1. Official Casino Royale Website Launches

    By @mrpauldunphy on 2006-05-20

    After what has seemed like an age the official Casino Royale website has been finally thrust upon us!

    It is rather flashy (quite literally, as you need Macromedia Flash 8 to view it) and as a subdued version of the 007 Theme from Thunderball loops in the background, we are treated to a virtual green baize table, where we can peruse the trailer in full-screen glory, images from the film (including new pictures of Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter and Giancarlo Giannini as Mathis), our old friend Yarborough’s blog, wallpapers, a poker game and M’s personal computer, on which Villiers kindly informs us in detail of Bond’s chequered past and “current” status at the Secret Intelligence Service. It looks like the filmmakers really are ensuring that Joe Public knows they are starting from scratch with Bond’s character. However purists take note: NOTHING has fundamentally changed about Bond’s past. It’s just been fleshed out a little. Oh, and there’s a nice little explanation of the origins of the name “Vesper” if you hover over Bond’s martini glass.

    Click here to have a gander and tell us what you think in the CBn forum, but as the link to the site increases in length text-wise, I have one question: whatever happened to plain old It seems like we have three Casino Royale sites now all harbouring the same or slightly differing information (here, here and here). Maybe this will change soon.

    Anyway, be sure to stay tuned to CBn for all the latest news on Casino Royale and all things Jimmy Bond, won’t you?

    Casino Royale is the 21st James Bond 007 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.

    The film co-stars Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Simon Abkarian, Tobias Menzies, Ivana Milicevic, Clemens Schik, Ludger Pistor, Claudio Santamaria, and Isaach De Bankole.