Ralph Fiennes may be joing the illustrious list of Bond villains in the 23rd outing for the suave superspy, reports claim.
The Schindler's List and English Patient star joins Javier Bardem on the list of fan hopefuls for the role of a Bond baddie, accoring to The Daily Mail.
As Harry Potter's nemesis Voldermort, the 48 -year-old actor is no stranger to the dark side and is apparently excited about the new direction that Bond director Sam Mendes is taking the series in.
“It’s the first of a new generation of Bond films,” an LA exec tells the Daily Mail, “and the ideas Mendes has push the film into darker territory where the characters are modern, mature and challenging…
“The part is one of extreme complexity and only an actor of great ability and dexterity can take it on - and Ralph’s name is top of our list.”
Daniel Craig is already returning to the role for his third outing after Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace and is being joined by Judi Dench reprising the part of M.
Fiennes makes his debut as a director with his modern take on the Shakespearian tragedy Coriolanus at the Berlin Film Festival.
Bond 23 opens November 9 2012.