We haven't covered much James Bond movie news recently, so here's a recap of where thing are regarding Bond 22.
Who's the villain?
Mathieu Amalric, a French actor who most recently appeared as a paraplegic in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
What Ian Fleming book is the next film based on?
None. This is an original James Bond story written explicitly for this film.
Is the screenplay done?
When does filming begin?
January 4th, 2008.
Will Bond 22 be funny?
Daniel Craig says:
"I'm not going to shy away from the fact the occasionally there should be humor. I just don't like gags. I don't like written gags. That's not the way I've ever liked working and I don't think that's funny myself. The idea of having jokes in Bond I don't think is completely wrong, but I think the jokes to need to come out tension. There needs to be moments of humor because we've all been sitting on the edge of our seat. I don't think you should write gags in Bond."
[I'm very happy to hear this and it seems to be quite a different story from what was being said about the film a few months ago.- Vic]
Will the writers strike affect production?
No, they already have a script completed.
Will Daniel Craig be buff again in the next film?
Since Casino Royale was such a big success, are they going to skate on this one?
"Beforehand I was getting so much criticism, and I knew that we had something good to do. We had a movie that I knew deep down that whatever would happen we were going to make a good film, because we had to. The thing is, now, we've really got to turn out the goods, because if we don't, then they were right. That can't happen."
Has Daniel Craig signed on for 4 more James Bond movies?
Contrary to recent reports, no he has not signed a contract for four more Bond films:
"I never said that...Well, that's what's been said, it's not that it's not true, because I haven't signed up. What I've done is I've signed up on the next movie [Bond 22], after that we'll see. That's the way I'm doing it, and certainly it's not four more - that's the truth. It's certainly not four more."
And now you're up to date on everything going on with Bond 22. :-)
This is all sounding very good to me and I'm hoping that they can make as good a movie this time around as they did with Casino Royale. Bond 22 is scheduled for release in November 2008.