Cast announced for new Bond film, Spectre
Léa Seydoux and Christoph Waltz are to join Daniel Craig in the upcoming secret agent film
[Updated 5 December 2014] Sam Mendes announced the name of the Bond 24 film and introduced its cast yesterday during a conference at Pinewood Studios. The 24th 007 film is officially named Spectre, and will star – in addition to the few staying on since Skyfall – Andrew Scott as Denbigh, Dave Bautista as Mr Hinx, Monica Belluci as Lucia Sciarra, Léa Seydoux Madeleine Swann and Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser.
James Bond's new Aston Martin DB10 was also unveiled at the event.
Spectre is expected to be released on 23 October 2015.
Yes, yes, we know Rihanna has also been tapped for a role in the upcoming and yet to be named James Bond film (but referred to as Bond 24). However, if the rumours are true, Léa Seydoux may also claim the title when she joins 007 onscreen.
It's very normal for a Bond film to star more than one Bond girl – there were as many as six who accompanied Roger Moore in A View to a Kill – so it's possible that Léa and Rihanna are both to feature simultaneously. The question, now, is whether this is even true at all.
The Daily Mail reports that will go through costume, make-up and camera tests in order for the production crew to ascertain her 'look'. Once that's settled, she is to join the rest of the cast in late November for filming.
Rihanna, on the other hand, had reportedly been approached for her to take on a cameo role in the film. She's barely had much screen time in the few films she was in, so maybe being a Bond siren – cameo or not – will give her silver screen career the kick-off it needs.
That being said, we're really hoping to see both beautiful ladies in Bond 24. Word also has it that Dave Bautista, who played Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy, will play a henchman named Hinx. Henchman to whom? Maybe, just maybe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, if the older rumours are to be believed.
Daniel Craig will reprise his role as the M16 spy, with Ralph Fiennes' Gareth Mallory promoted to Judi Dench's role as M (after her character died in Skyfall). Ben Wishaw and Naomie Harris also stay on as Q and Eve Moneypenny respectively, with Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner, Chief of Staff.