The newest addition to the Bond series (still known as Bond 23 but with several rumoured names flying around the net) will doubtlessly be the most thespian-laden yet and director Sam Mendes has added Albert Finney to an already star-studded group.
The Daily Mail reports that Mendes brought Finney in to a recent table read as a surprise for the cast. He will be playing a Foreign Office chief and joins the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris as well as regulars Daniel Craig and Judi Dench.
Rumours that Mendes plans a dialogue-heavy take on the Bond film seem unlikely but with such a strong cast we can expect more heavyweight performances than ever before.
After a delay because of financial problems at MGM, Bond 23 is scheduled for an October 26th UK release next year.