News on location shooting in the Bahamas and roof-top
action, plus a full casting round-up and the latest
on the 21st James Bond production...
Casino Royale Production Diary #3
29th January 2006
Bahamas Location Shooting
A popular hotel in the Bahamas is about to be transformed
into the Liberian Embassy in Madagascar for the purposes of the
pre-titles sequence in Casino Royale. The Buena Vista, a 200-year-old
mansion hotel, will double for the location in the film. The old
colonial building will be painted to make it look even older when
it is transformed into the embassy, where the new James Bond will
take on bad guys in the upcoming Casino Royale. Filming starts
there on February 23rd.
Above: The Buena Vista
hotel at day (left) and night (right).
As previously revealed by MI6 in the first Casino
Royale Production Diary (#1), a roof-top chase sequence
that was originally cut from the 1969 film "On Her
Majesty's Secret Service" will be resurrected for a
Casino Royale action sequence.
"free runner" Sebastien Foucan has been hired
to appear in the film. A chase scene is planned which will
unveil the new Bond in the form of actor Daniel Craig. Foucan
will be performing the stunts of Bond's adversary in the
sequence which is currently being shot on location in the
Above: Sebastien Foucan in action
This news three points that have been rumoured recently: firstly
that the Bahamas location will be doubling for an African country
- Madagascar, secondly that the location will be used early on
in the film, and lastly that a roof top chase sequence will feature
as a major action sequence.
Aston Martin Bonds Again
The famous auto-maker confirmed this month that it will return
in Casino Royale but this time with a new secret model - the Aston
Martin DBS. The press release only contained a concept sketch
of the latest car, but Daniel Craig got to see the machine at
first hand as he visited the Aston Martin headquarters in Gaydon,
Warwickshire, on Friday to view the featured car. While there
he met Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez, and
members of the workforce and also took the opportunity to take
a short test drive. MI6 can reveal that despite earlier comments
by director Martin Campbell, the DBS will be fitted out with the
latest gadgets and gizmos for an exciting car chase.
Above: Aston Martin DBS concept sketch
MI6 exclusively announced last week that the classic Aston Martin
DB5 will also be making an appearance in the film. The classic
DB5, which first appeared in Goldfinger (1964) and then Thunderball
(1965), will be making a brief return in Casino Royale. Devoid
of its original Q-Branch gadgetry, the DB5 will be used as Bond's
personal car, much like it's appearance in GoldenEye (1995) and
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). Two original DB5's are being shipped
to the Bahamas where location shooting with Daniel Craig is expected
to commence in one month's time. The latest rumours are that Bond
the DB5 in a poker game early in the film.
miniatures of the Aston Martin's set to feature in the film
at the London Toy Fair. The cars will cost £11.99 GBP and
will be available in October 2006 in anticipation of Casino Royale
opening in theatres.
A Balanced Bond
Daniel Craig let
slip a few of his thoughts on his forthcoming work on
Casino Royale to the press this month.
"There is something universal about a hero who is
flawed. 007 does shitty things, but what's interesting is
how he gets to that point. Hopefully that's what the movie
will look at. Bond is basically a dislikable human being,
and yet so incredibly likeable because he is such a rogue.
That's the balance I would like to strike with him."
On the subject
of costume, Craig told The Observer that James Bond
will not be wearing his traditional tuxedo in the film.
"Actually, he doesn't wear one in this version. I'm
not sure if I should tell you that though".
Judi Dench - who will be reprising her role as M in
the film - said of Craig, "I have met him and I liked
him enormously. We had a laugh and that always bodes well."
Above: James Bond #6 - Daniel Craig
Above: Ludger Pistor
MI6 revealed earlier this week that German
actor Ludger Pistor had personally confirmed that had
signed to play a substantial role. Speaking from his vacation
in India, Ludger Pistor confirmed that he will be playing
a Swiss Banker in Casino Royale.
Despite winning the role, Pistor has still not seen the
complete script or all of his lines, which will not surprise
those following the latest rumours that the screenplay is
being hastily rewritten. "I have only seen fragments
of it", Pistor said.
"I do not even know whether I stand on the good or
bad side. That is a secret so far". But the actor explained
that even if he did know something, he would say nothing
- to keep his part secure.
The 46-year old's role will take him to Prague, Italy and
the Bahamas, and he confirmed he has been told to expect
to shoot for four to five weeks throughout the course of
In other villain casting news, French actors Michael
Youn and Romain Duris screentested for the role of the main
villain. French newspapers reported that Simon
Abkarian had won the role over Youn. Despite this "confirmation",
Youn went on
the record that he had made it down to the last five contenders
and was still to hear either way. It was also reported that Seybina
Baldi had been cast as a villain's henchman. MI6 also revealed
that Icelandic actor Bjorn
Hlynur Haraldsson had screentested for a henchman role. 31
year-old Haraldsson said that he is still hopeful of landing the
role, but at the time to screentesting, the script was still not
Bond Girl Race & Rumour Round-Up
According to the French press, Italian actress Caterina
Murino has been signed up to play a major "bad
girl" role. According to the paper, Murino will play
Solonge, Demetrius' girlfriend in the film. Murino will
shoot in the Bahamas and in Prague.
revealing three of the main contenders screentesting for
a Bond Girl role, the Mail
On Sunday claimed that favourite Rose Byrne had been
signed - "Australian-born Rose, now based in London,
was one of four starlets vying to play opposite Daniel Craig
as Vesper Lynd".
British actress (and daughter of former Bond girl Diana
Stirling also screentested and had been in contention
since Craig's announcement in October 2005. The news was
backed up by intel received by AICN.
But rival newspaper The
Sun countered by claiming that Thandie Newton had been
cast following a successful
Meanwhile on the rumour mill, Angelina
Jolie bowed out of the running due to her pregnancy,
"King Kong" star Naomi
Watts was apparently chased by producers, and glamour
Price was vying for a cameo as a casino croupier.
Above: Caterina Murino
In other production news, Crowley
Maritime Corp confirmed that they will carry 28 pickup trucks,
25 production trailers, 11 excavators, cranes and other equipment
to Nassau next month for filming of "Casino Royale".
Soho-based company root6
has been appointed to provide editorial support. Post-production
will be centred in Prague, Pinewood Studios and Soho, where root6
has worked with equipment hire company LEM and the editorial team
to design the required workflow for the project. Casino Royale
is the third Bond feature supported by the root6 team which also
worked on Die Another Day and ‘The World is Not Enough.
Teaser Trailer Imminent?
trailer for the 21st Bond film may not be far away. Sony Pictures'
"The Da Vinci Code" is reported to be carrying the Casino
Royale teaser trailer in theatres when it opens on May 19th in
the USA and UK.
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
will start 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.
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