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04-02-05, 19:00
After a year of delays and speculations and rumours, due to Sony buying out MGM and a lawsuit by MGM and the Broccoli family against Sony regarding the James Bond movie rights and titles library, it's now official!!

In an official press release today, it's been confirmed that "Casino Royale" will be the next James Bond film under the helm of " Goldeneye " director Martin Campbell.

"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 '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 'Legend Of Zorro'.

No word as yet as to whether it will use all, some or none of the original Ian Fleming novel. First published in 1953, "Casino Royale" was the first James Bond novel and its tone bares little resemblance to either its 1967 film spoof or MGM's Bond movies as the original Bond novels were much darker and more serious than their film counterparts. This one in particular was more downbeat and less glossy than others in the series and includes a legendary torture scene.

In the original story, 'M' sends Commander Bond to the gambling tables of the French Riviera to thwart an enemy Russian spy, Le Chiffre, in his attempts to win back multi-millions of KGB funds which he had lost through an ill-advised investment. The catch is the Russian secret service is on LeChiffe's tail and so the man has hired his own assassins to make sure he gets through the games and wins.

In a written statement on Tuesday February 2nd, Pierce Brosnan asserts that "Die Another Day" was his last outing in the famous tuxedo, and he will not be back in Bond 21:
"I would like to thank all of you who have supported me over the last year or so in regard to my playing Bond. It was a decade of my life that I will always hold dear to my heart and a time that will never be forgotten. And you dear friends stood by me throughout. Many, many thanks! But everything comes to an end, and one must accept this decision which cannot be dealt with in any other way but with some kind of grace and knowledge that I did the job to the best of my ability

No decision has yet been made regarding casting for the role of 'James Bond':

Current top contenders for the role include Daniel Craig (Tomb Raider movie) and unknown Scottish actor Rory McCann (Oliver Stone's Alexander, see attached photograph, he looks like Sean Connery ):


"Casino Royale" will be released in November 2006.

04-02-05, 20:14
I am kind of perturbed why Pierce Brosnan quit the role so early.

He was first approached in 1985 for the role of James Bond when Roger Moore was deemed too old after 7 films.

At the time, Pierce was on the NBC series Remington Steele which was floundering in the ratings.

Brosnan accepted the role for the Living Daylights in 1986 after NBC cancelled Remington Steele.

But the executive at the Peac-o-c-k network, after hearing Brosnan has been cast as 007, renewed the TV series.

The producer of the Bond films, Albert R Broccoli refused to have his new James Bond seen on TV; he was afraid that the show will have a negative effect on the upcoming movie box office ticket sales.

Therefore, Broccoli released Brosnan for the role before the movie went into pre-production and cast Timothy Dalton instead.

NBC, hearing that, cancelled Remington Steele again and Pierce Brosnan was unemployed.

For the next 10 years, Brosnan starred in minor roles and forgettable films.

He was cast as James Bond in 1994 after MGM settle a lawsuit over the film rights by a French Billionaire trying to acquire MGM; hence the reason why Timothy Dalton starred in only 2 Bond films (1987 and 1989).

So my question is that Pierce Brosnan fought so hard for the role and he starred in 4 very successful movies and he is still young; I would think he can make another 2 films.

Connery did 6 films with the Broccoli family and 1 film with an independent producer and Moore did 7 films with the Broccoli family; Brosnan should be able to do at least 6 films.

How soon does he forget that he wouldn't be the international film star today with James Bond.

> :(

[ 04. February 2005, 20:18: Message edited by: j7wild ]

04-02-05, 22:28
pierce didnt really drop out of it. they asked him to leave. [he's getting old :rolleyes: ]

i think this casino royale movie will be pretty good. i thought goldeneye was the best of pierce brosnans films. so hopefully with the same director itll be just as good http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif the newer bond films seemed to have gone down hill.

as for who is playing bond - im excatic that colin farrell isnt going to be bond. im not sure how well daniel craig could pull off bond. even tho he is simply gorgeous. that no name scottish actor looks the part definately... i just hope he can act ok. i would love to see jude law play bond later on. i think clive owen could be a good bond as well http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

04-02-05, 22:35
I like Jude Law and Clive Owen but I think they are a bit young.

Dougray Scott was mentioned (bad guy in Mission Impossible 2) but I don't see him as James Bond.

I like Pierce Brosnan, I don't think he is that old yet; remember Roger Moore in his final outing (A View to a Kill, 1985), that WAS Old!!

04-02-05, 22:37
i dont think pierce is old either, but apparently everyone else did. which is sad.

jude law definately later on in his life, as i said. he does need to age a bit more.