Producer Michael G. Wilson talked recently about
the odds of bringing the 22nd James Bond film back
to Pinewood, just as the newly rebuilt 007 Stage
Producer On Pinewood
20th May 2007
Just after work on Casino Royale had wrapped
last July, the world famous 007
Stage was wrecked by fire - again. Like a phoenix
from the flames, the stage was rebuilt
again and opened for business last month. A few weeks ago,
BBC Radio 5 made a special visit to Pinewood Studios to commemorate
the rebuilding of the
007 Stage. Amongst the many trips down memory lane during the
show, Bond producer Michael G. Wilson talked about the possibility
of bringing Bond back to Pinewood next year.
Which of the Bond films makes you most proud?
Well, I think the
last one! They are all challenging and they all have their own
interesting stories, but I think going back
to the original with Casino Royale and bringing Daniel Craig
in to the role was an exciting time. I think we pulled it off.
Terrifically so. What was it about Daniel
that defines Bond for the 21st century?
I think he's the actor of his generation. He's
the Steve McQueen of Britain right now, and he seemed to be just
the right age
and just the right point in his career to take this on.
Roger Moore gave the role a certain wry-ness,
Sean Connery gave it a raw machismo. How would you Daniel Craig's
a lot of elements of the earlier Bond's, but because they all
related back to Fleming's character, they all
take different impressions of him. I think Daniel comes very
close to what Fleming had in mind.
Do you sign the actor to a film-by-film contract, or assign
them to a series?
Well once we establish someone in the role we
like to keep going with them, and we do intend to make plenty
with Daniel. Oh, but
you can never say how many at this stage, but surely a lot more.
We actually had lunch with him the other day (Tuesday 24th April).
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