It's somewhat official (Catch the partial disclaimer there? Good. ...) but according to a recent IGN article, the next James Bond cinematic spectacle, cleverly titled Bond 22, will apparently be based (loosely or otherwise) on a short story by Bond creator Ian Fleming called Risico. For the Bond history challenged among you (don't be sad, I had to look it up too) the story first appeared in Fleming's book For Your Eyes Only in 1960 -- which was already the basis for the movie of the same name featuring Roger Moore as Bond.

It's hard to imagine screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will choose to tell that exact story of For Your Eyes Only again. Been there, done that, saw the movie. More likely, they will use the basic elements of the story -- Bond goes to Italy to investigate a crime ring and blows some stuff up, beds some women and generally takes matters into his own hands for Queen and Country -- you know, all the basic Bond goodness. Plus, the next film will surely further develop Daniel Craig's Bond and perhaps begin to show his transformation into the polished, suave and sophisticated 007 we all know. And I'm sure, as mentioned in the article, the next film will continue to focus more on character development and story rather than on gadgets and will be cherry-picking the best part of the Fleming story to help accomplish this.

Screenwriter Wade let as much slip to the BBC recently: "In the next film the emphasis has to be on the unfinished emotional business at the end of Casino Royale. It has to be dealt with in such a way that his character continues to have an arc. ... It can't just be he's tough and he's tempered steel and totally impervious. There are things he still has to resolve. So that's the legacy of Casino Royale and it's important to have it so the actor has something to play." Cast members, especially Eva Green, have also dropped some big hints about the next film as well (as our own Erik Davis previouslyreported). To be honest, I don't really want to know all the details so I wouldn't mind if Green would just keep it zipped. I like to be a little surprised when I go to the theater. Help add to the fun -- at least for me. But if Casino Royale is any indication, I think we're in good hands for the next film no matter what the source material or how many details leak out. For me, Bond 22 can't come fast enough.
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