After an intense ten days of press rumours and statements
from agents in Bombay, Eon Productions have denied
all links with Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai for Bond
Eon Productions Deny All Links To Aishwarya
15th April 2003
10 days on from the first announcement by Aishwarya Rai's
personal secretary that she was starting talks for a role
in Bond 21, Eon Productions have denied all links with the
The Rai story started on 4th April 2003 when her personal
secretary, Hari Singh, told AFP that she was starting talks
to be the Bond girl in the 21st instalment of the series:
"I cannot name the agency as it is confidential. But
they are keen to cast her."
Press and media wires turned white hot with the prospect
of Bollywood's hottest property getting involved with Bond,
and in the maelstrom other actresses were linked to the
Above: Aishwarya Rai does her best Christmas
Yesterday, the "confidential" agency - Imagio Entertainments
- came out of the shadows to tell press in Bombay that rumours of
other Indian actresses being considered were false, and Rai was
the only one in contention for Bond 21: "We have not approached
any other Indian heroine for the role. Aishwarya is an extremely
talented woman and we are in daily contact with her regarding the
Today Eon Productions gave a statement to The Times
Of India to debunk the story and deny all links with
Aishwarya Rai and the Bombay based agency Imagio Entertainments:
"These are rumours. We have not
approached Aishwarya... we have no script, no casting agent,
not even a date for the film," said Catherine
McCormack of Eon Productions.
In response to Imagio Entertainments' claims of working
on behalf of Eon ion Bombay, McCormack said, "We have
never asked them to do any work for us. When we get a script,
well get a casting agent and they will start to look around"
When pressed about the possibility of Rai - or another Indian
actress - being involved at a later date, McCormack left the door
open, "Perhaps. But we have not thought of it at the moment".
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