There are a few things we already know about the 23rd James Bond film. For starters, we know that Oscar-winner Sam Mendes will direct the film which is currently set to open in the U.K. on October 26th and the U.S. on November 9th. We also have a pretty good feel for the cast which already includes Daniel Craig and Judi Dench reprising their roles as 007 and M respectively as well as Javier Bardem (making a turn as the unspecified villain), Ralph Fiennes (as a character of “extreme complexity“), and potentially Naomie Harris as Ms. Moneypenny.
With all of this info in mind, those concerned for the film’s immediate fate following MGM’s, um, money problems should be all but put to rest. That said, there’s still some aspects that inquiring minds would like to know such as “What’s the official title?” and “What’s it about?”. Hit the jump for a report that claims to answer both.
Definitely file this under “extreme rumor” for now, but reports are surfacing that the 23rd Bond pic will be entitled Carte Blanche, incidentally a title shared by the latest 007 novel from Jeffrey Deaver. This “news” comes from Blic Online [via Bleeding Cool] that, in writing about a Serbian cellist named Jelena Mihailovic landing the opportunity to score the classic opening theme song for the film, also took the liberty of writing:
“At one of the many concerts the musician 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.”
While the potential reveals from that report stop there, as stated above, Carte Blanche is also the title of the latest Bond novel. Therefore, by virtue of a simple Amazon search, we can gather a basic plot synopsis of Jeffrey Deaver’s book:
James Bond, in his early thirties and already a veteran of the Afghan war, has been recruited to a new organization. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of MI5, MI6 and the Ministry of Defense, its very existence deniable. Its aim: To protect the Realm, by any means necessary.
A Night Action alert calls James Bond away from dinner with a beautiful woman. Headquarters has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week: Casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.
And Agent 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfill his mission . . .
If this isn’t enough info on the book, Wikipedia provides a fairly spoiltastic take on the events of Carte Blanche:
He [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.
So, what does all of this mean? Like I said before, I would take all of this information with a grain of salt for the time being. While I’m sure Deaver’s novel is an intriguing take on the character, I have a hard time believing that the screenplay for Bond 23 will follow the book plot point by plot point. That said, Craig’s take on Bond has seemed to get back in touch with some of the suspense and intrigue present in many of the novels, so a faithful adaptation of Carte Blanche could be in the cards. Only time, and the Internet, will tell.