Toby Stephens is James Bond! The villain from Die Another Day is back as 007 in a radio adaptation of Dr No for BBC Radio 4 in April 2008...

Dr No Radio Play In Production
3rd December 2007

In a quirky piece of casting that is sure to get fans talking, actor Toby Stephens will play James Bond in a new radio adaptation of "Dr No". The play is currently in production and will be aired as part of the Ian Fleming centenary celebrations next year.

Sixth Novel, First Film
Radio is a medium that Bond has not been too familiar with, but Eon Productions own the rights and granted permission for a "once-and-once-only" dramatisation of Ian Fleming's 1958 novel to the radio format. Back in 1956, Bob Holness starred as 007 in an adaptation of "Moonraker" for South African radio.

Eon had casting approval for Bond in the play and Stephens, who played villain Gustav Graves opposite Pierce Brosnan in the 2002 movie "Die Another Day", was their number one choice.

The radio version of "Dr No" is currently under production at Air-Edel Studios near Baker Street, London. It is the first time the tale has been adapted for this format and and will feature Bond's inner voice. "Dr No" was the first 007 adventure adapted for the silver screen in 1962, and its selection for a new radio play further indicates acceptance from the literary world that, despite Fleming's novels pre-dating the film franchise by almost a decade, Bond is a movie icon in the public consciousness.

Above: Toby Stephens

Cast Members
Other cast members include Fleming's niece Lucy Fleming, a successful actress in her own right, who will be playing a librarian. John Standing will play a secret service agent, and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith will play Puss-Feller. Miss Moneypenny will be voiced by Janie Dee, an actress currently staring in the stage play "Shadowlands" with Standing. At MI6 headquarters, Peter Capaldi will play the armourer (better known in the film series as 'Q') who forces 007 to change his Beretta to a Walther PPK and Nicky Jenson plays Chief of Staff. Dr No's 'henchwomen Miss Taro and Miss Chung will be played by Jordanna Tin and Kosha Engler respectively. The villain himself will be played by David Suchet. Leigh Wright picks up several female roles, including the hotel receptionist in Jamaica. Kosha Engler will play.

The play is directed by Martin Jarvis and produced by Rosalind Ayres. "Dr No" will be aired on BBC Radio 4 in April 2008 as part of the Ian Fleming centenary celebrations.

Stay tuned to MI6 for further coverage of this exciting project.

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