Another day, another interview from Casino Royale
director Martin Campbell on the status of the film
and casting of James Bond number six...
Casino Royale - Campbell Comments
7th October 2005
magazine has joined the ranks of those who have spoken
to "Casino Royale" director Martin Campbell over
the last few days (see earlier articles: Director
Reveals More and Casino
Royale October Report), and gleaned some new
tidbits on the status of James Bond and re-confirmed other
"We're still working on the script, we're casting,"
he said. "We've tested actors and we're looking at
tests to see how they come out, doing all that. As yet,
nobody; we haven't decided on anybody – and I don't
think anybody is the front-runner. I think we're looking
at the tests very objectively, and taking our time with
it because the point is that whoever plays it has to do
three movies, it's a huge commitment."
Above: Director Martin Campbell
When quizzed about how many contenders are in the running, Campbell
said "It's probably more like 8 or 10. What you do is you test
and you cut and you look, and you try to divorce yourself from any
prejudice you may have, so that when you see the test you can just
look at it as, "There's an actor, up for Bond". That's
how you've got to do it."
Above: British Pan paperback cover
On the subject of why Paul Haggis was brought in to polish
the script, he said "If you read the book, the relationship
between Bond and Vespa (sic) was a very complicated one.
The idea was to get some character into her, to make her
a very strong girl so she stands up to Bond; she's his sort
of equal. Certainly, psychologically speaking – and
it needs someone like Paul to pull that off. To bring out
genuine character – and also to bring the humour.
Gone will be the awful one-line clunkers. Hopefully there
will be a little bit of wit in this one."
"I don't think it [Bond] needs reinvigorating. –
I think what it needs is a fresh coat of paint. I think
the last Bond got so out there, with the action and stuff
– so what do you do from there? This will be grittier,
more realistic. It's when he just earns his double-O stripes,
so he's kind of raw.
"He's got an arrogance, he thinks he can do what he
wants to do – he thinks with his heart instead of
his head, so he gets a few of the rough edges knocked off
him on the way through the story. So by the end of it he
becomes the Bond that we all know."
Empire asked, is Casino Royale turning in to "Bond
Begins"? "Sort of, yeah. There's a little bit
of that. But it's certainly more gritty and realistic, no
doubt about that." Campbell confirmed again that the
age range of Bond's character in the 21st film will be "about
"Casino Royale", the 21st James Bond film,
will be directed by Martin Campbell and shooting is scheduled
to commence on January 17th 2006 for release on October 19th 2006.
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