Rumorville: Al Pacino to Star in Quantum of Solace

AICN received a tip today claiming that Al Pacino has already been cast as one of the villains in the next James Bond opus, Quantum of Solace. Now this info is not confirmed and is strictly rumor, but if true, Pacino certainly gives the new school Bond an old school kick. Here’s what the tipster says…

“But the big news that he leaked was that Al Pacino would be taking part in filming. I was a little shocked as the cast has been revealed aready, but he said Pacino would play the head of the terrorist group introduced in CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE. Al is said to come to Pinewood in April-May to film what is said to be a brief cameo.” 

The tipster says the info comes from a friend who’s working on Bond 22‘s sets. I have an opinion on this casting, but I’ll wait to see how the info develops first. What’s your take?

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Official Title for Bond 22 Revealed, Other Details

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Prior rumors that the next and 22nd installment in the James Bond franchise would be entitled 007 were way off, as today it’s been announced by the film’s producers that the official title is Quantum of Solace. The title is taken from a short story of the same name by Bond creator Ian Fleming. Said story is contained in the Fleming collection For Your Eyes Only, though the film’s plot has no direct connection to it, sans Bond of course. At the conference, Daniel Craig gave his impression of the title, saying it communicated Bond’s shattered emotions from Casino Royale…

“Ian Fleming had written about relationships,” Craig tells the BBC. “When they go wrong, when there’s nothing left, when the spark has gone, when the fire’s gone out, there’s no quantum of solace.”

If it had a beat, you could dance to that quote. More Craig…

“And at the end of the last movie, Bond has the love of his life [Eva Green's Vesper Lynd] taken away from him and he never got that quantum of solace. So he’s looking for revenge, you know, to make himself happy with the world again. But it, the title, also alludes to something else in the film,” he added.”

Other details revealed: The exotic Olga Kurylenko, who plays the new Bond girl Camille, says she’s done weapons training but hasn’t started filming her scenes. She adds that her character is “is a fighter, this girl is going to kick ass. She’s on her own mission, and she’s driven by revenge.” On the other hand, actress Gemma Arterton says she’s filmed several scenes for her role of MI6′s Agent Fields, including a sex scene with Craig, calling her character “fresh and young and not a femme fatale.” And it seems the elder bird will have boosted screen time as well, with Dame Judi Dench saying her role is bigger this go around, “brilliant,” and filled with “prickly” relations with a maturing Bond.

Quantum of Solace will start one hour after the last events of Casino Royale according to co-producer Michael Wilson, with another producer adding that while there are no flashbacks in the film, Vesper Lynde will be “on [Bond's] mind.”

Any opinions on the title? I found it to be a little space-age, but it’s growing on me and has a cosmopolitan quality that fits an even classier, worldlier Bond. Almost forgot: He’ll be traveling to Austria, South America and Italy in the film, soaking in the sights, but seeking revenge, always. Quantum of Solace will hit theaters on November 7th of this year.


Olga Kurylenko is the new Bond Girl

Another day (or hour even), another foxy chick latched onto James Bond’s arm (for starters). Daniel Craig‘s luck would have that European model-cum-actress Olga Kurylenko is now the official Bond girl in the 22nd installment, while the previously widely reported Gemma Arterton will play an M16 agent called Fields. What else needs to be said here besides gaga?

Kurylenko, 29, was previously seen in Hitman (way to step it up), the surefire college date film Paris, je t’aime opposite Elijah Wood, and, no doubt, several million dreams tonight. In Bond 22, her character’s name is Camille, who the press release says will simultaneously challenge Bond and “helps him come to terms with emotional consequences of Vesper’s betrayal”; the aforementioned Vesper being Vesper Lynd, the double-crossing lass played by Eva Green in Casino Royale.

Gemma Arterton is Bond 22 Girl

Gemma ArtertonThe Hollywood Reporter has confirmed rumors that British actress Gemma Arterton has been cast as the new Bond Girl in Bond 22 (rumored to be titled 007). Gemma made her film debut in the 2007 St Trinian’s movie St Trinian’s.

Production began earlier in the week, nearly a month behind the original schedule. Bond 22 is still scheduled to hit theaters on November 7th 2008. Arterton just came off of Guy Ritche’s latest RocknRolla, which will also hit theaters later this year.

James Bond 22 Begins Filming This Week

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The 22nd James Bond film and Casino Royale sequel will begin principal photography in the U.K. on Thursday, January 3rd, 2008. Director Marc Foster explains how this film (rumored to be titled 007) will be more of a journey into 007′s inner-being:

“When Bond began in the Connery days, travel was a luxury not everyone could afford. Today, the world has become smaller. If Bond goes to a beach with palm trees it’s almost banal now. The only interesting trip remains the journey inwards, deep in to the psyche”.

I’m sold. Not much more is known about the story, although I’m sure details will begin to leak when filming begins this week. Bond 22 will hit theaters on November 7th 2008.

source: MI6

Page 2: December 15th 2007

I’ve written 29 news stories in the last 48 hours, yet, believe it or not, wasn’t able to get to everything I’ve wanted to show you. I usually let go of these “missed opportunities”. After all, there are only 24 hours in a day. But I’ve decided to make it a new years resolution (yes, an early one) to compile some these passed over gems in a new “Page 2″ link blog. Basically, Page 2 will contain all the news not fit to print. I’m not sure how often I’ll be doing this, but we’ll see. You are reading the introduction to the first edition. Don’t turn away and don’t underestimate their value, some good links can be found below.

Emmy Rossum (Poseidon), Eriko Tamura (Heroes), and newcomer Joon Park (Speed Racer) have joined the cast of 20th Century Fox’s live-action adaptation of Dragon Ball Z. Meh! [THR]

Principal Photography has wrapped on Punisher: War Zone. More Meh! [SHH]

James Bond star Daniel Craig might have inadvertently given away the title to the upcoming Casino Royale sequel. Rumor has it that the film will be titled “007″ because, as Craig explained “the first movie dealt with him earning his 00 status and now he is 007 for the first time”. [AICN]

Universal has put the Smokin Aces‘ direct-to-DVD prequel on hold until the writers strike is over. Apparently the studio’s budget of the current script draft came in at $17 million, which isn’t too far off from the original theatrical film. When the strike is over, the writers will be brought back in to do some chopping. Joe Carnahan writes: “We’ve already made contact with most of the actors we want to return but we’ve still got a few tricks up our sleeve and some surprises.” [SmokinJoe]

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but the screenwriters are on strike. Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody has found a way to spend some of her free time. She will now be writing a weekly column in Entertainment Weekly called Binge Thinking (clever). The first column is about Juno’s unexciting press tour. And better yet, you can read it online for free. Hey, it’s better than Stephen King’s column (as if that’s an accomplishment). Congrads to Diablo on the new gig. [EW]

John Singleton
has been confirmed as the director of the big screen adaptation of The A-Team. Just what we need, another bad television adaptation. [cine]

Jessica Simpson
‘s latest movie is such a stinker, it’s being released direct to DVD. [Perez]

Wizard Magazine cast Ray Park as Snake Eye in their version of a live-action G.I. Joe movie nearly seven years ago. [TMB]

Did You Know: In the late-1980′s, Pixar was developing a the Oscar winning short film Tin Toy into a christmas special titled “A Tin Toy Christmas.” The project got shelved but later became the inspiration for Toy Story. [Jim Hill]

The X-Files 2 is now in production, and set photos are beginning to leak. Check out this new one of David Duchovny as Fox Mulder. [CS]

The Lost Boys 2 writer Hans Rodionoff is working on a four-issue limited comic book series for Wildstorm on the Frog Bros. Rodionoff says, the series will “bridge the movies together – what Edgar and Alan Frog were doing between the first movie and the second one. We’ll get to play with Haim’s character a little bit.” I’m in. [Shock]

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