Daniel Craig to appear as James Bond at London summer Olympics

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The latest James Bond movie might be entitled “Skyfall,” but it turns out he could be on Her Majesty’s secret service after all.

New reports are saying that Daniel Craig is slated to make a cameo appearance as 007 in a video directed by Danny Boyle for the summer Olympics. The Sun first ran the story on Sunday, but many wrote it off as just another April Fool’s joke. Turns out that it actually is happening, and could even feature a cameo by the Queen herself. Here’s a rule of thumb: if you have a news story that seems to be ridiculous but is actually true, don’t run it on April Fool’s Day, especially if that day is a Sunday.

But anyways, back to the actual news. Boyle has been hard at work putting together an Opening Ceremonies introductory video called “The Arrival.” It will feature Craig (as Bond) arriving at Buckingham Palace by orders of the Queen. He is informed of his mission: to open the 2012 Olympic Games. Bond is then flown via helicopter to the Olympic Stadium, where he parachutes into the arena. No word yet on whether or not Craig will actually land in the Opening Ceremonies as part of a live stunt, but it doesn’t seem too ridiculous.

Some scenes from the short were shot on location in Buckingham Palace, and Boyle and his crew actually made Craig jump out of a helicopter with a parachute to give the short an authentic feel. These are the things we do for love of country, I guess. The rumor is that the Queen might make an appearance in “The Arrival,” but that has not been confirmed.

Craig is currently busy shooting “Skyfall,” so it shouldn’t be too hard for him to stay in character for this stunt. The opening ceremony takes place on July 27, and “Skyfall” opens in theaters on November 9.

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We’re barely halfway through February, but this year’s Too Many Cooks Award for the most bizarre comedy project is already a lock. Blindsiding the world with greatness without any warning, Funny or Die released a 50-minute Donald Trump parody starring an unrecognizable Johnny Depp as Donny.

Ron Howard introduces this “lost” 1988 TV movie adaptation of Trump’s how-to manual The Art of the Deal produced with the retro quality of a Wendy’s training video. Along for the big hair and shoulder pads flashback are Patton Oswalt, Alfred Molina, Todd Margaret‘s Jack McBrayer, Andy Richter, Rob Huebel, Jason Mantzoukas, Paul Scheer, and Michaela Watkins as Ivana — as well as many Reagan-era surprises like a cameo from that loveable cat eater ALF and a theme song by Kenny Loggins.

Much like Eric Jonrosh of The Spoils Before Dying and The Spoils of Babylon fame, “Trump” writes, directs, and narrates his own epic tale of real estate wheelings-and-dealings. Check out the trailer below, and head over to Funny or Die to watch the full Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal movie before the real Donald sics his army of lawyers on Will Ferrell and company. (For more bizarro Johnny Depp characters, be sure to catch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this month on IFC.)

New “Skyfall” set pictures show Javier Bardem as a Bond villain


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Ever since we first heard that Javier Bardem will be the new Bond villain, we’ve been dying to see “Skyfall.” And though we’ll still have to wait until November 9 for that, at least now we get to see what he looks like in the film.

And, to be frank, he’s a bit… blonder than we expected. Bardem can be seen in the set images (via ComingSoon.net and The Daily Mail) as a British police officer gallivanting around London. Of course, there’s a good chance that he’s actually in disguise, but he also could just be a very evil, blonde police officer.

Daniel Craig can also be seen in these images, and he seems a bit stressed out based on his furrowed brow. ComingSoon.net seems to think that Craig and Bardem end up coming face-to-face in this sequence, which could explain why they both seem to be walking with such purpose.

Hopefully a “Skyfall” trailer will be headed our way soon, as director Sam Mendes just released a video blog last month. At least these photos are a bit juicier than the first official still we saw of Craig back in early February.

We do have one big question left to ask though: What role does Ralph Fiennes have to play in all of this? It’s been known for a while that Bardem plays “Skyfall’s” villain, but does Fiennes have an evil role to play as well? Finger’s crossed. And maybe he’ll end up surprising us as a red head or something as out of character as Bardem showing up as a blonde.

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Bond 23 “Skyfall” director Sam Mendes releases first video blog


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There’s been plenty of secrecy surrounding the set of “Skyfall.” Only one official still from the movie has been released, and the cast is staying mum about what the flick is about. At least director Sam Mendes is ready to talk about the long-anticipated Bond film, even if it’s only pertaining to how the movie relates to him.

Mendes released his first of many “Skyfall” web blogs today, hot off the heels of yesterday’s behind-the-scenes photo featuring Judi Dench. In the new video, he talks about his relationship to the Bond franchise and what drew him to “Skyfall.”

“The roots of me doing this Bond movie start way before anybody approached me, because I — like everybody else — have my own personal relationship with Bond, which began when I was I supposes about 9 or 10 years old. So, you know, I’ve always been a fan of the movies,” Mendes explained.

Turns out that Mendes was “genuinely blown away” by the reinvention of James Bond in “Casino Royale.” He was drawn to Daniel Craig’s performance, as it reminded Mendes of what he loved about the Sean Connery 007 generation.

“It struck me that it is still possible to make a big, fabulous, escapist movie, and yet at the same time to say something about the world that we’re living in, so I thought that it would be a wonderful thing to do,” he said.

There’s not a lot of new footage in the video blog, but if you look closely enough you can spot Ralph Fiennes’ head and Judi Dench filming a scene. The video also features shots of Craig filming the same scene as the one in the previously mentioned official still.

Not much is known about the plot of “Skyfall” except that Javier Bardem plays the movie’s villain and Dame Judi Dench’s character M takes a front row seat. A recently-released plot synopsis says that Bond’s loyalty to M is tested when a secret from her past comes back to haunt her. It’s up to 007 to track down and get rid of the threat in order to protect MI6 and the world.

“Skyfall” also stars Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Helen McCrory and Ola Rapace. It’s set for release on November 9.

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