Risico Rumors
The scuttlebutt on the next Bond movie.
by Stax

January 3, 2007 - British tabloid reports recently
suggested that the next James Bond movie would be
Risico, which is also the title of a tale in Ian Fleming's
book of short stories For Your Eyes Only.

The problem with Risico is that its basic plot and
characters were 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. The idea of
remaking a previous Bond film doesn't seem likely, but
as producer Barbara Broccoli told last
year, "We don't plan to do that, but to coin a phrase,
'never say never'.", however, reports that all this talk
about Risico may be premature or flat out wrong. "The
Risico talk is (expletive), none of the story details exist
right now — period," claims a longtime source for the

The source continued, "[Screenwriters Neal Purvis and
Robert Wade] have thrown around the idea of using
some plot threads from the old books that weren't used
in the movies before, but Risico isn't one of them
because it's been done. Fact is if they use anything from
it at all, it'll be name only." A Bond film that only uses
Fleming's title, but not his story? Perish the thought!

Having just read Fleming's short story, I noted a few
interesting elements in Risico that appeared in the film
version of Casino Royale but not the novel. Most of
Risico takes place in Venice, which is the villains' base;
Venice was also the setting for the last act of the big-
screen Royale. In Royale, Vesper Lynd and the
mysterious villains seemed to know their way around
the backstreets of the city, suggesting that perhaps they
had met or operated there in the past.

There are also a group of villainous Albanian smugglers
in Risico. Curiously, the film version of Casino Royale
strongly suggests that bad guy Le Chiffre is Albanian
(the book was far more vague). Are all of these mere
coincidences? Probably. But fanboys wouldn't be
fanboys if they didn't speculate on such things!

The only hard fact about the next Bond movie is that it
will further explore some of the plot elements — and
007's character development — established in Casino

Whatever it will be about, Bond 22 is slated for a
November 7, 2008 release date.