Writer Paul Haggis talks about the story for Bond 22 and confirms some long running rumours. MI6 rounds up the latest pre-production news...

Bond 22 Pre-Production Diary (8)
26th August 2007

As with Casino Royale, Paul Haggis has now taken over the screenplay for the next James Bond film from a draft penned by regular scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Whilst Haggis was promoting his new film "In the Valley of Elah" today, which he wrote and directed, the chance was not missed by press to get the latest scoop on Daniel Craig's second outing as 007 - "Bond 22".

When talking about what it is like to work on Bond as a writer, Haggis told ComingSoon, "Bond is just pure imagination; you just get to have fun. It's escapism and it's fun, but I try to ground him as a human being."

He was also keen to draw a distinction between his vision of Bond's character and the one that shot and bonked his way around the world in previous decades, "My Bond is an actual assassin; when he kills someone, he kills them with a knife, they're bloody and he pays a price. He denies that he pays a price, but he does."

"When he sees a woman who witnesses something horrific, and he sees her taking a shower, he doesn't just go in there and f*ck her, like the old Bond would have done. He sits there with her, and she says, 'I can't get this blood from my fingernails.' So he helps her get the blood from her fingernails; that's what he does, that's my Bond. So it's a different guy; it's a guy who's much more like these guys, these heroes (in 'Valley of Elah')."


Above: Paul Haggis

Haggis confirmed long-running rumours that Bond 22 would follow directly on from the events of Casino Royale ("It picks up 2 minutes after the last one, and it's going to be fun") and that it would follow the tone of the last film and not be jokier, but also took the opportunity to shoot one down ("Carice van Houten's great, isn't she – but she's not going to be in this one"). He added a cautionary note to those speculating about the plot of the next film, "everyone says they know what the ending is, and they're wrong. Everyone thinks they know about the Bond Girls, and they're wrong."

Above: Director Marc Forster

You Didn't Bring Any Chocolates?
Some scenes of the 22nd James Bond adventure could still be filmed in Switzerland, according to local press. The report comes off the back of rumours citing the Swiss Alps and a ski sequence as potentials for Daniel Craig's second outing as 007.

"As soon as we knew that Marc Forster grew up in Switzerland and would direct the next James Bond film, we had to offer our services", said André Brice of the Swiss film commission (Film Location Switzerland). "Still nothing is definite, but the chances bode well", he added.

It would not be the first time that the world's most famous secret agent had visited one of the well-known mountain ranges or a Swiss city. Both "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and "Goldfinger" have shot in the country.

Forster recently commented that due to the heavy use of the country in O.H.M.S.S, filming scenes there may add nothing new - but added that decisions are far from complete,

Right: The iconic scenes in O.H.M.S.S. may work against Switzerland's chances of featuring as a location in Bond 22


MI6 reported this month that some filming has already taken place in Siena, Italy - and exclusively revealed that more Italian locations are planned, including the Basilicata region in the south of the country.

Above: Daniel Craig watches the action from the Palace Of Elci in a balcony overlooking
the "Madonna dell'Assunta Palio di Siena" horse race which pitches 10 neighborhoods
against each other.