.

Actor Simon Russell Beale has been linked with a role after being watched twice by Bond producer Barbara Brocolli in his current West End play Deathtrap - and is also playing King Lear in 2012 under the direction of Sam Mendes. "Every actor wants to be in Bond and I'd love to be a baddie," he recently said.

The script, meanwhile, is being penned by regular contributors Neal Purvis and Robert Wade along with John Logan who worked on Hollywood hits Gladiator, The Aviator and The Last Samurai. Shooting will start later this year and its release will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Bond film, Dr No.

MGM Bankrupt, But Bond Will Go On

MGM may have filed for bankruptcy earlier this week, but the 23rd James Bond movie will receive the financial support it needs. The studio announced that they’ve picked up a partner to foot the bill on Bond.

Daniel Craig, the current Bond, recently released a statement urging MGM to get their movie projects together, so he should be thrilled with this news.

Meanwhile, MGM is still shopping for a partner to pick up the bill on The Hobbit, which comes with a $265 million price tag.

Production for the next 007 film will start soon in order to get it ready for its November 2012 release date.

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MGM Indefinitely Suspends Next Bond Film

James Bond actor Daniel Craig

Production on the 23rd movie has been suspended.

Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli - producers on the movie - claim the future of film studio MGM is halting suspension on the project, which will be ‘s third outing as the British spy. In a statement, the pair told Variety, “Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on Bond 23 indefinitely. We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of Bond 23.

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Lady Gaga Being Considered for James Bond

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has has been asked to submit a track for the next James Bond film.

“The Bond bosses are all huge Gaga fans. Her sound and sense of drama make her the top choice,” a source told The Sun newspaper. “Gaga has the look as well as the voice to tackle a thundering ballad. She’s a great songwriter too. This is perfect on every level.”

If Gaga is chosen to record the title track, she would be following in the footsteps of her idol , who recorded the main song for Die Another Day. (She also had a cameo in the film.) That song, “Die Another Day,” went on to become one of the most successful themes in the series’ history.

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007 May Come in 3D

Daniel Craig as James BondThe next installment in 007 franchise has reportedly been delayed because the bosses want to take advantage of the latest technology.

“The 23rd Bond movie has been put back a few months and that has given them the time to prepare to film it in 3-D. Everyone involved in the project is really excited because it will take the franchise in a new direction,” an insider said.

The as-yet-untitled project had already been delayed due to issues surrounding the impending sale of MGM Studios.

“Our timeline’s a little up in the air, so we have to be flexible. We just don’t know enough about the situation to comment, but we know it’s uncertain,” producer Michael G. Wilson previously stated.

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Judi Dench Has Street Cred

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Judi DenchDame has played agent M in the 007 franchise since 1995’s Goldeneye and can’t wait to reprise the role for the latest James Bond movie.

“They’re exciting. They give you street cred. Everything is so beautifully made,” the 75-year-old said. “I get to see frightfully cool things and behave in an autocratic way and give Bond a hard time. What could be better?”

The actress recently completed work on musical movie and admits the film gave her her most frightening acting experience as she was so terrified of performing in front of co-star Sophia Loren.

“I’d never met her and she arrived on set just as I was about to perform my number. She sat and watched. I said to , the director, ‘I can’t ever have been more frightened than this moment,’” Dench told the Times newspaper. “It was like someone had given me an enormous injection. I suddenly had to be on the ball.”

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Frost/Nixon’s Writer Pens New 007 Film

Peter MorganBond duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will be joined by a new scribe for the next 007 film.

Oscar-award winning screenwriter Peter Morgan will join the two franchise vets for the 23rd installment. In addition to work on both and Quantum of Solace, Purvis and Wade have also contributed to Die Another Day and The World is Not Enough.

Morgan’s previous credits include Best Picture nominees and The Queen. He also co-wrote 2006’s The Last King of Scotland.

No start date has been set for the film’s production, though a 2011 release is projected.

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Is Freida Pinto the Next Bond Girl?

Freida PintoHollywood definitely recognizes a hot gem when it sees one.

Although her Oscar-winning film is still charting in the Top Ten, Slumdog Millionaire’s Freida Pinto is already moving on to the next phase of her career. Just weeks ago, the former model was cast alongside Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins in an untitled Woody Allen project. Now she is being rumored for something with an even higher profile.

According to a British newspaper, the 24-year-old is now being considered for the next Bond film. A source for The Sun claims Pinto’s name was actually known to them prior to her recent success. “Freida came to the attention of the Bond team when they were casting Quantum of Solace. She was too young at the time to have a part as a love interest for a secret agent. But she has blossomed into an incredibly stunning young woman and would look perfect on Daniel Craig’s arm,” the insider stated.

If the reports are true, it’s possible Freida could be reuniting with her Slumdog director for the 007 flick. The same paper also claims Danny Boyle has been asked to helm the latest installment.

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Listen to Jack White and Alicia Keys’ New Bond Song

As we mentioned back in July, musicians Jack White and Alicia Keys have teamed up for the latest Bond song. “Another Way to Die” - written by the White Stripes singer - is the first 007 track performed as a duet.

Although it was once believed Amy Winehouse would be the next Bond performer, her personal troubles prevented that project from ever coming together.

The soundtrack will hit the shelves on October 28. The movie will then arrive in theaters on November 14.