One of the cast members confirmed by director Sam Mendes in yesterday’s Skyfall press conference was Ralph Fiennes, although he refused be be drawn on who the actor would play. Fiennes was interviewed by IFC.com after the press conference for Fiennes’ forthcoming directorial debut “Coriolanus” and took the opportunity to quiz him about the James Bond film. The article by IFC.com (via MI6) says:
“If you’re a Bond fan,” Fiennes told me when I confessed my 007 obsession, “then you’ll be happy. I can tell you that John Logan has written a fantastic screenplay and [director] Sam Mendes is a class act. They’re doing something quite special I think. I think they’re going to be great for Bond.”
Fiennes is a Academy Award nominated actor, but is he a Bond fan? “I love the Bond books particularly,” he said. “I like the books even more than the films. I like the darkness of the books. But I’ve also enjoyed all the films.” Fiennes also told me he vividly remembers the first Bond he ever saw: 1969’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” with George Lazenby.