MI6 reports on even more Brazilian beauties being lined up for screentests for a potential role opposite Daniel Craig in the 22nd James Bond film...

Bond 22 Pre-Production Diary (15)
19th October 2007

Earlier in the week, MI6 exclusively reported on three Brazilian models & actresses that were lined up for screentests for a potential Bond girl role opposite Daniel Craig in his second outing as 007. The casting notice dictated "a Latina actress in her late twenties, preferably with South American roots", and local agents have now come up with an even longer list of prospective Bond girl candidates.

Early Runner Bows Out
Camila Alves, Juliana Paes and Fernanda Lima were the first three names to be revealed. Since then, Fernanda Lima has discovered she is pregnant with twins. Her mother confirmed that she has reluctantly had to pull her self out of the running.

MI6 understands that local casting agent Ruy Brito is organising screentests for the candidates in Rio, and will send the tapes to production chiefs at the end of the month. A further round of screentests will then take place to determine final casting decisions. It is not known how many actresses from other countries are under consideration.


Above: Fernanda Lima has removed herself from the race to become the next Bond girl.

Six New Faces
New local talent added to the early screentest roster includes Lívia Rossi, Juliana Galvão, Michelle Alves, Ana Paula Araújo, Fernanda Motta and Paula Franco.

Top Row: Lívia Rossi, Juliana Galvão and Michelle Alves
Bottom Row: Ana Paula Araújo, Fernanda Motta and Paula Franco

Lívia Rossi and Juliana Galvão (27) are television soap opera actresses, Michelle Alves (29) is a Victoria's Secret model, Ana Paula Araújo (25) is a runway model, Fernanda Motta (28) has had bit parts in TV including a US show "Yes, Dear", and Paula Franco (28) has acted in several Brazilian TV shows.

Despite local reports to the contrary, Taís Araújo and Grazielli Massafera have denied being contacted about the Bond 22 role.

Tabloid Talk
Longtime Bond soundtrack writers David Arnold and Don Black are said to have approached Finnish rocker Ville Valo, lead singer of metal band HIM, to record the theme to the 22nd James Bond film, according to UK tabloid the Daily Star.

The 30-year-old rocker was allegedly approached by the Bond team at the BMI awards on Tuesday (16th October 2007) where he was honoured for his hit Wings Of A Butterfly.

A source told newspaper, "David Arnold and Don Black were in deep conversation with Ville on the night. "They love the song that won him an award. They think he has just the right ear to write a classic Bond hit with them."