James Bond producers are searching for actor to sign up for 12 YEARS

James Bond producers are searching for an actor to sign up for a whopping 12 years when they pick a new 007.

Franchise boss Barbara Broccoli has told how her team are planning a ‘reinvention’ of the British Secret Service agent character so need the huge ‘commitment’ from whoever is chosen.

It comes as she appeared to rule out 50-year-old Idris Elba from taking on the more than decade-long role due to his age.

Bookies Ladbrokes now have Henry Cavill, 39, at 2-1 to be the next 007 with Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page, 34, at 7-2, Tom Hardy, 45, at 4-1 and Oscar-winner Chi­we­­tel Ejiofor, also 45, 13-2.

Ms Broccoli told The Mirror of her plans for the next Bond: ‘We love Idris. The thing is, the decision is going to be a couple of years off.

‘And when we cast Bond, it’s a 10 to 12-year commitment. So he’s probably thinking, ‘Do I really want that?’.

‘It’s not just about casting an actor for a film, it’s about a reinvention.’

She also noted that it was difficult to encourage Daniel Craig, now 54, to take on the role in 2006, adding: ‘And he was in his 30s at the time.’

It comes after producers have said the upcoming movies in the franchise will have bigger roles for women and see a more ’emotional’ side to the 007 spy.

Barbara and Michael G. Wilson spoke about their plans for the franchise following the departure of Daniel as Bond in No Time To Die.

Producer Barbara, 62, said Daniel, 54, humanised the once-womanising spy and that the character’s ’emotional’ evolution will continue in the next instalment.

She also spoke about how recent Bond films have featured larger roles for women, adding that they plan to incorporate meatier female roles in the new movies as well.

‘It’s an evolution,’ she told Variety magazine. ‘Bond is evolving just as men are evolving, I don’t know who’s evolving at a faster pace.’

No Time To Die saw Lashana Lynch play fellow spy Nomi, making history as the first Black female double-O agent.

Speaking about Daniel’s more humanised version of Bond, Barbara – who produces the franchise with her half-brother Michael – said it was the first time the spy was ‘cracked open emotionally’.

‘The films over [Daniel’s] tenure were the first time we really connected the emotional arc,’ she said.

Stars including Tom Hardy, Richard Madden and Henry Cavill have also been tipped as front runners to be cast as Bond, after Barbara confirmed the next agent would be a man.

Venom actor Tom, 45, seemingly confirmed that he wants to be the next 007 – by refusing to talk about the part in fear it will get him blacklisted.

Speaking to the Daily Beast in 2017, he admitted: ‘If I mention it, it’s gone.’

He explained: ‘You know, there’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting, and in the fellowship of my peer group, that if you talk about it you’re automatically out of the race. So I can’t possibly comment on that one!’

While Henry, 39, has been on record for years indicating he’s still interested in the coveted role should an opportunity arise.

He told The Sunday Times in 2021 that ‘time will tell’ if he becomes the latest actor to portray the iconic role, with Daniel Craig exiting the action franchise.

‘You don’t know which direction they want to take Bond in and so I like to say that everything’s always on the table,’ he said.

The Superman star, who was up for the role in 2005 when Daniel was cast, speculated on who could be eyed for the role.

He told GQ in 2020 that he ‘would absolutely jump at the opportunity’ if it arose, as he ‘would love to play Bond’ and that ‘it would be very, very exciting’.

Another favourite is Regé Jean-Page, who admitted last year that he’s ‘flattered’ to be included among a host of British stars tipped for the iconic role.

He told The Mirror: ‘Ah, the B word. I think that if you are British and you do anything of note, that other people take notice of, then people will start talking about that.’

Despite being the bookies favourite, the Bridgerton star said he was bemused by the idea of making any plans at ‘this moment in history’ and has ‘given up’ doing so.

Barbara – the daughter of original James Bond producer Albert Broccoli – has previously told patient fans they could still be waiting some time for the 26th Eon film as shooting for the next epic is ‘at least two years away’.

Speaking at a dinner where she and screenwriter Michael, 80, were awarded BFI fellowships in June, Barbara also hinted at major changes to the character as she said they are ‘reinventing’ the MI6 agent.

According to the Daily Mail’s Richard Eden, she teased: ‘I’d say that filming is at least two years away. It’s a reinvention of Bond.’

She also said she and Michael have not started writing a script for the upcoming 007 film because they want to first make decisions on casting and how they will approach the next instalment.

The half-siblings were handed the reins to Albert Broccoli’s famed Eon Productions in 1995, a year before he passed away at 87 years of age.

Barbara and Michael have been in charge of the 007 franchise ever since, casting both Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig through their Bond runs.

It comes after Ian Fleming’s Instagram account teased a special announcement coming up for the franchise. The late writer died in 1964.

Sharing a cryptic post of a retro typewriter, the account under the late writer’s name teased the announcement for October 5, which has officially been dubbed ‘James Bond day’.

‘See you on James Bond Day! #007,’ penned the account, adding eyeball emojis.

The post left fans full of excitement, taking to the comments as one wrote that they were ‘eagerly anticipating’ the news.

October 5 is also known as James Bond Day for fans of the long-running franchise – as it is the date of the 1962 World Premiere of the first James Bond film.

This day of celebrations first began in 2012 when the Bond films celebrated their golden anniversary – holding events all around the globe.

Elsewhere, Amazon recently acquired MGM, the studio behind Bond, for £6billion and the deal will see the first ever reality TV series based on the franchise.

Bond: 007’s Road to a Million will see contestants follow clues in an epic worldwide race, competing for a £1million cash prize.

Barbara admitted her reluctance to do a TV show for Bond as they didn’t want the contestants to have to do ‘dangerous’ things, but she insisted filming was perfectly safe.

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    GMB viewers ‘switch off’ as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle coverage dominates

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    Touching on the two royals as soon as the show started, the duo were curious to get their viewers thoughts on whether or not they’ll be watching.

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    The late Princess Diana was also shown in the clip being followed by the media, to mirror the same chaos Harry and Meghan endured.

    Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell has since spoken out on the upcoming Netflix series and slammed the couple.

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  • 56 минут назад 08.12.2022Showbiz
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    “My name’s Doria, I’m Meghan’s mum,” Doria said to the camera in episode two of Meghan and Harry.

    “And the last five years have been challenging,” she added. “I’m ready to have my voice heard that’s for sure.

    “A little bit of my experience, you know, as her mum,” she continued before the producer asked: “Do you remember when Meg told you she was dating Harry?”

    “I do,” Doria replied. “And when she told me, we were on the phone and she says, ‘Mommy, I’m going out with Prince Harry.’ And I started whispering, ‘Oh, my God.’

    “She says, ‘You can’t tell anyone.’ So it was from the beginning, it was sort of, ‘Oh, my God, nobody can… you know?’

    “And I remember when I first met him too. You know, he was just like 6’1, handsome man with red hair, really great manners.

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    Both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had teased prior to the docu-series that revelations would be aplenty.

    Speaking in the second of two trailers released by Netflix, Harry told producers: “It’s really hard to look back on it now and go, ‘What on earth happened?’

    Meghan also mentioned in the first trailer that “when the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make more sense to hear our story from us?”

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    The documentary series also arrives just a few weeks before King Charles III faces his first Christmas without his mother, the Queen.

    The trailers also came under fire after supposedly including footage from incidents not involving to the two.

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    “Across six episodes, the series explores the clandestine days of their early courtship and the challenges that led to them feeling forced to step back from their full-time roles in the institution.

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  • 1 час, 9 минут назад 08.12.2022Showbiz
    Shaynna Blaze proposes ‘craziest’ home design idea yet on new renovation show Country Home Rescue

    Shaynna Blaze has unveiled her ‘crazy’ idea for the dilapidated mansion her family is renovating on Country Home Rescue.

    The interior designer, 58, revealed on Wednesday’s episode that she was adding a bell tower to the home, a detail she believes would enhance the structure’s already rustic aesthetic.

    ‘I think the idea of having a bell tower really explains how crazy I am,’ she joked on the show.

    Shaynna said that, although her son Jesse and daughter Carly weren’t initially sold on the idea of a bell tower, it was not something she was prepared to ‘compromise on’.

    ‘There’s something about the bell tower that makes the house feel magical. You look at it and go ‘that was always meant to be there,” she cooed.

    During the episode, Shaynna showcased the nearly completed bell tower to her friends, and they were shocked at how perfectly it complemented the rest of the luxurious property.

    ‘It is brilliant. To say I love it is not enough,’ one gushed.

    Channel Nine’s Country Home Rescue follows Shaynna and her children as they set out to convert a dilapidated two-storey mansion in rural Victoria.

    Fans can expect plenty of drama as The Block judge and childrern attempt to bring the 120-year-old property back to life as a ‘forever home’.

    The house is located in Kyneton, Victoria, not far from where the current season of The Block was filmed, reports TV Blackbox.

    Shaynna originally purchased the property to flip rather than live in, but ended up falling in love with the place.

    Country Home Rescue airs Wednesday at 7.30pm on Channel 9 and 9Now.

  • 1 час, 9 минут назад 08.12.2022Showbiz
    Hilary Duff keeps it casual cool in pink sweater and jeans while out in LA.

    Hilary Duff enjoyed a casual outing after revealing she suffered from a ‘horrifying’ eating disorder when she was 17 in year 2004.

    The 35-year-old star was seen stepping out of Cafe Gratitude in Los Angeles after grabbing a bite with friends on Tuesday.

    She looked comfortable yet stylish as she sported a pink knit sweater with blue jeans and brown leather booties.

    The Lizzie McGuire star accessorized with a brown leather bag strapped over her shoulder and a matching belt with a big silver buckle.

    Her blonde tresses were worn down over her shoulders as she sported natural complementary make-up on her face.

    Hilary was reportedly keeping busy as she was seen filming a project at Paramount Studios.

    The star kept busy today with filming a project at Paramount Studios.

    Recently the talented actress has reflected on the impact of childhood fame and the pressure she felt as a teenage actress in the public eye.

    ‘Because of my career path, I can’t help but be like, “I am on camera and actresses are skinny.” It was horrifying,’ she told Women’s Health Australia January 2023 issue.

    The How I Met Your Father and Lizzie McGuire actress revealed she has learned to appreciate her health and embrace a new focus.

    She explained: ‘[I’m] appreciating my health, doing activities that make me feel strong instead of just bettering the outside of my body.

    ‘Spending time with people that make me feel good and share similar views on health and body positivity and getting enough sleep and balance in my diet.’

    She has worked with personal trainer Dominic Leeder, and he noted the way he approaches fitness for his clients.

    He explained: ‘The most common unrealistic goal people have is wanting to lose a significant amount of weight, fast.

    ‘I feel that it’s exacerbated by a lot of famous people who have gone on, what I would call, a fad diet, and lost an incredible amount of weight.

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    ‘Reaching your fitness goals is more of a marathon than it is a sprint. And making it a marathon means that my main focus for my clients is to not just to reach their goal but to keep their goal. And doing it quickly often doesn’t allow them to keep it.’

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    She said at the time: ‘I’m proud of my body. I’m proud that it’s produced three children for me. I’ve gotten to a place of being peaceful with the changes my body has gone through.

    ‘I also want people to know a makeup artist was there putting glow all over my body and someone put me in the most flattering position.’

  • 1 час, 9 минут назад 08.12.2022Showbiz
    Ashley Graham goes hell for leather as she hits the stage to speak at 92nd Street Y in New York City

    Ashley Graham took the stage at the esteemed New York City cultural institution the 92nd Street Y to be interviewed Wednesday.

    The 35-year-old model and body positivity icon was clad in Manhattan black, including a tight leather cocktail dress.

    Wrapping herself in a black leather jacket that hung loosely in biker chic style, she balanced expertly on a towering pair of platform heels.

    Fern Mallis, the creator of what became New York Fashion Week, was on hand to interview the plus-size model about her impact on their industry.

    Ashley is the latest guest on Fashion Icons, a series of conversations Fern has been hosting for the 92nd Street Y for over a decade.

    Past guests have included such top-flight designers as Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs and the late Oscar De La Renta.

    Another was the acclaimed photographer Arthur Elgort, who is nowadays better known as the father of West Side Story actor Ansel Elgort.

    Bob Mackie, the legendary costume designer who is particularly beloved for his work with Cher, was also selected to be part of Fern’s interview series.

    Hugely respected fashion editor Polly Mellen and the model Iman, who is also David Bowie’s widow, were also among the luminaries Fern interviewed onstage.

    Over the years the 92nd Street Y has welcomed a dazzling array of iconic cultural figures for scintillating onstage conversation.

    Writers ranging from Fran Lebowitz and Christopher Hitchens to Bob Woodward and Malcolm Gladwell have joined their ranks.

    So have comedians like Joan Rivers and Colin Quinn, musicians such as Paul McCartney and Nas and Old Hollywood troupers like Debbie Reynolds.

    On the personal front, Ashley became a mother of three in January when she gave birth to her twin sons Roman and Malachi.

    She has been married to her husband Justin Ervin since 2010 and they are also the proud parents of a two-year-old called Isaac.

  • 1 час, 9 минут назад 08.12.2022Showbiz
    EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: It’s business as usual for the King’s scandal-hit former fixer Michael Fawcett

    His critics would have hoped that, after resigning as chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation amid the so-called ‘cash for honours’ affair, Michael Fawcett would retire from commercial activity.

    But Fawcett, 60, who began his career in royal service as a Buckingham Palace footman, is made of sterner stuff. I can reveal that, far from shutting up shop, he and his wife, Debbie — a former Palace housemaid — are intent on maintaining, and expanding, their hospitality business.

    ‘They’ll make it through this challenging time. They’ve got to — financially speaking,’ I’m told by a guest who attended parties which Fawcett orchestrated and oversaw as the then Prince Charles’s right-hand man.

    ‘All the events I’ve been to that Michael Fawcett has organised have been immaculate,’ adds my informant. ‘His attention to detail is second to none. Beautifully organised. That was why the King, as Prince of Wales, used him.’

    Buoyed by this support, the Fawcetts have resisted trimming back staff numbers at Premier Mode, the events company they established 16 years ago. Although the firm suffered when Fawcett resigned from The Prince’s Foundation last year, it is still worth £80,000 — even after allowing for payment of bills totalling nearly £126,000, according to figures just published at Companies House.

    There has been just one change in the company’s set-up: the couple’s son, Oliver, 26, who, like his sister Emily, 28, became a director in 2018, has stepped down. But it remains a family affair, with Fawcett its majority shareholder.

    Fawcett’s position as Charles’s aide had become untenable following claims he had offered to try to secure a knighthood and British citizenship for Saudi tycoon Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz, who ultimately donated more than £1.5 million to royal charities including The Prince’s Foundation.

    Separate turkeys for the Jaggers?

    It was very much a case of Paint It Black for two of the women in Sir Mick Jagger’s life. The Rolling Stone’s ex-wife Bianca and their only daughter, Jade, both wore dark outfits for a party to celebrate the latter’s jewellery range at The Savoy hotel in London.

    Fashion model turned human rights activist Bianca, 77, opted for a long black leather trenchcoat, while 51-year-old designer Jade kept it simple in a little black dress which she paired with some of her best bling.

    It remains to be seen whether the pair will spend Christmas together, with Bianca telling me: ‘Hopefully I’ll see my daughter, but I normally spend Christmas in London with friends.’

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    She quit in July as executive chef of the Love Cafe, explaining that it was evolving into something she ‘wasn’t entirely happy with’.

    The venue, which opened with the promise of being a ‘sandwich bar on steroids’ is now ‘permanently closed’ and back on the rental market.

    Harry hits jarring note for comic Frank

    Prince Harry poses with a guitar in a trailer for his reality show with Meghan (pictured), but Frank Skinner is unconvinced.

    ‘The chord he’s playing is one I’ve never seen before,’ the comedian says. ‘So Buzz, my son, who’s ten, said: ‘Hold on a minute…’.

    ‘He got our guitar and we froze the frame and he hit the chord. It was the ugliest sound.’

    Skinner adds: ‘I wonder if maybe Harry is trying to represent the discord they endured at the Palace? But I think more likely he was trying to pretend he could play guitar in a strange Owl And The Pussy-Cat sort of way.’

    Mum’s the word, says Duchess

    Prince Andrew daren’t show his face in polite company these days, but the rest of his family are having fun.

    His daughter Princess Beatrice cuddled his ex-wife, Sarah, Duchess of York (pictured) at a festive event at Claridge’s hotel in Mayfair. They were at the Lady Garden Gala, in aid of the gynaecological health charity.

    Fergie, 63, who still shares Royal Lodge, Windsor, with the Duke of York, says she’s proud of how Beatrice, 34, and her sister, Princess Eugenie, 32, have handled motherhood. ‘They were great children, but now they’re phenomenal mothers,’ she says.

    Marjorie Wallace, founder of mental health charity SANE, was in a confessional mood this week at a special screening in London’s Courthouse Hotel of The Silent Twins — a film based on her book about the true and desperate story of June and Jennifer Gibbons (in cinemas tomorrow).

    ‘What’s a Sunday afternoon treat? Going to visit the twins in Broadmoor,’ she says. ‘It wasn’t the favourite expedition for my family.’

    It wasn’t made any easier, Wallace tells me, when Broadmoor staff repeatedly mistook her for someone visiting another inmate — the Yorkshire Ripper.

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    We all know he’s a master baker, but Paul Hollywood, 56, is also a secret genius. ‘I did a Mensa test when I left school,’ The Great British Bake Off judge says. ‘I was in the top two per cent. That’s weird. In school, I ended up with one O-level, which was art. And that was it.’ Nevertheless, he still managed to make plenty of dough.

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