1. New Production Tidbits From Casino Royale

    By Tim Roth on 2006-03-24

    Over the past few days, some interesting production tidbits have emerged.
    According to

    Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten
    , Germany’s biggest film studio
    Berlin-Babelsberg was close to getting Casino Royale . Carl Woebcken, chairman of company
    "Studio Babelsberg AG", said: "We ahd a strong fight with Prague’s Barrandov
    Studios over the latest James Bond film, Casino Royale . But we got on the train
    as a co-producer and hope to be a service provider for the next film." In other
    words, it is highly possible that studio work for Bond 22 will be done in
    Berlin-Babelsberg. "We’re also in talks with a studio in Sofia, Bulgaria, where
    film companies could shoot cheaply and then post-production could be done in
    Berlin". "Wage costs are too high in Germany, that’s why we lost Casino Royale
    to Barrandov", Woebcken said

    Berliner Zeitung


    Tschechien Online
    reports that Prague’s authorities didn’t allow film
    company Stilking, a co-producer for the 21st James Bond film, to use a small
    park near the river Moldau. The production is going to shoot on the shore of the
    Moldau for one day and Stilking Films wanted to rent a park as place for
    technical stuff and catering service. Jana Příhodová, first representative
    mayoress of Prague, said: "The park is used by dog owners, skateboarder and
    children. We can’t close it for a day".

    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.