British tabloid "Daily
Mail" today reports that Daniel Craig is about to become James Bond #6 in the
upcoming Bond movie Casino Royale. According to the paper, Craig "won" the
re-audition against 22-year-old Henry Cavill. Both were invited for a second
screentest, the tabloid claims.
The "Daily Mail" claims that "Craig, 37, will be confirmed
by producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson later this week. He will be the
sixth Bond, but the first blond."
What is interesting about this piece of news is the fact that it was written by Nicole Lampert, the woman who first reported that
Pierce Brosnan was out back in February 2004. At the time, the news
was seen as "just another tabloid rumour", but we all know how the story went. Nicole Lampert was accused of being a "liar", but she affirmed the
reliability of her source "near the production" several times.
Has her source hit again? Is 37-year old Daniel Craig the successor of Pierce
Brosnan? And what about the
consequences for the script? Last week, director Martin Campbell
confirmed that the script was written for a "28 to 30 years old James Bond".
Last week CBn reported that a decision as to who would play Bond would be made this week. Has that decision been made?
If the "Daily Mail" is genuine, we should know within the next few days. Stay tuned!
Variety.com is reporting Craig’s publicist only offered a “no comment” and the PRs at Eon Productions, the producers of the Bond franchise, were said to be “in a meeting.”
Craig’s agents ICM in London said they couldn’t comment until Eon made an announcement but expected that 007 producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson would let the cat out of the bag by the end of the week.