The unstoppable juggernaut that is the Aishwarya
Rai Bond 21 story continues to roll with an amazing
admission by the Bollywood star - talks are in progress...
Rai Reveals Discussions
23rd January 2004 / 13th February 2004
Despite both Eon
Productions and her
own agent denying links between Aishwarya Rai and
Bond 21, the Bollywood star has gone on the record in
a Times of India interview that discussions
with her and the project are in progress.
Although she could not give any details or specifics,
her admission that discussions are ongoing reveals a different
story to that of the agency denials:
stage and something is finalized, I may be able to shed
"But let me say here again
that with nothing on the anvil as yet, I cannot comment.
Right now, 'my lips are bonded',
oops sealed! Ha ha ha!"
Right: Bollywood star Aishwarya
UPDATE: February 13th 2004
Speaking to the Hindustan Times, Rai confirmed that she has
been approached and she will be considered for a part in Bond
21 if there is an `Asian character`...
"I did meet the people who wanted to cast me in the Bond
film, so I put them to my agents. They told me that if they used
an Asian character they would come to me. They were scripting
the role at the time. Since then, I have not been contacted."
The story of Aishwarya Rai and Bond 21 has been
a roller coaster of press rumours, mysterious agencies, official
Although discussions to star in the next
Bond film are now evidently taking place, her agent
cleared up a few
rumours earlier this month.
Back in 2003, journalists keen to continue the press rumours
concocted a scenario whereby Rai apparently met Brosnan
at at party and was offered the nod on a role.
agents were more than happy to clear up this falsehood
earlier this month, along with speculation of a body double
needed for the sex scenes she would not shoot for moral reasons.
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 installment of the series. 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 project
Bond 21, due for release in November 2005, has no script -
although a treatment by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade ("The
Day") has been drafted. Filming is expected to start in January
2005 until July 2005 at Pinewood Studios and around the world.
: Eon Productions Deny All Links To Aishwarya Rai
: Agents Target Aishwarya Rai
: Aishwarya Rai - Bond 21 Girl?