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It appears from press reports, that Orlando Bloom, of Troy and Pirates of the Caribbean fame, is to be the new Young James Bond.

 

 

 

Orlando Bloom

 

LONDON: 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 secret agent.

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.   Source:  The Times of India

 

Born 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 the Guildhall 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 Los Angeles.

 

 

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OTHER FACTS

  • His birth date is January 13, 1977.

  • His nicknames are Orli and OB.

  • He has brown hair and brown eyes.

  • He's around 5'11" (180 cm)

  • He's not yet married.

  • He used to smoke, but quit in 2002, which caused him to start biting his nails instead.

  • While 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 computers".

  • He 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!

  • A 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.

  • His sister Samantha is 2 years older than him.

  • He has a dog named Sidi.

  • His 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.

  • Has a tattoo of 'nine' in Elvish on his right forearm, and a sun on his torso that he got when he was 15.

  • He can speak French.

  • He 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).

  • As a kid, he was dyslexic, and now he says he is "mildly dyslexic".

  • He says he's currently into "all sorts of music, mostly the Ben Harper, the David Gray, and the Bob Dylan type of folk music."

  • For 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

  • He 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.

  • He 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.

 


 

 

 

Orlando Bloom - Eligible

 

Orlando 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 magazine Tatler.

 

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."

 

 

Other Orlando Bloom Articles

 

Orlando Bloom in films for women - and not money   Music Reviews  Latest news  Film Reviews


 


 


Filmography as: 

 

Actor, Producer, Himself, Archive Footage, Notable TV Guest Appearances

 

Actor - filmography


(In Production) (2000s) (1990s)

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean 2 (2006) (pre-production) .... Will Turner

  2. Elizabethtown (2005) (post-production) .... Drew Baylor

  3. Kingdom of Heaven (2005) (post-production) .... Balian of Ibelin

  4. Haven (2004) .... Shy

  5. Troy (2004) .... Paris

  6. The Calcium Kid (2004) .... Jimmy Connelly

  7. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) .... Legolas
    ... aka Herr der Ringe: Die Rückkehr des Königs, Der (Germany)
    ... aka The Return of the King (USA: short title)

  8. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) .... Will Turner

  9. Ned Kelly (2003) .... Joe Byrne

  10. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) .... Legolas Greenleaf
    ... aka The Two Towers (USA: short title)

  11. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002/II) (VG) (voice) .... Legolas

  12. Black Hawk Down (2001) .... Pfc. Todd Blackburn

  13. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) .... Legolas Greenleaf
    ... aka The Fellowship of the Ring (USA: short title)
    ... aka The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: The Motion Picture (USA: promotional title)

  14. Wilde (1997) .... Rentboy
    ... aka Oscar Wilde (Japan: English title)

 

Filmography as: 

Actor, Producer, Himself, Archive Footage, Notable TV Guest Appearances

 

Producer - filmography

  1. Haven (2004) (co-producer)

Filmography as:

 

 Actor, Producer, Himself, Archive Footage, Notable TV Guest Appearances

 

Himself - filmography

  1. The Making of 'Troy' (2004) (TV) .... Himself

  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Quest Fulfilled (2003) (TV) .... Himself

  3. National Geographic: Beyond the Movie - The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) (TV) .... Himself

  4. An Epic at Sea: The Making of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' (2003) (V) .... Himself

  5. The Essence of Combat: Making 'Black Hawk Down' (2003) (V) .... Himself

  6. The Making of 'The Lord of the Rings' (2002) (V) .... Himself/Legolas Greenleaf

  7. Making the Movie (2002) (TV) .... Himself
    ... aka Making the Movie: The Lord of the Rings (USA)

  8. "Secrets of Superstar Fitness" (2002) TV Series .... Himself

  9. National Geographic: Beyond the Movie - The Lord of the Rings (2001) (TV) .... Himself/Legolas Greenleaf

  10. A Passage to Middle-earth: Making of 'Lord of the Rings' (2001) (TV) .... Himself

  11. Quest for the Ring (2001) (TV) .... Himself/Legolas Greenleaf

Filmography as: 

 

Actor, Producer, Himself, Archive Footage, Notable TV Guest Appearances

 

Archive Footage

 

  1. Making It at Holby (2004) (TV) .... Himself

  2. DNZ: The Real Middle Earth (2004) (TV) .... Himself/Legolas

  3. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003/II) (VG) .... Legolas

  4. Lord of the Piercing (2002) (TV) .... Legolas

 

Filmography as: 

 

Actor, Producer, Himself, Archive Footage, Notable TV Guest Appearances

 

Notable TV Guest Appearances

  1. "GMTV" playing "Himself" 30 April 2004

  2. "T4" playing "Himself" 25 April 2004

  3. "Access Hollywood" 30 December 2003

  4. "Tinseltown TV" playing "Himself" 20 December 2003

  5. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" playing "Himself" 5 December 2003

  6. "Primetime Live" playing "Himself" 4 December 2003

  7. "V Graham Norton" playing "Himself" 31 October 2003

  8. "V Graham Norton" playing "Himself" 9 July 2003

  9. "The Brendan Leonard Show" playing "Himself" in episode: "Pirates" (episode # 1.20) 7 July 2003

  10. "So Graham Norton" playing "Himself" (episode # 5.15) 1 March 2002

  11. "The Johnny Vaughan Film Show" playing "Himself" 16 January 2002

  12. "Total Request Live" playing "Himself" 14 December 2001

  13. "The Saturday Show" playing "Himself" 8 December 2001

  14. "Smack the Pony" (uncredited) (episode # 2.6) 26 May 2000

  15. "Midsomer Murders" playing "Peter Drinkwater" in episode: "Judgement Day" (episode # 3.3) 29 January 2000

 

 

Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean

 

 

Favorites and Firsts

 

    Favorite Color: Yellow.
    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 them.
    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 and Amelie.
    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 ($230).
    First Hollywood Crush: Linda Evans on Dynasty.
    First Concert: Jamiroquai in Canterbury.

     

     

     


     

     

     

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QUOTES

 

"When 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."

 

"People come into your life and people leave it... you just have to trust that life has a road mapped out for you."

 

"As 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".

"I'm 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."

 

"The 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."

 

"I 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?"

 

"Viggo 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!"

 

"I 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 normal things."

 

"I 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 that?"

 

 


 

 

LINKS TO PICTURE GALLERY

 

Elizabethtown
Miscellaneous

Kingdom of Heaven
Miscellaneous
Trailer Screen Shots

Troy
Miscellaneous
Trailer Screen Shots
Entertainment Tonight interview
Movie Screen Shots from Oprah
HBO's Making of Troy
E!'s Behind the Scenes of Troy
Cannes Red Carpet
Cannes Photo Call
Cannes TV Screen Shots

Haven
2004 Toronto International Film Festival
Entertainment Tonight interview

The Lord of the Rings
The Fellowship of the Ring Screen Shots
Special Extended Edition Screen Shots
Features from Spec. Edition Screen Shots
The Fellowship of the Ring Miscellaneous
The Two Towers Screen Shots
The Two Towers Miscellaneous
The Return of the King Screen Shots
The Return of the King Miscellaneous
Decipher Cards

The Calcium Kid
Miscellaneous
Movie Screen Shots
Trailer Screen Shots
Feature on Sky Movies

Ned Kelly
Trailer Screen Shots
Movie Screen Shots
Miscellaneous
Screen Shots from Interview

Pirates of the Caribbean
Screen Shots from Trailer and Press DVD
Publicity Stills and Miscellaneous
Press Conference
Disneyland Premiere
London Premiere
E! News and AH at London Premiere
AOL First Look
E! News Live and Mexican Interviews
Intro to Trailer
Access Hollywood Segments
Entertainment Tonight 1
Entertainment Tonight 2
SKY Movie News Segment

Black Hawk Down
Movie Screen Shots
DVD Featurette Screen Shots
London Premiere
Miscellaneous

Midsomer Murders
Midsomer Murders Screen Shots

Wilde
Screen Shots

 

 

 

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