That’s right folks all the Bond questions may soon be answered as MGM has made an official announcement that the 21st film in the James Bond franchise is headed back to the roots as Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of the James Bond films, and MGM announced today that Martin Campbell will direct Casino Royale the 21st film in the 007 franchise.
Wilson and Broccoli said, “We are thrilled that Martin has accepted our offer to direct Casino Royale. He is an extremely talented director and we believe he will help take our films in a new and exciting direction. He is currently finishing filming Legend Of Zorro, the sequel to The Mask Of Zorro, and will be joining EON Productions shortly to work on the development of the script with our writers, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.”
MGM Vice Chairman and COO Chris McGurk said, “Martin is an incredibly exciting filmmaker. GoldenEye is a wonderful movie and helped reinvigorate the Bond franchise. We’re thrilled to have him back to direct the newest Bond.”
Casino Royale is the first of Ian Fleming’s tales of 007, Bond finds himself on a mission to neutralize lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called “le Chiffre.” The film will be released in 2006 and distributed world-wide by MGM. No decision has yet been made regarding casting for the role of James Bond.
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