Is Pierce Brosnan back as 007 for James Bond 21?
Cindy Macdonald reports exclusively for MI6 on the
current status of the film...
James Bond 21 - September Report
21st September 2004
Every month I will be updating MI6 readers on the latest status
of the 21st James Bond film with inside stories from the production
and sifting the real news from the many rumors, including a recap
on the top stories of the month. You can contact me through the
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Brosnan's Back In Action
Pierce Brosnan will be back as James Bond for a fifth time
if negotiations complete successfully. After
leaving the door open for a return last week, when he
denied ever officially retiring from the role, Brosnan is
back in talks to return to the tuxedo and has agreed in
principal to star in Bond 21.
MI6 revealed last week, as soon as the Sony
buyout of MGM had been announced, Brosnan was back
at the negotiating table with Eon Productions to bash
out a deal for the next film - officially slated for release
on 18th November 2005.
As well as the role of 007, MI6 regulars have been approached
to return, although no casting decisions have been finalized
yet. Should a deal with Brosnan fall through, James
Purefoy is the top candidate to become James Bond #6.
Some pre-production units which would have started initial
work on the film touted for a January 2005 shoot are still
to be formed according to production regulars, making
a delay to the expected start date increasingly likely.
PROGRESS REPORT - SEP 04
MGM have accepted a buyout deal from Sony. The
board are expected to sign off on the deal by September
27th. Sony will negotiate specially with Producers
Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli to iron out
a roadmap for 007's future (more).
Pierce Brosnan denied ever officially retiring
from the 007 role, citing a misquote in Entertainment
Weekly as the cause for the confusion (more).
Some pre-production units which should be in place
by now for January 2005 shooting are still to be
Click here for the
Bond 21 status report from August.
A New Direction
In a few days time, the MGM board are expected to sign
on the dotted line of Sony's buyout offer and the legal
wheels will be put in motion to retire "Leo the lion"
come the end of 2005. Although most of the current MGM
slate is expected to be canned, the longest running film
franchise in movie history is to receive special treatment.
James Bond 21 may seem to be in development hell from
the public perspective, but the Bond machine is still
ticking over in the shadows of the multi-billion dollar
As of the time of writing, the task of deciding who will
helm the 21st film is well under way. The choice is down
to just two directors, one of whom will pick up from where
Lee Tamahori left with "Die Another Day". Although the
names are officially under wraps for the moment, one is
rumored to be Stephen Frears who was onboard the ill-fated
"Jinx" spin-off project.
Location, Location, Location
Recent rumours that Bond 21 will head abroad have been
blown out of proportion, as usual, by the British press.
Studio space at Pinewood has been booked for some time.
At present, this is still the case, although the likelihood
is that the start of shooting will slip from January 2005
Scouting trips to Prague in the Czech Republic have been
mistakenly reported by the press, who jumped to the conclusion
that Bond was heading abroad due to changes in the UK tax
laws - which have affected a number of British productions
Prague has been researched as a possible location to feature
in the film, rather than studio space, even though local
facilities are desperate for 007 to move there for the entire
production (as Sony's Bond spoof "xXx" did in 2002).
- Cindy Macdonald
A selection of recent rumors (mostly from the tabloid press) regarding
Scott (Denial), IMDB
(Plot Summary), Dougray
Scott (Bond #6),
Sir Ben Kingsley (Villain), Angelina
Jolie (Villain), James
Purefoy (Bond #6), Kiera
Knightley (Bond Girl), Eric
Quentin Tarantino (Director), Eric
Bana (Bond #6), Julian
McMahaon (Bond #6), Norika
Fujiwara (Bond Girl)
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