Daniel Craig has been officially confirmed by Eon
Productions as the sixth actor to play James Bond
007. Craig will star in the 21st film Casino Royale
Official: James Bond 007 #6 Is Daniel Craig
14th October 2005
Official Press Release
CA October 14, 2005 – It was announced today by producers
Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
and Sony Pictures Entertainment, that DANIEL CRAIG has been cast
in the role of the legendary British secret agent, James Bond,
in the highly anticipated 007 adventure thriller CASINO ROYALE.
CASINO ROYALE reunites Wilson and Broccoli with Martin Campbell,
who directed the 1995 Bond blockbuster GOLDENEYE. His most recent
film, “The Legend of Zorro,” will be released on October
CASINO ROYALE will be the 21st James Bond film produced by the
franchise holders, EON Productions. The MGM/Columbia Pictures
production begins shooting in January and is due for release worldwide
on November 17, 2006. It will be filmed in the Czech Republic,
the Bahamas, Italy and the UK.
Above: Daniel Craig has been cast as
the sixth James Bond, following on from Sean
Connery, George Lazenby,
Roger Moore, Timothy
Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.
Neal Purvis and Robert Wade wrote the screenplay
based on famed author Ian Fleming’s first novel. The
script is currently being polished by Academy Award®-nominated
writer, Paul Haggis (Million Dollar Baby).
Born in 1968, DANIEL CRAIG was raised on the Wirral nr.
Liverpool. He moved to London to join the National Youth
Theatre at the age 17 and continued his training at the
London Guildhall School of Music and Drama. CRAIG has since
become regarded as one of Britain's finest actors securing
a variety of roles in television, theatre and film.
He is currently filming a thriller alongside Nicole Kidman,
"The Visiting", and has two films in post-production;
Steven Spielberg's "Munich" and Douglas McGrath's
"Every Word Is True", co-starring Sandra Bullock
and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Recent film credits include Sam Mendes' "The Road
to Perdition", "The Mother", "Sylvia",
and last year he received much critical acclaim for Matthew
Vaughn's "Layer Cake" as well as Roger Michell's
Wilson and Broccoli said “It has been a long time ambition
for us to film the first book in the series, CASINO ROYALE, which
defined the complex character of James Bond. We are thrilled DANIEL
CRAIG will play the character of 007. Daniel is a superb actor
who has all the qualities needed to bring a contemporary edge
to the role. CASINO ROYALE will have all the action, suspense
and espionage that our audiences have come to expect from us but
nevertheless takes the franchise in a new and exciting direction.”
“James Bond is a character without peer in motion picture
history,” said Pascal. “He is a household name recognized
in virtually every corner of the globe and because of this renown,
the casting of the new 007 takes on a special importance. We believe
that in DANIEL CRAIG we have found the ideal 21st century Bond
and we couldn’t be more privileged to be working with Barbara
and Michael, who are tireless champions and guardians of the James
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Director Martin Campbell said, “The
thing about James Bond is that each actor who has filled
the role has brought his own style and imprint. With Daniel
as our new Bond, I am thrilled to be returning to shepherd
the new 007 in the new Bond adventure.”
Dan Taylor, President of Metro Goldwyn Mayer Inc, said:
“All of us here at MGM are delighted that Daniel Craig,
an actor of such high-calibre, has been chosen to be the
next Bond. We are also very excited to be working closely
with Barbara and Michael again and with Columbia Pictures
on CASINO ROYALE, which we predict to be the biggest, best
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