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“Q” is back in “Skyfall” – new photo of Whishaw as the Quartermaster

007.com has confirmed the news that nobody was denying, young British Ben Whishaw is playing “Q” in Skyfall. 

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‘Government agent’ news leads to blogger rumors Ralph Fiennes will become the new ‘M’

Skyfall’s high profile cast and top secret characters are creating some insider news and rumors.

According to Movie Web the acclaimed Shakespearian actor Ralph Fiennes is merely dubbed a ‘government agent’ because he is set to rise quickly through the ranks and replace Judi Dench as ‘M’.

The movie news site quotes an EON insider who says: “Ralph Fiennes play’s a government agent, which we never get a name on, because he is set to play the new M.”

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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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UK tabloids intro Naomie Harris as Moneypenny despite evidence to the contrary

At the London press conference yesterday 007 director Sam Mendes confirmed his principal cast, a large number of crew and commented on some of the stylistic elements of the film where possible.

One notable announcement that we thought would quell the rumors (we should have known better) was the announcement that Naomie Harris will play Eve, a field agent, and, we thought this meant she would not be Monypenny. Nonetheless, the Daily Mail have opted for the headline “Moneypenny 2011: First black actress to get role”. Clearly their staff do not believe the news from Harris’ own lips.

“She will play Miss Moneypenny in the new James Bond movie,” they go on to say.

The Daily Mail has learned that her portrayal of the character is likely to be very different from those of predecessors Samantha Bond, Caroline Bliss and Lois Maxwell. It has not been disclosed how Eve becomes Moneypenny.

So far we cannot know if “the plot will see her character become Bond’s foil, Moneypenny,” as the paper claims. This was not one of the details revealed in the conference.

Oddly enough, the journalist is Baz Bamigboye who correctly predicted Albert Finney’s casting. Even if it were to be Miss Eve Moneypenny, that she is in intensive training to play a field agent doesn’t quite stack up with the Moneypenny we know and love.

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James Bond 23: September rumor roundup

The Swedish press claim to have a tip on one of their locals appearing in Bond 23.

Expressen reports that local star Ola Rapace has been turning down jobs to make room for a top secret, big budget, English language film. The paper assumes this to be Bond 23 – helmed by Sam Mendes and staring Daniel Craig.

MI6 notes the remote connection that the actors ex-wife, Noomi Rapace, played Lisbeth Salander in the original Swedish film adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – an English language remake starring Daniel Craig is currently in production.

Also in the news this week is two-time Felix Leiter, Jeffery Wright, who told Coming Soon that he was yet to hear if he will be back in Bond 23. Wright has developed quite a fan following in the course of his two films and any move to write him out may lead to disappointed viewers – particularly after Craig teased us with news this Bond film was going to be a ‘Classic’ flick.

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Sam Mendes a ‘huge fan’ of Bond says Craig

In a press junket for Cowboys & Aliens the James Bond 007 actor was inevitably quizzed by IGN movies about the forthcoming 007 adventure.

Not only has he told the press that he is ‘gagging’ to get started but he might have let slip that Moneypenny is returning. Some commentators such as those at Comic Book Movie are taking an open ended question about the return to more traditional elements, Moneypenny included and Daniel Craig’s unwillingness to deny that fact as indication that the famous secretary will be back. The British tabloids were keen to predict Naomie Harris would play Miss Moneypenny.

What Craig actually told the media was:

You’ll just have to wait and see. Sam is a huge Bond fan, he understands the history of it, he understands what Bond is about. The script is incredible, we’re in good shape.

Mendes has kept quite about his fandom and his artistic vision for James Bond to date, but that may have just been ousted by Bond himself.

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Dench reveals she starts shooting James Bond 23 in November 2011

Not long after Variety leaked the involvement of Ralph Fiennes in James Bond 23 – the new Bond film, coming November 2012, Dame Judi Dench who will be playing James Bond’s boss, M, in Bond 23, dropped a big hint: shooting on the new 007 adventure will start 12 months before release.

I am going to do the next Bond in November. I don’t know the location yet but hopefully it will be somewhere nice. I can’t tell you much more but I do enjoy playing M as she is such a strong character. I like being bossy and my grandson thinks its cool that I’m in Bond.

Dame Judi told the Daily Express that she will be back in Britain soon for the ceremonial planting of the Hever Castle Rose: “It’s a wonderful place. I have lived around here for 26 years and Hever was one of the first places we came for a picnic. It is unspoilt and quintessentially English.”

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Simon Russell Beale may be in talks to play a good guy in Bond 23

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.

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