Albert Finney Returns to Acting for Sam Mendes' James Bond Sequel

October 28, 2011
Source: Baz Bamigboye

James Bond / Albert Finney

With the talents of fantastic actors like Ralph Fiennes, Javier Badem, and of course Judi Dench lining up along with Daniel Craig for the 23rd film in the long-running James Bond franchise, the cast is already an impressive array of actors which also includes some new Bond girl blood in the form of Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny. Now the newest member of the cast is another veteran actor with about 50 years of experience as Baz Bamigboye (via The Playlist), who has broken most casting scoops on the Bond film, says Albert Finney (Big Fish, Traffic) will have a big role in the sequel from Sam Mendes.

Though this is the first venture into the 007 series, Finney has plenty of recent experience with espionage and spy thriller since he played the creepy Dr. Albert Hirsch in The Bourne Ultimatum, a role that he's said to reprise in The Bourne Legacy with Jeremy Renner. But in the Bond franchise he will be playing a Foreign Office mandarin with powers over the Secret Intelligence Service, which essentially makes him M's (Judi Dench) boss as well. This will be a great return to the big screen for Finney (along with the Bourne series) after stepping away for a few years to battle prostate cancer, and we're glad that the actor will still be around to deliver some stellar supporting performances in some of our favorite franchises still going strong. The next Bond film hits theaters on November 9th, 2012.

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  • The Brit
    let me guess, Gary Daniels and Kurt Angle/American locations and actors, right?
  • Gallagher
    I’m sure that a press release is imminent with an official announcement for the title, cast, plot, etc.
  • Cineasta
    So, Ethan, I'm curious... how if he's reprising his role in the THE BOURNE LEGACY, his appearing in the 23rd BOND flick his return to acting?
  • Jaz
    Very likely that Finney is taking the role of Blofeld or Q. Asuming Finney is taking the role of an already established character in the franchise.
  • Crockett
    Finney as M's superior? I think it'll be interesting if it dealt with Quantum have corrupted some parts of the British government.




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