After the President of the United States and the Queen of England, and maybe even the Pope, James Bond seems to be one of the most well traveled people out there. While he may be a fictional character, he sure has racked up those Sky(fall)Miles. With 22 films under his belt, Bond has journeyed all over the world — and then some. But while his missions have landed him in some of the world's most exotic places around the continent — sometimes more than once — how many miles has Bond actually traveled throughout all of his movies? Hollywood.com decided to crunch the numbers to discover the answer.
Trip One: Dr. No - 1962
London, England to Kingston, Jamaica: 4687.76
Kingston to Crab Key, Jamaica: 37.84
Trip Two: From Russia with Love - 1963
London, England to Istanbul, Turkey: 1555.71
Istanbul to Belgrade, Formerly Yugoslavia, now Serbia: 505.28
Belgrade to Zagreb, Formerly Yugoslavia, now Croatia: 228.63
Zagreb to Venice, Italy: 179
Trip Three: Goldfinger - 1964
Unidentified Drug House in Mexico (let's place it in Mexico City, Mexico) to Miami Beach, Florida: 1288.99
Miami Beach to London, England: 4429.32
London to Geneva, Switzerland: 464.71
Geneva to Baltimore, Maryland: 4036.68
Baltimore to Bluegrass Fields, Kentucky: 426.01
Trip Four: Thunderball - 1965
Château d'Anet, near Dreux, France to London, England: 195.92
London to Nassau, Bahamas: 4347.61
Nassau to Miami, Florida: 186.93
Trip Five: You Only Live Twice - 1967
Hong Kong, China to Tokyo, Japan: 1791.22
Tokyo to Kobe, Japan: 263.37
Kobe to Matsu Islands, China: 1083.46
Trip Six: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service - 1969
Estoril, Portugal to London, England: 992.47
London back to Estoril: 992.47
Estoril to Bern, Switzerland: 1023.76
Bern to London: 464.82
London to Piz Gloria, Switzerland: 497.11
Piz Gloria to London: 497.11
London to Piz Gloria: 497.11
Piz Gloria to Estoril: 1028.16
Trip Seven: Diamonds Are Forever - 1971
Tokyo, Japan to Cairo, Egypt: 5949.64
Cairo to London, England: 2184.26
London to Amsterdam, Netherlands: 222.30
Amsterdam to Los Angeles, California 5560.70
Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Nevada: 224.84
Las Vega to Baja California, Mexico: 364.86
Trip Eight: Live and Let Die – 1973
London, England to New York City, NY: 3464.99
NYC to San Monique (let's use Mustique Island), Caribbean: 2076.31
San Monique to New Orleans, Louisiana: 2192.49
New Orleans back to San Monique: 2192.49
Trip Nine: The Man with the Golden Gun – 1974
London, England to Beirut, Lebanon: 2150.17
Beirut to Macau, China: 4724.01
Macau to Hong Kong: 38.70
Hong Kong to Bangkok, Thailand: 1075.52
Bangkok to Private Island in the Yellow Sea within boundaries of Red China: 2088.35
Trip 10: The Spy Who Loved Me - 1977
Alps in Austria to Cairo, Egypt: 1524.95
Cairo to Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, Italy: 1429.61
Trip 11: Moonraker - 1970
London to Vaux-le-Vicomte, California (let’s say Los Angeles, because that’s where they filmed in Calif): 5446.58
Los Angeles to Venice, Italy: 6142.23
Venice to Rio, Brazil: 5873.97
Rio to Outerspace (lets put him on the moon): 238900
Trip 12: For Your Eye Only - 1981
London, England to Madrid, Spain: 785.90
Madrid back to London: 785.90
London to Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy: 650.65
Cortina d'Ampezzo to Corfu, Greece: 618.28
Trip 13: Octopussy – 1983
Undisclosed Latin America Country believed to be Cuba to London, England: 4547.01
London to Delhi, India: 4174.46
Delhi to East Berlin, Germany: 3595.50
East Berlin back to Delhi: 3595.50
Trip 14: A View to a Kill – 1985
Siberia to London, England: 3494.68
London to Berkshire, England: 49.78
Berkshire to Paris, France: 241.82
Paris to Chantilly, France: 23.87
Chantilly to San Francisco, California: 5555.56
Trip: 15: The Living Daylights – 1987
Gibraltar to Bratislava, Formerly Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia: 1411.23
Bratislava to London, England: 801.26
London back to Bratislava: 801.26
Bratislava to Vienna, Austria: 34.10
Vienna to Tangiers, Morocco: 1419.66
Tangiers to Jail Cell in Afghanistan: 4070.13
Trip 16: Licence to Kill (1989)
Key West, Florida to Cay Sal Bank, Bahamas Banks (Caribbean): 125.55
Cay Sal Bank to Bimini: 145.66
Bimini to Fictional Isthmus City (can pinpoint in Panama City, Panama): 1158.65
Trip 17: GoldenEye – 1995
Arkhangelsk, Russia to Monte Carlo, Monaco: 1925.18
Monte Carlo to London, England: 641.69
London to St. Petersburg, Russia: 1305.73
St. Petersburg to Cuba: 5537.10
Trip 18: Tomorrow Never Dies – 1997
Oxford, England to Hamburg, Germany: 495.88
Hamburg to Saigon, Vietnam: 5905.19
Saigon to Ha Long Bay, Vietnam: 699.68
Trip 19: The World Is Not Enough – 1999
Bilbao, Spain to London, England: 585.40
London to Scotland (no specific area, so lets say capital, Eidenburgh): 331.97
Eidenburgh to Baku, Azerbaijan: 2592.75
Baku to Kazakhstan: 991.65
Kazakhstan back to Baku: 991.65
Baku to Istanbul, Turkey: 1912.57
Total 20: Die Another Day – 2002
Pukchong, North Korea to Hong Kong: 1488.22
Hong Kong to Havana, Cuba: 9112.47
Havana to Iceland: 4010.64
Iceland to North Korea: 4945.27
Trip 21: Casino Royal – 2006
Prague, Czech Republic to Madagascar: 5157.65
Madagascar to London, England: 5628.09
London to Nassau, Bahamas: 4347.61
Nassau to Miami, Florida: 186.93
Miami to Montenegro: 5488.98
Montenegro to Venice, Italy: 398.25
Venice to Lake Como, Italy: 152.93
Trip 22: Quantum of Solace – 2008
Siena, Italy to London, England: 778.29
London to Port au Prince, Haiti: 4467.40
Port au Prince to Bregenz, Austria: 4923.16
Bregenz to La Paz, Bolivia: 2440.35
La Paz to Kazan, Russia: 8217.17
Out of 22 movies, Bond has traveled 448,245.19 miles in total. Thanks to DistanceFromTo.com for helping us ring these totals!
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A kids’ movie without the cheeky jokes for adults is like a big juicy BLT without the B… or the T. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted may have a title that sounds like it was made up in a cartoon sequel laboratory but when it comes to serving up laughs just think of the film as a BLT with enough extra bacon to satisfy even the wildest of animals — or even a parent with a gaggle of tots in tow. Yes even with that whole "Afro Circus" nonsense.
It’s not often that we find exhaustively franchised films like the Madagascar set that still work after almost seven years. Despite being spun off into TV shows and Christmas specials in addition to its big screen adventures the series has not only maintained its momentum it has maintained the part we were pleasantly surprised by the first time around: great jokes.
In this third installment of the series – the trilogy-maker if you will – directing duo Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath add Conrad Vernon (director Monsters Vs. Aliens) to the helm as our trusty gang swings back into action. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) are stuck in Africa after the hullaballoo of Madagascar 2 and they’ll do anything to get back to their beloved New York. Just a hop skip and a jump away in Monte Carlo the penguins are doing their usual greedy schtick but the zoo animals catch up with them just in time to catch the eye of the sinister animal control stickler Captain Dubois (Frances McDormand). And just like that the practically super human captain is chasing them through Monte Carlo and the rest of Europe in hopes of planting Alex’s perfectly coifed lion head on her wall of prized animals.
Luckily for pint-sized viewers Dubois’ terrifying presence is balanced out by her sheer inhuman strength uncanny guiles and Stretch Armstrong flexibility (ah the wonder of cartoons) as well as Alex’s escape plan: the New Yorkers run away with the European circus. While Dubois’ terrifying Doberman-like presence looms over the entire film a sense of levity (which is a word the kiddies might learn from Stiller’s eloquent lion) comes from the plan for salvation in which the circus animals and the zoo animals band together to revamp the circus and catch the eye of a big-time American agent. Sure the pacing throughout the first act is practically nonexistent running like a stampede through the jungle but by the time we're palling around under the big top the film finds its footing.
The visual splendor of the film (and man is there a champion size serving of it) the magnificent danger and suspense is enhanced to great effect by the addition of 3D technology – and not once is there a gratuitous beverage or desperate Crocodile Dundee knife waved in our faces to prove its worth. The caveat is that the soundtrack employs a certain infectious Katy Perry ditty at the height of the 3D spectacular so parents get ready to hear that on repeat until the leaves turn yellow.
But visual delights and adventurous zoo animals aside Madagascar 3’s real strength is in its script. With the addition of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg The Squid and the Whale) to the screenwriting team the script is infused with a heightened level of almost sarcastic gravitas – a welcome addition to the characteristically adult-friendly reference-heavy humor of the other Madagascar films. To bring the script to life Paramount enlisted three more than able actors: Vitaly the Siberian tiger (Bryan Cranston) Gia the Leopard (Jessica Chastain) and Stefano the Italian Sealion (Martin Short). With all three actors draped in European accents it might take viewers a minute to realize that the cantankerous tiger is one and the same as the man who plays an Albuquerque drug lord on Breaking Bad but that makes it that much sweeter to hear him utter slant-curse words like “Bolshevik” with his usual gusto.
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Now six years later the movie is finally hitting theaters. So…what took so long?
The journey to this point hasn't been an easy one and it shows. If a film's shot footage is a block of granite and the editing process is the careful carving that turns it into a statuesque work of art Margaret feels like it was attacked by a blind man with a jackhammer. The film is a cinematic disaster a mishmash of shallow characters overwrought politics and sporadic tones. The story follows Lisa Coen (Paquin) a New York teenager who finds herself drowning in chaos after distracting a bus driver (Ruffalo) causing him to hit and kill a pedestrian (Janney). Initially Lisa tells the police it was all an accident but as time passes regret takes hold and the girl embarks on a mission to take down the man she now regards as a culprit. That's just the tip of the iceberg–along the way Lisa deals with everyday teen stuff: falling for her geometry teacher (Damon) combating her anxiety-ridden actress mother losing her virginity dabbling in drugs debating 9/11 and the Iraq War cultivating a relationship with her father in LA and more. There are about eight seasons of television stuffed into Margaret but even a two and a half hour run time can't make it all click.
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Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
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She claims Affleck referred to women as 'cows' and discussed his sexual exploits in front of her. The producer also alleges Affleck, who is married to Phoenix's sister Summer, and the film's star took over her hotel room in Costa Rica one night to entertain two women; and the director attempted to get her to spend the night with him in his hotel room in San Francisco, California.
In the lawsuit, White claims Affleck became "hostile and aggressive" when she turned him down and "violently grabbed her arm in an effort to intimidate her into staying."
The producer has a list of damages, which includes sexual harassment, breach of oral contract and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
She also claims Affleck owes her money for her services as producer on I'm Still Here.
Affleck's attorney tells UsMagazine.com, "Ms. White was terminated from the production over a year ago. She and her lawyers believe that this maliciously and erroneously filed complaint will cause the producers to succumb to her outrageous and baseless demands. She is mistaken. The complaint will be vigorously defended and cross-claims will be filed against her."
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