Producer Michael G. Wilson explains the decision
to cast Daniel Craig as the sixth James Bond, whilst
Pierce Brosnan goes on the offensive...
James Bond #6 Casting Explained
16th October 2005
Following Friday's press conference in London, Producer Michael
G. Wilson spoke to the New
York Times to explain the situation surrounding the casting
of Daniel Craig as the sixth James Bond 007.
The search for Pierce Brosnan's successor took in over
200 actors from three continents.
"I was desperately afraid, and Barbara was desperately
afraid, we would go downhill," said Michael G. Wilson.
The NY Times reported that he even told that to Pierce Brosnan.
"We are running out of energy, mental energy,"
Mr. Wilson recalled saying. "We need to generate something
new, for ourselves."
According to several executives involved in the project,
Ms. Broccoli had already settled on Mr. Craig by April.
But by the summer, Amy Pascal (Sony motion picture group's
chief executive) wanted to begin a more exhaustive search
that would include other, younger actors. Eventually, some
200 actors from throughout the British Commonwealth came
up for discussion, Mr. Wilson said.
Above: Michael G. Wilson
Above: Daniel Craig with the producers.
It was only after all these ruminations
that the producers and Sony finally settled on Mr. Craig.
"I think that he has a kind of intensity, and a sexuality,
and a roguishness," Ms. Pascal said. "And he seems
like he could be a spy."
In the late 1990's, market research showed Bond movies
to have the oldest demographic of any action-adventure series.
Lately, however, the booming success of Bond video games
has driven a younger audience to the movies, Mr. Wilson
said - which Sony and the producers do not want to disappoint.
For both Ms. Broccoli and Sony, executives said, the model
was Jason Bourne, the character Matt Damon successfully
incarnated in two gritty spy movies for Universal Pictures,
"The Bourne Identity" and "The Bourne Supremacy."
But was the reason to drop Brosnan anything to do with
the rumoured pay demands? Wilson said the decision did not
have to do with money. "If we wanted to make a deal,
we would've made a deal with Pierce at some financially
viable level," he said. "This was about us trying
to find new inspiration for the series."
Meanwhile, Pierce Brosnan has hit back at
the producers and their decision to drop him.
He told the British tabloid The
Sun, "It sucks, completely! I was just getting
the hang of it, you know?"
"But they wanted to go younger. They wanted to reinvigorate
the part. Whether they made the right choice, who knows?
They're probably scared shitless, thinking, ‘What
have we done?’"
Right: Pierce Brosnan as 007 in "Die
Another Day" (2002)
"Casino Royale", the 21st James Bond film,
will be directed by Martin Campbell and shooting is scheduled
to commence on January 17th 2006 for release on November 17th
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