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Marion Bartoli: Never say never again

Marion Bartoli was the great surprise story of last year's Wimbledon when, partly inspired by James Bond, she beat the odds to go all the way to the women's final. Life has been tough since but, she tells Paul Newman, we should not write her off just yet

Peter York On Ads: He may not be interesting, but Pierce sells us face gunk because he's worth it

We all secretly like the idea of the completely unutterable wonderfulness of wonderful people, although Brits don't believe it for a minute. Not only staggeringly beautiful, stonkingly rich and famous but also caring, thoughtful, giving and accomplished. Brad and Angelina having so much spare love to give. George Clooney is practically an Alternative Democratic President. In the studio-system years, film stars' biographies were scripted for them – invented, like their names, by company publicists. Now stars are independent brands with their own managers and publicists. They've got a lot more say in their stories and they've really revved up the rhetoric. A bit deep. And a little bit political, as Ben Elton used to say. And an awful lot of Global Caring.

Remember Me..., by Melvyn Bragg

When art imitates life, authenticity must be in the eye of the reader

Remember Me, By Melvyn Bragg

Mr Culture's new novel reads worryingly like a swan song

The Hollywood heros who refuse to act their age

Why won't Hollywood stars act their age and stop reprising the roles of their youth? Nick Hasted looks at the worst offenders

The Baker (12A)

I wonder if Damian Lewis would have agreed to star in this knockabout "killer" comedy had it not been written and directed by his younger brother Gareth.

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

Directed by John McTiernan

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

Directed by Norman Jewison

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The New Yorker film critic Anthony Lane must be feeling pleased with himself about the news that the next James Bond movie - the 21st in the franchise - will be Casino Royale, based on Ian Fleming's first Bond novel, published in 1953. Reviewing the plonking Die Another Day three years ago, and deploring the triumph of technology over suavity that the films had become, Lane addressed the master spy in these words: "All right, 007, listen carefully: I want you to go and meet a gentleman named Lee. Ang Lee. Take him a copy of this novel, Casino Royale. It may look like an ordinary paperback, but concealed within is an array of clever tricks, some of them, I don't mind telling you, on the dodgy side, and - here's the thing - nobody seems to have put it to proper use. There was once a joke version, but that doesn't count. Be a good chap and tell our Mr Lee to turn the book into a period drama, would you?" The "joke version" was a terrible 1967 spoof movie starring David Niven, Peter Sellers and, er, Woody Allen. It looks like the people at MGM have heeded Lane's suggestion. Now all they need is a new Bond. Pierce Brosnan parted company with the management after a row about profit share.

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Fencing: The swordsman who put the Pierce in 007

A famous fencer has helped Bond live another day

First Night: Die Another Day, Royal Albert Hall

Maybe another day, Bond will get the lines he deserves
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Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
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What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

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Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
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Magna Carta Island goes on sale

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Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn