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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 18 November 2018

Bond makers deny online title rumours

The next Bond film will not be called "Carte Blanche".

DUBAI // Movie producers have dismissed rumours the next James Bond movie – part of which is set in Dubai – will be based on Jeffrey Deaver's 007 novel Carte Blanche.

Serbian newspaper Blic made the claim in an article about cello player Jelena Mihailovic, saying she was approached to pen the score after a performance at the Cannes Film Festival.

The story said: "The producers and director of the next Bond film were in the audience, staggered by what they heard and offered Jelena a chance to write the opening score for the new Bond film, entitled Carte Blanche."

The story was quickly picked up by showbiz gossip websites.

Denofgeek.com said: "If a slip of the tongue from a Serbian cellist is correct, then the next Bond movie will be based on Jeffery Deaver's Carte Blanche."

Comicbookmovie.com posted: "Carte Blanche - title for the 23rd James Bond film inadvertently revealed!"

But Eon Productions in London, which makes the Bond films, said: "The new film is not going to be called Carte Blanche and will have nothing to do with the Jeffery Deaver book."

Daniel Craig will play the spy for a third time and the film, which has the working title Bond 23, will be directed by Sam Mendes and released at the end of 2012.

Other actors believed to have been offered roles include Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans and Ben Whishaw.

csimpson@thenational.ae

 

Correction: This article was amended on August 31, 2011 to insert a word removed from a quote attributed to comicbookmovie.com