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  1. Bond 23 pre-production put on hold

    Daniel Craig is James Bond in 'Quantum of Solace'

    Daniel Craig is James Bond in Quantum of Solace

    As already reported, MGM, the studio behind the James Bond films, is facing immense financial problems, resulting in a sale of the studio. Screenwriter Peter Morgan already hinted at the delay of pre-production due to these difficulties. Until today, no official confirmation has been given for a halt.

    Today, the Sunday Express reports that not only pre-production of Bond 23 has been halted, but that the “future of the Bond franchise hangs in the balance.” The paper indicates that if the MGM situation remains unclear, the film rights of the franchise could be sold off to another studio.

    Producer Michael G Wilson, who produces the Bond films with Barbara Broccoli, admitted to the paper: “We just don’t know enough about the situation to comment but we know it’s uncertain.”

    Dame Judi Dench and Daniel Craig already confirmed that Bond 23 was only due in 2011, making the gap between Quantum of Solace and the next film the longest one between two films in Daniel Craig’s term as James Bond, but with a possible sale of either the studio or the filming rights, even a longer gap does not seem to be unlikely at all.

    Keep your browsers pointed to the CommanderBond.net main page for all the latest Bond 23 news.

    Tim Roth @ 2010-01-03
  2. "I'd love to reinvent Q and Moneypenny."

    In an interview with German newspaper Die Welt, Daniel Craig commented on possible story ideas and details for Bond 23.

    Asked whether the Bond he portrays would stay monogamic in the next films, Craig said: "We have plenty of time in the next installment to tell that story [of Bond sleeping with women]. We introduced the "new Bond" properly with these two films, so now everything is possible: hollowed-out volcanoes, undersea lairs, characters such as Q and Moneypenny. All this could return to the franchise. I would love if we reinvented these two charachters. But we would need to get the best actors around for these roles."

    In the next question, Craig was asked about the rumours that he asked for a gay sex scene in a future James Bond film. Laughing, the British actor said: "I know that this is an internet rumour and everybody asks me about it. I have nothing against homosexuals and as you may know, I already played a gay man in another film. But I will never ever play a gay James Bond. If that is ever going to happen, I will quit the job."

    Stay tuned to CBn.

    Tim Roth @ 2008-11-08
  3. 'Quantum of Solace' Teaser Poster Revealed

    It’s here! The first teaser poster for Quantum of Solace, the 22nd James Bond
    film from Eon Productions and Sony, has been released last night!

    AOL
    Moviefone
    was the first website to put up the teaser poster. It is also
    available as desktop wallpaper from 007.com, the
    official James Bond Website from Eon Productions and Sony Pictures.


    Click here
    for a 800 x 600 version

    Click
    here for a 1024 x 768 version

    Click
    here for a 1280×1024 version

    Keep watching CommanderBond.net for the most up-to-date James Bond news on the web.

    Tim Roth @ 2008-02-07
  4. More 'Quantum Of Solace' Plot Details Emerge

    Picture: Daniel Craig

    Daniel Craig is James Bond in Quantum of Solace

    In a well researched article,
    BBC reveals more plot details from the latest James Bond film, Quantum of Solace.

    While already revealed in some early footage that Bond has a fight outside an
    art gallery in Siena, Italy, the report adds that also a “cavernous interior” of this gallery has been built in Pinewood Studios. “Several statues—some eight metres tall—stand around the gallery set, wrapped in clear plastic—presumably to protect them from the pyrotechnics.”


    'Quantum of Solace' Press Conference

    Quantum of Solace Press Conference
    Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench and Marc Forster

    Producer Michael G. Wilson also revealed that the film will begin in Italy—with a big car chase in the streets of Siena. Presumably, the chase will pass
    into a foot chase that partly has already been shot in Italy in August 2007.
    Part of the chase could also be a complex of tunnels—the Siena cisterns—which “are so realistic that you feel genuinely deep underground when walking through them.”

    Another Siena-based set is a subterranean MI6 safe-house with a deep-water
    well. “It’s more like a crypt out of a Harry Potter film, with massive stone columns and huge wooden beams.” Certainly, one of the Ken Adam-like sets that producers spoke about yesterday.

    Wilson also mentioned an ambitious free-fall sequence involving
    motion-control cameras.


    'Quantum of Solace' Press Conference

    Quantum of Solace Press Conference
    The Cast and Crew

    Reporters were also able to get a glimpse of scenes that were filmed in M’s
    Office—“a massive two-storey interior with ultra-modern décor, marble floors and frosted glass doors.” When M wants privacy, she can touch a button and the glass wall that separates their offices frosts over. The report comments, “Not
    as impressive as an invisible car—nor as ridiculous.”

    CommanderBond.net will keep you updated with all the latest news and details on Quantum of Solace.

    Tim Roth @ 2008-01-25
  5. Rory Kinnear To Play Bill Tanner

    Rory Kinnear

    Rory Kinnear

    As the BBC revealed today, British actor Rory Kinnear has been casted to play
    Bond’s ally Bill Tanner in Quantum of Solace. Bill Tanner is an original
    character created by Ian Fleming and already featured in four previous James
    Bond Films.

    In 1974’s The Man With The Golden Gun, Tanner was portayed by Michael
    Goodliffe, in 1981’s For Your Eyes Only by James Villiers and in GoldenEye
    (1995) and The World Is Not Enough (1999) by Michael Kitchen.

    The BBC reports that the crew was "shooting close-ups of M as she speaks to
    her assistant Tanner" while reporters visited the set yesterday.

    CommanderBond.net will keep you updated with all the latest news and details
    on Quantum of Solace.

    Tim Roth @ 2008-01-25
  6. 'Bond 22' is 'QUANTUM OF SOLACE'

    EON Productions just announced at a Press Conference held at Pinewood Studios
    near London, that the title for the 22nd installment of the James Bond series
    will be

    QUANTUM OF SOLACE

    Furthermore, story details have emerged. As the BBC reports, “At a press conference at the facility, reporters were shown a minute of footage from the new film, including Bond swinging on a rope after an explosion at an art gallery in Siena, Italy. Another scene showed him meeting M – played by Dame Judi Dench – outside in the snow.”

    CBn has scored the first stills from the shown video footage.




    Reuters reports, that Quantom of Solace sees James Bond out for revenge on a mission that takes him to Austria, Italy and South America.

    According to the synopsis, Bond girl Camille, played by Ukrainian-born Olga
    Kurylenko, leads the secret agent to Dominic Greene, member of a mysterious
    organization and a ruthless businessman, seeking to control huge natural
    resources.

    Greene is played by Mathieu Amalric, who starred in the
    Oscar-nominated The Diving Bell and Butterfly. The plot follows on
    directly from Casino Royale as Bond aims to uncover the truth about Vesper,
    the beauty who betrayed him, and discovers that she had been blackmailed. "James
    Bond is after revenge, and Camille is after revenge and they have slightly
    different goals, but in the end they are going to have to collaborate,"
    Kurylenko told reporters.

    On a tour of the main Bond set at Pinewood, journalists were shown 3 stages, all
    of them set in the Italian city of Siena. In the largest, two actors including
    Craig’s stunt double, swung from ropes and fought in an old art gallery.

    Keep watching CommanderBond.net for the developing story.

    Tim Roth @ 2008-01-24
  7. 'Bond 22' Press Conference To Be Held In Pinewood Tomorrow

    Daniel Craig

    Daniel Craig

    Sony Pictures have confirmed that there will be a press conference for Bond 22 tomorrow. The press conference will take place in
    Pinewood Studios near London. Additionally, there will be a photo call.

    Most of the main cast will be attending: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Gemma
    Arterton, Mathieu Amalric, Jeffrey Wright and Dame Judi Dench. Director Marc
    Forster and producders Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson will also be there.

    It is not known if the title is revealed tomorrow.

    There will be several TV feeds:

    1st Feed:
    Date: 24th January 2008
    Time: 16:55-18:30 GMT

    Satellite: IS 10.02 XP 65 Dig 19
    Downlink Frequency: 11526.5 V
    FEC: 3/4
    Symbol: 5.632
    Color: PAL

    2nd Feed:
    Date: 24th January 2008
    Time: 1845-1915 GMT

    3rd Feed:
    Date: 25th January 2008
    Time: 0600-0630 GMT

    Satellite: Eutelsat W1 TXP B4 CH-4
    Downlink Frequency: 11106.5 V
    FEC: 3/4
    Symbol: 5.632
    Color: PAL

    CommanderBond.net will keep you updated with all the latest news and details
    on Bond 22.

    Tim Roth @ 2008-01-23
  8. Shooting At Lago Di Garda In April

    Locanda Punta San Vigilio

    Locanda Punta San Vigilio

    As first reported by CBn
    back in October, the German speaking magazine

    Gardasee-Zeitung
    had reported that the Lago die Garda, a throughout Europe
    famous mountain lake in Italy, could possibly serve as a location for Bond 22.
    CommanderBond.net can reveal today that scenes for the latest James Bond film
    will indeed be shot on the shores of Lago di Garda.

    The magazine claimed in October that a sequence will be filmed in the Locanda
    Punta San Vigilio, the villa of the Italian noodle manufacturer Giovanni Rana,
    as well as in the Grand Hotel Fasano in Gardone. Whether these specific
    locations will be used has not been confirmed so far, but CBn has learned
    that scenes for Bond 22 will be shot in the
    villages of Limone and Tremosine in
    the last two weeks of April, right before
    shooting in Bregenz begins.

    Lago di Garda is the largest lake in Italy and is located in the north of the
    country. The lake and its shoreline are divided between the provinces of Verona
    (to the south-east), Brescia (south-west), and Trentino region (north). The lake
    is a major tourist destination, with a number of hotels and resorts along its
    shore.

    CommanderBond.net will keep you updated with all the latest news and details
    on Bond 22.

    Tim Roth @ 2008-01-16
  9. SPOILERS: 'There is a connection there, yes…'

    Daniel Craig

    Daniel Craig

    Film website Rotten
    Tomatoes
    has scored the first interview with Daniel Craig since Bond 22
    started filming 10 days ago. The following extracts
    contain some spoilers, so if you don’t want to know anything about
    Bond 22
    ‘s
    plot, better not read this article.

    First of all, according to Craig, there is no title yet, not even behind the
    scenes. When Rotten Tomatoes suggested in
    an ironic way "The Lady Expects Too Much" as title, Daniel Craig laughingly asked, "Really, is that the rumour?
    That’s quite good. I should write that one down…"

    The more interesting part of the advance publication of the full interview
    focused on the plot. Craig said, "It carries on from where the last one stopped.
    We set up in the last one that there’s this organisation that is destabilising
    the world’s economy because they want to take it over, and that’s his job now,
    to go out and stop them." This statement corresponds with statements from an old
    Daniel Craig interview in
    2006. Back then, he said, "We have a group of people in
    Casino Royale
    that are led by Le Chiffre; at least we think they’re led
    by Le Chiffre. They’re trying to destabilize the world with money, they’re using
    money as the tool… They don’t care who they kill or who they displace. And we
    don’t know who the top man is yet. Hopefully we’ll find out who that is in the
    next Bond movie." Quite.

    Matthieu Amalric

    Matthieu Amalric

    Craig also commented on the casting of Mathieu Amalric as Dominic Greene: "I’m
    over the moon with his casting. I met him very briefly on

    Munich
    but I didn’t do any scenes with him.
    Now I’ve got to know him on
    Bond 22
    […]
    and thought it was amazing." When asked if Amalric was going to play the heavily
    cited Algerian boyfriend of
    Vesper, Craig stated, "There is a connection there, yes…"

    Also, Craig revealed that he did not have to shoot any action scenes so far.
    "We start that next week so I’m sure I’m going to be walking wounded for the
    next six months from next week." He feels very happy about the choice of Marc
    Forster as director: "The fact that Marc Forster’s come in to direct it just
    makes my job a lot easier. He’s taken care of a lot of stuff that I just don’t
    have to think about and I’m just getting on with acting."

    And, he says, the pressure of taking on the mantle of James Bond gets no
    easier. "I don’t know if I’ll ever feel comfortable with it," he said, "I mean,
    it’s James Bond. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to that place and get Zen about
    it; it’s not that kind of role. But I’m enjoying what we’ve shot so far and I’m
    planning to enjoy as much as I can of this filming process. Because, otherwise,
    why do it? I think the pressure is plain to see. We’ve got to make it as good if
    not better than the last one, and that’s the thing that matters. I don’t think
    you can say there’s ever less pressure when you make a $200 million movie." Check out Rotten
    Tomatoes
    for the full article.

    Keep your eyes on the CommanderBond.net main page for all the latest news and details on Bond 22.

    Tim Roth @ 2008-01-13
  10. Another Swiss in 'Bond 22'?

    Philipp von Schulthess

    Philipp von Schulthess

    Swiss-born actor Anatole Taubman, who landed a role as villain in Bond 22 and
    director Marc Forster, who grew up in Switzerland are possibly not the only
    Swiss working on the latest James Bond film. The German-speaking online magazine
    20minuten
    reports today that Zurich-born actor Philipp von Schulthess has auditioned for a
    role in Bond 22.

    His press agent Sohela Emami told the magazine: "He in fact auditioned for a
    role and it doesn’t look to bad for him. He could land a role in the latest
    James Bond film". No contracts have been signed yet. The 32 year old is a
    well-known Swiss stage actor, who recently landed his first big cinema role
    alongside Tom Cruise in Valkyrie, a film about von Schulthess’s grandfather,
    Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, who failed in assassinating Adolf Hitler in
    1944.

    As the key roles for Bond 22 are already casted, speculation is that Philipp
    von Schulthess’s possible role will be a minor one.

    Keep your eyes on the CommanderBond.net main page for all the latest news and details on Bond 22.

    Tim Roth @ 2008-01-12