Sam Mendes is assembling quite an impressive cast for Bond 23. Daniel Craig and Judi Dench were confirmed from the start, and they’ve since been joined by Naomie Harris (28 Days Later) as Moneypenny, Javier Bardem as the villain and Ralph Fiennes in ‘a darkly complex’ role.
Now The Daily Mail has word that French actress Berenice Marlohe “has screen tested for Mendes at Pinewood Studios and met with approval”, which makes her the new Bond Girl (or one of them). Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter) and Ben Whishaw (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer) are also said to have joined the cast in yet unspecified roles.
There has also been speculation over recent days regarding the title of the next Bond film. WhatCulture noticed that Sony Pictures had registered domain names such as jamesbond-skyfall.com, skyfallmovie.net and skyfall-themovie.com which suggests Skyfall could be the Bond 23 title. Some have said this could be for an upcoming James Bond video game, but either way Sony will likely confirm the official title shortly.
Filming is set to begin any day now, with a November 2012 release date set.