Bond at the gallop!

Could filming be about to begin on the 22nd Bond movie? That's what Italian newspaper Il Giornale is claiming. They say that the filmmakers have descended on the picturesque Tuscan town of Siena with a view to capturing Palio di Siena, the centuries-old bareback horse race that's held twice-yearly. The footage will apparently feature in a sequence where Bond pursues a villain down the town's narrow cobbled streets, then across the rooftops and through the medieval aquaducts, all the while dodging the nags as they charge around the Piazza del Campo. Sounds like pure Bond to us, mixing the brilliant parkour chase from Casino Royale with the kind of spectacular local colour that always used to be a mainstay of the flicks (think of the Rio carnival in Moonraker or the sumo guys in Man With The Golden Gun). The race takes place tomorrow, though it's believed that none of the cast will be involved in the shoot.

Meanwhile, Daniel Craig has dropped some hints about what we can expect from the follow-up to Casino Royale. "I think that we've set up an idea now that there's an organisation out there," he told the Chicago Sun-Times. "He also has to deal with revenge because he has lost the girl. I think the process is still happening. We haven't finished the arc. Bond is still maybe too headstrong and he doesn't make all of the right decisions. I want to continue what we've set up in the last movie."