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GoldenEye’s Martin Campbell

NEW YORK (Variety) – Director Martin Campbell, last in theaters with the mountaineering thriller “Vertical Limit,“ is on track to make a sequel to his hit film “The Mask of Zorro.“

The Columbia Pictures project will likely mark his first film under a new first-look directing deal with the studio`s Sony Pictures Entertainment parent.

It is now being written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, scribes of the 1998 original which grossed more than $250 million worldwide and launched Catherine Zeta-Jones. It is Campbell`s intention to bring her back along with Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins.

For the present, though, Campbell is in talks to direct an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller “The Notebook.“ While a few deal points are still being worked out, he expects to start work as soon as threatened writers` and actors` strikes this summer are settled or averted.

The project is a stark contrast with his recent trio of hits “Goldeneye,“ “The Mask of Zorro“ and “Vertical Limit, “ each of which grossed north of $200 million worldwide and made him one of the most bankable helmers in town.

The Sparks novel tells the story of a man who makes daily visits to a woman in a nursing home to read her stories from a notebook. It becomes clear that she has Alzheimer`s Disease, and that he is reading their love story, which centers around a young woman and two men vying for her affections. It`s unclear which man she has chosen, though he`s obviously the one reading the tale.

The bestseller has been a magnet for A-list directors, with Steven Spielberg and James Sheridan nearly going forward. For Campbell, it is a welcome change from his logistically challenged recent efforts.

“I read the book and loved it four years ago, but Steven Spielberg was going to do with Tom Cruise, and I moved on,“ said Campbell. “After finishing the recent films, I want to do a smaller character-driven piece, one that harkens back to my BBC roots. It`s a love story with very few characters involved and not an explosion in sight, which I find very appealing.“

Campbell and producer Mark Johnson will be working on the script with screenwriter Jeremy Leven, who wrote the most recent draft.

The “Zorro“ sequel will follow “The Notebook.“ And Campbell hopes to follow that by directing “Travel Agent,“ also for Columbia.

“It`s a time travel story, but unlike most of them, it`s not a gimmick where you`re taken to medieval times or the future,“ Campbell said.

One project which Campbell won`t revisit is James Bond, even though the 1995 film he directed, “Goldeneye,“ restored the luster of the flagging franchise, grossing over $350 million worldwide and cementing Pierce Brosnan as a viable 007.

“It was great fun, but I just don`t know how many more control rooms I could blow up,“ said Campbell.

GoldenEye’s Izzabella Scorupco

1995, GoldenEye, Izabella Scorupco as Natalya Simonova
(Natalya -Goldeneye) Starred in “With Fire and Sword”. At 6.3 million dollars, it`s the largest and most expensive Polish film ever made. The epic movie is a story about a Cossack uprising in Ukraine, which shook the then-vast Polish commonwealth, and the adventures of Polish nobles who fought it.

She`ll also costar in “Vertical Limit”, a mountain climbing thriller starring Chris (Batman and Robin) O`Donnell and directed by “Mask of Zorro” director Martin Campbell. Martin is no stranger to Izabella. He directed her in “Goldeneye” and lobbied hard for her to get the part Catherine Zeta-Jones got in `Zorro`. Vertical Limit will mark the beginning of Izabella`s “comeback”. She took time off after Goldeneye to move to Boston to be close to her ice hockey playing boyfriend, as well as have a child. The ice climbing thriller is set to be released in Summer 2000.

GoldenEye’s Famke Janssen

(Xenia Ontatopp-Goldeneye) Famke has followed Goldeneye with “Deep Rising”,Ted Demme`s thriller “Noose”, John Grisham`s “The Gingerbread Man” and co-starred with Geoffrey Rush in “The House on Haunted Hill”.

Famke also appeared in the movie: “The Faculty” from a script by Kevin Williamson (Scream) and directed by Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn). She costarred with Elijah Wood (Deep Impact), Josh Hartnett (H20), Salma Hayek (“54”), Bebe Neuwirth (Cheers), Piper Laurie (Twin Peaks), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgement Day) and Jon Stewart (MTV). The horror film is about a group of high school kids convinced that their teachers are not what they appear to be: human.

She recently played Jean Gray in the box office hit “X-MEN” (2000) and has signed up for several sequels.

The Hollywood Reporter has stated Famke is in the lead for the role of the female Terminator in TERMINATOR 3. This terminator will be capable of phasing in and out of visibility. No word yet on when this film will begin production.

Monday, December 11th, 2000 began her first day of work on the set of Don`t Say a Word, an action/psychological thriller co-starring Michael Douglas and ex-Bond Villain Sean Bean.

GoldenEye’s Dame Judi Dench

(“M” –Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough) Dame Judi keeps busy between her appearances in the Bond films. At times she has played Esme Allen in “Amy`s View”, where she costars with Samantha Bond. Dame Judi has drawn rave reviews for her work.

Dame Judi also appeared in the film “Mrs. Brown” for which The Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave her The Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic Motion Picture (January 18th, 1998). She received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress but lost to Helen Hunt.

Judi Dench then co-starred as Queen Elizabeth I in “Shakespeare in Love” along side Joseph Fiennes (Ralph`s younger brother) Gwyneth Paltrow, Colin Furth, and Geoffrey Rush. The picture finds William Shakespeare writing a play that turns out to be “Romeo and Juliet” while a parallel love story develops in his own life. For her effort, Dame Judi received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She also appeard in the Franco Zeferilli film “Tea With Mussolini” with Cher.

GoldenEye’s Alan Cumming

(Boris Grishenko-Goldeneye) Alan Cumming and Roger Moore co-stared in the Spice Girls movie “Spice World”.. Alan Cumming played a reporter trying to make a documentary about the Spice girls, and Roger Moore played the bands “Chief”. Some parts of the movie try to spoof James Bond, especially the scenes that include Roger Moore

Alan also starred in the Roundabout Theater Company`s revival of
“Cabaret” in New York City. He won the Tony for best lead actor in a musical for his performance . He can also be seen costarring with Bond villain Roberty Carlyle in “Punkett and Maclean”. He has now replaced Robert Downey Jr. in NBC`s midseason animated sitcom God, the Devil, and Bob. Alan will lend his vocal talents to an as yet unnamed animated character. He can also be seen in the Tom Cruise movie “Eyes Wide Shut” as a desk clerk.

From A View To A Kill’s Tanya Roberts

(Stacy Sutton-A View To A Kill) After “A View To A Kill” Tanya had trouble getting mainstream acting roles. Reviews of her performance in `View` were harsh. Much of her initial post-A View To A Kill work was straight-to-video fare. She initially followed up `View` with “BodySlam” which also starred Dirk Benendict (Battlestar Galactica; The A Team) and Rowdy Roddy. It never got a wide release and ended up being straight to video and even at that, it took quite a while for it to get a release. Tanya also went on to do broad sex farce comedies such as Almost Pregnant and sexual thrillers such as Inner Sanctum.

But Tanya began a comeback of sorts in the late 90`s. She starred on an episode of the USA Network series “Silk Stalkings” and promoted a line of skin care products for MURAD 2. Additionally, Tanya is now branching out into comedy. She co-stars on the hit Fox television show “That 70`s Show” and is one of the best reasons to watch it. She has managed to bring herself back into the Hollywood mainstream, even attending the 1998 Emmys, and thus wiping out the memory of a long string of direct-to-cable/video sex thrillers.

From A View To A Kill’s Patrick Macnee

Patrick Macnee (Tibbett- A View To A Kill) Has continued to do character roles in television and movies, as well as voiceovers for the documentaries to each of the Special Edition Bond DVD`s. MacNee, most famous for his role as John Steed in THE AVENGERS, played a small role in the big screen version. In fact, he was invisible, and after the debacle that that film was, MacNee was probably relieved not to have been closely associated with it.

From A View To A Kill’s Patrick Bachau

Patrick Bachau (Scarpine-A View To A Kill): Has more or less has made his full time home in Los Angeles. He too has been very successful at getting work internationally. His roles have been diverse, in such projects as BLOOD TIES and KINDRED: THE EMBRACED, to MOUNT ROYAL (a Canadian versin of DYNASTY). He spent four years on THE PRETENDER, worked in two Tom Clancy projects and has wrapped a psychological thriller with Jennifer Lopez.

See our exlcusive interview with Bachau here at this site.

From A View To A Kill’s Grace Jones

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Grace Jones` sizzling reviews as May Day got her the lead role in VAMP, a campy vampire flick in which two guys looking to score make it with Jones, only to find out later she bites. Her film career has been hit and run, and she`s continued to tour internationally and sing.

In 1992 she put her exotic good looks back to use in the Eddie Murphy comedy BOOMERANG, where she played Strange (pronounced Stronn Zhay), a perfume industry tycoon. She also did some consulting for the film “54”, about the legendary New York Disco Studio 54.

From A View To A Kill’s Daniel Benzali

Daniel Benzali got his big break co-starring as “Howe”, Stacy Sutton`s crooked, underhanded, in-the-pocket-of-Max Zorin boss. Benzali`s scenes as Howe were brief, but he left the movie with a bang. His list of credits since A VIEW TO A KILL have been an impressive mix of both television and feature films. And his look and acting stance has taken a curious twist in 15 short years.

Most noteable among his post-AVTAK experiences has been a recurring character on NYPD Blue, the ABC-TV hit show. That stint working with Steven Bochco led the producer to cast Benzali as the lead in an ambitious new legal drama called MURDER ONE. In MURDER ONE, the audience would follow the case of an accused individual for a full year as it wound its way through the court system, rather than wrapped up in sixty minutes. The drama lasted less than two full seasons, despite critical praise. His next prominent role was as Nick Spikings in MURDER AT 1600, a thriller involving a murder investigation within the White House. Benzali had the films best line: “You were born to be a chalk outline.”

With his voice deeper and his hair gone, Benzali would be the perfect choice to play Blofeld in any future Bond films. He can be seen in the summer of 2000 opposite Norm MacDonald and Danny Devito in SCREWED and has appeared on THE PRACTICE on television.

From A View To A Kill’s Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken (Max Zorin- A View To A Kill) Teams up with Alicia Silverstone and Benicio DelToro (Dario-License To Kill) in Excess Baggage. Walken plays Silverstone`s father in the film. He`s also starring in this holiday season`s family film “Mouse Hunt”. What else can you say about Christopher Walken? He`s probably been the most prolific, hardworking of the Bond actors in A VIEW TO A KILL. His most noteable work has included playing another villain named Max…Max Schreck in BATMAN RETURNS.

One of his better lines goes like this: “If my life has a meaning, it`s that one can never have too much power.” Contrast that with his line to Scarpine in A VIEW TO A KILL: “More! More power!” Walken is a long time host of Saturday Night Live and has filmed dozens of movies since A VIEW TO A KILL. He is one of Hollywood`s most respected, if not misunderstood, actors. Besides recently dancing his way to video stardom, He is in an upcoming film focusing on pool hustling as well.

From A View To A Kill’s Alison Doody

Alison`s two biggest film credits have been acting opposite James Bond: Roger Moore in A VIEW TO A KILL, and the original James Bond, Sean Connery, in INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE. Unfortunately, in both films, Alison`s character meets an untimely demise and she doesn`t get the guy.

As Jenny Flex, Alison got to engineer Tibbet`s death, set San Francisco City Hall on fire and send California into the Pacific Ocean; or at least try. She ended up drowning in a mine cave-in, a victim of Zorin`s betrayal, but never has villainy looked so sexy. Together with her tag team partners of Grace Jones and Papillon Soo Soo, mayhem abounded.

As Elsa Schneider, Alison got to do all the betraying four years later in INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE. Sleeping with both Harrison Ford and Sean Connery, she led the two on wild goose chases across Italy and Africa before meeting her doom due in yet another earthquake.

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE looked like the film that would put Alison over the top and make her a star. After all, she only had a few lines in A VIEW TO A KILL, and with her role in `CRUSADE`, she made the most of it. Allison Doody has retired from films for the time being. She had a featured role was in 1994`s MAJOR LEAGUE II.

For Your Eyes Only’s Sheena Easton

(Title Singer–For Your Eyes Only) Reuters- Scottish singer Sheena Easton has filed for divorce from her husband of just 11 months. The petition filed in Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday cited “irreconcilable differences” for the breakdown of her marriage to Timothy Delarm, whom the 39-year-old singer married last July 28. The couple have no children. Easton, who sang the theme song for the James Bond movie “For Your Eyes Only”, asked in her petition that Delarm be denied spousal support. She became a star in 1980 with her British hit “Modern Girl” and her 1987 duet with Prince, “U Got the Look”, was number two on the U.S. charts. Easton also had a brief spell on Broadway in 1991 in the musical “Les Miserables.”

Additionally, Sheena followed up her hit single “For Your Eyes Only” (which went to #4 on the U.S. Billboard Top 100 Singles and earned a Grammy nomination) with “Strut”, “Sugar Walls”, “Paper Tiger”, “Almost Over You” and a duet with Kenny Rogers, “We`ve Got Tonight (Why Don`t You Stay)”. She also appeared on Miami Vice as Sonny Crockett`s wife, and was a national spokeswoman for Bally`s chain of fitness centers.

Dr. No’s Sean Connery

Played the villain Sir August DeWynter in the big screen film version of The Avengers. Several media publications and Hollywood insiders are reporting that Connery will return as 007 if Kevin McClory ever gets his proposed Warhead 2000 A.D made, but Connery`s publicists have denied that rumor. He also starred in “Playing By Heart” with Ryan Phillippe (I Know What You Did Last Summer), Gillian Anderson (X Files), Jay Mohr (Mafia!) and Anthony Edwards (E.R.). The summer of 1999 found him starring in the box office smash Entrapment with Catherine Zeta-Jones (Mask of Zorro).

Reuters -Sean Connery has committed to star in the post-Cold War thriller “End Game.“ He will play a by-the-book, old-fashioned CIA agent who goes on a special undercover assignment to expose illegal arms dealing, but discovers that he`s actually a pawn in a large-scale setup. The old-school spook must team up with a new-school counterpart to prove his innocence.

Star Wars Crossover Bond Stars

Count Dooku from Attack Of The Clones, aka Francisco “Pistols” Scaramanga fromThe Man With The Golden Gun, aka Ian Fleming’s relative and veteran film star, Christopher Lee, is just one of a number of actors starring in both the Bond and Star Wars film franchises. The Spy Who Loved Me was one highlight of these doubled-star experiences….

The list of more prominent appearances includes:

Julian Glover (“Kristatos” in For Your Eyes Only and “General Veers” in The Empire Strikes Back)
Garrick Hagon (“Submariner” in The Spy Who Loved Me and “Biggs” in A New Hope)
Bruce Boa (“Air Force General” in “Octopussy” and “General Riekan” in The Empire Strikes Back)
Shane Rimmer (“Sub Commander” in TSWLM plus small roles in several other 007 films and rebel technician who asks Luke Skywalker if he “wants another R2 unit” before the climatic battle in A New Hope)
Jeremy Bulloch (“Smithers” in For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy and a “sub crew member” in TSWLM and the deadly “Boba Fett” in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi)
Christpoher Lee (The Man With The Golden Gun in the film of the same name and Count Dooku in Attack Of The Clones and the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode III)

Sounds like a Bond Weekend 2003/Star Wars convention to us! –Robert Baum with Matt Sherman

Pierce Brosnan`s Son In L.A. Hospital After Crash

MALIBU, Calif. (Reuters) – Sean Brosnan, the 16-year-old son of actor Pierce Brosnan, remained in a California hospital in serious condition on Sunday after the sport utility vehicle in which he was riding plunged over an embankment on Saturday, the California Highway Patrol said.

The young Brosnan was taken to a local hospital after the predawn accident and operated on for a broken pelvis, a possible fractured vertebrae and a ruptured bladder, CHP Officer Frank Sansone said.

The driver of the SUV, James Hall, 19, a cousin of Brosnan, was charged with felony drunken driving, but was not jailed because of ongoing medical treatment, the highway patrol said.

Hall told police he lost control of the 1982 Chevrolet Blazer when he tried to avoid hitting a rock. The vehicle then plunged over an embankment on a private road in the Malibu hills.

Four other teen-agers, several of whom the CHP said had been drinking, were in the car at the time of the accident and suffered minor injuries. Only Brosnan was hospitalized.

Pierce Brosnan, best known as the latest actor to play James Bond, was at his Malibu home when the accident occurred at about 3:45 a.m. PDT (6:45 a.m. EDT/1045 GMT) on Saturday. He raced to his son`s side and accompanied him on the helicopter ride to the hospital. The Irish-born actor lost his wife, Cassandra Harris, Sean`s mother, to ovarian cancer in 1991. He is engaged to be married to Keely Shaye-Smith.

Brosnan Ready To Paint `Sienna`

NEW YORK Reuters- James Bond star Pierce Brosnan is planning a smooth segue from Her Majesty`s Secret Service to the CIA.

He is set to star in and produce “Burnt Sienna,“ a project based on an upcoming novel from David Morrell, whose “First Blood“ tome hatched the Rambo series.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, for whom Brosnan has starred in three Bond films as well as last year`s hit remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair“ snagged the rights in a preemptive six-figure deal.

Brosnan will play a former Marine pilot who leaves the service to become an artist in Mexico. When he turns down a commission to paint the portrait of the wife of a top arms dealer, the painter finds his quiet life turned upside down by the scorned dealer. He soon joins a CIA mission to bring down the villain.

The character is almost a mix of Rambo and Bond, an American who`s more rugged and gritty than the suave British secret agent.

Brosnan is an accomplished painter and art collector, which helped him spark to the book. The tome will be published by Warner Books next spring.

A writer will be hired quickly in hopes of making the picture right after Brosnan completes work in director John Boorman`s “Tailor of Panama,“ a Columbia film based on the John Le Carre bestseller. The negotiations aren`t complete, but Brosnan expects to make that his next starring effort.

“Tailor“ centers on a British intelligence operative in Latin America who manipulates a crisis that leads the U.S. to invade Panama and nullify the Panama Treaty.

Brosnan Postpones Wedding Due To Son`s Condition

DUBLIN (Reuters) – James Bond star Pierce Brosnan has postponed his wedding, due to take place next weekend at Ballintubber Abbey in Ireland`s County Mayo, because his son has not fully recovered from a car accident.

“His son Sean is not well enough to travel the six hours it takes to get to Ireland so they`ve had to postpone the ceremony. There was always a question mark over it,“ an official from the abbey, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

Irish-born Brosnan, who hails from the town of Navan, northwest of Dublin, planned to wed fiancee Keely Shaye-Smith at the 800-year-old abbey and hold the reception in nearby Ashford Castle.

His 16-year-old son was badly injured last month when the sport utility vehicle he was riding in with several friends veered off a private road in the hills above the scenic Malibu coast in California.

Sean Brosnan suffered a broken pelvis in the accident but is expected to recover fully from his injuries.

Brosnan lost his first wife, Cassandra Harris, Sean`s mother, to ovarian cancer in 1991. He has another son by Shaye-Smith.

Brosnan Honored By Irish Hometown

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Pierce Brosnan, Irish star of the James Bond movies, will be honored by his hometown of Navan next week, the town`s council said Wednesday.

“We all admire Pierce and we wish to honor him for his many achievements in film and television… I think it`s fair to say he`s Navan`s most famous son,“ Council Chairman Paddy Fitzsimons told Reuters.

Brosnan, whose latest outing as British spy 007 is in “The World is Not Enough,“ will be accorded civic honors and a reception in Navan on November 11.

Brosnan, 47, was born and grew up in Navan, a small town 30 miles northwest of Dublin with a population of around 18,000 people. The town is the butt of Dublin jokes, immortalized by a hapless backwoods radio character called “Navan Man.“

Fitzsimons said Brosnan, who still has relatives living in the area and whose cousin Donal Reilly has been dubbed 006 by locals, had paid private visits to the town.

“He`s been observed walking the town but we mind our own business here. If a man wants to walk the town, we let him do that,“ Fitzsimons said.

Bradford Expo Wows Fans

Bradford, England. It’s not exactly a place one would think of when imagining the fast paced life of a globe-trotting secret agent. In fact, I’d be quite surprised if you could even imagine Bradford in any context. However, the city is home to the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television which is currently hosting the only Eon-sponsored James Bond exhibition in the world.

The exhibition opened to the press on Friday, March 22nd with an official opening to the public on Saturday, March 23rd. Hopes were high from fans and press alike for what was to be the first official James Bond exhibition since 1997.

As one entered the museum through the revolving glass doors, there sat the “most famous car in the world,” James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 from GoldenEye. On the opposite side of the legendary car sat a video screen that offered fans a glimpse of the fabulous car in action—just a taste of what was in store for us Bond fans.

Upon entering the exhibit on the third floor (or UK second floor), visitors were handed a specially designed swipe card that could be to used to access information located on sporadically placed computers. Information such as cast and crew biographies, behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews could all be accessed from the computers depending on which section of the exhibit you were in. There was also a challenging trivia question or two that needed to answered in order to access certain information. Of course, the difficulty of the question depended on what type of agent you selected on being at the beginning of your “mission” (general agent, agent, or special agent).

Besides the computer portals that could be found throughout the exhibition, there were a few other interactive things that were particularly interesting. Located halfway through the exhibition, the curators have built a “green screen room,” in which willing fans can latch onto a section of Golden Gate Bridge cable and re-enact the death of Zorin from “A View to a Kill”! Friends and family can witness it all happen by watching video screen on the outside wall of the room. The second interactive feature was towards the end of the exhibit. It was a room that was built to look like the nuclear reactor of a submarine. Fans could enter and take their place at one of three control stations and play around with all of the gadgets and levers. The object was to keep the submarine from having a nuclear meltdown. Unfortunately, anyone that was lucky enough to have me at the station next to them was doomed.

Readers will notice that I have yet to mention the props, costumes, and other Bond things on display, and there is a good reason—there aren’t many Bond items on display, and what Bradford has was somewhat oddly chosen. I went expecting to see a bunch of rare and cool stuff, but ended up finding things like the exact same costume designs from TWINE that were copied and offered as special edition “prizes” in the UK Special Edition Bond DVDs. I can look at those anytime I want to at home! Why didn’t they choose costume designs that we have never seen like those from “Thunderball,” “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” or “The Spy Who Loved Me?”

One of the most bizarre areas was the section that featured poster art. Anyone that owns Tony Nourmand’s The Official 007 Collection James Bond Movie Postersbook, or has ever been to a video store before will have seen these posters. I happen to have a lot of the posters that were featured in the section, like the six foot “Tomorrow Never Dies” poster of Brosnan, Hatcher, and Yeoh that was used for promotion in video stores, for example.

Admittedly, the exhibition does have some pretty cool and rare stuff, too. Things like storyboards from “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” James Bond’s passport from “The Living Daylights,” the faberge egg from “Octopussy,” and Cafe Martinqué menus from “Thunderball” are all scattered throughout the exhibition just waiting to be admired by the dedicated Bond fan. One of my favorite sections from the exhibition is the “Villains” section, which is decorated like Scaramanga’s Fun House from “The Man with the Golden Gun.” The only thing missing is the honky tonk rendition of film’s theme song that should have been playing in the background!

It was a fun little exhibition, overall, but I think the curators focused too much of their attention on the interactive side of the exhibition and not enough time showcasing actual items from the Bond films. The Bond props became second banana to the interactive stuff. Bond fans come to see the props and drawings more than they come to play a trivia game, however challenging it may be. In spite of it all I still give the exhibition a ‘B,’ because it was a whole lot of fun!

For more information about the James Bond Exhibition in Bradford shoot on over to their website at nmpft.org.uk/bond.

–Jordan Charter is co-editor-in-chief of 007Forever.com.