Friday, June 30, 2006

Sony Screens "Casino Royale"

Sony closed the European Cinema Expo by screening 20 minutes of "Casino Royale":

Sony Pictures Entertainment vice chairman Jeff Blake introduced the new 'James Bond' footage after Sony Intl. prexy Mark Zucker showed off the studio's product reel. 

Footage showed actor Daniel "Road To Perdition" Craig as a 'grittier' Bond, with scenes of more intense, visceral hand-to-hand combat. One black-and-white scene flashed back to Bond's first  kill as a spy.

Introducing the footage was actress Caterina Murino, who was shown playing love scenes with Craig.  Also screened was Bond's new Aston Martin with 'high-octane' chase scenes, including one of Craig at a construction site. 

"This footage has never been seen, except by all of us just two days ago," Sony's Blake said, adding that the film offers a "distinct European flavor".  

Sony immediately followed the footage with a casino-themed party inside the Amsterdam RAI convention center.