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‘Skyfall’ has highest Bond opening of all time!

James Bond’s “Skyfall” has hauled in a record-breaking $87.8 million during it’s first weekend in U.S. theaters.  Add to that the $2.2 million it brought in on Thursday night, and “Skyfall” has brought in $90 million domestically.

That makes the worldwide total for “Skyfall” $518.6 million since it was released overseas in October.

The third installment starring Daniel Craig as British super-spy Bond, “Skyfall” outdid the $67.5 million U.S. debut of 2008’s “Quantum of Solace,” the franchise’s previous best opening. “Skyfall” more than doubled the $40.8 million debut of Craig’s first Bond film, 2006’s “Casino Royale.”

“Skyfall” already has passed the $407.7 million overseas total for “Quantum of Solace” and by Monday, it will top the $432.2 million international haul for “Casino Royale.”

The Craig era has reinvigorated one of Hollywood’s most-enduring franchises, whose first big-screen Bond adventure, “Dr. No,” debuted 50 years ago.

“It’s quite a testament to Bond, considering it’s the 50th anniversary. What a great anniversary present,” said Rory Bruer, head of distribution at Sony, which produces the Bond films along with MGM.

While “Skyfall” marked a new high for Bond’s opening-weekend revenue, the film has a long way to go to match the biggest audiences 007 has ever drawn. Adjusted for inflation, Sean Connery’s 1965 Bond adventure “Thunderball” would have taken in an estimated $508 million domestically in today’s dollars, with its 1964 predecessor “Goldfinger” not far behind at $444 million, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com.

The Bond films over the last two decades have come in around the $200 million range domestically in inflation-adjusted dollars.

Still, Craig’s Bond is setting a new critical standard for the franchise. While “Quantum of Solace” had a so-so critical reception, “Skyfall” and “Casino Royale” are among the best-reviewed Bond films, with critics and fans enjoying the darker edge Craig has imprinted on 007.

“‘Skyfall’ is to the Bond franchise what `The Dark Knight’ was to the Batman franchise,” said Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “By taking it to a whole other level, this is a different kind of Bond that can be taken really seriously.”

I really want to see this, I’m going to have to get in to see it this week. Tonight I’m heading out to see a screening of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence’s new movie, “The Silver Linings Playbook”, and I’m TOTALLY excited to see that!

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Posted Monday, November 12th, 2012 at 12:12pm
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Daniel Craig opens up about ‘Skyfall’ in the new Rolling Stone. “It’s quite good,” he says.

In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Contributing Editor Erik Hedegaard downs a few beers with Daniel Craig and gets the man who plays James Bond to open up. An excerpt from our latest cover story, “Daniel Craig Blows His Cover”:

Here comes Daniel Craig now, slipping into the murky environs of a murky Manhattan hotel, shades on, looking quite sportif in white pants and the thinnest of white V-neck T-shirts, short-sleeved, ­muscle-filled, easing into the further shadows of the room, taking a seat, ordering a beer, saying a few words about what he’s been up to since shooting ended on his latest James Bond movie, Skyfall (“Um, drinking heavily. And reconnecting with family and self”), saying a few words about the movie itself (“It’s quite good. It’s got a lightness of touch and a wink to it, because, after all, this is a James Bond movie, for fuck’s sake”), and saying a few words about signing up to do two more Bond movies after this one (“I’ve been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it, but they won’t let me go, and I’ve agreed to do a couple more, but let’s see how this one does, because business is business and if the shit goes down, I’ve got a contract that somebody will happily wipe their ass with”). He looks at his beer. His beer is gone. He orders another one and then proceeds to tell the filthiest joke ever.

I definitely want to see ‘Skyfall’ this weekend. That and ‘Wreck it Ralph’. Am I the only adult who really wants to see it? I think it looks so cute!

The new issue of Rolling Stone on newsstands today!

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Posted Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 10:10am
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Daniel Craig admits he cried when he heard Adele’s “Skyfall” theme song.

Daniel Craig isn’t such a tough guy after all….

The Bond actor sat down with Yahoo Movies and opened up about the first time he heard Adele’s “Skyfall”, a song he felt “perfectly” fit the movie.

“I cried,” said Craig. “From the opening bars I knew immediately, then the voice kicked in and it was exactly what I’d wanted front the beginning.”

“It just got better and better because it fitted the movie. In fact the more of the movie we made, the more it fitted it.”

The Bond actor isn’t alone in his sentiments, though, with “Skyfall” shooting to No. 1on the iTunes charts just ten hours after its release.

“Skyfall” was recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios and features a 77-piece orchestra.

Adele was intially concerned about writing the song for the film.

“I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for ‘Skyfall,'” Adele said. “There’s a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song.”

Mendes encouraged Adele to write “a personal song,” a few words of support that ultimately led to one of the most lauded Bond theme songs in years. Even artists like Jedward and Willow Smith have put their own spin on the song, recording well-received covers of the tune.

“Skyfall” opens this week in the U.K. and will be released in U.S. theaters on November 9.

I didn’t necessarily feel like crying when I heard “Skyfall”, but I certainly thought it was beautiful. I think Adele NAILED it. Listen to the song below!

Here are new pictures of the Bond cast at the premiere of “Skyfall” in London, England, last night.

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Posted Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at 1:13pm
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Daniel Craig poses in front of a naked woman on the new cover of Vanity Fair!

Daniel Craig opens up in the new issue of Vanity Fair about the troubles of being famous. The Bond actor talks about his disappointment in not having a normal life anymore, and being under the ever-watchful eye of the public.

“You talk to people in the movie business who have been doing this 40 years and they all say the difference is that, back in the day, you could go and have a drink in the bar, get drunk, fall over, have a good time, relax, whatever, and no one would know about it. But now everyone’s got a camera,” Daniel Craig tells Vanity Fair writer Juli Weiner of the challenges of being Bond. “Not that all I want to do is get drunk in a bar, but that’s an example. So you can’t live a normal life anymore. Because it will become public knowledge that you’ve whatever—gotten drunk in a bar or skinny-dipped on a beach or something. Things that normal people do occasionally. And in a way that’s kind of—I’ve got to be high-class. I’ve done a lot of things in my life. But you have to think in that way. Which is sad, because I like bars.”

On the eve of the release of his third turn as Bond in the upcoming Skyfall, Daniel Craig reflects on the iconic character and how the franchise has matured. “What I’m doing is not what Pierce was doing, and Pierce wasn’t doing what Roger Moore was doing, or what Sean was doing, or what Timothy [Dalton] was doing. Things have changed. It’s just kind of the ride of it. Pierce used to say that it’s like being responsible for a small country. It’s kind of like you have to look after it diplomatically. I kind of get that, but I can’t really say that’s my deal. I’m not going to be the poster boy for this. Although I am the poster boy.”

“It’s amazing how many times I’ve sat in interviews like this in a bar or a hotel, and it’s 11 o’clock in the morning and someone sends a martini over,” he says, laughing. “And it’s like, Really? It’s 11 o’clock! Cheers! I’m not going to drink it.”

Of the controversy first kicked up in May over Skyfall’s featuring of Heineken, meanwhile—notably not a martini—Craig says: “Now, product placement, whichever way you look at it, whether you like it or you think it’s disgusting, or whatever, it’s what it is. . . . Heineken gave us a ton of money for there to be Heineken in a shot in a bar. So, how easy is that? Just to say, O.K., there’s Heineken. It’s there—it’s in the back of the shot. Without them, the movie couldn’t get sold, so that all got kind of blown up. ‘Bond’s new drink is a Heineken.’ He likes a lot of drinks—Heineken, champagne; it’s all in there.” Craig explains that “I’ll drink a beer in the shot, I’m happy to, but I’m not going to do an ‘Ahhhhh’ [pantomiming an actor looking refreshed]. And I would say this because they’re paying, but they’re kind of respectful about it. They don’t want to screw the movie up.”

Of seeing some of Bond’s softer side in Casino Royale—one scene in particular where he sheds a tear for his deceased girlfriend who betrayed him—Craig charmingly defends the machismo of his character: “He didn’t sob. There was, like, a tear in his eye. No snot coming out of his nose, you know.” This sense of humor is, co-star Judi Dench says, crucial to playing Bond: “The glorious thing about [Craig] is he has a great sense of humor. That’s essential—the whole essence of Bond is that he doesn’t take himself so seriously.”

Daniel Craig has looooooooong been one of my favorite celebrities. He seems so down-to-earth, and this interview really proves that. He’s just very open and honest about things, in a way I find refreshing. You don’t get the impression that he’s saying things just to “say the right thing”.

I can’t wait to see ‘Skyfall’!

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Posted Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 at 11:11am
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