July 20, 2006

James Bond shoots for 22nd movie in 2008

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - James Bond, headliner of one of the
biggest film franchises in Hollywood history, will keep
battling villains in his 22nd movie set for release on May 2,
2008, the film's producers said on Thursday.

English actor Daniel Craig will return in the role of the
suave British agent code named 007 after playing him for the
first time in "Casino Royale," which is set to open in

"Daniel has taken the origins of Ian Fleming's James Bond
portraying, with emotional complexity, a darker and edgier
007," producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a

The story, title and details of the 22nd Bond movie were

Since 1962's first Bond film, "Dr. No" starring Sean
Connery, the franchise has raked in billions of dollars
worldwide. The most recent, 2002's "Die Another Day" starring
Pierce Brosnan as Bond, raked in almost $430 million globally.

The Bond movies are produced EON Productions,
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc and Sony Pictures Entertainment, the
media unit of Japanese electronics maker Sony Corp.