Bond fans will recall that Mr. White, the silent antagonist of Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale escaped his fate by the blessing of a cut scene from the end of Quantum, just over a year ago.
Now, the actor that plays him, Danish star Jesper Christensen, has made a statement at a Berlin film festival press conference, saying two is enough, and according to the James Bond website MI6 the actor has no polite words for Bond or Craig. The British site ran the quote:
With the decision to save Mr White for future drama – many of us assumed that he would return in Bond 23 – the fan community are now speculating about the fate of one of the more interesting villains to grace this new era of James Bond.
The new James Bond movie will obviously proceed without him, but we wonder how much of a shock this has come to the producers of the James Bond 007 adventures and will a recast be attempted in order to wrap up the story.
Perhaps a Blofeld-like operation is needed for Mr. White?
UPDATE: Jesper Christensen explains that he was misrepresented at the Berlin Film Festival, saying “I have great respect for the people who make Bond films. They have managed to create their very own meta-universe, almost a genre in itself and a series of 23 films now. It is unique.”
About James Bond 24 (2015)
James Bond 24 will be released in October 2015. It is produced by EON Productions, with Sam Mendes returning from Skyfall to direct. Daniel Craig is contracted for two further 007 films — Bond 24 and 25 — and will star as the British agent of MI6. Also returning from Skyfall are Ralph Fiennes as M and Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny. Although it is unconfirmed, many expect Rory Kinnear to reprise his role as M’s chief of staff. Roger Deakins, cinematographer, and Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, screenwriters, will not return. The screenplay is being penned by John Logan.
About Skyfall – James Bond 23 (2012)
The new Bond movie will star Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney and Judi Dench, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The 007 screenplay will be written by regular James Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, working with John Logan (Gladiator & The Last Samurai). Director of American Beauty and Road To Perdition, Sam Mendes will be directing the new James Bond movie. MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment in a joint statement on 2nd June 2011 announced that “Bond 23″ will go on release in the UK on Friday, 26th October, 2012 and in the USA on 9th November 2012. The first major announcement from EON Productions and Sony Pictures came on 3rd November 2011 in London when the principle cast was announced, along with a rough plot line. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.