A US banker from Cincinnati has purchased James Bond’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5 in a rare car auction. Harry Yeaggy, who runs Union Savings Bank, says he always wanted the car, and was willing to pay the modest price of $4.6 million for it. The ’64 DB5 was used in the Bond films “Goldfinger,” “Tomorrow Never Dies” and most recently in “Casino Royale.” It will be kept in his private car museum in Ohio.
Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit film recently got the green light to start production in Feb. 2011, with MGM being the last studio to commit funding of the film. But what about funding for the next Bond film? If you remember, Bond 23 was already in production last winter when the studio suddenly pulled the plug. MGM, who has had financial troubles, has since been unable to put more money into the film and so production has been in limbo. However, MGM announced in Sept. that their dept payment period was extended through the end of October, 2010, opening up the possibility of shooting Bond 23 mid 2011.
Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has been adapted to screenplay and will release worldwide in theaters Dec. 21, 2011. Current James Bond star Daniel Craig will star in the film, along with Rooney Mara from the upcoming film The Social Network.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo will be the first film of the series in The Millennium Trilogy, which has sold more than 40-million copies in the U.S. The other two films, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, will begin shooting next month in Sweden.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is directed by David Fincher, and the screenplay is written by Steve Zaillian. The film will be released under Columbia Pictures and is being produced by Scott Rudin, Cean Chaffin, Ole Sondberg and Soren Staermose.
Christopher Nolan’s Inception will hit theaters on July 16, 2010 and will no doubt remind you of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), which Nolan says is his favorite James Bond film. “I’ve been plundering from the Bond movies in everything I’ve done, forever. I grew up loving them and they’re just a huge influence on me,” Nolan told Empire magazine. Read More
Former Bond girl Gemma Arterton (who played MI6 agent Strawberry Fields) has gotten married to stunt man Stefano Catelli who she met on the set of Quantum of Solace back in 2008. The wedding took place at a secret location in Southern Spain. Arterton described her wedding dress to InStyle magazine last month but no dates for the wedding were given. In Quantum of Solace, Gemma played MI6 field operative Strawberry Fields who helps Bond infiltrate businessman’s Dominic Greene’s crime-laden organization. Unfortunately, we’ll never see Fields again as she was killed shortly after being seduced by Bond.