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    21st James Bond Film is Casino Royale

    Source: MGM February 3, 2005





    Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of the James Bond films, and MGM announced today that Martin Campbell will direct Casino Royale, the 21st film in the 007 franchise.



    This is Campbell's second time as helmer of a James Bond film. In 1995 he directed the hit Goldeneye which introduced Pierce Brosnan to the role of 007 with great success.



    Wilson and Broccoli said: "We are thrilled that Martin has accepted our offer to direct 'Casino Royale'. He is an extremely talented director and we believe he will help take our films in a new and exciting direction. He is currently finishing filming 'The Legend of Zorro', the sequel to 'The Mask of Zorro', and will be joining EON Productions shortly to work on the development of the script with our writers, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade."



    MGM Vice Chairman and COO Chris McGurk said: "Martin is an incredibly exciting filmmaker. 'Goldeneye' was a wonderful movie and helped reinvigorate the Bond franchise. We're thrilled to have him back to direct the newest Bond."



    Born in New Zealand, Campbell moved to England in 1966 and made his directorial debut on the popular TV series' The Professionals and Minder. He moved to America in 1986 to direct Criminal Law and Defenceless. Following Goldeneye, he went on to direct The Mask Of Zorro, Vertical Limit and Beyond Borders and is currently directing The Legend of Zorro.



    Casino Royale will be released in 2006 and distributed world-wide by MGM. No decision has yet been made regarding casting for the role of 'James Bond'.

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    "CASINO ROYALE", "and we believe he will help take our films in a new and exciting direction". Sounds promising. Lets just hope and pray that the "new and exiting direction" does not include Clive (duck nose) Owen or Who (all singing and dancing) Jackoff.

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    Much as I like both the actors you mention, they are totally wrong for Bond. I don't think that anyone mentioned in the press for the role would touch the part with a ten-foot pole.



    Be prepared for Some Bloke You've Never Heard Of is James Bond 007 in Ian Fleming's Casino Royale.

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    I reckon they should ignore DiE ANOTHER DAY and let Toby Stephens have a pop at it :)



    I think he's pretty good and has a vague look of Fleming's Bond (that vaguely Hoagy Carmichael look that he described.)



    But we shall have to wait and see.



    Be interested to see how much they rely upon the book. It may have been 'racy' in it's time, but it's a bit pedestrian for modern audiences and a ridiculously simple plot.



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    All I can say is that I am glad something positive has come out of the House of Brocolli.

    Now who will play 007...?

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    God! I have this fear they'll choose Jude(I'm so damn good I don't have to act)Law......noooooooooooooooooooooooo! Regards, Decks.

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    Hear,Hear,Decks

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    How about "an ever-so-slightly" camp James Bond. Yes, the man who is always professing his great desire to play the part, Robbie Williams . scarf

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    No way,Jose scold

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    Isn't it about time for a female James Bond?



    I nominate Uma Thurman.

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    It'd have to be Jane Bond then and Miss Moneypenny would have to become

    Mr Moneybags, Q could also change sex and become Kay, and M could become Emma (played by Diana Rigg?).



    If Casino Royale is to become a remade spoof they could have Sean Connery as Sir James Bond and all the others who played the part as all the other 007's. :sekret:

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    Geoffrey Rush doing his Peter Sellers could do it...although on second thoughts Mike Myers is my favourite secret agent ....Bond, YAWN

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    David Niven as Bond. Should use cut outs from all the old movies.

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    Talking of using 'dead' actors - how did they make that Gene Kelly VW add, Singing in the Rain????

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    Digital Frankenstein.

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    Originally posted by JIM@Feb 17 2005, 02:32 PM

    Talking of using 'dead' actors - how did they make that Gene Kelly VW add, Singing in the Rain????

    Maybe it's just because I'm an old f**t, but I think it's creepy! Regards, Decks.

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    There is something bizarre to that.



    It will be nasty when someone does that on the nightly news.

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    We have had this thread before. After seeing the VW ad I will repeat myself and say bring back Sean Connery. I bet he would. He's a Scot and they always need the money.

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    Originally posted by HACKETT@Feb 24 2005, 03:00 PM

    We have had this thread before. After seeing the VW ad I will repeat myself and say bring back Sean Connery. I bet he would. He's a Scot and they always need the money.





    Certainly.

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    Back to the beginning for the newest Bond flick



    Director Campbell will base new movie on Fleming's 1953 novel



    By HENRY CABOT BECK



    New York Daily News





    We still don't know who will pick up Pierce Brosnan's license to kill in the next James Bond movie, due next year, but think young and tipsy.



    Director Martin Campbell is going back to the beginning for "Casino Royale," based on the first Bond adventure written by Ian Fleming in 1953 - a novel that has nothing to do with the 1967 spoof starring David Niven and Woody Allen.



    "There are things that will have to be changed from the original novel," said Campbell. "The Cold War elements will have to be reconfigured, for example, but 'Casino Royale' will be a grittier, tougher and more realistic Bond movie.



    "We'll be getting away from the huge visual effects kind of films." Bond's last movie, "Die Another Day," featured an invisible car and a killer satellite.



    "In the new film, Bond is essentially starting out in his career and has just recently become part of the double-0 section," said Campbell, who is finishing "The Legend of Zorro," the sequel to "The Mask of Zorro."



    "The idea is to put a bit of the dash back in Bond. By the end of the movie, the character will have been forged into the wiser, harder Bond we know."



    In the novel, Bond falls in love with Vesper Lynd, the agent assigned to help him defeat Le Chiffre, a KGB agent who has a weakness for gambling. But Lynd is a double agent and Bond's world is shattered.



    "The door is open for Bond, emotionally," said Campbell.



    "He's in love with Vesper and he sees there's another side to all of this, that life might be far more pleasurable, more gratifying, than being a secret agent. And ultimately that door is slammed in his face, which makes him the tempered steel kind of guy that we know."



    At one point, Le Chiffre captures Bond and attempts to torture information out of him. The gruesome scene has Bond at the very brink of castration.



    "I don't know what we're going to do about that," said Campbell.



    "It ranks up there with the teeth-drilling scene in 'Marathon Man.' I'm looking forward to humanizing Bond a bit. In the novel, Bond smokes 70 cigarettes a day - unbelievable. And he gets a little drunk."

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