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I really hope this is a rumour. I don't really like the Bond films and I'd worry about Orlando being typecast if he took on the role of Bond (young or otherwise).

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I don't know what to say about this. The fangirl side of me wants to see Orlando play that suave and sexy spy, but the other side of me is saying, "heck no!"

:unsure:

I'm hoping it is a rumor, but you never know.

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I'm just not sure about all this. A younger James Bond, maybe??

I think we have to remember that we're hearing his playing in a movie about a young James Bond not taking the place of 007 yet. However, he's probably being groomed for the role one day.

SueJo

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*sniffs the air*

Sure smells like *cough Bull.gifpoop.gif cough* to me.

And look, we're hovering around it, just like flies! :lmao:

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I can't say that this is the best news. I want to see Orlando do some more interesting things in his roles, Not so much Suavy-hero-ladies-man thing. :(

All I can think of that would be comforting is that if he HAS decided to do it, I hope he has a good reason. I agree that Jude Law was more my choice for the role. Maybe, because it's being set up in his earlier days, the movie will be a bit differant from what the other James Bonds have been. I can kinda imagine Orlando as a University kid, doing all those fun University things. :naughty:

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This reminds me of The Remains of The Piano for some reason. I remember reading in British publications that Orlando was set to be in that film but it was never confirmed anywhere else. And then he told USA Today that he was not in it actually.

The only place I keep hearing these Bond rumours are in the British press. And they say that he has already signed the contract. But I checked Empire online and The Z Review, English websites dedicated to movie news and I have read absolutley nothing about it from them. And nothing from the Trade papers like Variety either.

I was reading at another board and someone went and did some researching at Variety and Miramax bought the rights for the two young James Bond books written by Charlie higson from Ian Flemming Publications Ltd a month ago. But they don't have the movie rights. MGM still hold the rights to the mature James Bond character. And this new young James Bond character is supposed to be 13 yeras old in the book. So something isn't making sense.

I really hope this rumour is not true. Is it possible that publication that broke the news, The Evening Standard ( I think) got a bad tip? I really hope so.

Chloe.

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Don't get me wrong, I like Orlando and all, but I'm not sitting through a Bond film for him. I'm just not that devoted. :tomato:

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Thanks Chloe, that was helpful!

I'm hoping your right, waiting around for more news really smells like lilacs in the springtime. :yawn:

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Yeah, I don't know about him playing a young Bond either. I can't picture him as James Bond. :unsure: I've never liked Bond movies either. I can't see this helping his career. They needed someone more rugged to play this role. Someone more of a bad boy, but at the same time really suave. As much as I love Orlando, I don't think he's rugged enough for it.

Though, if he's playing Bond, he's going to have to look really good to fit the role. He's going to have to be dressed really nice, plus we will get to see him seducing women. :naughty: Definitely going to be a :drool: worthy movie. My mind is going to the gutter again.

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On a more shallow note, if they are chronicling Bond's days after being kicked out of Eton and instead going on to Fettes College (in Edinburgh - great city, by the way) they will need to cut about 8 - 10 years off Orlando's age. Might this mean a haircut? Do we want to see one?

*joins you in the shallow end*

No!!! Not the curls! *whimpers* I'm still hoping this is all a big, bad rumor, but if it's true, they better not make him cut the hair! :(

You have a point about the age thing. If this movie is supposed to be Bond right out of college, isn't Orlando too old for it? I know he can play younger, but that seems a bit too young, even for him.

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I would sit through any movie with Orlando in it -- even if he played Catwoman.

But I think that this story is bogus. There's too much of an age difference between Orlando and the character that he would supposedly be playing.

The various versions of the story talk about young James Bond being kicked out of Eton College -- with the seeming assumption that this is a university-level institution. But it is not. It is a secondary school. The word "college" has different meanings in different countries. Americans like me use the words "college" and "university" almost interchangeably. But others do not. If I understand it correctly, Eton is where some of the U.K.'s best students go before they go to university; students at Eton are the same age as U.S. high school students.

An actor Orlando's age who happens to look young can play a university student -- after all, that's what Tobey Maguire, who is a bit older than Orlando, just did in Spiderman 2. But I don't think Orlando could convincingly play a secondary school student -- and I think that Orlando has brains enough to not even try.

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I too hope that it is just a rumor. There do seem to be a lot of articles about it though. But I guess once one news source writes something many others just report the same thing, even if it's not true.

I don't really like the James Bond movies. We rented the latest one some time ago and I think that I had a hard time keeping awake through it. And like many have said I don't think that it would be a very good career move for Orlando. It wouldn't heighten his credibility as a serious actor anyways.

That said, if he were to do this movie I would still be seeing it!

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I guess Hugh Jackman would be good. I could see him pulling off that cool, suave, ladies man thing. Although, if he were, wouldn't that make him the first Aussie to play Bond?

Actually no. George Lazenby took over from Sean Connery in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". He came from Queanbeyan, a little town 10 minutes drive from where I live and he still gets a bit of local press when he comes home. He ended up doing a lot of action films in Hong Kong.

Personally, I also disagree about type casting. Bond propelled Sean Connery to stardom, but he has had a very successful career since. He is still regarded by most Bond fans as the best Bond ever, although Brosnan is coming a very close second. And playing Bond certainly hasn't hurt him either. Timothy Dalton and Roger Moore didn't go far after Bond, although I think I read that Dalton (who was former Royal Shakespeare Company) returned to the stage. To me, Roger Moore was no different as Bond than he was on television as "The Saint". His career may well have been impeded by his range (or lack of it) than by being Bond.

I think that if Mr Bloom is fairly well established before playing Bond, like Brosnan, he won't have career problems.

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I keep searching the credible movie websites for information but I still get nothing about this new deal. I guess we will have to wait and see. But Orlando has been very careful in choosing his roles and this one seems so out of character for him. I know I don't know him but he just finish working with Ridley Scott and now Cameron Crowe. Doing a James Bond movie after working with those directors seem odd. And this movie is supposed to come out late next year. Pirates of the Carribbean is supposed to start filming in January, it took four or five months for the first one to film. When will they film this movie? And the special effects part takes time as well. I guess I am trying to look for reasons to prove this is a rumour :lol: . If anyone sees him again while filming Elizabethtown if your feeling bold maybe someone could ask him. I'm feeling desperate :( .

Chloe.

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Hmm.no wonder these reports are surfacing right now. Pierce Brosnan announced that he's not doing the 'Bond' movies anymore. I just saw these bits at Coming Soon and Latino Review

From Comingsoon:

Pierce Brosnan tells Entertainment Weekly that he's done with the James Bond franchise, opening the door for possible replacements.

"That's it," says the now former 007, "I've said all I've got to say on the world of James Bond." He says that Die Another Day will be his last Bond film and he's not returning for a fifth movie. "Bond is another lifetime, behind me."

Sean Connery quit the James Bond franchise as well, before being lured back for bigger bucks by England-based Eon productions, which produces the 007 films. If this doesn't happen, the company will have to find another actor to fill the role for "James Bond 21," scheduled for a November 18, 2005 release.

And Latinoreview:

'Juan Carlos' alerted us that Pierce Brosnan is quitting Bond after four 007 movies.

In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly Brosnan says, "That's it, I've said all I've got to say on the world of James Bond.''

The door is wide open for replacement which include, Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gerard Butler, Jude Law, and Ewan McGregor, as well as Aussies Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger, and Eric Bana.

Oddly enough, they didn't list Orlando. :huh:

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I have a suspicion that a couple of things have got mixed up in these reports.

1. Whether or not Pierce Brosnan will do Bond 21 has been the subject of speculation for a long time. It has been a real on again, off again, situation with alleged disagreements with the production company over story, character, money, etc., etc.

The consistent rumour has been that they want to reinvent Bond and make him younger - going back to the age he was in Dr No and From Russia With Love (when Sir Sean was 29-30). And of course we are now living in a new security era, which could be compared with the Cold War, which of course is when the best Bond films were made. So the whole spy genre could be ready to be reinvented for a new audience.

Then there is the issue of the teenage Bond stories, film rights for which have just been picked up.

This is where I think some gossip journo has got his wires crossed, confusing a younger Bond in the established franchise with a young Bond in the new movie(s).

We know that Mr Bloom screen tested for Bond some time ago, but then just about every good-looking young English actor has. Hugh Jackman has admitted starting the rumour that he would be the next Bond himself, because he'd like to do it. Clive Owen has said he has never been approached.

Although the speculation is a bit like "The Remains of the Piano", it's also a bit like KOH and E-town. So we'll just have to sit tight and wait and see.

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I hope this is just one big rumor that got out of hand. I have funny feelings whenever I read about Orlando and Bond in the same sentence.

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Please, noooooo!!!!! :cry: I think this would be a terrible mistake and can only hope its the UK tabloids gone wild! I just finished watching Ned Kelly - he can be so much better than James Bond!!!!

Jules

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they will need to cut about 8 - 10 years off Orlando's age. Might this mean a haircut? Do we want to see one?

*joins you in the shallow end*

No!!! Not the curls! *whimpers* I'm still hoping this is all a big, bad rumor, but if it's true, they better not make him cut the hair! :(

AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR if they cut the curls, someones going to be reeeeally unhappy. Namely, me. :angry:

Am now going to sulk in the corner :fear:

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Can't say how I feel about this. On the one hand I'd love to see Orlando as the suave yet deadly young agent. On the other hand there's the typecast problem. Then again, he's already been sort of typecasted as this sword-weilding hero type. Anyway, if he's really playing Bond, my only hope is that he won't be tied down to do sequels. Orlando, just do this one for fun ok? :)

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We know that Mr Bloom screen tested for Bond some time ago.

We DO???? :O

He DID???? :cry:

Get a grip, Orlando!!!! :angry:

(Footnote: Actually, I've always loved the original Connery Bonds. But NOT for Orlando - He deserves something way better for the future. :wink: )

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Okay guys I just got so information off of IMDB from a poster. I know IMDB is not the most realiable but this makes sense and there was also a link to an article which I will just paste and copy below for you guys.

Anyway the poster said that MiraMax did buy the rights for the first two books but not to make movies out of them but to publish them under MiraMax Books. The production of any films involving young James Bond is not part of the deal. Charles Higson, who is mentioned in the news as the one who is penning the screenplay, is writing the books.

Below is the article. It comes from a website called commanderbond.net.

"Miramax Books, the publishing division of the movie production powerhouse responsible for such films as Kill Bill and Shakespeare in Love, has purchased the U.S. publishing rights to the first two 'Young James Bond' novels by Charlie Higson, according to a report by Pamela McClintock in tomorrow's Variety.

Film rights are not part of the deal between Miramax and Ian Fleming Publications, the company founded by Bond creator Ian Fleming and wholly owned by the Fleming family. The acquisition was announced by Miramax co-chair Harvey Weinstein and Miramax Books president & editor in chief Jonathan Burnham. The deal's price tag was not disclosed, but was understood to be in the six-figure range.

"The Miramax name coupled with the James Bond brand is a powerful combination," Weinstein said. "It is an honor to be connected to the Ian Fleming estate and to be involved in one of the world's most recognizable icons."

Variety revealed that the idea for the Young Bond book series, which has not found favor among traditionalist James Bond fans [see: 007 Fans Take Aim at IFP's 'Young James Bond' Concept], came from Ian Fleming Publications with the guidance of literary consultant Kate Jones. The first book, which will be published in spring 2005, finds the 13-year-old James Bond at a Scottish Castle where he discovers that the owner is conducting ominous experiments in a secret lab. The book will be published in the United Kingdom by Penguin Books children's imprint Puffin.

There are currently five books planned in the series, reports Variety.

"It's exciting to be re-launching the Bond franchise for a new generation," Burnham said.

Burnham and U.K.-based Miramax European literary acquisitions exec Lola Bubbosh identified the series and approached Ian Fleming Publications, while Miramax VP of business & legal affairs Jon Yaged negotiated the deal with Ian Fleming Publications managing director Corinne Turner."

So hopefully this was a misunderstanding that got way out of line. And I don't remember ever hearing of Orlando sreentesting for Bond?

Chloe.

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From AICN among other sources, but AICN puts it plainly:

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab.

Evidently, the new ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY features Pierce Brosnan saying that he’s done with the Bond franchise. Since their site is for subscribers only, I can’t confirm that, but I’m sure it’ll be in this week’s issue if they did run it. Makes sense. People in and around MGM have known that Pierce wanted out for a while now. He hasn’t been happy with the direction the films have taken, and he has been trying to steer the franchise in a riskier direction, back towards the original Fleming source material. As a longtime fan of the books who is ambivalent at best towards the movies (outright hostile, in some cases), I always liked the notion of Quentin Tarantino doing a straight adaptation of CASINO ROYALE. It’ll never happen, though, and I’ve accepted that. We’re not that lucky.

The rumor that is being printed and reprinted this week, though, is that Orlando Bloom will be playing a young James Bond at school. For some reason, people are saying this is a Miramax project. There’s a whole lot of stupid in that rumor. MGM/Eon owns Bond and isn’t about to give someone else a license to kill their franchise by doing some ridiculous “Young Bond” series. And Miramax can’t just decide to make the films without that permission. Forget this rumor right away. It’s just pointless noise and mumbles.

You want some a real Bond tidbit to chew on? How about the name of the guy who MGM has already tapped to replace Brosnan? I first heard this name floated a month or so ago, but now I’ve heard it from three fairly solid sources. No paperwork is signed yet, but it looks like they’ve made their choice, and it’s not the long-rumored Clive Owen, and it’s not Hugh Jackman, and it’s not Hugh Grant, and it’s not any of the names I’ve heard a dozen times before.

Nope. Looks like the next guy to suit up and slip on the 007 moniker will be an actor who can really sink his CHOPPERs into the role. A guy who brings a certain HULKing charm to the role. A comedian-turned-action lead who. ummm. oh, how the XXXX do I make a lame TROY joke here? Forget it.

Bana. Eric Bana. You heard it here first.

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Dang, I might be willing to sit through at least part of a Bond flick for Bana. Just to see him in something other than Troy, as someone other than Hector. (And, no, I won't be watching Hulk or BHD for him. One's too stupid, the other's too gory.)

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Wasn't the whole rumor mill about Orlando playing the next Bond thrown out a while ago? But I agree with those saying if he was a bot more established before doing Bond then yes it might be good for his career and not box him in. I'd love to see a new somewhat younger Bond. If Brosnan had signed up to be in anymore Bond movies I think people might start to think of it as the whole suave older guy with the young 20s model which would completely destroy everything. I would love to see Bana or Hugh Jackman play him. I haven't seen CLive Owen in anything yet but maybe. ANother person would be COlin Firth. He could do one or two and that would be awesome. Maybe if Orlando plays a younger Bond they could do a few years after university anf before he got recruited whenever that was.

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