Just a little under a month ago, FoxNews reported that French actor Mathieu Amalric was cast as the villian in the upcoming, and still untitled, Casino Royale follow-up (related article here). Empire is now confirming the casting.
From the site:
There were rumours last week that Sony was zeroing in on a villain for Bond 22 and that it was likely to be Mathieu Amalric, star of the upcoming The Diving Bell And The Butterfly. We can now 100% confirm it, having spoken to Almaric earlier today.
Amalric would not be drawn on details of the character, but said that, yes, he will play the bad guy in the 22nd Bond movie. “I will, it’s true. I play the villain, yes. James Bond,” Amalric said. “It has to do with childhood, you know? To be a villain in James Bond is just so funny. I never dreamt about that. It’s not what I want to do with my career. It’s just that I have kids and it’s so funny to do that. But it doesn’t mean that I’m not going to do a very small French film for free with my friends.”
James Bond 22 hits theaters on November 7, 2008