1. Campbell Explains His "Big Bang Theory"

    By Matt Weston on 2005-11-03

    The back-to-basics approach planned for the next James Bond film continues to head closer to earth.

    In an interview with Times Online, Casino Royale director Martin Campbell revealed there is just a single explosion scheduled for the next 007 film – and even that is off “in the distance”. “How many more huge bangs and 747s going down in flames can you do?” the director asked.

    The news continues to reveal the producers’ planned left-field approach to making Bond films, particularly in light of the explosion-laden Pierce Brosnan era movies.

    Fleming aficionados will recall Casino Royale also contains a single explosion – is this the blast to which Campbell refers? According to the article, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade’s script (which is being polished by Oscar nominee Paul Haggis) loses the first half of Fleming’s novel. The focus will instead be on the characters. “Paul’s job is to make sure [Vesper’s] relationship with Bond is an interesting one,” Campbell said.

    The director also spoke more about the less confident, more arrogant 007 we can expect to see in Casino Royale. “It’s when Bond earns his double-oh stripes. It’s his initiation. He makes mistakes and he thinks with his heart, not his head. It’s attractive to see him bleed a little bit, have some arrogance and rough edges knocked off him.”

    Expect Casino Royale to continue to be a hot topic as Campbell’s Zorro sequel opens around the world.

    Casino Royale is the 21st James Bond film produced by franchise holders Eon Productions. The MGM/Columbia Pictures production begins shooting in January and is due for release worldwide on 17 November 2006. Starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, it will be filmed in the Czech Republic, the Bahamas, Italy and the UK.