Caterina Murino in Jamaica

I partied with the brilliant reggae singer Maxi Priest, along with Mr Motivator of British breakfast show fame who now lives back in Jamaica.

That man can still move fast especially when making a B-line for beautiful Bond girl Caterina Murino who was in Jamaica to promote the new 007 movie Casino Royale, out in November. Author Ian Fleming penned 14 of his thrillers at Goldeneye, his oceanside retreat on the island which is now open to a price.

With a rum punch hangover (unavoidable as the punch masks the rum) I drove round the island, an hour past the airport and checked in to Couples Negril.

Notting Hill director tipped for next Bond film: Caterina Murino

Roger Michell, who directed Brit-flick Notting Hill, is apparently in negotiations to shoot the follow up film, which will be the 22nd in the Bond series.

An announcement is expected to be made on whether Michell will be the director, although details for the film remain sketchy and a writer has yet to be hired.

It is thought that 'Bond 22' will be based on an original idea from Bond producer Michael Wilson, unlike Casino Royale, which is based on the 1953 novel by Ian Fleming.

Meanwhile, new Bond Daniel Craig is reported to be signed up for Bond 22, with a source telling the News of the World that "Daniel is the ultimate Bond. The producers have seen rough cuts from the film and are convinced it's going to be a big hit."

Doubts were raised about Craig's ability to play Bond after his monosyllabic performance at the press call when he was announced as the new Bond.

Yet co-star Caterina Murino, who plays Bond's lover in the forthcoming film, has raved about Craig's talents, saying that he brings "to this James Bond something else we never saw before".

"This James Bond doesn't look like a little cartoon like before, like the last one or so charming and playful like the first James Bond," she said. "This is new."

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Despite the naysayers and Bond franchise purists who still believe that only Sean Connery can be the true Bond, the new 007, Daniel Craig, received a heartening endorsement from Catrina Murino, who plays Bond’s love interest Solange in the soon to be released Casino Royale, saying she was sure Craig would win over those who were critical of his choice for the role.

L’attrice Italiana Caterina Murino said Craig had been upset by the volume of criticisms that greeted his selection, but insisted that filming went well and the end product would satisfy film fans when it is released in November.


James Bond better watch out, as it looks like he has some competition in the form of Richard Branson. The Virgin entrepreneur revealed he's landed a cameo role in the secret agent's latest outing, Casino Royale. He made the announcement while splashing around on a Jamaican beach with Bond's current love interest Caterina Murino, after inaugurating the airline's new service to Montego Bay.

Sir Richard isn't famed for his sartorial elegance, but in a dapper white tux and reflective shades he certainly wouldn't have looked out of place in sophisticated secret service circles. The tycoon, who will feature in a scene set in Miami airport alongside his son Sam, declared himself "just a little excited" to have the part.

Raven-haired Caterina may have enjoyed frolicking with the Midas-fingered businessman, but she remains an enthusiastic supporter of Pierce Brosnan's replacement, Daniel Craig. "You never saw a James Bond like this," she promised. "This is new."

The actor has come in for criticism from some fans who insist a blond shouldn't portray 007. Nevertheless Caterina predicts in the end cinema-goers will be won over by the new-look Bond. "When he's going to kill someone, he looks like a real killer. When he kisses me, when he makes love, he's so sexy."

Branson for latest Bond movie

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MONTEGO BAY, St James - Virgin Atlantic chairman, billionaire Sir Richard Branson and one of his planes are to appear in the new James Bond movie, Casino Royale, scheduled for release in the United Kingdom in November.

The announcement was made Tuesday at a press conference held at the Half Moon Hotel in Rose Hall by Paul Charles, the communication director for Virgin Atlantic.

Virgin Atlantic chairman Sir Richard Branson relaxes with actress Caterina Murino in Montego Bay. Both will appear in the upcoming James Bond movie.

The British billionaire, whose airline made its inaugural flight from London to Montego Bay on Monday, appears in the movie during a check-in sequence at the Miami International Airport, one of Virgin Atlantic's 27 destinations.

"I am happy that they have chosen Virgin," Branson said as he spoke to local and international reporters at the press conference.
"James Bond is original, cool and sophisticated and Virgin Atlantic is delighted to be a global partner of the new James Bond movie, Casino Royale, and I'm just a little excited to be playing a role in the movie".
As a global partner of the film, Virgin Atlantic will later this year launch a series of promotional and marketing initiatives connected with the movie, which was shot in The Bahamas, UK and in the Czech capital of Prague.

Casino Royale stars Daniel Craig as James Bond, Eve Green as Vesper, Mads Mikkelsen as Le Chiffre and Caterina Murino as Solange. Actress Murino, who was also present at yesterday's press briefing, said working on the set was a good experience.
"Working on the movie was a good experience and it taught me a lot," said Murino.

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New Bond girl Caterina Murino has praised her co-star Daniel Craig on his performance in Casino Royale.

Murino plays the role of Solange in the new film and is certain that ‘Casino Royale’ will satisfy Bond fans and will leave Craig’s critics speechless.

According to MSN, Caterina Murino said of Craig: "He's a great actor. Casino Royale is the first book Ian Fleming wrote and it means we see how James Bond became James Bond.

"Daniel is giving to this James Bond something else we never saw before.

"When he's going to kill someone, he looks like a real killer, when he kisses me, when he makes love, he's so sexy.

"You never saw a James Bond like this. This James Bond doesn't look like a little cartoon like before, like the last one or so charming and playful like the first James Bond. This is new.”

‘Casino Royale’ hits UK cinemas on November 17.

The world’s most famous fictional super spy James Bond will share the silver screen with a pimped out Aston Martin DB9, dubbed the DBS, in the upcoming movie Casino Royale. Could the DBS hit showroom floors in the foreseeable future? reported in March that in the upcoming film, 007 (portrayed by obscure British actor Daniel Craig) wins a DB5 (the classic Bond car from the ‘60s!) after defeating arch villain Dimitrios (Simon Abkarian) in a poker game. Not satisfied with taking just his car, 007 gives Dimitrios’ wife Solonge (Caterina Murino) a lift home – with the inevitable consequences... see your car dealers to buy this car ;)

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BOND is back with a bang - and he's meaner and moodier than ever.

The explosive trailer for Casino Royale is packed with high octane stunts, pulse-quickening babes and lethal bad guys.

But Daniel Craig's Bond, full of brooding menace, has killed off the gadgets and wise cracks of the last incarnations.

Casino Royale was Ian Fleming's first Bond book and the film takes the MI6 secret agent back to when he is awarded his 00 status. While neutralising Russian spies in the Bahamas, 007 finds time to flirt with Bond girls Caterina Murino and Eva Green.

The film, which opens on November 17, is expected to give clues to the origins of his passions for guns and gambling - and brings Bond bang up to date.

Sony Pictures has launched the official website for the 21st James Bond film, Casino Royale, at

At the site, you can learn about the film, download wallpapers, a screensaver and AIM icons, read Yarborough's Blog and get mobile content. Then you can switch sides by clicking "Dealer" for an assignment, access to M's computer to review James Bond's dossier, photos and videos. You can even play a poker game by clicking on the chips on the table!

Opening November 17 and directed by Martin Campbell, Casino Royale stars Daniel Craig as 007. Judi Dench, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Simon Abkarian, Tobias Menzies, Ivana Milicevic, Clemens Schik, Ludger Pistor, Claudio Santamaria and Isaach de Bankole co-star.

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French site AlloCine linked her to the role yesterday, and today Le Parisien newspaper has confirmed it - Caterina Murino has been signed up to play the villain's partner in the forthcoming James Bond film "Casino Royale".

According to the paper, Murino will play Solonge, Demetrius' girlfriend in the film. She reportedly auditioned for the role in Rome last week, and was "approved by Barbara Broccoli". The report notes that Murino will shoot in the Bahamas and in Prague.

Born in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy in 1974, Murino reached fourth place in the 1996 Miss Italy contest. She began her career in television in 2002 in "In der Mitte eines Lebens", and broke into film last year in "L'Amour aux trousses" (2005) and followed up in the acclaimed "Les Bronzés amis pour la vie" (2006).

Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli (Eon Productions) and directed by Martin Campbell, CASINO ROYALE is scheduled for release November 17, 2006. Principal photography will start on January 30th 2006, with locations in the UK, Czech Republic (Prague), Italy, and the Bahamas. It will be British actor Daniel Craig’s first outing as James Bond. He is the sixth actor to play the 007 role in the franchise.

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