Lucky Bond fans who were attending the Euro Cinema Expo at the Amsterdam RAI convention center got a chance to see 20 minutes of the newest James Bond film, Casino Royale – reports the Young Bond Dossier.
The full report from Variety follows:
Serendipitously taking the final studio slot to show off product at Cinema Expo, Sony closed the Euro exhib confab with a bang Thursday evening, creating the week’s most high-profile event by screening 20 minutes of “Casino Royale,” the latest installment in its James Bond franchise.
That made Cinema Expo attendees the first audience in the world to see how the latest, blond Bond — Daniel Craig — handled the role.
Sony Pictures Entertainment vice chairman Jeff Blake introduced the Bond footage after Sony Intl. prexy Mark Zucker showed off the studio’s product reel.
Rumors began slipping out Thursday that the Bond scenes might screen, but the event was largely a surprise, and Blake said that the studio only got the OK from Bond’s producing team two days earlier, when he and SPE Motion Picture Group chair Amy Pascal visited London.
The footage showed off Craig as a grittier Bond, with scenes of more intense, visceral hand-to-hand combat than 007 has tackled in recent pics. One black-and-white scene flashed back to Bond’s first ever (brutal and hard-to-pull-off) kill as an agent, as well as his (much more sleek and signature) second assassination.
Also introducing the pic was one of the new Bond girls, Caterina Murino, and the reel featured some sultry scenes between her and Craig. For any gearheads, Bond’s new ride also got some screen time, as did high-octane chase scenes, including one of Craig following a baddie up and down a construction site with aerial jumps and twists.
“This footage has never been seen, except by all of us just two days ago,” Blake said, his voice audibly cracking with excitement. Pascal was also at Cinema Expo in the audience with Sony brass. Blake added that the pic would offer a “distinct European flavor” for the international exhibs.
The studio immediately followed the footage with a casino-themed party inside the Amsterdam RAI convention center.
Ian Mohr – Variety
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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 Schick, Ludger Pistor, Claudio Santamaria, and Isaach De Bankole.