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« on: April 20, 2010, 02:19:13 pm »
MGM Woes Now Delay Bond #23; EON Says Development Suspended "Indefinitely"; Does This Mean Studio Auction Is A Bust?
By NIKKI FINKE AND MIKE FLEMING | Monday April 19, 2010 @ 10:35pm EDT

UPDATES EXCLUSIVE: Sam Mendes "Consultant" On Bond #23

So today's announcement comes via the PR newswire, untypical for EON Productions which always operates with the maximum amount of secrecy. Some showbiz news outlets are mistakenly claiming the next Bond movie, #23, is cancelled. Nope. You can see it's only been postponed. This is the same pic on which Sam Mendes has been consulting and ultimately was expected to direct.

So what's really going on? Well, given that MGM is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and at the mercy of its creditors, EON may have the right to take Bond elsewhere. So it stands to reason that the producers wouldn't want to do anything now that further complicates ownership of Bond #23 or binds them to MGM during this precarious period during which the once storied studio may now be in its standalone swan song.

As you know, the James Bond filmmakers operate with great autonomy. And producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson were in pre-production on Bond #23 for release in 2011. (The story begins after Quantum Of Solace's and again stars Daniel Craig.) But those two have been watching the current MGM auction proceed with a mixture of dismay and curiosity. Dismay because Bond's longtime home is a mess. And curiosity because Broccoli and Wilson would love to move Bond to a fully functioning studio. Like Sony, where Amy Pascal is dying to keep the famous franchise. Or Fox, which handles Bond's DVD distribution. "It feels like EON is sending a message to MGM," one source tells us. "If they try to continue as a stand-alone studio, don't expect to be making any Bond films."

Broccoli and Wilson very deliberately have made certain they don't do anything on Bond #23 which ties the movie further to MGM. (That's why Mendes was hired as a consulting, not the director. Because once EON hires a director on their Bond films, it triggers a first payment from MGM.) We believe today's announcement is about that as well. With the MGM auction apparently busted, even though no official announcement has been made yet, EON Productions wants to keep all its options open. Here's the news release:

LONDON, April 19, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- 007 producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions, today announced they have suspended development on the next James Bond film previously scheduled for release 2011/2012.

"Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on BOND 23 indefinitely. We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of BOND 23," stated Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli jointly.

EON Productions have produced twenty two James Bond films since 1962. In 1995, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli took over the 007 franchise from Albert R 'Cubby' Broccoli and are responsible for producing some of the most successful James Bond films ever, including CASINO ROYALE and more recently QUANTUM OF SOLACE. The James Bond franchise is the longest running in film history. EON Productions and Danjaq LLC are affiliate companies and control all worldwide merchandising for James Bond.

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'Skyfall' Producer Says Homoerotic James Bond Line Was Almost Cut from the Movie
by Naledi Ushe

The intimate scene from Skyfall in which James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) seemingly had sexual tension almost didn't make it into the final version of the 2012 film.

Longtime James Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli said the scene was viewed as too homoerotic for studio executives, in a free Apple TV+ special available ahead of the release of 'No Time to Die' on October 8th.

In the controversial scene, Bond is tied up to a chair in front of Silva.

While tied up, the movie's villain caressed the MI6 agent from his chest to his thighs as he said,

"We are the last two rats. We can either eat each other or everyone else."

"You're trying to remember your training now. What's the regulation to cover this? Well, first time for everything I guess," Bardem's character continued as his hands found their way to Bond's thighs.

"What makes you think this is my first time?" the British spy calmly asked.

Of the scene, Broccoli, 61, said,

"I remember we were told to cut that line by the studio and we said no, no, no. We resisted."

"I remember we were the night of the premiere, that line, just the whole place rocked it then with that line. I remember looking at the studio executive [and] going, 'See, told you,'" she added.

Director Sam Mendes added that despite Bond's reputation as a womanizer "there's a huge homoerotic undertow in a lot of Bond movies."

The scene sparked a lot of discussion after the 'Skyfall' premiere in 2012.

"Some people claim it's because I'm, in fact, gay but [that's] not true at all," screenwriter John Logan told The Hollywood Reporter that same year.

"Sam and I were discussing, there were so many scenes where Bond goes mano-a-mano with the villain, whether it's Dr. No or Goldfinger or whatever, and there's been so many ways to do a cat-and-mouse and intimidate Bond, and we thought, what would truly make the audience uncomfortable is sexual intimidation; playing the sort of homoerotic card that is sort of always there subtextually."

Craig, 53, and Bardem, 52, also discussed their character's sexualities in separate press conferences in 2012.

"I don't see the world in sexual divisions," Craig said, according to Movieline.

"I love that scene. It makes me laugh. I hope it makes you laugh."

The Bond star also addressed speculation that Bardem's character was gay, to which he responded,

"I'm like, I think he'll f____ anything," per Movieline.

"It was part of the game, but it's not entirely the game," Bardem said during a press conference about the scene, Movieline reported.

He added that his character's objective was to create "uncomfortable situations" for people he met.

The Bond villain added, "Within that, you can read anything that you want or wish. But it was more about putting the other person in a very uncomfortable situation where even James Bond doesn't know how to get out of it."

The conversation surrounding the 007 agent's sexuality and the future of his sexuality continued well after 'Skyfall''s premiere.

In 2015, former Bond character Pierce Brosnan told The Guardian that he supported the idea of a gay 007.

"Sure. Why not?" the 68-year-old actor said, before adding,

"Actually, I don't know how it would work. I don't think Barbara would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. But it would certainly make for interesting viewing."

The Irish actor noted that a racially diverse casting such as "a great Black actor being James Bond" would probably happen before a queer Bond.

'No Time to Die' is out in theaters on October 8th.

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