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Skyfall Synopsis Revealed

Daniel Craig as James BondThe first official synopsis has been released for forthcoming James Bond movie Skyfall.

The eagerly anticipated movie - which will see Daniel Craig return in the role as the British spy - will place the relationship between the leading man and character M, played by Dame Judi Dench, under pressure.

"Daniel Craig is back as James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In Skyfall, Bond's loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost."

The movie - which stars newcomers to the series Ben Whishaw and Javier Bardem - is currently shooting in London and is due to be released in November 2012.

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Daniel Craig Has ‘No Desire’ to Escape Bond

Daniel Craig as James BondDaniel Craig has "no desire" to "escape" James Bond. The British actor - who will portray the iconic British spy for the third time in Skyfall and is rumored to have signed up for an additional five movies - thinks if he signed up for anything radically different in between films, people would accuse him of trying to stop himself being typecast.

"I don't think, 'This will look good next to that...' If that's what you do, you're inhibiting yourself against instinct, which is just wrong. Of course I could [play a role like a child killer]. Whether I'd want to is another matter. I think it would smack slightly of, you know, 'Oh, he's only doing that to get away from Bond.' I've got no desire to escape the role. I love playing Bond - it's fantastic."

Despite his love of playing Bond, Daniel admits he almost quit the franchise when studio MGM ran into financial difficulties, causing delays to the next film in the series: "There was that long hiatus where Bond maybe wasn't happening. I'd got it into my head that if it went another two years on top of the two-year gap we'd already had, then they should probably find someone else. And I should think about getting on with things."

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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Daniel Craig: Eager to Play James Bond Again

Daniel Craig“Unless MGM can sort themselves out, we can’t make a movie,” , also known as James Bond, offered this less-than-positive comment in a recent interview. “I’m really keen to get going, it’s as simple as that.”

Apparently not. Bond 23, the next planned 007 flick, has been indefinitely suspended by MGM, which is suffering from serious financial difficulties.

“I’d like to fulfill the circle with the story,” Craig said, but added that “there is nothing really to say” until MGM straightens out their financials. “There’s no chance of getting it made until those things are taken care of.”

Bummer, James Bond fans. The franchise will just wait for another day … or year.

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Cinema Scene: Blues Brothers’ Vatican Approval, Darth Vader’s Personality Disorder

The Blues Brothers-The Blues Brothers, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, was just recommended by the Vatican’s official newspaper. Other films suggested to Catholics include It’s a Wonderful Life and The Passion of the Christ.

-A new agreement will allow Paramount’s movies to be available to Redbox customers without delay. The studio’s films can be rented via the kiosks on their actual day of release through 2011.

-According to a paper published by French psychiatrists and psychologists, Anakin Skywalker’s transformation into Darth Vader may have been a result of a borderline personality disorder.

-One of two 1964 Aston Martin DB5s seen in Goldfinger and Thunderball will go up for auction this October. Some fully-operational James Bond gadgets will come included.

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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Pierce Brosnan Never Broke Free of Bonds

Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never DiesGhost Writer‘s never “nailed” James Bond.

The 56-year-old actor, who played the British spy in four installments of the movie franchise, feels his performances suffered because he couldn’t forget how previous actors had portrayed 007. Pierce - who took over the role from Timothy Dalton - explained:

“It was one of those things I always struggled with. I never felt that I really nailed it. There was always a hint of and Roger Moore that was so indelible in my own mind.”

The Hollywood star also says he knew that the script for Tomorrow Never Dies - his second outing as Bond - was not as good as many had hoped it would be: “When I did Tomorrow Never Dies I knew the movie wasn’t up to speed, it wasn’t as good as Goldeneye.”

However, he is still glad he had the opportunity to play the iconic movie character.

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Lady Gaga Being Considered for James Bond

Lady Gaga holding gun

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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Sam Worthington Not Right for Bond

Sam Worthington has scored roles in Avatar and Terminator Salvation, but there was one major part he just couldn’t nab.

The 33-year-old actor admits he once aimed to become the next James Bond, but he couldn’t work out how to play the suave spy.

“I held off and held off doing the audition because I couldn’t find a way into the character. And when I finally did I went for it,” Worthington recalled. “I got a half a day of acting with director Martin Campbell. I got to do some scenes with some great actors, gave it my all, and it wasn’t right for me.”

However, the experience led Sam to believe in his abilities. That confidence helped him land the role of Jake Scully.

“I was backing myself. I had nothing to lose and everything to gain,” he told ShortList magazine. “I thought the least I’ll get out of this is to act a few scenes with James Cameron, and that’s a hell of an opportunity. I learned that from going for the James Bond audition. If I give it all I’ve got and still don’t get the part, then so be it. This time I did.”

Sam’s next movie - - opens in theaters this Friday.

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