Martin Campbell has revealed details on the James
Bond casting situation, plus MI6 wraps up production
news for "Casino Royale"...
Casino Royale - October Report
4th October 2005
News on the latest James Bond production "Casino Royale"
is beginning to hot up as the start of principal photography in
January gets ever closer.
French James Bond Club scored a brief interview with
director Martin Campbell this week, and the New Zealander
spilled the beans on the 007 casting status. Campbell said
that the race to become the sixth James Bond was now between
Goran Visnjic, Henry Cavill, Daniel Craig and Sam Worthington.
MI6 reported exclusively back in March that Visnjic was
Campbell's favourite for the role before screen testing
had begun. Campbell also confirmed that all four had performed
In other casting news, Campbell said that he was thinking
of casting a French actor in the role of Le Chiffre - the
original villain from Ian Fleming's debut 1953 novel. Contradicting
screenwriter Paul Haggis' back to basics comments last month,
Campbell said there would be "some" gadgets in
An announcement on the role of James Bond is due in less
than three weeks time according to Campbell, which is in
line with last month's report when MI6 learned from integrated
sources that a date in October had already been penciled
in pending an agreement on the casting.
Above: Director Martin Campbell returns
to helm 007 after 1995's "GoldenEye".
Bollywood actor Gulshan Grover is making
more noise about being cast as a villain in "Casino Royale",
backing up comments
in March that he had been approached by Eon casting agents.
Star Trek Nemesis director and career editor Stuart Baird has
been named as editor on "Casino Royale", continuing
his association with director Campbell from "Legend of Zorro".
As reported last month, the stunt team is being added to under
Gary Powell as he returns to the Bond franchise as stunt coordinator.
He previously worked with Campbell "Goldeneye" on the
elaborate tank chase sequence, and later the Q-boat aerial boat
spin for the opening of "The World is Not Enough".
The team behind the lens so far also includes cinematographer
Phil Meheux, casting director Debbie McWilliams, production designer
Peter Lamont, costume designer Lindy Hemming, post production
supervisor Michael Solinger, special effects coordinator Chris
Corbould and composer David Arnold.
"Casino Royale", the 21st James Bond film,
will be directed by Martin Campbell and shooting is scheduled
to commence on January 17th 2006 for release on October 19th 2006.
No casting decisions have been made officially. Stay tuned to
MI6 for the latest and most accurate coverage of Casino
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