The mystery of whether IFP and Eon Productions would commission an original movie novelization of Casino Royale or just reissue the Fleming novel has today been solved, reports The Young Bond Dossier.
Daniel Craig as 007 in Casino Royale
According to this listing on Amazon.com, Ian Fleming’s original Casino Royale novel will be released as a paperback movie tie-in edition on October 31, 2006. The book will be published by Penguin and clock in at 240 pages. No doubt, the cover art will be the official movie poster art or image of new James Bond Daniel Craig.
Both John Gardner and Raymond Benson penned novelizations of the Bond films made during their tenures as official continuation novelists. However, these films were made from original screenplays not based on any single Fleming work.
The new Casino Royale film is based entirely on Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel and retains many of the major elements found in the 1953 original.
This is actually the second time Fleming’s Casino Royale has been issued as a movie tie-in. In 1967 Signet in the U.S. and Pan in the UK released tie-in editions featuring the poster art for the unofficial film produced by Charles K. Feldman.
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.