Bondmakers "Mads" About Their New Villain

by | February 16, 2006 | Comments

Look like the next Bond flick, "Casino Royale," will feature not only a brand-new actor as 007 (Daniel Craig) but a relatively unknown Dane called Mads Mikkelson as the lead villain. Director Martin Campbell confirmed the news that Mads will play a villain named "Le Chiffre."

From Variety: "The evil Le Chiffre will be played by Danish thesp Mads Mikkelsen ("King Arthur"), announced "Casino Royale" helmer Martin Campbell on Wednesday.

As for the more burning question of who will play the Bond girl. Campbell disclosed the choice is now down to "two or three" but added, "You’ll just have to wait to find out." Eva Green and Olivia Wilde are thought to be the finalists.

Bond himself will show his more sensitive side, Campbell said, in that the film, based on the first of Ian Fleming’s 007 books, reveals how he became "the Bond we all know and love."

Cast and crew jet off to the Bahamas shortly to shoot a chase sequence at a seaside construction site, then return to Prague for studio and location work and move on to Italy and the U.K.’s Pinewood Studios."

Fans of foreign flicks might recognize Mr. Mikkelson from titles like "Open Hearts," "Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself," and two "Pusher" flicks.

Incidentally, there’s already been a movie version of "Casino Royale," kinda. It was a comedy released in 1967, and it wasn’t very good.