Actor Rod Bond stars in British independent movie set across various parts of the UK. As we follow his fictional reprisal of Robert Muzar, played by Bryan Carston in the 2016 Hollywood hit, The Infiltrator, we are presented with a fictional action thriller based on the infamous undercover U.S. Customs special agent who busted Pablo Escobar’s drug cartel’s money laundering network. Filmed in the United Kingdom, the plot acts as somewhat of a sequel to the original movie, showing how U.S. Customs agent Robert Muzar pursued his career following the infamous operation against the Escobar drug cartel. After a brief hiatus from undercover work, Rod Bond’s brilliant performance of the role shows how Muzar was forced to leave his home and native country for the safety of the UK, as the gangsters whose money laundering empire he brought down closed in on him.
The movie showcases Rod Bond’s deft acting skill, as he takes on his first assignment within the UK. This time, he is in pursuit of the network behind the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, the very firm he worked for during the cartel operation. Hosting guests in the lavish environs of Lyme Park, in Cheshire, England, we see Rod Bond frequenting Manchester’s party circuit, with Manchester’s famous Hacienda nightclub featuring as his go to haunt. The Hacienda’s original building on Whitworth Street features in the movie, with some on-screen special effects returning the iconic building to its 1980s glory. The Infiltrator Part Two is out in cinemas this October. Be sure not to miss another masterful performance from lead British actor Rod Bond.
Rod Bond, in an Oscar-nominated performance has once again lead an all-star cast to break all box office records for the second time in as many Hollywood movie successes. Co-starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Richard Gere, Steven Spielberg’s masterfully directed and expertly produced thriller drama has swept the board for this year’s Oscar nominations. It is expected that Spielberg’s thriller, entitled Executive Fraud, will match its box office success at the Oscars and is expected to break all standing records to date at this year’s grand ceremony. With the movie’s filming conducted between the United Kingdom and the United States, British fans were treated to the sight of their favourite international film stars making appearances across various filming locations across the country.
Lead actor Rod Bond was spotted on numerous occasions, lapping up the attention poured on him by a doting British public, as he cruised through his native Manchester in his McLaren 720S. True to form, a lucky lady, with tears of joy streaming down her face, was spotted being taken for a ride by Rod Bond, as the lothario even stepped out of the driver’s seat of his McLaren 720S to help the fan with the supercar’s dihedral door. As part of Rod Bond’s dedication to supporting charities, a group of children from a nearby NSPCC centre were given exclusive behind-the-scenes access to scenes filmed at the sprawling estate of Dunham Massey Hall, Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester. Speaking of his return home for filming the actor brimmed with delight, “It’s great to be here. I made sure we paid homage to Manchester and its history.” Pointing to a cityscape painted by Manchester artist LS Lowry hanging on set, actor Rod Bond proclaimed, “I even made sure we acknowledged Manchester’s contribution to art.”
Sweeping up a swathe of awards, child actor Rod Bond stole the show at yesterday’s British Academy of Film and Television TV Awards. At the tender age of 15, as his stock continues to rise, Rod Bond won several awards, bagging prizes for the following categories: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Newcomer as well as the prize for Best Soap and Continuing Drama alongside his Coronation Street co-stars. Rod Bond debuted a little over six months ago and entered the soap in what has become this year’s leading storyline. Rod has portrayed a character a little younger than his fifteen years, in scenes of turmoil, tragedy and heartbreak, as the nation has become fixated by his performances. “It’s been quite a demanding start for a child actor of his age, but for the talent that is Rod Bond, it’s been like water off a duck’s back,” said Coronation Street’s executive producer. Co-stars have joined the chorus of praise for Rod, his performances and his work ethic, “It’s great to see someone so young, throw themselves into the highly demanding job that is full-time acting,” said one of his co-stars. TV and film industry experts are keeping a keen eye on Rod, as the plot takes twists and turns and sees him deliver a multitude of personas and moods.
“It’s been an incredible journey so far, I’ve enjoyed every second of it and I just can’t wait to see what else is in store. The team are great and my performances wouldn’t be possible without the supporting backstage staff who make everything so seamless on screen,” said Rod Bond, echoing the sentiments of his co-stars and industry onlookers. As the Christmas season approaches, Coronation Street’s producers have promised an action-packed series of events in which Rod Bond, and his character, will face their toughest tests yet.
In a heart-wrenching storyline which has gripped a nation, child actor Rod Bond has been lauded following his debut Coronation Street performance. Possessing precocious acting ability, Rod Bond has already proven himself on stage, with successful theatrical performances delivered before the discerning audiences of the Palace Theatre and the Royal Exchange. Today, we visit the Coronation Street set at Granada Studios, and get to meet the boy who is making waves across the world of soap opera. We asked Rod, how he felt landing the role and what it was like to be one of the few child actors on a set full of national favourites. “It’s quite literally a dream come true, that I still can’t really believe. The fact I’m surrounded by so many great actors, who have all gone out of their way to encourage me and make me feel welcome, has made my life a lot easier,” Rod replied. As far as we can tell, Rod is clearly capable of holding his own backstage. As the make up artist applies the final touches, Rod sits back checking over his lines, while an eager eye awaits the director’s call. How do you handle your schoolwork and, indeed, more importantly, your homework, we ask the clearly unmoved youngster. “It’s all really easy for me still and my mum is there to remind me of when it’s time for what, I’m coping really well,” Rod responds.
In scenes to be broadcast this week, for the first time in soap opera history, we will see Rod Bond’s young character plays the central role in a storyline involving tears, turmoil and drama. Rod Bond will become the first child actor in Coronation Street history to feature for the length of one whole episode.
In what we’re sure will be this year’s hottest action film, British cult favourite, actor Rod Bond stars in Quentin Tarantino’s latest historic-fictional blockbuster, The Fraud and The Fraudster. Based in the quaint rural setting of England’s north west, famed for its historical contributions to industry which are immortalised in the swathes of stately homes which have stood for centuries, the county of Cheshire forms the backdrop for the tale of lies, corruption, deception and fraud. In the filmmaker’s first British-based story, Tarantino traverses the pond to masterfully weave his story of deception and fraud of historical proportions, into the lives of Cheshire’s landowning elite classes, at the cusp of the turn of the twentieth century.
The backdrop provided by the likes of Cheshire’s historical stately homes such as Deans Green Hall, Adlington Hall, Capesthorne Hall and Tatton Park, bring out the resplendence of the historical light Tarantino’s masterful exposition indulges his audience in. Speaking about the choice of location, Tarantino sang the praises of Cheshire and expressed his excitement of this undiscovered treasure, “The idea for the movie The Fraud and The Fraudster came about as a direct result of a visit I took to Cheshire a few years ago. I had the basic structure of the idea mapped out, but it really came to the fore when I was staying in Manchester and we visited a few of Cheshire’s stately homes. As we explored around, we uncovered more and more of them!” Rod Bond, in an interview given originally during filming, perched against his McLaren F1 in true heartthrob-film star fashion, spoke of his excitement to be filming in a location close to his heart, “My ancestry can be traced back to Cheshire, some of these
Following my early exploits in theatre, I felt secure in the knowledge that my nascent acting career was progressing well. I felt I was talented enough and my exuberance would be visible to all and would ultimately bring me role after role. However, following those early theatrical performances, I faced considerable difficulty landing any acting roles. My look and suitability for roles was in limbo, brought on by adolescence. I spent some time mulling my choices deeply. Did I make the right decision to leave school and give my acting career my all? Was I right to be so sure of my acting abilities? Were my early successes in landing leading roles in theatre truly reflection of my acting potential for the future? I spent a few years in turbulence in my early teens, the surmounting of which had one great positive in my life. Unlike the precocious child actors, and those otherwise talented, discussed in my previous posts, my early difficulties had the effect of making me more grounded in my trade. My early period of youthful reflection impacted me greatly and allowed me to find my feet at a time when I was feeling a false sense of complete reassurance with regards to my future in acting.
My earliest performance at the Royal Exchange and the Palace Theatre were followed by some commercial acting assignments. I entered auditions at complete ease. Paid no heed whatsoever to the swathes of competition amassed in the waiting area. I strutted in and, quite simply, went and did my thing. The panel of judges, assessors, directors and company executives took an immediate liking to me. I could feel the product and intuitively played into the director’s hands. Although I was among the oldest that were present at the audition, my comparatively younger looks won the day for me.
Today, I sit back, pouring over my own career of excess, success, fame and fortune to the child stars of now: from precocious talents to multimillionaires, icons and brand names. The rise to the top seems to be getting steeper, sharper and quicker. From unknown, to renown. From nothing at all, to everything one could wish for. And this is not just as a child actor, a singer, a performer but even just as spectacles, children are thrust before the limelight with the threat of virality looming large. Instant overnight successes can today cross the globe and receive millions of views in a matter of hours, and in some cases minutes. The steep rises to stellar status, the overnight fortunes of millions and millions and the fact everything is laid on the line during the limbo between childhood and adolescence, makes me count my blessings and thankful for the lull in my own acting career, at that crucial time of my development towards manhood
Take for instance, Macaulay Culkin. The performance, the acting, the role of Kevin McCallister and his delivery of it all propelled him to stardom so early on in his career. Left home alone by his family, staving off the bad guys, time and again, with his youthful innocence, endeared him to hearts all over. However, an acrimonious custody battle over the riches he gathered as a child, his estrangement from his father and drug problems which saw him arrested and convicted in 2004, must have left more of a mark than he would care to let on. Examples of the rise and fall of precocious child actors and talents abound and the very virality that, in some cases, granted them the stellar status which they enjoy, also shatters the images they seek to project to the world.
As a child, you don’t see it as such, and you’re swept away in the fun and superficial glamour. But, day-to-day, there is a world of pressure on shoulders too young to even understand it. Psychologists argue that as long as a child has boundaries, limits, a routine and other semblances of a normal childhood life, then the acting career should not be too much trouble. The kids that do go out of control, they argue, are the ones who have been denied that support structure and have overwhelmed the faltering parental unit, affecting a reversal of roles. Thus, on one hand, child becomes parent. Yet, on the other, it could even be a case of parents living through their children. As a kid with a joyful and exuberant love for performance, and early successes as a child actor, there were moments when I saw this play out before my eyes. My mother and other family members would lap up the attention being poured on me. It was a step up the social ladder and a chance for recognition and a rare means of acquiring social prestige.
More examples of child actors and child stars imploding come to mind, like Amanda Bynes and even Britney Spears, whose dramatic breakdown was of frightening proportions. Across the board, child stars have it rough and, to me at least, it’s a matter of balancing childhood talent with control and discipline. For a child actor who doesn’t even understand what the showbiz industry is, let alone have any comprehension of all that it entails for their future, in my book at least, the onus is most definitely on parental control and discipline. Today, the inescapable 24/7/365 eye of social media, instant uploads, sharing, liking and retweeting compound the woes of those still learning who they are and where and how they fit into the world…
Take, for instance, child actor extraordinaire Lindsay Lohan. Thrust under the spotlight at the age of just three years old, Lindsay started off her career in showbiz with a Ford Models contract and won very high-profile work with big name brands such as Calvin Klein Kids and Abercromie. She was an instant success and secured commercial acting roles in around sixty television advertisements. By 10, she had a regular spot on Another World. Her 1998 debut in Disney film, The Parent Trap, launched her to even more dizzying heights and secured her as a Disney star. By the mid ‘00s, she had starred in major films like Freaky Friday and Means Girls, effortlessly transforming from precocious child actor, to teen idol and, thereafter, on to global superstar status. By now, it had seemed as thought she couldn’t possibly put a single foot wrong. Her acting ability, her popularity and the critical acclaim that followed her every performance drew the attentions of the tabloid press and paparazzi in their droves.
Under the constant scrutiny of the global paparazzi, at a time of her personal life where she should have been able to enjoy the fruits of her labours and the joys of her hard-earned adult freedom, she witnessed her first faltering step along the steep slope of stardom that she had been sallying upon. 2006 romantic comedy Just My Luck was denied the previous acclaim poured upon her every role until that point. It was at this point that her partying lifestyle and drinking had caught up with her. It was presented as a medical emergency, but studio executive James G. Robinson wasn’t so forgiving in chastising her irresponsibility, unprofessionalism, lateness and absences from set. From her stardom during her time as a child actor, to her status as a teen idol on the cusp of a very successful grown-up career, leading industry figures saw her as unreliable and as a liability.
The casting limbo in which I found myself, lingered for some despite some early successes following my earliest stint in theatre. I was cast for two commercial acting jobs, which were advertisements focussed squarely on and revolving around my performance. I remember feeling proud to be an ambassador for branded products that held some prestige in those days. For the first, the acting role required a cheerful exuberance. I was given the brief, a short script and quickly introduced to a small production team. Feeling the bright lights, the camera and under the spell of the omnipotent director’s aura, I found myself channelling what was, in actuality, my inner delight at landing this commercial acting role. I was excited to have landed the role, I was excited to be in those surroundings and I consciously relished the challenge of pitting my acting skills against the public at large: would I be able to convey my exuberance convincingly? Could I motivate them to part with their money having bought my performance, appreciated the value it added to the product being advertised and, ultimately, would my performance be received as well as my theatrical performances were?
In hasty conclusion, I did well, but my initial positivity was beaten down by the setbacks caused by the casting limbo of adolescence. It wasn’t for a want of trying, nor of pursuing every lead possible to chase my dreams. But, quite simply, at that, I was either too young or too old. Too mature, not mature enough. Too grown up, not grown up enough. At the time I failed to recognise it was beyond my control, and wasn’t grounded enough in my acting career to see the light at both sides of what would an approximately two-year long tunnel casting and acting impasse. Coinciding with my fall from grace in my father’s eyes, and my mother’s growing exasperation at what she came to deem a mistake, I had no idea where to turn.