Foucan - On the set and on the run
"Casino Royale," the 21st movie featuring the
debonair English superspy, takes Bond back to the start
of Ian Fleming's series, when he carries out his initial
two assassinations and first earns his licence to kill.
NEW JAMES BOND MOVIE: FEWER GADGETS, MORE GRIT...OH AND
By Michael Christie
Words courtesy of Reuters
Pics courtesy of Ecranlarge
(Reuters) - Forget the gadgets, invisible cars and exploding
space stations. The next James Bond movie is going to
be pure grit, real stunts and a spy who fumbles a kill,
falls in love and dislikes violence, the makers say.
There'll be no computer-generated imagery, the prologue
is in black and white "to shake everybody up,"
and the MI6 agent, played for the first time by English
actor Daniel Craig, will take a while to get into his
"At the end of it he's sort of honed into the Bond,
the emotionally shut-down beautiful machine that Bond's
become," director Martin Campbell told reporters
this week on a visit to the movie set in the Bahamas.
But on the way to being the smooth, unruffled, lady-killer
007 fans have grown accustomed to, Craig as the first
blond Bond, will clearly show a more human side.
"The great thing about it is that he makes mistakes
and screws up. Bond finds violence hard to take, he won't
admit to that. He has to do two killings, one is very
messy. He falls in love with a girl, genuinely falls in
love," said Campbell.
There is no "Q," no "Moneypenny" and
only "a little bit of gadgetry," in the movie
due for release in November and being distributed by Columbia
Pictures, a Sony Pictures Entertainment unit, he said.
Craig, 38, said the Bond he hopes to portray begins as
"sort of fallible." The script doesn't shy away
from the sexism that marked early Bond movies but which
has since been diluted.
"But he's Bond, he's not always nice," Craig
said. "Edgy" and "gritty" are the
adjectives most commonly flung around by those involved
in the movie.
"He's a hard guy, that's the difference I think,"
said special effects supervisor Chris Corbould.
There will be plenty of action.
In a chase scene set on the African island of Madagascar
but filmed in the Bahamas, Bond tries to run down terrorist
Mollaka in a bulldozer, and then follows him on foot through
a construction site, jumping from a 140-foot (43-metre)
crane to a 120-foot (37-metre) crane.
is played by Sebastien Foucan,
French co-founder of a popular urban sports trend called
Freerunning, or Parkour, and his powerful running style
makes Bond appear clumsy.
But Bond's relentless determination is supposed to shine
through as he scrambles after Mollaka through a Madagascar
shantytown and jungle.
The film will be a departure from the explosives- and
gizmo-laden spectacles seen in 2002's "Die Another
Day," or 1995's "GoldenEye," which was
also directed by Campbell.
"Even after 'GoldenEye' I remember remarking, thinking,
how many control rooms, how many madmen can take over
the world?" Campbell said. "Where the hell do
you go with it? Do you get another madman, do you blow
up another control room? How many space stations can you
Co-producer Michael Wilson of EON Productions said the
invisible car in "Die Another Day" had begun
to dip the hugely successful movie series into the realm
of the unbelievable.
"Technology was beginning to overwhelm the story
and the characters," Wilson said.
The latest movie in a 44-year franchise that has grossed
almost $4 billion since "Dr. No," starring Sean
Connery, was screened in 1962, "Casino Royale"
will be a return to the roots, said co-producer Barbara
That was one reason why EON dumped Pierce Brosnan, the
most successful of the five Bond actors to date, and is
taking a gamble with a new, younger face, she said.
"If you don't grow and change you die and we felt
this was the right time and the right story to tell, and
Daniel was the right guy to do it," Broccoli said.
"So here we are."
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