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Albert Finney Joins Bond 23
He's playing a Foreign Office bod

30 October 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Baz Bamigboye

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Albert Finney Joins Bond 23

Just when you thought Sam Mendes couldn’t bring in any more quality actors to what increasingly sounds the most award-winning thesp-heavy cast ever for a Bond movie, Baz Bamigboye reports that Albert Finney is signing on to play a Foreign Office chief.

Though the 23rd Bond film already boasts the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem and Naomie Harris aboard with regulars Daniel Craig and Judi Dench, Finney was brought in as a surprise for the cast at a recent table reading, and has snagged a decent-sized part playing a government mandarin who will no doubt butt heads with Dench’s M.

Whatever the new movie ends up being called (Skyfall has been rumoured but not confirmed) it now features some serious acting talent. And while talk of director Sam Mendes ditching action set pieces in favour of dialogue heavy material in the hopes of scoring some awards glory for his outing seems unlikely (we’re pretty certain Eon Productions would make sure he keeps up the set piece levels), it’s sounding more and more enticing.

Finney, who has been on a break from acting to combat cancer, is clearly in an espionage mood as he'll show up again in the Bourne franchise again after nabbing a role in The Bourne Legacy.

We’ll get to see the bond film on October 26, 2012. American readers will need to wait until November 9.


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don't let them bugger it up!
I'm all for rule breaking but Bond should NOT start getting all soul-searchy and dithery. If Mendes starts pissing about with this franchise and makes it all wimpy and dull then you might as well call it a day. Bond was nearly killed by over-blown action in Tomorrow Never Dies with that stupid motorcycle chase on that crap bogus BMW and left the story out to dry. Now there's talk of ditching action??? Can't they just tweak and nudge it a bit? Instead of ripping its guts out?! The cast looks More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 13:49 on 31 October 2011 | Report This Post

Bond to be good
Wow, this could be fantastic, although bond must have action too. Bring it on! More

Posted by ODForrest at 13:18 on 31 October 2011 | Report This Post

Writers, writers, writers......
This cast is nothing short of phenomenal and is really stoking the fires of excitement. Coupled with them finally hiring a top notch director (considering the amount the films make I'm not sure why we haven't had more of those in charge of the Bond movies instead of the likes of Lee Tamahori and Marc Forster) I'm thinking this could be one of the best of all time. However - expectation is battered back to reality by the unfortunate fact that the phenomenally talentless Neil Purvis and Robert W More

Posted by Ramsay7 at 11:03 on 31 October 2011 | Report This Post

Phew! Hope you're right about Eon pushing Mendes for a bit more action I was beginning to worry that they were going to turn Bond into Le Carre's Smiley . Two different styles and one definitely not suited to the other, Mendes could have potentially killed the franchise if allowed to run with his ideas. More

Posted by steveg66 at 07:32 on 31 October 2011 | Report This Post

Awesome
Couldnt have a better cast. Now, let's hope all the star wattage adds up to a great Bond outing. More

Posted by CousinAcrossthePond at 01:21 on 31 October 2011 | Report This Post


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