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New Bond Film Grabs Old Casino Royale Title

This might get a little confusing, so stick with me.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 21st James Bond film will be titled "Casino Royale." This also happens to be the title of the very first James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming. And it was the title of a 1967 Bond spoof starring Peter Sellers.

This is where it gets murky.

Back in the late '90s, MGM and Sony butted heads over rights to the "Bond" franchise. A settlement eventually granted MGM full rights -- including rights to Bond's bastard child, "Casino Royale." Now, MGM is opting to use the old title on the new Bond film. When all is said and done, there will be two "Casino Royale" movies; one will be a spoof and one will be a traditional action flick.

Of course, all of this business nonsense could have been avoided if MGM and Sony had exercised a little patience. The companies agreed to merge last year, which means the "Bond" rights will fall under the giant MGM-Sony corporate umbrella.

But let's get back to the movie stuff. At this very moment, the 21st Bond movie will be titled "Casino Royale." It will be directed by "GoldenEye" helmer Martin Campbell. There is no release date. There is no star (you can read more about the "Bond" casting drama here).

That's all I've got. For more "Bond" news check out our spotlight page. -- Mac Slocum

Posted by Mac on February 4, 2005 03:52 PM
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