Die Another Day : Bond Begins Shooting



London, England - A press conference will be held at 10:45 A. M. GMT on Friday, January 11, 2002, at Pinewood Studios in England to mark the start of filming for EON Productions and MGM's newest James Bond adventure (currently untitled), produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Filming will commence Monday, January 14th, on the 20th film in the James Bond series, with Pierce Brosnan set to continue his record-breaking run as secret agent 007 and Halle Berry set to star as fierce female lead Jinx. Both stars will be on hand for the press conference, as will producers Wilson and Broccoli, director Lee Tamahori, and cast members Toby Stephens, Rick Yune, and Rosamund Pike.
"We're thrilled to start filming on what promises to be one of the greatest Bond films ever," say Wilson and Broccoli. "Making the 20th Bond film is a great milestone for EON Productions, as well as for the Broccoli family. We're extremely proud to be continuing the Bond tradition. "
"The James Bond films are an institution in the industry," says Robert Levin, president of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution for MGM Studios, Inc. "To be working on a new 007 adventure in the 40th anniversary year of the franchise is terrifically exciting for all of us. "

The James Bond series is the most successful film franchise of all time. The newest installment will be released on November 22, 2002, in conjunction with the series' 40th anniversary. The script was written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. In addition to Brosnan, Berry, Stephens, Yune, and Pike, the cast includes returning stars Judi Dench as "M," John Cleese as "Q," and Samantha Bond as Miss Moneypenny.
The principal cast and filmmakers will be on hand for the press conference. Following the press conference, the producers will host a 40th anniversary celebratory lunch for media, filmmakers, and selected invitees.
A 15-minute edited video newsreel will be accessible via satellite after the press conference and will include soundbites and footage. The video newsreel downlink will be broadcast from 11:00-11:30 a. m. EST (8:00-8:30 PST, 16:00-16:30 GMT) on Friday, January 11th:

Satellite: Telstar 6
Transponder: 3
Downlink Frequency: 3751 MHz
Downlink Polarity: Vertical
Symbol Rate: 6. 111319 Msymb/sec
Modulation: QPSK
Standard: MPEG 2 4:2:0/525 NTSC

The newsreel will run twice during the downlink. For questions regarding the VNR, contact Colin Burrows at Special Treats Productions in London (011-44-7802-605940). If you're unable to downlink the VNR, contact Joe Whitmore in MGM Publicity at 310-586-8990 for a hard copy of the footage. The footage will also be available on JamesBond. com.
Eon Productions/Danjaq, LLC, is owned by the Broccoli family and has produced nineteen James Bond films since 1962. The Bond films make up the most successful franchise in film history and include the recent blockbuster films GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World Is Not Enough, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Eon Productions and Danjaq, LLC, are affiliate companies and control all worldwide merchandising of the James Bond franchise.
MGM Pictures is a unit of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (NYSE: MGM), through its Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. subsidiary, is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of entertainment product, including motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music, and licensed merchandise. Its operating units include MGM Pictures, United Artists Films, MGM Television Entertainment, MGM Networks, MGM Distribution Co. , MGM Worldwide Television Distribution, MGM Home Entertainment, MGM Consumer Products, MGM Music, MGM Interactive, and MGM. com.

In addition, MGM has acquired a 20 percent ownership interest in four of Rainbow Media's successful national cable networks -- American Movie Classics (AMC), Bravo, The Independent Film Channel (IFC) and WE: Women's Entertainment (formerly Romance Classics), and holds equity interests in 14 television channels internationally. For more information on MGM, visit MGM online at www.mgn.com

Author : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer