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Bond 22 goes into production

07/01/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have begun principal photography on the 22nd James Bond movie. Daniel Craig reprises his role as the 007 Bondster in the film which is directed by Marc Forster and follows the Casino Royale re-boot/remake film. Starring alongside Craig is a cast led by the French actor Mathieu Amalric as the sinister villain, and the Ukranian actress Olga Kurylenko who plays 007's leading squeeze.

Returning to Bond 22 (working title) from Casino Royale are Judi Dench in her role as M, Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter and Giancarlo Giannini as Mathis. Newcomer to the Bond franchise, Gemma Arterton, will play the role of MI6 Agent Fields.

Wilson and Broccoli told, "We are fortunate to continue in the Bond tradition of attracting the finest international actors for our starring roles. Mathieu in the role of Dominic Greene, a leading member of the villainous organization introduced in Casino Royale, will be a powerful counterpart to Daniel's portrayal of Bond. Olga Kurylenko will play the dangerously alluring Camille, who challenges Bond and helps him come to terms with the emotional consequences of Vesper's betrayal."

MGM and Sony Pictures will share distribution rights worldwide with Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Releasing International distributing the film to theaters worldwide on November 7th 2008. Marc Forster is directing the screenplay by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Paul Haggis. The unit includes Production Designer Dennis Gassner, Director of Photography Roberto Schaefer, Editors Matt Chesse and Rick Pearson, and 2nd Unit Director Dan Bradley.

French actor Mathieu Amalric is best known for his roles as Jean-Dominique Bauby in Julian Schnabel's film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and as the French information broker, Louis, in Steven Spielberg's Munich. Last year, he was awarded Best Actor at France's Cesar Awards for his role in the comedy Kings and Queen, directed by Arnaud Desplechin. Previously, Amalric won the Cesar for Most Promising Actor for his role in Desplechin's My Sex Life.

Olga Kurylenko recently co-starred opposite Timothy Olyphant in Hitman and opposite Elijah Wood in Paris, je t'aime. She also appeared in roles in Eric Barbier's thriller The Serpent and Diane Bertrand's The Ring Finger, for which she received the Best Actress award at The Brooklyn International Film Festival in 2006. She recently had a role in Tyranny, directed by John Beck Hofman. On French television, multi-lingual Kurylenko appeared in the mini-series Suspectes and the drama The Good Luck Charm. In her career as a European model, Kurylenko has appeared in numerous advertising campaigns, including Kenzo, Helena Rubenstein and Just Cavalli. Her magazine covers include US Glamour, French Elle, Madame Figaro and Marie Claire.

Amalric began his career as an actor in 1984, appearing in Otar Losseliani's Les favoris de la lune, and went on to serve as an assistant director to Louis Malle on Au Revoir Les Enfants. As an actor, he has since worked with directors including Andre Techine, Olivier Assayas, Jean-Claude Biette and the Larrieu Brothers. His latest films include Desplechin's Un conte de Noel, Claude Miller's Un Secret, Nicolas Klotz's Heart Beat Detector, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's Actrices and Vincent Dieutre's Fragments sur le grace. He also appeared in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. Amalric has written and directed a number of films including Wimbledon Stage and, most recently, the documentary short Let Them Grow Up Here. This year, he directs Tournee, about American burlesque girls on tour in France.

Gemma Arterton graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and made her film debut with Dame Maggie Smith and David Walliams in Stephen Poliakoff's Capturing Mary for BBC Films. She currently stars in the hit British comedy St. Trinian's. Arterton recently made her professional stage debut as Rosalind in Love's Labour's Lost at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

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