Fiore Mastracci of the Examiner claims that only one of the two battles confronting the makers of Bond 23 has been won. That of the MGM financial situation. The author claims that backroom talk suggests that certain parties planned to oust Daniel Craig from the role and replace him with Clive Owen – the English star of Children of Men and The International – as, in Mastracci’s words, before Craig was announced as Bond #6, Owen “coveted the role”.

However, it is our understanding that whilst internet rumor and fan support was strong for Owen winning the role, he was never in the running. In 2006 Owen himself dismissed the possibility that he’d priced himself out of the market or was in any way in talks with the Bond producers.

The author of this suspect piece continues to suggest that Craig told Broccoli and Wilson (the film’s producers) that he wished Bond to explore the topic homosexual relationships …No comment!

Owen, it is claimed, is asking for a three picture deal which the article’s author suggests is not in the interests of the film’s distributer – MGM. However, it is widely known that both Craig and Brosnan were offered 3 picture deals in their initial contracts with the Bond franchise. It is hard to imagine that it would not be in the interest of the producers to secure an actor for multiple outings.

Bloggers (as are we) are rightly skeptical about this smoke and mirrors “rumor”.

Further Reading

About James Bond 24 (2015)

James Bond 24 will be released in October 2015. It is produced by EON Productions, with Sam Mendes returning from Skyfall to direct. Daniel Craig is contracted for two further 007 films — Bond 24 and 25 — and will star as the British agent of MI6. Also returning from Skyfall are Ralph Fiennes as M and Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny. Although it is unconfirmed, many expect Rory Kinnear to reprise his role as M’s chief of staff. Roger Deakins, cinematographer, and Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, screenwriters, will not return. The screenplay is being penned by John Logan.

About Skyfall – James Bond 23 (2012)

The new Bond movie will star Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney and Judi Dench, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The 007 screenplay will be written by regular James Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, working with John Logan (Gladiator & The Last Samurai). Director of American Beauty and Road To Perdition, Sam Mendes will be directing the new James Bond movie. MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment in a joint statement on 2nd June 2011 announced that “Bond 23″ will go on release in the UK on Friday, 26th October, 2012 and in the USA on 9th November 2012. The first major announcement from EON Productions and Sony Pictures came on 3rd November 2011 in London when the principle cast was announced, along with a rough plot line. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.