LONDON: Iconic British secret agent James Bond’s ability to unite the British people is required now more than ever, tennis star Andy Murray said in a candid interview with The Times on Saturday. The 30-year-old defending Wimbledon champion was speaking about unity after a year in which the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union and suffered three deadly terror attacks as well as this week’s devastating fire in London. Murray, talking ahead of the key Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen’s which gets underway on Monday in London, told The Times: “Every time a new James Bond movie comes out everyone’s so pumped for it and we start comparing the Bonds. “People know James Bond as being a British icon. “With everything that’s happened over the last year, the country has a decision to make. “Does it divide us or does it bring us together. The closer together we become, the better it is for the country,” said Murray, who came out in support of a pro Scottish independence vote in 2014. Murray, whose mother Judy joined him in being honoured by Queen Elizabeth II on Friday, said unlike Bond he craves to go unrecognised. “I don’t like being the centre of attention and obviously when you lose a match and there are lots of people around, you just want to go unnoticed,” he said. Murray has been promoting this weekend’s ‘The Great Get Together’ to honour the politician Jo Cox who was murdered a year ago. He agreed [Read More…]
BERLIN: Germany’s former top spy, Werner Mauss, went on trial Monday accused of hiding millions of euros from authorities. The 76-year-old dubbed “the German James Bond” had often been sent on classified operations abroad, but his secret financial dealings are now under scrutiny. He risks up to 10 years in jail if found guilty of shortchanging the state out of a total of 14.45 million euros ($16 million) in taxes from 2002 to 2013. Prosecutors are accusing Mauss of placing large sums of undeclared funds in offshore accounts, including in the Bahamas, national news agency DPA said. This James Bond keeps his personal life undercover Investigators first got on his trail after one of his aliases was found among names of UBS account holders found on a CD which the state of North-Rhine Westphalia had purchased from a whistleblower, according to business daily Handelsblatt and Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Mauss had allegedly failed to declare an account that he holds with the Luxembourg subsidiary of UBS. His name subsequently also emerged in relation to several shell companies listed in the so-called Panama Papers — leaked documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca that exposed the murky offshore financial dealings of the rich and famous. Outrage: ‘James Bond’ writer blasted over Idris Elba snub Mauss has rejected any inkling of wrongdoing, saying the mailbox business fronts were set up to channel funds used in relation to hostage freeing operations. During the trial, the court will seek to clear up if the account is linked [Read More…]
31 May, 2013
NEW YORK: Actor and comedian Jim Carrey will publish a children’s book, “How Roland Rolls,” in September, his publisher said on Thursday.
Sabrina McCarthy, the president of Perseus Distribution Client Services, described Carrey, known for his zany characters and comedy routines, as the perfect person to write a children’s book.
“He is such a vibrant, dynamic actor who brings amazingly vivid characters to life, and I think children will respond to the energy and enthusiasm he has brought to ‘How Roland Rolls,'” she said in a statement.
The illustrated book, about a wave named Roland, is Carrey’s first. The actor has won two Golden Globe awards as Best Actor for his performances in the 1999 film “Man on the Moon” and the 1998 film “The Truman Show.”
He appeared earlier this year in the film “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” with fellow comedic actor Steve Carell.
Perseus Distribution is a member of the Perseus Books Group.
LONDON: Sam Mendes has resumed talks with the producers of the James Bond films about the possibility of directing the next in the series, the BBC understands. The Skyfall director previously ruled himself out due to other commitments but is believed to be reconsidering. According to industry website Deadline, his change of heart was prompted by Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli’s … Click for detailed story
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