The Chicago Sun-Times features a small interview with producer Barbara Broccoli where she seperates the facts from fiction when it comes to Casino Royale…
The first rumour that was questioned was whether or not Pierce Brosnan was dumped from the role and learned of it by reading such reports in the press.
Broccoli said: ‘We were very happy with Die Another Day, and we loved Pierce. He made four great pictures for us. But when we sat down to figure out what to do with Bond 21, we felt like we had reached the point of new return. The world was much too serious, and we were trying to figure out where to go. Once we decided to do Casino Royale, we knew that it was Bond’s first mission and it couldn’t be Pierce again. We discussed the change with Pierce before the news broke. He was very gracious about it. He’s a great guy and a great Bond.’
Clive Owen was a choice that many Bond fans chose as the perfect James Bond #6. The next rumour questioned was whether or not he had obtained the role, but released because of requesting too much money.
According to Broccoli, ‘Michael and I wanted Daniel from the very beginning. He’s an astounding actor. I won’t comment on who we met or didn’t meet. It’s like saying who you [dated] before you got married.’
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