With just a day to go before the new Bond announcement, a newly- surfaced interview with Daniel Craig from 2012 may shed some light on where the series might be headed. When Craig was hired to help reboot James Bond, he knew that he wanted to make a serious film — both because he is a serious actor, and because a certain other spy spoof had made it impossible to do a goofy 007. The 1997 movie’s villain, Dr. Evil, was inspired by the famous Bond baddie Blofeld (with a dash of Dr. No), while other characters such as Random Task, Number 2, Frau Farbissina, and Basil Exposition also took inspiration from key Bond characters. The fixation on bed-hopping, women in bikinis, volcanoes, sharks, and lasers, also owe a debt to the campy Bond flicks of the ’70s and ’80s in particular.
Ryan Gosling and James Henderson on the set of Gangster Squad Hollywood has always been focused on manufacturing superstars, using the massive machinery of its fantasy factory to push actors (and, sometimes directors) into the spotlight. First up, is James Henderson, an actor who has worked as a stand-in for Hollywood’s leading men since first getting tapped for this task on the set of Steven Spielberg’s A.I. in 2000. In the years since, he has stood in for many of the top actors in the industry, including Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Craig, Ryan Gosling, Chris Pine, Jude Law, and Chris Pratt.
James Bond’s 24th big-screen adventure is about to get off the ground. Variety reports that the next Bond movie will begin shooting on Dec. 6, beginning with a table read at Pinewood Studios in London.