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To: scion who wrote (19397)10/28/2012 12:08:31 PM
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Shaken AND stirred!

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From: StockDung11/9/2012 9:21:38 PM
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Daniel Craig insists there will NEVER be a gay James Bond... as his chemistry with Javier Bardem sparks speculation over 007's sexuality

By Sarah Bull

PUBLISHED: 06:20 EST, 9 November 2012 | UPDATED: 06:53 EST, 9 November 2012
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'There will never be a gay James Bond': Daniel Craig has opened up about 007's sexuality

Daniel Craig has come forward to insist there will never be a gay James Bond - because 007 is not gay.

The actor, who takes on the role of the suave British agent in the latest installment Skyfall, was forced to comment after the chemistry between him and Javier Bardem's character Raoul Silva sparked speculation about Bond's sexuality.

The scene in question sees a flirtatious Raoul caress Bond's legs and chest as the spy sits tied up in a chair, with 007 ending the scene by asking his foe: 'What makes you think this is my first time?'

However, asked if he could ever imagine a gay James Bond, Craig replied: 'No'.

Asked to explain why not, the 44-year-old actor told E! Online: 'Because he's not gay. And I don't think Javier's character is either - I think he'd f**k anything.'

But Craig's co-star Naomie Harris, who plays Bond girl Eve in the new movie, is more open to the idea of a homosexual Bond.

She said: 'I think everything is open. Everything is open. Who knows?!'

And Naomie even went one step further when she suggested that Bond could even be played by a woman in a future film - as long as it's not her.

She said: 'That definitely would not be me, though. Just doing the little bit that I did in Skyfall was strenuous enough. I don't think that I'd be able to do that. But I could definitely see it happening.'

Speculation: The chemistry between Craig's Bond and Javier Bardem's villainous Raoul Silva prompted rumours about the spy's sexuality

Naomie's comments come after she previously suggested that Idris Elba would be the perfect choice for the first black Bond.

Meanwhile, Craig opened up about how starring as Bond has changed his life in terms of financial security.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, the cover of which shows the actor posing with co-stars Javier and Naomie as well as director Sam Mendes, Craig said: Obviously, financially I am pretty sound, and that is a wonderful thing; my family is secure.'

Cover stars: Craig appears with co-stars Naomie Harris and Javier on the cover of the Hollywood Reporter, alongside director Sam Mendes

However, Craig, who is married to actress Rachel Weisz, added that he was entirely unprepared by the level of fame that comes with taking on such a well-loved role.

He said: 'It is very strange - you’ve got no point of reference for something like this. I’ve spoken to Pierce Brosnan, but nobody can warn you.

'I love the collaborative process of moviemaking. But going out for a cup of coffee? That’s the price you pay.'

Skyfall is in cinemas now.

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From: StockDung11/10/2012 6:01:31 PM
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‘Skyfall’ May Have $80 Million Weekend Take, a Bond-Film Best

By Dan Hart - 2012-11-10T17:27:04Z

“Skyfall,” the latest James Bond thriller from Sony Corp. (6758) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., may set a record for the film franchise with receipts in the U.S. and Canada totaling as much as $80 million this weekend, Box-Office said.

The film earned $30.8 million yesterday, including $2.4 million in midnight showings, the box-office tracker said today in an e-mailed statement. Sales outside the U.S. and Canada for “Skyfall” are $347 million as of Nov. 8, said.

“Quantum of Solace,” released in November 2008, holds the record for the best-ever Bond opening with $67.5 million. That movie earned $27 million in Friday showings.

The latest film features Daniel Craig as the MI-6 operative Bond, Javier Bardem as the villain and Judi Dench as agency chief M.

Craig, who took over the role in 2006’s “Casino Royale,” has won critical praise in addition to box-office success. “Skyfall” had a 93 percent positive rating from critics, based on reviews, according to

To contact the reporter on the story: Dan Hart in Washington at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Sylvia Wier at

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From: StockDung7/18/2013 8:06:52 PM
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CIA ripped off James Bond gadgets during the Cold War

From From THE SUN Last Updated: 2:36 PM, July 18, 2013 Posted: 1:54 PM, July 18, 2013

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    From: StockDung7/26/2013 3:41:18 PM
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    Czech fugitive escapes 007-style assassination attempt as car with remote control machine guns opens fire in South Africa From ASSOCIATED PRESS Last Updated: 2:33 PM, July 26, 2013 Posted: 11:20 AM, July 26, 2013


    Radovan Krejcir, chats with a friend after escaping an attempt to kill him in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    JOHANNESBURG — It was a lethal gadget right out of a James Bond movie: Remote-controlled gun barrels rigged behind the rear license plate of a car that spray bullets at an unsuspecting target.

    But South African police say it was a possible attempt to kill Radovan Krejcir, a Czech fugitive who was sentenced in his country last year to 11 years in jail for tax fraud and has been linked to underworld figures in Johannesburg.

    Krejcir emerged unscathed from Wednesday's episode, which peppered his bullet-proof Mercedes Benz with impact marks and shocked veteran observers of South Africa's organized crime who thought they had seen it all. The empty, parked vehicle where the weapon was hidden burst into flames after the shooting, possibly destroying evidence.


    The partially burned vehicle with remote-controlled gun barrels rigged behind the license plate that sprayed bullets at Radovan Krejcir in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    "All my life is like James Bond stuff," Krejcir said with a chuckle in an interview with Eyewitness News, a South African media outlet. "That's how I live my life."

    And who might want to kill him? At first, Krejcir reportedly said he didn't know. Then he said that if he had any theories, he wasn't saying.

    The episode was the one of the most outlandish chapters in the long saga of the underworld in Johannesburg, where turf battles over drugs, fraud schemes and other spoils sometimes turn deadly. Over the years, South Africans have been riveted by this fringe universe of hit men, corrupt cops, sleaze merchants and grisly murders.

    No one, however, tried to take out another guy with something that Q, the hi-tech whiz in the British secret service of the Bond movies, would devise in his laboratory. The getup on the car outside Krejcir's gold and diamonds pawn shop evoked "Goldfinger," the Bond movie in which 007 drives an Aston Martin with gun barrels behind the front indicators.

    Photographs of the stolen red VW Polo in Johannesburg show a dozen gun barrels, some of them melted or contorted by the fire that followed the shooting. It was an accurate effort. About 10 bullets hit the driver's window, but Krejcir was out of the vehicle at that point, talking on his phone.

    Security consultant Rory Steyn said on Radio 702 that there could be "any number of motives" for the incident, whether it was an attack on Krejcir or even something that he set up himself to appear like an assassination attempt.


    Ballistics investigators comb the scene of Radovan Krejcir's bullet-proof car after he escaped an attempt to kill him in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Krejcir told local media that he initially thought he was hearing fireworks. He speculated that someone knew he always parked in the same place, positioned the gun-fitted VW for the hit and then triggered it from a distance.

    Sean Newman, co-author of a book about a murdered strip club owner, said he was in the area at the time and had a close look at the rigged vehicle. He suggested the skills and planning required for such a job may have come from abroad.

    "It was definitely very sophisticated," he said. "My first impression was that this was not local."

    Newman's book, "Lolly Jackson: When Fantasy Becomes Reality," traces the turbulent career of Jackson, owner of a chain of South African strip clubs called Teazers who was shot dead in a Johannesburg house near the international airport in 2010.

    Cyprus-born George Louca was named as a suspect in the killing, and the Supreme Court in Cyprus last week turned down Louca's effort to avoid extradition from his home country to South Africa. No date has been set for his extradition.

    Krejcir, an associate of Jackson and Louca, eluded a police raid on his Czech villa in 2005 and turned up in South Africa in 2007, where he has fought extradition attempts. While in South Africa, Krejcir was charged with robbery and insurance fraud in unrelated cases, but the charges were dropped.

    In the book co-authored by Newman, Krejcir say he is a scapegoat for killings that police have been unable to solve. According to the book, he said he was one of the first people to see Jackson's body, and described the scene in detail, even suggesting how the killing may have happened.

    "He's always come across as very respectful and charming in my presence. He's never threatened me," Newman said of Krejcir. "I've never seen him lose his temper. I'm sure others have."

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    From: Cautious_Optimist8/8/2013 11:20:41 AM
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    US Concrete (USCR) out of bankruptcy and now all roses??

    It appears debt went up twice their "positive" earnings in the headlines.

    And how do you explain this:

    During the second quarter of 2013, the Company recorded a $1.9 million non-cash loss related to derivatives. This non-cash loss was comprised of $0.4 million from fair value changes in the embedded derivative related to the Company's Convertible Notes and $1.5 million from fair value changes in the Company's warrants. This is compared to a non-cash loss of $0.6 million during the second quarter of 2012, also from such fair value changes. These changes were due primarily to the increase in the price of the Company's common stock during the second quarters of 2013 and 2012.
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    From: StockDung12/13/2013 10:42:57 PM
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    Yes, Mr. Bond, we expect you to die -- from booze

    Martinis are forever

    Bond. James Bond. The suave spy who prefers his martinis "shaken, not stirred" has an alcohol problem, if you measure his consumption in the original Ian Fleming novels. If the fictional hero drank this much in real life, he'd have some real health issues.

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    Source: BMJ
    Janet Loehrke and Joan Murphy, USA TODAY

    Kim Painter, Special for USA TODAY 9:43 a.m. EST December 13, 2013

    Because of his heavy drinking, the real 007 would have a life expectancy of 56, doctors say.

    Sean Connery as James Bond in 1983. (Photo: TALIAFILM, INC. WARNER BROS.)

    Story Highlights In classic books, James Bond drinks more than four times the amount recommended for British men Doctors suspect he would have shaky hands, sexual problems and a life expectancy of about 56 Study done in fun, but has a serious message: real heavy drinkers could never do what Bond does


    It's no wonder James Bond prefers his martinis "shaken, not stirred." The man has such a severe drinking problem that he probably suffers from hand tremors that make stirring a cocktail — if not shooting a gun — impossible, say doctors who studied the fictional spy's drinking habits.

    Bond also is at high risk for sexual dysfunction, liver damage, car crashes, stroke and early death, according to findings published Thursday in an annual compendium of quirky medical studies in the British journal BMJ.

    The study was done largely in fun, researchers say, but it comes with a serious message: Heavy drinking and a high-functioning life of international espionage, womanizing and stunt driving don't mix.

    The authors found that Bond, as depicted in 14 classic Ian Fleming novels, drinks more than four times the limit recommended for British men.

    "There are people capable of drinking this amount," says co-author Patrick Davies, a physician at Nottingham University Hospitals. "But they are not capable of drinking that amount and still being able to defuse a nuclear bomb."

    Daniel Craig as James Bond, in Casino Royale. At a bar, of course. (Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Pho)

    How much are we talking? In the United Kingdom, alcohol consumption is measured in units, with one unit equaling 8 grams of pure alcohol. No more than 21 units a week are recommended for men. Many alcoholic drinks contain multiple units, and Bond's favorite vodka martinis would contain about three, Davies says. Bond also drinks Champagne, red wine and sake, and seems to drink almost constantly when not imprisoned or otherwise indisposed.

    Estimated total: 92 units a week. "It's a huge amount," Davies says. Someone who really drank that much would be "a significant alcoholic."

    Timothy Dalton as James Bond. (Photo: NONE DANJAQ S.A.)

    Bond's symptoms likely would include a tremor that "would be "catastrophic for his marksmanship," he adds.

    The classic Bond books, from the 1950s and 1960s, and the ongoing series of Bond movies (which the study didn't scrutinize) have lots of pop culture company in glamorizing alcohol "without showing the consequences in the real world," says Caroline Knorr, parenting editor for the advocacy group Common Sense Media. Kids today, she says, see alcohol endorsements from celebrities in their Facebook feeds and see drunkenness played for entertainment on reality shows. At least, she says, the original Bond character is from an earlier time when the consequences were not so well known.

    But those consequences did exist: Fleming, the author who created Bond, died of heart disease at age 56 after a life of heavy drinking and smoking, Davies says. "We think James Bond might have a similar life expectancy."

    Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in Die Another Day -- with martini in hand. (Photo: KEITH HAMSHERE XXX UNITED ARTISTS)

    Telly Savalas, left, with George Lazenby as James Bond in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service." (Photo: NONE DANJAQ S.A.)


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    To: StockDung who wrote (19404)12/13/2013 11:01:37 PM
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    I doubt he wore a seat belt...

    Or that Bond practiced safe sex.

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    From: StockDung1/2/2014 8:44:44 PM
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    Touch of the magic airbrush? Ex-Bond girl Jane Seymour, 62, flaunts her toned bikini body and claims she's in 'better shape than four decades ago' BJane Seymour, 62, could pass for a woman half her age on the new cover of Closer Weekly where she appears wearing nothing but a hot pink bikini.

    The British-born actress, who has four children from two of her four marriages. told the magazine: 'God, I’m in better shape now in some ways than I was when I was doing the [1973] Bond film [Live and Let Die].'

    She insists that she does not diet and attributes her youthfully toned 5ft 3in 115lb frame to tri-weekly gym sessions, tennis, golf and swimming. When traveling she likes to power walk and do push-ups.

    Swinging sixties: Jane Seymour, 62, appears on the newest cover of Closer Weekly wearing nothing but a bikini

    'I just want to be as healthy as I can be for as long as I can. No diets here,' the Los Angeles-based star said.

    'I hate to deny myself things. If I have pasta, I'll just eat half of it.'


    On the cosmetic surgery front she previously admitted to getting breast implants following the birth off her twin boys in 1995, a 'minor' eye-lift and Botox injections.

    But now she says she prefers to keep things natural.

    Flashback: Ms Seymour, pictured at the age of 21, says her secret to a toned figure is tri-weekly gym sessions, tennis, golf and swimming

    Good genes: The British-born actress seen around the age of 30

    'I tried [Botox] and hated it. I’d never do it again. For me it doesn’t work because I’m an actor and I need to be able to move every part of my face.

    'I think I’m being hired a lot because I haven’t done all the stuff everyone else is doing.'

    To slowdown the signs of aging, she shares, 'I always wear a hat when I’m out in the sun. I drink a lot of water, and my skin is at its best when I’ve had sleep.'

    Ms Seymour, who became a U.S. citizen eight years ago, first came to public attention in 1973 as Tarot-reading Bond girl Solitaire in Live And Let Die.

    On the market: Ms Seymour, pictured in January (left) and September (right) 2012 separated from her fourth husband, James Jeach, last April - the couple have two children together


    She made her big screen comeback in 2005 with the hit comedy Wedding Crashers.

    In the film she played an older woman, which involved the first topless scene of her career as she seduced young actor Owen Wilson.

    But with such a well-preserved figure she had to qualms with putting it on show.

    Set to turn 63 next month, she describes being in her sixties as 'pure joy'.

    'The best thing . . . is being alive and healthy!'

    She adds that she feels most beautiful, 'When I’m holding my grandchildren and with people I love.'

    The blonde beauty separated from her director husband of 20 years, James Keach, last April and has since been spotted on dates.

    For more, pick up the new issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now.

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    To: StockDung who wrote (19406)2/12/2014 12:59:15 PM
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    Rolls-Royce Seals $1 Billion Engine Deal With Lockheed Martin

    Engines to Be Used for Super Hercules Planes

    By Rory Gallivan
    Feb. 12, 2014 7:23 a.m. ET

    LONDON— Rolls-Royce Holdings RR.LN +0.41% PLC said on Wednesday that it has completed an agreement with Lockheed Martin Corp. LMT +0.78% worth up to $1 billion to deliver around 600 engines for Lockheed's C-130J Super Hercules military transport planes.

    The engine agreement will service U.S. government and international contract requirements between 2014 and 2018, Rolls-Royce said.

    Shares were up 0.66% at 1,213 pence just after midday.

    Write to Rory Gallivan at

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