MI6 reports from the 2007 BAFTA awards in London,
where Casino Royale was nominated in nine categories
including Best Actor for Daniel Craig, and Eva Green
for Rising Star...
Bond At The BAFTA Awards
11th February 2007
Daniel Craig and Eva Green attended the British film awards
on Sunday 11th February 2007 in London, with the latest James
Bond film "Casino Royale" nominated in nine categories.
Both were snapped on the red carpet outside the Royal Opera
House in London's theatre-packed West End.
Above: Daniel Craig and girlfriend
Satsuki Mitchell arrive at the ceremony.
When asked about his prospects of winning before the event,
Daniel Craig told reporters "I'm feeling good. I'm feeling
very good. Win or lose it's going to be a good night whatever"
But Royalty rather than Royale triumphed at the BAFTA's, with "The
Queen" clinching best film and Helen Mirren best actress
for her portrayal of the monarch, while "The Last King
of Scotland" scooped three awards. The other main victor
of the night was "Pan's Labyrinth", a fantasy set
just after the end of the Spanish Civil War which also picked
up three awards. In contrast, the 007 failed to shake or stir,
picking up just one of the nine BAFTA nominations it received
- winning the sound quality category.
Above: Dame Judi Dench and Daniel
Craig greet fans on the red carpet
Forest Whitaker won best actor for playing the late Ugandan
dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland",
after beating off competition from Daniel Craig - the initially
controversial but ultimately successful choice to replace Pierce
Brosnan as superspy James Bond in "Casino Royale",
and also the first actor to be nominated for a BAFTA for his
portrayal of 007.
Judi Dench was nominated for her role in the school sex drama "Notes
on a Scandal", but was beaten to the Best Actress gong
by Helen Mirren for "The Queen".
Above: Eva Green arriving, and
after winning her Rising Star award
Eva Green, who was wearing a stunning Dior red dress by John
Galliano, won the Orange Rising Star Award as voted by the
Craig also revealed that filming for Bond
22 is currently
planned for January 2008. How many films will he play Bond?
Craig left his options open - "as many as I have to",
he replied with a wry smile. "I can only think about the
next one. I can't think beyond that. I am loving [playing James
Bond], but I can only think about the next one - each film
takes about two years to get ready and prepare for and film,
and I have to dedicate a large part of my life to it. So, I
can't see beyond next year at the moment. We'll do next year
and then we'll see from there."
Above: Daniel Craig and Satsuki
Mitchell pose for photographers
Royale World Premiere Report
Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara
Broccoli (Eon Productions) and directed by Martin Campbell,
CASINO ROYALE was released on November 16, 2006 in the UK. Principal
photography started on January 30th 2006, with locations in
the UK, Czech Republic (Prague), Italy, and the Bahamas. It
was British actor Daniel Craig’s first outing as James
Bond. He is the sixth actor to play the 007 role in the franchise.
The film also starred Judi Dench, Eva Green,
Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina
Simon Abkarian, Tobias Menzies, Ivana Milicevic, Clemens Schik,
Ludger Pistor, Claudio Santamaria and Isaach de Bankole.