"Casino Royale" director Martin Campbell
has revealed in an interview that James Bond will
be going back to his roots in the new film...
Casino Royale - James Bond Begins?
24th February 2005
Royale", the 21st James Bond film due out in 2006, will
be taking 007 back to his roots according to an interview with
director Martin Campbell. "Casino Royale" was Ian Fleming's
first Bond novel, and it seems the film series will be rewinding
back to 007's early career when he first started out in the Double-O
If you are unfamiliar with Ian Fleming's 1953 novel, click
here for a literary primer.
Speaking to the New
York Daily News, Martin Campbell (who also directed the 1995
Bond film "GoldenEye) revealed the concept behind "Casino
Royale" and how the character will be unlike anything we
have seen before...
"There are things that will have to be changed from the original
novel. The Cold War elements will have to be reconfigured, for
example, but 'Casino Royale' will be a grittier, tougher and more
realistic Bond movie. We'll be getting away from the huge visual
effects kind of films."
"In the new film, Bond is essentially starting out in his career,
and has just recently become part of the double-0 section. The
idea is to put a bit of the dash back in Bond. By the end of the
movie, the character will have been forged into the wiser, harder
Bond we know."
"The door is open for Bond, emotionally. "He's in love with Vesper
[Lynd] and he sees there's another side to all of this, that life
might be far more pleasurable, more gratifying, than being a secret
agent. And ultimately that door is slammed in his face, which
makes him the tempered steel kind of guy that we know."
On the subject of the graphic torture that Bond suffers at the
hands of Le Chiffre, Campbell said "I don't know what we're going
to do about that. It ranks up there with the teeth-drilling scene
in 'Marathon Man.' I'm looking forward to humanizing Bond a bit.
In the novel, Bond smokes 70 cigarettes a day - unbelievable.
And he gets a little drunk."
MGM and Eon Productions officially
announced the film earlier this month in a statement that
also confirmed Martin Campbell as director and that no casting
decisions on the role of James Bond had been made.
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