Casting on the next James Bond film continues to fill in. The Daily Mail reports that Ben Whishaw (The Tempest) and Helen McCrory (who plays Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) have signed on to the flick, although there are currently no details on their roles. Furthermore, The Daily Mail has confirmed an earlier report that French actress Berenice Marlohe will play the new Bond girl in the upcoming untitled sequel. No details are known about her character beyond “Pretty Lady that 007 will be schtupping at some point.”
Almost everything on the plot is being kept tight under wraps, but that’s usually the case with a Bond film this far out. Daniel Craig will return to play James Bond and Judi Dench is back as “M”. Javier Bardem is on board to play the villain, Naomie Harris is Miss Moneypenny, and the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye says “Ralph Fiennes will play a role so top secret, I swallowed a pill to make me forget what I was told.” The 23rd James Bond film (possibly entitled Skyfall) opens November 9, 2012.
We may no longer have to refer to the 23rd James Bond film as “James Bond 23“. WhatCulture! is reporting that the brand protection company that works for Sony has nabbed a dozen URLs that all feature the word “Skyfall” and some of the URLs include “James Bond”. While Skyfall may sound slightly more like a title for a James Bond videogame, some of the URLs include the words “film” and “movie”. Again, take this with a grain of salt since we’ve also heard that the title may be Carte Blanche. Either of these titles would be fine and certainly miles better than “Quantum of Solace“. I slightly prefer Carte Blance since, as I said, Skyfall sound more appropriate to a video game (it also sounds like a title that would be more appropriate for an alien invasion flick). But the title could be something we haven’t heard yet and in any case we’ll find out in due course. At least we can rest assured that they can’t come up with a worse title than Quantum of Solace…right?
James Bond 23 is due out November 9, 2012. Directed by Sam Mendes, the film stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Javier Bardem.
There are a few things we already know about the 23rd James Bond film. For starters, we know that Oscar-winner Sam Mendes will direct the film which is currently set to open in the U.K. on October 26th and the U.S. on November 9th. We also have a pretty good feel for the cast which already includes Daniel Craig and Judi Dench reprising their roles as 007 and M respectively as well as Javier Bardem (making a turn as the unspecified villain), Ralph Fiennes (as a character of “extreme complexity“), and potentially Naomie Harris as Ms. Moneypenny.
With all of this info in mind, those concerned for the film’s immediate fate following MGM’s, um, money problems should be all but put to rest. That said, there’s still some aspects that inquiring minds would like to know such as “What’s the official title?” and “What’s it about?”. Hit the jump for a report that claims to answer both.