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Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen will play Le Chiffre

15 February, 2006

Casino Royale director Martin Campbell confirmed on Wednesday that Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen (King Arthur) will play the evil Le Chiffre in the 21st James Bond installment.

Campbell, Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli were on-hand at a press conference today at the Czech Republic's Barrandov Studios.

Asked who will play the Bond girl, Campbell revealed the choice is now down to "two or three" but added "you'll just have to wait to find out." Eva Green and Olivia Wilde are thought to be the finalists.

Variety says audiences will see more insight into M's (Dench) back story than they ever have to date in the film with a scene set in her London apartment, constructed in modernist beige by Barrandov, complete with Asian art and Tanqueray gin cocktail service.

Bond himself will show his more sensitive side, said Campbell, in that the film, based on the first of Ian Fleming's Bond books, reveals how he became "the Bond we all know and love."

The cast and crew jet off to the Bahamas shortly to shoot a chase sequence at seaside construction site, then will be back to Prague for studio and location work, and Italy and the U.K.'s Pinewood.

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