Is 'James Bond 23' Titled 'Carte Blanche'?

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 30, 2011 3:16 AM
12 Comments
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Updated: EON Productions officially deny the "Carte Blanche" title rumors. Their statement: "The new film is not going to be called Carte Blanche and will have nothing to do with the Jeffery Deaver book."

Granted, this is pulling a few disparate pieces together and making them stick and it could all amount to a big coincidence or red herring of sorts, but the guys over at Bleeding Cool have put together a compelling case nonetheless that the still-untitled "James Bond 23" may in fact be named "Carte Blache." So, let's go through the evidence shall we?

Exhibit A: Serbian paper Blic recently revealed that homegrown cellist Jelena Mihailovic will write the opening score to the forthcoming "James Bond 23." How did she get the gig? According to paper, she performed at Cannes in May and blew away the producers and director Sam Mendes who immediately gave her "a chance to write the opening score for the new James Bond film, entitled Carte Blanche.'" Wait. Maybe that's just a bad translation. Maybe they meant she would have carte blanche to come up with the music for the movie. Maybe...but let's go to the next clue shall we?

Exhibit B: Author Jeffrey Deaver has penned the 37th Bond book which just hit shelves in June and it's called, you guessed it, "Carte Blanche." But wait, there's even more. In the midst of the extensive plot summary on Wikipedia is this juicy bit: "[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."

Exhibit C: Just last week, reports surfaced out of the India -- one of the proposed shooting locations (though that may change to South Africa) -- that filmmakers were looking to film a massive train sequence. So do all of these dots connect?

Maybe. Certainly, the James Bond franchise isn't shy of terrible names for their movies (seriously, "Quantum Of Solace" is awful -- we still don't know what that means) and this all seems to make a pretty good case for "Carte Blanche" (not exactly the greatest title, though we suppose there is some kind of French elegance to it). We probably won't know for sure until the tightlipped producers decide to spill the beans when they're good and ready, but with filming set to begin this fall, official news should arrive soon, and in a torrent.

Of course, if this is true, we reckon Deaver was likely working in tandem with screenwriter Patrick Marber (”Closer,” “Notes on a Scandal”) as the script and story was being developed. So far, Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Judi Dench are set to star in the in the film that will hit theaters on November 9th, 2012.

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12 Comments

  • Brandon | September 10, 2011 8:23 AMReply

    Ugh... another dull Daniel Craig outing as Bond? He's such a non-007 it's laughable. Stop with the pussified, emasculated Bonds already.

  • James Wilson | August 31, 2011 3:10 AMReply

    Well, EON has officially shot down the rumor (http://www.mi6-hq.com/news/index.php?itemid=9658&t=mi6&s=news), but check out the last line of the dispatch: "Despite the denial, expect to see lazy movie news sites continue to run the title 'news' for days to come."

    Ouch.

  • Jake | August 30, 2011 8:32 AMReply

    Quantum if solace = a small measure of comfort/plays on the newly revealed global terror organization. Not that hard, eh?

  • Mark | August 30, 2011 7:55 AMReply

    Only a complete moron wouldn't know what Quantum of Solace means.

  • Shantel Vohringer | August 30, 2011 6:58 AMReply

    I hope that they film in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas and they include several famous American actors.

  • Jessica Champness | August 30, 2011 6:56 AMReply

    I'd like to see Kurt Angle and Gary Daniels as villains in this film. There would be amazing fight scenes between each of them with Daniel Craig.

  • Alex | August 30, 2011 5:58 AMReply

    I hear that Carte Blanchett is up for a role.

  • JB | August 30, 2011 5:43 AMReply

    For the prosecution:

    No James Bond continuation novel has EVER been used for a James Bond film. A basic scan of wikipedia would have told you this.

    Congrats on giving Jelena Mihailovic her 15 minutes of fame. Her publicist really hit it out of the park with this bogus article planted in Blic.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | August 30, 2011 4:17 AMReply

    Read carefully, it's not a train movie -- there is just a train sequence.

  • AS | August 30, 2011 4:14 AMReply

    Not a train movie, please! I've had it up to here with those, remake of Pelham 123, Source Code, Unstoppable, none of them very good. Train movies just aren't compelling.

  • rodie | August 30, 2011 4:09 AMReply

    I don't care what they call it really, with Bardem and Fiennes aboard I am really looking forward to this movie. . .

    Maybe one day Christopher Nolan can direct a Bond and we'll get Gary Oldman back in crazy mode to play the villain...

  • James Wilson | August 30, 2011 3:24 AMReply

    Well, at least in your defense, you can attribute this latest "rumor post" to the geeks at Bleeding Cool, who'd hyperventilate at seeing the word "Bond" at a bank. But, the history of the franchise (and the financial and legal realities) shows that EON hasn't acquired any of the rights to any of the non-Fleming books (dating back to "Colonel Sun" in the '60's) and that the theme artist (and title) are usually reserved for deeper into production and are heavily vetted through marketting.

    Also, the word "Gullible" is not in the dictionary.

    Do us a favor...Ignore it if anyone mentions the title is "Beyond the Ice" (which has been "rumored" at least once during the speculative "silly season" since "Goldeneye") or that the "Bond girl" will be Aishwarya Rai (her publicist puts out a notice every time a new Bond is in the works—this time she's pregnant, so maybe we'll be spared it on this ocassion).

    Oh. And David Arnold is doing the score (as he has since "Tomorrow Never Dies"—Interesting story: TND was originally called "Tomorrow Never Lies" but a clerical error changed it to "Dies"...and "Licence to Kill" was originally titled "Licence Revoked" until market testing showed that American audiences didn't know what "Revoked" meant...makes you wonder how "Quantum of Solace" got by (despite being an actual Fleming-penned title)

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