Quentin Tarantino spoke earlier this year about how he’d like to direct the next James Bond movie, and how that movie should be a straightforward adaptation of Casino Royale, based on Ian Fleming’s first 007 novel, which was turned into a film spoof in 1967. MGM did not take the Kill Bill filmmaker up on the offer, but it apparently liked the idea. On Thursday, the studio announced that Casino Royale would indeed be the next Bond movie, and that Martin Campbell will direct.
Campbell is credited with reviving the franchise after a six-year hiatus by directing Goldeneye, the 1995 film that marked Pierce Brosnan’s first turn as 007. It looks like he’ll be introducing a new Bond again this time, since Brosnan has said he’s through with the role. MGM’s announcement states that no casting decision has been made for James Bond, though speculation has run rampant. Clive Owen’s name always comes up, but the Closer Oscar nominee keeps denying that anyone from the franchise has approached him about the role. (He repeated this denial to EW.com backstage after his Golden Globes win three weeks ago.) Hugh Jackman has expressed interest in playing 007 but he, too, says he has not been offered the job.
There’s also no word on who will write the screenplay to the film, which MGM says it will release in 2006. Maybe the studio should hire Tarantino to write it. He could call his version Casino Royale with Cheese.