Albert Finney Lands ‘Big’ Role In ‘James Bond 23′

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 3rd, 2013 at 9:20 am,

A press conference for Oscar-winner Sam Mendes’ still officially-untitled James Bond movie (the 23rd installment in the blockbuster spy thriller franchise) is scheduled to take place at Pinewood Studios next week. It is expected that there will not only be some official confirmation of the many casting announcements revealed up to now, but that the film’s actual title shall also (at last) be revealed.

However, in the meantime, we have yet another casting tidbit – one that suggests Mendes’ 007 flick will indeed boast more highly-respected and decorated thespians than any previous entry in the series.

The Daily Mail‘s Baz Bamigboye says that five time Academy Award-nominated actor Albert Finney is the latest addition to the cast of Mendes’ Bond flick. Finney’s work schedule has been restricted over the past several years, due to his ongoing battle with prostate cancer. However, he’ll pull double-duty in 2012 by also reprising his turn as the guileful Dr. Albert Hirsch (from The Bourne Ultimatum) in another secret government agent franchise flick, The Bourne Legacy.

Finney’s part in Bond 23 will reportedly be that of “a Foreign Office mandarin with powers over the Secret Intelligence Service, [described as a] reasonably big role and full of class.” In other words, he will be a boss figure to M (Judi Dench) and her chief of staff, Bill Tanner (Rory Kinnear).

Besides Daniel Craig once again playing the deadly-but-debonair Agent 007, Bond 23′s cast will also include high-caliber stars like Javier Bardem as a villain, alongside Ben Whishaw and Helen McCrory in (currently) undisclosed supporting roles. Naomie Harris, by comparison, is all-but-confirmed to play the new incarnation of Moneypenny.

French actress Bérénice Marlohe is also onboard as the new Bond girl (a.k.a. the latest femme fatale who crosses paths with Craig’s spy) and Ralph Fiennes‘ part in the film is being kept secret… though, there’s been speculation that his character could essentially amount to a contemporary version of classic Bond antagonist Blofeld – minus the actual name, for legal reasons.

James Bond 23 Train Sequence Albert Finney Lands Big Role In James Bond 23

Daniel Craig will (at last) return as James Bond.

Multiple Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, The Last Samurai, The Aviator) has seemingly been made responsible for writing the bulk of the Bond 23 script. Combine that matter with the high-pedigree cast, plus Mendes at the helm, and there’s good reasons to think that new 007 flick could please moviegoers as much (if not more) than director Martin Campbell’s Casino Royale did back in 2006. That’s especially comforting news for longtime fans who were left disappointed by the second entry in Craig’s run as Mr. Bond (ie. Quantum of Solace).


Principal photography on the 23rd James Bond movie officially gets underway next week, in order to make a November 9th, 2012 U.S. theatrical release date. Look to learn more about the film in the very near future.

Source: The Daily Mail (via The Playlist)

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  1. This is great news. However As a HUGE longtime fan having read the Fleming books over and over — I was NOT Disappointed with Quamtum of Solace at all!! Just becauses the masses are asses and do not get their immediate self entilted instant gratification satifcation due to ADD symdrom does not make it a bad Bond outing.

    • strongly agree with Bowieno

    • After they switched to Daniel Craig as the new bond, the stories started to become too serious. “Casino Royale” was tolerable. “Quamtum of Solace” got me bored to tears. Even though I do not like the new James Bond, the world does not have to share my point of view. I do not blame Daniel Craig, for I do like his other material. Craig only problem is that he is a mid-ranged actor. Craig’s acting is similar to George Clooney and Christian Bale. Regardless about what movie they are in, all three play the same monotone character. On the flip side, the script to “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace” didn’t help matters. Unfortunately, “Quantum of Solace” had scared me away. Until something changes drastically, I will not see another Bond movie.

      • You lost me at Christian Bale being a monotone actor.

      • Haters gonna hate! LOL!

    • I totally agree. Quantum of Solace was awesome and I hope Bond 23 rounds out this story and we get closure on it.

  2. Amen

  3. This is shaping up to be an interesting Bond film. I just keep waiting for DSB to write about how bad it will be, post a link and a copy of his script starring Tom Hardy.

  4. Screw dsb and the amateur, community college wannabe script lol. Seriously.

    QOS gets a lot of flack, but it was a good film.
    No, it wasn’t as good as Casino Royale, but it had it’s moments. And as a matter of fact QOS was more successful at the box office than Casino Royale, and in this regard, is the highest grossing Bond film.
    Sandy Schaefer writes a great article here. Totally concise , informative and accurate.
    I’ve read so many sloppy articles that frustratingly speculate that Fiennes will possibly play Blofeld. Are they that ill informed and oblivious to the fact that Kevin McClory owns the rights to the character and name “Blofeld” and Barbara Broccoli does not? In this piece, Schaefer gets it right!
    However, there might be one bit of casting that wasn’t mentioned. From all accounts I have surveyed, it’s most probable that the beautiful Asian actress Tang Wei will be cast as the “secondary Bond girl.” This casting is not confirmed, which is why I suspect Sandy Schaefer did not mention it. Professional journalism aside, I would bet money that we will have the good fortune of seeing Tang Wei strut her stuff.
    Although I do not tire of it, the Bond films tend to have the formula of having a primary Bond girl and the ” secondary ” Bond girl. This minor Bond girl usually gets less screen time and most often bites the dust.
    The casting is phenomenal but I’m somewhat dissatisfied that there has been no mention , official or otherwise, of Jeffrey Wright reprising his role as Felix Leiter. Wright plays an awesome Leiter and has been Bond’s CIA counterpoint along with Craig. It would be cool if Leiter played a larger role, but the film seems to be nearly crowded as it is.
    Perhaps during the November press conference we might see Jeff Wright? Certainly that’s when the title will be revealed.

    • What the hell is your problem?

    • @ Kryptonic & Rafter

      Next time, please just leave out any snarky asides about other commenters. I do understand that it’s tempting to slam someone else’s opinion(s) when you disagree with them about a subject that you’re passionate about, but there is a difference between debating with and insulting someone.

      • I apologize. In my attempt to mess with DSB, i failed to convey the light hearted tease and came off completely wrong. Again I am sorry

  5. Superb news – He is one fantastic actor !

  6. I agree with most of the posters. I thought QOS had great villains. It showed you don’t need eye patches and cats to make a good adversary. My only two issues with that movie were the obvious lack of continuity between the ending of Casino Royal and the beginning of QOS (supposedly taking place 20 minutes later, but Bond somehow had time to change out of his 3 piece suit and into a completely different attire. I know it seems small, but it was careless. Then the second thing was the music (or lack of it) Please put the Bond music back. There was hardly any sign of it in QOS. It’s his signature. And one of the things that helps elevate it above any other spy thriller.

  7. revealed to be the real M

  8. Personally, i thought Quantum of Solace was awesome. It was definitely an unconventional Bond film, as was Casino Royale. I believe that if QOS had been labeled an action film instead of a Bond film, it would have been received with welcoming arms. The main difference is that in Casino Royale and in QOS, Bond is variable character. He, for the first time in the series, has real and affected emotions.

    In all the previous Bond films, Bond is a static character, just suave and slick the whole way. But in Casino Royale, he’s unrefined and his character develops, which differs from the previous films, but makes him much more real. Whether people want to see a more serious and affected Bond, without the gadgets and laser-armed villains, is a matter of personal preference.

  9. Craig should be terminated from the role and Cavill or Jackman MUST take over before the green vegetable destroys what’s left of the reputation of Cubby.