The Casino Royale road show made its final stop in Shanghai, China to promote the film, where director Martin Campbell confirmed he is unlikely to helm Bond 22...

Casino Royale Shanghai Premiere
30th January 2007

Following the national Chinese premiere in the capital Beijing on Monday, the Casino Royale road show made its final stop in Shanghai to promote the film in the city today. The 21st James Bond film Casino Royale opened nationwide in China on Monday 29th January 2007, but the new 007 Daniel Craig, Bond girl Eva Green, director Martin Campbell and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson gave fans in Shanghai a night to remember.

Above: Daniel Craig and Eva Green pose for the camera in Shanghai

Campbell spoke to reporters about the phenomenal success of the film, and the prospects for China as the nation's censors warm to 007. "After 21 Bond films it is pretty obvious that it is very significant to be the first Bond film to be shown here", he said. According to an AFP report, ff the film proves a success in China, then it would not be unthinkable that a future Bond movie may one day be filmed in China and that a Chinese woman would play the "Bond girl," he said. "It would depend on the subject matter, but obviously it would be a wonderful place to come and shoot".

Above: Daniel Craig signs autographs for the fans, director Martin Campbell poses for the press

Whilst answering questions about the film and the future for Bond, Martin Campbell dropped a bombshell that it would be unlikely that he would be returning to direct the 22nd film, due out on 7th November 2008, despite the global success of Casino Royale. Prior to this, sources close to the franchise were strongly tipping him to helm the next film.

Above: Daniel Craig and girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell, and Bond girl Eva Green

Daniel Craig was also positive on the prospects of working in China. "It would be wonderful to come here to do a film ... this is a stunning place and there would be unlimited places (to film)", he told local reporters. He also mentioned that he was a big fan of Chinese film and would love to work with leading Chinese actresses like Gong Li or Zhang Ziyi, "I'd love to work with them... I'm a huge Gong Li fan, I could happily watch Jet Li until I'm blue in the face"

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