According to Commanderbond.net, the Mexican newspaper El Diario is running a "big story" on the casting of a villain role in Bond 22. Mexican actor Joaquin Cosio tells the paper he has been cast in the film as General Medrano, who is to face off with Bond in Latin America. Cosio says "I'm General Medrano, Bond's enemy in Latin America, but there are other enemies waiting in Europe for Bond." Medrano is very talkative for someone who is operating under a strict confidentiality agreement. He goes on to say "I'm really pleased to be chosen to participate in such a huge film, it's a great achievement that the film will feature a Mexican actor. I still don't know much of the script, I don't really know what my scenes will be like, but I know that I'm going to film in Panama, Bolivia and London."

The paper was smart about getting as much dirt from Cosio as possible, and although he's apparently not in the know on the major casting scoops still up in the air, he did confirm for the paper that Giancarlo Giannini will return as Rene Mathis. "I'm very delighted to be in one film with Giannini and Judi Dench," he said. "So far I'm not thinking about leaving for Hollywood after Bond 22. I'm very pleased with how my latest projects are going here in Mexico." I should think you would be pleased! I'm counting on this guy to blab some more details over the next few weeks -- someone set up another interview with him.