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Cox Joins James Bond Reality Series 007s
Road To A Million' - 24th April 2023
star Brian Cox is trading the cutthroat world of business
for the mysterious world of espionage and secret agents
in the new Prime Video series 007s Road to a
confirmed by Amazon, Cox is joining the James Bond-inspired
unscripted reality competition show in the role of
The Controller. Described as an enigmatic character
who controls the fate of the contestants, The
Controller is a villainous and cultured
figure who revels in the increasingly difficult
journeys and questions the contestants must overcome.
show will see contestants divided into two-person
teams as theyre tested on intelligence, endurance,
and heroism on their mission to win £1 million
($1.2M). The teams are also faced with questions hidden
in different locations around the world that they
must answer correctly to move on to the next challenge.
has millions of pounds to give away up to £1M
per couple but he doesnt make it easy,
the Amazon synopsis reads. Whilst he lurks in
the shadows, he is watching and controlling everything.
got to see how ordinary people would cope with being
on a James Bond adventure, said Cox, who is
best known for playing family patriarch Logan Roy
in HBOs hit show Succession.
they travel the world to some of the most iconic Bond
locations, it gets more intense and nail-biting,
he added. I enjoyed my role as both villain
and tormentor, with license to put the hopeful participants
through the mangle.
series takes place in various locations across the
globe, many synonymous with James Bond, including
the Scottish Highlands (Skyfall), Venice (From Russia
With Love, Moonraker, and 2006s Casino Royale),
and Jamaica (Live and Let Die).
Road to a Million comes from Amazon Studios, EON Productions,
72 Films, and MGM Alternative. It is scheduled to
premiere exclusively on Prime Video globally later
Road to a Million, TBA, Prime Video
James Bond: Cavill and Page neck and neck for 007
role - Decemer 2022
Bond odds: Norton and Hardy still in the running
Cavill and Rege-Jean Page are locked at the head of
the betting in the next James Bond odds.
have the pair priced at 3/1 apiece, with James Norton
now a 9/2 shot ahead of Tom Hardy (5/1), while every
other name is currently priced at 8/1 or bigger.
Apati of Ladbrokes said: Its all to play
for at the head of the Bond betting right now, with
Henry Cavill and Rege-Jean Page 3/1 apiece to play
producer Michael G Wilson revealed in October that
the next 007 would be in his thirties and the role
would be a reinvention.
said: Weve tried looking at younger people
in the past. But trying to visualise it doesnt
work. Remember, Bonds already a veteran. Hes
had some experience. Hes a person who has been
through the wars, so to speak. Hes probably
been in the SAS or something. He isnt some kid
out of high school that you can bring in and start
off. Thats why it works for a 30-something.
we take a look at some of the names linked with the
role and their next James Bond odds.
initially took over as favourite in June following
a flurry of bets prompted by a video posted on his
Instagram account promoting No 1 Botanicals
39-year-old Superman and Witcher actor is seen leaving
a tailors on Savile Row where parked outside is a
silver Aston Martin, the car of choice for the British
Secret Service agent.
he looks longingly at the sports car, Cavill says
in a voiceover: Of course, life will always
have its sweet temptations, some more tempting than
it was recently announced Cavill is quitting his role
as Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher and is reprising
his role as Superman which could scupper his chances
of playing the British spy.
told USA Today: It is enormously flattering
to read those articles that pop up about Bond all
the time and whos the favourite. I enjoy that,
of course. But its all about how much time I
have, and these roles need to be respected and a lot
of work needs to be put into them. You cant
just be jumping from iconic role to iconic role with
no time to prep for them.
Bridgerton heartthrob shot to super stardom with his
role as the dashing Duke of Hastings in Netflixs
raunchy period drama.
34-year-old Londoner hit the screens in July with
the release of the most expensive film ever made by
Netflix, The Gray Man starring Ryan Gosling and Chris
Evans, a spy thriller directed by the Russo brothers.
James Bond Odds: Aaron Taylor-Johnson into 2/1 to
replace Daniel Craig as 007 - December 2022
Taylor-Johnson is a big mover in the next James Bond
odds market, having been cut from 80/1 to as short
as 2/1 with one bookmaker.
Daniel Craig stepped away from playing James Bond,
there has been so much speculation as to who will
replace him in the iconic role of MI6 spy.
a supposed secret audition, Aaron Taylor
Johnson has been slashed in the Next James Bond odds
market to as short as 2/1 (best price 7/1).
insider said: Aaron went for a screen test to
be the next Bond in September and producers and (Barbara
Broccoli head of the James Bond franchise)
loved him. He is now one of the front-runners.
the start of the month, Taylor-Johnson was a best
price 80/1. Despite his big market move, he is remains
only the third favourite to land one of films
32-year-old actor, who featured in Marvels Avengers:
Age of Ultron, Godzilla, The Kings Man and more
recently Bullet Train, is rumoured to be among the
top choices for the next 007.
remains the market favourite
of The Witcher and Man of Steel, Henry Cavill is the
current favourite at EVS (7/2 available) and has been
battling for favouritism with Bridgerton star Rege-Jean
Page over the last few months.
currently at best odds of 9/2, received backing from
the Russo brothers in July to be successful if he
were to take the role.
ever-present in the market, Idris Elba has drifted
to 14/1 having reportedly walked away from talks to
become the new James Bond.
Announce 60th Anniversary Seamaster Watches
in stainless steel and Canopus Gold designs
new OMEGA Seamaster watches have been announced to
celebrate Bonds 60th anniversary.
commemorative Seamaster Diver 300M timepieces are
available in two versions; a stainless steel variant
influenced by the first-ever OMEGA watch 007 wore
in GoldenEye, and a Canopus Gold model with green
and yellow diamonds which takes inspiration from Ian
Flemings Jamaican home and Bonds inaugural
adventure Dr. No.
stainless steel watch features a blue oxalic anodised
dial and bezel, laser-engraved wave pattern and LumiNova
finish. The caseback replicates the movies iconic
opening sequences, with Bond in silhouette and a gunbarrel
18K Canopus Gold piece is made from natural grey silicon,
with each watch featuring a completely unique crystallite
dial. The bezel is embellished with green and yellow
diamonds in tribute to the Jamaican flag, and the
watch comes in a mango tree wooden box, referencing
the song Underneath the Mango Tree from
Seamaster Diver 300M 60 Years of James Bond Watches
launch January 2023.
here for full details
- James Bond films coming to Prime Video in October
James Bond films are coming to Prime Video in October.
streaming service said in a press release Thursday
that it will stream all 25 of the James Bond films
and The Sound of 007 documentary in honor of the franchise's
titles include From Russia with Love, Goldfinger,
The Spy Who Loved Me, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies,
Casino Royale and No Time to Die, and will be available
in the United States, United Kingdom and other select
Sound of 007 is directed by Mat Whitecross and produced
by John Battsek. The film explores the history of
six decades of James Bond music, including "the
true tales behind the tunes and famous faces who have
recorded some of the most beloved soundtracks in cinema."
addition, Prime Video will stream The Sound of 007:
Live from Royal Albert Hall, a recording of the official
charity concert at Royal Albert Hall in London, on
Oct. 4. The concert will feature guests vocalists
performing iconic Bond themes.
closed its deal to acquire MGM, the home of the Bond
franchise, in March.
most recent Bond film, No Time to Die, was released
in October 2021. The movie marks Daniel Craig's fifth
and final film as Bond.
Bond actors include Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy
Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.
Bond 007 is a fictional British agent created
in 1952 by writer Ian Fleming, featured in twelve
novels, two anthologies, and a film series. After
Fleming's death in 1964, subsequent James Bond
novels were written by Kingsley Amis (as Robert
Markham), John Pearson, John Gardner and Raymond
Benson. In addition Charlie Higson has begun to
write a series of books detailing the "Young
James Bond". In July 2007, it was announced
that Sebastian Faulks has been commissioned to
write a Bond novel for publication in 2008. Moreover,
Christopher Wood novelised two screenplays, while
other writers have authored unofficial versions
of the character.
famed through the best-selling novels, James Bond
is now best known for the EON Productions film
series, twenty-one of which have been made as
of 2007. The 22nd EON-produced Bond adventure
is currently in production. In addition there
have been two independent feature productions
(a 1967 spoof Casino Royale, and 1983's Never
Say Never Again) and one Fleming-licenced American
television adaptation of the first novel, aired
in 1954. In 1956, Moonraker was also adapted into
a South African radio play starring Bob Holness
as Bond. The EON Productions films are generally
termed as "official" films originating
with the purchase of the James Bond film rights
by producer Harry Saltzman in the late 1950s.
from movies, TV and radio, Bond has also been
adapted for many other media, including comic
strips and video games.
articles: James Bond (character) and Inspirations
for James Bond
James Bond, CMG, RNVR is an agent of the British
Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) (more commonly,
MI6). He was created in January 1952 by British
journalist Ian Fleming while on holiday at his
Jamaican estate, Goldeneye. The hero, James Bond,
was named after an American ornithologist, a Caribbean
bird expert and author of the definitive field
guide book Birds of the West Indies. Fleming,
a keen birdwatcher, had a copy of Bond's field
guide at Goldeneye. Of the name, Fleming once
said in a Reader's Digest interview, "I wanted
the simplest, dullest, plainest-sounding name
I could find, 'James Bond' was much better than
something more interesting, like 'Peregrine Carruthers.'
Exotic things would happen to and around him,
but he would be a neutral figure—an anonymous,
blunt instrument wielded by a government department."
news sources speculated about real spies or other
covert agents after whom James Bond might have
been modeled or named. Although they are similar
to Bond, Fleming confirmed none as the source
figure, nor did Ian Fleming Publications nor any
of Fleming's biographers, such as John Pearson
or Andrew Lycett.
Bond's parents are Andrew Bond, a Scotsman, and
Monique Delacroix, from Canton de Vaud, Switzerland.
Their nationalities were established in On Her
Majesty's Secret Service. Fleming emphasized Bond's
Scottish heritage in admiration of Sean Connery's
cinematic portrayal, whereas Bond's mother is
named after a Swiss fiancée of Fleming's.
A planned, but unwritten, novel would have portrayed
Bond's mother as a Scot. Ian Fleming was a member
of a prominent Scottish banking family. In his
fictional biography of secret agent 007, John
Pearson gave Bond's birth date as 11 November
(Armistice Day) 1920 (The beginning of the film
"For Your Eyes Only" gives his wife's
birthdate as 1943. This seemingly assumes Bond
to be younger than Pearson claimed); however,
there is no evidence of it in Fleming's novels.
In the novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service,
Bond's family motto is found to be "Orbis
non sufficit" ("The world is not enough").
The novel also states that the family that used
this motto may not necessarily be the same Bond
family James Bond came from.
completing the manuscript for Casino Royale, Fleming
allowed his friend, later his editor, poet William
Plomer to read it. Plomer liked it and submitted
it to Jonathan Cape, who did not like it as much.
Cape finally published it in 1953 on the recommendation
of Fleming's older brother Peter, an established
researchers agree that James Bond is a romanticized
version of Ian Fleming, himself a jet-setting
womanizer. Both Fleming and Bond attended the
same schools, preferred the same foods (scrambled
eggs, coffee), maintained the same habits (drinking,
smoking, wearing short-sleeve shirts), shared
the same notions of the perfect woman in looks
and style, and had similar naval career paths
(both rising to the rank of naval Commander).
They also shared similar height, hairstyle, and
eye colour. Some suggest that Bond's suave and
sophisticated persona is based on that of a young
Hoagy Carmichael. In Casino Royale, the anti-heroine
Vesper Lynd remarks, "[Bond] reminds me rather
of Hoagy Carmichael, but there is something cold
and ruthless." Likewise, in Moonraker, Special
Branch Officer Gala Brand thinks that Bond is
"certainly good-looking . . . Rather like
Hoagy Carmichael in a way. That black hair falling
down over the right eyebrow. Much the same bones.
But there was something a bit cruel in the mouth,
and the eyes were cold."
did admit to being partly inspired by his service
in the Naval Intelligence Division of the Admiralty,
most notably an incident depicted in Casino Royale,
when Fleming and Naval Intelligence Director Admiral
Godfrey went on a mission to Lisbon en route to
the United States during World War II. At the
Estoril Casino, which harboured spies of warring
regimes due to Portugal's neutrality, Fleming
was 'cleaned out' by a "chief German agent"
in a game of Chemin de Fer. Admiral Godfrey's
account differs in that Fleming played Portuguese
businessmen, whom Fleming fantasized as German
agents he defeated at cards. Moreover, references
to "Red Indians" in Casino Royale (four
times; twice in the final page) are to his own
30 Assault Unit.
Novels and related works
February 1952, Ian Fleming began writing his first
James Bond novel. At the time, Fleming was the
foreign manager for Kemsley Newspapers, owners
of The Daily Express in London. Upon accepting
the job, Fleming asked for two months yearly vacation
in his contract—time spent writing in Jamaica.
Between 1953 and his death in 1964, Fleming published
twelve novels and one short-story collection (a
second collection was published posthumously).
Later, continuation novels were written by Kingsley
Amis (as Robert Markham), John Gardner, Charlie
Higson and Raymond Benson, who was the first American
author of James Bond, last published in 2002.
The Young Bond series of novels was begun in 2005,
by Charlie Higson.