Rory Kinnear talks about reprising his role as MI6
chief of staff Bill Tanner in "Skyfall"...
Rory Kinnear on Tanner
16th November 2011
Although he was not announced at the kick-off
press conference for "Skyfall", Rory Kinnear will be
reprising his "Quantum of Solace" role as M's chief
of staff Bill Tanner in the new film. The London-born actor was
spotted when filming started in his home city with Daniel Craig
and Judi Dench. Today, Kinnear has confirmed his involvement
in an interview with CultBox (click
here to read the whole interview).
When asked how early
filming was going, Kinnear said, "Great,
we’ve just been at Pinewood and around Waterloo and [Smithfields]
doing some scenes with myself and Daniel and Judi. I go through
to the beginning of February filming and I think they’re
on until about April or May."
Above: Rory Kinnear (as Tanner) drives Daniel Craig (James
Bond) at "Skyfall" filming in London earlier this month.
Tanner was really only seen by M's side in "Quantum",
but his schedule alludes to a larger presence in "Skyfall". "Yes,
Tanner gets a bit more facetime this time," he confirmed. "[The
part] is a bit more beefed-up. He’s basically performing
the same role but there’s a bit more of him."
As Kinnear was originally only contracted for "Quantum",
he was not sure if he would make a comeback at all, let alone
increased screen time. This latest screen incarnation of Tanner
has drifted quite far from that of the original Ian
where he was the closest James Bond had to a friend. But that's
not to say the relationship between the two characters will be
stagnant. "The Tanner of Quantum of Solace wasn’t
really the Tanner of the books, so I guess it’s a new kind
of role. He’s not the same age as Bond, as I think he is
in the books, but I think in this film their relationship does
develop," Kinnear explained.
Above: Rory Kinnear and Dame Judi
Dench filming "Quantum of Solace" in early 2008.