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Bond producer Michael Gregg Wilson says all 007 audition contestants with ‘From Russia With Love’ bedroom scene


James Bond franchise film producer Michael Gregg Wilson has revealed that a specific scene is used to test all actors aspiring to play the iconic British spy.

Wilson explained that future 007s always audition with the classic bedroom scene from the 1963 film “From Russia With Love” starring Sean Connery as Bond and Daniela Bianchi as his love interest, Tatiana Romanova.

“We always use the same scene…and that’s the one from ‘From Russia With Love’ where Bond comes back to his room after the assassination, and he starts to take his shirt off, walks into the room to bathe. Then he hears something, takes his gun, walks in and the girl is in bed,” the producer told the audience at an “In Conversation” event, according to Deadline.

James Bond franchise film producer Michael Gregg Wilson has revealed that a specific scene is used to test all actors aspiring to play the iconic British spy.
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During the famous scene, Bond first meets the Soviet cipher when he discovers her in his bed wearing nothing but a black velvet choker.

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The two introduce themselves and after putting his gun aside, Bond says to Romanova, “You are one of the most beautiful girls I have ever seen.”

“Thanks, but I think my mouth is too big,” she replies.

“No, it’s the right size. For me, of course,” he said leaning in to kiss her.

The scene ends with the two consummating their affair, though they are unwittingly filmed through a one-way mirror.

“That was the test we used. Anyone who can stage that scene is right for Bond. It’s hard to do,” Wilson said.

Wilson explained that future 007s always audition with the classic bedroom scene from the 1963 film "From Russia with love".

Wilson explained that future 007s always audition with the classic bedroom scene from the 1963 film “From Russia With Love.”
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According to Deadline, he noted that they still needed a good actress as a stage partner for the auditioning actor.

The ‘In Conversation’ event, held at the British Film Institute on Friday evening, kicked off ‘James Bond at 60’, a three-day weekend celebration marking six decades of Bond movies.

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Wilson was joined on stage by screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, casting director Debbie McWilliams, actor Rory Kinnear, production designer Mark Tildesley and associate producer Gregg Wilson for an interview with the BBC host Samira Ahmad.

The panel discussion was followed by a screening of the 1962 James Bond thriller “Dr. No,” starring Connery and Ursula Address.

Wilson and Barbara Broccoli run Eon Productions, the company that produces the franchise films about Ian’s Fleming’s fictional British secret agent.

The film starred Sean Connery as Bond and Daniela Bianchi as his love interest, Tatiana Romanova.

The film starred Sean Connery as Bond and Daniela Bianchi as his love interest, Tatiana Romanova.
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After the event, Wilson spoke to Deadline and cleared up rumors that casting for the next Bond was already underway. “It doesn’t matter what other people tell you,” he said.

However, he confirmed that the next 007 would not be a younger actor.

“We’ve tried looking at young people in the past. But trying to visualize that doesn’t work,” he told the outlet.

Wilson continued, “Remember, Bond is already a veteran. He’s got experience. He’s a person who’s been through wars, so to speak.”

“He was probably in SAS or something. He’s not a kid out of high school that you can bring in and start. That’s why it works for a 30-something.”

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On October 4, Wilson and Broccoli will celebrate World Bond Day by hosting “The Sound of 007 in Concert” at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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