1. Phil Meheux to Lens 'Casino Royale'

    By Matt Weston on 2005-05-30

    We may not be getting any closer to knowing the answer to the big question of who will play James Bond, but the pieces of the puzzle are slowly falling into place for Casino Royale‘s behind-the-scenes stars.

    The IMDb has updated its cast and crew listing for the twenty-first Bond picture to include Phil Meheux as the film’s cinematographer. Meheux’s addition should come as no surprise to followers of Campbell’s films, as the duo have worked together on every feature film Campbell has made since 1988’s Criminal Law (with the exception of Vertical Limit, which, curiously, was lensed by Die Another Day‘s director of photography, David Tattersall), including Campbell’s first Bond outing, GoldenEye.

    Although the IMDb’s listings should be taken with a grain of salt (the website still lists John Cleese’s involvement in the film, despite the fact that the last we had heard, the current Casino Royale script did not feature the character of Q), Meheux’s past involvement with Campbell’s movies strongly indicate that Casino Royale will, too, be added to their joint resumé.

    The IMDb’s listing is currently rounded out by the usual Bond suspects, including costume designer Lindy Hemming, production designer Peter Lamont, casting director Debbie McWilliams and post-production supervisor Michael Solinger.

    Cameras are set to roll on Casino Royale early next year for a November 2006 release.

    UPDATE (30 Jun, 2005): CBn can now confirm that Phil Meheux is locked in as cinematographer for Casino Royale.

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