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James Bond star Léa Seydoux lands key role in ‘Dune: Part Two’
No Time to Die star Léa Seydoux has landed a key role in Dune: Part Two.As reported by Deadline, the actress has been cast by director Denis Villeneuve as Lady Margot Fenring, a member of the Sisterhood of sorceresses.Seydoux joins an all-star cast for the sequel, including Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Florence Pugh, Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista and Austin Butler.In May, it was announced that veteran actor Christopher Walken will also join the sequel as Emperor Shaddam IV, another significant character in the story.Pre-production on Dune: Part Two began in April, according to Villeneuve – who will once again write, direct and produce the epic’s latest chapter.On what to expect from the sequel, Villeneuve previously told ET Canada: “I cannot say nothing about the movie – I don’t like to talk about projects as I am doing them – but it’s probably going to be the biggest challenge of my career, again, because it’s even more complex than Part One.”Elsewhere, the director recently confirmed that Zendaya will have a significantly larger role in Part Two, having featured sparingly in the first film.Speaking to Variety, he said: “For Zendaya, I will say Part One was a promise. I know that we saw a glimpse of her in Part One, but in Part Two, she’ll have a prominent part.“We will follow Timothée [Chalamet] and Zendaya on their adventures in the desert.
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James Bond star Sean Connery's ‘sensational’ Picasso takes home whopping £17.7m at auction
James Bond star's family put the artwork up for sale to raise funds for the Sean Connery Philanthropic Fund.It will donate money to good causes in Scotland and the Bahamas, where the star lived with his wife Micheline for more than 30 years.Edinburgh-born Sir Sean bought Buste D'Homme Dans Un Cadre a few years before his death aged 90 in October 2020.The 1969 painting was sold in Hong Kong yesterday by auction house Christie's and had been expected to fetch at least £15million.Auctioneer Georgina Hilton wore a Bond-style tuxedo in tribute to 007 and described the painting as “sensational”.The bidding started at £10 million and received five offers before attracting a final price of £17.7million, including the buyer's premium.The most expensive Picasso ever sold at auction was Les Femmes d'Alger (Version 'O') which sold for $179.4 million (£142 million) in 2015.Speaking before the sale, his stepson Stephane Connery, an art adviser, said: “Sean had an extraordinary sense of aesthetics, composition and movement honed by his career in a visual medium as well as his long marriage to Micheline, a fine and internationally-exhibited painter.“He loved and owned numerous works by Picasso, and upon seeing Buste D Homme Dans Un Cadre, he was captivated by its expressive power and freedom.“It seems fitting that this work would be sold in Asia as Sean had a tremendous affinity for Asia and its culture.”He added: 'Before Sean passed away in 2020, he allocated a sizeable portion of his estate to be used for philanthropic purposes.“We - his family - are now working to create a fund that will offer support to organisations that reflect Sean's interests and passions, and serve to keep his legacy of integrity, opportunity and effectiveness
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'Big mistake!' James Martin full of regret over opening up about Barbara Broccoli romance
He said: “It was a big mistake.“I stupidly didn’t listen to people, but I won’t be doing that again.“I know now that you don’t sell your story. “My industry is based on what I do, not who I am," the chef added in unearthed book quotes, which were previously serialised by MailOnline.James first met Barbara in 2001, and the filmmaker, now 61, is 12 years James’ senior. She bid £18,000 for James to cook for her at the time. James was 29 when they met, and visited her Chelsea home to cater for her dinner party. He wrote later: “The meal was hilarious, and we just clicked.” In spite of their romance not being a quick fling, their lives were too different. The pair decided to call it quits in 2006. James also explained that he would often feel starstruck when out with Barbara. He would frequently find himself in the presence of A-listers such as Halle Berry and Nicole Kidman, which he said made him nervous. James confessed, too, that Barbara, whose net worth has been estimated at $400 million, had often showered him with expensive gifts, such as an £180,000 Aston Martin. As of late, James Martin no longer speaks publicly about his dating life. Despite this, it is known that he is dating TV producer Louise Davies. The pair met on the set of Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? but they prefer to stay out of the spotlight. When together, the two are rarely photographed. 
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Saturday Morning chef James Martin on why he split from Bond star ex Barbara Broccoli
James Martin, 49, once dated Hollywood legend Barbara Broccoli, who is 12 years his senior.The Saturday Kitchen chef addressed why he called it quits with the James Bond producer back in 2008.James met Barbara, 61, at a charity auction and recalled how the pair “instantly clicked”.The pair went on to date for five years before they finally went their separate ways, with James admitting that there would always be “an imbalance” between them.James, who opened up about their break-up in 2008, confessed that the worlds they came from were just too different. The chef recalled often feeling starstruck in the presence of Hollywood stars like Bond Girl Halle Berry or Nicole Kidman.While James enjoyed plenty of gifts from Barabra over the years, he described how her generosity was eventually the straw that broke the camel’s back.Barbara, who has an estimated net worth of $400 million, had showered him with some incredible presents – including three genuine Picassos.But when she tried to buy James an £180,000 Aston Martin DBS with the chassis number 007, it all became too much for the British TV chef. “It wasn’t as if it was my birthday or Christmas – it was just a spur of the moment thought,” he wrote.“In the end I said, ‘If I want something, I’ll work for it. Just drop it or we’re going to fall out over this’.“It was a defining moment in our relationship.
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How James Bond's creator used a dead man to trick Hitler in Operation Mincemeat
Hitler was massive, involving soldiers, sailors, airmen, factory workers and many other people in a wide range of occupations.But perhaps the strangest operation of World War 2 was dreamed up by a novelist.Ian Fleming, long before he became famous as the creator of super-spy James Bond, worked as assistant to the director of Naval Intelligence, Admiral Sir John Godfrey (who was the inspiration for Bond’s boss M).In 1943, with the massive Allied invasion of Sicily poised to strike at what Churchill called the “soft underbelly” of Hitler’s Europe, the German defenders needed to be lured elsewhere to prevent a bloodbath on the beaches.And back in 1939, Fleming had dreamed up a secret plan as wild as the plot of any of his novels that would distract the Nazis from the obvious target.In fact, the original idea was pinched from a 1937 detective novel by Basil Thomson, The Milliner’s Hat Mystery.In a list of ideas for baffling the German High Command, Fleming wrote: “A suggestion (not a very nice one).“A corpse, dressed as an airman, with despatches in his pockets, could be dropped on the coast.”The fake despatches would contain misinformation to convince Hitler’s henchmen that the strike would come not in the obvious place of Sicily, but in Greece and Sardinia.From Fleming’s “not very nice” idea Ewen Montagu of Naval Intelligence, a barrister in civilian life, and the RAF’s Charles Cholmondeley, created Operation Mincemeat, an operation so bold, and so strange, it’s inspired two major feature films.Many of the details of the plan were only declassified in 1996.
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