CBn has learned that Sony executives will travel to London next week where they will meet with Eon Productions to make a final decision as to who will play James Bond in Casino Royale, the 21st James Bond film due to start production in January under the direction of Martin Campbell.
Daniel Craig, Henry Cavill, and Pierce Brosnan are all rumoured to be among the potential 007 finalists, but there is also a distinct possibility that there are other actors—whose names have not leaked to the press—who may stand just as good a chance of landing the part.
If Eon and Sony do make their decision next week, this does not necessarily guarantee that the announcement will come next week as well. Unless contracts have been negotiated in advance, it still may be some time before fans finally learn the name of the man in silhouette.
And what will happened should Eon and Sony fail to decide on a new 007 next week?
According to a CBn source, ‘[if] they can’t agree, all bets are off. Including making their start date.’
Update (28 September, 2005)
Variety.com has named what it claims are the final 4 finalists to be decided on next week; Daniel Craig, Henry Cavill, Sam Worthington and Goran Visnjic. The trade paper says the lack of a major star as a contender comes from Eon’s unwillingness to break precedent and pay gross points to a 007 actor.