Barbara Broccoli
American film producer
Barbara Broccoli
Barbara Dana Broccoli, OBE is an American film producer known for her work on the James Bond film series.
Biography
Barbara Broccoli's personal information overview.
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License To Thrill!
Huffington Post - 7 months
007 Tips To Dress Like Bond! There's been a sudden drop in the Bond market! No, you won't read about it on the financial page -- this one involves Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston, who'd been considered the favorite to succeed Daniel Craig in the iconic role of James Bond, secret agent 007. But Taylor Swift's latest beau appears to be officially out of the running, according to spy thriller writer Frederick Forsyth -- who claims producer Barbara Broccoli won't choose Hiddleston to succeed Daniel Craig in the much-coveted role. Hollywood is certainly shaken, not stirred over the continuing speculation about the next James Bond, with candidates ranging from Idris Elba to -- believe it or not -- Robbie Williams! Although Idris gets Director Stephen Spielberg's vote the Luther star hinted he may not be right for the part. "I think I am too old for that -- running around in cars and ladies and martinis," he laughed. Who knows, Daniel Craig may even return for one more ...
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James Bond betting suspended after flurry of Tom Hiddleston punts
Guardian (UK) - 10 months
Coral ‘pulls plug’ after intense gambling on Night Manager star taking over 007 role from Daniel Craig A spooked bookmaker has suspended betting on who will be the next James Bond after odds on Tom Hiddleston becoming 007 dramatically shortened. A flurry of bets had pushed 35-year-old star of The Night Manager 2-1 into favourite position to replace Daniel Craig following claims last week the actor had reportedly been spotted meeting with Bond film director Sam Mendes and producer Barbara Broccoli in London. Continue reading...
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A Family Team Looks for James Bond’s Next Assignment
NYTimes - over 1 year
Barbara Broccoli and her half brother, Michael Wilson, who control the rights to James Bond, prepare for a battle royal over the franchise’s next studio home.
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Here's Why Piers Morgan Doesn't Want James Bond To Be Gay
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In Piers Morgan's mind, there's no way James Bond could ever be convincingly played as a gay character.  In a column for the Daily Mail, the outspoken media personality argued that the current debate over whether or not the womanizing 007 could be re-cast as, well, a man's man was politically correct "nonsense."  "If James Bond’s gay, then the whole tone of the franchise has to go gay too," he wrote. "His lovers would be gay men, Bond Girls would become Bond Boys." Although "nothing" would be wrong with swapping the gender of Bond's love interests, "I wouldn’t want to watch that, and nor I suspect would the vast majority of Bond movie fans," Morgan wrote. "So the film would tank, and the franchise would die." He pointed to the career of 1980s pop star George Michael, who saw his album sales dip after he came out as a gay man in 1998. (Never mind, of course, that Michael had been arrested for engaging in a lewd act in a Los Angeles park restroom shortly beforehand.)  "H ...
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Here's Why Piers Morgan Doesn't Want James Bond To Be Gay
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In Piers Morgan's mind, there's no way James Bond could ever be convincingly played as a gay character.  In a column for the Daily Mail, the outspoken media personality argued that the current debate over whether or not the womanizing 007 could be re-cast as, well, a man's man was politically correct "nonsense."  "If James Bond’s gay, then the whole tone of the franchise has to go gay too," he wrote. "His lovers would be gay men, Bond Girls would become Bond Boys." Although "nothing" would be wrong with swapping the gender of Bond's love interests, "I wouldn’t want to watch that, and nor I suspect would the vast majority of Bond movie fans," Morgan wrote. "So the film would tank, and the franchise would die." He pointed to the career of 1980s pop star George Michael, who saw his album sales dip after he came out as a gay man in 1998. (Never mind, of course, that Michael had been arrested for engaging in a lewd act in a Los Angeles park restroom shortly beforehand.)  "H ...
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Idris Elba Puts An End To 'Black Bond' Rumors
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
In a recent interview, Yaphet Kotto, star of a 1970s James Bond film, blasted ongoing rumors that the popular franchise was casting its first black actor as the British Secret Service agent, calling the idea “ridiculous” and “silly.” Now it appears Idris Elba -- who was on the radar of Sony Pictures executives -- has finally deflated fans’ wishes by withdrawing his name from the conversation. Last week, during an appearance at London's British Film Institute, the 42-year-old “Luther” star told the audience that his chances of landing the role have passed. "Honestly, it’s a rumor that’s really starting to eat itself," Elba said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "If there was ever any chance of me getting Bond, it’s gone." Elba has previously downplayed the rumors and denounced the phrase “black Bond.” However, during a 2012 interview with The Huffington Post, Elba’s “Mandela” co-star Naomie Harris revealed that the British native admitted to once meeting with Bond producer ...
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Roger Moore Ignites James Bond Race Row: Claims Idris Elba Can’t Play 007
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
Sir Roger Moore has blundered into a race row after apparently claiming that black actor Idris Elba cannot play James Bond. In recent months there has been much speculation that Elba could be next in line to play James Bond, a suggestion that has been welcomed by many of the actors fans. In the week that the first trailer for the next James Bond movie “Spectre” was released Sir Roger, who played James Bond seven times in the 1970’s and 1980’s, apparently made a gaff that has left Elba’s fans shaken rather than stirred. According to The Telegraph 87-year-old Sir Roger has been forced to defend himself against allegations of racism following comments he made in an interview with Paris Match magazine. During the interview the former Bond star was asked whether or not he thought that Elba could play James Bond. The Daily Mail reports that Sir Roger explained that in the past he had suggested that black actor Cuba Gooding Jnr would make an excellent Bond. Moore went on to say that that ...
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Filmmaker Sam Mendes to direct Daniel Craig in James Bond 24
Yahoo News - over 3 years
LONDON (Reuters) - Sam Mendes will direct Daniel Craig as 007 in the 24th installment of the blockbuster James Bond film franchise about the fictional British spy, its producers said on Thursday. The film is set for release in the autumn of 2015 and follows on the success of Mendes-directed predecessor "Skyfall", which earned $1.1 billion at the box office worldwide and was the highest-grossing film of all time in Britain, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement. ...
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Superman Almost Played James Bond
Popeater - over 3 years
Henry Cavill plays Superman in "Man of Steel," and its a role that should catapult him to stardom. "People will stop me and ask for a photo," Cavill told HuffPost Entertainment about his burgeoning star status. "Going to Starbucks, I definitely feel that thing of any minute now someone is going to say something -- then it will be photo bedlam. It hasn't quite hit with its full force yet, but it's definitely changing." As it turns out, however, Cavill could have experienced those photo ops much earlier in his career. The 30-year-old actor was mentioned as possible star for some of the biggest films of the last decade. Ahead, a quick look at the lost roles of Henry Cavill. 1. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) "Harry Potter" fans went so far as to start an online petition to get Cavill the role of Cedric Diggory in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," but Robert Pattinson was cast instead. 2. "Batman Begins" (2005) Before Christian Bale was cast as Br ...
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Sam Mendes In Dramatic U-Turn Over Bond
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
It looks like James Bond will have his 'Skyfall' director, Sam Mendes, at the helm of the next film - currently tagged 'Bond 24' - after all. The Oscar-winning Brit had initially walked away from the 007 franchise, saying he was too busy, and no doubt thinking he'd done enough with his record-breaking efforts on 'Skyfall' - which broke British box office records, and celebrated the 50th anniversary of Bond in style. Mendes is much loved by his James Bond team - Michael Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig Other names in the frame included Christopher Nolan, an acknowledged master of the intelligent action blockbuster after the Dark Knight trilogy and 'Inception'. But now the Daily Mail reports that Mendes has been persuaded back for the next film, with star Daniel Craig, and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, all working their charms on Mr Mendes and re-recruiting him for another mission. Mendes already has a couple of significant projects o ...
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Sam Mendes Won't Direct 'Bond 24'
MTV News - almost 4 years
Sad news, James Bond fans: Sam Mendes isn't going to direct "Bond 24." Despite early reports to the contrary, Mendes has confirmed that he's passed on the project. “It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael [Wilson] and Barbara [Broccoli]’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie," Mendes told Empire magazine. "Directing 'Skyfall' was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory' and 'King Lear,' that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond." Considering "Skyfall" went on to gross over $1 billion and was highly praised, it's no wonder that this movie is "one of the best experiences" of Mendes' career. He did a wonderful job bringing the 007 franchise back to its roots, and honestly it's a bit disappointing that he won't be involved in the next film. Still, Mendes isn't ruling out returning to the series in the future. "I feel ...
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Sam Mendes Is Reportedly Up For Directing 'Bond 24'
MTV News - about 4 years
After making a movie that raked in over $1 billion worldwide and is widely recognized as one of the best James Bond movies, is it any surprise that Sam Mendes is considering returning as director for the upcoming "Bond 24"? Not to us, and we're glad that he's finally realizing what a smart idea it is too. Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye has learned that Mendes is "75 per cent" on board with directing the flick, so it's not set in stone. Still, that's better than zero percent, and it seems pretty likely that he'll helm the next 007 project if he and screenwriter John Logan can develop a movie worth making. "In theory, Mendes is on board, but wants to see the finished script before he fully commits," Bamigboye writes. Apparently Logan is still outlining the movie's plot, and his thoughts for the flick are "in the form of two treatment papers outlining a rough idea of the plot." If you're wondering why we keep saying "movie" instead of "movies," it's because the plan to make "Bonds 24 ...
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William Bradley: Skyfall in Perspective
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Skyfall is a smash hit, well on its way to being the biggest Bond film of the modern era. But what does it mean and where does it fit in the Bond canon and the current scene? Please be advised that there are massive spoilers ahead. There's no other way to unpack this film without discussing them and their meaning. Incidentally, my archive of articles related to Bond at 50 can be found here. Frankly, it's the sort of film I had hoped for in this 50th anniversary year of the Bond film franchise. Some of the scenes in Skyfall are literally breathtaking. The cinematography is great, the casting is outstanding, the performances excellent, the action stunning. It's a deeply resonant movie in terms of contemporary and timeless themes and the continuity of the series. Bond stands atop the Department of Energy and Climate Change looking out over a stunningly patriotic London skyline in Skyfall. After opening big in dozens of markets around the world, Skyfall took in $10 ...
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Mike Ragogna: 'Tis The Season: Chatting With Scotty McCreery, Rita Coolidge and Tom Keifer, Plus Slam Dunk's "Fantasy" Exclusive
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A Conversation With Scotty McCreery Mike Ragogna: Hi, Scotty! Scotty McCreery: Hey, how are you doing? MR: I'm fine, and you seem to be doing really, really well. Serioulsly, I'm sitting in front of so much news on you that I don't even know where to start. SM: Yeah, it's a crazy time of year for us. We're pretty pumped up and excited about what's coming up. MR: Well, one thing that's coming up is your new Christmas album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery. What went into choosing the songs for this record? SM: That was the tough part of this record. Singing the songs was easy because most of them I've heard my whole life, but picking them was crazy because you hear so many and there's so many different classics and traditional that you hear every year. So we sat down with a pen and paper and I put down my favorites and other people put down theirs and we kind of clashed ideas and once we got down to about eleven we were good to go. MR: You recorded one of ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Barbara Broccoli
    FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 51
    Broccoli is the daughter of the James Bond producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli and actress Dana Wilson Broccoli (née Natol). As of 2012, she co-produces Bond films with her half-brother Michael G. Wilson.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 47
    She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen of the United Kingdom in the 2008 New Year Honours.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1996
    Age 35
    Following her father's death in 1996, Broccoli created the stage musical version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang based on the 1968 musical film starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes. Broccoli rehired the original songwriters from the film to write the new material for the stage version. The Sherman Brothers wrote five new songs for the show which debuted on April 16, 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The show ran at London's largest free house, the London Palladium and was the most financially successful show to have ever played there, breaking numerous other impressive records as well. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang went on to play successfully in both the United States and throughout the United Kingdom. Broccoli is currently co-producing Chariots of Fire, the stage adaptation of the film of the same title. Broccoli's involvement with Chariots of Fire extends back to 1980, when she introduced her friend Dodi Fayed to the screenplay, and he ended up co-financing the film and becoming its executive producer.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 26
    Soon after she had worked her way up further to become an associate producer on the film The Living Daylights in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details However, her most notable role was being a producer of the Bond films starring Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
  • 1983
    Age 22
    Six years later, she became an assistant director on 1983's Octopussy.
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  • 1981
    Age 20
    She is co-producing the play along with Hugh Hudson, who directed the 1981 Oscar-winning film.
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