The Telegraph’s resident rumor mogul, known as Mandrake, is predicting that the acclaimed stage and screen actor (famed for his Shakespeare and the on-screen role of Sir Edward in An Ideal Husband) will be cast in Bond 23.
The Telegraph writes:
It was assumed that Sam Mendes, the director, was considering casting him as the baddie… Mandrake can disclose that the distinguished stage actor, pictured, is in fact in detailed talks to appear as one of the good guys.
The actor is currently serving on London’s West End in Deathtrap and has previously been linked to Bond 23 due to his close working relationship with would-be helmsman Sam Mendes. Beale reportedly “begged” his director friend for a role.
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.