Official: Principal photography on the 22nd James
Bond film begins today at Pinewood Studios, Ukranian
cast as lead Bond girl Camille...
Production Diary (3)
7th January 2008
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions
Ltd, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios
announced today the start of principal photography on the eagerly
anticipated 22nd James Bond adventure. Daniel Craig reprises
his role as 007 in the film which is directed by Marc
Forster and follows the success of Casino
Royale, the latest and highest
grossing film in the series.
Starring alongside Craig is an impressive international
cast led by the critically acclaimed French actor Mathieu
Amalric as the sinister villain, and the Ukranian actress
Olga Kurylenko who plays 007's leading lady.
Returning to Bond 22 (working title) from Casino Royale
are Judi Dench in her
role as M, Jeffrey
Wright as Felix Leiter and Giancarlo
Giannini as Mathis. Newcomer to the Bond franchise, Gemma
Arterton, will play the role of MI6 Agent Fields.
Commenting on the announcement, Wilson and Broccoli said, "We
are fortunate to continue in the Bond tradition of attracting
the finest international actors for our starring roles.
Mathieu in the role of Dominic Greene, a leading member
of the villainous organization introduced in Casino Royale,
will be a powerful counterpart to Daniel's portrayal of
Bond. Olga Kurylenko will play the dangerously alluring
Camille, who challenges Bond and helps him come to terms
with the emotional consequences of Vesper's betrayal."
MGM and Sony Pictures will share distribution rights worldwide
with Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Releasing International
distributing the film to theaters worldwide on November 7th,
2008. Marc Forster directs the screenplay by Neal Purvis & Robert
Wade and Paul Haggis. The unit includes Production Designer Dennis
Gassner, Director of Photography Roberto Schaefer, Editors Matt
Chesse and Rick Pearson, and 2nd Unit Director Dan Bradley.
one of France's leading screen stars, is best known for
his roles as Jean-Dominique Bauby in Julian Schnabel's
award-winning film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,
and as the French information broker, Louis, in Steven
Spielberg's Munich. Last year, he was awarded Best Actor
at France's Cesar Awards for his role in the internationally
acclaimed comedy Kings and Queen, directed by Arnaud Desplechin.
Previously, Amalric won the Cesar for Most Promising Actor
for his role in Desplechin's My Sex Life.
Amalric began his career as an actor in 1984, appearing
in Otar Losseliani's Les favoris de la lune, and went on
to serve as an assistant director to Louis Malle on Au
Revoir Les Enfants. As an actor, he has since worked with
many leading directors including Andre Techine, Olivier
Assayas, Jean-Claude Biette and the Larrieu Brothers. His
latest films include Desplechin's Un conte de Noel, Claude
Miller's Un Secret, Nicolas Klotz's Heart Beat Detector,
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's Actrices and Vincent Dieutre's
Fragments sur le grace.
Above: French actor Mathieu Amalric will play villain Dominic
He also appeared in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. Amalric
has written and directed a number of films including Wimbledon
Stage and, most recently, the documentary short Let Them Grow
Up Here. This year, he directs Tournee, about American burlesque
girls on tour in France.
Above: Ukranian actress Olga Kurylenko
will play the lead Bond Girl role 'Camille'
Olga Kurylenko recently co-starred opposite Timothy
Olyphant in Hitman and opposite Elijah Wood in Paris, je t'aime.
appeared in starring roles in Eric Barbier's thriller The Serpent
and Diane Bertrand's The Ring Finger, for which she received
the Best Actress award at The Brooklyn International Film Festival
in 2006. She recently had a role in Tyranny, directed by John
On French television, multi-lingual Kurylenko
appeared in the mini-series "Suspectes" and the drama "The
Good Luck Charm." In her career as a top European model,
Kurylenko has appeared in numerous advertising campaigns, including
and Just Cavalli. Her magazine covers include US Glamour, French
Elle, Madame Figaro and Marie Claire.
Gemma Arterton graduated from the Royal Academy
of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and made her film debut with Dame Maggie
David Walliams in Stephen Poliakoff's Capturing Mary for BBC
Films. She currently stars in the hit British comedy St. Trinian's.
Arterton recently made her professional stage debut as Rosalind
in "Love's Labour's Lost" at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.