Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sir Anthony Hopkins to play the next Bond Villian?

One of 007's biggest enemies has always been the British tabloid press, but on a few occasions they have gotten things right (like Pierce Brosnan getting booted in favor of Daniel Craig). So take the following interesting rumor with a grain of salt.

According to The Sun, Oscar winner Sir Anthony Hopkins of Hannibal the Cannibal fame is "close to signing a deal" to play the villain in Bond 23.

"The only stumbling block seems to be the number of films he is signing up for. There is a chance the character they want him to play could become a regular feature, like Blofeld back in the day," according to the tabloid's source.

Seeing as how Hopkins has taken a slew of paycheck roles of late -- The Rite, The Wolfman, Beowulf and Thor all spring to mind -- it's not inconceivable that he could agree to play a Bond villain.

A bevy of big names, ranging from Javier Bardem to Ralph Fiennes, have been linked with the Sam Mendes-directed James Bond film, which is slated to begin filming later this year.

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