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 Daniel Craig poses for photographers as he attends the October 2015 world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall,  London of Spectre, his previous film as James Bond. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

After years of rumour and speculation, Daniel Craig’s return to the role of James Bond – and Danny Boyle’s appointment as director of the new 007 movi(...)

With the wealth of inspiration that the homeliness of Christmas offers, Easter can appear to be literature’s second-string festival. As a festival, Ea(...)

Paddy Considine: “I thought maybe I was one of those guys like Alex Ferguson; that I’d be better in management than I was as a player. I felt very insecure about acting, so I thought I’d be happier behind the camera.” Photograph: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

At first glance, Journeyman looks like another one of those appositely scrappy, noble British boxing films. Actor Paddy Considine’s second outing as a(...)

David Morrissey as Aulus Plautius, the leader of the invading Roman army, in Britannia

You hear David Morrissey before you see him: his low, slow, booming voice is clearly an actor’s projection, speaking of Rada training and a theatre ca(...)

Daniel Craig: The other Bonds just  wore the suit. This one was scarily real. Photograph: Britta Pedersen

For decades the James Bond series has been the Rolls Royce of British cinema: deluxe film-making that maintains a reputation for excellence, while sim(...)

 Daniel Craig on  the red carpet at the French premiere of tpectre in  2015. He’ll be getting his suit out again so.  Photograph:  Benoit Tessier/Reuters

The worst kept secret in the entertainment industry is finally out. Daniel Craig has confirmed that he will be playing James Bond in the upcoming 125t(...)

Zoe Kazan’s  abiding cultural memory of Ireland, where she shot What If with Daniel Radcliffe, is the National Wax Museum. Photograph: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Nothing can really prepare you for how disarmingly honest Zoe Kazan is. The grand-daughter of Hollywood legend Elia Kazan and, for 11 years and counti(...)

Jez Butterworth, Laura Donnelly and Sam Mendes at the press night after-party for ‘The Ferryman’ in London. Photograph: Dave Benett/Getty Images

Northern Ireland, usually so remote on the periphery of English consciousness, is everywhere in London these days. The DUP’s 10 MPs at Westminster, fr(...)

Christopher Nolan’s company Syncopy briefly appeared as a co-producer on Bond 25. Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Ah, the search for the new James Bond. Like the source of the Nile or the first cuckoo of spring, that subject has offered pundits endless material fo(...)

Author Roald Dahl circa 1989 with his grandson Luke Kelly, who is now the managing director of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate. Photograph: Jan Baldwin via The New York Time

The grey doorway in London’s Marylebone neighbourhood here is unmarked but for 11 words spelled out across the top rail: “The greatest secrets are alw(...)

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