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007 Gets His Girl - and a New Felix Leiter!!

I am – Hercules.

Sony has just confirmed that Eva Green (“The Dreamers,” “Kingdom of Heaven”) will play Vesper Lynd in “Casino Royale”!

And Jeffrey Wright (hilarious in “Broken Flowers”) will play James Bond’s regular CIA counterpart Felix Leiter - who’s already been played by Jack Lord, Cec Linder, Rik Van Nutter, John “In the Rear With The Gear” Terry, David Hedison, Norman Burton and Bernie Casey.

Look! A press release!!

EVA GREEN, MADS MIKKELSEN AND JEFFREY WRIGHT JOIN CAST OF CASINO ROYALE

(Culver City, February 16, 2006) -- It was announced today by producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc, and Sony Pictures Entertainment that EVA GREEN has been cast to play the enticing Vesper Lynd opposite Daniel Craig in his debut appearance as James Bond in the highly anticipated 007 adventure thriller, CASINO ROYALE.

It was also announced that renowned Danish-born actor MADS MIKKELSEN has accepted the role of Le Chiffre, Bond's nemesis in the film and JEFFREY WRIGHT has joined the cast as Felix Leiter.

CASINO ROYALE reunites Wilson and Broccoli with Martin Campbell, who directed the 1995 blockbuster GOLDENEYE, and will be the 21st James Bond film produced by the franchise holders, EON Productions. The MGM/Columbia Pictures production began shooting in January this year and will be released worldwide on November 17. It will be filmed on location in the Czech Republic, the Bahamas, Italy and the UK.

Wilson and Broccoli said, "We are thrilled that Eva and Mads have joined the cast of CASINO ROYALE completing a first rate international cast. They bring exceptional talent to the characters Ian Fleming described so vividly in his first James Bond novel.

After an extensive search we have found the perfect actress. Eva is one of France's most accomplished young actresses, now receiving international acclaim. She brings to the complex role of Vesper an exciting combination of enigmatic and seductive beauty.

Likewise Mads has such a compelling onscreen presence and his riveting performances in Open Hearts and Adam's Apples convinced both us and director Martin Campbell that he was ideal for the role of Le Chiffre."

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade wrote the screenplay based on author Ian Fleming's first novel. Additional writing was contributed by Academy Award-nominated writer, Paul Haggis (Crash/ Million Dollar Baby).

"Vesper is a pivotal role in Casino Royale and it takes much more than beauty to make this role work," said Amy Pascal, Chairman of the Columbia Pictures Motion Picture Group. "When you think about the great James Bond adventures, of course you think about action and espionage, but you need to have palpable sexual tension in the movie and in casting Vesper, we really needed to up the ante, because this character is very much an equal to Bond and central to our story. We believe Eva as Vesper, Mads as Le Chiffre and Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter are perfect additions to our cast and we couldn't be more excited about the way this project has come together."

Described by Bernardo Bertolucci as "so beautiful it's indecent," Eva Green is one of the most intriguing actresses today. Born in Paris, France, she made her debut in Bertolucci's critically acclaimed The Dreamers. Green then starred opposite Kristin Scott Thomas and Romain Duris in Jean-Paul Salome's French-language film, Arsene Lupin. In 2005 she made her Hollywood debut, starring as the female lead in Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven with Orlando Bloom and Liam Neeson.

Mads Mikkelsen made his American debut opposite Clive Owen and Keira Knightley in Disney's King Arthur, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Mikkelsen has won many Scandinavian awards for his work on screen and television. He is best known for his starring role in Susanne Bier's Open Hearts for which he was nominated for "Best Actor" for the Robert (Danish Academy Award) and Bodil (Danish Film Critics' Award) in 2003.

Mikkelsen has recently appeared in Anders Thomas Jensen's Adam's Apples, Susanne Bier's After The Wedding and the Swedish thriller Exit, directed by Peter Lindmark, due for release later this year.

The acclaimed stage actor, Wright, who first came to film audiences' attention as the doomed artist Jean Michel Basquiat in Basquiat, has subsequently garnered critical acclaim in his Emmy-winning performance in HBO's miniseries "Angels in America," and in such films as Shaft, Ali, The Manchurian Candidate, Broken Flowers, Syriana and HBO's recent "Lackawanna Blues." He will soon be seen in Lady in the Water and The Visiting.

The producers are delighted that the cast is rounded out by talented international actors in feature roles, including; Giancarlo Giannini as Mathis, Caterina Murino as Solonge, Simon Abkarian as Dimitrios, Tobias Menzies as Villiers, Ivana Milicevic as Valenka, Clemens Schik as Kratt, Ludger Pistor as Mendel, and Claudio Santamaria as Carlos.





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  • Feb. 16, 2006, 7:24 p.m. CST

    To Quothe Noted_Sage Hunter S Thompson

    by seppukudkurosawa

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Wow, WTF

    by durmer killik

    This is old and in the wrong place. weird

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Wow, WTF pt II

    by durmer killik

    SUPERMAN RETURNS - Brandon being super! Epic Vista! Nice To See Class In A Superhero Flick! Hey folks, Harry here... I believe we're on the cusp of the turn of the tide. This day brought on some news that Moriarty is about to dish some of that unfortunately gives portents of doom for the X-Men franchise, brought on by a lack of consideration for the possible long term development of serial characters by rushing deaths, forcing storylines into a situation where you lose the ability to do lucrative spin-offs. It's sad. But with BLADE 3, ELEKTRA and the upcoming FANTASTIC FOUR film - the MARVEL logo is losing some of its well-deserved awe. X2 and SPIDER-MAN 2 (and I feel HULK) have been their best work, with SPIDER-MAN 2 being the crown jewel of MARVEL's cinematic acheivements. Now, I don't think MARVEL's run is doomed to everlasting mediocrity... I believe they're going to learn some harsh lessons here soon. Warners and DC are making some steps that I think might help save the future of MARVEL films... simply by taking a page from MARVEL's own playbook. Christopher Nolan's BATMAN BEGINS is going to be a tremendous success... not just monetarily, but in terms of cinema. With each new look of the film via trailers, posters and now reviews... Like this one from Sandy Collora (Director of fan film fave BATMAN: DEAD END) Click Here and then Newsweek's Preview fires us up even more. The poster campaign has been mythic in style. Very cool. Then there's my fave TV spot for BATMAN BEGINS, which isn't about action and explosions, but the relationship between a boy and his butler - Click Here! And the word at this point has Nolan knocking this one way way way out of the park. Apparently DC was so impressed, they decided it was time to break out their own logo... and we'll see it tagged on this one. Then Warners & DC raided Bryan Singer. For one, Bryan probably realized that by doing Superman, he wouldn't be stuck on the insane deadlines and budget short-comings and ignorant executive story notes like he had at Fox... The new crew at Warner Brothers headed by Robinov is giving directors like Nolan, Singer and soon Whedon - the sort of creative room and studio support that Amy Pascal and the Sony crew have given Sam Raimi on SPIDER-MAN. They understand that these are expensive stories to tell - and rushing them have always amounted to sub-par work that audiences tune out to. Recently - I managed to get an eye on some of what Singer is planning with SUPERMAN RETURNS and tonally it is very much following Richard Donner's film, save in how it concerns Luthor, which was painfully camp. His story has the emotional anchor between Lois & Clark of the ol failure to communicate. Clark goes galavanting off into the heavens on a multi-year (Earth Time) search, while time passes on Earth. If you remember Margot's Lois bitched at Supes for being gone when her car ran out of gas, imagine what she'd do if he disappeared for a month or two... or 3 years or more? The world has gotten used to not having the Man of Steel, they've grown to resent the dependance they felt on him to "save us". It's really dealing with what SUPERMAN would mean to the world, and what it would mean if he simply left us one day to fend for ourselves. I mean - think about it. Would 9/11 happen in a Superman reality? And if he left and 9/11 did happen, wouldn't we resent him for it happening? The action is huge. I don't want to spoil one of the huge action beats that's in this... but it comes when Lex, having stolen something Kryptonian... an object we're all familiar with, does something twisted and scientific to it, then uses it completely without thinking of the possible side effects which are... world altering in scale... something that only a Superman could lessen the impact of. Then on the small scale side of the film... They're thinking of new ways to show Superman's invulnerable nature. Again, without spoiling it... they're thinking about bullets and the most fragile parts of the human anatomy to give you a sense of just what invulnerable means. It really does amount to a "Holy Shit" moment. My spy, "Sepo" says, "It's all pretty fucking cool. The fucking action is awesome!" Chatting with this spy has me dying to see the film more so than even The BlueTights Site Videos... however, this latest one... Well, it's just beautiful. Click Here To See Something Super! I have to say I'm delighted that DC and their properties seem to finally be emerging from the dark days of DiBonaventura... but with Marvel's Fox properties under irresponsible mishandlings of Rothman... I sure didn't need to see Fox dropping the ball. But hey, I guess that's all part of the Yin Yang of the Superhero Marvel/DC ages of dominance.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 7:28 p.m. CST

    WTF?!

    by seppukudkurosawa

    This has happened before...this article randomly crops up in place of whatever it is you were planning on posting. What is the meaning of this outrage? This is bizarre... I think it's just Harry trying to show us how prescient he is in predicting that Batman Begins was going to be a big success.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 7:29 p.m. CST

    by Avenger534

    Yeah, I got the Superman article the first time too... thought I'd clicked wrong. Decent article, that one. As for "Casino Royale"... I haven't yet shaken the bad feeling I have about it.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 7:30 p.m. CST

    why on earth are people posting dumbass shit?

    by HypeEndsHere

    no one's gonna fucking read that crap, durmer. seriously, you assholes are wearing out my mouse wheel.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Why is this on Coax?

    by durmer killik

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 7:32 p.m. CST

    HypeEndsHere

    by durmer killik

    Shitbag. That is what came up when I clicked the link. Nothing about 007. Guess you had to be there.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 7:33 p.m. CST

    I would feel better about this movie....

    by Thumper2k1

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 7:33 p.m. CST

    I would feel better about this movie....

    by Thumper2k1

    if they showed Routh do some acting. Just one line delivery.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 7:47 p.m. CST

    long live google image search!!

    by mrgreentheplant

    http://tinyurl.com/dr6mr

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 7:52 p.m. CST

    James Bond VS Jack Bauer

    by kadenapanther

    Who is the baddest JB out there? James Bond, Jack Bauer, Jack Bristow, or Jason Bourne? And, what's with the JB thing anyways?

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Nice pics, mrgreentheplant

    by Jonesey1111

    very nice, indeed

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 7:54 p.m. CST

    What about Jack Black???

    by Jonesey1111

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Ladies and Gentlemen we now return you to your normal-

    by seppukudkurosawa

    services. I remember now, the last time I saw this, Herc or somebody double-posted an article about Larry David, and this came up instead. Is it some kind of back-up?

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 8:06 p.m. CST

    The one thing Bauer has working for him that all the-

    by seppukudkurosawa

    other JBs are lacking in (don't forget James Brown by the way...) is Gravitas. Never underestimate Gravitas, for without it life is but a game.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 8:09 p.m. CST

    What about James Blunt?

    by seppukudkurosawa

    He's had military training, and he can woo you to sleep with his God-awful 5bpm balladeering, and then take you out while you're sleeping.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Who is the baddest JB out there?

    by Alonzo Mosely

    Jim Beam. He has repeatedly kicked my ass...

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Jon Bonjovi. His suckiness is considered lethal....

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    in some places.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Casino Royale is doomed.

    by darthbinks1220

    Lame Bond(Craig), Lame Vespar(Eva Green), Lame Martin Campbell(Legend of Zorro)..... just hopes Brosnan looks better in Bond 22 than Connery did in Diamonds.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 8:30 p.m. CST

    TUXs

    by maximusdecimus

    Maybe Bond should stop pansying around in a tux and be a bit more Jason Bourne. And instead of saying "the name is Bond, James Bond" he should try "i'm gonna blow your fuckin' head off motherfucker"! Just a thought.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 8:40 p.m. CST

    JB

    by Evil Chicken

    Jimmy Buffett?

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 8:41 p.m. CST

    THIS POST IS WORTHLESS WITHOUT PICS!

    by aceattorney

    aa

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 8:41 p.m. CST

    NOPE!

    by maximusdecimus

    The Broccolis have shown that by not bringing back Brosnan that they couldn't give a ratsass what Bond fans want.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Another Felix Leiter ...

    by JohnnyFriendly

    ... was Michael Madsen in "Die Another Day". Was this left out on purpose to perpetuate the character's rep as lame ? Seriously -- here's supposed to be the American counterpart to Bond and he's always a weak Bond wanna-be.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 8:47 p.m. CST

    The funny part is...

    by frofropimp

    This is going to be practically like a old-school Sean Connery, Flemingesque James Bond movie. They didn't hire a bunch of international actors this talented to make just a lame action film. They didn't hire Paul Haggis to write lame puns or come up with a stunt piece. Pierce Brosnan would have been as old as Sean Connery in "Never Say Never Again" if he had stayed. It's time to move on.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Looks Like this WILL be Bond's First Mission

    by abcdefghijklmnop

    ...that I won't be going to see.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 8:57 p.m. CST

    by REDD

    http://jamesbond.com http://www.ianfleming.org

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one...

    by CatVutt

    ...who has never really enjoyed a single James Bond flick? Seriously. I don't get the attraction. Call me kooky.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Another JB

    by Nachokoolaid

    Jason Boland is pretty good, if you like Texas Country. And Eva Green is probably one of the best actresses to play a Bond girl.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Can we shoot whoever writes these press releases?

    by Thunderballs

    I get sick when I read these things, so full of shit, so fake. I can't believe people get paid good money to write pap like that. I mean, really, you need to tell us Eva Green will be Bond's equal? Don't they say that for every Bond girl, including Denise Richards? It's almost like they think we WON'T see the film unless the Bond girl is Bond's equal. Babe, just flash a smile and push those tits up, that's all a Bond girl needs to do, cause they will never equal Diana Rigg or Carey Lowell as Bond girls.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Just a couple more comments...

    by frofropimp

    Thunderballs... read the book... this is a Diana Rigg-level role for a Bond girl, if not greater. To CatVutt... if you haven't seen From Russia With Love (Hitchcockian Thriller) or On Her Majesty's Service (The Empire Strikes Back of the series and criminally underrated by the general public), I wouldn't dismiss the series completely. They're both excellent films well outside the James Bond formula.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 10:06 p.m. CST

    after this bond flick

    by dr.bulber

    i hope they do a remake of casino royale. and then maybe do a remake of casino royale. they could then make a remake of casino royale. it would be like a trilogy. and it would be a great leadin to a remake of casino royale.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 10:14 p.m. CST

    I want to be trapped in eva green's box

    by TheBaxter

    really, i do. for eternity.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 10:42 p.m. CST

    If you haven't seen The Dreamers, you need to

    by oisin5199

    It's a great movie. Now I'm not usually one to say 'nice rack' but Eva Green has one of the most beautiful naked bodies I've ever seen onscreen. That combined with her acting which pulled off this amazing combination of innocence and wisdom. And Mikkelson was probably one of the coolest parts of that otherwise unfortunate King Arthur. And I kinda dig Craig. This might actually be the first Bond I go see in the theater. (actually I've only see one Bond film since the 80s, and that was Goldeneye. Don't remember a thing about it).

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 10:45 p.m. CST

    TheBaxter

    by durmer killik

    Be careful. It might get a little "hairy" in there.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 10:51 p.m. CST

    JB

    by veritasses

    Jim Beam

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Clive Owen cameo in Pink Panther...

    by REDD

    IMDB: British actor Clive Owen has found a novel way to play James Bond - in a top secret cameo in The Pink Panther remake. The Derailed star, who was the favorite to land the role of 007 when Pierce Brosnan's stint as the superspy ended last year, plays undercover British spy 006 in Steve Martin's new comedy, which debuted at number one at the US box office at the weekend. Dressed in black tails, white shirt and black bow-tie, he features in a two-minute scene mocking the secret service. In the scene, Owen chases masked bandits robbing a casino. He is forced to don a gas mask when the crooks spray poisonous chemicals at him. Pink Panther star Martin thinks Owen's uncredited cameo is one of the film's funniest scenes. He says, "I think we knew at the time we approached Clive he was being considered for James Bond. I think that's a big part of the joke of having him play our Agent 006."

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Crash Into Me, Yeah

    by dictatordaniel

    So with a black Felix Leiter and Paul Haggis writing the thing does anyone want to bet that there's going to be some racial tension between Bond and his CIA counterpart?

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 11:39 p.m. CST

    The best Felix was Jack Lord.

    by Det. John Kimble

    H8ers can eat a jar of Vitalis.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Herr Daniel: There's already been a black Felix.

    by Det. John Kimble

    Know your Bond films.

  • Feb. 16, 2006, 11:59 p.m. CST

    WOW! A WONDERFUL CHOICE FOR A BOND GIRL!

    by Proman1984

    I'm very happy they didn't pick overrated Angelina Jolie or someone like her. Eva Green is an inpsired choice. The only better choice I can think of is Mia Kirshner.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 12:09 a.m. CST

    John Belushi

    by bioforge

    He was on a mission once.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Great news

    by VitaminJ

    Excellent casting, in my opinion.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Rik Van Nutter

    by Serious Black

    heh

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 12:36 a.m. CST

    The weakest of the JB's

    by RaulMonkey

    Joe Blow: he's the wiener who always gets picked off by stray bullets from the Jack Bauers and James Bonds of the world.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Jim Beam...

    by REDD

    Guy's always hammered, blows all of his assignments.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 12:54 a.m. CST

    B.J. - Great female agent...

    by REDD

    Works a lot of assignments with Holly Goodhead.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 1:46 a.m. CST

    The 2

    by Darth Maui

    One thing I like about this movie already is that it doesn't have "Die" or "Live" or "Day" in the title.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Die...Live...Day....

    by REDD

    You Only Live Twice....Live and Let Die......The Living Daylights......Tomorrow Never Dies......Die Another Day. You may be on to something.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 2:23 a.m. CST

    The only thing that worries me is the director.

    by one9deuce

    They have put together a pretty impressive cast. Not "stars", but talented actors. Having Paul Haggis on the script is definitely an interesting and good move. I am just not that big on Martin Campbell. He hasn't made anything that great. I think that Quentin Tarantino is pretty much over, but I definitely would have wanted to see his version of James Bond.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 2:25 a.m. CST

    I saw The Dreamers in the theater.

    by one9deuce

    Eva Green is incredibly hot. Unbelievably beautiful and talented. I like this choice.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Haggis is a hack

    by GiftedInThePants

    this will be melodramatic.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Good debate topic.

    by DarthCorleone

    Jack Bauer would beat the crap out of James Bond - or at least the recent movie Bonds. Bauer has rough edges and is forced to make truly agonizing life-or-death decisions every minute. Bond hasn't truly suffered since On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and you rarely get the sense that he has the baggage that comes with a job such as his. Bauer kills with a grimace; Bond kills with a wisecrack. Guess which wins?

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Or "gold!"

    by DarthCorleone

    Goldfinger is great and all, but there's only so much mileage they're going to get out of that. Goldeneye was trumped by its own video game adaptation - never a good sign.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 3:08 a.m. CST

    JB - Jack Black

    by PietjePuk

    The baddest mofo out there must be Jack Black, have you seen that Nacho Libre trailer? (of course you have...)

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Eva Green is quite the hottie and...

    by Monkey_King

    has no shame when displaying her great jugg onscreen.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Eva Green supposedly was great in Dir Cut of KINGDOM

    by Spacesheik

    she has a larger and more integral role to the film

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 4:11 a.m. CST

    why does a statement by Amy Pascal (sony) make me

    by Spacesheik

    nervous? hmm i hope sony dont dumb down this CASINO ROYALE with their dumb JASON BOURNE ideas

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 4:14 a.m. CST

    what?!! is this the same JEFFREY WRIGHT?!

    by Spacesheik

    of ANGELS IN AMERICA? BASQUIAT? SHAFT? fuck this is one great actor - this is a good catch folks - never expected someone like him to star in a Bond film - producers should be proud, this man is one of the best actors out there

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Italian film star legend GIANCARLO GIANNINI is in this

    by Spacesheik

    for american audiences who dont know his italian work - he was a huge 70s/80s star in italy and europe - he also appeared in francis coppolas segment of NEW YORK STORIES and was the Italian detective who pursued anthony hopkins in HANNIBAL - indeed the italian sequences of that film were the best thing about the movie

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Nice choice for Felix Leiter

    by Curtis Spicoli

    Jeffrey Wright actually deserves bigger roles, but he's awesome just the same. BTW, didn;t Joe Don Baker play Felix Leiter t least once?

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Eva Green is seven kinds of lucious

    by newc0253

    that is all.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 5:44 a.m. CST

    Um.

    by ellid

    Wasn't Dr. No supposedly the first time Bond met Felix Leiter? So how can he be meeting him here in a prequel?

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 5:45 a.m. CST

    Confusion

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    Joe Don Baker played Brad Whittaker, the bad guy, in The Living Daylights. He also appeared in both GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies as CIA agent Jack Wade. He has never played Felix. Felix has been black before, but that was in Never Say Never Again, which was not an "official" Bond film (and niether was the first Casino Royale either). The only man to be Leiter more than once was David Hedison, in Live and Let Die and Licence to Kill. Interestingly the movie of Licence to Kill lifted chapters, sequences and occurences directly out of the novel of Live and Let Die e.g. Felix being fed to a shark, the entire chapter "A Night Among The Fishes" in the marine lab etc. Go on, ask me another :-)

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Felix

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    In the novels, Bond and Felix encounter each other for the first time in Casino Royale.... which is the first book in the series. This movie covers Bonds first mission after getting his 00 status but is NOT a prequel to Dr No or any of the others. It is a reboot, set in a contemporary time. MINOR SPOILER - the title sequence shows extracts from Bond's personnel file within the Secret Service, covering his previous career before becomeing 007 and concludes with his "Licence to Kill" being printed..... sort of.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Press Conference in Prague...

    by REDD

    http://www.radio.cz/en/article/75908

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 7:35 a.m. CST

    So why the fuck is Judi Dench M?

    by I Dunno

    Are they going with the idea that "James Bond" is actually different guys who just take on the name? THat doesn't really reconcile with the times they refer to previous events but it would sort of make sense to have Judi as M in that case. Anyway, everything about this production sounds like crap. And it opens in 8 months and they're still casting. Oh, and he has a literal liscense to kill, like something he puts in his wallet or on the wall in his study? WTF?

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Teaser Poster !

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    Nearly missed this. http://img.radio.cz/pictures/filmy/bond_casino2.jpg

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 7:49 a.m. CST

    M etc.

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    No, Bond is Bond and not a cover name given to different agents. That is nearly as hateful an idea as a retro 60's set Bond. Judi Dench is M because she was so bloody good in the last few films and is a fantastic actress. I said "....sort of" about the licence to kill as it's not that literal and I was being flippant. No, he doesn't have it in his wallet alongside his Amex and his drivers licence. You'll have to wait and see the opening title sequence of the new movie to see what I mean. Hope that helps matey !!! :-)

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 8 a.m. CST

    Quote from official release

    by Lou Stools

    "After an extensive search we have found the perfect actress. Eva is one of France's most accomplished young actresses, now receiving international acclaim. She brings to the complex role of Vesper an exciting combination of enigmatic and seductive beauty

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 8:10 a.m. CST

    LET'S SEE THE STORY OF ANOTHER DOUBLE-O AGENT

    by HypeEndsHere

    there are three Double-O licensed to kill agents at any one time. i remember Fleming mentioning 003, 006, and a 009 (or that may just be in the beginning of Octopussy [the clown with the knife in the back]). anywho, what's to prevent a film where we follow ANOTHER agent?

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 8:11 a.m. CST

    I don't care how good Judi Dench is

    by I Dunno

    and yes, I like her character too but it simply doesn't make sense. They made a big deal about her being the first female M in GoldenEye and now, through some mobious in the time/space continuum, it's present day, Bond's first assignment and she's still M. I agree with the poster above, I think Pierce Brosnan should stay in shape. He might have a gig in 2008.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Isn't it essentially futile ...

    by ZakChase

    ... to complain about the continuity in James Bond films by this point? It was shot to shit a long time ago, so, as far as Judi as M -- just go with it. (The people complaining about this must be the same folks whining that Superman splits town in "Returns" after telling the president he won't leave again at the end of "II.")

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 8:27 a.m. CST

    He's right !

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    He's right. For the purposes of Casino Royale vs. Bonds 1-20, there is no continuity !!!! It is a reboot, a restart to the franchise, a completely new start. Dench's (or anyone else for that matter) appearence either in this and / or before is irrelevant. Imagine they are two totally seperate franchises, if that helps you.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Martin Campbell is an EXCELLENT action director.

    by Osmosis Jones

    The two Zorro movies (especially the first) were terrific, No Escape wasn't bad, and Goldeneye is one of the best post-Connery Bond flicks. Give me Campbell over Lee Tamahori or Roger Spotiswoode or Michael Apted(!) any day.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Jack Bauer..

    by Ecthelion

    ..is THE man! And Miss Green is a superb choise.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 10:49 a.m. CST

    How Hard Was That?

    by CaptDanielRoe

    Seriously. Good choice for a Bond Girl, but how the Hell is this such a hard choice that it drags into half the filming? Why not give the poor girl a little time to prep her role? Oh sure, I know... Some would rather think that to be a Bond Girl requires a few hours to make herself up, and then possibly a morning-after pill chased down with a few mimosas to iron out the pain of never seeing Bond again, not to mention the soreness.... But that's doing a disservice to the profession of hot actressing.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 11:27 a.m. CST

    mmm....Green Bush

    by Cerebud

    She was pretty hot in the Dreamers.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Felix Leiter

    by Darth Busey

    It really makes me happy to see that they are bringing this character back. Wright is an inspired choice. My expectations for this film just multiplied tenfold.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 12:03 p.m. CST

    I am a big Bond fan, but somehow I cannot get excited

    by moviemaniac-7

    It seems to me that it'll be all Bourne Redux or something like that. There was a time that the Bond movies set the standard of what action and excitement were, but now it seems that Bond is having trouble keeping up. Same goes for the Star Wars prequels, but that's a whole different story.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 12:45 p.m. CST

    jeffrey wright is fucking awesome

    by ectocriminal

    period

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 12:45 p.m. CST

    EVA BABY F-YEAH

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    Jeffrey Wright's the shit too.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Eva Green Received Moriarty's...

    by Leto III

    ...2004 Honorary "Mathilda May In LIFEFORCE" Award (his words): Eva Green in THE DREAMERS. The girl

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 1:14 p.m. CST

    she's not attractive

    by ATARI

    and she's French -- that's two MORE reasons I'll be avoiding this episode of Bond like the plague.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 1:46 p.m. CST

    great to see wright getting solid gigs

    by reckni

    Inspired choice for Felix, fantastic actor. And that chick is smoking, better than any of the bitches Pierce had, sorry Famke. The question remains, will Casino Royale be done right, from the director of GoldenEye? That movie was BULLSHIT. Lazenby rules! Who's gonna play Blofeld in the next one????

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 2:05 p.m. CST

    certainly can't accuse producers of playing it safe wit

    by mansep

    looks very interesting.... but it's depressing that David Arnold is STILL doing the music... he's awful.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 2:08 p.m. CST

    There IS no continuity

    by Choda Boy

    Bond films don't have any relationship to each other from actor to actor. It's foolish to assume that they do, considering Bond has been a 40 year old man for the last 40 years. I'd say the only continuity is within each actor's stint as Bond. You have characters like Jack Wade or Zukovsky return in the Brosnan Bonds, so there's internal continuity there. On the other hand, Joe Don Baker can play two different characters in Bond films starring two different Bonds. The rule should be, once a Bond is replaced, the continuity ends and starts over. That isn't to say they don't draw from other films, like in For Your Eyes only, when Roger Moore visits Tracy's grave and kills "Blofeld", interacting with characters from the Connery and Lazenby eras. That just happens to be a part of Bond's backstory for that part of his career. This is no different than writers or filmmakers or TV people doing adventures in the Sherlock Holmes universe with no continuity. Face it, Bond isn't Star Trek. THere was no "007: The Next Generation." Once the character is recast, you pretty much forget continuity.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 2:43 p.m. CST

    R rated Bond

    by Henry Jones Jr.

    They should make this an R rated Bond. We could have boobs, and powerful violence (Munich), and nipples, and foul language, and tits. It would be sweet.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 3:13 p.m. CST

    What you WON'T be seeing in Bond!

    by artsnob

    One nice look before she dons her Bond PG-13 chastity belt: http://img24.imagevenue.com/img.php?loc=loc296&image=5a1_eva_green001.jpg

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 5:09 p.m. CST

    If she's as naked as she is in The Dreamers...

    by Jaka

    ...I'll be there. lol. http://www.paris-hilton-sex.com/e/Eva-Green/07.jpg

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 5:22 p.m. CST

    This is very good news!

    by Manatee

    I really dig the casting (including Craig). I don't mind Campbell, either. What worries me is the script--Purvis and Wade suck ass. Their insipid one-liner dialogue has damn near killed James Bond for me. Can't people still have conversations in the Bond universe? Hopefully, Haggis will give their script a brain. I also worry, as someone else commented, about the short turnaround for these new actors. They'll barely have time to read the script, much less flesh out the characters. Still, I love love love this cast!

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Looking better all the time...

    by TheDailySentinel

    As much as EON was getting hit over the head with not casting Vesper, Leiter, et al, I have to admit their patience paid off. I've never seen Eva Green in anything before but the feedback's been good. Wright as Leiter is INSPIRED! I'm sure the days of rotating Leiter's are done. If they follow book continuity now, Wright will be back in "Live and Let Die" and "Diamonds Are Forever". I'll be curious to see how the character of Leiter will be handled after "LALD". I read some of the previous postings about everyone confused about the "reboot" and Judi Dench's role as M in "CR". I still say the producers are combining the film and book continuity into this new "franchise" which, as much as I doubt Brocolli & Wilson's ability to deliver a "great" Bond film, is a good way to go. If you take the Bond character from the books and place him in the style of the movies, it'll refresh the character and the movies as a whole. I know people talk about competing with the "Bourne" franchise - which I've never watched...I just can't picture Matt Damon kicking anyone's ass in real life...even though we had to suspend disbelief with Roger Moore for 12 years! - but you're still dealing with one, if not THE, most recognizable and iconic action heroes in movie history. Really, what's been the problem with the films lately? It's never the character of Bond himself, rather the story and styles of the movies. The character's still great. The producers need to put him in a story that does him justice!

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 7:36 p.m. CST

    The very fact that they're "rebooting" the series

    by I Dunno

    ...suggests an attempt at continuity. That's where the mistake is made and we're forced to try to organize things. So we have a different Bond, obviously. But the same M. But that M existed in the previous continuity and her origin was already established but apparently discarded because this film is about Bond's origin. And Felix. He's crippled. And white. No, now he's the ghetto brother from Shaft and ok, he's fine. So the only conclusion is that this entry negates all the others, being a complete betrayal of everything that came before. So fuck Sean Connery. Fuck Brosnan. This is how it is. Daniel Craig is the only Bond and it all begins here. Well, except Judi Dench is still M. And in the next film we'll probably bring back John Cleese as Q. FUCK THIS FRANCHISE. And I say this as someone who has been a Bond fan since birth.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 8:06 p.m. CST

    THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS BOND CONTINUITY

    by dreddy99

    All the whining of Bond continuity and how M could possibly be the same actor in CR and Brosnan's Bonds is getting really boring. There is no such thing as continuity in Bond movies. Take YOLT, OHMSS and DAF. For example, let's look at Bond's arch nememis, Blofeld, in those movies: Blofeld was been played by no less than 3 actors, from Donald Pleasance, Telly Sevalas to Charles Gray (who played a good guy in YOLT). At the end of OHMSS, Blofeld (bald) has had his back broken and is in a wheelchair and yet in DAF, he's a middle-aged, English guy with a full head of hair and no back problems. Continuity, feh! Blofeld then comes back in FYEO as the paraplegic...Confused? You should be. The way I look at Bond is as follows: James Bond (the spy) is a concept. Different agents take on the guise of 007 throughout the years and each one brings his own baggage. It would make sense for the British Secret Service to maintain that there is always an agent Code Name: James Bond 007. As George Lazenby said in his pre-credit sequence in OHMSS "This Never Happened to The Other Fella". Pierce Brosnan's Bond has, unfortunately, passed away...he will be missed.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Jesus tapdancing Christ, that's what I'm trying to say

    by I Dunno

    Bond never had continuity. There was no beginnning, no end. Different people played different roles and everyone went along. But now, by attempting some sort of "reboot" of the series, showing Bond's origins, it forces a sort of continuity where previously none was required. This is how Bond started. Ok, fine. Then everything else gets flushed down the toilet. That doesn't reconcile with keeping the same "M". The whole production is a mess anyway, I don't know why I'm bothering trying to explain.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 9:29 p.m. CST

    ...and the different guys as Bond doesn't work either

    by I Dunno

    that idea is even worse than the half assed stab at continuity they're trying now.

  • Feb. 18, 2006, 1:08 a.m. CST

    RE: I DUNNO

    by dreddy99

    On what basis can you state that "the whole production is a mess anyway". I assume that you must be on-set and can give us the real lowdown on the day-to-day filming and production schedule. Or maybe not, right...

  • Feb. 18, 2006, 6:55 a.m. CST

    The movie comes out in Nov and they're still casting

    by I Dunno

    for one. Everyone hates Craig as Bond, especially in the UK. They got rid of what wasn't broken, ie Brosnan, and kept what was, ie the writers and producers. There's just not a lot to look forward to with this, I hope I'm wrong.

  • Feb. 18, 2006, 10:53 a.m. CST

    The 2

    by Darth Maui

    They should've made Casino with Brosnan, made it good, then never made a Bond film again.

  • Feb. 18, 2006, 11:01 a.m. CST

    This Cast has got more zeros than Bond's prefix!

    by Baywatcher

    Where the hell is the "Star Power", promised by Sony, for the supporting Cast???, they're all a bunch of 'Walk-Ons', second-string Actors - not proper Co-Star Casting. Eva's like another Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Mads is another 'Davidov' waiting to happen!, and don't even get me started on FELIX LEITER!!!!! - shit!, even John Terry's looking like bloody David Hedison and Jack Lord now, by comparison!!!!!, a Black felix was a mistake in "Never Say Never Again", and again here!. Only bloody EON, would wanna make a film, which throws-away all the 'Bond-isms', and instead, references "Casino Royale" (1954 and 1967) - unavoidable, I know!, and "Never Say Never Again" - with a Black Felix. Dumd-Asses!!!!!.

  • Feb. 18, 2006, 11:26 a.m. CST

    When did spies ever wear bowler hats?

    by scrumdiddly

    The only image of a spy in my head is the ex-SAS type, i.e. fucking hardcore nuts. Anyway, it seems to me that the last Bond was bad in the same way that Nemesis was bad, except Nemesis was infinitely worse.

  • Feb. 18, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST

    This just in...Atari and Baywatcher are fags!

    by R.C. the "Wise"

  • Feb. 18, 2006, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Eva Green stinks!

    by Mike Lovestein

    She's an ugly skank with bad breast implants and an ugly cunt. Bertoloucci showed her pussy lips in The Dreamers. I thought I was gonna barf 'cause this bitch has an ugly pussy. Lousy actress too. I'm old school, I believe Bond girls shouldn't be skanks. Or trannys.

  • Feb. 18, 2006, 6:46 p.m. CST

    This just in...R.C. is "UnWise"!

    by Baywatcher

    ...and the "R.C." stands for: "Runny Cunt"

  • Feb. 18, 2006, 7:08 p.m. CST

    is this a legit poster?

    by brinkeguthrie

    http://img.radio.cz/pictures/filmy/bond_casino2.jpg

  • Feb. 18, 2006, 7:27 p.m. CST

    No, the poster isn't "legit"

    by Baywatcher

    ...it's supposedly a "Fan-Art", that's been around a short while

  • Feb. 18, 2006, 10:26 p.m. CST

    She looks good to me.

    by Forestal

  • Feb. 19, 2006, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Jack Burton

    by REDD

  • Feb. 19, 2006, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Eva Green is not attractive?

    by HypeEndsHere

    i just....i...don't know how to even.... WHAT?

  • Feb. 19, 2006, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Layer Cake was pretty cool

    by Grammaton Cleric

    ...and Daniel Craig was very cool in it. I've never been a huge Bond fan anyway; so I'm pretty enthused about the reboot.

  • Feb. 19, 2006, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Anyone who thinks Eva Green isn't do-able is a twat.

    by Forestal