Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Bond news

I got an email yesterday about the next Bond adventure being announced following this fall's release of Casino Royale. They must be really impressed w/ what they've seen of the new movie to get another one into the pipeline already. And they're putting Bond into the summer movie season, too, which hasn't happened since Licence to Kill, the last Bond to be part of the summer movie season. Wikipedia has a good quote on this matter:

Another factor cited for Licence to Kill's comparatively tepid box office performance is that it was released during one of the most profitable summers in film history, running against such films as Batman; Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" ;Lethal Weapon 2; Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; Ghostbusters II; and Parenthood. All of them, particularly Batman, were big hits for their respective studios. Since then, no James Bond film has been released in the summer.

Right now, the 2008 films in the pipeline don't have much in the way of release dates. It is interesting that new Indiana Jones and Star Trek movies are expected to be out then (tho I doubt the IJ flick will happen), as they were part of that summer of 89, too.

On the same page as the aforementioned press release is a new announcement about the title song to Casino Royale, 'You Know My Name', to be written and performed by Chris Cornell (of Audioslave and Soundgarden fame). This is promising as he is a good songwriter and can sing melodically when he wants to. But I can't help but hope he makes some reference to the Beatles song of (almost) the same title. 'Welcome to Slaggers, Mr. Bond...'

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