It has been announced that the next James Bond film will be based upon and share the same title of author Ian Flemming's first novel, Casino Royale.
This will actually be the second Casino Royale to appear on the cinematic screen. The first outing was not produced by the late Cubby Broccoli, and had three seperate actors portraying Agent 007: David Niven, Peter Sellars, and Woody Allen (and the same number of directors, if I recall). Needless to say, the only good thing that can be said about that film was the Burt Bacharach - Hal David musical score, including a catchy title theme performed by Herb Alpert and the now classic song, "The Look of Love," which was recently re-recorded by songstress Diana Krall.
Too bad actor Pierce Brosnan will no longer be donning his tuxedo on behalf of Her Majesty's Secret Service. He definitely matched, if not bettered, Sir Sean Connery in exercising his License to Thrill, and was reportedly more than willing to carry on the duty of serving "Queen and Country." It will be interesting to see who inherits the Walther PPK and martini glass, and if they measure up to those who preceded him (or her?).