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Olga Kurylenko is the new Bond Girl, says Variety

Posted in Bond Girls, Quantum of Solace with tags , , , , , , on January 7, 2008 by Deborah Lipp

Hat tip to CBn, who had it before I saw it. Variety is reporting that the new Bond girl (the female lead of Bond 22, that is) is Ukrainian actress Olga Kurylenko.

The official press release from Eon says:

Commenting on the announcement, Wilson and Broccoli said, “We are fortunate to continue in the Bond tradition of attracting the finest international actors for our starring roles. Mathieu [Amalric] 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.”

The press release adds that Fields is an MI6 agent, and that Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, and Giancarlo Giannini are returning to their roles from Casino Royale.

Two quick comments. First, Amalric had previously been reported as “Maurice Green;” this is definitely a better name. Second, in regard to Gemma Arterton: Told you so!

Olga Kurylenko

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Jeffrey Wright Will Return

Posted in Quantum of Solace with tags , , on January 3, 2008 by Deborah Lipp

Variety says “a studio exec” has confirmed that Jeffrey Wright will return in Bond 22 to play Felix Leiter.

Yay!

(H/t to CBn.)

Purvis & Wade Deliver Script for Bond 22

Posted in Quantum of Solace with tags , , on April 12, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

CommanderBond.net is reporting (per Variety) that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, screenwriters (or co-writers) for the last three Bond films, ” have just completed and turned in their draft of the Bond 22 script.”

CBn observes that

Presumably, this is one of the early drafts for Bond 22 (and possibly the first) since the script was previously described as being unfinished as of 23 March

I’m not a Purvis & Wade fan. Most Bond fans I know aren’t. TWINE is not a favorite of mine, and DAD falls apart just past the halfway point. Their only great script is CR, which was co-written by Paul Haggis. And since Haggis is a big time award-winner, I hesitate to credit Purvis & Wade for CR’s excellence.

Still, this draft script will clearly be polished by other hands, as well as by Purvis and Wade, and it is good to know that things are on track.