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Topic: Bond 25 SPOILER news

MI6-hq.co.uk has posted details from a Bond 25 casting call sheet.

https://www.mi6-hq.com/sections/article … l?id=04406

Don't look/scroll down and leave this topic thread if you don't want to know...

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Male Leading Role
Playing age: 30’s - 60’s
Russian. (Also open to suggestions of actors from the Balkans or similar) Must speak fluent English.
Characteristics: Charismatic, Powerful, Innovative, Cosmopolitan, Bright, Cold and Vindictive.

Female Leading Role
Playing age: 30 - 45
Russian. (Also open to suggestions of actresses from the Balkans or similar) Must speak fluent English.
Very Striking. Strong Physical / fighting / stage combat skills required.
Characteristics: Intelligent, brave, fierce and charming. She's witty and skillful. A survivor.

Male Supporting Role
Playing age: 35 - 55
Maori.
Advanced physical / fighting / stage combat skills required.
Characteristics: Authoritative, cunning, ruthless & loyal.

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Good. I find it a little odd that "Balkan or simular" is mentioned both the Russian man and woman. Most Russians are Slavs and many people from Bulgaria andthe former Yugoslavia have some Slav blood, that's true. But Ukrainans, Poles and the former Checkoslovakia are perhaps more typical Slav areas.

I also wonder what type the Russians will play. Officials, oligarcs, inteligence officers, criminals or something else? I hope the plot doesn't revolver around the current political climate. They managed to to avoid that during the cold war and they should avoid it this time too.

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Could the Maori be Dwayne Johnson?

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Number24 wrote:

Good. I find it a little odd that "Balkan or simular" is mentioned both the Russian man and woman.

I've previously speculated that Zeljko Ivanek, a Slovenian actor who is in 3 Billboards, or Czech actor Vladimir Kulich could be candidates for Blofeld. They'd be ethnically sufficient for the Russian man.

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Really hoping they bring back SMERSH

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Female Leading Role
Playing age: 30 - 45
Russian. (Also open to suggestions of actresses from the Balkans or similar) Must speak fluent English.
Very Striking. Strong Physical / fighting / stage combat skills required.
Characteristics: Intelligent, brave, fierce and charming. She's witty and skillful. A survivor.

Yekaterina Rednikova is the right age, is Russian.
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0715104/?ref_=tt_cl_t2

And she co-starred in the film Archangel with Daniel Craig.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0426911/?ref_=nm_knf_t3

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I wonder if Moscow and/or other parts of Russia's interior will be locations? I'd love to see Moscow's beautiful Metro in a Bond movie.
The Maori henchman also makes me wonder if New Zealand will be a location. If it is this will pretty much rule out Norway as a location this time since very few places look more like Norway or the other way round.

Someone, can you be kind enough to post photos and imdb profiles of the actors you suggested?

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Arbogast777 wrote:

Really hoping they bring back SMERSH

SMERSH was actually an organisation to find and stop German infiltration of the Soviet  military during WWII. Fleming obviously made a fictitious version. I don't think they should bring SMERSH back as a part of the Russian state apparatus (or the "organs" as the intelligence services were often called), but  it could work if the villain starts an organisation inspired by the real SMERSH from Stalin's time.

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A villain and Bond girl with connection to the Balkans fits very well with the reports about Dubrovnik (Croatia) as a location.

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Number24 wrote:
Arbogast777 wrote:

Really hoping they bring back SMERSH

SMERSH was actually an organisation to find and stop German infiltration of the Soviet  military during WWII. Fleming obviously made a fictitious version. I don't think they should bring SMERSH back as a part of the Russian state apparatus (or the "organs" as the intelligence services were often called), but  it could work if the villain starts an organisation inspired by the real SMERSH from Stalin's time.

Pushkin in TLD: That was a Beria operation in Stalin's time. It was deactivated 20 years ago. (More like 40 at the time)

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Someone wrote:

Could the Maori be Dwayne Johnson?

Don’t think there’s any chance one of the highest paid and well known actors in Hollywood right now would do a supporting role of what I’m assuming will be a henchman/bodyguard. Also he’s Samoan, not Maori — they’re both Polynesians, but different groupings.

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Number24 wrote:

The Maori henchman also makes me wonder if New Zealand will be a location. If it is this will pretty much rule out Norway as a location this time since very few places look more like Norway or the other way round.

I think this does mean New Zealand will be a location. It's about time Bond visited that part of the world.

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Number24 wrote:

I don't think they should bring SMERSH back as a part of the Russian state apparatus (or the "organs" as the intelligence services were often called), but  it could work if the villain starts an organisation inspired by the real SMERSH from Stalin's time.

SMERSH is such a part of Bond lore, though - I just don’t see the point in coming up with a similar organization but leave the name on the table. Connery mentions it in FRWL and it was danced around in TLD. Craig’s Bond has been ticking the boxes of all the old Bond tropes, I say as as a new Cold War seems to be emerging, let’s introduce it for future stories...

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Someone wrote:
Number24 wrote:

Good. I find it a little odd that "Balkan or simular" is mentioned both the Russian man and woman.

I've previously speculated that Zeljko Ivanek, a Slovenian actor who is in 3 Billboards, or Czech actor Vladimir Kulich could be candidates for Blofeld. They'd be ethnically sufficient for the Russian man.

Zeljko Ivanek has played villains, FBI/CIA Agents and such in many films. He was born in Slovenia but moved to the USA when he was three so he's probably much more American than Slovenian. That being said, while I don't necessarily imagine him as Blofeld, I'm sure he could do a great job as an Eastern European / Slavic villain or even a CIA or FBI Agent in a Bond film. How about this: he could play a Russian Agent posing as an American (CIA or FBI?) or an American Agent infiltrating the Russians posing as a Russian/ Eastern European? He's another actor that could fit in a lot of different roles in a Bond film.

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Arbogast777 wrote:
Number24 wrote:

I don't think they should bring SMERSH back as a part of the Russian state apparatus (or the "organs" as the intelligence services were often called), but  it could work if the villain starts an organisation inspired by the real SMERSH from Stalin's time.

SMERSH is such a part of Bond lore, though - I just don’t see the point in coming up with a similar organization but leave the name on the table. Connery mentions it in FRWL and it was danced around in TLD. Craig’s Bond has been ticking the boxes of all the old Bond tropes, I say as as a new Cold War seems to be emerging, let’s introduce it for future stories...

I’m hoping they don’t try to tick off boxes, and rather focus on making a great film. SMERSH was a an apparatus of the Russian government. I doubt they’d be that overtly political, especially in the current climate.

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Matt S wrote:
Number24 wrote:

The Maori henchman also makes me wonder if New Zealand will be a location. If it is this will pretty much rule out Norway as a location this time since very few places look more like Norway or the other way round.

I think this does mean New Zealand will be a location. It's about time Bond visited that part of the world.

I hope this is the case, it’s an absolutely stunning part of the world! MI: Fallout filmed a scene or two in a very beautiful area of NZ and I would love to see more of the country in some big budget films.

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HowardB wrote:
Someone wrote:
Number24 wrote:

Good. I find it a little odd that "Balkan or simular" is mentioned both the Russian man and woman.

I've previously speculated that Zeljko Ivanek, a Slovenian actor who is in 3 Billboards, or Czech actor Vladimir Kulich could be candidates for Blofeld. They'd be ethnically sufficient for the Russian man.

Zeljko Ivanek has played villains, FBI/CIA Agents and such in many films. He was born in Slovenia but moved to the USA when he was three so he's probably much more American than Slovenian. That being said, while I don't necessarily imagine him as Blofeld, I'm sure he could do a great job as an Eastern European / Slavic villain or even a CIA or FBI Agent in a Bond film. How about this: he could play a Russian Agent posing as an American (CIA or FBI?) or an American Agent infiltrating the Russians posing as a Russian/ Eastern European? He's another actor that could fit in a lot of different roles in a Bond film.

With IMDB name search you can find a number of Russian born actors that fit that age profile of up to 60s and have made US movies recently. Vladimir Friedman is one. He was in 2017's American Assassin.
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0295393/

BTW Mark Strong fits that age profile... While Benedict Cumberbatch doesn't. LOL

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Here's the MI6-hq.co.uk 2014 story about the casting call for SPECTRE's villain Hinx.
https://www.mi6-hq.com/sections/article … an-casting

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Number24 wrote:

I wonder if Moscow and/or other parts of Russia's interior will be locations? I'd love to see Moscow's beautiful Metro in a Bond movie.
The Maori henchman also makes me wonder if New Zealand will be a location. If it is this will pretty much rule out Norway as a location this time since very few places look more like Norway or the other way round.

Someone, can you be kind enough to post photos and imdb profiles of the actors you suggested?

Photos are a bit complicated, I'm happy to post links to the IMDB profiles.

Vladimir Kulich
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0474520/

Zeljko Ivanek
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0411964/

I'm wondering if the Maori is actually an ally of Bond. How does a Maori get mixed up with the Russian renegade generals/FSB/mafia plots? Is the Maori character like Licence to Kill's Sharkey, or will the Maori character only appear in the pre-title action sequence?

I'm also wondering, does "leading" actually mean the main villain? Could this Russian guy be another Necros (The Living Daylights), though the age range being up to the 60s would probably preclude that.

Equally the Russian woman could be a disposable Bond girl, a "survivor" who is another Solange (Casino Royale) and ends up dead.

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Thanks. Both seem to be good candidates. I hope they find two of the best actors from Eastern European countries and cast them. Bond movies can attract people who are movie stars in their homeland, but are unknown to international audiences. That's better than casting an actor like Mark Strong to play the villain when everyone has seen him playing a villain before.
MI:Fallout did the right thing. They cast an international star who usually plays true blue heroes as the main villain. In a smaller villain role they cast Kristoffer Joner, an excellent actor who is a star in Norway but is largely unknown in other countries. .

These casting calls don't prove the rumours of an female American villan and a young British "understudy" Bond girl are wrong. But of course the rumors can be wrong.

Last edited by Number24 (18th Jul 2018 10:02)

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Number24 wrote:

These casting calls don't prove the rumours of an female American villan and a young British "understudy" Bond girl are wrong. But of course the rumors can be wrong.

I agree it's a partial view of the final cast. You could swop the Russian man and woman for Dimitrios and Solange in CR and you still have Le Chiffre and Mr White.

I could easily believe that Danny Boyle would like to put Bond in Australia or New Zealand for the PTS and have it unrelated to the main story, as has been the case for many of the Bond films.

The Neal Callow comments about Rachel Weisz being perfect for the Bond25 Bond-girl role also puts another spin on the cast mystery.

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We haven't seen a PTS unrelated to the main plot in very many years and I see no signs Bond25 will change that.

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JTM wrote:
Matt S wrote:
Number24 wrote:

The Maori henchman also makes me wonder if New Zealand will be a location. If it is this will pretty much rule out Norway as a location this time since very few places look more like Norway or the other way round.

I think this does mean New Zealand will be a location. It's about time Bond visited that part of the world.

I hope this is the case, it’s an absolutely stunning part of the world! MI: Fallout filmed a scene or two in a very beautiful area of NZ and I would love to see more of the country in some big budget films.

Didn't Spectre and Rogue Nation share some similar locations?

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Maori Henchman = Manu Bennett.  He'd be perfect.  He was Crixus on SPARTACUS (STARZ network) and has great stage fighting skills as well as a pretty commanding presence.  I think he is/was on the TV show ARROW as well as a recurring character.

Current rankings:
OHMSS>FRWL>CR>TSWLM>YOLT>MR>TLD>SF>GE>OP>DN>FYEO>
TWINE>TND>QOS>TB>TMWTGG>GF>LALD>SP>DAF>LTK>AVTAK>DAD
Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Dalton>Brosnan

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Gymkata wrote:

Maori Henchman = Manu Bennett.  He'd be perfect.  He was Crixus on SPARTACUS (STARZ network) and has great stage fighting skills as well as a pretty commanding presence.  I think he is/was on the TV show ARROW as well as a recurring character.

EON could mine enough henchmen and villains from SPARTCUS (STARZ Network) for the next five Bond films.