Daniel Craig preparing for his return
Daniel Craig speaks about change for the new film. "It's just what's happening at the moment and it's very exciting for me, because I get the chance to do movies like this, which are way beyond what I would have expected to be doing four or five years ago,". Craig headed back to the gym for the new film. He feels as though the next film will be as physical as Quantum of Solace. "It's really boring. So boring I can't tell you. Quantum was very physical, probably too physical. We were suffering because there was the writers' strike and we weren't allowed to do rewrites, so the action sequences got juggled together and I personally ended up doing way too much. It was difficult." Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig have said ‘Let's just try to do the best James Bond film we can.' I know that sounds like a cliche or an obvious thing to say, but I went back and reread the books and watched all the movies and I want to do something that does justice'.
Adele to sing the next opening track
The British singer Adele has hinted that she will sing the song used for the opening sequence to Bond 23. On Friday night, Johnathan Ross had Adele feature in his show. The singer says "I’m going back in the studio in November. Fingers crossed." "Well, this is actually a theme, what I’ve got to do. Wow, that’s really giving something away," Ross then started humming the iconic James Bond theme. Adele blushed and quickly changed the subject. Although she never actually said that she was doing the song, she didn't say she wasn't either.
Recent news has stated that Brazilian model Ana Araujo has joined the team. A while ago, she said that she wanted to start an acting career and spoke of her enthusiasm towards working with Daniel Craig. "He's perfect and very hansome." She said that she wanted to get the part of the Bond girl, but nothing was confirmed.
Recently, newspapers state that Araujo is getting a part in the new film. She is expected begin her acting career in Pinewood Studios this November.
"Ana is really excited. It’s all very new to her but she is optimistic about the prospect of landing the role."
Alexander Witt as 2nd Unit Director of Photography
It is confirmed that Alexander Witt, who has appeared as 2nd Unit Director of Photography for "Harry Potter", "Robin Hood" and "X-Men: First Class", will take the same role in Bond 23. He also had the same role in 'Casino Royale' in 2006 and is excited to re-join the team.
India filming location halted
EON's plans to film in India have been halted due to some height issues. “Height is an issue. For the sequence, they require a particular height, which is not there near this spot. But they have still listed this place,”. Sources said that the Bond movie will be shot over 40 days from January to March.
Based on Peter Morgan's story
In summer 2009, it was reported that Peter Morgan would co-write for the new film, but due to the financial problems with MGM he quit the role after coming up with a basic outline. Peter Morgan has recently revealed that the new screenwriters Purvis, Wade and John Logan have decided to use his idea. "I hear that an idea, the central idea, is still there but not one similar thing other than that. I think they've still kept the big hook, which I'm not going to tell you!"
Bond 23 in Istanbul, Turkey
Like From Russia With Love and The World Is Not Enough, recent reports have said that scenes for Bond 23 will be shot in Istanbul, Turkey in a historical place called Saltanahmet Square. They have filming permission from the Turkish Minister.
“Shooting will start within the next few months. We have discussed the issue and rather than closing the square completely, some parts could be partially closed from time to time for the filming. We have to consider our tourists, but we can accommodate foreign film production companies that want to use Turkey as a platform.”
Other confirmed filming locations include India and South Africa. China has also been considered but not confirmed.
Because of this, they will start filming in November 2011 in Pinewood Studios, just 11 months before the film is released in the UK.