James Bond Broadway Musical Promises ”Our Own Bond Girl” – Exclusive Details Revealed
A musical based on Ian Fleming’s suave super spy James Bond is being prepared for Broadway.
Executive producer Merry Saltzman (daughter of legendary Bond film producer and impresario Harry Saltzman) told Playbill.com that her company, Placeholder Productions, had secured the rights to mount a stage show. She said the show, concisely titled James Bond: The Musical, will have a book by novelist Dave Clarke (”Keeping Hannah Waiting”), and music and lyrics by country composer Jay Henry Weisz (”Driving Home,” ”Only One,” ”Man in the Bar,” ”The Fight”).
Over a series of 14 novels published from 1953 to 1966, Fleming created the mystique of British Secret Service Agent 007, who used seemingly limitless intellectual, financial and physical resources to root out and defeat Britain’s enemies while simultaneously romancing an endless series of beautiful women.
The novels continued (to this day) since Fleming’s death, and inspired a series of internationally successful adventure films, including ”Goldfinger,” ”Dr. No,” ”Casino Royale” and ”You Only Live Twice.” The 24th film in the series, ”Spectre,” is due this fall, starring Daniel Craig and Christoph Waltz.
James Bond: The Musical will have an original storyline, producers told Playbill.com, and will use ”several Bond villains, plus some new ones.”
No casting has been announced.
”Production schedules and trial runs are still being worked out in anticipation of a late 2017-early 2018 opening,” on Broadway or in Las Vegas, at a venue to be announced, Saltzman said. The show will also introduce ”our own Bond girl,” she said.