In a quirky piece of casting
that is sure to get fans talking, actor Toby Stephens will
Bond in a new radio adaptation of "Dr
play is currently in production and will be aired as
part of the Ian Fleming centenary celebrations next year.
Sixth Novel, First Film
is a medium that Bond has not been too familiar with, but
Eon Productions own the rights and granted permission for
a "once-and-once-only" dramatisation of Ian Fleming's
1958 novel to the radio format. Back in 1956,
Bob Holness starred as 007 in an adaptation of "Moonraker" for
South African radio.
Eon had casting approval
for Bond in the play and Stephens, who played villain Gustav
Graves opposite Pierce Brosnan in the 2002 movie "Die
Another Day", was their number one choice.
The radio version of "Dr No" is
currently under production at Air-Edel Studios near Baker
Street, London. It is the first time
the tale has been adapted for this format and and will
feature Bond's inner voice. "Dr No" was the first
007 adventure adapted for the silver
screen in 1962, and
its selection for a new radio play further indicates acceptance
from the literary world that, despite Fleming's novels
pre-dating the film franchise by almost a decade, Bond
is a movie icon in the public consciousness.