MOSCOW -- Prague's Stillking Films brought months of speculation to an end Tuesday when it said that the next James Bond movie, Casino Royale
, would shoot in the Czech capital with Stillking acting as local co-producers. Matthew Stillman
, British-born managing director of the Barrandov Studios-based firm, confirmed persistent rumors that Prague would host 007 -- to be played by British actor Daniel Craig -- when he said Stillking had closed a co-production deal with Eon Prods. on the secret agent's 21st screen adventure. Stillman and the company's head of film production, David Minkowski
, will act as local co-producers for the MGM/Columbia Pictures production that is due to begin six months of location shooting in the Czech Republic in January. "We are excited to be working with producers Michael G
. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli
of Eon Prods. on the new Bond picture and bringing the production to the Czech Republic. This is an important step for us as well as the local film community," Stillman said in a statement.