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