21ST JAMES BOND MOVIE
Copyright 2005 MGM Press Release
[ February 4th 2005 ]
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. This is Campbell's
second time as helmer of a James Bond film. In
1995 he directed the hit GOLDENEYE which introduced
Pierce Brosnan to the role of 007 with great success.
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."
Chairman and COO Chris McGurk said: "Martin is
an incredibly exciting filmmaker. GOLDENEYE was
a wonderful movie and helped reinvigorate the
Bond franchise. We're thrilled to have him back
to direct the newest Bond."
in New Zealand, Campbell moved to England in 1966
and made his directorial debut on the popular
TV series' The Professionals and Minder. He moved
to America in 1986 to direct Criminal Law and
Defenceless. Following GOLDENEYE, he went on to
direct The Mask Of Zorro, Vertical Limit and Beyond
Borders and is currently directing Legend Of Zorro.
CASINO ROYALE 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.