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Listening Exercises: James Bond profits

If you need to practise listening exercises for an English exam? Try this listening test below about the massive success of the latest James Bond movie.

 

Instructions

 
Click on the audio below and START the test to say what the missing numbers from the text are:
 

Listening Exercise: Missing Numbers

 
The  (1)____________  James Bond movie arrived in cinemas last weekend with a bang! It was the number one film in 25 overseas markets grossing   (2)____________  million on its opening weekend. In Britain alone, the film made an astonishing  (3)____________  million (or £20.1 million). That means that it is the biggest opening so far of 2012 and in the UK it was the second biggest opening of all time; the record is held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

This proves that Daniel Craig's popularity is rising, despite there being some doubts over his casting when it was first announced in   (4)____________.  Skyfall looks certain to become the most successful Bond movie ever and beat Craig's first Bond outing in Casino Royale, which saw profits of   (5)____________.

The release of SKYFALL coincided with the 50th anniversary of the James Bond series which began in   (6)____________  with Sean Connery as Bond in Dr. No. Does the financial success of Daniel Craig mean that he will now be considered the best James Bond over and above Sean Connery? (Look at the stats comparing the two here.)

It seems that everybody makes money out of James Bond. When the crew were filming in Istanbul, local shopkeepers were paid   (7)____________   per day to compensate them for the disruption. Do stores in Istanbul make that much every day? Expenses like these help us to understand why the producers took a reported   (8)____________   from Heineken to promote their products in the film.
 

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Listening Exercise_James Bond Numbers

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Listening Exercise Answers/Transcript

 
The 23rd James Bond movie arrived in cinemas last weekend with a bang! It was the number one film in 25 overseas markets grossing £48.3 million on its opening weekend. In Britain alone, the film made an astonishing $32.4 million (or £20.1 million). That means that it is the biggest opening so far of 2012 and in the UK it was the second biggest opening of all time; the record is held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

This proves that Daniel Craig's popularity is rising, despite there being some doubts over his casting when it was first announced in 2005.  Skyfall looks certain to become the most successful Bond movie ever and beat Craig's first Bond outing in Casino Royale, which saw profits of $586m.

The release of SKYFALL coincided with the 50th anniversary of the James Bond series which began in 1962 with Sean Connery as Bond in Dr. No. Does the financial success of Daniel Craig mean that he will now be considered the best James Bond over and above Sean Connery? Look at the stats comparing the two here.

It seems that everybody makes money out of James Bond. When the crew were filming in Istanbul, local shopkeepers were paid $418 per day to compensate them for the disruption. Do stores in Istanbul make that much every day? Expenses like these help us to understand why the producers took a reported $45m from Heineken to promote their products in the film.

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