Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes & Naomie Harris Definitely in 'Bond 23'
Previously, we've heard rumors that both Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem were circling roles in Bond 23, the as yet untitled forthcoming sequel in the James Bond franchise starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007. In addition, though we haven't highlighted them, rumors have been circling that Naomie Harris (28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean) was going to have a role in the film as one of the few signature Bond girls that show up in every installment. Now Baz Bamigboye seems to have confirmation that Bardem and Fiennes are already signed, and that Harris will play Miss Moneypenny, the staple Bond character.
Moneypenny isn't a Bond girl in the traditional sense of the word as she works as M's assistant in the series, but she has been known to flirt and cavort with everyone's favorite British spy. This would be the character's first appearance in the series since Craig became Bond, and casting an actress like Harris in the role seems to imply the character might have a more significant role in the story, but we can't be sure yet. And while we initially heard that Bardem was playing the villain in Bond 23, that detail has yet to be confirmed. Either way, I'm just glad the next Bond film with Sam Mendes at the helm is finally gearing up for production. Stay tuned.