James Bond fans to name new 007 blockbuster

Sunday, 14 February 2010 - 6:35pm IST | Place: London | Agency: ANI
However, fans are lobbying studio executives to choose between the names of two Fleming short stories with box office appeal.

James Bond fans are being urged to suggest the title of the 23rd blockbuster 007 film, scheduled to hit cinemas next year. Bosses at MGM have admitted that they are running out of names based on the best-selling novels of Ian Fleming.

However, fans are lobbying studio executives to choose between the names of two Fleming short stories with box office appeal.

And they've also come up with their own promo posters to show how good they'd look.

One army of 007 fanatics is promoting Risico, originally written as part of the For Your Eyes Only novelettes. It sees Bond being sent by M to investigate a drug-smuggling operation based in Italy that is flooding Britain with narcotics.

A rival group wants the next film to be called The Property Of A Lady, another Fleming short story that sees Bond on the trail of a gorgeous Russian double agent who has infiltrated our Secret Service.

A senior MGM executive said that director Sam Mendes has been 'blown away' by creativity of the fans.

"The posters look incredibly professional. The title of Bond 23 is still in the melting pot and it's true that there aren't that many of Fleming's major works to choose from. We and Sam are listening very closely to what the fans are saying and there is every possibility that we might latch on to one of their ideas," The Daily Star quoted the executive as saying.




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