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Could Rachel Weisz tangle with James Bond?

File this story under “Hopeful.”

Quoting a “reliable, proven source who’s broken numerous, since confirmed stories,” Cinema Blend’s Josh Tyler reports that Oscar winner Rachel Weisz is being considered for the role of QUANTUM’s leader for the next James Bond film, which will be directed by Sam Mendes.

That’s refreshing to hear the producers want someone of Weisz’s caliber to play the franchise’s villain, as opposed to handing her a tight-fitting cat suit and asking her to slum it as a traditional “Bond Girl.” Weisz is a fantastic actress who has, in previous interviews, joked about joining a franchise like Bond. And this new iteration of Bond films – with Daniel Craig in the lead role – have plenty of room for talented thespians, from Dame Judi Dench as M to the great Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter.

But choppy direction from Marc Forster doomed the latest Bond adventure, “Quantum of Solace,” so even if Weisz is cast (and she should be), it will be up to Mendes to streamline the material into a palatable dish. Like Forster, Mendes is a newcomer to action, so we’ll be anxious to see how he handles his film’s signature action scenes. Forster’s, sadly, were unwatchable. Mendes can only do better.

As for Weisz, Tyler emphasizes that his source says her involvement at this stage is “just rumor until it can be confirmed by a second, independent source,” and that “things can change in a heartbeat” with productions of this size and scope. Stick with us as news develops.

The as-yet-untitled “Bond 23” is supposed to be in theaters on Nov. 18, 2011.

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • March 29, 2010 | Permalink |

    I can’t believe they are considering her for such a big role, this is unexpected, but would be a huge part for her if she can land it

  • April 2, 2010 | Permalink |

    Isn’t Bond 23 pose to revive the return of Q & Miss Moneypenny? I hope producers are inveiwing & trying alot of acotors for those 2 roles.

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