Official word has broken on which actresses were
candidates for the Vesper Lynd role in Casino Royale.
MI6 tracks back the rumours...
Casino Royale Bond Girl Candidates
7th July 2006
Towards the latter half of 2005 and into early 2006, much debate
was had over who would be playing the Bond Girls in the new James
Bond film "Casino Royale".
With Daniel Craig cast as
007 back in October '05, the media had months to fill with
speculation over his female co-stars. Eva Green was eventually
unveiled as Vesper Lynd
on February 16th, but dozens of names had been touted by the
Casting director Debbie McWilliams revealed in an interview
this week who the big names were that came close to starring in
"Casino Royale". MI6 now tracks back the rumours...
"The two [actresses] who were very strongly considered were
Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron", confirmed McWilliams.
"I met Cécile De France, too, and she was lovely,
but her English wasn't really up to scratch for us."
Above: Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron were the two big
name actresses lined up for "Casino Royale". Both
turned the part down.
A favourite with the media and public alike, rumours of Angelina
Jolie appearing in a Bond movie are not new, and have appeared before
"Casino Royale". However, thanks largely to the Halle
-effect in "Die Another
", she was seriously considered for a role this time
around. Press reports covered her candidacy, feedback on the role
and also her reasons for turning it down due to pregnancy.
A favourite of former James Bond actor Pierce
Brosnan, who reportedly tipped her as a potential Bond girl
on his later films, South African actress Charlize Theron was
also considered for the role in "Casino Royale". Media
reports correctly identified her as a strong candidate and also
announced her turning the role down.
Célice De France
Cécile De France was considered for a role based on the
strong track record of French-speaking leading ladies in the series
to date. The Belgian actress was turned down due to her weak English
though, according to McWilliams. Movie sites correctly announced
her audition and also her failure to land the part.
Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli (Eon
Productions) and directed by Martin Campbell, CASINO ROYALE is
scheduled for release November 17, 2006. Principal photography
started on January 30th 2006, with locations in the UK, Czech
Republic (Prague), Italy, and the Bahamas. It will be British
actor Daniel Craig’s first outing as James Bond. He is the
sixth actor to play the 007 role in the franchise.
The film also stars Judi Dench, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey
Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Simon Abkarian, Tobias
Menzies, Ivana Milicevic, Clemens Schik, Ludger Pistor, Claudio
Santamaria and Isaach de Bankole.
Royale Release Dates
Royale Press Conference Video
Craig Press Conference
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