So, this is a rumor. A rumor from Cinema Blend, but a rumor that comes from a source that’s been reliable for them in the past. Also, who gives a shit if it’s a rumor if it allows us all to take a few seconds and ponder Rachel Weisz (and if you’d like to ponder her in a state of undress, I can’t stop you).
The rumor is this: MGM — which is currently in dire straits financially, particularly after Hot Tub Time Machine failed to save it — is considering casting Rachel Weisz in Bond 23. But not as a Bond girl — you don’t hire Rachel Weisz and use her as a frivolous sex object, that’d be uncouth (I’d still watch, mind you). But as the main villain.
Indeed, that is the current thought process over at MGM, according to CB’s source. It’s still in the early brainstorming stages, but the idea is that Rachel Weisz could play the head of Quantum, who we learn has been behind all the shenanigans of the last two Craig movies all along. She’d essentially be the “architect of all of Bond’s suffering so far.”
It’s a hell of a nice idea, and one that would most certainly increase enthusiasm for a franchise hurting a little after the underwhelming Quantum of Solace. Sam Mendes is currently attached to direct Bond 23, too. And I have to say: Watching Rachel Weisz slither all over the screen, well, there are worse ways to get over your split from Kate Winslet. Also, Weisz would totally own that part. And who knows? We might even end up rooting for the villain this time.