Academy Award Nominee Takes On 'Casino Royale'

Academy Award nominee Paul Haggis (Million Dollar Baby) is to do a rewrite of Casino Royale, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Producer siblings Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson have brought back Martin Campbell (GoldenEye) to direct his second Bond.

The movie's script is based on the 1953 Ian Fleming novel, which is the first, darkest and most violent of the Bond books. It introduced not only Bond, but the evil organization SMERSH, as well as model Bond villain Le Chiffre (French for "the number"). One of the book's set pieces is a baccarat duel between Bond and Le Chiffre. The book was first adapted as the 1967 spy spoof starring Peter Sellers, David Niven, Orson Welles and George Raft, although the comedy is not considered part of the Bond canon.

The search for a new Bond to replace Pierce Brosnan is under way.

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