Story by: Jack Foley
LAYER Cake star, Daniel Craig,
has emerged as the new favourite to play James Bond following
a report in The Sun newspaper.
But while the tabloid claims that the talented British actor
has been approached to take on the role of 007, the producers
of the franchise have refused to confirm whether this is the case.
A statement issued by production company, Eon, read: "We're
waiting for our director [Martin Campbell] to finish the film
he's currently working on.
"Then I'm sure we'll be commenting a lot on all sorts of
A spokesman for Craig also declined to comment on the story,
even though the casting would seem to comply with the new, harder
direction Bond 21 is supposed to be taking.
Craig has rapidly made a name for himself as one of Britain's
most talented actors, following two excellent lead turns in Layer
Cake and Enduring Love, as
well as scene-stealing support turns in the likes of Road
to Perdition, Tomb Raider
and, more recently, The Jacket.
He has also won prizes at the British
Independent Film Awards, the Edinburgh International Film Festival
and the London Critics' Circle Film Awards and would be viewed
as someone who could easily mix the brains with the brawn of the
Casino Royale will be directed by Bond veteran, Martin Campbell,
who previously worked on Goldeneye.
Yet filming will not begin until Campbell has completed The Legend
of Zorro, which is due for release in October, reuniting Antonio
Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Casino Royale will be a new version of James Bond creator, Ian
Fleming's first novel, and is widely predicted to herald a return
to basics for the world's most popular secret agent in light of
the criticism that surrounded the special effects heavy Die
Past favourites to step into the shoes vacated by Pierce Brosnan
have included Clive Owen, Dougray Scott, Hugh Jackman and Colin
Yet the word on Craig certainly looks hot.