Seydoux is best known for her acclaimed role in the 2013 French film “Blue is the Warmest Color,” with Adèle Exarchopoulos.
They play students who fall into an obsessive lesbian relationship. The romantic coming-of-age drama was noted for its graphic sex scenes.
Bellucci is best known in the United States for such Hollywood films as “Tears of the Sun” (2003), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), “The Passion of the Christ” (2004), “The Brothers Grimm” (2005), “Don’t Look Back” (2009) and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (2010).
Waltz has been a favorite of director Quentin Tarantino. He starred in Tarantino’s World War II drama, “Inglorous Basterds,” playing a Nazi Jew hunter, and a bounty hunter in the 2012 spaghetti western “Django Unchained.”
Ralph Fiennes will take over the role of “M” from Judi Dench, and Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear will reprise roles.
Mendes revealed today (Dec. 3) that the new Bond movie would be called “SPECTRE.” He did not offer plot details, but Waltz is the likely villain. The director also unveiled a new version of Bond’s Aston Martin DB 10 roadster.
According to the official movie synopsis, “A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization.
“While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.”
While Craig’s Bond is a departure from smooth, urbane secret agent played by Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan, the movie is drawing heavily on the Bond tradition.
Bond first battled SPECTRE in the 1962 film “Dr No,” with Connery in the lead. The acronym means Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. Seems just as fitting today.
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