007's Next Mission Revealed?
007's Next Mission Revealed?
Pic may be based on Fleming short story.
by Stax

December 13, 2006 - The follow-up to Casino Royale
will reportedly be based on the Ian Fleming short story
Risico, which appeared in his 1960 book For Your Eyes

"Bosses were so pleased with how well Casino Royale
has been received that work has already commenced on
Risico at Pinewood Studios," claimed a source for the
British tabloid The Sun. "Some of the same characters
will crop up again. But one of the main aspects will be
to develop Bond's complex personality."

The problem with Risico is that its basic plot and
characters was already used for the 1981 film version of
For Your Eyes Only. In Fleming's Risico, 007 is sent to
Italy to investigate a heroin ring and crosses paths with
the likes of Colombo and Kristatos, both of whom were
featured in the Roger Moore movie.

It should be noted that, although A View to a Kill
(another short story in For Your Eyes Only) and FYEO
have both been filmed, neither movie truly used the
plots from their respective source novels. Fleming's
From a View to a Kill saw 007 investigating the murder
of a dispatch-rider; FYEO had M sending Bond on an "off
the books" assignment to avenge the murder of his old
friends, the Havelocks, by Herr von Hammerstein. The
film featured the murder of the Havelocks and the
inclusion of their vengeful daughter, but M's employing
007 as a means to fulfill a personal vendetta was not

Fleming's short stories 007 in New York and Quantum of
Solace have never been referenced in any Bond film, and
only a semblance of The Property of a Lady can be
gleaned from the big-screen version of Octopussy. 007's
investigation of a female Secret Service double agent in
that story could prove an interesting challenge for Bond
in the next movie, especially in light of what transpired
in Casino Royale.

It seems plausible that screenwriters Neal Purvis and
Robert Wade might use the gist of Risico -- 007 in the
Mediterranean to investigate a crime ring -- while
adding and adjusting other elements to fit with the
series' newly adopted down-to-earth, character-driven

Wade recently advised the BBC, "In the next film the
emphasis has to be on the unfinished emotional
business at the end of Casino Royale. It has to be dealt
with in such a way that his character continues to have
an arc. ... It can't just be he's tough and he's tempered
steel and totally impervious. There are things he still
has to resolve. So that's the legacy of Casino Royale and
it's important to have it so the actor has something to

Eva Green, who played Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale,
recently revealed that Vesper's French-Algerian
boyfriend may be the villain of the next film, while
Daniel Craig advised IGN that the sequel will see 007
going after "the threat behind the threat."