French ingenue Bérénice Marlohe is the latest rumored Bond Girl for Sam Mendes’ Bond 23 (photo below). Also rumored to be in the hunt for the coveted role are Freida Pinto and Olivia Wilde. Marlohe would join Daniel Craig, Judi Dench as “M,” and Naomi Harris as Miss Moneypenny; Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes are expected to finalize negotiations to become the next Bond Villains soon. MGM’s still untitled Bond 23, written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan with a score by David Arnold, is set to start filming in Istanbul, reports MI6, in November for stateside release by Sony on November 9, 2012.
Looking to possible future Bonds, when NPR asked Idris Elba (the Brit actor well-known as Stringer Bell in HBO’s The Wire and the title role in continuing Brit psychological TV crime drama Luther) whether he’d want to follow up on Daniel Craig’s 2008 suggestion that Elba be his successor, he replied that this was “an old rumor,” continuing:
I would do it, but I don’t want to be called the first black James Bond. Do you understand what I’m saying? Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond. So if I played him, I don’t want to be called the black James Bond.
A fair point, but when pressed and given a hypothetical situation if Sony called: would he take a cab to the meeting? Elba showed an exemplary understanding of 007’s character:
“I’d not only get in the cab,” he says, “but I’d take the taxi driver out of the car, hostage. The taxi, jump out while it was moving, jump onto a pedal bike that was just past the door as I got on it, and then get onto a plane — on the wing — land on top of Sony Studios, slide through the air conditioning, and land in the office…I’m never shaken or stirred.”