1. Entertainment Weekly Goes Inside Casino Royale

    By Devin Zydel on 2006-08-12

    Bond fans can now check out the entire Entertainment Weekly article on Daniel Craig and Casino Royale.

    So how did Craig prepare for the daunting role as 007? ‘I watched every single Bond movie three or four times, taking in everything I could about how the character had been portrayed in the past — then threw all that away once I started doing the role. There’s no point in making this movie unless it’s different. It’d be a waste of time unless we took Bond to a place he’d never been before,’ he tells EW.

    According to this new interview, the budget for Casino Royale exceeds $150 million (Die Another Day was around $142 million). Previous amounts mentioned were $72 million as well as £72 million.

    Producer Barbara Broccoli explains that Casino Royale is not ‘a period piece or anything like that. It’s set today, right now, and it’s got all the action fans have come to expect from the movies. But we’re getting back to the essence of Bond, to the Bond in Fleming’s first 007 novel.’

    And why the need for the change? According to producer Michael G. Wilson, after the release of Die Another Day, ‘we spent eight months trying to come up with a story, but just couldn’t … we decided to start all over with the story we’ve always wanted to tell—how Bond became Bond in the first place.’

    Fans have apparently been wondering what the infamous ‘Bond… James Bond’ line will sound like coming from Craig’s mouth. The actor simply replies: ‘honestly, I didn’t rehearse it at all. I didn’t practice it in the mirror every morning or anything like that.’

    ‘He’s never really done an action movie before… He’s used to a deeper sort of acting, but doing a movie like this one, it’s acting in three-second bursts. So it took Daniel awhile to get used to it, to get the rhythm down. But he eventually got comfortable in the role,’ adds director Martin Campbell.

    Click here to read the entire article from Entertainment Weekly on Daniel Craig and Casino Royale. Click here to view the EW covers featuring all six actors that have portrayed James Bond.

    Stay tuned to CBn for all the latest news on Casino Royale.

    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. Casino Royale will premiere on 14 November in London. Starring Daniel Craig as James Bond; locations include 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.

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