1. Casino Royale: Italian location revealed

    By Tim Roth on 2006-02-28
    'The Villa del Balbianello'

    ‘The Villa del Balbianello’

    One of the locations in Italy that Eon will be using for shooting Casino Royale has been revealed, Italian newspaper

    Il Giorno
    reports. Eon and Sony have announced earlier this year that
    filming will take place in Italy, but no details and exact locations were given
    so far.

    According to Italian media, one week of shooting will take place in late May
    in the ‘Villa del Balbianello’, which is located at the Lago di Como in the
    region of Lombardy (Northern Italy). The Villa has also been used for two recent
    Hollywood blockbuster movies, George Clooney’s Ocean’s Twelve and George Lucas’
    Star Wars: Episode 2 and Star Wars: Episode 3. It is also the place that
    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt chose to celebrate their marriage.

    Locations scouts also had a look at the casino in the small town of Campione
    d’Italia, but it is not known whether shooting is actually going to take place

    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.