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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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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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