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08.25.2014

While Daniel Craig has been Bond we've only gotten 3 movies in 8 years. They're certainly not breaking any records, but I also feel that MGM has delivered two of the best Bond films in CASINO ROYALE and SKYFALL.  I don't mind the quality over quantity approach especially with Sam Mendes back in the director's chair for BOND 24. Production is getting started a little later than usual, which may push back the release date, but word on the cinema street is that they're looking to bring a classic henchman (along the lines of Oddjob and Jaws) into the fold.

According to MI6, casting is already underway for the assassin Hinx (as he's currently titled). They're looking for someone physically fit, over 6'2" (Craig is 5'10"), ages 30-45, and possibly with a "very unusual look." Evidently this hitman will have several altercations with Bond and will also be involved in a driving sequence.

The Craig films have done a great job at establishing a real-world Bond while also having some fun with its villains. It's a fine line to walk between Connery and Moore and while there's a place for both kinds of films, I hope they don't push it too far. Mendes gave us a great set-up for some classic Bond shenanigans come the end of SKYFALL, so to say that BOND 24 is anticipated is a great understatement. Given the outcome of the last flick, I have all the faith in the world that Mendes will deliver.

BOND 24, starring Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes, is currently scheduled to hit theaters November 6, 2015.

Yeah, this looks about right.

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9:56AM on 08/26/2014

Left field?

I'd love to see Viggo Mortensen as a Bond bad guy.
I'd love to see Viggo Mortensen as a Bond bad guy.
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8:38PM on 08/25/2014
Given that Craig hasn't really had a memorable final one-on-one showdown/fight scene with any of the villains in any of his flicks (aside from the obviously one-sided fight with Dominic Greene in QOS), I'm down for this news. As long as they don't sway too much into self-parody with the henchman (which the Brosnan films were doing by the time he left), I'm up for Craig going toe-to-toe with a physically formidable Oddjob or Vargas-like oppponent. Free Mars bar to anyone who can guess which
Given that Craig hasn't really had a memorable final one-on-one showdown/fight scene with any of the villains in any of his flicks (aside from the obviously one-sided fight with Dominic Greene in QOS), I'm down for this news. As long as they don't sway too much into self-parody with the henchman (which the Brosnan films were doing by the time he left), I'm up for Craig going toe-to-toe with a physically formidable Oddjob or Vargas-like oppponent. Free Mars bar to anyone who can guess which film/novel the latter is from.

Although for my money, no one will ever top Robert Shaw's performance as Red Grant. However, if they got Peter Serafinowicz, they may come close.
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6:31PM on 08/25/2014
I'm glad they wanna do this. Skyfall finally rounded out those three movies into what I feel is a genuine Bond feel, now that M, Q, Moneypenny, etc. are all in place, so an iconic henchman is the next logical step. I thought they did well with Javier Bardem being disfigured, but they didn't let him keep that look long enough for it to really sink in. I miss the days of the Bond villains and henchmen having physical traits that help define their character. I loved Zao in Die Another Day because
I'm glad they wanna do this. Skyfall finally rounded out those three movies into what I feel is a genuine Bond feel, now that M, Q, Moneypenny, etc. are all in place, so an iconic henchman is the next logical step. I thought they did well with Javier Bardem being disfigured, but they didn't let him keep that look long enough for it to really sink in. I miss the days of the Bond villains and henchmen having physical traits that help define their character. I loved Zao in Die Another Day because he looked creepy with the gems embedded in his face. Something like that would be cool.
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4:49PM on 08/25/2014
You don't have to cast a human cartoon to make a great "henchman." You just have to develop a character realistically seen as Bond's equal and a true threat to Bond's perceived invincibility. See my personal favorite, Robert Shaw as Red Grant in FRWL.
You don't have to cast a human cartoon to make a great "henchman." You just have to develop a character realistically seen as Bond's equal and a true threat to Bond's perceived invincibility. See my personal favorite, Robert Shaw as Red Grant in FRWL.
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1:59PM on 08/25/2014
Bring back JAWS!
Bring back JAWS!
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2:15PM on 08/25/2014
A fellow schmoe suggested Michael Shannon, which sounds all kinds of ideal.
A fellow schmoe suggested Michael Shannon, which sounds all kinds of ideal.
5:32PM on 08/25/2014
Michael Shannon is not a man often accused of being too short for a role. But I'm gonna go ahead and be that guy.
Michael Shannon is not a man often accused of being too short for a role. But I'm gonna go ahead and be that guy.
12:39PM on 08/25/2014
Love those henchmen. Have a soft spot for Benicio del Toro as Dario in License to Kill.

Roger Moore churned out the most Bond films and some of those are really, really bad.
Love those henchmen. Have a soft spot for Benicio del Toro as Dario in License to Kill.

Roger Moore churned out the most Bond films and some of those are really, really bad.
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12:37PM on 08/25/2014
Thanks for imprinting that last picture into my head. Gonna take days to get it out, haha. Regarding the news, yeah, Bond does need a good main villain's Henchman to deal with.
Thanks for imprinting that last picture into my head. Gonna take days to get it out, haha. Regarding the news, yeah, Bond does need a good main villain's Henchman to deal with.
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12:37PM on 08/25/2014
It's about time we got someone who can go toe-to-toe with Craig's Bond. I nominate the guy who plays The Mountain from the last season of Game of Thrones.
It's about time we got someone who can go toe-to-toe with Craig's Bond. I nominate the guy who plays The Mountain from the last season of Game of Thrones.
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12:36PM on 08/25/2014
It's about time we got someone who can go toe-to-toe with Craig's Bond. I nominate the guy who plays The Mountain from the last season of Game of Thrones.
It's about time we got someone who can go toe-to-toe with Craig's Bond. I nominate the guy who plays The Mountain from the last season of Game of Thrones.
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12:23PM on 08/25/2014
If Craig is Bond for 20 years and we only get 6 or 7 Bond films but they're all ridiculously slick and intelligent and age well, I'm fine with that. Brosnan's Bonds either age terribly or were plain awful, except for GoldenEye. The Dalton Bonds were underrated…Anyway yeah this seems like the smartest route to take for the franchise, at the moment.
If Craig is Bond for 20 years and we only get 6 or 7 Bond films but they're all ridiculously slick and intelligent and age well, I'm fine with that. Brosnan's Bonds either age terribly or were plain awful, except for GoldenEye. The Dalton Bonds were underrated…Anyway yeah this seems like the smartest route to take for the franchise, at the moment.
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12:39PM on 08/25/2014
I feel like Dalton's Bonds were way ahead of its time. Had they been released in the present time, they would have been a hit particularly License To Kill.
I feel like Dalton's Bonds were way ahead of its time. Had they been released in the present time, they would have been a hit particularly License To Kill.
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