CARTE BLANCHE: Title for the 23rd James Bond Film Inadvertently Revealed!

CARTE BLANCHE: Title for the 23rd James Bond Film Inadvertently Revealed!

<i>CARTE BLANCHE:</i> Title for the 23rd James Bond Film Inadvertently Revealed!

A reporter unknowingly reveals the title while interviewing Serbian musician, Jelena Mihailovic, who is scoring the opening song. The title is the same as the James Bond novel by Jeffrey Deaver. See what clues that may reveal.

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Serbian to play cello in Bond movie - 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.

Although the 23rd James Bond film is still in its early production phase, when it comes to the music, Jelena reveals her opening score will be a mixture of the recognisable Bond theme sound and a more classical touch.

Click the link at the bottom to see the quotes from the cello player, but I included just the Bond relevant part of the article. I'll assume during the interview the reporter asked her about the film, and she revealed the title. Since the reporter typically covers music, I'll also assume he didn't grasp the significance of the information.

So what does that mean for the movie? Well Jeffrey Deaver just wrote a James Bond Novel also called, Carte Blanche (Blank Check), and was released just this past year. Deaver is a great writer, best known for The Bone Collector, which is the first in a series of books about a quadriplegic detective, Lincoln Rhyme, who solves crimes from his bed. A feature film was made of the book, starring Denzel Washington and Angelie Jolie, but wasn't nearly as good as the book.

In the book James Bond is on location in Serbia, India, and South Africa. All locations that have been officially chosen by director Sam Mendes for scenes in the upcoming film. Coincidence? Probably not. So let's take a look at what James Deavers book is about with and interview and a video of Deaver talking about the book. You could consider this information below to be possible spoilers.

Book's Synopsis - Jeffery Deaver’s “Carte Blanche” — the latest installment in the immortal franchise — brilliantly captures Fleming’s bitten-off, occasionally distracted, Boy’s Own style. The opening chapters take us straight into the action. A thirty-something Bond is in Serbia, monitoring a nasty piece of work (an Irishman called Niall Dunne) and a dangerous piece of machinery (a train carrying a deadly cargo). When the operation goes wrong, Bond has to escape from the country and get back to London. - courtesy of Washington Post

One of the few pieces of information that has come out about the movie is that the producers are frantically trying to set-up a major scene involving a train in India. The book also features a major scene involving a train, I'd love to give you more details, but I don't feel like spoiling every little detail. Pick up the book if you must know.

Excerpt from an interview with
What were the pros and cons of having Bond as a lead character instead of your usual protagonists, Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dance?

There really were no pros and cons. I approach each book with the frame of mind that I need to tailor the story to the character. Bond was an international, tactically oriented intelligence agent. I will say that I gave Bond some of Lincoln Rhyme's brilliant ratiocination; he engages in mental chess matches against the villain as often as he pulls out his gun.

How did you decide how much and in what what ways to change and update Bond? Why make him a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, for example, and not Iraq? Why make him an ex-smoker?

I did not change many facts, vis a vis the original Bond, though in updating him I had to make sure he was very appealing and current. Smoking was out not because it's politically incorrect, but because it's a bad habit for a spy nowadays, given the use of forensic evidence in espionage work.

Video courtesy of - Jeffrey Deaver Discusses The Novel

Craig's third outing as James Bond will be released on October 26, 2012. Daniel Craig will be joined by Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, as well as a Judi Dench as M.

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