Dossiers tagged with "James Bond 23 casting"

Ben Whishaw is confirmed as Q in Skyfall

After fan speculation about the role that young English actor Ben Whishaw will play in the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, his agent confirmed to the BBC that Wishaw would play “Q”, the MI6 Quartermaster played for over two decades by Desmond Llewelyn.

The role also went to Monty Python star John Cleese for a single outing, Die Another Day.

It will be the first time that 007 is older than his gadget master, and it looks as if the creatives behind Skyfall are looking for a completely new direction for the Quatermaster – rather than attempting to recreate the popularity of Llewelyn’s long-serving character.

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James Bond 23 is “Skyfall”

After months of speculation almost all of the most salient details pertaining to James Bond 23 – now known as Skyfall – have been revealed.

Production has started on James Bond 23 as of 3rd of November 2011. The regular press conference that announces the start of filming was moved from its ‘spiritual’ home of Pinewood to central London in order that the cast and crew be on hand for shooting in London that very day. We understand Pinewood is expecting the lead cast on the 7th of November 2011.

Speaking of cast, almost all of the rumors we’ve been taking seriously these last few weeks have come to fruition. As such, the cast is confirmed to include:

  • Javier Bardem
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Naomie Harris
  • Berenice Marlohe
  • Ben Wishaw
  • Albert Finney

Many familiar faces will be returning to take their positions behind the camera. Dennis Gassner of Quantum of Solace production design fame will be returning along with Chris Corbould, Gary Powell and Debbie McWilliams – whose job, as casting director, has been underway for months.

Although Tariq Anwar ‘confirmed’ his involvement in Bond 23 earlier in the year, Stuart Baird will edit Skyfall.

The press conference also confirmed a number of locations, including Scotland, Istanbul and Shanhai – which was only recently rumored as a location of substance.

At the same time as launching the film, Sony pictures opened up an official James Bond fan page on Facebook and claimed the username @007 on Twitter.

Several of the below photos (and a video from the conference are available on the Facebook account).

A short synopsis is now available: “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.”

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Rumor suggests Albert Finney will play “M”

Although Judi Dench has previously made mutterings that she will be returning for her 7th James Bond outing, some reports claim that Finney will be playing 007′s famous boss in the new James Bond film, to be official announced on Thursday.

According to the original report, the famed British actor will play a “Foreign Office mandarin with powers over the Secret Intelligence Service”.

We at Bond23.net are not entirely sure where Examiner.com get their claims that it was today “announced that Albert Finney will join the cast as ‘M’”.

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Albert Finney could be joining Bond 23 cast

Baz Bamigboye over at the Daily Mail claims to have the scoop on a surprise that director Sam Mendes sprung on his cast at a rehearsal for the new James Bond film this week.

According to the report, 75 year old Albert Finney has been cast in Bond 23 – to be formally unveiled next week. An insider apparently told Bamigboye that…

It was one of those fabulous “This can’t get any better!” moments because Mendes has upped the game by bringing in  Bardem and Fiennes — and they’ve already got Dame Judi Dench.

So you think, well, who else can they get to make this any classier?

Also rumored in the article is news that John Logan might have been asked by Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of the Bond films, to at least one other 007 screenplay.

Leave your comments as to what kind of role Finney would be suitable… villain, ally (someone inside MI6 or a foreign contact), etc?

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Hong Kong beauty Tang Wei may be in the running for Asian Bond girl

MI6 has picked up on a rumor circulating in the Hong Kong papers: James Bond 23 director Sam Mendes is looking to Asia to cast a Bond girl.

Apparently, of the 100+ contenders interviewed by EON Productions, Tang Wei is top of the list and her grasp of English is excellent.

MI6 writes that: “The role will be on the wrong side of 007 as scouts were looking for a sexy actress that can exude an evil.”

Other contenders include Fan Bingbing, Li Bingbing, Shu Qi and Josie Ho.

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Brianna Meighan rumored for Bond girl role in Bond 23

According to reports of rumors sent in to Bond23.net today Brianna Meighan is in the running for the villain’s girlfriend role. Meighan might have already been a Bond girl, having had a cameo part in Quantum of Solace. As fans of the franchise will know, Bond has frequently been one for repeat castings with actors such as Shane Rimmer appearing in multiple Bond films as different characters.

Meighan is a 29 year old native of Virginia and has found work on E! Entertainment channel as well as fashion modeling.

Our source claims insider knowledge and to be connected to Pinewood, but details are scarce.

Two gorgeous girls are already known hot contenders for a role.

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Javier Bardem self-confirmed for James Bond 23

The Spannish actor and star of No Country for Old Men, Javier Bardem, has been speaking to the media about his good-will work and whilst they were at it Nightline popped the Bond 23 question:

The journalist in a recent video interview prompted Bardem to tell us “about the next villain you are going to play, in James Bond?”

“I am very excited, my parents took me to watch the movies, and I saw all of them, and to play that is going to be fun. They chose me to play this man, but I cannot give you many details.”

Bardem’s name as been associated with the production since January when it was revealed he was offered a part… only this week can we confirm that he will star in the film.

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British press assert that Helen McCrory has been cast in James Bond 23

According to the usually suspect Daily Mail, Helen McCrory has won a role in James Bond 23. British born McCrory is famed for playing Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter saga as well as portraying Cherie Blair in two Peter Morgan penned dramas: The Queen and The Special Relationship.

In the same article, journalist Baz Bamigboye asserts that French star Berenice Marlohe is Bond’s latest lady friend after screen-testing at Pinewood with Sam Mendes. Perhaps this is what the Guardian meant when it suggested that 007 was ‘filming’ at Pinewood already? Marlohe was rumored to have won the part back in September – what said part involves it remains to be seen.

Ben Wishaw‘s name continues to be associated with the production, although it is unclear what role he might be lined up for.

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Daniel Craig confirms Fiennes & Bardem still contenders for Bond 23 role

Daniel Craig is gearing up for James Bond 23 and, as a result, is becoming a little more open about the casting situation.

In an interview with MTV the 007 star asserted that Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem are in the running for Bond 23 villains.

Both names have a long history of connections to the forthcoming 23rd James Bond film: Bardem admitted he was in talks in February 2011. A month later Variety leaked the news that Fiennes was performing on London’s West End for a strictly limited run so that he could be involved in Bond 23.

Could Spaniard Bardem pass himself off as a Turkish villain?

Craig has high hopes that both Hollywood icons will appear alongside the leading Brit for Bond 23.

He also offered up another praise of his director and reasserted his confidence in the Bond 23 script: “We’ve got a great script this time. I’m as excited about this script as I was about the ‘Casino Royale’ script. I think in Sam [Mendes] we’ve got the perfect director. The cast is coming together now. I can’t wait to get going on it.”

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Bond 23 looking to Turkey for Bond girl casting

According to a rumor picked up on by MI6-HQ.com, Turkish actress Ebru Akel has auditioned for the role of the villain’s girlfriend.

The boffins over at “six” note that this would be the first “Turkish actress to play a significant role in a 007 film.”

As we know, permission was recently granted for James Bond 23 to shoot at a few key landmarks in the famed city of Istanbul.

Although, if MI6 can be believed (and they are notoriously well informed) Akel was not lucky enough to land a role in the Bond flick.

From this news we can safely assume that Istanbul will play a key part in Bond 23 – perhaps with the villain’s heritage stemming from Turkey.

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