Gemma Arterton Confirmed as a Bond Girl in Bond 22
One of the big movies that's currently filming for a 2008 release is Bond 22, the (obviously) 22nd installment of the James Bond franchise starring Daniel Craig as Bond and directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Stranger Than Fiction, The Kite Runner). The latest news on the film is that British actress Gemma Arterton has been confirmed by a reliable source over at Empire Online as a Bond girl. Although it's not 100% announced whether she will play Bond's primarily love interest (like Eva Green in Casino Royale) or a secondary female character, at least she is one of the pretty faces who we'll be seeing on screen next November.
Gemma Arterton has only ever starred in one other movie so far, St. Trinian's, so nothing can be said of her acting skills (at least on the big screen). She's also in Guy Ritchie's upcoming RocknRolla, but that won't make it to screens until sometime next year anyway. However, this is quite similar to Eva Green, who was quite an unknown before she took on the role in Casino Royale a few years ago. The only other major similarity is that both are gorgeous brunettes, and that's the biggest factor when casting girls in Bond movies.
If it weren't for my concern with Gemma's lack of experience, I would say this is a great casting choice. I was incredible pleased with Eva Green in Casino Royale. I think casting lesser-known British beauties is what makes James Bond such a great franchise. If they throw big-name actresses in there it really doesn't help establish the continued classic Bond feeling. Although it's a very period setting, check out the photo to the right and tell me if you don't think Gemma's face in that is perfect for Bond. She even looks better than Eva Green!
Story details are still being kept under wraps on Bond 22. For the sake of keeping everything spoiler free, I'm not even going to report the rumors until we have an officially released synopsis or trailer. Bond 22 arrives in theaters on November 7th, 2008.