Is Al Pacino Really In Quantum Of Solace?

Published 7 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2013 at 9:35 am,

al pacino quantum solace Is Al Pacino Really In Quantum Of Solace?The Internet is an amazing thing… It really is.

I mean, who would have thought 20 years ago that we’d be reading movie news and interacting with each other via a computer whilst in different countries? It was total science fiction, but look at us now – I’m in England, writing this story, and you are… well, you are wherever you are.

But as cool as the Internet is, it also has its problems. Don’t worry, this isn’t going to turn into a rant about the negative side of the Internet, I’m not that type of guy, I love my Google, but when reporting movie news, the Internet can be a dangerous thing. It’s not “Hannibal Lecter” dangerous, or even “Hitler” dangerous, but it is “crazy rumor” dangerous. Take, for example the news from AICN that Al Pacino may have a role in Quantum of Solace.

Is it true or is it false? Who the hell knows, but that’s the problem with the Internet.

It started out on, where they actually called it a rumor when they posted it, and now more and more websites are picking up the story, and each new site that writes about it is lending more and more weight to it based on no new information.

If I wanted to, I could spread a crazy film rumor – it wouldn’t have to be true. Let’s say something totally crazy, like Heath Ledger’s Joker will be digitally replaced with Christan Slater in The Dark Knight. Someone, somewhere would read that, take it as true, and before you could say Baron Munchausen it would become “fact”.

Which brings us to the Al Pacino rumor: It could be true, but to me it stinks of some fanboy’s dream casting. It is a pretty cool rumor – Pacino is a great actor, and the guy is prone to popping up in strange films, see Dick Tracy, Gigli and Ocean’s 13.

What makes me doubt this rumor however, is the fact that it is a James Bond film. Bond films have never gone for casting huge stars in the villain role. Even the actor who plays Bond is (to begin with) not a star. So I find it strange, that in this latest Bond movie they’d opt for Pacino. Even if it’s just a cameo, it would be too jarring for the film. Also, Casino Royale was the highest grossing film in the series, so they don’t have to rely on stunt casting to bring in audiences.

All that said, it could still turn out to be true. If you had told me six months ago that Christian Bale would be playing John Connor in McG’s new Terminator film, I would have said you were on crack.

For all I know, Pacino could be a huge James Bond fan, and it could be a dream role for him. However, remember: The Broccoli family (the producers of the Bond films) have, in the past turned down Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino when they asked to be involved in the iconic film franchise.

It’s something that I will try and find out more about, and as soon as I do, I will, as always let you know!

Quantum Of Solace opens on November 7, 2008.


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  1. Christian Slater is replaing Heath Ledger!!??!?! OMG

    I can’t wait to tell all my firends…..

  2. But, Sean Bean was barely on the radar before James bond though. Afterward his career got much much bigger. Although it was probably Lotr that did it.

  3. Maybe they *should* cast Pacino as a villain; it’s about time for those Bond villains to “man up.” Why does almost every Bond villain have to be a wuss? Imagine a Bond villain who guzzles beer and has to be rolled out of an all-you-can-eat steak dinner. Now THAT would be a Bond film worth seeing.


  4. “…so they don’t have to rely on stunt casting to bring in audiences.”

    Why didn’t they think of that for License to Kill?

  5. I heard that Hasselhoff was the villian.
    I wouldn’t mind Paccino in the film but do you guys realise how short of an actor he is.
    He’s like maybe 5ft tall. When I saw him in real life I
    was like that Chicago song (Baby whata big surprise!).
    Hey Niall since your in England any word on a Red Dwarf Movie. Gawd I love that show!!!

  6. Eisen, nice find! Makes this article even more timely. :-)


  7. No way. They wouldn’t cast Pacino even if he wanted it; it’s too distracting. No big-name villains in Bond, not ever.

    Back when they were writing Goldeneye, they originally intended the villain to be a father figure and were going to cast Anthony Hopkins, but decided it would be too distracting.

    I’m not sure who originally came up with this, but it is indeed a fanboy dream.

  8. Aww horse doodles my neighbor was at a premiere with Pacino in attendence. If I would have read this sooner I would have got him to ask him.