The British government is battling to ensure upcoming 007 movie CASINO ROYALE is made in the UK, amid reports the production could go to a studio in the Czech Republic.

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell insists "everything possible is being done" to ensure the latest superspy film is based at PINEWOOD STUDIOS in Buckinghamshire, like all previous Bond movies.

She complained that the British film industry would be dealt a severe blow if the movie was taken out of the country, and said UK Film Commissioner STEVE NORRIS shared her fears.

She explains, "Bond films have always used exotic locations anyway, and at the moment nothing has been decided.

"But I have spoken to the UK Film Commissioner Steve Norris and he has assured me that everything possible is being done to ensure Bond stays a British film. That is something I would very much welcome.

"The film industry is one of our great success stories, but we are conscious of the need to provide stability."

Bond production company EON was unavailable for comment on the subject.

18/05/2005 13:03