1. Wanted: One Bond Girl

    By Matt Weston on 2006-01-11

    Variety today reports on the casting crisis facing the producers of the new James Bond flick, Casino Royale.

    The new James Bond, Daniel Craig

    The new James Bond, Daniel Craig

    Just as casting for the new 007 went down to the wire, it seems a similar situation is arising for the rest of the film’s stars.

    Variety claims “most of the cast has not been set”, including the part of Bond Girl Vesper Lynd, whom director Martin Campbell has said shares a “genuinely deeper relationship” with 007.

    The trade paper reveals that four new actresses are reading for the part in London this week, opposite new Bond, Daniel Craig (who, along with Dame Judi Dench, are the only signed cast members). A final decision is hoped for by the end of next week.

    With a production start date of 30 January looming fast, and Sony pinning its hopes on its first Bond pic being a success, the pressure is on.

    On a related note, CBn has received word that shooting in the Czech city of Karlovy Vary is not to start before mid-May. Yesterday, British tabloids reported that Casino Royale is due to start shooting in the Bahamas at the end of this month.

    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.