Producer Michael G. Wilson has confirmed work on
the 23rd James Bond film is under way...
Work Begins On Bond 23
21st May 2009
James Bond producer Michael
G. Wilson has given the first indication
that work is underway on the 23rd adventure in the series. At
the Ivor Novello Awards held at Grosvenor House hotel in London
tonight, Wilson told The Sun, "“We
have started work on the new film, which I can’t say anything
about. Daniel Craig is very keen to get going."
Back in December,
Wilson hinted that preliminary work on a screen treatment
could be underway in the New Year. Very little news on
the film's status has been revealed until now. Fans feared
that Daniel Craig's third
outing as 007 may have a longer gap than the regular two-year
interval due to the handover from Sony back to MGM, but
news that the creative juices are flowing at EON Productions
could mean that Bond
23 is on track for a late 2010 release after all. For
that release date to be met, filming would have to start
in January next year.
Also during the Ivor Novello Awards, Wilson
was asked about he prospective talent being eyed for
the next title theme song. "I would love to get Duffy
to sing the next tune. I think she is wonderful. Amy
Winehouse would be good too."
Both singers were under consideration for
"Quantum of Solace", before Sony secured Jack
White and Alicia Keys to write and perform "Another
Way To Die" - the first
duet in series history.
Daniel Craig talked the The
Times in January and backed up his earlier
the writing process on Bond
23 can start with a clean slate now the story-arc
from "Casino Royale" has been wrapped up, Craig said
that the tone could be completely
different too. "I love the idea of putting Moneypenny in
the film," he said "I’m dead
keen to do it. And Q. But I work from the premise
that there are millions and millions of people out there who
never saw one of the earlier Bond movies. So they don’t
understand the martini gag. Or the Moneypenny gag, which is a
gag - it had ceased to be a character. So, let’s find out
who she is. We can have fun doing that. And, don’t get
me wrong, I’m up for a submarine base, as long as the gag
works. The problem is that Austin Powers screwed everything up.
He exploded the genre. Did I just say that? I did."
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