Instead of kids and snake faces, the two-time Oscar nominee is looking for more adult thrills -- shaken, not stirred. As if Javier Bardem wasn't enough to whet our appetites about Sam Mendes's take on 007, a new report from the Daily Mail states that Ralph Fiennes is now in talks with the Bond crew for a starring role in the upcoming 'Bond 23.' There's no word on whether this is another villain for James Bond to face, but it is said to be a "darkly complex" role.
In fact, although Fiennes was eager to put aside the regular ol' action films (he was also in 'Clash of the Titans' last year), he was lured in by Mendes's "revolutionary" plans for the film. A source told the site: "Mendes has pushed the film into darker territory where the characters are modern, mature and challenging." Moreover, the source claims that Fiennes was approached because "the part is one of extreme complexity and only an actor of great ability and dexterity can take it on -- and Ralph's name is top of our list."
Between Bardem, Fiennes and all this tantalizing buzz, this certainly sounds like a whole new world of Bond. The only question now is how the classic Bond girls fit into this. Will we see fewer bikinis and more acting and intrigue?
'Bond 23' will hit theaters in November 2012. In the meantime, Fiennes will be busy with the release of his Shakespeare adaptation, 'Coriolanus,' which premieres at the Berlin Film Festival this year.