Dossiers issued in June, 2011

French Bond fans claim intel on Bond 23 Great Wall of China Motorbike chase

Over at the French James Bond fan club a source has let them in on a pre-production secret, or so it is claimed!

A scene originally in the slate for 1989′s Licence To Kill may be dug out of the archives and brought to celluloid for 007′s 23rd James Bond adventure. Instead of spending time in China Bond #16 ultimately went to Mexico for a fiery finalé.

The scene, a motorbike chase along the Great Wall is rumored to be on the agenda for James Bond in the forthcoming Bond 23. If this news is correct, this will add a third major location to the possible shooting countries, which already includes India and South Africa.

It will not be the first time 007 is in China: he previously served her Majesty on missions in Tomorrow Never Dies and The Man With The Golden Gun (Hong Kong)

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Naomie Harris reveals details of her audition: doesn’t know if she is a Bond girl

The tabloids first caught the rumor that Londoner Naomie Harris was in the running for a James Bond 23 role when the News of the World ran a loosely worded story in early June. Then the star herself confirmed she was in talks. Finally, all within a matter of hours, EON Productions confirmed to Entertainment Weekly there was some substance to the rumor.

On British radio the other day Harris was inevitably asked about her Bond girl chances. She described her audition for listeners:

“My audition was really great actually because it’s so top secret, the whole Bond thing. I hadn’t realised how top secret it was. I’ve auditioned for a lot of things before but never for something where you can’t see the script, it’s that secret. I auditioned with a scene from Quantum of Solace.”

As well as ‘fesssing up about the Bond audition Naomie said she was 007′s biggest fan and would be delighted to have a role in the film.

“I’ve never played a beautiful vacuous woman. I don’t think I’d be very good at it. So if that was the role, it wouldn’t appeal,” she said in an in depth interview with the Coventry Telegraph.

“But I just don’t think Bond would be interested in a woman like that now. The new Bond has to be intellectually stimulated by whoever he’s having his dalliances with.”

“What makes Bond films work is that they’re responsive to the times. Eva Green’s character in Casino Royale was not scantily clad. She was an intelligent, strong, modern woman.”

“The older idea of the Bond movie is in the past. Now it appeals to all generations, ages and sexes.”

 

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At least half of Bond 23 to be shot in South Africa, claim reports

According to the Budapest Report, at least half of 007′s forthcoming adventure will be shot in South Africa.

The English language press outlet from Hungary suggests a source close to the production has tipped them off.

This news runs in agreement with the rumors that 007 director Sam Mendes was in South Africa recently, location scouting. However, the recent buzz has been about Indian locations. Budget permitting, James Bond could be on his way to Asia and Africa.

However, most of the story here is addressing Carte Blanche, the new 007 book, and the assertion that half the film will shoot in South Africa is nothing more than an un-cited/unnamed source.

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Editor Tariq Anwar says he will be cutting James Bond 23

The James Bond news website, MI6 has unearthed a fantastic interview from back in February 2011 with Tariq Anwar, the famed Indian editor whose work includes American Beauty and The King’s Speech.

In the interview it was apparently offered up voluntarily by Anwar that he would be cutting Bond 23.

“Sam Mendes asked me if I would be interested in doing Bond. That would be something different,” the editor is quoted to say.

“I will do Bond,” Anwar said.

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Bond 23 team rumored to be scouting studio space in India

As previously reported, significant rumors in the Indian media have pointed journalists and bloggers to believe 007 was bound for the nation once more.

Now the local tabloid Mid-Day is reporting that ND Studios may become the new home of 007 for the duration of a three week shoot.

“In the ND Studio, South Mumbai setting of the main road with shops… will be expanded to include the historic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Crawford Market, too,” explained an unnamed source.

 

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New Costume Designer Jany Temime onboard for Bond 23?

Dutch website NU.nl are reporting a purported connection between 007′s 23rd adventure and Frenc Jany Temime – the costume designer famed for her work on the Harry Potter franchise.

Her other credits include Children of Men and In Bruges.

MI6 reminds us that if true, it will be the third designer in as many James Bond adventures, with Lindy Hemming designing Craig’s outfits in Casino Royale and Louise Frogley dressing the 007 star in Quantum of Solace.

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UPDATE: EON Confirms British actress Naomie Harris is in talks for Bond 23 role

The article run on the NOTW website does not cite a source, nor have very much to say about the new James Bond movie, Bond 23, at all. Most of the article is padded out with old personal quotes, information about the current blockbuster, Pirates of the Caribbean, most likely to cash in on the fourth Jack Sparrow adventure.

UPDATE: MI6 has received a tip, at a UK publicity interview for The First Grader one twitter user spoke to Harris and she mentioned was “offered [a] Bond role” but wont tell the reporters if she is joining the cast.

UPDATE 2: Entertainment Weekly have been chatting to a “spokesperson” at EON Productions who confirmed Harris has been in talks. It is a good day for our initial assessment of the rumor to be wrong!

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Bond 23 coming to the UK on 26th October 2012

LONDON, June 2, 2011 – MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment are delighted to announce the UK release date for the eagerly anticipated 23rd James Bond adventure will be Friday, 26TH OCTOBER, 2012 opening at the Odeon Leicester Square and in cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

The film will open in the United States on November 9, 2012.

BOND 23 will see Daniel Craig continue his role as James Bond in the iconic movie franchise, with British director Sam Mendes at the helm of the as-yet untitled 23rd James Bond adventure.  The film will be produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

The last two films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, had record-high grosses for the Bond franchise, with Casino Royale taking in $599 million in worldwide ticket sales and Quantum of Solace generating $577 million.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music, and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world’s largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in domestic and international TV channels reaching over 130 countries. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation.  SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 140 countries.  Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.

About EON Productions

EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family.   Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with MGM, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising.   EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK-based production company which makes the James Bond films.   The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-two films produced since 1962.  Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli took over the franchise from Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli in 1995 and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever, including Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

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