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TRACKING DOWN 007
AN UNLIKELY SPY
FEMMES FATALES
PREMIUM BOND
21st CENTURY HERO
PHOTO GALLERY
21st CENTURY HERO
Although 007 has been portrayed on myriad occasions, studio bosses are promising the new Bond will be unlike anything we've seen before. In his latest adventure the spy is a darker and more realistic character than the increasingly stylised secret agent familiar to fans from previous instalments. And the corny one-liners and lethal gadgetry which played such a central role in the earlier movies are also taking a back seat, as the hero becomes a more flawed and morally ambiguous figure.

"I think there has to be an element of cruelty," explains Daniel. "Certain things he does should be questionable. I think you should go 'that's not nice'. He is an assassin after all." And the producers' desire to bring new depth to the role may be part of the reason a more 'serious' actor was chosen this time. A sinister side isn't the reinvented Bond's only new characteristic; he'll also be more vulnerable than in the past. While it would have been virtually unthinkable for the intrepid spy to have his heart broken by a Bond girl in any of the earlier flicks, things are very different in Casino Royale.

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