Will Bond 23 Be Titled "Carte Blanche"?

The Bond 23 rumor mill is starting to run a little rampant. Last week, we told you that an Indian paper revealed that the film would involve trains. Lots of trains.

This week, Serbia joined the growing list of countries that can't keep their mouth shut. Blic Online is reporting that Serbian cellist Jelena Mihailovic has been approached by Sam Mendes and the film's producers to work on the opening theme for the upcoming action film. While this in itself isn't really news, at least, not for this audience of readers, the article did manage to reveal some interesting potential details about the film:

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At one of the many concerts [Mihailovic] held in France during the Cannes Film Festival, the producers and the director of the next Bond film were in the audience, who were staggered by what they had heard and on the spot offered Jelena a chance to write the opening score for the new James Bond film, entitled Carte Blanche.

Notice that up to now, we had absolutely no official title for the film. If the article is correct -- and keep in mind that this is just a rumor right now -- Bond 23's official title will be "Carte Blanche", which happens to be the title of a Bond novel by Jeffery Deaver, released just a few months ago. Of course, the people writing the article could be confused, but it isn't out of the question that this could very well be the title of the upcoming film.

The premise of the novel is interesting, as it is allegedly the first Bond novel to actually reboot the character and update James Bond for the 21st century. While Bond 23 isn't likely to be a reboot, this would fit with the mantra of the filmmakers, who more or less rebooted the character themselves with "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace".

The coincidences don't stop at the title or setting. The book's synopsis (pointed out by Bleeding Cool) seems to agree with the potential of Bond 23's plot as well:

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[Bond] starts his assignment on the outskirts of Novi Sad in Serbia where an Irish sapper-turned-enforcer named Niall Dunne is planning to derail a train carrying three hundred kilograms of methyl isocyanate, dumping it into the Danube. Bond is able to prevent the catastrophe by derailing the train himself at a much safer place along the line. He is unable to detain Dunne, who kills Bond’s Serbian contacts in the course of his escape.

Trains. Always the damned trains.

Screen Rant goes even further, delving into the nature of the novel's villains, Niall Dunne and Severan Hydt, both shady, bad characters. Remember who has been slated to portray the film's two villains? Both Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem have been known to channel their naughty side in previous films.

Of course, all of this doesn't mean that Bond 23 will be a carbon copy of Carte Blanche. Film adaptations rarely are. Quantum of Solace was a totally unrelated short story that the studio just stole for the title.

That said, I think you can tell that we're itching for some real info for Bond 23. Enough with the international websites. We want some details, damnit!