New Sean Connery Biography Says The Actor Was Unaware There Were Any Other James Bond Films Besides His Own

James Bond Box Set

This picture of Sean Connery's James Bond Ultimate DVD Collector's Set speaks volumes.

New York—A new unauthorized biography of Scottish acting legend Sean Connery is scheduled for release next month, but leaks are flooding the internet, and not all of the tome portrays the Oscar winner in a positive light.

The book, by noted writer Martin Hazel, claims that Connery had absolutely no clue that any James Bond films were ever made that did not star him.

“I thought they ended the franchise when I left,” he is quoted as saying in the book. “When did this happen? Get me Ian Fleming on the phone. Now!” Fleming, who created the Bond character, died in 1964.
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George Lucas Purchases Rights To First Six James Bond Films; Will, Of Course Digitally Alter Them

Dr. No - Lucas Edition

In this modified scene there is no doubt that the bad guy shot first. Dr. No - Lucas Edition will surely have James Bond fans saying "No!"

San Francisco—Not content to anger the rabid fan base of one hugely successful film franchise, Star Wars creator George Lucas has now set his sights on the James Bond series, purchasing the rights to the first six films in the series so he can “polish them up and re-release them with the story improved so they portray original creator’s intention.”

And what, pray tell, was the original creator’s, in this case, Ian Fleming’s, intention? Apparently, according to Lucas, it was that Bond only kills in self-defense and as a last resort. We can hear the outcry now: “Bond shot first!”
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If You Loved “Cowboys & Aliens,” Get Ready For Bond And Han Against The Empire

Bond, Solo, Who

Bond, Solo, Who: The ultimate mashup.

Los Angeles—Well, we shouldn’t be surprised. With all the buzz surrounding the movie “Cowboys and Aliens,” it was just a matter of time before somebody in Hollywood came up with a way to capitalize on the chemistry and box-office mojo of Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. To wit: James Bond meets Han Solo.

We’ll take a minute to let you come back to Earth after reading that. Better? Good. A source close to “Lost” co-showrunner Damon Lindelof has said that he’s working on an idea to pitch to both Eon Productions, who owns the James Bond film rights; and George Lucas himself, who owns everything else in Hollywood. Well, that’s not completely accurate, but he does own Star Wars.
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Christian, Linda Christian, The First “Bond Girl,” Dies At 87

Linda Christian

Linda Christian

Palm Desert, CA—Actress Linda Christian, noted for playing the first Bond girl, died Friday after battling colon cancer. She was 87.

She made her film debut in 1944’s “Up in Arms.” She also played Mara in Johnny Weissmuller’s last “Tarzan” film, “Tarzan and the Mermaids.”

She played Valerie Mathis in 1954 in the first adaptation of a James Bond book in the TV film “Casino Royale” on CBS.

She also appeared in “Holiday in Mexico,” “Green Dolpin Street,” “RECOiL,” “The Devil’s Hand,” and “The Boy and the Ball and the Hole in the Wall.”

She was married to actor Tyrone Power fron 1949-1956. They had two daughters, Romina Power and Taryn Power. She was married to British actor Edmund Perdom from 1962-1963. 

She is survived by both her daughters and eight grandchildren.

Mr. Belvedere Heading To The Big Screen? We Just Might Live The Good Life Yet.

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig could bring the action and adventure to the Mr. Belvedere character that the late actor Christopher Hewett could not.

Hollywood—Several sources close to the project have come out confirming that “Mr. Belvedere” will be coming to a theater near you sometime in 2012.

The sitcom, which starred Christopher Hewitt as the titular butler hired by the Owens family in Pennsylvania, ran on ABC from 1985 to 1990.

“Since the day we left the air, there has been talk of making a movie,” said Brice Beckham, who played Wesley Owens on the show. Continue reading