The official casting announcement on the role of James Bond 007 #6 will be made in London on Friday 14th October 2005...

James Bond #6 Announcement Set
13th October 2005

Reuters reports that Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Hollywood studio backing new Bond film "Casino Royale," said on Wednesday that the actor who will portray the sixth official James Bond 007 with a license to kill would be named at a news conference in London on Friday 14th October.

No further details were disclosed, and the mystery remains over who will star in the film franchise that has grossed nearly $4 billion at global box offices since the first Bond flick, "Dr. No," hit the silver screen in 1962.

Reports in London have identified English actor Daniel Craig, who recently starred in the gangster film, "Layer Cake," as the new Bond, but that could not be confirmed.

The new actor will succeed Pierce Brosnan, who first donned Bond's tuxedo for 1995's "Goldeneye" and ended his run with 2002's "Die Another Day".

Above: Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig together at the GQ awards recently.

Four others have portrayed Bond. Sean Connery and Roger Moore had six and seven successful outings respectively as the secret agent, while George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton only appeared in three adventures between them.

"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. Stay tuned to MI6 for the latest and most accurate coverage of Casino Royale.

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