JAMES BOND WILL RETURN in 2006 in Casino Royale. This is great news for Bond fans.
Casino Royale was actually the first, original Ian Fleming novel featuring the famous 007, but it was never made into a proper Bond movie- at least, Cubby Broccoli never made it into a Bond movie for MGM/UA.
Instead, the rights were acquired by someone else and they made Casino Royale into an infamous Bond spoof movie starring David Niven, Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, Ursula Andress (why the greatest Bond girl of all time wanted to be involved with this train wreck, I dunno), and most of the cast of What's New, Pussycat? So the movie, unfortunately, ended up looking a lot like What's New, Pussycat?, and it's rightfully regarded as the worst Bond movie of all time and an insult to James Bond, to Bond fans, to Ian Fleming, to the Queen and everyone British, and everyone else. It's too bad. I'm a big fan of all these cast members, but boy, did they ever make one lousy movie.
Now we get to see how Casino Royale looks like when it's done properly. It'll be the 21st "official" Bond picture and it will also be the first with a new Bond actor- rumors have been flying that Dougray Scott might be the next Bond, I read somewhere in one of the trades that they had him cast already, but I don't think that's official at all and I still hear Clive Owen and Hugh Jackman are under consideration. No word either on who will be the "Bond girl", although apparently in the script some woman is supposed to take Bond's eye off his mission so you can guarantee that whoever they choose as the Bond girl is going to be hot. (Monica Bellucci? Catherine Zeta-Jones? Uma Thurman?) Martin Campbell will be the director- he directed Goldeneye.
All in all, this looks really, really promising. Just the fact that they're attempting to do a serious version of Casino Royale is exciting. I just hope they pick the right James Bond, or this could wind up in the train-wreck category, too.