Bond 22 director Marc Forster
In an elaborate interview with Swiss newspaper
Sonntagszeitung, Bond 22 director Marc Forster has revealed some tidbits
about the upcoming Bond 22. While the first part of the interview mainly
focusses on Forster’s latest project The Kite Runner, the second part is
all about Bond.
Most importantly, Forster confirmed that French Mathieu Amalric and Swiss
Anatole Taubman are signed for the roles of the two major villains of the film.
Asked whether Switerzland was a shooting location, Forster said, "For a long
time, there were two, three locations we could not decide on. But finally, the
script developed into a direction where Switzerland would not fit, so it was not
an option anymore. Still, I managed to cast Anatole Taubman as the second major villain".
Forster also commented on the question, if the casting of Taubman had anything
to with his nationality, as both Forster and Taubman grew up in Switzerland.
Forster: "Not at all. Anatole was really really good in the audition. I hadn’t
even heard of him before."
Forster also said that he would have loved to have Bruno Ganz portray the
main villain. Ganz is a Swiss actor, best known for his role as Adolf Hitler in
the highly praised German film The Downfall (2004) about the last days of Hitler
in his Berlin bunker. "Still, Bruno Ganz could only have been the main villain.
But we already signed Mathieu Amalric for this role".
Asked about his first impressions on working on a Bond film, Forster said
that "the producers have supported me in nearly everything I wanted to do so far.
Some of my ideas were, however, too expensive. It’s not true that James Bond
films have an unlimited budget." Forster also repeated his remarks from a recent
New York Times interview. “When
James Bond started in the 1960s, travelling was something really exotic. The
world has become smaller. When Bond travels to a beach full of palm trees nowadays, it
nearly looks banal. In a way, the most interesting remaining journey for Bond is
the journey into his mind. We go deeper into Bond himself.” – So will Bond have
a split personality? – Forster: "There will be some elements of this, yes."
Start of principal shooting is, according to Forster, January 3, 2008.
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