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In a recent interview with Serbian cellist Jelena Mihailovic it was not only announced that she will be composing and performing the opening theme to Sony and MGM's next James Bond film, but that the film may actually be titled 'Carte Blanche'. Previously only referred to as 'Bond 23' in materials from the two studios, the title of the film may also shed some light on the plot and direction of the upcoming installment, as author Jeffrey Deaver (of 'The Bone Collector' fame) has recently published a new James Bond novel by the same name.
The similarities don't end there, however. Deaver's 'Carte Blanche' is set in a variety of locales including Serbia, India, and South Africa - all locations that 'Bond' director Sam Mendes has chosen for scenes in his upcoming movie. The main plot also involves "a train carrying a deadly cargo", which backs up several recent set reports from India about the film containing a massive action set piece aboard a freight train. The official synopsis of the book reveals a unique take on Bond - that of a troublesome British agent (and ex veteran of the Afghanistan war) who is drafted into a new top secret organization and essentially given "carte blanche" to take down the latest threats and protect the Realm, by whatever means necessary.
While the slightly revisionist take on the character may seem odd, it really wouldn't be that hard to take elements from Deaver's book and adapt them to the slightly revisionist take of the last two films. Given the events of 'Casino Royale' and 'Quantum of Solace', it wouldn't be too far a stretch to have the government essentially call him in to clean up a mess too rough for their standard agents. Whether or not this information proves to be true, 'Bond 23' - once again starring Daniel Craig as 007 - will arrive in theaters on November 9th, 2012.