A replica of an Aston Martin DB5 used for the stunts in James Bond blockbuster “No Time to Die” sold for nearly £3 million at auction on Wednesday, auction house Christie’s said.
Proceeds from the sale, which fetched £2.92 million ($3.18 million), will be donated to charity, along with receipts from the sale of 24 other lots auctioned at a special sale of items marking 60 years of 007.
The replica comes fitted with imitation machine guns behind the headlights.
A further 35 lots have been put up for auction online until October 5.
The replica of the iconic Aston, one of eight specially designed and manufactured for the 2021 film, is the only DB5 stunt car put up for sale by Aston Martin and EON productions, according to Christie’s.
Other items on sale include cars as well as notable costumes and accessories linked to the franchise.
Actor Daniel Craig walked the red carpet for the final time as James Bond in rain-swept London on Tuesday, at the star-studded but much-delayed world premiere of the latest superspy blockbuster, “No Time To Die”.
British star Craig’s fifth and final outing in the franchise is hitting big screens after its release was repeatedly postponed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Royal couples Prince Charles and Camilla and Prince William and Kate were also at the premiere at London’s historic Royal Albert Hall.
Charles talked with the stars, shaking hands with Craig having trodden the sodden red carpet.
The film is part of a backlog of major productions held back by distributors during the pandemic, hitting cinemas hard, and forcing some new films to be streamed.
The release will be in cinemas only, with struggling theatres hoping Bond will lure back crowds.
“I’m greatly relieved, we make Bond movies for the cinema,” Craig, dressed in a dark pink tuxedo jacket, told Sky News on the red carpet.
Reflecting on 15 years of playing 007, Craig said: “I genuinely don’t have any bad memories, but I think it’s going to take about another 15 years to unpick all this.”
Vue Entertainment, the UK branch of the cinema operator Vue International, hailed the movie’s release as “the cinematic event of the year”.
It will go on general release in Britain on Thursday and in the United States on October 8 — a year and a half behind schedule.
– Craig bows out –
In the film, reportedly costing $250 million (£182 million, 214 million euros), Bond returns to active service after retirement, vowing: “I have to finish this.”
He deploys his trademark hi-tech gadgets in spectacular scenery in Italy and Norway while battling the villainous Safin, played by Oscar-winner Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”).
“I get shot and then I get blown up. It feels like James Bond to me,” Craig said in an official podcast.
With Craig bowing out, calling the role “a massive part” of his life, speculation has mounted over who will inherit his fabled licence to kill.
UK bookmakers are tipping the likes of Tom Hardy (“The Revenant”, “Dunkirk”) or Rege-Jean Page, the mixed-race star of the Netflix hit “Bridgerton”.
Craig, 53, has held onto the role longer than any of his predecessors since his 2006 debut in “Casino Royale”.
He has won praise for adding depth and emotional complexity to the all-action role, but only reluctantly agreed to one final appearance as Bond.
After “Spectre” in 2015, Craig told Time Out magazine he would rather “slash his wrists” than reprise the role but recently apologised for appearing flippant.
Emmy-winning US filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga directed the new film, becoming the first American to helm the franchise.
His previous films include a 2011 adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre”.
The filmmaker stepped in after the original director Danny Boyle, known for “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Trainspotting”, left over “creative differences” in 2018.
‘World Has Changed’
Fukunaga said in a promotional video that his Bond is “like a wounded animal”, struggling because “the world has changed, the rules of engagement aren’t what they used to be: the rules of espionage (are) darker in this era of asymmetric warfare”.
The Bond films are based on a character created by upper-class British writer Ian Fleming in novels published in the 1950s and 1960s.
As the MeToo movement has heightened awareness of misogyny in popular culture, some have argued that time has run out for the franchise.
The new film’s director has also criticised Bond’s sexual exploits.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Fukunaga said that in one 1960s-era film, “basically Sean Connery’s character rapes a woman”.
“That wouldn’t fly today,” he stressed.
Among those working on the screenplay was Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the British creator and star of the TV series “Fleabag” and writer of the first series of “Killing Eve”.
In the film, Bond spars with a black female MI6 agent, played by Briton Lashana Lynch, and has to take a back seat to her as she flies a plane.
“It’s an incredible moment to have a female black lead in a movie who is holding her own,” she told Sky News on the red carpet.
“It feels really empowering for me to even play her. It felt like the stars aligned for this one,” she said.
“No Time to Die” is the 25th official Bond film, and the franchise retains its status as one of the most popular in the world.
Here are five things to know about the man with a licence to kill.
Born On Paper
James Bond started life on the page, his name taken from the cover of a Jamaican bird-watching book because author Ian Fleming wanted something as mundane as possible.
Fleming was able to draw from some rich real-life experiences, having served in naval intelligence during World War II.
One of Commander Fleming’s key missions was Operation Goldeneye, aimed at sabotaging ties between Spain and Germany — which later gave him the name for his Jamaican home, and inspired the 1995 movie.
His first novel, “Casino Royale”, was released in 1953 and was a huge escapist hit at a time of postwar rations and hardship in Britain.
He went on to write 13 more Bond novels and also penned the hit children’s musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” for his son.
He died in 1964 at the age of 56, just two years after the first film appeared.
The figures vary, but Bond is clearly one of the most successful film franchises of all time, having spawned 25 official films and enough product placements to make a glossy magazine editor blush.
Industry data site The Numbers places Bond in third place for worldwide box office takings, behind only the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars.
Although it has been running for fewer years than other franchises such as King Kong and Godzilla, it is perhaps the most consistent — rarely going more than two or three years between instalments.
The longest gap was between Timothy Dalton’s last outing “Licence to Kill” in 1989 and the renaissance with Pierce Brosnan’s “Goldeneye” in 1995.
Underlining the immense value of the franchise, Amazon this year bought the Bond rights from MGM for a cool $8.45 billion.
The various Bonds of the past 60 years have included Englishmen Daniel Craig and Roger Moore, Scotsman Sean Connery, George Lazenby from Australia, Timothy Dalton from Wales and Irishman Pierce Brosnan.
In the novels, Bond is actually the son of a Scottish father and Swiss mother — both of whom die in a climbing accident when Bond is a boy.
The codename “007” has a specific meaning.
The “00” designation signifies the agent’s licence to kill, while the “7” is his identification within the elite unit of MI6, Britain’s external intelligence service.
The M designating Bond’s boss comes from the “Missions Department”.
Q, who furnishes Bond with all his nifty gadgets, gets his moniker from “quartermaster” — a military term referring to the person in charge of supplies.
The bad guys also have some nicknames.
“SPECTRE”, the organisation that causes Bond so much trouble, is short for “Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion”.
A Famous Fan
One big name who gave Bond an early boost was President John F Kennedy, who cited “From Russia With Love” in his top 10 books.
Reportedly, it was also the last film he ever watched before leaving for Dallas in November 1963.
After 15 years playing the legendary British spy James Bond, Daniel Craig is making way for a new generation of actors after his fifth 007 film, “No Time To Die”, which has its world premiere in London on Tuesday.
The blond-haired, blue-eyed actor was not well known to the general public when he took over from Pierce Brosnan in 2006 and seemed far removed from the character created by writer Ian Fleming.
Even Sam Mendes, director of 2015 Bond film “Spectre”, admitted that he thought at the time that it was a bad fit.
“I thought Bond had become the opposite of what Daniel is — a slightly disengaged, urbane, jokey, eyebrow-raising, you know, a pastiche in a way,” he told the BBC.
But the intensity Craig brought to the part won over doubters and allowed the multi-million dollar franchise to be rebooted with a harder, more serious edge.
He celebrated landing the role by paying a boozy tribute to the iconic spy, previously incarnated by Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan.
“I got drunk,” Craig told the official ‘James Bond’ podcast.
“I bought a bottle of vodka and a bottle of vermouth, a cocktail shaker and made myself three or four vodka martinis,” Bond’s favourite tipple.
Producer Barbara Broccoli, however, explained that Craig had resisted her advances for some time before agreeing, saying “the big problem was that he didn’t want to do it”.
Although a fan of the famous MI6 agent since childhood, the actor feared that his personal life would suffer from the pressure and fame that come with being the franchise figurehead.
His private life remains relatively secret, although the tabloids have reported he had affairs with supermodel Kate Moss and actress Sienna Miller before marrying the Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz in 2011.
The couple had a baby girl in 2018. He already had a daughter, Ella, with his first wife, Scottish actress Fiona Loudon.
‘I’m Not James Bond’
Born in 1968 in Chester, northwest England, to a pub landlord father and art teacher mother, Craig spent part of his childhood in Liverpool, where he moved with his mother and sister following his parents’ divorce.
He started acting at an early age, attending drama school in London before landing a string of roles in television, art-house cinema, and on stage before breaking through in Hollywood with films like 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”.
He has played the painter Francis Bacon’s lover in “Love is the Devil” (1998) and starred alongside Tom Hanks in Sam Mendes’ “Road to Perdition” (2002).
He is also known for playing a cocaine dealer in Matthew Vaughn’s 2004 film “Layer Cake”, before signing for the James Bond films.
After 2006 debut “Casino Royale”, he starred in “Quantum of Solace” (2008), “Skyfall” (2012) and “Spectre” (2015).
Craig, 53, then seemed intent on calling it quits, but Broccoli convinced him to make a swansong in “No Time to Die”.
He has always insisted his own personality is a long way from the tuxedo-wearing, Martini-drinking Bond.
In real life, he prefers jeans, a T-shirt, and a cold beer in the pub.
Shortly after the birth of his daughter with Weisz, he was pictured carrying her in a sling on his front.
British TV host Piers Morgan lashed out at the image, with the Twitter hashtag #emasculatedBond, but his comments sparked a backlash on social media.
Between Bond films, Craig has chosen roles far removed from the suave spy, including an acclaimed 2013 Broadway production of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” with Weisz.
“I’m not James Bond,” he once told Esquire magazine. “I’m not particularly brave, I’m not particularly cool-headed.”
He added: “The day I can walk into a pub and someone goes, ‘Oh, there’s Daniel Craig’ and then just leaves me alone, that’ll be great.”
Actor Yaphet Kotto, who rose to fame in the 1970s fighting James Bond in “Live and Let Die” and an extraterrestrial stowaway in “Alien”, has died, his agent told AFP. He was 81.
In a statement Monday on Facebook, wife Sinahon Thessa described her late husband as a “legend”.
“You played a villain on some of your movies but for me you’re a real hero and to a lot of people also,” she said.
Agent Ryan Goldhar confirmed his passing in an email to AFP. He did not share the cause of death.
“I am still processing his passing, and I know he will be missed,” he said.
Born in New York to a Cameroonian immigrant father and a US Army nurse, Kotto’s debut as a professional actor was in an all-Black stage performance of Shakespeare’s “Othello” in Harlem in 1960.
Kotto drew plaudits for roles as the first Black Bond villain — dictator Dr. Kananga — in 1973’s “Live and Let Die”, and an Emmy nomination for playing real-life Ugandan strongman Idi Amin in the TV movie “Raid on Entebbe”.
He then took on a villainous xenomorph as ship engineer Dennis Parker in Ridley Scott’s claustrophobic sci-fi horror film “Alien” in 1979, and fought alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1987’s dystopian thriller “Running Man”.
At the height of his fame, he turned down the role of Captain Picard in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” — a decision he later said he regretted.
Kotto’s later years saw him play Lieutenant Al Giardello in the gritty TV police procedural “Homicide: Life on the Street”.
He returned to the “Alien” franchise in 2014, voicing his character Parker in the survival horror video game “Alien: Isolation”.
Married three times and father to six children, Kotto claimed to be related to Queen Elizabeth II — naming his 1997 biography “The Royalty” as a tribute to his royal pedigree.
Former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan heaped praise on teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg but also warned that she needed to be protected.
Brosnan described Thunberg as “a magnificent young woman. I wish her every success.”
But in comments to AFP on the sidelines of the Deauville film festival, the 66-year-old Irish actor added: “She has to be careful, has to be protected.”
Urging people to become active locally in environmental matters, Brosnan cited the example of Thunberg. In many cases, he said, “it starts with the children.
“You can see it with Greta, who has such an influence, a powerful impact on young people,” he said.
Thunberg, still only 16, has become a figurehead for the climate change movement since sitting outside the Swedish parliament in August 2018 calling for politicians to cut carbon emissions and curb global warming.
She is currently in New York for a UN summit on carbon emissions, having been offered a lift there in a racing yacht after she refused to fly there because of the carbon emissions involved in air travel.
Thunberg has come in for criticism and abuse for her uncompromising attitude.
He produced and his wife directed an award-winning documentary, “Poisoning Paradise” about the agro-chemical industry in Hawaii, where they live.
The film focuses on “the effects of GMOs, (genetically modified organisms), Monsanto, BASF, that type of farming which has a deep effect on the community,” he explained.
“Unfortunately we have a president who thinks there is no climate change,” Brosnan said, referring to US President Donald Trump, who the actor said was “rolling back so many environmental movements”.
Asked about British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s politics, Brosnan replied: “Between him and Trump, this world is in a sorry state. It is shameful really what’s happened here to England. There could be trouble ahead.”
Brosnan played James Bond four times between 1995 and 2002 before passing the baton to the current Bond, Daniel Craig.
He was in Deauville, on the north coast of France, to accept a homage to his career.
Filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga will become the first American to direct a James Bond movie, its producers announced Thursday, replacing British director Danny Boyle for the storied spy franchise’s 25th instalment.
Fukunaga, a surprise pick not among the names touted to direct Daniel Craig in his final outing as 007, takes over after Boyle quit the project last month over “creative differences” with the producing team.
The movie will begin filming in March ahead of its worldwide release on February 14, 2020.
“We are delighted to be working with Cary,” Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Craig announced on Twitter.
“His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”
Fukunaga is best known for directing the first season of the Emmy Award-winning series “True Detective” and Netflix’s first feature film “Beasts of No Nation” starring British actor Idris Elba — long tipped as a future 007.
The director partnered with the streaming service again on “Maniac”, a hotly anticipated 10-episode series set for release later this year.
‘Suspension of disbelief’
Raised in California by a Japanese-American father and Swedish-American mother, Fukunaga first gained recognition for the 2009 Spanish language film “Sin Nombre”, which depicted the violent world of Central American gangs — and an obsessive attention to detail that he has since become known for.
“Anytime something is slightly uncanny or just not quite right, it could potentially disturb suspension of disbelief,” he told The New York Times for a profile this month.
His unexpected appointment follows the surprise departure of Boyle, who won an Academy Award in 2009 for “Slumdog Millionaire” and had been due to partner again with screenwriter John Hodge on the new 007 movie.
Boyle — a longtime franchise fan who included Craig’s Bond in the opening ceremony he directed for the 2012 London Olympics — left the project dramatically in August, with the producing team citing “creative differences”.
The decision, at the start of the casting process, appears to have delayed the as yet untitled film, which was originally planned for release in Britain on October 25, 2019.
It will now begin filming at Pinewood Studios near London on March 4 ahead of its release in early 2020.
Fukunaga will be directing Craig in his fifth appearance as the legendary British spy having previously starred in “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall” and “Spectre.”
The actor famously complained in 2015 he would rather slash his wrists than play the character again, but later attributed the remarks to fatigue following a grueling shoot and confirmed his return for a final time last year.
Oscar-winning British film director Danny Boyle has exited the 25th James Bond movie over “creative differences,” the official 007 website announced on Tuesday.
“Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25,” the site said, referencing the producers and star of the long-running British spy movie franchise.
The film is due for release on October 25 next year in Britain, with Universal handling the international distribution. MGM and EON Productions plan to release it in the US on November 8, 2019.
It was not immediately clear whether Boyle’s exit would delay the production, with filming expected to begin in December.
Boyle was beginning the casting process for new Bond girl and villain,Variety magazine reported.
There was no announcement on Boyle’s replacement but the producers were said to be interested in admired Scottish director David Mackenzie (“Hell or High Water”) and Denis Villeneuve (“Blade Runner 2049”) before the “Trainspotting” and “Slumdog Millionaire” director was hired.
Craig is due to return for a fifth appearance as the legendary British spy for the 25th film in the storied 007 franchise.
Boyle, 61, who won an Academy Award in 2009 for “Slumdog Millionaire,” was due to partner again with screenwriter John Hodge on the new movie.
The pair worked together on two “Trainspotting” movies, in 1996 and 2017, and “The Beach,” starring Leonardo di Caprio.
Boyle, who also directed 2015’s “Steve Jobs” and “28 Days Later” in 2002, had previously said he was working on “a great idea” for a James Bond script but was unsure if it would be made.
The film is expected to be Craig’s last time playing the spy, having previously starred in “Casino Royale”, “Quantum of Solace”, “Skyfall” and “Spectre”.
British actor Daniel Craig has confirmed he will reprise the role of James Bond one last time, ending months of speculation.
Craig made the revelation during an appearance on the U.S. TV programme “The Late Show” on Tuesday. Asked by host Stephen Colbert whether he would return as James Bond, Craig responded: “Yes”, to cheers from the audience.
Craig has appeared four times as the spy with a taste for martini: in “Casino Royale”, “Quantum of Solace”, “Skyfall” and “Spectre”.
Eon Productions, the company that runs the movie franchise, said on its website that the 25th Bond movie would be released in U.S. cinemas on Nov. 8, 2019, with a traditional early release in Britain and the rest of the world.
Asked by Colbert whether he would appear in any further Bond movies after that one, Craig said no.
“I think this is it. I just want to go out on a high note and I can’t wait,” he said.
The upcoming James Bond film, the 25th in the official 007 canon, is returning to movie theatres in November 2019.
Bond producers announced on Monday that the follow-up to 2015’s Spectre would arrive in approximately 28 months but they did not say who will play Britain’s most famous fictional spy.
Eon Productions and MGM studios said in a statement that the 25th Bond film will be released in U.S. theatres on Nov. 8, 2019, with a slightly earlier release in Britain.
Britain’s Daniel Craig has played Bond in the last four films, including 2012’s “Skyfall” and 2015’s “Spectre.”
The 2015 film took some $880 million at the global box office, according to film tracker BoxOfficeMojo.com.
His reprisal of the role for a fifth time has been the subject of much speculation after the actor said in 2015 that he would rather slash his wrists than play Bond again.
Callum McDougall, the executive producer of the Bond film franchise, told Britain’s BBC Radio last year that Craig, 49, was “absolutely the first choice … We would love Daniel to return as Bond.” he said
Earlier this month, the British press reported that Craig’s role in Bond 25 was “secured,” with producers also keen on reuniting with Oscar-winning “Skyfall” singer Adele for the theme music.
The New York Times, citing two sources close to the production team, reported that Craig’s return to the 007 is a “done deal.”
Meanwhile, actors such as Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston and Tom Hardy have all been named as potential candidates to step into the fast cars and sharply tailored suits of Bond, MI6’s secret agent 007.
The new film will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who wrote the last four movies in the franchise.
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