Ralph Fiennes in talks to play the villain in the new James Bond film


I’m so tired today that I typed in “James Bong” and I just sat here for a full minute thinking “Is that his name? That doesn’t sound right.” Bong, James Bong. Double-O *toke*. Anyway, earlier this week, the rumors were floating around about Javier Bardem possibly/probably being cast as “the villain” in the new James Bond film, which will begin filming in a few months. Javier has not confirmed or denied anything, and some say that he probably won’t end up taking the part, which means my little homoerotic dream for Daniel and Javier to fight each other in a vat of baby oil is likely gone. But homoerotic James Bong fantasties will never die! The Daily Mail’s gossip guy reports that Sam Mendes (who is directing the new Bond film) has approached Ralph Fiennes to play a villain. Oh, be still my heart. LOVE it. Also – there’s a chance that Ralph and Javier could both be in it, but playing separate villains. Damn… James Bong producers have been reading my dream journal.

Ralph Fiennes is being lined up as one of the stars of the next James Bond movie. I can reveal that his Hollywood representatives are in discussions with the producers and director Sam Mendes about a role in the film that so far is known only as James Bond 23.

Mendes, who will direct Daniel Craig as Bond and Judi Dench as M, has spoken to Fiennes about ­taking on what has been described to me as ‘a darkly complex’ role. Fiennes is not interested in the usual run-of-the-mill action ­picture, but he was intrigued when he was told of Mendes’s ‘revolutionary’ plans for Bond 23.

‘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,’ a film executive in Los Angeles connected to the production told me.

At the moment, the situation with Fiennes is purely at the discussion stage. I was told Fiennes was approached because ‘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’.

From what I can gather, it’s not the same part that’s being talked about for Javier Bardem.

I’m told a couple of other major names are being courted for roles in the picture. At one point Kevin Spacey was spoken to about doing Bond 23, but he was alreadly gearing up to play Richard III, which Mendes is directing at the Old Vic from June 18.

Fiennes has just been filming the role of the prime minister in David Hare’s BBC film Page Eight. Before that, he filmed his final frame as Lord Voldemort for the last Harry Potter movie. Next weekend, he travels to Germany, where his much anticipated film version of Coriolanus, featuring Vanessa Redgrave and Gerard Butler, will have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

Mendes and Fiennes are old friends, by the way. The actor led the director’s Royal Shakespeare Company production of Troilus And Cressida more than two ­decades ago. The play also ­featured Simon Russell Beale — who also may pop up in Bond 23.

[From The Daily Mail]

Ralph is excellent at playing villains. He just has a serial killer vibe on screen, which is weird, because he also comes across as so fragile and delicate and beautiful. Or is that just me? He’s fragile but psychotic, I guess. Or, he’s able to project that.

No all Sam Mendes has to do is cast Michael Fassbender and Jon Hamm, and they’ll have to rename the movie James Bong: Panty Explosion.




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  1. mia girl says:

    Great news for a Friday! I love Ralph Fiennes.

  2. QUEST says:

    Lmao @ Kaiser

    writing “James Bong” instead of “James Bond”

    Reason being your dose of Hot Guys Friday was missing so you keep thinking about the usual “dong” and it is interpreted in your writing….bahahaha. I would have done the same thing, probably worst.

  3. Sophie says:


  4. kiko says:

    fucking yeah!DO IT!!

  5. guesty says:

    He would be good. And bong rhymes with????? Dong!!!! Bwhaaa…one of your favorite words.

  6. MoMo says:

    Damn. He was so much sexier with hair.

  7. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    Bring it the F*ck On!!

    Lmao at Kaiser..

  8. Anon says:

    Please, please, please let this happen.

  9. lady of the lake says:

    And if they could throw Christopher Eccleston into the mix,that would be fantastic!(Just putting this out into the ozone in the hopes that Sam Mendes gets the message somehow!!)

  10. Estella says:

    Love me some RF. He shaved his head for HP. I hope he has a full head of glorious hair when/if he is cast in this next Bond pic. I would also like to see his “Fiennes” dong… LOL at this quote: “only an actor of great ability and dexterity can take it on — and Ralph’s name is top of our list.” Oh hell yeah. I have no doubt about his great “ability” and dexterity”. He can “take it (me) on” anyway and any day. Rowrr!

  11. Feebee says:

    If Ralph signs on they may have to pass on Javier. Put with Craig it would just too much to contend with in one film. I like the idea of modernising the characters but hope they keep the odd quirk, like the inventive ways of death, like the last one (which was pretty average) but had the girl covered in oil on the bed.

  12. Isabel says:

    This is a very necessary move. I endorse it 100%. It needs to happen immediately. LOVE IT.

  13. dj says:

    “fragile but psychotic.” Well, yes he is a brilliant actor but he does seem “stabbey” to me too. Perfect Bond villain.

  14. machiavelli says:

    Drooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool! He is irresistible with a tan – The English Patient. Ah! Thanks for the picture! I got my Friday fix. I bet he is a delicious pervert in bed .

  15. louise says:

    Sorry but Ralph will always have the ick factor since he had sex with a flight attendant(a complete stranger) in a bathroom.

  16. Solveig says:

    Ralph Fiennes would be great as the villain in a JB movie, but I rather see him in a drama than in an action movie. He’s too good of an actor to waste his talent in movies like this one.
    And Mendes? Will he be able to film action scenes or those scenes will be as flat as the ones filmed by C. Nolan in Inception and Batman? I don’t get this ensemble, frankly.

  17. Eve says:

    Makes sense.

  18. OtherChris says:

    I disagree, Louise. The fact that he had sex with a complete stranger in a bathroom and has apparently dealt with some sex addiction issues just means that sooner or later, he’s coming to my town! And by town, I mean my vadge.

  19. Fassman Cometh says:

    How is it even possible to have sex in one of those tight-a**ed airplane bathrooms? I can barely do the business in there that they’re designed for.
    Hmm, the man must be made hung like Plastic Man or something. Holla!

  20. Snappyfish says:

    Yummy!! He can play deliciously elegantly evil. Shaken, not stirred with my Craig…..what a lovely refreshing drink!!

    Make it so!!

  21. Tif says:

    I want to do him!

  22. Patty says:

    hes super creepy! would be an awesome villain!

  23. LittleDeadGirl says:

    Anyone remember him in The Red Dragon … looooved him … he so does villian that is damaged and hot and you want to love but don’t want to be left alone with either well. Speaking of Javier I need to see Butiful soon …

  24. Toe says:

    Since I saw Ralph in Schindler’s List (Amon Göth), he will always be a villain to me. Great actor!!!

  25. Blanca says:

    He is my favorite actor but I don’t care for the bond movies.He plays villain really well though & he is sexy! So maybe I’ll start caring if he is cast.

    “James Bong” Love it!

  26. Allie666 says:

    I don’t particularly care for JB – however if Daniel Craig and RF team up, I would be in line for tickets.

    Cheers A

  27. H328 says:

    @OtherChris #18 – you just made me snort tea through my nose.

    Ralph is a fine (no pun intended) actor. He’d make a great Bond/Bong villain. And yeah, I’d get in that sandwich.