The first published rumour of Bond 21's possible schedule
was revealed this week in the "Bond List" newsletter
by Matt Sherman from 007Forever.
In the context of speculation that Pierce Brosnan may attend
the 6th Bond Collector's Weekend, it was revealed that Pinewood
has reportedly been reserved from 1st August 2003 onwards
for Bond 21 pre-production.
Update: Pinewood Studios have now confirmed this
in a statement:
"The Bond offices have been pencilled
in, and the stages where all the filming takes place have
been booked by Eon Productions."
Tomb Raider 2 has wrapped recently, and Thunderbirds -
which was delayed due to "Die Another Day" overrunning
- is currently shooting across 5 stages at Pinewood.
Shooting would not be likely to start until January 2004
at the very earliest.
MI6 have received intel from three reliable sources that
EON are targeting a December 2004 release for Bond 21. This
would give the production one month longer than the filming
period that "Die Another Day" encompassed.
This news contradicts statements from MGM chiefs that they
want a 2005 release and another three year gap in the hope
of emulating the box-office success of "Die Another
Day". The flagging movie studio has been quick to distance
itself from relying on the Bond franchise cash-cow after
each of the last three Brosnan outings.
The rumoured release date of 2004 should please 71% of
Bond fans, who voted for it as part of the MI6
Bond 21 survey.