While no official deal has been made, CBn has learned that high-profile editor Stuart Baird is the top candidate for editor of Casino Royale, the twenty-first James Bond film due to start production in early 2006. Baird is currently working with director Martin Campbell on The Legend of Zorro.
The English-born Baird has edited such blockbusters as the first Christopher Reeve Superman film, Lethal Weapon, Mission: Impossible 2, and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (for which he also received an executive producer credit). He also directed the last instalment of the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek: Nemesis.
Christian Wagner, who worked with Lee Tamahori on Die Another Day, has long been rumoured to be the editor of Casino Royale. He was even listed for a period of time on the IMDb‘s Casino Royale listing. However, directors usually name the editor they want to work with, and for Campbell it appears that man is “Baird, Stuart Baird.”
With the recent confirmation that GoldenEye‘s Phil Meheux will be returning as Director of Photography, Eon and Campbell appear to be assembling an impressive A-list crew for James Bond’s latest adventure.
There is still no actor cast in the role of 007.
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