Daniel Craig has let slip that Ralph Fiennes and
Javier Bardem are both up for roles as villains in
the 23rd James Bond film...
27th September 2011
They have both been long rumoured to be under
consideration for roles in the 23rd
James Bond film, but 007 star Daniel Craig himself let
slip today that the actors are up for parts as villains in the
movie. In an interview with MTV, Craig said "I hope so, I hope
so," when asked whether Javier and Ralph would be keeping
the film. If true, it means that the two actors may still be
in negotiations, but with principal photography only a few
away, casting confirmations should
be expected soon.
Above: Ralph Fiennes
(left) and Javier Bardem (right) may be officially confirmed
Javier Bardem was first
linked with Bond 23 back in January, but was almost ruled
out when he landed the lead role in a planned "Dark Tower"
franchise. As that studio deal has
been sunk for the foreseeable future, it appears Bardem is Bonding
again. Just a month
Ralph Fiennes was also linked with Bond
23 for 'a darkly complex
role' because 'the part
is one of extreme complexity and only an actor of great ability
and dexterity can take it on’. Trade press backed
up the rumour a month later. It is understood that Bardem's
role is the central villain, with Fiennes playing another,
more complex, character. Tabloids subsequently ran away with
the idea that Fiennes
would appear as Blofeld, a rumour stoked by screenwriter
John Logan earlier this month.
Also in the interview, Craig said: "We've
got a great script this time. I'm as excited about this
script as I was about the 'Casino Royale' script. I think in
Sam [Mendes] we've got
the perfect director. The cast is coming together now. I can't
wait to get going on it."
Daniel Craig starts work on Bond 23 next week,
with principal photography scheduled to commence in November.
Craig will be shooting through June 2012 for its release on 26th
October 2012 in the UK.
The 23rd James Bond
film, "Skyfall", commenced principal studio photography on 7th November
2011 for a UK
release on October 26th, 2012 and the USA on November
9, 2012. MGM will produce, finance and distribute 007's
23rd adventure in
partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Daniel Craig will
be returning as the legendary British secret agent, alongside Judi
Dench as "M", with Sam Mendes directing a screenplay written by Neal
Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. The cast will also include Bérénice Marlohe,
Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Wishaw.
The film will shoot at Pinewood Studios and on location in London, England;
Scotland; Shanghai, China and Istanbul, Turkey.
It will be the longest gap between Bond movies without
a change in the lead role. In addition, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of
the EON Productions series of James