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I'll be the first to admit I was wrong about Batman Begins...the whole new batmobile, a bunch of other stuff, i didn't think it was going to be that great...

but reading this info about the new bond...no gadgets, no q? he's younger? wtf is going on??


Haggis Talks Casino Royale

Plus, is Hoagy the new 007?

by Stax

September 16, 2005 - In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, newly hired Casino Royale re-write scribe Paul Haggis dropped some brief but revealing tidbits about the next James Bond installment. "It's going to be good," Haggis told the trade from his Toronto hotel room, where he is working on the script polish. "We're trying to reinvent Bond. He's 28: no Q, no gadgets."

Haggis' comments confirm things we've heard in the past. John Cleese, who assumed the role of "Q" after the death of Desmond Llewellyn, advised the press last year that there wasn't a part for him in the next film. In an earlier Bond article, The Hollywood Reporter also reported that 007 would be 28 in Casino Royale, which will depict the early mission that turned Bond into the cold, hard killer we all know today.

It seems then that Casino Royale will be more in keeping with the first Bond movie, Dr. No, which did not feature gadgetry or Q as we know him (although a character named Maj. Boothroyd did appear).

The fact that Bond's younger age has now been confirmed by an above-the-line member of the production should finally put those "Pierce Brosnan is back" rumors to rest. Indeed, Brosnan himself seems to have settled the issue in an interview with today's Edmonton Sun. "I'm gonna be (Bond) until I fall off the twig, one way or another, just like Sean (Connery) is and Roger (Moore) is," Brosnan said Thursday. "I had the time of my life with it. It allowed me to create a company, make my own films, make choices. That's what any actor wants - to make choices." As for the incessant publicity about him not returning for a fifth Bond outing, Brosnan added, "I've said it all already, and it's boring."

It was reported awhile back that Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, along with the Sony brass, would reach a decision about casting the new Bond sometime in early September. If current reports prove true then that decision has now been made.

MI6 points out that LDJW Films reports oft-rumored contender Daniel Craig has been named the sixth 007 after an exhaustive and much publicized search. "Our insider at Pinewood Studios in London has told us he impressed the producers more then Clive Owen (Closer) and Hugh Jackman (X-Men)," LDJW claims. "Julian McMahon was the first choice but due to commitments with his Nip/Tuck contract he had to pull out."

IGN FilmForce has also heard from reliable sources that Craig is the man for the job but have not been able to confirm that.

THR previously claimed that Broccoli, a longtime acquaintance of Craig's, wanted him for the role but Wilson did not. Other rumors suggested that Craig and the film's director, Martin Campbell, met but did not hit it off. If these issues have indeed been settled then the machinery behind Casino Royale can finally grind ahead.

It is interesting to observe, however, that Craig is 37 but looks slightly older. Maybe "age 28" wasn't such a hard and fast rule after all? Some fans have made an issue of Craig's unconventional looks. Perhaps the filmmakers have found in Craig what Brosnan once observed about Connery's Bond, "You could see the animal in him."

After all, Bond creator Ian Fleming is said to have patterned 007's countenance after jazz musician-songwriter Hoagy Carmichael, a debonair looking but craggy-faced man. Compare the photos of Carmichael and Craig below:

Jazzman Hoagy Carmichael (L), Ian Fleming's inspiration for James Bond's look, and a dark-haired Daniel Craig ® as seen in Sylvia.

And to make matters stranger, check out this picture of Brosnan and Craig together at last week's GQ Awards in Britain. At least there seems to be no hard feelings!

Casino Royale is slated to begin filming in January for a fall 2006 release.

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I think its interesting to get back to the core of the Bond Movies and thats actual spying ( with the cleverness and mind games). The last few movies have been just explosion big budget fests. I am hoping its more like "Her Majestys Secrete Service". That movie made bond feel more real to me.

Well I had more fun watching Bonds tribute to Blaxplotation aka Live and Let Die

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bah, Q was my favorite part of the series and I thought Cleese made a very good replacement(I could be biased Im a monty python fan).

Q to me always represented the cutting edge of stunts, special effects, and just plain damn ingenuity. I can understand the appeal of the more real feal, but give me Bond damn it.

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