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« on: January 16, 2006, 12:03:12 PM »

I don't know how many Bond fans there are on these forums but I am one of them so I thought I'd start a thread detailing Bond 21. For this first post I though't I'd post the Press Release.





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DANIEL CRAIG CAST AS JAMES BOND IN
CASINO ROYALE

The 21st 007 Screen Adventure,
An MGM/Columbia Pictures Co-Production
To Be Directed By Martin Campbell
Columbia Pictures Will Release On November 17, 2006



Culver City, CA October 14, 2005 – It was announced today by producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and Sony Pictures Entertainment, that DANIEL CRAIG has been cast in the role of the legendary British secret agent, James Bond, in the highly anticipated 007 adventure thriller CASINO ROYALE.

CASINO ROYALE reunites Wilson and Broccoli with Martin Campbell, who directed the 1995 Bond blockbuster GOLDENEYE. His most recent film, “The Legend of Zorro,” will be released on October 28, 2005.

CASINO ROYALE will be the 21st James Bond film produced by the franchise holders, EON Productions. The MGM/Columbia Pictures production begins shooting in January and is due for release worldwide on November 17, 2006. It will be filmed in the Czech Republic, the Bahamas, Italy and the UK.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade wrote the screenplay based on famed author Ian Fleming’s first novel. The script is currently being polished by Academy Award®-nominated writer, Paul Haggis (“Million Dollar Baby”).

Born in 1968, DANIEL CRAIG was raised on the Wirral nr. Liverpool. He moved to London to join the National Youth Theatre at the age 17 and continued his training at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama. CRAIG has since become regarded as one of Britain's finest actors securing a variety of roles in television, theatre and film.

He is currently filming a thriller alongside Nicole Kidman, "The Visiting", and has two films in post-production; Steven Spielberg's "Munich" and Douglas McGrath's "Every Word Is True", co-starring Sandra Bullock and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Recent film credits include Sam Mendes' "The Road to Perdition", "The Mother", "Sylvia", and last year he received much critical acclaim for Matthew Vaughn's "Layer Cake" as well as Roger Michell's "Enduring Love".

Wilson and Broccoli said “It has been a long time ambition for us to film the first book in the series, CASINO ROYALE, which defined the complex character of James Bond. We are thrilled DANIEL CRAIG will play the character of 007. Daniel is a superb actor who has all the qualities needed to bring a contemporary edge to the role. CASINO ROYALE will have all the action, suspense and espionage that our audiences have come to expect from us but nevertheless takes the franchise in a new and exciting direction.”

“James Bond is a character without peer in motion picture history,” said Pascal, Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. “He is a household name recognized in virtually every corner of the globe and because of this renown, the casting of the new 007 takes on a special importance. We believe that in DANIEL CRAIG we have found the ideal 21st century Bond and we couldn’t be more privileged to be working with Barbara and Michael, who are tireless champions and guardians of the James Bond legacy.”

Director Martin Campbell said, “The thing about James Bond is that each actor who has filled the role has brought his own style and imprint. With Daniel as our new Bond, I am thrilled to be returning to shepherd the new 007 in the new Bond adventure.”

Dan Taylor, President of Metro Goldwyn Mayer Inc, said: “All of us here at MGM are delighted that Daniel Craig, an actor of such high-calibre, has been chosen to be the next Bond. We are also very excited to be working closely with Barbara and Michael again and with Columbia Pictures on CASINO ROYALE, which we predict to be the biggest, best Bond ever.”

ABOUT EON PRODUCTIONS

EON Productions is owned by the Broccoli family and is the most successful film series in history. The most recent adventure, DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002), was also the highest grossing film in the franchise bringing in almost $430 million in worldwide box office receipts. THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (1999) grossed $353 million, TOMORROW NEVER DIES released in 1997, grossed more than $340 million around the world and GOLDENEYE, took in $345 million.

The enduring film franchise created by the late producer, Albert R. (Cubby) Broccoli, was launched in 1962 with DR. NO starring Sean Connery, who went on to play James Bond in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, GOLDFINGER, THUNDERBALL, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE and DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. George Lazenby had one outing as 007, in ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE, before Roger Moore took over the role in LIVE AND LET DIE, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, MOONRAKER, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, OCTOPUSSY and A VIEW TO A KILL. Timothy Dalton later inherited the role and played the famed spy in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS and LICENCE TO KILL. The most recent James Bond was Pierce Brosnan, who starred in the global blockbusters GOLDENEYE, TOMORROW NEVER DIES, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH and DIE ANOTHER DAY.


I'll post more news when I hear of it.

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2006, 05:05:22 PM »

It's about time we had a new movie. Can't wait.

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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2006, 10:11:29 PM »

While I did like Brosnan a lot, I thought it a bit over the top to have him surfing a tidal wave.  Sorry to see him go, but will give the new guy a try.  I have all the Ian Fleming books and I believe that Casino Royale is the first in the series.

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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2006, 08:46:42 AM »

Sorry,but i think he's totally the wrong guy to be Bond-no charisma and far too ugly.Bring back Brosman asap!!!

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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2006, 09:01:19 AM »

 I think Brosnan was the best after Connery and Moore. This one looks more like some jinxed cheap killer bound to die after 1 minute of screen presence. Who's behind him?

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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2006, 05:10:32 PM »

Daniel Craig? It could of been alot worse, lots of rumours of a new young hip 20 something 'bond jnr' were doing the rounds :shudder:

Clive Owen always seemed to be the only one that came to my mind, pre-selection.
Or maybe Christian Bale.. if you give him about 10 years from now.

Roger Moore over did his stay.
The buttclenching embarrisment of watching a wrinkly Moore hang-on to Golden Gate bridge, while Christopher Walkens Baddie ritually chuckles at his predicment. Always takes on a whole new meaning outside the film to my eyes. Time to get your coat. 
Should of passed over Dalton alot sooner (atleast 1980) who seems to get dumped with alot hate. no cheeky one liners.. Because well.. his bond was alot more back to basics, cold, simple and edgey. Dear god even more faithful to the Books than Connery maybe?
Dalton was pursued for the part as early as 1970 by Cubby Broccoli. But the actor declined on the grounds of being too young for Flemmings spy charactor. The Living Daylights is a good bond movie, arguably the best 80s offering. But his Bond career was stuck on the rocks with the Bond legal rights problems from '1989-95' and honorably stepped down for Brosnon.

Brosnan took to long to make the part his own. Don't think his heart was ever in it. By the 3rd film it started to sink in. And is always just seemed a little flat or safe.

I just think the Bond dosn't automaticly makes a good bond film. OHMSS being evidence of this. Everything but George Lazenby is pure gold in this film to me.. I don't  understand anybody who would sit throught the lazy mess that is Diamonds Are Forever. Just because Connery came back for it. The John Barry soundtrack stops it looking like a complete farce.






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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2006, 05:57:16 PM »

Yes, Moore overdid his stay. But then what about Connery's Never Say Never?
I'm not a Bond Fan of the post-Moore productions. I think the later movies can't compare with many other current productions, while the Connery's and Moore's were the best you could get, in their time, as to special effects and production values.
But Diamonds Are Forever is one of my favourites, while You Only Live Twice is good only for the introductive scene and the title song (though sung badly by Sinatra's daughter). Diamonds is different, yes, from the other Connery's, but I like its being offbeat, and the zaniness of many scenes.  I put it after Goldfinger and Thunderball, folks, as my favourite Connery.   


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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2006, 06:03:00 PM »

I hope the pic posted By Leone Admirer doesn't render justice to the new JB, who shows a ratty face, doesn't he?

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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2006, 06:13:05 AM »

Yeah hes slight. Had a great turn as a Brit Sgt in the WWI film The Trench. Layer Cake must of been the piece that made the producers take notice. No great movie, but he does have a good acting presense about him.

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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2006, 06:17:35 AM »

I liked Craig in Road to Perdition but I had never figured him as Bond. I really liked Dalton, and though I think he is far from excellent, Lazenby is OK in the excellent OHMSS. The jury is still out on this one I think, I hope news like Jordan is going to be in it comes out as false (I may have to meet her at the premiere if I'm lucky enough to get the tickets this year)

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« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2006, 06:20:59 AM »

On the bandwagon jumping.. 2 years ago Bollywood actress and model Aishwarya Rai put rumours out that she was going to be the bond girl in the next movie. Producers denied the claim. She looked a little silly.. end of the day, shameless publicity.

Theres BBC archive footage of the Craig Press meeting on this page.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/4337224.stm

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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2006, 09:48:11 AM »

I hope the pic posted By Leone Admirer doesn't render justice to the new JB, who shows a ratty face, doesn't he?
I think with the use of make-up and the greasing back of hairstyle any bloke with above average looks can be made to look like a half-decent Bond but Craigs looks are barely average,he doesn't have the voice or the charisma.Everyone i know wanted Brosman to carry on and i(and i guess quite a few others) will certainly give a cinema viewing a miss!!

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« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2006, 11:54:41 AM »

Haven't been able to get excited about Bond films for years, ever since Roget Moore ruined them. MOONRAKER is one of the worst films I've ever seen.

Mr. Craig bears an uncanny resemblence to Nazi super trooper Kurt "Panzer" Meyer.


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« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2006, 03:35:53 PM »

Yes, Moonraker was absolutely terrible... except that almost-terrific opening sequence... where Bond gets pushed out of plane without a parachute. Too bad they had to ruin it by "Jaws" showing up out of the blue (literally).

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« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2006, 04:29:54 PM »

Who's gonna succeed Orson Welles as Le Chiffre?

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