TOMB RAIDER STAR
TAPS JAMES BOND 007
Copyright 2005 Sony Pictures Press Release
[ October 14th 2005 ]
announced today by producers Michael G. Wilson
and Barbara Broccoli, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
and Sony Pictures Entertainment, that DANIEL CRAIG
has been cast in the role of the legendary British
secret agent, James Bond, in the highly anticipated
007 adventure thriller CASINO ROYALE.
ROYALE will be the 21st James Bond film produced
by the franchise holders, EON Productions. The
MGM/Columbia Pictures production begins shooting
in January and is due for release worldwide on
November 17, 2006. It will be filmed in the Czech
Republic, the Bahamas, Italy and the UK.
in 1968, DANIEL CRAIG was raised on the Wirral
nr. Liverpool. He moved to London to join the
National Youth Theatre at the age 17 and continued
his training at the London Guildhall School of
Music and Drama. CRAIG has since become regarded
as one of Britain's finest actors securing a variety
of roles in television, theatre and film.
film credits include Sam Mendes' The Road to Perdition,
The Mother, Sylvia, and last year he received
much critical acclaim for Matthew Vaughn's Layer
Cake as well as Roger Michell's Enduring Love.
He has also starred opposite Angelina
Jolie in Lara
Croft Tomb Raider.
and Broccoli said "It has been a long time
ambition for us to film the first book in the
series, CASINO ROYALE, which defined the complex
character of James Bond. We are thrilled DANIEL
CRAIG will play the character of 007. Daniel is
a superb actor who has all the qualities needed
to bring a contemporary edge to the role.
ROYALE will have all the action, suspense and
espionage that our audiences have come to expect
from us but nevertheless takes the franchise in
a new and exciting direction."