On Her Majesty’s Secret Service soundtrack

March 31st, 2010 by

With Sean Connery having already announced that he was leaving his role as James Bond, and with a new director, Peter Hunt, on board, it was clear that the sixth film in the Bond franchise was going to differ markedly from the previous efforts. John Barry, who had by this time won an Oscar for […]

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James Bond’s library

March 24th, 2010 by

In ‘The Book of Bond‘, Kingsley Amis (writing as Lt-Col Bill Tanner after the Chief-of-Staff in Fleming’s novels) describes Bond’s library saying that it should be modest and that more extensive collections go with “serious criminal tendencies”. While Amis believed that Bond’s library was limited to a handful of books there is no evidence that […]

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Three bidders participate in MGM auction

March 23rd, 2010 by

Three potential backers are understood to have participated in the second round of bidding for MGM, which closed yesterday after being extended from Friday 19th March. Lions Gate Entertainment, Time Warner and Access Industries are all understood to have participated in the auction, although the offers they have made fall some way short of what […]

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Bond 23 to get the go-ahead from MGM?

March 18th, 2010 by

Friday 19th March is the deadline for bids for troubled studio MGM. Six bidders were invited to take part, including Time Warner and Lionsgate, although it appears that two others – Liberty Media Corp. and hedge fund Elliott Management Corp. – have withdrawn. While pre-production on Bond 23 was put on hold until the auction […]

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MGM's plan B

March 10th, 2010 by

On Monday MGM announced a March 19th deadline for offers for the studio, with six parties expected to bid.However, according to a story on MI6 today quoting Wall Street Journal as its source, the studio is preparing a “plan B” in case the bids fall short. The plan is thought to involve existing creditors assuming […]

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March 19 Deadline for MGM

March 9th, 2010 by

According to a story posted in Variety yesterday troubled Hollywood studio MGM has set March 19th as the closing date for bids on its assets. Six bidders were invited to participate in this second round of bidding after allowing them access to internal accounts. Two of these bidders are believed to be Time Warner and […]

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David Arnold podcast available online

March 4th, 2010 by

Neatly dovetailing with our current series on the James Bond soundtracks, David Arnold was recently invited speak after a concert by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in which they played music from several of his film scores including Casino Royale, which is now available as a podcast. Arnold’s credits include Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla, […]

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