1. Sebastien Foucan hired for 'Casino Royale'

    By Tim Roth on 2006-01-29
    Sebastien Foucan in action

    Sebastien Foucan in action

    Sebastien Foucan has been hired to appear in the latest James Bond movie,
    Casino Royale,
    reports. "A chase scene is planned which will unveil the
    new Bond in the form of actor Daniel Craig. The sequence in question is
    currently being shot in the Bahamas."

    Foucan is considered as one of the pioneers of a new extreme sport called
    "Parkour". According to
    Wikipedia, it
    is a "physical discipline of French origin in which participants attempt to pass
    obstacles in a smooth and rapid manner. Parkour is said to be "l’art du
    d├ęplacement", or the art of moving (from A to B), consisting of uninterrupted
    forward motion over, under, around and through obstacles (both man-made and
    natural) in one’s environment.

    Sebastien Foucan

    Sebastien Foucan

    Such movement may come in the form of running, jumping, climbing and other
    more complicated techniques. The goal of the practice of parkour is to be able
    to adapt one’s movement to any given situation so that any obstacle can be
    overcome with the human body’s abilities". Parkour was subject of Luc Besson’s
    movie Yamakasi – the modern Samurais in 2001, but has gone relatively unnoticed
    by cinema audience up to now.

    It’s also interesting to hear that the 2nd unit
    seems to have started working on the Bahamas already – which actually is nothing
    new: The surf scenes for Die Another Day were filmed in December 2001, official
    start of shooting was in January 2002.

    Funnily enough, in May 2005 a CBn forum member

    a rooftop chase to be part of the script for Casino Royale, but
    could not give more information on his sources. So, unlike many other rumours
    these days, this one seems actually to turn out true…

    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.