The race to become the next Bond Girl is hotting
up, with Brazilan actress Cleo Pires the media favourite.
MI6 reports the latest news on the 22nd James
Bond 22 Pre-Production Diary (18)
5th November 2007
Bond Girl Race Hots Up
The media in Brazil has lit up with the prospect of one of their actresses becoming
the next Bond Girl. According to local reports, soap-opera actress Cleo Pires
is the favourite to land the role opposite Daniel Craig in the 22nd
James Bond film.
The 25 year-old, who has won awards for
her work on "América" and "Benjamim" has
just completed work on feature film "Meu Nome Não é Johnny".
Pires was amongst the final group of actresses
competing for the part. If reports hold true, the other
finalists from Brazil are Guilhermina Guinle,
Rita Guedes and
the much-tipped Juliana Paes.
It is understood that another round of
tests is to take place in the coming days. Israeli
model and actress Moran Atias is reportedly the only
non-South American actress left in the running.
Right: Brazilian actress
Other actresses that have been considered for the role have
included early front-runners
Camila Alves and Juliana Paes and Fernanda Lima from Brazil,
who were later joined by Lívia
Rossi, Juliana Galvão, Michelle Alves, Ana Paula Araújo,
Fernanda Motta and Paula Franco. Casting agent Carla Hool
tested Ludwika Paleta
Luz Helena Gonzalez and Monserrat Olivier in Mexico. Cléo
Pires, Giovanna Antonelli, Rita Guedes, Guilhermina Guinle, and
Christine Fernandes were also linked to the role in Brazil.
Strike Hits Hollywood
The Writers Guild of America have gone on strike over residual payments
for DVD and online content. Paul Haggis, who took over the Bond 22
script from regular scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, delivered
his screenplay to Columbia execs two weeks ago.
But the script may not be ready for shooting
according to comments
Haggis made yesterday to the LA Times.
He called the dispute with producers "another example
of corporate greed." He accused them of trying to "shut
down the entire town in a very cynical way."
Haggis said he’s prepared to walk the picket line
for as long as it takes. He said he has been a WGA member
since 1975, and "it’s my job as a member of
the guild to be here."
Before the strike, he was at work on the new James Bond
film, set to start filming in a month. "They haven’t
gotten the polish finished yet," he said.
Above: Writer Paul Haggis
In a report on the current writers strike in
the USA, Deadline Hollywood has revealed
pay details on the script Paul Haggis turned in for Bond 22.
According to the site, "Paul Haggis
walking the picket line during the morning shift at Sony, the studio
that's paying him
$4+ million (rumoured near $5 mil) for the new Bond script. Then
again, screenwriters were told to picket their primary place
of employment ... or else."
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
The Queen visited Pinewood Studios on Friday 2nd November,
where she had a sneak preview of a Bond 22 set under construction.
Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen also opened a
new gateway at the studio in Buckinghamshire. The James Bond
set is being kept under wraps, and none of the media covering
the event had access.
Sony - You Only Distribute Twice
Variety have confirmed
long-running rumours that MGM will
be taking back control of the James Bond franchise from Sony
the 22nd James Bond film. According to the tradepaper, Sony will
distribute the 22nd Bond film that begins production in January
with Marc Forster directing
a Paul Haggis script, but MGM takes back distribution after that.
Daniel Craig is locked into a deal for the first three of those
(following Casino Royale and Bond 22 under Sony). Before Casino
Royale was released, and news of the MGM resurgence broke, Sony
chief Amy Pascal said "It's upsetting. I feel
an investment in this movie and I'd like to have been making
these movies forever.
Female Bond fans my be offering three cheers for Barbara Broccoli. James Bond
Craig may be keen to expose less skin than he did in Casino Royale but his
producer has other ideas - reports the Daily Express.
Barbara is going to have a word about that,” says Craig, before mimicking
a whinier version of himself in conversation with his boss. “‘I’m
not going to take my top off.’ ‘Yes, you are.’” Craig
adds: “We’ll see. There are no plans. Bond might have to take a shower,
what can I tell you?”
The 39-year-old doesn’t think he
will be quite as buff as he was in his first 007 outing
when his appearance in skimpy
blue swimming trunks raised pulses. “I’m probably not going to
bulk up as much as I did last time,” he tells GQ magazine. “It
was an exercise that worked and I’m very happy we did it.”