British actor Orlando Bloom actor has been signed by
Miramax to play young James Bond in his new movie which
is based on the college days of this widely popular
There were rumours floating that Bloom is taking over
the role of James Bond from Pierce Brosnan in the next
film due out next November.
According to Ananova ,
Bond producers were looking for a new leading man and
Bloom was the lucky guy who got the role.
Times of India
on January 13th 1977 in Canterbury, England, Orlando
Bloom's plans of becoming an actor developed quite early
when he realized that the characters on TV and in the
movies weren't real, that they were actors. "Once I
realized that I could be Superman or I could be The
Hustler or I could be Daniel Day Lewis's character in The
Last Of The Mohicans - I was like, "Man, I can
become an actor and be all of those things."
In 1993, he moved to London to improve his career, doing
bit parts in TV series like "Casualty".
Orlando spent two years at the National Youth Theatre
before getting a scholarship to train with the British
American Drama Academy. His first memorable appearance,
a cameo in the critically acclaimed movie Wilde in 1997,
earned him various film offers, which he all turned down
in favor to play theatre.
After Wilde, Orlando attended
School of Music and Drama for 3 years. On stage, he
appeared in plays like "The Seagull",
"Twelfth Night", and "Trojan Women".
Peter Jackson then "discovered" the
classically handsome Bloom for his much hyped Lord Of
The Rings trilogy in 1999. After doing the three Rings
movies with Jackson, he worked with Ridley Scott on
Black Hawk Down. Since then, he has been working on new
projects non-stop. 2003 saw the release of The Kelly
Gang, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black
Pearl, and The Return of the King. In 2004, Troy, The
Calcium Kid, and Haven will be released. In 2004 he
began filming his first starring role in a major
production, Kingdom of Heaven, again with Ridley Scott.
He will also play the lead in Elizabethtown, directed by
Cameron Crowe. A sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean is
also planned to start filming in January 2005. When he's
not working, Orlando divides his time between London and
used to smoke, but quit in 2002, which caused him to
start biting his nails instead.
filming Lord of the Rings in New Zealand, he got
into sky diving, bungee jumping, paragliding,
surfing and snowboarding. Now he enjoys "just
taking time to walk whether it be on location
somewhere or on a beach." "most of the
time I just chill with my friends and have a mellow
time" He also enjoys photography, shopping and
buying old antiques, and he "can't stand
says he's accident prone, and has the injury list to
prove it. He's broken his back, his ribs, his nose,
both his legs, his arm, his wrist, a finger and a
toe, and cracked his skull three times!
year before doing the Lord of the Rings, he fell 3
stories off a friend's porch while trying to open a
jammed door and broke his back. He was almost
confined to a wheelchair, but luckily the doctors
were able to patch him up. Read more about his fall here.
sister Samantha is 2 years older than him.
has a dog named Sidi.
father, Harry Bloom, died when Orlando was 4 and was
a legendary figure in antiapartheid circles in South
Africa. Harry also wrote a famous tome called
Episode In The Transvaal, was jailed for his
beliefs, and worked alongside Nelson Mandela.
Orlando and his sister were raised by their mother,
Sonia, and a guardian, Colin Stone. When Orlando was
13, his mother told him that Harry was not his
biological father, that Colin was.
a tattoo of 'nine'
in Elvish on his right forearm, and a sun
on his torso that he got when he was 15.
can speak French.
has 3 A levels, two at grade A (one was art and
sculpture - he is particularly good at sculpture and
pottery and art), one at A level for Photography,
and one at Grade C which was Religious Studies. He
also has 8 'O' levels and has a BA (Hons) Drama
degree from Guildhall School of Music and Drama - so
he is Orlando Bloom BA (Hons).
a kid, he was dyslexic, and now he says he is
says he's currently into "all sorts of music,
mostly the Ben Harper, the David Gray, and the Bob
Dylan type of folk music."
LOTR, he had to learn archery, how to ride a horse
bareback (while shooting an arrow), and how to fight
and wield two swords. "I started off with
archery, I rode about 20 different horses, I had
physical training in the gym, and I had to learn the
Elvish ways of speaking and fighting. Their fighting
is based on ancient European and Asian martial arts,
so I had a trainer who taught me how to use the
blades. I also did a lot of movement training,
because movement is my way into the character."
- SFX Magazine
originally auditioned for Lord of the Rings in the
part of Faramir, Boromir's brother, who wouldn't be
introduced until The Two Towers. But Peter thought
he would be perfect for Legolas instead. Orlando
learned that he got the part the day before he
graduated from Guildhall.
wears a replica of the One ring that says "To
wherever it may lead." It was given to him by
one of the make-up artists on LOTR.
Bloom - Eligible
Bloom was voted the most
eligible person in British society and film last
year. The Pirates
of the Caribbean star knocked hunky British royal Prince
William off the top spot in this year's poll by society
Editor Georgie Grieg also placed Orlando's sexy co-star
Keira Knightley at the top of the list.
He says, "It is a very dynamic and sexy list.
Bloom is the name, face, body and mind whom all women
would seem to feel happy having on their arm. "Keira's the brightest young thing of her
generation, with long limbs and fine features."
Murders" playing "Peter
Drinkwater" in episode: "Judgement
Day" (episode # 3.3) 29 January
Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean
Favorite Foods: Pasta, pizza, oatmeal, rice and
vegetables and baked potatoes.
Favorite Vegetable: Spinach.
Favorite Football Team: Manchester United. He also
likes Real Madrid because David Beckham now plays for
Favorite Sports: Snowboarding and Surfing.
Favorite Actors: Johnny Depp, Edward Norton, Paul
Newman, and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Favorite Movie: Stand By Me. He also likes The Hustler
Favorite Type of Girls: "Nice, sweet girls."
First Job: A clay trapper at a pigeon shooting range
when he was 13.
First Movie Role: Rentboy in Wilde.
First CD: Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians. Michael
Jackson's Thriller was his first 45.
First Car: A darkgreen VW Golf that cost 160 Pounds
First Hollywood Crush: Linda Evans on Dynasty.
First Concert: Jamiroquai in Canterbury.
you start falling for somebody and you can't stop
thinking about when you're going to see them again, I
love that," "Women are beautiful. They deserve
to be cherished and respected." And, he adds with a
laugh, "They're a handful."
come into your life and people leave it... you just have
to trust that life has a road mapped out for you."
soon as I got to New Zealand, I went bungee jumping. I
was standing on the platform for one hour contemplating
whether to jump or not".
probably a good boyfriend, but I'm pretty intense. When
you're with me it's exciting, fun and very intense. At
the same time I'm easy going. But all that depends on
what girl I'm with."
girls have got a bit excited. I spoke to my agent and
she says she's wading through the fan mail. We've got
bags of it."
got to dress up in funny clothes and run around New
Zealand with a bow and arrow for 18 months, how bad
could that be?"
will go on about Elves and how they're always doing
their nails and brushing their long, blonde hair, and
being all prissy. And i just say: Well, at least I'm
going to live forever! Got that? LIVE FOREVER!"
can be a little bit outrageous. I can be a lot of
things. I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so I love to
go out there and do kind of crazy stuff which is
slightly outrageous, like bungee jumping, skydiving,
surfing and that sort of stuff. But I also like to just
chill with my friends and go and see movies and do
mean, I have a great job. I get to dress up and become
somebody else, especially when it's someone like Legolas,
who's this super-cool kind of otherworldly elf. It's,
like, I'm lucky, man, so why would I not appreciate