We can't believe it's Friday already, can you? The weeks heading towards Christmas are going faster and faster, and we're loving every minute of them. This week, FabSugar editor Ali was kept busy with a colourful array of Autumn/Winter 2013 collections (but we're still in Summer spirits!), while BellaSugar's Alison had fun trying bags full of goodies, including the soon-to-be-released new Chanel collection. Meanwhile, over in entertainment land, PopSugar editor Jess got up close and personal with the stars of the new James Bond film, Skyfall, and watched with bated breath to see who would be crowned the winner of The X Factor 2012. There's plenty more to see inside — click through to check it all out!
In Skyfall, there's a lot of suggestion that James Bond may be getting too old for this stuff, but as I watched Daniel Craig nail all the stunts while looking more stylish than ever, it was clear that the Bond franchise has never been fresher. This time, Bond takes on the villain Silva (Javier Bardem), a terrorist whose weapon is technology. When Silva releases top-secret information about Britain's undercover spies and goes after M (Judi Dench), it triggers Bond into action — and we're rewarded with seeing the superspy in all his sexy, suited-up glory.
Skyfallworks because it blends both the old and the new Bond elements so well. It's safe to say that this success is from the touch of first-time Bond director Sam Mendes, who integrates those classic elements (the familiar theme swells at opportune moments and the stylised intro is both cool and old-school). And while Bond's badassness disproves his obsolescence, the new elements, like some cast members, liven things up too. There's Bond's young new gadget-guy, Q, played with charming wit by Ben Whishaw, and Ralph Fiennes makes his debut as the new head of the Secret Service. But this movie is still all about Bond, and with his third film, Craig is more comfortable — and better — than ever.
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As the latest in a long line of Bond girls, Bérénice Marlohe and Naomie Harris have earned an impressive distinction. Skyfall opened in US cinemas two Fridays ago and made a staggering $87.8 million in its opening weekend — the most of any Bond film, ever (it opens in Australia on Nov. 22). We caught up with the co-stars in Beverly Hills recently to talk about the surreal experience of joining the world-famous franchise. Bérénice and Naomie also gave us the scoop on working with 007 himself, Daniel Craig, and applauded their leading man's "brilliant" sense of humour and down-to-earth nature.
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Daniel Craig transforms into his suited-up secret agent alter ego for the third time in the latest James Bond installment, Skyfall, out this month. But where would James Bond be without his girls? Skyfall stays true to the series with the addition of two women joining the ranks of iconic Bond girls. French actress Bérénice Marlohe plays Sévérine, who may or may not be on Bond's side. And Britain's Naomie Harris stars as Eve, Bond's sexy coagent in the Secret Service. Last year the very first Bond girl, Linda Christian, passed away at 87. She played Valerie Mathis in the 1954 TV adaptation of Casino Royale before James Bond films hit the big screen.
There have been countless Bond girls over the years, from Pussy Galore to Mary Goodnight to Strawberry Fields, and the most iconic 007 femme fatale would probably be bikini-clad Ursula Andress, who played Honey Ryder in the first James Bond film, Dr. No, in 1962. See the bodacious ladies who've wielded guns, showed off their assets, and bedded Bond for the last 50-plus years!
Daniel Craig is back as Bond in Skyfall, in which he goes head to head with the series's latest villain, played by Javier Bardem. The movie is Daniel's third turn as the iconic British spy, and we recently spoke to Daniel in Beverly Hills to ask about his future as James Bond. Daniel also weighed in on the biggest difference he sees between his 007 and previous iterations.
It's been a big week for premieres this time round, with two major films each being introduced on opposite sides of the world. In Los Angeles, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson took to the red carpet to promote final Twilight film, Breaking Dawn Part 2, while over here in Sydney Daniel Craig and his leading ladies Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe showed off new Bond film, Skyfall. It wasn't just premiere's keeping celebrities busy — we watched Taylor Swift do her thing on stage at the MTV Europe Music Awards while her ex, Jake Gyllenhaal, showed off his mystery girlfriend as they held hands walking around New York. Then there was the fashionable event that was the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards (where Emma Stone was a total knockout) and a sighting of the cute Garner-Affleck family — sans one member. There's a whole lot more to see, so click through and catch up on the week that was!
Gloomy weather didn’t stop hundreds of people from lining the streets around the State Theatre in Sydney to get a glimpse of current James Bond portrayer Daniel Craig last night. In town to promote the latest instalment, Skyfall (out Nov. 22), with beautiful Bond girls Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe, a Tom Ford-clad Daniel was the first star to arrive at the Australian premiere, and he split his time between media interviews and meeting with fans who had waited for hours across the road. He’s been called the hottest Bond ever, but when asked how he feels about his sex symbol status he said he was “very embarrassed.” He also told us that it was difficult to unwind at the end of shoot days, saying, “You don’t. There’s no time to unwind, unfortunately. I live and breathe it while I’m doing it.”
Bérénice, who looked radiant in purple J. Mendel, was excited to be in Australia after learning about the country through a Disney movie as a child, and told us how music helped her get into character as Séverine. Naomie, in a Margiela dress and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, spilled on her favourite new skill that she learned in preparation for the role of agent Eve, as well as why she’s loved doing the press tour.
- Bérénice on coming to Australia: “I love it. I had just one afternoon to do a quick view, unfortunately. Since I was a kid I was fascinated with New Zealand and Australia because I saw [Disney characters] Bernard and Bianca at the land of the kangaroos when I was a kid! I was just fascinated, like wow — this nature, these landscapes, and how do you call the beautiful orange mountain? Ayers Rock. I remember the two mouse characters being on an eagle flying over that [in The Rescuers Down Under]! And I thought, ‘One day I have to go there, definitely.’”
- Bérénice on lighter moments during the filming of intense scenes: “It was so funny before the shower scene. Daniel and I, we love to laugh all the time, and at one point, when I was in between takes, I was singing in the shower. [Director] Sam [Mendes] goes, ‘Oh, you’re singing!’ And Daniel would arrive and do some impersonation of other people and he was so funny.”
- Naomie on memorable moments of the international press tour: “I think the fact that fact that we’ve really gotten to bond — no pun intended! When you’re filming and everybody’s doing different things — for instance, I didn’t know Bérénice, because I never had any scenes with her in the movie, but obviously doing this tour we get to really know each other, which is fantastic.”
What a fun week it's been! We really have been lucky ladies this week, hitting up celeb-studded parties (like the CLEO Swim Party), getting to view new fashion collections before they hit the shelves (wait 'til you see Country Road's latest offerings!), getting spoiled with cakes and getting to try any new beauty products that come our way. In between the fun, we were nose to the keyboard, bashing out gallery after gallery of various events, like Ryan Gosling's birthday
Ahead of tonight’s Skyfall Sydney premiere at the State Theatre, the film’s leading man Daniel Craig arrived in the country yesterday to do press with his Bond girls, Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe. The 23rd James Bond movie, which is Daniel’s third outing as the iconic character and was directed by Sam Mendes, is believed to be best in the franchise, with seven-time Bond portrayer Roger Moore praising Daniel as the best 007. Daniel, Naomie, Bérénice and villain Javier Bardem have done the international rounds for the picture, kicking off with a London premiere that included royalty on the guest list, and photo calls around Europe. We’ll be on the red carpet tonight so make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@popsugar_australia) to see photos and get the scoop from the premiere! Skyfall is out on Nov. 22.
Skyfall is landing in cinemas next week (Nov. 22), and we've got Bond on the brain. The franchise hit a significant marker this year, celebrating 50 years since Sean Connery first uttered, "Bond, James Bond," in the series' first film, Dr. No. Connery may have been the first, but he's only one of six actors to portray the special agent. With reigning champ Daniel Craig set to reprise the role as 007 in two more upcoming films, we're looking back at all the big-screen Bonds. Check out their most memorable moments, and let us know which Bond you'd want to be saved by.