1. Euro actors rumoured for Casino Royale

    By Heiko Baumann on 2006-02-02
    Jürgen Tarrach

    Jürgen Tarrach

    According to renowned German TV guide "Hörzu", another German actor, Jürgen
    Tarrach, has been cast for Casino Royale. He’s a popular TV actor and virtually
    unknown outside of German speaking countries. No further details were given
    about his role. It was only mentioned that his part will be smaller than Ludger
    Pistor’s, who was
    cast as a Swiss banker
    , and that Tarrach will be shooting in the Bahamas
    whereas Pistor will be shooting in Prague.

    Tarrach and Pistor both have the same agent, who refused to comment on the
    involvement of either actor in the movie upon CBn’s request this morning.

    In an article in Germany’s leading news magazine

    "Der Spiegel"
    , renowned Bond expert Dr. Siegfried Tesche reports that German
    theatre actor Clemens Schick was auditioned in London and that the actor refused
    to confirm whether he got a role or not. The article also mentions two other
    names: one of Germany’s most popular actors, Heinz Hoenig, and Thomas
    Kretschman, who played the ship’s captain in King Kong;. Both are reported to
    have done screentests but neither of them were cast.

    In addition to this, Danish media report that actor Mads Mikkelsen is close
    to signing a contract as Le Chiffre. An article in tabloid paper "Se og Hor"
    reported that a Sony spokesperson refused to comment on this. Mikkelsen is known
    to an international audience for playing the role of Tristan in King Arthur.

    – Update 19.40 GMT –

    "Yes, it’s true. Negotiations are currently going on, but I can’t officially
    confirm anything. I can’t even say for what role they want me. You know, with
    Bond, it’s all top secret." Tarrach answered upon request by local paper

    "Aachener Nachrichten"
    . Media are speculating that it’s going to be a darker

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