Bleeding Cool is reporting that a Serbian musician had been offered to write the opening tune for the new film and accidentally spilled the beans on the title.
Here’s the piece from Bilc Online:
At one of the many concerts the musician held in France during the Cannes Film Festival, the producers and the director of the next Bond film were in the audience, who were staggered by what they had heard and on the spot offered Jelena a chance to write the opening score for the new James Bond film, entitled Carte Blanche.
Doing some research on Wikipedia, you find that Carte Blanche is the latest James Bond novel written by Jefferey Deaver that came out in May (on the 25th, 2011).
The synopsis and plot breakdown for the novel feels reminiscent of Goldfinger, though the Bond villain is obsessed with death, not gold. It starts with a train derailment and leads Bond across the world from England to Dubai and then South Africa. Severan Hydt seems to have plans to kill lots of people, possibly inside the UK and he does so under the cover of his waste disposal company.
Miss Moneypenny is in the book, as well as as a new character of Indian descent taking over the role of Q.
Felix Leiter (played in this latest Bond iteration by Jeffrey Wright) also makes an appearance in the book.
The story sounds as though it has a lot of twists and turns, but will it be the next Bond film? It’s anyone’s guess. Though, this is the first time they’ve “rebooted” the character in the novelizations. Bond in this book was born in 1979 and was a veteran of Afghanistan.
One interesting connection to the film and the story in the book: The latest James Bond installment is being directed by Sam Mendes. Mary Goodnight, a character in the novel and a secretary to the 00 section is described in the book as a 21 year old Kate Winslet look alike. Kate Winslet is Sam Mendes’ ex-wife.
It’s interesting speculation. According to IMDb, Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem are signed to the movie (though I’ve heard such reports elsewhere in the news, too). Ralph Fiennes would be a great choice for a character in the book named Percy Osborne-Smith. According to Wikipedia:
Percy Osborne-Smith: An agent with Division Three, an offshoot of MI5. Osborne-Smith likes to be the one leading investigations so that he may take the credit for a successful operation. His ambitions lead him to shut down central London at the height of a security conference, ignoring intelligence from Bond that suggests the attack will take place in York.
And let’s face it, Javier Bardem would make a great villain for James Bond no matter how he’s described in the book.