Rachel Weisz

Things are rolling for Bond 23. Daniel Craig is still in the role of James Bond, director Sam Mendes has come aboard to lead the next installment, and assuming MGM doesn’t implode financially, the movie may actually get made. Time to move on to the nitty-gritty details of story and setting, and our most beloved part of the pre-production process: casting rumors.

Today’s rumor originated at Cinema Blend, where Josh Tyler is reporting that a source close to the production is saying that the producers are interested in casting Rachel Weisz in the next installment. Not as a Bond girl (despite her clear qualifications for such a role), but as the film’s villain. Weisz may be in the running to play the head of Quantum, the global shadow organization revealed as the big bad in the last film, Quantum of Solace. It would be a welcomed change to the current Bond series, one that honors the franchise’s long-standing tradition of bad girls. Assuming she gets a name that would rival that of Pussy Galore, I’d be in.

The question is this. What do you think about the prospect of Rachel Weisz being the villain in the next Bond movie? Sure, it’s all rumor at this point. But lets play around with the hypothetical.

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