I’m fed up with all this James Bond speculation

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This week Tom Hardy was the latest actor to be named “the favourite” to play James Bond and to be honest, I just rolled my eyes. I am fed up with this speculation and the endless list of people who could be in the frame.

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Spectre Premiere: Picture Gallery

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Daniel Craig

Tonight I went to the premiere for the latest James Bond movie Spectre – which was probably the biggest and most extravagant premiere I have ever been to. Oh my God, the red carpet was so long I couldn’t see the start, it was held at the fancy Royal Albert Hall rather than the regular Leicester Square and I have never seen so much talent for one film!

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Spectre: Film Review

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Spectre always had a struggle on its hands trying to top Skyfall, which was the franchise’s most successful film yet. The hype around Spectre was insane and it failed to deliver on the high level of expectation. That doesn’t mean Spectre is a bad movie, it was simply disappointing because I had hopes for so much more.

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Top Films for October

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It’s that time of the year again – a new month, a new round of films to check out and October has some AMAZING movies that I cannot wait for. Here’s a round-down of my must-see movies for this month…

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Prop Store movie exhibition – check it out!

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If you are movie nerd like me and you love to see costumes and props from films then you should head down to the BFI IMAX near London Waterloo for Prop Store’s exhibition ahead of an auction.

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I don’t want Sam Smith doing the James Bond theme

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Today Sam Smith confirmed the news that he is singing the theme tune to the upcoming James Bond film Spectre and I am not happy. I wanted a big, classic star, not someone who has shot to fame within the past 18 months and only has one album to his name.

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Skyfall: Review

I had heard loads of brilliant reviews for this film so I went in with very high expectations. Skyfall is great but not as amazing as I assumed it would be. It is definitely the best Daniel Craig Bond film and certainly in comparison to Quantum of Solace. I liked that it emphasised Bond’s age and questioned his effectiveness as an agent as well as the future of espionage as a whole.

When a mission in Turkey goes awry and Bond (Daniel Craig) is accidentally shot by a fellow agent, M’s leadership at MI6 is called into question as Bond’s mission was to retrieve a list of undercover agents and their aliases. With Bond assumed dead and the list still out in the open, M (Dame Judi Dench) has made a serious mistake and the new head of intelligence and security, Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) asks her to step down. After an explosion hits MI6, Bond decides to head back to London to help M. He is unfit, a drunkard and getting a bit old. However, M sends him out to find the list and the villain behind it. It turns out the villain, Silva (Javier Bardem) was an old agent for M and he wants his revenge on her. It seems her past is catching up with her and Bond needs to help her survive.

I like that this is a personal attack on M because it makes the villain and his motives far more believable. It isn’t something ridiculous like they want to take over the world, it is simple revenge on a woman he believes betrayed him. It was good to see a trademark office character, M, take a leading role in this film and she has a lot of screen time- mainly outside the office. The questions in the film are relevant today- how can guns fight cyber terrorists? What is the point of MI6? Is Bond too old to be an agent? I liked that about it. It was contemporary, relevant and modern but it still stayed true to its roots. It’s a tough balancing act but I think it was treated well.

I thought the Bond girls, Naomie Harris (as Craig’s fellow agent) and Bérénice Marlohe (one of Silva’s women) were grossly underused. Usually, the Bond girl has a lot of screen time but these were definitely minor parts. They bought big plot moments to the film but weren’t around very much. I understand it is because M was the main woman in this story and you couldn’t have included everyone but I would have liked to have seen more.

Daniel Craig was brilliant as ever and I think he makes a fantastic Bond. Judi Dench was perfect again but two people that stood out for me was Ben Whishaw, who plays Q, and Javier Bardem, as the villain. Silva was different to usual villains as he had a personal vendetta against someone and clearly has mental problems. He isn’t particularly violent himself- he rigs stuff through computers or gets his henchmen to do it for him. He was a psychological villain which is refreshing. Whishaw was brilliant as he brought such humour to the role of Q. The first time Bond is introduced to him is hilarious because Whishaw is far younger than his predecessors.

The action was really good, I loved that central London was used a lot (especially the tube!), I loved that you learned about Bond’s past, M’s past and the showdown at the end is far different to what’s been done before. The settings in this are amazing and it looks brilliant. It is fresh, new and relevant and I enjoyed it a lot. I felt the one-liners fell a little flat and someone of the stunts/ explosions/ effects were a bit ridiculous. Overall, it was a really enjoyable film and I think the highly positive reviews affected how I received it because I was expecting so much more.

Skyfall premiere: My Pics

The stars of the latest James Bond film, Skyfall, hit the red carpet for the world premiere at The Royal Festival Hall in London.

Lead actor Daniel Craig was friendly and tried to cover the whole crowd while Javier Bardem and Dame Judi Dench disappointed by only doing a select few so I didn’t see them up close. I didn’t even see Judi’s face!

Newcomer Berenice Marlohe, who plays Severine, made a real effort to see everyone (she also looked gorgeous) which is completely different to Naomie Harris who didn’t see many people and I didn’t like her dress very much at all. Other cast members such as Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes and Sam Mendes came the effort too.

There were a lot of other celebrities there including old Miss Moneypenny, Samantha Bond, old Bond girls which I personally didn’t recognise, Christopher Lee, Colin Salmon, Stephen Fry, Russell Kane, Kelly Brook, Victoria Pendleton, Ellie Simmonds, JLS, Rizzle Kicks, Tulisa and The X Factor 2012 contestants. Besides Colin Salmon, the rest of the list didn’t sign for many people at all and headed straight inside which was disappointing.

I’ve realised since coming home that there are plenty of celebrities that I’ve missed and that is so gutting. Especially Dermot O’Leary and Aaron Johnson. But it was so busy on the red carpet and so crazy in the crowds that I’m not surprised. Also, not impressed that Rachel Weisz didn’t come onto the red carpet herself and she met her husband Craig backstage.

Here are my personal pictures. They aren’t of the best quality because everything and everyone was constantly moving!

 

Daniel Craig 

Naomie Harris

Bérénice Marlohe

Ben Whishaw

Ralph Fiennes

Sam Mendes

Stephen Fry

Adele releases Skyfall theme

I love this theme! It is so good and very dramatic. Adele was a perfect choice for it.

Adele released the track earlier today and it has already topped the iTunes chart.

Adele’s co-writer Paul Epworth told BBC 6 Music that the “dark and moody” tone reflected the narrative of the movie.

“I think you will need to see the film and see where the song happens in the context of the film…. and it will all make sense.”

The theme was recorded in Abbey Road studios and used a 77-piece orchestra.

Adele described recording the strings as “one of the proudest moments of my life”. She also admitted she was hesitant to sign up to the job because of the pressure.

Skyfall will be released October 26th.

No video has been released for the song yet but check out the audio.

Videos to watch today: Will Smith, Katy Perry and 007

1. Check out this video where Will Smith slaps a reporter who tries to kiss him. The Ukranian reporter Vitalii Sediuk was caught on camera by TMZ at the Russian premiere of Men in Black 3. Apparently, Sediuk is well known for trying to kiss celebs on the red carpet among other practical jokes. Will doesn’t find it funny obviously, as he pushes the guy away and gives him a little slap.

2. Look at Katy Perry’s first live performance of single Wide Awake. The track was written for Katy’s concert movie Part of Me. Perry performed this live last night at the Billboard Music Awards, where she won a Spotlight Award. The choreography is pretty swish but sadly, I couldn’t really understand the lyrics. However, on reading the lyrics afterwards, it seems the song addresses her divorce.

“I’m wide awake. I was in the dark, I was falling hard with an open heart. How did I read the stars so wrong. I was dreaming for so long. I wish I knew then what I know now. I wouldn’t dive in, I wouldn’t bow down,” she sings.

3. Lastly, a new trailer for the next James Bond movie Skyfall has been released and damn it looks good! Daniel Craig is returning as 007 in this movie which will be released in November this year. For the first time, Bond’s loyalty to M will come under fire as past secrets are unveiled. M16 comes under attack and it becomes his responsibility to eliminate the threat. Looks awesome!