Any of you who doubted Albert Finney‘s versatility now have zero reason to continue this line of thinking, as the esteemed actor is now inhabiting the two biggest spy franchises of all time. Next year will already see the actor reprise his role of Albert Hirsch in The Bourne Legacy, and The Daily Mail (via ThePlaylist) reports that he’s also been cast in the next Bond film.

Even the cast was surprised by Finney joining; the same story says Sam Mendes brought him in for a table read that consisted of Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, and Judi Dench. That’s a group of heavy-hitters by itself, but Finney only adds to it — and substantially, I might add.

No one should be surprised that details on his part are a little slim, but he’s said to play “a Foreign Office mandarin with powers over the Secret Intelligence Service,” which will serve as “a reasonably big role [that’s] full of class.” It’s indicated that the character will be M’s boss. A pairing between Dench and he? That sounds pretty good to me.

Shooting on Bond 23 will finally get going next week, and a press conference will be held to coincide with that. A title is expected to be announced then, so we can finally start calling this Skyfall or Carte Blanche or My Dinner with Blofeld. Personally speaking, finally having a name to refer to this film by will be a big relief.

Also starring Helen McCrory, Ben Whishaw, Bérénice Marlohe,  Naomie Harris, and Rory Kinnear, Bond 23 opens on November 9th, 2012.

What do you think of Albert Finney landing a Bond role?

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