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.