Ian Fleming’s seventh James Bond novel, 1959’s Goldfinger, has been announced as an upcoming BBC Radio adaptation.
The Stage reports that independent production company Jarvis and Ayres will be behind this 007 production. It is owned and run by actors Martin Jarvis and Rosalind Ayres.
This Goldfinger adaptation will follow last year’s Radio 4 production of Dr. No (also produced by Jarvis), which was produced to mark the Fleming centenary in May.
Jarvis told The Stage he had initially been given approval from Bond film company Eon Productions to produce Dr. No on a ‘special one-off’ basis. However, he said they had been so impressed with the reworking of Dr. No, which starred Die Another Day baddie Toby Stephens as 007 and David Suchet as Dr. No, that they approached Jarvis and Ayres to ask them to make another.
Jarvis added that Goldfinger will be similar to the Dr. No production, which featured narrations from a Fleming character, played by Jarvis. Casting is yet to be confirmed, but he stated that he was keen to get Stephens back again for the role of Bond.
The production is expected on Radio 4 early next year.
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