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Ralph Fiennes in talks for a 'darkly complex' role in Bond 23

Feb. 4, 2011by: Paul Tassi

Javier Bardem might be the newest star added to the Bond roster, but now that it's back on track, Mendes' film is attracting a lot of talent.

The latest actor said to be circling the project is Ralph Fiennes, according to the Daily Mail. They say Fiennes isn't normally interesting in being a part of just any action flick (*cough* CLASH OF THE TITANS), but Mendes "revolutionary" vision for BOND 23 got his attention.

Here's what the source has to say about it all:

"It’s the first of a new generation of Bond films, and the ideas Mendes has push the film into darker territory where the characters are modern, mature and challenging."

"The part is one of extreme complexity and only an actor of great ability and dexterity can take it on — and Ralph’s name is top of our list."

This is all very vague, and I'm not even sure if Fiennes is up for a villain or hero role, though I would assume the former. It is interesting to hear this film being talked about as something of a more intelligent evolution of the series, which I definitely think it needs.

Extra Tidbit: I predict after a few films like this, the series will swing back toward camp a little more.
Source: Daily Mail

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11:58AM on 02/04/2011

Fuck Yeah!

Sam Mendes is putting together the cast like its gonna be Oscar bait. Good news, Bond deserves it.
Sam Mendes is putting together the cast like its gonna be Oscar bait. Good news, Bond deserves it.
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2:03PM on 02/04/2011

Extra tidbit.

i hope not i cant stand anymore campy bond films. Casino royale was great and Quantum was a let down. but those 2 were a hell of a lot better than die another die and bullshit like that.
i hope not i cant stand anymore campy bond films. Casino royale was great and Quantum was a let down. but those 2 were a hell of a lot better than die another die and bullshit like that.
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1:09PM on 02/04/2011
The more I hear about Bond 23, the more I am looking forward to it. First, Sam Mendes, then rumors about Javier Bardem, now it's Ralph Fiennes. Now we only need an awesome Bond girl (cough Rachel Weisz cough) and it just might be the biggest movie of its year.
The more I hear about Bond 23, the more I am looking forward to it. First, Sam Mendes, then rumors about Javier Bardem, now it's Ralph Fiennes. Now we only need an awesome Bond girl (cough Rachel Weisz cough) and it just might be the biggest movie of its year.
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11:55AM on 02/04/2011
Holy shit, let this be true.
Holy shit, let this be true.
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2:44PM on 02/04/2011
Casino Royal and Quantam have been amazing evolutions of the series because they provide realistic villians. The use of the secret society of business elites is believable in today's world. I am eager to see where they go next.

The Craig franchise is by far the best of all time because we finally have realistic scenarios.

Ralph Fiennes will be a great addition!
Casino Royal and Quantam have been amazing evolutions of the series because they provide realistic villians. The use of the secret society of business elites is believable in today's world. I am eager to see where they go next.

The Craig franchise is by far the best of all time because we finally have realistic scenarios.

Ralph Fiennes will be a great addition!
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1:09PM on 02/04/2011
Nice, this is shaping up nicely. Funny a few years ago I thought Fiennes would have actually beeen a good Bond, then I got shouted at by everyone so I shut up.
Nice, this is shaping up nicely. Funny a few years ago I thought Fiennes would have actually beeen a good Bond, then I got shouted at by everyone so I shut up.
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9:09PM on 02/04/2011
Fiennes is a great actor, but I always liked how Bond Villians weren't big movie stars because it helped them disappear into the role a little more. I'm sure the movie will be good either way,
Fiennes is a great actor, but I always liked how Bond Villians weren't big movie stars because it helped them disappear into the role a little more. I'm sure the movie will be good either way,
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7:52PM on 02/04/2011
007 vs Anton Chigurh and Voldemort. I don't even want to think about it for fear of exploding my head.
007 vs Anton Chigurh and Voldemort. I don't even want to think about it for fear of exploding my head.
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7:34PM on 02/04/2011
Feinnes as the villain? Holy balls that would be awesome.
Feinnes as the villain? Holy balls that would be awesome.
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4:54PM on 02/04/2011

Holy.... shit....

If this movie gets Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, and Judi Dench all on one screen my Bond loving brain might explode...
If this movie gets Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, and Judi Dench all on one screen my Bond loving brain might explode...
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12:41PM on 02/04/2011
Man, this movie's getting better and better.

Hopefully this isn't a bunch hot air.
Man, this movie's getting better and better.

Hopefully this isn't a bunch hot air.
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7:57AM on 02/05/2011
Apparently, they are sincere in making this one better than the previous film. Fines and Bardem are good indicators of that.
Apparently, they are sincere in making this one better than the previous film. Fines and Bardem are good indicators of that.
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4:25PM on 02/04/2011
If he doesn't call Bond "an inanimate fucking object" at some point, I will be very, very disappointed.

So far, this is turning out to be the best choice of casting for any of the Bond movies. Actually, it's a hell of cast anyway, regardless of whether or not it's a Bond film.
If he doesn't call Bond "an inanimate fucking object" at some point, I will be very, very disappointed.

So far, this is turning out to be the best choice of casting for any of the Bond movies. Actually, it's a hell of cast anyway, regardless of whether or not it's a Bond film.
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3:04PM on 02/04/2011
This would be an extraordinary addition!!!!
This would be an extraordinary addition!!!!
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2:03PM on 02/04/2011

OH ME FUCKIN GAWD

1) Bond is back.
2) Craig is back.

1 and 2 would've been good enough but now...

3) Bardem?
4) Fiennes?

Who just shit their pants and liked it? I did.
1) Bond is back.
2) Craig is back.

1 and 2 would've been good enough but now...

3) Bardem?
4) Fiennes?

Who just shit their pants and liked it? I did.
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2:49PM on 02/04/2011
I think just you.
I think just you.
3:09PM on 02/04/2011
Seems to me your the only one here who hasn't shat their pants over the possibilities these two news stories have brought to the picture.
Seems to me your the only one here who hasn't shat their pants over the possibilities these two news stories have brought to the picture.
5:20PM on 02/04/2011
WP-DFA: I don't shit in my pants. (Toddlers, babies, and people who are unclean do that). However, I am psyched about the new Bond film and and franchise.
WP-DFA: I don't shit in my pants. (Toddlers, babies, and people who are unclean do that). However, I am psyched about the new Bond film and and franchise.
1:50PM on 02/04/2011
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let this happen!
It would be amazing if we got Bardem, Fiennes, and Weisz in one Bond film.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let this happen!
It would be amazing if we got Bardem, Fiennes, and Weisz in one Bond film.
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12:06PM on 02/04/2011
Great news if true. However, British tabloids have a history of making-up stories when it comes to Bond. Personally I would love to see Fiennes replace Judi Dench as M, making him a character whose motives you are unsure of.
Great news if true. However, British tabloids have a history of making-up stories when it comes to Bond. Personally I would love to see Fiennes replace Judi Dench as M, making him a character whose motives you are unsure of.
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2:20PM on 02/04/2011
This is great news. Fiennes is definitely high up there as one of my favorite actors and with Bardem, Craig and Mendes, this will be amazing.

If I had to guess, he's probably playing a helper role like Felix Leiter except that we're never sure if he'll betray Bond or is truly on his side.

All in all, I think this has officially jumped up on to my most anticipated list.
This is great news. Fiennes is definitely high up there as one of my favorite actors and with Bardem, Craig and Mendes, this will be amazing.

If I had to guess, he's probably playing a helper role like Felix Leiter except that we're never sure if he'll betray Bond or is truly on his side.

All in all, I think this has officially jumped up on to my most anticipated list.
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12:25PM on 02/04/2011

Love it....

Just PLEASE don't veer away too much from the classic Bond formula. Quantum was pushing the edge a little too much and the campiness needs to come back.
Just PLEASE don't veer away too much from the classic Bond formula. Quantum was pushing the edge a little too much and the campiness needs to come back.
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1:07PM on 02/04/2011
No campiness, please.
No campiness, please.
7:22PM on 02/04/2011
With this annoucement, Bond 23 is now just waiting for the Bond Girl announcement and then release wave of sheer awesome.
With this annoucement, Bond 23 is now just waiting for the Bond Girl announcement and then release wave of sheer awesome.
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4:52PM on 02/04/2011
This isn't really related, but what happened to Fiennes Coriolanus adaptation? I guess it's still coming?
This isn't really related, but what happened to Fiennes Coriolanus adaptation? I guess it's still coming?
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5:30PM on 02/04/2011
I was curious about that myself when I read the article; Wikipedia says it's supposed to premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival this month.
I was curious about that myself when I read the article; Wikipedia says it's supposed to premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival this month.
3:14PM on 02/04/2011
Great addition, but at first I read Joseph Fiennes (Flashforward). And then thought that it was interesting they chose him instead of his brother.
Great addition, but at first I read Joseph Fiennes (Flashforward). And then thought that it was interesting they chose him instead of his brother.
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1:46PM on 02/04/2011

I think...

he would be something of a pseudo good guy who will do bad things to get what he needs or to maybe extract revenge. Hence the darkly complex part of this news.
he would be something of a pseudo good guy who will do bad things to get what he needs or to maybe extract revenge. Hence the darkly complex part of this news.
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9:17AM on 02/05/2011
I'm liking the cast, but 'more intelligent' Bond movie? We already have that, it's called Bourne. The reason the Bond series is popular is girls, gadgets, rediculous plots for world domination, etc.
I'm liking the cast, but 'more intelligent' Bond movie? We already have that, it's called Bourne. The reason the Bond series is popular is girls, gadgets, rediculous plots for world domination, etc.
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