Rumor Patrol: Anthony Hopkins Up For ‘James Bond 23′ Villain Role

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 5:02 pm,

Though James Bond 23 – directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig – is moving at a fairly steady pace toward its November 2012 release date, they’ve yet to cast the most vital piece of every Bond film besides Bond himself: The villain.

Originally, Mendes wanted his good friend Kevin Spacey to take the role, but due to Spacey being unavailable, he offered the role instead to Javier Bardem. Bardem has yet to sign on, however, and has also been offered the part of Roland in Ron Howard’s adaptation of The Dark Tower. Now, according to UK publication The Sun, Mendes wants Anthony Hopkins to play the man who will take on Daniel Craig’s Bond.

Before you go any further, keep in mind that The Sun is the UK’s answer to The National Enquirer meets TMZ meets The Weekly World News meets…I don’t know, something equally untrustworthy. So even though they do occasionally get things right (in the way that broken clocks do, I guess?), it’s best to take everything they report on with a healthy dose of skepticism (read: RUMOR ALERT).

That said, there’s something about this story that rings vaguely true to me. First of all, it seems that Anthony Hopkins will be in just about anything lately if the money’s right. From The Wolfman to The Rite to the upcoming Arabian Knights – so, why not the next James Bond?

Secondly, Anthony Hopkins playing the next James Bond villain falls in line with everything that the last two movies have been building toward. Like Blofeld and S.P.E.C.T.R.E. from the old Bond canon, Hopkins could easily play the head of the evil organization known as Quantum – which we’ve seen glimpses of in both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. He has the look (balding, bulky) and intimidation factor for it (see: every movie where he’s ever played a villain), especially if the filmmakers want to implicitly remind you of those old Bond flicks.

According to The Sun’s source, there’s only one problem:

“The only stumbling block seems to be the number of films he is signing up for. There is a chance the character they want him to play could become a regular feature, like Blofeld back in the day.”

Honestly, I would be happy to see Javier Bardem play the big baddie in James Bond 23 – or Ralph Fiennes for that matter, another actor rumored to be up for the part. However, I’d much prefer to see Anthony Hopkins in the role – the man is due for a bit of a comeback at this point.

Also, as much as I like Bardem, I find it harder to imagine someone as young as him being the head of this massive business/terrorist organization. I’m not saying it’s not possible, I just don’t find it all that plausible.

Interestingly, three of the four actors rumored to be up for the role of Bond’s next nemesis have played the three most famous cinematic serial killers of the past twenty-five years: Hannibal the cannibal in Silence of the Lambs (Hopkins); John Doe in Se7en (Spacey); and Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men (Bardem). Heck, even Ralph Fiennes played the Tooth Fairy opposite Hopkins in Red Dragon (2002).

Does this say something about the type of villain we’ll be seeing in Bond 23? Perhaps someone scarier, more brutal, and more intense than we’re used to in the world of James Bond? Boy, I sure hope so…

James Bond 23 is set to hit theaters November 9th, 2012.

Source: The Sun

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  1. I wouldnt mind that one bit hopkins would make a great Blofeld.

    • They can’t use Blofeld. Check out the Wikipedia for Never Say Never Again, but basically — they don’t have the rights to him or S.P.E.C.T.R.E.

      • Are you sure they couldn’t use Spectre or Blofeld? Mclory ultimately lost his battle over the issues and died in 2006. I read an article not so long ago that his heirs wouldn’t pursue any more suits because basically the years of legal wrangling left Mclory broke. I think Sony bought Mclorys’ rights to the Bond franchise anyway then when they had a piece of MGM ceded rights to bring out any Bond films to MGM/EON. So I don’t see where even if Mclory’s heirs would sue they’d get anywhere. The 2001 appeal was denied due to latches and would probably come up again on any further suits. Besides the character Fatima Blush, used in “N.S.N.A” was actually a Fleming character intended to be originally used in EONs’ “Thunderball” production. Counter suit anyone?

        Suits and counter suits over these few words and a couple of situations/set pieces would very likely hurt the families more than successfully stop a production. Given all that it’s rather academic I admit because they would likely go someplace different with a new story…

  2. “Also, as much as I like Bardem, I find it harder to imagine someone as young as him being the head of this massive business/terrorist organization.” – Is that where the film is definitely headed? As in, whomever they cast, will that person be the head of the organization or is that just speculation? I’m dying for this film so I wanna know all the tidbits lol. I like all 3 (bardem, ralph, hopkins), but if it’s NOT the head guy then ralph is not a bad choice at all!

    • “but if it’s NOT the head guy then ralph is not a bad choice at all!”

      That’s exactly what I was thinking Marc! Why not Bardem being Hopkin’s right hand field man? It fits the Bond formula nicely, although I miss the days when Bernard Lee was ‘M’ so seeing someone like Hopkins fill the gap wouldn’t be hateful either. Not that Dame Dench is hurting the role, I just keep hearing she’s tired of it…

  3. If Anthony Hopkins is in this movie then I WILL be seeing this.

  4. We will have to wait and see .
    Hopkins would be an interesting choice though.

  5. I always saw Hopkins as the next M. More than a villain. I mean he just seems quite a bit older than most Bond villains. I mean remember The Spy Who Loved Me? Everyone remembers that movie for the henchman Jaws not the main villain. I think his name was Kurt Jurgens…? I’m not too sure it’s been awhile since I’ve seen it. And I really hope that they don’t do Blofeld again. I mean he’s been done try something new.

  6. Sounds like a great idea. Hopkins spices up any movie.

  7. Hopkins is a brilliant choice.

  8. I’m a bit confused with Danieg Craig’s Bond. It seems to be some sort of anachronistic prequel. If so, Hopkins could be the new M replacing the Dame. How about John Malkovich as the villain? His roles in Con Air and In the Line of Fire are still epic.
    You forgot to include Thor in your list of recent roles by Hopkins.

    • I didn’t forget to include Thor, I just didn’t include it.

  9. Agreed. Wouldn’t be classified as ‘just about anything’

  10. Wouldn’t want Bloefeld but I can imagine Hopkins. I’m imagining something like Hannibal Lecter meets The Remains of the Day. Just thinking about the myriad possibilities of Hopkins in the role send chills down my spine

    • Listen, I love Anthony Hopkins as much as the next guy, but all you have to do is check out his recent filmography to know he hasn’t been picking a whole lot of meaty, interesting, or original roles in the past three years — The Wolfman included. He has been making money. Good for him, I guess? I am not denigrating him as an actor, I assure you.

  11. Hi,@Atanu
    We were told it was called screen RANT for this very reason. Either we ship in or ship out. Right, Vic?

  12. Bond. Tired. Old hat.

  13. Jason Bourne would kick Bond’s a$$. Handily.

    • Hardly. Bourne was in three films. Bond has been in 23, and every single Bond could beat Bourne’s arse into the ground.
      Bourne has nothing on Bond. They’re not even in the same league.

      • I agree very much with DrSamBeckett on this.

  14. I’d prefer Hopkins to Bardem. But I find it odd that such hugely different actors are being considered for the part, suggests an unfinished script, and considering how terrible QOS was, the script needs to be perfect.

    • Wow. I completely forgot he was even in that movie.

      • Yeah he had an uncredited role and if someone of your caliber Ben, has forgotten, then perhaps it would be an asset that he played someone like ‘M’ in the past. It’ll work on peoples subconscious and open them for his performance in this series. Of course if the story is a clunker, that famous line will come back to haunt them…