In the last Bond 22 update in September we looked at the latest news a rumours about locations, cast and crew, the screenplay and cars, so with the start of filming less than a month away it now seems like a good moment to look at what else we’ve learnt since then.
Cast and crew
Despite being so close to filming, there is very little that has been let slip about casting, except the confirmation in November that Frenchman Matieu Amalric has been cast as the villain. Although no details have been released, it is likely that he will play Vesper Lynd’s Algerian boyfriend alluded to in Casino Royale.
As always the rumours about Bond girls have been flying back and forth, with little solid to go on and although Eva Green was widely expected to shoot some scenes, appearing in a video recording left for Bond, it now appears that this idea has been discarded. Casting notices went out for Latin American actresses and there were some claims of having landed the role following screen testing. However, nothing has been confirmed and anyone who follows the trajectory of the typical Bond movie will be familiar with this type of non-story.
Paul Haggis delivered the screenplay before the writers strike started at the beginning of November, which he has been commenting on in interviews. While it is pretty much complete he has suggested that it requires some polishing, which will likely be handled by Michael G Wilson. He also suggests that the work by Purvis and Wade had been dropped when the script went in a different direction from their early drafts.
A central or South American location had long been rumoured, with Panama a strong contender, but its choice seems to have been finally confirmed by Dame Judi Dench when she mentioned she’s be shooting there on location. Daniel Craig has also mentioned shooting in South America before moving to Italy, where some background scenes were shot in the summer. He also mentioned the possibility of Austria, although scotching rumours that Bond 22 would feature a ski sequence.
That really wraps all we know up. Bond 22 is will start filming on 4th January 2008, with Daniel Craig already rehearsing some of the action scenes. There is sure to be more news emerging early next year, when we’ll start issuing these bulletins more frequently.