I’m one of the people who thought Skyfall was an incredible Bond film. Between that and Casino Royale (I sort of consider Quantum of Solace to be an interstitial film, almost a short) I actually feel like James Bond is almost a current, relevant character (despite some of the old-fashioned fan service). So I remain excited for Bond 24 even though it feels like something of a troubled production (the delays, the extensive reworking of the script etc…) because I think Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig really got it right last time.
We last heard that Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) was in talks to join the film and now we have another bit of casting info on one of the villains of the piece that doesn’t result in a particular performer just yet, but it does indicate a certain (almost retro) direction the franchise could be headed in. Hit the jump for more on the latest Bond villain.
Casting has begun for the main assassin, with the search specifically focussed on someone extremely physically fit and over 6′ 2″. Whoever wins the role will have several altercations with Daniel Craig’s 007 throughout the film and also a driving sequence. Former sports athletes will be under consideration along with anyone ‘very unusual’. The character has the working name of ‘Hinx’ (which may change before shooting starts) and is said to be between 30 and 45 years old.
While the report goes on to clarify that “Hinx” is in no way related to Jaws (pictured above), this news does have a throwback feel with the idea of Bond battling such a bruiser. Rest assured though, this will be a henchman, not the mastermind villain of the film. While we’re on the topic, what’s your favorite Bond villain? Is there any one from the franchise’s past you would like to see resurrected?