More details on the production status of "Casino
Royale" have been revealed by director Martin
Campbell , including further insight into the James
Bond casting situation...
Casino Royale - Campbell Reveals More
5th October 2005
More details on "Casino Royale"
production have spilled from director Michael Campbell's
recent "Legend of Zorro" press conference in Paris
earlier this week. Yesterday,
Campbell revealed details on the casting situation.
Today, Swedish site Vlt
has on more tidbits from Campbell on the state of the 21st
James Bond film.
Campbell went on record that they are looking for a younger
actor to play a younger James Bond. This possibly rules
out Barbara Broccoli's personal choice Daniel Craig from
the final four in the running, leaving Henry Cavill, Sam
Worthington and Goran Visnjic. MI6 reported exclusively
in March that Visnjic was Campbell's favourite for the
role before screen testing had begun.
On the subject of an "unknown" taking the role,
Campbell explained that getting a well known actor with
an established career to sign up for three films in a row
is next to impossible. Campbell's comments were likely to
be a nod to Clive Owen, who turned down a three picture
offer to become the sixth 007 reportedly due to the contractual
Other rumours were debunked by Campbell, including internet
speculation over a possible Bond girl role for Sienna Miller.
Above: Goran Visnjic is director Martin
Campbell's favourite for the role of James Bond.
Plot & MI6 Staff
As for the plot of the movie, Campbell revealed that the film
will be based closely on Ian Fleming's novel, especially the second
half of the plot which will be kept almost intact. Backing up
his earlier rebuttal of screenwriter Paul Haggis' "no gadgets"
comments, Campbell said the film will be a blend of the down to
earth nature of the book as well as the usual cinematic extravaganza
- including gadgets.
The only casting confirmed by Campbell was that Dame Judi Dench
would be returning
as M, and John Cleese as Q - despite
rumours of a possible omission of his character from an early
draft. Samantha Bond is sticking
to her word and will not be returning when Pierce Brosnan
is officially replaced.
Production will shoot studio scenes in Prague,
and location work will take place in the Bahamas as exclusively
revealed by MI6 last month. Campbell also added that some
filming will still take place in Pinewood on the 007 stage to
keep up tradition.
Stop The Press!
MI6 has gleaned additional information... Campbell has hinted
that the first section of the movie revolves around a girl Bond
falls in love with. This character has yet to be cast. Also, due
to the casting delays, principal photography may be set back until
February 1st 2006.
"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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