New York City may feature as a location in the
23rd James Bond film according to reports citing
Daniel Craig and producer Barbara Broccoli...
Bond 23 Heading To New York?
10th September 2008
As is the norm for the James Bond franchise, thoughts are already
turning to the 'next' film even though the upcoming "Quantum
of Solace" is still weeks away from its theatrical release.
The untitled 23rd movie in the franchise,
dubbed 'Bond 23', is in the early stages pre-production.
New York City
Liz Smith reports that this week she bumped in to Daniel
Craig and producer Barbara
Broccoli in the trendy eatery
Primola in New York City's upper east side.
her column, "Daniel and Barbara talked about the next 007
epic, part of which will be filmed - for the very
first time - in New York. Primola itself will have
a little cameo."
Above: Primola in New York City
Smith may want to bone up on her Bondology, as Roger Moore's
1973 outing "Live
And Let Die" shot on location in the
city. The last time 007 actually set foot in the USA was
in the Florida Keys in "Licence
To Kill" (1989). Miami featured in "Casino
Royale" (2006), but apart from some second unit establishing
shots, the action was actually filmed in the Czech Republic and
In the literary world, Ian
Fleming had James Bond visit New York in Live
And Let Die, Diamonds
Are Forever, Goldfinger, and
the short story 007
In New York.
of Solace" director Marc
Forster has confirmed he
will not be back for the follow-up adventure. "If I would
ever do a big movie again in that size," he
said, "it has to be my own franchise, which I would create
from scratch, which I would cast, create the look and really
create the franchise on my own."
How about 007 himself? "I
want them to stand alone and be good films," Daniel Craig
said. "As long as that
continues, then we'll keep making them. And if it doesn't,
then we'll stop." Bond 23 will be Craig's third outing
as 007, and according to his reported contract, the last he will
be obliged to make.
After that, he's allegedly optioned for a fourth, as was
Brosnan for "Die
Studios Stake Claims To 2010
With demands for ever-more-elaborate special effects, and the expectation of
bigger and better megapic events, studios are being forced to plot out their
release strategies even farther into the future. Studio chiefs have already
staked out key releases for 2010 - and 007
is already a headliner
. Many studios, with dates lined up for 2009 and
the year after that, have set marketing and merchandising plans in motion
and have started talks with visual effects houses. In many cases, the only
thing they lack are a director, stars, script or even a story outline. Whilst
there was no mention of exactly what the 2010 date is for Bond 23, the report
implied that Sony have put their metaphorical beach towel on a preferred
sun lounger to keep rival tentpole movies at bay.
In contrast, producer Michael G. Wilson told
reporters in July that he expects the Bond production
machine to take a breather after work on "Quantum
of Solace" is completed. Wilson said he expects
to pause for at least a year, meaning the 23rd James
Bond film may be released later than the expected two
year cycle. "I need a break for a little while," he
said. This puts the Sony plan of 2010 in some doubt,
but opens the possibility of a summer 2011 release. The
last time a 007 adventure opened in the summer was 1989's "Licence