In what was reported just as James Bond 21, the reimaged Casino Royale, began production, has now been confirmed, as Sony appears to be returning to the 18 month turn-around in the Bond films. James Bond 22, rumored to have the working title of Risico (a story from Ian Fleming's For Your Eyes Only collection), will be released on May 2, 2008. Roger Michell is rumored to be at the helm.
Meanwhile, Casino Royale will hit theaters on November 21, has signed Audioslave and Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell to sing the title song, You Know My Name.
The Bond films have been known to use popular singers to belt out those opening credit songs, but have failed to generate any big hits since the final Bond films of Roger Moore. None of the four Brosnan films were huge hits, and the two Dalton ones remain unmemorable.
Whether this new song can be as huge as For Your Eyes Only, Nobody Does it Better or even the cement mixer song by Duran Duran for A View to a Kill, only time will tell.