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Daniel Craig Named Highest Paid Bond

Daniel Craig as James BondDaniel Craig is the highest-paid James Bond star ever.

The 44-year-old actor - who reprised his role as the iconic British spy for the third time in Skyfall - will earn $50 million to portray the suave secret agent in two more movies, dwarfing the pay cheques received by his predecessors.

Sean Connery was the first actor to play Bond in 1962, earning $15,000 to star in Dr. No. His salary steadily rose, with the average pay for his work on six films in the franchise averaging at $345,000 - around $5 million in today's prices.

George Lazenby earned $540,000 - the equivelent of $730,000 - for his one outing as 007 in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, while Roger Moore brought home an average of $2.2 million, or $10 million today, from his seven films.

The huge contract surpasses the $17 million he earned for Skyfall, which at the time overtook the $16.3 million Pierce Brosnan took home for starring in 2002 Bond movie Die Another Day.


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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: November 9, 2010

Grown Ups Blu-rayHere are some of the options available this week:

  • Antichrist: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Arsenic and Old Lace: DVD
  • Charlie St. Cloud: DVD, Blu-ray
  • A Christmas Carol: Blu-ray
  • Grown Ups: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Love Ranch: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Man Who Would Be King: DVD
  • Ocean's 11 (50th Anniversary): Blu-ray
  • Ramona and Beezus: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Tremors: Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the options for this week.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: November 2, 2010

Toy Story 3Here are some of the options available this week:

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai: Blu-ray
  • Centurion: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • The Goonies (25th Anniversary Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Highlander: Blu-ray
  • Highlander 2: Blu-ray
  • Once Fallen: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Sound of Music (45th Anniversary Edition): DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Toy Story 3: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • White Christmas: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Wiz: Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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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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Daniel Craig Praised for His Torso

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celeb News, Celebrity Gossip

Daniel Craig in Casino Royale

has been voted Hollywood’s Hottest Torso.

The 41-year-old actor topped a Lovefilm.com poll for the scene in Casino Royale where James Bond emerges from the ocean wearing a pair of tiny blue swimming shorts. He won 34% of the vote, while came second with 21% for his shirtless scenes as Spartan king Leonidas in 300. Brad Pitt’s sculpted chest and abdomen in Troy secured third place with 13% of the vote.

came an unlikely fourth for his “mankini” scene in Borat, followed by Sean Connery in 1965 Bond adventure Thunderball and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: March 24, 2009

Quantum of Solace DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Bolt: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Goldfinger: Blu-ray
  • The Kite Runner: Blu-ray
  • A Mighty Heart: Blu-ray
  • Moonraker: Blu-ray
  • Never Say Never Again (Collector’s Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: DVD
  • Quantum of Solace: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Secrets of the Furious Five: DVD
  • A Woman Called Golda: DVD
  • The World is Not Enough: Blu-ray

Click here to see the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

 

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Sean Connery Confirms Retirement

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Celeb News


Has ‘s upcoming premiere got you wondering about the Bonds of yore? If so, we can at least update you on one former 007.

At a recent AFI event, told MTV why his mug hasn’t been seen on the big screen since 2003’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. In two words? He’s retired.

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Best Movie Heroes

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Adventure, Animation, Classics, Casting, Lists

Shrek and Donkey

Yesterday, we took a look at the ever to grace the big screen. But where would characters like Emperor Palpatine and Lex Luthor be without their counterparts: the movie heroes?

Today, we’ll look at the greatest heroes who ever shined on film. Will your favorite make the cut?

Shrek (Shrek, 2001; Shrek 2, 2004; Shrek the Third, 2007) voice of : He is the epitome of an unlikely hero and almost unintentionally saves the day every time. In true hero fashion, he does it all with a witty line and an unwillingness to seriously harm evildoers. What cements this animated character as a true movie hero? No hero can save the day without his trusty side quick, and Shrek has the best: Donkey (voice of Eddie Murphy).

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This Week on HD DVD and Blu-ray: January 08, 2008

Zodiac HD DVDThis week marks the release of the first batch of high-definition DVDs since on-the-fence Warner landed decidedly on the Blu side; I must admit, as an HD DVD man, the day feels a bit colder than normal. But no matter—the format war is far from over.

On a lighter note, both formats have some exciting titles to speak of, including the Blu-ray release of one of my favorite movies from 2007, Sunshine; Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning film, The Pianist, on HD DVD; and the long-awaited special edition of David Fincher’s Zodiac, also on HD DVD. The DVD release from July contained nary a special feature, so this two-disc director’s cut ought to please those Fincher fans waiting for a decent version.

Check out the full list of high-def releases after the jump.

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Couples With The Worst On-Screen Chemistry

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Lucasfilm Ltd., Casting, Lists

Star WarsChemistry, schmemistry.  If you know people are going to be watching your movie anyway—does it really matter?  Whaddya say, ?

Film advertising company Pearl & Dean polled 3,000 British moviegoers to see which couples they felt had the worst on-screen chemistry.  Based on the results, it’s hard to say whether or not those opinions had any affect on the eventual box office receipts.  While I completely agree that Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen fizzled as secret-lovers, I don’t know that the movie’s storyline (or final numbers) could have improved with a different twosome.

Take a look at the poll results and see what you think.  Which couples would you add to this list?  Three pairings that come to my mind:  / Nick Nolte (I Love Trouble), Julia Roberts/ Brad Pitt (The Mexican) and Julia Roberts/ John Cusack (America’s Sweethearts).

  1. Natalie Portman & Hayden Christensen - Stars Wars: Episode II
  2. Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck - Gigli
  3. Keira Knightley & Orlando Bloom -
  4. Madonna & Adriano Giannini - Swept Away
  5. Catherine Zeta-Jones & Sean Connery - Entrapment
  6. Andie MacDowell & Hugh Grant - Four Weddings and a Funeral
  7. Kate Beckinsale & Ben Affleck - Pearl Harbor
  8. & - Eyes Wide Shut
  9. & -
  10. & - Titanic

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