Ralph Fiennes Also Close to Joining Sam Mendes' James Bond 23
You may know him as Voldemort, you may know him as Hades, you may know him as Amon Goeth, and you may soon know him as Coriolanus. But it looks like British actor Ralph Fiennes may be joining the Bond universe, too. Baz Bamigboye of The Daily Mail (via The Playlist) is reporting that Fiennes is in talks for a role in James Bond 23, the upcoming Sam Mendes directed Bond movie that MGM gave the greenlight to for a late 2012 release. Word is that he's still in discussion and that it's not the same villain role that Javier Bardem is currently considering. Either way it's great, as it seems like Mendes is rounding up a hell of a cast.
So what role is Fiennes going for? Well, of course they won't say, but Bamigboye hints that they like Fiennes because, "the part is one of extreme complexity and only an actor of great ability and dexterity can take it on - and Ralph's name is top of [their] list." So if Bardem is the villain, this must be his henchman, or one of the main guy's he has working for him. I can't see any other role like that being on Bond's side, as we already have M and the rest of MI6 cast, so who else could he play in this? Maybe some double-crossing Double-O agent? Word is that Mendes has already talked with Fiennes about the role. The two worked together years ago on a stage production of Troilus And Cressida and are friends. Best of all, Fiennes was more interested than normal because, "he was intrigued when he was told of Mendes's 'revolutionary' plans for Bond 23." Do we need to link this article once again? Looks like it's really time to restart the buzz again on Bond 23.
Here's another juicy quote that should get everyone excited. "It's the first of a new generation of Bond films, and the ideas Mendes has push the film into darker territory where the characters are modern, mature and challenging," an exec told Bamigboye. Whoa. Although I don't really think we need to reboot Bond again only after two films, this is awesome to hear. I've really enjoyed the new Daniel Craig iteration, but I'm always happy to see it get darker, edgier, more modern and more mature, that can only mean great things for Her Majesty's greatest spy. We'll definitely continue to keep you updated on Bond 23 - stay tuned!