Full Article.Casino Royale, author Ian Fleming's first James Bond book, is to be the next Bond film, with Goldeneye director Martin Campbell behind the camera.
It will be the 21st James Bond film to hit the big screen, and speculation has been rife over who will play the lead.
Casino Royale was turned into a spoof spy movie by John Huston in 1967, with David Niven in the lead role.
Pierce Brosnan led the past four Bond films but said producers axed him after offering him the chance to return.
Among the favourites to take over the coveted role are Scottish actor Dougray Scott, Oscar nominee Clive Owen and Australian star Hugh Jackman.
Producers say no decision has yet been made on who will become the seventh actor, including Niven, to play Bond on film.
Kill Bill director Quentin Tarantino had talked of wanting to take on the Casino Royale project, and said he had spoken to Brosnan about it.
Shooting on Casino Royale is expected to begin once Campbell has finished work on The Legend of Zorro, a sequel to The Mask of Zorro, starring Catherine Zeta Jones and Antonio Banderas.
Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson expect the film to be released in 2006.
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