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