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This image released by Relativity Media shows Luke Bracey in a scene from the film, ‘The November Man’. (AP)
‘New action thriller with explosive effect’ Brosnan back as spy in ‘November’

 LOS ANGELES, Aug 27, (Agencies): Former 007 star Pierce Brosnan returns to the world of guns and spies in “The November Man,” an action thriller that pits his character against his former CIA bosses, with explosive effect. The Irish actor, who has never hidden his desire to have played James Bond for a little longer, said he is still up to the action game despite his 61 years — although he had to work hard to get in shape. “I like my b…, I like my w…,” said the man who took on the role of Britain’s most famous fictional spy in four Bond movies. “I have to keep up. Tennis, work out, work out, play tennis... I have had so many trainers.”

Shot in Belgrade, his latest movie — out Wednesday in the United States — includes all the classic action flick elements — car chases, traitors and beautiful women waiting to be saved (ex-Bond girl Olga Kurylenko). “The November Man,” which was co-produced by Brosnan and based on a series of novels by Bill Granger, tells the adventures of Peter Devereaux, a former CIA hitman brought out of retirement for one last mission. His task: to extract a female spy, who just happens to be the mother of his daughter, from Moscow because she has evidence of sex crimes committed by a Russian presidential candidate.


Parallel
Devereaux’s former spy trainee, David Mason (Luke Bracey) is tasked in parallel with killing the former lover. Devereaux is devastated and vows vengeance against his former protege. As the story threatens to blow up in the CIA’s face, Mason is given the mission of killing his former mentor, whom he still respects and admires. Brosnan admits that playing a hard-living spy again after 12 years was tough. “There is a certain mileage on the bones, the heart and the soul,” he told a small group of reporters.
 
Credibility
“You have to work just as hard (in terms of training), but you don’t have to try so hard” in terms of credibility, given his 007 fame, he added. The imposing actor, who has deep blue eyes and still a star-power smile despite his years on the celebrity circuit, said training was tough. “I have to do work. Nothing comes from nothing,” he said, joking that he was “sick” of trainers. Said to have vowed to become an actor after seeing Sean Connery in “Goldfinger,” Brosnan talks easily and openly about his time as Her Majesty’s most famous spy. “It is like being an ambassador to a small country. You have to hold it lightly, wear it with pride, surrender to it and not be trapped by any ego or fear,” he said.
 
Energy
“If you give any resistance or any negative energy it will eat you up. You have to celebrate it, enjoy it, you saved the world four times!” Ukrainian-French actress Kurylenko, who hit the big time with 2008 Bond movie “Quantum of Solace” starring Brosnan’s successor Daniel Craig, calls the Irish actor “lovely” and “charming.” “He doesn’t intimidate you, he’s very approachable,” she added. Director Roger Donaldson, who had already worked with Brosnan on 1997’s “Dante’s Peak,” added: “He’s a smart, intelligent guy (who has) made the best of his fame.”
 
This included “not letting his fame destroy him like maybe Robin Williams did,” he said, referring to the comedy icon’s recent death by apparent suicide. One of the challenges in making “The November Man” was to adapt the books to include modern technology, including cell phones, hacking and drones, the filmmaker added. “The world of spying these days probably looks like Edward Snowden stories, people just intercepting phone calls and keeping track of each other,” he said, referring to the US intelligence leaker. “But blackmailing people, getting compromising pictures of them or getting them in compromising situations I’m sure is alive and well.”
 
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LOS ANGELES:  SND is teaming up with Paris-based producer Capture (The Flag) Films and UK’s Vertigo Films to produce Benjamin Rocher’s actioner “The Squad,” a remake of Nick Love’s “The Sweeney” that will topline Jean Reno (“The Professional”). Reno will star as Buren, an old time cop who runs a squad In the Paris underworld and doesn’t play by the rules. When a heist turns into murder, Buren follows his guts and raids the house of Kasper, a former convict. The operation is carnage and Buren takes the fall for it. But when he realizes that the bank and the jewelry heist are part of a bigger operation, Buren with nothing to lose will play all in.
 
“Jean Reno, one of the most beloved French actors with a worldwide fan base, will bring all his charisma and depth to portray Buren, a tough police officer determined to do what it takes to catch the bad guys,” said Charlotte Boucon, head of international sales at SND. Lionel Uzan, director of acquisitions and international sales at SND concurred.”Benjamin Rocher previous genre movies (“The Horde,” “Goal of the Dead”) were both knockouts. He has unique skills to set up edge of seat tension. We are confident he is the perfect director for this high-octane and entertaining action film.”
 
Uzan also noted that Vertigo Films has a track record in delivering high concept movies such as “Streetdance” and “Monsters.” “We are tremendously excited to be turning ‘The Sweeney’ into this brilliant French version with the privilege of being able to work with one of our favorite actors, Jean Reno. Director Benjamin Rocher and producers SND and Capture (The Flag) Films have an incredible vision for this action packed movie set on the streets of Paris,” said James Richardson, co-founder of Vertigo Films. Pic will start shooting in Paris in late October. The theatrical release is planned for the last quarter of 2015. SND, the commercial arm of French TV group M6, will handle distribution in France and international sales rights. Vertigo Films will release the film in the UK.
 

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