New Plot Details for Bond 23 Emerge
The only thing we really know about the upcoming Sam Mendes directed Bond movie is, well, that we don't really know all that much.
Outside of the fact that Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench are returning to reprise their roles, and that the film is slated for a November 2012 release, details around the project have remained under tight wraps, reducing us to rumors and hearsay.
Last time we checked in on Bond 23, several new actors were linked to the film, including Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, and Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem and Rhys Ifans as a trio of villains. Ifans has seemingly dropped out of the film, but the other three haven't been officially announced by MGM or anyone surrounding the film.
Another detail that seems obvious is that the new film will attempt to finish off the Quantum Organization storyline introduced in the first two Craig Bond films, with Fiennes likely playing the criminal mastermind of the organization and Bardem playing, in uncertain terms, the muscle.
This week, new details, or at least rumors, have been revealed about the movie, via an Indian newspaper trying to lure production of the film into their country, and the paper seems to reveal one major detail about the film.
It involves trains. Lots of trains.
“This could be one of the biggest Hollywood movies shot in our country. Trains are the backbone of the film. We’ll pay for the shooting and also mention Indian Railways in the credit line. The shooting was supposed to happen in October-November. Now, we’ve postponed it to January-February. For the past three months, we’ve been trying to get things in order. The film has Daniel Craig doing stunts on a freight train. While the Indian Railways has given us permission to shoot, I need to meet someone and explain how important it is for us to block two tracks for eight hours a day over five to six days. For the past 15 days, I’ve been trying to get someone to hear me out. South African authorities are waiting to provide everything that is required to support this movie. If we can’t get this cooperation from India, the film will no longer be shot here.”
Obviously these aren't the grand details we were hoping for, but it might give the devoted Bond fan a little more of what they should expect from the upcoming production. And for a mode of transportation limited to the tracks underneath it, trains do offer some different possibilities for the plot, as well as a classic setting we don't see often enough in films these days.
That said, it is pretty interesting that trains are described as "the backbone of the film", instead of just an element, but all of this could still mean anything.