In the past the London-born superstar has joked to the press the she was interested in the Bond role, now Cinema Blend claim to have a tip from “a reliable, proven source who’s broken numerous, since confirmed stories”.

According to some estimates, the production is still on the back-burner until MGM solve financial issues that have been making recent headlines. Little has come i the way of officially-confirmed stories or releases, paving the way for a slew of rumors to hit the tabloids.

Cinema Blend, historically a widely respected source on mainstream news and rumors seem to think they’re on to something with this one. Weisz’s connection with the ‘key players’ has not gone unnoticed: “Weisz is actually friends with Daniel Craig (in fact they’re working together on the upcoming movie Dream House),” reports Josh Tyler, ”and in the past she had a personal relationship with would-be Bond 23 director Sam Mendes.”

Tyler predicts that Weisz will sign on to the production as a villianess, citing the lack of female criminal masterminds

that have appeared in the Bond universe. “Famke Janseen is fantastic as Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye, but she’s a follower, not a criminal mastermind. Weisz would be the first woman to take on such a role in the Bond universe, and I’d say it’s about time.” Fan’s will recall that Elektra King was the ‘mastermind’ behind the oil-driven plot of The World Is Not Enough.

The ‘insider’ says: “things can change in a heartbeat and they might even try to deny what I told you but that’s what’s the brainstorming going on now.”

Fans will no doubt be skeptical of insider quotes after the repeated touting of Freida Pinto as a Bond girl by a British tabloid. The story was subsequently picked up by various blogs and mainstream news, including Yahoo.

In our experience, things can indeed change in a heartbeat, so fans would be wise not to rest assumptions (or hopes) on this early-day news.

Further Reading

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.