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I visit the Location of James Bond’s No Time To Die Villa – Field Report

We visit the No Time To Die James Bond Villa Location in Port Antonio, Jamaica
We visit the No Time To Die James Bond Villa Location in Port Antonio, Jamaica

The first law for a secret agent is to get his geography right...
     – Ian Fleming - The Man with the Golden Gun, 1965


This week marks the 60th anniversary of the start of Principal shooting on Dr No at Palisades Airport in Kingston, Jamaica, on 16 January 1962.

After my plans for an epic 2020 European related Bond adventure were delayed, I was stoked that some of my late 2021 plans were able to go ahead and I shot into Jamaica, the spiritual home of James Bond and more pointedly the home-away-from-home for Bond creator Ian Fleming. Jamaica is after all where Fleming wrote all of his published James Bond thrillers as well as presumably his originally unpublished Bond TV series treatments; some of which were reworked into his For Your Eyes Only collection of short stories, another 2 have subsequently made their way into Anthony Horowitz's Bond novels and apparently another 3 exist.

Jamaica is referenced across Fleming’s Bond book series and five Bond stories had events taking place in Jamaica. The film versions of Dr No (1962) and Live and Let Die (1973) featured Bond in Jamaica as well as of course most recently Cary Fukunaga’s No Time To Die (2021).


He had arrived at Royale-les-Eaux in time for luncheon two days before. There had been no attempt to contact him and there had been no flicker of curiosity when he had signed the register 'James Bond, Port Maria, Jamaica'.

M had expressed no interest in his cover.

'Once you start to make a set at Le Chiffre at the tables, you'll have had it,' he said. 'But wear a cover that will stick with the general public.'

Bond knew Jamaica well, so he asked to be controlled from there and to pass as a Jamaican plantocrat whose father had made his pile in tobacco and sugar and whose son chose to play it away on the stock markets and in casinos.
     – Ian Fleming Casino Royale, 1953


With this preamble and some time to kill, I managed to visit some Jamaican locations with connections to Ian Fleming and Bond. These places included the “secret” location of James Bond's retirement home as featured in No Time To Die also sometimes referred to as – the James Bond Villa.

Cineworld IMAX Dune Screening and Live QA with director Denis Villeneuve, Nov 22

Cineworld IMAX Dune Screening and Live QA with director Denis Villeneuve, Nov 22
Cineworld IMAX Dune Screening and Live QA with director Denis Villeneuve

I really enjoyed Denis Villeneuve’s cinematic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. It doesn’t quite reach the heights of his outstanding 2016 Arrival, which as far as I am concerned is a high-water mark for recent Science Fiction film, but Dune is a very entertaining high adventure film that creates a world that needs to be explored further.

Denis Villeneuve will be in London this November and make an appearance at a Cineworld screening of Dune to discuss the making of the Dune.

Ridley Scott's The Last Duel arrives on Home Release this December

Ridley Scott's The Last Duel arrives on Home Release this December
Ridley Scott's The Last Duel arrives on Home Release this December

In a highly unusual move, we as yet have not had the opportunity to view Sir Ridley Scott's historical drama The Last Duel, but I cannot wait until December as The Last Duel Arrives on Digital and Disney+ on December 1 and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD December 6.

I have a particular fascination with Scott's debut feature film The Duellists and that period of British filmmaking that it was born from, so I was very excited to hear that Scott would be returning to France (especially Dordogne) to a similar world as The Duellists in adapting Eric Jager's The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France into a feature film that stars Jodie Comer and Matt Damon & Ben Affleck both of who produced and helped screenplay the film.

Jodie Comer set to make her West End Debut in Prima Facie

Jodie Comer set to make her West End Debut in Prima Facie
Jodie Comer set to make her West End Debut in Prima Facie


She broke our hearts in Rillington Place, won us over in The White Princess, she infuriated us in Doctor Foster, surprised us in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, she absolutely blew us away in Killing Eve and I'm hoping she impresses in Sir Ridley Scott's The Last Duel and Kitbag.

But next year Jodie Comer is set to take to the stage with her West End Debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play Prima Facie.


Jodie will play Tessa in this gripping, one-person play which takes us to the heart of where emotion and experience collide with the rules of the game.

Jodie Comer, the Emmy and Bafta Award-winning star of BBC’s Killing Eve and 20th Century Studios Free Guy and The Last Duel, is to make her stage debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play, Prima Facie.

Prima Facie, directed by Justin Martin, will begin performances at the Harold Pinter Theatre on Friday 15 April (Press Night: Wednesday 27 April at 7:00pm) and play a strictly limited 9-week season, with tickets available at ‘Pay What You Can’ for each and every performance.

Tessa is a thoroughbred. A young, brilliant barrister who loves to win. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game; prosecuting; cross examining and lighting up the shadows of doubt in any case. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge.


Visit Le Sans Blague Café at Wes Anderson's French Dispatch Exhibition

Visit Le Sans Blague Café at the Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch Exhibition
Visit Le Sans Blague Café at the Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch Exhibition


This flew in a little under the radar. If you have been anticipating the return of Wes Anderson with his 10th film The French Dispatch, the wait is almost over as it will be in cinemas from this Friday, 22 October. It is sure to be gorgeous, charming, quirky, very entertaining and everything that cinema seemingly no longer wants to be.

If you are in or near London, much like the 2018 Isle of Dogs pop up exhibition, you can visit sets and much more from the film at the WES ANDERSON: THE FRENCH DISPATCH Exhibition right now at 180 The Strand.

The Shark is Broken - Acclaimed play reveals the behind-the-scenes drama on Steven Spielberg’s Jaws

The Shark is Broken
The Shark is Broken


Dave Chappelle to host the European Premiere of his critically acclaimed ‘Untitled’ Documentary at London’s Cineworld Leicester Square

There are few comedians like Dave Chappelle, even calling him a "comedian" seems to be an understatment. There has been an air of mystery surrounding his as yet untitled documentary film made during the pandemic.

The story goes that because of the pandemic he couldn't tour, so whilst in Ohio and surrounded by the stark reality of what was happening around him he started helping people any way he could, part of that was putting on shows for the neighbourhood in a field. His 'Untitled' documentary was filmed during this period.


What it is about is unknow, but it is sure to be a Dave Chappelle experience of note and he has brought the love to London for the 'Untitled' European Premiere at Cineworld, Leicester Square Sunday 17th October 2021.

Due to phenomenal demand Liam Gallagher adds SECOND Knebworth Park show on Friday 3 June 2022 & guests announced

We’ve come to expect big things from Liam Gallagher, but today he reveals even bigger plans for 2022, that are biblical even by his colossal standards - adding a second Knebworth Park date on Friday 3rd June..

He is set to release his new album ‘C’MON YOU KNOW’ on May 27th as he looks to score a fourth consecutive #1 UK record. He also celebrates the 25th anniversary of Oasis’ era-defining gigs at Knebworth Park with the news that he’ll return there to play the biggest shows of his solo career to date on June 3rd & 4th.

Liam Gallagher Knebworth Park June 2022
Liam Gallagher Knebworth Park June 2022

Operation Mincemeat gets a New Trailer and Poster

Operation Mincemeat gets a New Trailer and Poster
Operation Mincemeat gets a New Trailer and Poster


Any Bond fan worth his weight in sawdust soaked in nitro and coated with graphite will have some knowledge of Operation Mincemeat and some inkling of how James Bond author Ian Fleming was involved in this fantastical World War II operation.

Going into too much detail will ruin the tale and presumably the film in advance, but if you are unaware of Operation Mincemeat and its place in history, not only as one of the many bizarre military efforts planned in Room 39 or 13 during wartime Britain but the surprising outcome and strategic advantage Suggestion 28 of the Trout Memo gave Britain.

Join Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade for a QA at a screening of No Time To Die

Join Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade for a QA at a screening of No Time To Die
Join Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade for a QA at a screening of No Time To Die


Bond fans have been expecting him and last night No Time To Die the 25th canon Bond film and Daniel Craig’s fifth and final mission as Ian Fleming’s James Bond premiered at the Royal Albert Hall and is in cinemas right now. A great opportunity has come up to join in a discussion with screenwriters Robert Wade and Neal Purvis, as a team they have been involved in seven James Bond films, 2 Pierce Brosnan outings - The World Is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002) and all of Daniel Craig’s Bond films - Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015) and No Time to Die (2021) as well as one James Bond console game – Quantum of Solace (2008).

Bat-Signal Lights Up The UK Skies For Batman Day 2021

Throughout Saturday night 18th September, in honour of Batman Day 2021, the iconic Bat-Signal lit up the skies in London, Liverpool and Glasgow to celebrate The Dark Knight on Batman Day 2021.

The iconic Bat-Signal shone a light on imposing buildings across the UK on Saturday. The participating cities - London, Liverpool, and Glasgow - had been revealed in advance, but the exact locations were shrouded in mystery. The exact locations were teased on Instagram and Facebook by DC GB Facebook and DCUKComics on the 18th to give Bat-Signal seekers a head start.

Saturday 18th September, 8 - 8.30pm - Batman Day 2021 Bat-Signal on Odeon Luxe Leicester, London:
Batman Day 2021 Bat-Signal Odeon Luxe Leicester, London
Batman Day 2021 Bat-Signal Odeon Luxe Leicester, London

Sergio Corbucci’s Western masterpiece The Great Silence comes to Blu-ray

To my shame I must confess I only got around to seeing Sergio Corbucci’s The Great Silence back when it was mentioned as an influence on Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight and I am glad I did. It's well worth a watch for any aficionado of the Western genre, anyone who appreciates good cinema or anyone who appreciates incredible sound and composition. Did I mention the score is by Il Maestro himself - Ennio Morricone

Il Grande Silenzio harks to a time when you had a variety of films to choose for your entertainment. Not the same story slightly altered


With the upcoming joint Sky and Canal+ production of a new television series version of Sergio Corbucci's Django starring our favourites Matthias Schoenaerts and Noomi Rapace, let's hope Matthias Schoenaerts Django doesn't die in the first episode with Noomi Rapace's character having to reluctantly pick up his guns to dispense justice for the remainder of the series (transporting the coffin would be a mission all of it's own) Sergio Corbucci came back on to my radar as did Eureka Entertainment's restoration and release of his classic of the genre The Great Silence this November.

One of the best and most influential Westerns ever made


Eureka Entertainment is to release Sergio Corbucci’s Western masterpiece, THE GREAT SILENCE, presented on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK from a 2K restoration in a Limited Edition Set as part of The Masters of Cinema Series from 22 November 2021.

Sergio Corbucci’s The Great Silence Blu-ray
Sergio Corbucci’s The Great Silence Blu-ray

NO TIME TO DIE - LONDON WORLD PREMIERE TO LEAD EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD

NO TIME TO DIE - LONDON WORLD PREMIERE TO LEAD EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
NO TIME TO DIE - LONDON WORLD PREMIERE


It is 11 days until the No Time To Die Gala Premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 28th September. This year proved to be the most difficult year to get tickets for what surely must be a once in a lifetime event, saying goodbye to Daniel Craig's run as James Bond.

In a stunning move, the producers have set the bar high and made it possible for health care workers to share in this incredible event by including them in premiere events around the UK as well as fittingly, proceeds from the premiere will benefit current and former members of the services protecting the United Kingdom.

Fortunately, No Time To Die will be going general release in the UK and Ireland 2 days later from 30th September 2021.

The Iconic Bat-Signal will light up cities across the UK to celebrate DC’s Caped Crusader on Batman Day 2021

If all goes to plan we are less than half a year away from seeing Matt Reeves interpretation of The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson on screens. Fortunately we have a stop gap in the form of Batman Day this Saturday 18th September.

Similar to the event that took place 2 years ago (and hopefully will take place annually) the iconic Bat Signal will be shone into the night sky, or at least 5 buildings at secret locations in London, Liverpool and Glasgow to alert Batman that his presence is required. As well as signal an Easter Egg hunt with Batman related prizes.


The secret locations have been chosen for their Batman connections. Notably, Glasgow, Liverpool and London have all been used as prominent filming locations for much anticipated The Batman, which will be released in 2022. Glasgow was used as a filming location for The Flash - also set for a 2022 release - which sees Michael Keaton reprise his role as the Defender of Gotham.

Introducing the new Agents of ‘No Time To Die’ Featurette

Introducing the new Agents of ‘No Time To Die’ Featurette
Introducing the new Agents of ‘No Time To Die’ Featurette


We are 17 days away from seeing Daniel Craig's last outing as James Bond in No Time To Die. Fans hopes and expectations have been sent awry due to Covid delays, but we are, as they say, in the end, game now for what surely should be an explosive climax to Craig's finale as Bond.

On the heels of the final, final trailer released last week, earlier today we received a heads up on a featurette introducing Bond’s new allies agents Nomi (Lashana Lynch) and Paloma played by Ana de Armas.

You’ve Got Red on You - new book reveals full story on making of Shaun of the Dead

In the 2004 horror-comedy Shaun of the Dead a group of Londoners battled zombies in a London pub. The result was a box office hit that, almost two decades on, claims an ever-expanding fan base. How did a low-budget British movie become a beloved global pop culture phenomenon? Entertainment Weekly’s senior writer Clark Collis’s authoritative new book You’ve Got Red on You: How Shaun of the Dead Was Brought to Life reveals the previously untold story behind the making of the film.

‘Being James Bond’ Daniel Craig’s 007 adventure to stream for free

‘Being James Bond’ Daniel Craig’s 007 adventure to stream for free
‘Being James Bond’ Daniel Craig’s 007 adventure to stream for free


Bond fans Can Stream the Special Film as a Free Rental on the Apple TV App Only from September 7 through October 7 Ahead of the Theatrical Release of ‘No Time To Die’

Party Store Pizza launches first bricks and mortar site in Bermondsey

Detroit-style pizza has landed in the UK and has quickly become one of the hottest food trends in London. After gaining a huge following across the pond where “Detroit-style is the fastest-growing trend in pizza”*, Party Store Pizza has single-handedly proved that it’s here to stay with the launch of their new restaurant. The Party Store Pizza team have been behind some of the most exciting pizza pop-ups in London and off the back of this success, Party Store Pizza is now opening its first ever bricks-and-mortar site on Maltby Street in Bermondsey. The doors officially open on Wednesday 1st September after a month long soft launch and walk-ins are now being welcomed with open arms and mouth-watering fresh pizza.


So what is Detroit-style pizza?

Duran Duran Announce intimate shows to launch new album FUTURE PAST

Legendary British band Duran Duran were meant to celebrate their 40th Anniversary together by closing the British Summer Time Hyde Park 2020 festival, however the show was postponed until July 11, 2021 where instead they would be headlining BST Hyde Park 2022. Sadly a global pandemic had other ideas - I sadly as Simon Le Bon had explained that it means something for Duran Duran to play in an iconic London stage like Hyde Park as all the greats have including The Rolling Stones.

It has been confirmed that Duran Duran will play next year's BST Hyde Park 2022on Sunday 10th July 2022 at 2pm and will be joined by Nile Rodgers & CHIC. Hopefully Grace Jones will make it and we'll get an ultimate rendition of A View to a Kill.

July next year seems a long, long way off - so it's good news that:

DURAN DURAN ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE, INTIMATE SHOWS AT O2 INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM THIS SEPTEMBER

The iconic multi-platinum and award-winning British band, Duran Duran, announce two intimate performances in their hometown of Birmingham, at the O2 Institute. Duran Duran will play on 14th and 15th September 2021 ahead of the release of their highly anticipated album ‘FUTURE PAST’, due 22nd October. Tickets go on sale for their September performances at 9am Friday 27th August at LiveNation.co.uk


Duran Duran Future Love Album Cover
Duran Duran Future Love Album Cover

Blade Runner in Concert

Experience Ridley Scott’s multi-Academy Award-nominated cult classic, Blade Runner (2007 Final Cut), on a vast HD screen accompanied by The Avex Ensemble performing Greek composer Vangelis’ original synthesiser led score in sync with the film.

Blade Runner in Concert


Joker - Live In Concert: See Todd Phillip's acclaimed film accompanied by a live orchestra

On 26 September, Todd Phillips’ ground-breaking, award-winning film Joker will be screened with the accompaniment of a live orchestra playing composer Hildur Guðnadóttir’s award-winning score for the first time ever at London’s Eventim Apollo, followed by a UK & Ireland Tour.
Joker - Live In Concert
Joker - Live In Concert

Ringo Lam's FULL ALERT arrives on Blu-ray October 2021

Eureka Entertainment to release FULL ALERT, the raw, intense & gritty psychological crime thriller from Ringo Lam, presented on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK as part of the Eureka Classics range from 18 October 2021. The first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase and Collector’s Booklet.

Ringo Lam's Full Alert Blu-Ray Packshot
Ringo Lam's Full Alert Blu-Ray Packshot


A late career highlight from Ringo Lam, an action-packed tale of cops and robbers presented in the director’s inimitable style.

Perfectionist, workaholic Inspector Pao (Lau Ching-wan, Running Out of Time) finds himself up against Mak Kwan (Francis Ng, The Mission), a seasoned criminal intending to use his explosive skills to pull off a huge heist. Pao must use his own resources to stop Mak and prevent heavy civilian casualties.

With heart-stopping car chases on the streets of Hong Kong and brilliant performances by the two leads, Full Alert is an intelligent, high velocity action movie considered to be one of director Ringo Lam's finest works.

Federico Fellini's 8 ½ and Four Film Box Set coming to Blu-ray

Born on 20 January 1920, this month marks the centenary of Italian director Federico Fellini, one of the most original creative minds of the twentieth century. To celebrate this landmark, the director’s incredible body of work is being appraised across the United Kingdom with a series of events and theatrical releases of his greatest works.

On this 100-year anniversary, CultFilms is proud to present two new Blu-ray releases, giving audiences the opportunity to revisit and rediscover his most influential films in sparkling restorations.



See a one of a kind film series curated by Quentin Tarantino

See a one of a kind film series curated by Quentin Tarantino
See a one of a kind film series curated by Quentin Tarantino


In the run-up to the release of his ninth feature film Quentin Tarantino has personally curated a collection of 9 films from the Columbia Pictures library to get you in the mood for Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.

The nine films collection entitled “Swinging Sixties, A Movie Marathon” will allow viewers to immerse themselves into the world that influenced Tarantino when creating Once Upon a Time…in HollywoodSwinging Sixties, A Movie Marathon will be screened on the Sony Movie Channel from Monday 5 through to Monday 12th August.

Everything you always wanted to know about Sergio Leone's masterpiece revealed in Sir Christopher Frayling's Once Upon a Time in the West: Shooting a Masterpiece - BOOK RELEASE

The Establishing Shot says Everything you always wanted to know about Sergio Leone's masterpiece revealed in Sir Christopher Frayling's Once Upon a Time in the West: Shooting a Masterpiece - BOOK RELEASE I must confess to some shame on my part, despite many posts knocking on about great books delving into the making of film I discovered that I have only included mention of Sir Christopher Frayling only once.

     That was in relation to a talk he was giving as part of a Sir Ken Adam Retrospective, as Sir Christopher is an authority on Ken Adams along with film, culture and history.

     He is the man who who explained that Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is actually pronounced Dr Jeekle and Mr Hyde as in Hide and Seek. An English professor, who when knighted (for Services to Art and Design Education) decides that his badge is a Saguaro Cactus and the motto to adorn his coat of arms will be:

Perge, Scelus, Mihi Diem Perficias"

     Translated by the College of Heralds to mean:

"Proceed, varlet, and let the day be rendered perfect for my benefit"

     - a man with such wit and deep passion for film should be blogged about every day. But a man who can so succinctly deliver insight into a challenge of the arts that has been on my mind a lot lately, should surely be revered?

I explained that my teaching and my writing were crucially concerned with the ‘neogeneration’ of artists, designers, writers, and filmmakers: at a time when most commercial filmmakers are concerned with making films about films about films, I try to ask why there is this obsession with referring to other peoples' work in an explicit way.

Could it be that the artist's experience is increasingly limited to experience of other artists? Was it always like this?”

- Sir Christopher Frayling
     Christopher Frayling's career is immense; spanning academia, consulting, broadcasting and presenting. He epitomises the word doyenne.

     Yet he has found the time to author a staggering number of insightful books (between 18 – 20 depending on who you ask) across a vast variety of interests including translating the stories of Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon Wrote Fiction) through Strange Landscape: A Journey Through the Middle Ages via On Craftsmanship: Towards a New Bauhaus up to Ken Adam Designs the Movies: James Bond and Beyond and landing with The 2001 File: Harry Lange and the Design of the Landmark Science Fiction Film.

     Frayling has written 3 books about Sergio Leone and the Italian Western genre; Spaghetti Westerns: Cowboys and Europeans from Karl May to Sergio Leone (1981), Sergio Leone: Something to Do with Death by Christopher Frayling (2000), Sergio Leone: Once Upon a Time in Italy (2005) as well as a Clint Eastwood biography (1993).  So he knows something about the Western genre, the Italian spin off and particularly the great  Sergio Leone.

     With Leone's Dollars or the Man with No Name Trilogy (A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More  (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)) having just passed it's 50th anniversary and Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West turning 50 this year.
Christopher Frayling Once Upon A Time In The West Shooting a Masterpiece
Sir Christopher Frayling Once Upon A Time In The West Shooting a Masterpiece [+]

The Design Museum announce STANLEY KUBRICK: THE EXHIBITION 2019 - UPCOMING EXHIBITION

The Establishing Shot: THE DESIGN MUSEUM ANNOUNCE THE STANLEY KUBRICK: THE EXHIBITION 2019 - UPCOMING EXHIBITION AA little while back I was incredibly fortunate to go along to the unveiling of the Design Museum’s 2019 exhibition programme, on its own this was a thing of wonder but this was where the Design Museum was to announce that the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition was finally coming to London. This is kind of a huge deal for film fans.

     Since 2004 a Stanley Kubrick Exhibition has been touring the globe, engaging Kubrick aficionados, film lovers and film makers from Germany, Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, France, Amsterdam, USA, Brazil, Poland, Canada, Mexico, Korea and Denmark. (Yes, I have been tracking it)

     But, now for the first time ever the exhibition - will be on public display here in Kubrick's adopted home - the UK at the Design Museum, next year.

     Additionally this was a rare opportunity to hear first hand from people that knew Stanley Kubrick and worked with him, as well as discuss details of the upcoming Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition.

The announcement will include an exclusive panel discussion, featuring long-time Stanley Kubrick collaborator Jan Harlan in conversation with Alan Yentob from the BBC, Deyan Sudjic Director of the Design Museum and Stuart Brown Head of Programme and Acquisitions at the BFI

The Establishing Shot™ : Stanley Kubrick filming in the Centrifuge set, 2001 A Space Odyssey
The Establishing Shot : Stanley Kubrick filming in the Centrifuge set, 2001 A Space Odyssey [Full Design Museum 2019 Announcement Gallery]

First Look at Wonder Woman 2 entitled Wonder Woman 1984 as production starts

The Establishing Shot First Look at Wonder Woman 2 entitled Wonder Woman 1984 as production startsLooks like the team is getting back together. We know very little about the sequel to Wonder Woman as yet. But bringing the same team back together that created Wonder Woman can only bring good things to the fore.

So far we know that Kristen Wiig will be Cheetah, Wonder Woman's arch nemesis. Whose evil side is brought forward by her jealousy of Wonder Woman's achievements - whether this is the case for the film is unknown.

     Chris Pine is returning as Steve Lombard. But whether he is the Steve Lombard we know from the first film or someone or something that just resembles him is unknown as yet.

     The imagery so far presented does seem to allude to an Orwellian element to the year 1984. Given the Cheetah's comic origin there may be reactionary parallels drawn between the current state of politics and her rise to infamy.

     Below is the Warner Bros. release with first look imagery, confirming some bits.

Wonder Woman 1984 Production Logo
Wonder Woman 1984 Production Logo [+]

Visit London and find the 5 Paddington fun pop-up book installations at iconic landmarks and attractions across London from Monday 23 October – 3 December 2017 - UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

The Establishing Shot says Visit London and find the 5 Paddington fun pop-up book installations at iconic landmarks and attractions across London from Monday 23 October – 3 December 2017 - UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS To celebrate the release of our favourite Peruvian bear jamming his way back onto the silver screen in Paddington 2 from Friday 10 November - Studiocanal and VisitLondon.com have launched “Paddington’s Pop-Up London”. An installation of five fun pop-up book sculptures focused on Michael Bond’s much-loved bear Paddington and London.

The 5 installations can be seen across London at iconic landmarks and attractions from Monday 23 October – 3 December 2017.

Paddington 2 Pop Up Poster
Paddington 2 Pop Up Poster [+]

THE JUSTICE LEAGUE EXPERIENCE opens to the London public 9 November - UPCOMING EXHIBITION

Justice League Experience Batman Room
Justice League Experience Batman Room [+]

“THE JUSTICE LEAGUE EXPERIENCE,” A CELEBRATION OF THE ORIGINAL SUPER HERO TEAM AND ITS FIRST BIG-SCREEN ADVENTURE, JUSTICE LEAGUE, TO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON 9 NOVEMBER

First look at Rafe Spall in Denmark as Principal Photography Wraps - ON OUR RADAR

BBC Films, Ffilm Cymru Wales and WestEnd Films today release a first look at Rafe Spall (The Big Short, The BFG, upcoming Jurassic World sequel) as “Herb” in Denmark. Principal photography has now wrapped on the comedy movie directed by Adrian Shergold (Funny Cow, Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman, Mad Dogs TV series), which filmed on location in Wales and Denmark.


Herb (Rafe Spall) can fix pretty much anything, a broken clock, a radio, the only thing he can’t fix is his own life. He’s out of work, he can only just afford a birthday card for his son, the loud neighbours keep him awake day and night, the local kids have just mugged him for his trainers – and it’s raining. Herb has had enough.

Sitting in his cold flat in soggy socks, physically and mentally bruised, he knows he has to do something to turn his luck around. When he stumbles on a TV programme about the luxury of Danish prisons Herb finds the answer he’s been looking for: organic food, a flat screen TV, healthcare, a dentist, peace and quiet. It will be hard to leave behind his friends and the green valleys of South Wales, but now he knows what he has to do to find his second chance in life. Herb needs to make it to Denmark… and get arrested.

The first look still features Rafe Spall in front of Danish sculpture Men at Sea (by artist Svend Wiig Hansen) in Esbjerg where the Danish portion of filming took place. The film also stars Simone Lykke (Hundeliv, A Funny Man), Thomas Gabrielsson (A Royal Affair), Benedikte Hansen (Borgen TV series), Paul Barber (The Full Monty), Joel Fry (Game of Thrones, 10,000 BC), Steve Spiers (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace), Russell Gomer, Ri Richards and Ifan Huw Dafydd.

Rafe Spall in Denmark
Rafe Spall in Denmark [+]

Full BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS 2017 Nominations, breakdowns by film and Distributor and Host announced - AWARDS SEASON

Yesterday BIFA or the British Independent Film Awards announced their 2017 award nominations. And if anything this has highlighted how many great films I still have to see - and after watching the trailers for Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and  Armando Iannucci's The Death of Stalin they are on my must see list along with: Johnny Harris' Jawbone, Paul McGuigan's Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, Emily Beecham's Daphne, Sally Potter’s The Party and Paddy Considine's Journeyman. Additionally I can't wait to hear Carter Burwell's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Paul Weller's Jawbone soundtracks.

     Below is the official press release, full nominations list as well as an interesting breakdown of nominations by film and distributor. The winners will be announced at the British Independent Film Awards Ceremony on Sunday 10 December
BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS 2017 Logo
BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS 2017 Logo [+]

The Hunt is back on as Predator stalks back on to the big screen this November for it's 30 Anniversary - CULT NEWS

Sadly whilst the home re-release date of Arnie's restored Terminator 2: Judgment Day's may have been pushed back, it look like his genre bending all out man vs creature action fest - John McTiernan's Predator's re-release is still on for 9 November 2017.

     Ahead of next year Shane Black's new Predator film will be hitting cinemas so this announcement is timely - I am stoked with the announcement that to celebrate it's 30 Anniversary - John McTiernan's Predator will be getting a limited theatrical re-release this November as it is one of my favourite  action films, of all time as a hardcore elite military team go toe to to toe with an unknown foe - to discover that man may not be at the top of the pecking order.

     It certainly seems as if we are having an Arnold Schwarzenegger comeback fest this year as two of his major classic action flicks Terminator 2 and Predator are being re-released - so new audiences can see them as they were meant to be seen and enjoy them as much as existing fans. The full announcement, images and trailer can be found below.

John McTiernan Predator Film Poster
John McTiernan's Predator Film Poster [+] Photographs © 1987 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. 

William Friedkin's masterpiece SORCERER returns to cinemas November 3 2017 & Blu-Ray 6 November - CULT NEWS

Yes! On it's 40th Anniversary William Friedkin's masterpiece SORCERER has been restored, I believe in 4K high definition, and returns to the big screen, so you can see experience this thriller the way it was meant to be. SORCERER will also be released in high definition on Blu-ray as well.

“In 1971, William Friedkin directed the French Connection.
It received 5 Academy Awards including best picture.

In 1973, he directed The Exorcist it made history.

After that, Friedkin spent over two years in five countries
on three continents creating his next film.

40 years later, this lost masterpiece, a courageous adventure
into the heart of darkness, returns to cinemas... “

William Friedkin's SORCERER 2017 Film Poster
William Friedkin's SORCERER 2017 Film Poster [+]

Cult Auteur Nicolas Winding Refn announces the imminent roll-out of a new free digital film based platform - byNWR.com - CULT NEWS

The Establishing Shot says Cult Auteur Nicolas Winding Refn announces the imminent roll-out of a new free digital film based platform byNWR.com - CULT NEWSAlittle while back I was very fortunate to go along to an exceptional talk by leading practitioners in the film sector hosted by the FDA. One of the experts on the panel was Alan Jones of Frightfest, who gave us some insight into the inner workings of what has made FrightFest the success it is. When pressed he revealed that one of the projects he is working on is another collaboration with Nicolas Winding Refn called “NWR”, they had previously worked on a The Act of Seeing -  a journey through Nicolas Refn's collection of rare American film posters and how the imagery evokes a certain response in the eye of the beholder.


#Update: Apologies I have checked my recordings from the panel discussion and Jones clearly states that amongst other projects that include a TV Show with Eli Roth his next collaboration with Nicolas Winding Refn is in fact another book called Discomania.
Jones was clearly reluctant to go into any detail but said that this new project was similar, I had imagined it was another book focused on a different sub genre's posters. But with this week's exciting announcement it is possible that the project he was referring to could be part of something much bigger and more ambitious in in scope.

byNWR.com
byNWR.com [+]

I really enjoyed Johannes Roberts' gripping & taut shark attack thrill ride 47 Metres Down - FILM REVIEW

The Establishing Shot loves Johannes Roberts' gripping shark attack thrill ride 47 Meters Down - FILM REVIEWThis is a fitting review as shark week has just kicked off. I loved Johannes Roberts' 47 Metres Down it is a real popcorn edge of your seat film. 


Ok, let's get it out of the way I scuba dive and have an interested in marine life – blame Jacques Cousteau's fantastic TV series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau and my Gran for making sure we watched the show every Saturday afternoon. I have been fortunate to travel to some of the most incredible dive spots in the world seeking to explore and communion with nature. Amongst those travels I ended up in a cage under a boat whilst the most feared apex predator in the oceans chased a tuna head towards the cage I was in.

47 Metres Down Poster UK Quad
47 Metres Down Poster UK Quad [+]

Christopher Nolan & Emma Thomas introduce their modern classic DUNKIRK and answer some questions about DUNKIRK - EVENT REPORT

The Establishing Shot Christopher Nolan & Emma Thomas introduce their modern classic DUNKIRK and answer some questions about DUNKIRK - EVENT REPORTSo last week I was very privileged to go along to an early preview screening of Dunkirk with an extended introduction from Christopher Nolan.

I have to say a large part of the draw for me was the “extended introduction” bit, for me there is some frustration when a filmmaker pops up to introduce their film and doesn't really give any insight into their vision or the thinking behind their involvement in the creation of film. So I'm glad to report that the BFI and Christopher Nolan over-delivered in this respect.

     The world premiere of Dunkirk was held at Odeon Leicester Square with an annex screening at the British Film Institute IMAX, which I passed by on my way to the preview screening at the BFI itself.

First Look at Peter Serafinowicz as The Tick in the Amazon Original Series Trailer - ON OUR RADAR

The Establishing Shot's First Look at Peter Serafinowicz as The Tick in the Amazon Original Series Trailer - ON OUR RADAR To be fair I was never a big reader of Ben Edlund's The Tick comics I was however a huge fan of the 2001 Tick TV Show with Patrick Warburton in the lead role, with his wit and dry delivery he was born to play the role, in fact he is very much,  much born to play any role he gets. I can't get enough of his original and unique droll comedy.

     So since first heard Amazon's upcoming version of The Tick I have been very curious. I was sad to discover that  Patrick Warburton would not be involved but stoked to hear that our very own  Peter Serafinowicz would be suiting up for the role of The Tick.

     You may know him as Darth Maul or Supernova Denarian What a bunch of a-holes Saal or Cut-Rate James Mason but his numerous roles in many, many, many, many productions from Spitting Image, Spaced, World of Pub, Shaun of the Dead, Little Britain, Doctor Who, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Spy, through his eponymous The Peter Serafinowicz Show, Parks and Recreation, South Park, Guardians of the Galaxy, Mr. Sloane, to his recent cameo in John Wick: Chapter 2 have seen him deliver his his own brand of comedic stylings making him a fan favourite and me looking forward to Amazon's The Tick.

Amazon Original The Tick Logo
Amazon Original The Tick Logo [+]
     Since viewing the original series of The Tick the character's creator Ben Edlund, who came up with The Tick whilst at high school, has gone on from strength to strength and not only involved with various genre favourites including; Firefly, Angel, Gotham, Powers and one of my favourites Jackson Publick's outrageously hilarious The Venture Bros. which has much in common with The Tick and he will also be executive producer on The Tick so we can hopefully expect something special.

     I received some stuff about The Tick a little while back but didn't get a chance to post it – but when we received a first look heads up at the brand-new trailer for The Tick I thought I would get this up.

Peter Serafinowicz's The Tick is coming!
Peter Serafinowicz's The Tick is coming! [+]

Yes!! Behold! The Game of Thrones: Touring Exhibition is coming to London - UPCOMING EXHIBITION

The Establishing Shot says Yes!! Behold! The Game of Thrones Touring Exhibition is coming to London - UPCOMING EXHIBITIONI'm pretty sure I don't need to tell you what The Game of Thrones is - the immensely addictive, engaging, shocking, sexy, twisting, tragic, bloody, exciting and uplifting TV adaptation of novelist and screenwriter George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones (part of his A Song of Fire and Ice series) has become a worldwide phenomenon and HBO's most watched series ever.

     The eagerly anticipated Season 7 of Game of Thrones arrives on 16 July (10 days from now) and we have just received this very exciting news. To support GOT Season 7 The Game of Thrones Touring Exhibition is coming to Europe, more specifically to London and it looks very immersive - hopefully we'll get to sit on the Iron Throne but it is still a little while before the tour kicks off.

I visit the BT Tower for the riveting Fear The Walking Dead Season 3 pre-premiere launch - EVENT REPORT

The Establishing Shot visits the BT Tower for the riveting Fear The Walking Dead Season 3 pre-premiere launch - EVENT REPORT Last week I went out for an absolutely ace evening, but first some preamble - sometime last year we were fortunate to crack an invite and go along to the Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 Premiere hosted by AMC and BT at Millbank Tower and I have to say it was an absolutely stunning night and evening to remember, certainly one of our best industry nights out for that year - but that is a story for another time.

     In anticipation of the evenings events we caught up with Season 1 of Fear the Walking Dead, as well as the Walking Dead: Flight 462 mini web series - which leads into and crosses over with Season 2  and we were hooked.

Fear The Walking Dead Season 3 Poster Artwork
Fear The Walking Dead Season 3 Poster Artwork [+]

FIRST LOOK from the set of IDRIS ELBA's directorial debut feature YARDIE

The Establishing Shot's First Look from the set of Idris Elba's directorial debut feature Yardie Idris Elba is on fire at the moment with a growing fan following, roles in heavily anticipated films including Nikolaj Arcel's adaptation of The Dark Tower, Hany Abu-Assad's The Mountain Between Us and Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok and Aaron Sorkin's Molly's Game. 

     As well as acting he has made the transition to fully fledged Producer with projects that include the multi faceted 100 Streets shot around Battersea, Sky TV's Guerrilla and the harrowing Beasts of No Nation as well as the upcoming TV film for Luther, the role that initially garnered him a fan following.

    Elba shows no signs of slowing down as he adds another feather in cap taking over directorial duties on his first feature film an adaptation of Victor Headley's Yardie. You have to respect the guy for continually choosing projects that mean something to him.

     With Yardie not only is Elba giving some fresh talent like Aml Ameen their shot but some of my favourites are involved including the always good Stephen Graham and writer Brock Norman Brock, a character in his own right as well as the guy who gave Nicolas Winding Refn and Tom Hardy's Bronson a particular English flair.

     Based on the cult crime novel Yardie by Victor Headley, the first in a trilogy that includes Yush! and Excess. The novel itself has it's own endearing backstory - as the book was initially sold through street shops via word of mouth rather than traditional distribution channels.

     Yardie tells the story of the rise to power of Jamaican drug baron D in the back streets of London - but as we should have learnt by now these stories are as much about the heady rush and high of bucking the odds as they are - a cautionary tale of a life no one really comes to terms with as they suck everyone around them down.

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY BEGINS ON IDRIS ELBA’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT YARDIE

STUDIOCANAL announced today that principal photography has begun on the feature adaptation of Victor Headley’s cult novel YARDIE.

Golden Globe and SAG winner Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) will make his feature film directorial debut, with Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner, The Butler) starring in the lead role as ‘D’. YARDIE will shoot on location in London and Jamaica for seven weeks.

Additionally, Stephen Graham (the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, This Is England, ‘Little Boy Blue’) will play the role of Rico, while Idris Elba will star as Piper.

The film will introduce exciting new Jamaican talent including Shantol Jackson as Yvonne, Sheldon Shepherd as King Fox and Everaldo Creary as Jerry Dread.


First Look Yardi Idris Elba on set with Aml Ameen
First Look Yardi Idris Elba on set with Aml Ameen [+]

First look at Lily James and Michiel Huisman in Mike Newell's The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society

The Establishing Shot's First look at Lily James and Michiel Huisman in Mike Newell's upcoming big-screen adaptation of The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society From STUDIOCANAL, Blueprint Pictures and Mazur/Kaplan comes the big-screen adaptation of The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society. the project currently has the working title Guernsey. I hope they retain the original title, as it's both charming and tied into the tale set on the WW2 German occupied island of Guernsey.

Directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) from a script written by Don Roos (Marley & Me, The Opposite of Sex) adapted from the international best-selling novel of the same name, the film also stars Glen Powell (Everybody Wants Some, Hidden Figures), Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, Downton Abbey), Jessica Brown Findlay (Victor Frankenstein, Downton Abbey) with Tom Courtenay (45 Years, Doctor Zhivago) and Penelope Wilton (The BFG, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel).


STUDIOCANAL has released the first official photography from the big-screen adaptation of THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, as principal photography wraps on the British production of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows' best-selling novel.
The two images feature the film’s lead actors Lily James (Cinderella, War & Peace) and Michiel Huisman (The Age of Adeline, Game of Thrones).
First Look The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society Lily James as Juliet Ashton
First Look The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society Lily James as Juliet Ashton [+]

Follow in the footsteps of James Bond, Holly Golightly, Tyrion Lannister and more with Lonely Planet’s Film and TV Locations: A Spotter’s Guide

The Establishing Shot says check out the Lonely Planet’s Film and TV Locations: A Spotter’s GuideI f you are a reader of The Establishing Shot or a follow us on Flickr or Instagram you will no doubt know that we love film and we love travel and we definitely love combining our favourite past times. So we have been fortunate to be able to do a fair share of set jetting around the world visiting locations used in films.

    We have a bucket list of places we wish to visit bringing us closer to some of our favourite films, capturing a magical place in time and memory as well as get some insight into the thinking underpinning the creative decisions made to bring some of those magic moments to screen.

     We are always on the lookout for more tips and advice on visiting film related locations so were quite chuffed when Lonely Planet gave us a sneak peek of their upcoming book Lonely Planet’s Film and TV Locations: A Spotter’s Guide which focuses on – you guessed it. Film locations you can visit around the world.

     Although we didn't actually get to see the completed book rather a digital version of it, the Lonely Planet’s Film and TV Locations: A Spotter’s Guide is a gorgeous looking book with a focus on high quality photography.

Lonely Planet’s Film and TV Locations: A Spotter’s Guide Cover
Lonely Planet’s Film and TV Locations: A Spotter’s Guide Cover © 2017 Lonely Planet [+]