MI6 launches the first edition of the Casino Royale
Production diary with news on a delayed start, Aston
Martin status, title theme and Bond girl race...
Casino Royale Production Diary #1
13th December 2005
The lead story for the first Casino Royale Production Diary
on MI6 will not be good news to fans. The start date for principal
photography of the 21st James Bond film has been delayed until
January 30th 2006. Originally slated to commence on January 17th,
the two week delay follows news that shooting at Pinewood Studios
has been cut back to
only a single week.
This delay does not affect the release dates though,
with the film still on schedule to open in the USA and UK
on November 17th 2006. Sony Pictures have published
a full list of international release dates.
Crooner Tony Christie, who recently re-found fame with a
charity version of his hit song "Amarillo", has
through the tabloid press since May that he is writing
a song for Casino Royale. The latest twist to this story
came this week when Christie said he was approaching
Robbie Williams to sing the theme, which will be recorded
MI6 has learned that the production is currently in the
process of deciding the style of the song and discussing
possible artists, but has not commissioned anyone officially.
Tony Christie is writing this song off his own bat, much
like Alice Cooper did in 1974, when the rocker submitted
a theme for "The Man With The Golden Gun". David
Arnold will be composing the score, contrary to IMDB
errors that lead to speculation that he had left the production.
Above: James Bond #6 - Daniel Craig
Above: Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Internet rumours suggested that some Aston Martin cars were
delivered to Casino Royale special effects wizard Chris
Corbould last month at Pinewood Studios, but the identity
of the car model was not known. MI6 can reveal that as of
today, Aston Martin still do not have an official deal to
appear in the 21st James Bond film.
Although parent company Ford have a three picture contract
with Eon Productions, which started with 2002's "Die
Another Day", Aston Martin are yet to hear of an agreement
between the parties. Despite the lack of an official deal,
the car for the film is still expected to be the Vantage
V8, which was
tipped by company Design Director Henrik Fisker back
in February 2004.
Another rumour doing the rounds over the past month was a rumour
that the rooftop chase sequence originally filmed but cut from
1969's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" will be featured
in "Casino Royale". The Bond series has often reused
scenes either dropped from previous productions or skipped from
Fleming's novels, so the inclusion of a traditional chase across
rooftops will not be a surprise to long term Bond fans.
Is he or isn't he? Bollywood actor Gulshan Grover can't seem to
make his mind up about his involvement with the film. MI6 first
revealed back in May that Grover
had been meeting with American-based casting, followed up
by the actor claiming he had a role. It seems the Indian press
had misquoted Grover somewhat, and he retreated by saying he was
only under consideration. Last week Grover
"confirmed" to the Indian press that he was playing
a bad guy role in the film.
Perhaps more credible though, is the latest casting story.
Pop singer Seal
has been linked to a villain role as a South African money
launderer called Solari. After the British tabloids
had claimed their exclusive on Sunday, the German press
followed up with calls to Eon Productions, who declined
to comment on the story.
Casino Royale was originally planned to shoot in South
Africa, which would explain the rumoured role's nationality,
and Solori could be writers Purvis & Wade recycling
the draft name for "Die Another Day"'s space weapon
Icarus, which was originally called Solaris. Bond gamers
will recall that Seal's wife Heidi Klum played Bond girl
and femme fatale Katya
Nadanova in the 2004 videogame "007: Everything or
Above: Seal with wife Heidi Klum
Ever since Daniel Craig was unveiled as the sixth 007, media speculation
on which women will co-star with the new Bond has been rampant.
Three names have received more media coverage than others: Angelina
Jolie, Kimberley Davies and Charlize Theron. At first
the rumours of Angelina Jolie appeared to be based purely
on her past history with Craig in "Tomb Raider", but
the story soon expanded to include talk of scripts and Jolie
demanding a darker character to the traditional Bond girl -
which Vesper Lynd surely satisfies.
Australian actress Kimberley
Davies was the next name to be linked with a Bond girl role,
with German media outlets citing "insider" sources claiming
she was under serious consideration for both her looks and her
acting ability. But Davies has already played a Bond girl. Gamers
may recall that she voiced the Australian character Alura McCall
in the 2002 videogame "NightFire".
South African actress Charlize
Theron is the latest name to be linked with a role, as the
The Daily Mirror "exclusively" reported that Academy
Award winner was being lined up as Vesper. According to the paper,
"she is British director Martin Campbell's first choice".
Cynics may point to the fact that Theron is currently promoting
her latest movie, "Aeon Flux", in which she is reported
to have commanded a £6 million pay day.
Above: Charlize Theron,
Angelina Jolie, Kimberley Davies
International actress Cassandra
Hepburn has been rumoured for a screen test too, but Cecile
De France and Jasmine
Lennard have both reportedly had auditions but have been ruled
out of the running.
Above: Dame Judi Dench will reprise
her role as M despite the character of 007 going back in time
to the start of his career.
In other production news, director Martin Campbell confirmed
that despite the back-to-basics approach for the film, 007
will not be seen smoking in the film - because of the
"need for Hollywood to set an example to young people".
Casino Royale will also "only
feature one explosion" according the Campbell.
The budget of the movie has been rumoured to be $100m, down
slightly on the last outing due to the cost saving in switching
Dench confirmed her return as M for her fifth appearance
as the MI6 spy chief, but is yet
to meet up with the director "I haven’t seen
Martin [Campbell] since we did Goldeneye. I haven’t
seen him. I haven’t seen him lately, just been told
I’m going to do it. And he’ll tell me how to
reported back in September, Gary Powell has confirmed
his position as Stunt Coordinator. Stunt legend Vic Armstrong,
and Bond mainstay since "You Only Live Twice", will
not be joining the team.
Omega will be supplying
James Bond's watch in the film, maintaining their involvement
since the beginning of the Pierce Brosnan era, but the former
Bond will be ending his contract as brand ambassador at the end
of this year. The new watch is rumoured to be the Omega Planet
Ocean, rather than the traditional Seamaster.
Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli (Eon
Productions) and directed by Martin Campbell, CASINO ROYALE is
scheduled for release November 17, 2006. Principal photography
will start on January 30th 2006, with locations in the UK, Czech
Republic (Prague), Italy, and the Bahamas. It will be British
actor Daniel Craig’s first outing as James Bond. He is the
sixth actor to play the 007 role in the franchise.
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