News: New James Bond Cast

Andrew Scott, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Sam Mendes, Lea Seydoux, Daniel Craig, Monica Belluci, Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista, Rory Kinnear

Today, we learned that the next James Bond movie will be called Spectre and will include the following cast:

  • Englishman, previous Bond, and someone I think sat across the aisle from me at a Broadway musical once: Daniel Craig as James Bond
  • American wrestling superstar and actor in Guardians of the Galaxy: Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinks
  • Irish Sherlock arch-nemesis and an Anglonerd favorite: Andrew Scott as Denbigh
  • Englishman and star of the recent The Grand Budapest Hotel (and Skyfall): Ralph Fiennes as M
  • English actress returning from Skyfall: Naomi Harris as Moneypenny
  • English Count Arthur Strong (and Skyfall) star: Rory Kinnear as Tanner
  • English Actor from Cloud Atlas and Skyfall: Ben Wishaw as Q
  • Italian actress who auditioned for previous Bond girl roles and will be the oldest Bond girl at 50: Monica Bellucci
  • Austrian star of The Zero Theorem and Django Unchained: Christoph Waltz as the Bond villain

Why Americans should care: As quintessentially English (or Scottish) as James Bond may be, the franchise has an American bigness to it, and I don’t just mean the awareness. Spectre is set to have a bigger budget than even Skyfall! Americans love James Bond. Personally, I’d rather just cross my fingers and hope Moriarty returns to Sherlock than watch a James Bond movie, despite a killer cast. 

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