Rumor Patrol: Ralph Fiennes Being Eyed For ‘James Bond 23′

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 23rd, 2013 at 4:01 pm,

Trained in the ways of Shakespeare and a player in many an Oscar-nominated and winning motion picture in the past, Ralph Fiennes is no stranger to playing villains in Hollywood blockbuster fare. It’s a bit surprising then that the latest rumors about next year’s James Bond flick don’t exactly peg him as a candidate to play 007’s new foe.

Word has it that director Sam Mendes wants to reunite with his old comrade Fiennes (the two worked together on a stage production of the Bard’s tragedy, Troilus And Cressida) on his next project, which will see Daniel Craig reprise his Jason Bourne-esque take on the iconic secret agent.

The rumor comes from UK tabloid The Daily Mail and says that Fiennes is being considered for a role “of extreme complexity [that] only an actor of great ability and dexterity can take [on]” in the latest James Bond pic. While the most prominent, non-Bond male part in these films is traditionally that of the (generally) diabolical antagonist, Fiennes is apparently being considered for a different role than Javier Bardem, who confirmed this week that he’s been approach to portray a villain.

Mendes is reportedly conceiving the project as “the first of a new generation of Bond films” that will cover “darker territory where the characters are modern, mature and challenging.” That gels with claims from the pic’s former screenwriter, Oscar-nominee Peter Morgan, about Bond 23 having a “shocking” plot, but considering how brutally gritty and morally questionable the character’s quest for revenge in Quantum of Solace often was, how much darker and more “challenging” can this mainstream movie franchise really get?

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Quantum of Solace Rumor Patrol: Ralph Fiennes Being Eyed For James Bond 23

Bardem indicated that Mendes and his screenwriting team – series vets Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, along with Gladiator‘s John Logan – have something unusual up their sleeves for Mr. Bond’s 23rd outing, saying that “they’re changing the whole thing, the whole dynamic.” Based off his comments, some have speculated that the current Oscar contender for his turn in Biutiful could potentially portray a much more nuanced and ambiguous bad guy who’s noticeably less hammy in design that previous Bond foes (no stroking a fluffy white cat or having a bleeding eye for Bardem).

Assuming the news about Fiennes is legitimate – and right now that’s a significant if – then it’s possible that he and Bardem could both portray unscrupulous figures who incur the wrath of agent 007 in the film. Whisperings about Rachel Weisz as Bond’s nemesis re-surfaced recently as well, so it’s difficult to say how much truth there is to any of the current rumor mongering about the part. Production on Bond’s next venture is slated to begin in the second half of 2011, so there should be some official casting news sometime over the next few months.

Daniel Craig as James Bond Rumor Patrol: Ralph Fiennes Being Eyed For James Bond 23

Fiennes can portray bad guys that range from chillingly sinister (Schindler’s List) to quirky yet vicious (In Bruges) and just hilariously over the top (Clash of the Titans), so he could make for a excellent foe opposite Craig. That’s not to dismiss Bardem, whose performance as a sadistic killer in No Country for Old Men sent shivers down many a moviegoer’s spine and could be a perfect opponent to match wits with 007. Weisz isn’t quite so well versed in tackling villainous roles (not counting The Shape of Things), but it could be refreshing to watch Bond spar with a female who he’s unlikely to end up in bed with. Okay, he’d probably end up sleeping with her anyway, but still…

Who do you want to see play a villain in the next James Bond movie?

Source: The Daily Mail (via Empire)

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  1. Finally! A bit of good news relating to this film! he has to play Blofeld!

  2. With these calibur of actors Bond 23 is shaping up to be epic I hope it fulfills on the promise.

  3. Everytime I see him I see him as Voldemort. I dont see a nose lmao

    • I think he will be Voldermort to an entire generation.

  4. I’m not buying the “darker territory where the characters are modern, mature and challenging” quote. Wasn’t that the whole point of the last two? I think Bond just needs to stay away from the big screen for awhile. Hell, maybe a high profile series on HBO or Showtime would be better. Spy and intrigue stories do better in a tv series cause there’s more time to set up character backstories and build tension to impactful scenes.

    • Yes, I found that statement disturbing too. It sounds like they don’t want to make a James Bond movie, just a generic thriller, curiously I was thinking about a Bond tv show recently. It would work well.

  5. Sounds good to me. I’d prefer to see Craig vs. Fiennes than some of the other names being tossed around.

    Off topic: It occurred to me the other day that Ralph Fiennes might not be too bad in the lead for the Wizard of Oz prequel either.

  6. This is getting tedious!

    • really who is this turd, Vic says I drop the S-bomb to much so im being a good boy, < see good boy

  7. I respectfully cannot say that I agree with the idea. Bond is iconic to England and doesn’t need to become Americanized.

    • Jason, it is some kind of troll, no person would put in the dates of the film and have all those capital letter correct.

      • Ha! I’ve been known to do such things, Sam. But, I won’t object to your theory. It feels like we’re becoming overrun by these ‘get paid to comment’ programs.

        • Well always try to make sure everything I type is correct but these guys are just too perfect and they never reply. Suspicious.

          • Maybe they’re hoping Vic will hire them on as editors. :)

            • Maybe it’s just the internet becomming self aware like Skynet.

              • Skynet took one look at Twitter and decided the internet wasn’t worth it. :)

        • not only that its the same post as the one the other day and its the same tool that does the Captain america one

          • And on several other threads too.

            • Yeah, something weird there – I’ll keep an eye out.


  8. on top of that spiderman isnt even being filmed in NYC its being filmed in LA so who cares where its filmed as long as its a good movie.

    • “American components, Russian components, all made in Taiwan!” :)

    • Exaclty, most films that are set in London are filmed in Prague.

  9. Fiennes, Weisz & Bardem… a triumverate of Evil and spectre’s top 3!!! watch out 007!

  10. Voldemort and the Death Eaters

  11. Phantom?

    • lmao voldemort and the death eaters. I think this is a good casting decision he sure knows how to be evillll 😉

  12. Give the ‘shape’ of these actors being bandied around (both literally and figuratively) I think it’d be a fair bet to imply that we might see an exploration into *other* 00-agents.

    Consider Fiennes as an 06 and Bardem as an 08 – I can see that, totally.
    PLUS, it’s not really somewhere they’ve fully explored before.

    Sean Bean doesn’t count.

    • Give = Given – damn typos

  13. Fiennes revealed to be the real James Bond (Son of Roger Moore Bond) while Golem face McKissadude and Fem M are, in a shocking twist, revealed to be impostors and double agents for SMIRSH, that were planted years ago after Roger Moore Bond retired (the last true James Bond who inherited the mantle after Sean Connery retired from active service)

    There have been three James Bond’s, each assuming the identity James Bond. Only the first, Connery , actual birth name was James Bond.

    End scene shows a desperate Golem face McKissadude (Craig) trying his best to seduce a captured and quite disgusted Fiennes (Bond)

    M Bond(Played by Sean Connery) shows up with SAS commandos and all hell breaks looks!

    Not true Fem M gets choked out by real M Connery and as her body is tossed over a railing, Real M Connery grabs the launch key necklace around her neck, we see fake Fem M smashing into a pink goo many stories below

    Fake Bond and his manfriend henchman JuanitoMangravy flee through the hidden passage way with real Bond Fiennes in pursuit.

    Real M Connery disables the tactical Nukes which have been put under several major faultlines across the globe

    To Be Continued………..

    • OK, your idea is better than mine… 😉

  14. I would like to see Ralph Fiennes as James Bond instead of Daniel Craig, I think that he would make a great Bond.

  15. I personally found it painful to sit through Quantum of Solace. The movie and its lack of plot had me bored and mindlessly wandering off throughout the whole film. On the other hand, Casino Royale was one of the most thrilling experiences with a Bond film I’ve had in recent years. I don’t know how much darker it can go but there needs to be a return to form to what makes Bond the best spy of all time. If it is anything reminiscent of the last film then you can count me out…

    • hey retard

      Casinoi Royale IS the plot of quantum of solace those films go to gether

      back on topic

      id like to see CIllian Murphy as a bond villain

      • a-bomb,

        Are you looking to be banned?

        Just curious.


    • I think I recall reading somewhere on this site that the next bond movie will be a “return” to classic bond. You know, martinis, girls, etc.

      on that train of logic, could Fiennes be up to play Q? I mean… maybe.

  16. If Ralph fiennes signs on for this.. This project is wat i call “EPIC WIN”

  17. I would like to see the actor from clash of the titans Sam worthington,to be a villainous role in bond film.I’m confident he could turn a villainous eye to the silver screen,myself