MI6 reports on the Brazilian actresses about to
be screentested for a potential role opposite Daniel
Craig in the 22nd James Bond
Bond 22 Pre-Production Diary (14)
15th October 2007
Searchlight Lands On Brazil
The search for the next Bond girl is well
under way, with casting notices sent out specifying "a Latina actress
in her late twenties, preferably with South American roots".
MI6 has learned
that several Brazilian actresses have met the initial requirements and are
under early consideration to play opposite Daniel
Craig in the 22nd James Bond film.
Headlining the small group
of women hoping they will be eternally known
as a "Bond Girl" is Brazilian actress
Camila Alves. The 22 year-old model-turned-actress,
who has worked in television and film, seems
to meet all of the requirements. Her past
experience includes a Hollywood production
- Alves worked on the 2002 Cuba Gooding
Jr. adventure comedy "Snow Dogs" -
and her Hollywood contacts include current
boyfriend and actor Matthew McConaughey.
Up until recently, she lived in New York
where she studied acting at the Lee Strasberg
Theatre Institute, where the likes of Marlon
Brando and Al Pacino cut their teeth.
Alves confirmed that she will be screentesting
for the Bond girl role in Rio at some point during the last two
weeks of October.
Above: Brazilian model and actress Camila Alves.
Another two actresses reportedly under consideration
are Brazilian starlets Juliana Paes
Lima, who were in contact with the production by Wednesday 10th
October. The agent for 28 year-old Juliana Paes confirmed that
she "was very happy about the opportunity" and has already performed
test in Los Angeles and is due to
back for another. A representative for Fernanda Lima confirmed
the actress is also due to screentest for the Bond girl role.
30 year-old Lima's credentials include "Stuck On You" (2003)
starring Matt Damon, and strong English skills.
Above: Bond girl hopefuls Juliana
Paes (left) and Fernanda Lima (right)
Casting Alves, Paes or Lima would be the first
time that a Brazilian actress has had a major role in a Bond
film. Back in 1979, Adele Fátima as cast in "Moonraker" but
her character was later recast to Emily
Bolton. Adele did shoot
some minor scenes around Sugar Loaf Mountain with Roger
but they were cut from the final film.
Pre-Production News Round-Up
Away from casting news,
writer Paul Haggis has admitted
that a plot or the 22nd James Bond film was thrown out
late on in script development. Speaking to Esquire
magazine in early September, Haggis said "I thought
I had come up with a terrific plot, and we'd worked it
all the way through, and yesterday we tossed it out." As
with "Casino Royale",
Haggis is rewriting a first draft script by regular Bond
scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Comparing
this latest 007 outing to his first, Haggis said "this
one's tougher than "Casino Royale", which wasn't a small
amount of work, but there was an existing book."
David Arnold has confirmed
he is composing the score for the 22nd James Bond
film. The news was announced via his official site: "David
will be scoring the next Bond film, working alongside
Marc Forster and everyone at Eon Productions." Bond
22 will be Arnold's fifth consecutive 007 outing, having
previous scored "Tomorrow
Never Dies" (1997), "The
World Is Not Enough" (1999), "Die
Another Day" (2002)
and "Casino Royale" (2002).
Above: Bond 22 will be Daniel Craig's second appearance as
Judi Dench had given some hints that M might be traveling
abroad again in the 22nd James Bond film.
Speaking on the red carpet of the UK National Movie Awards, Dench
was asked about the upcoming
Bond film, which will be Daniel Craig's second as 007. "All
I've been told is to stand by for - I think - December, and I
might get away again"
As MI6 revealed last month, location
scouts for the 22nd James Bond film visited
Panama recently to
it as a shooting venue that could possibly double for South America.
Local news reports now claim representatives are back
in the country
finalising agreements to host Daniel Craig's second outing
as 007. Exact locales are yet to be confirmed, but it is understood
that the region of Provincia de Colón has been the focus
of scouts due to its beautiful coastline. If everything goes ahead,
shooting initial shooting is scheduled to start in early November,
with 300 to 400 cast and crew members descending
on the country in late October.
In September, a list of
projects the studios were making a priority before the possible
Writers Guild, Directors Guild and Screen Actors Guild strikes
was posted online. Industry watchers have now received
an updated list which states that the 22nd James Bond film is scheduled
January 2008. This date is a few weeks later than originally
thought, as The Hollywood Reporter previously
stated the film
would lense on
or around 10th December 2007.
Across the industry, studios are going into panic mode amid
fears that a strike that could paralyse film productions may
start as early as next month - and not next summer as was widely
expected. Talks between Tinseltown producers and the Writers
Guild of America, the body that represents screenwriters, have
bitter in recent weeks. The guild also recently sought an authorisation
to strike, leading studio executives to believe that work stoppage
from November 1, the day after the current agreement expires,
is a real possibility.