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Ralph Fiennes In Talks For 'James Bond 23'

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 4, 2011 4:56 AM
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It looks like director Sam Mendes' plans for the next installment of the James Bond franchise is attracting some major interest from heavyweight thesps. Javier Bardem has spoken enthusiastically about the villain role he's being offered (he's just waiting to read a completed script before he makes a decision) and now another major talent is showing interest.

Baz Bamigboye at the Daily Mail is reporting that Ralph Fiennes is "in discussions" for a role in the still untitled "James Bond 23." The "darkly complex" part is being kept under wraps, but it's apparently not the same part that is being offered to Bardem and that Fiennes was approached because according to Bamigboye's source, "the part is one of extreme complexity and only an actor of great ability and dexterity can take it on."

"It’s the first of a new generation of Bond films, and the ideas Mendes has push the film into darker territory where the characters are modern, mature and challenging," a film executive told Bamigboye with Fiennes apparently excited by the "revolutionary" approach of the upcoming film.

More big name actors are apparently being courted and while no names have been given, you can bet they will trickle out soon enough. After the disappointing "Quantum of Solace," it looks like "James Bond 23" is shifting to be something even grittier than what we've seen before. Daniel Craig and Judi Dench are currently the only two thesps confirmed for the film that is eyeing a fall start date and is set for release on November 9, 2012.

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4 Comments

  • Alan F Lineberger | March 10, 2011 7:14 AMReply

    Bond should done with more intensity from the villian. Forget the PG-13 and pull the plug on the humor a bit, go for a real edge of the seat thriller

  • Ray H | February 4, 2011 6:25 AMReply

    Sounds cool. I love Fiennes and I love James Bond. I'm thinking he might be wanted as the head of QUANTUM. But I would love it if he takes over the role of M from Judi Dench (who's getting too old for the part anyway) at the end of the movie. The news so far has sounded good. I'm hoping Mendes can make his Bond something special.

  • surf | February 4, 2011 5:35 AMReply

    Sounds interesting. Not so sure "Quantum" was so much a dissappointment tho. Doubt if any subsequent 007 pix can equal the "Casino Royale" remake. Assuming it continues the very cool motif of using the few remaining unfilmed Ian Fleming titles, 23 would be titled 007 In New York or Risico. Either way, they have rebooted this thing so well it's the first time the 007 franchise needs to continue. Craig is the first to make this thing as compelling as the Connery edition.

  • Paul | February 4, 2011 5:33 AMReply

    They might be casting the head members of Quantum, the new Spectre like corporation.


    Really all I want to hear is Roger Deakins is going to shoot a Bond film.

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