Start the countdown. Today marked the official beginning of principal shooting at Pinewood Studios for Daniel Craig’s next James Bond adventure, the still untitled Bond 22.
While Bond baddies Mathieu Amalric and Anatole Taubman have already been confirmed by director Marc Forster, according to Variety, a studio executive revealed that Jeffrey Wright, who made his debut as Felix Leiter in 2006’s Casino Royale will be returning for Bond 22.
Furthermore, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and the studios are reportedly on the verge of casting a female lead and will make a decision within two weeks.
Bond 22 Baddies: Anatole Taubman, Mathieu Amalric and Joaquin Cosio
In mid-December, Empire magazine reported that British actress Gemma Arterton was locked in for a ‘fairly major’ Bond girl role in the film–this has yet to be confirmed by Eon Productions.
As earlier reported on CommanderBond.net, shooting for Bond 22 was planned to take place at the Barbican, Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue, sometime this week.
In related news, director Marc Forster has stated in an interview with Swiss online magazine 20min.ch that he intends a running time for the finished film of exactly 120 minutes – and not a minute longer.