Ralph Fiennes Hopes To Continue Playing M After "No Time To Die"
Daniel Craig will move on from the James Bond role after No Time to Die. If Ralph Fiennes gets his way, he won’t be following Craig out the door.
Fiennes is set to reprise his role as “M” for No Time to Die, the milestone 25th film in the Bond series. His first Bond film appearance was Skyfall (2012), with Fiennes playing the “Gareth Mallory” role.
Judi Dench’s M character was killed off at the end of Skyfall, and Mallory was named the replacement before the end credits.
Fiennes played M again in Spectre (2015), the most recent Bond film released to date. As he prepares for his third 007 movie, the 58-year-old actor certainly hopes it won’t be his last.
In an interview with Total Film, Fiennes expressed his desire to continue playing M, hoping for the chance to work with the next Bond actor.
“If anyone from Eon Films is listening, I’m very keen to continue training the new Bond,” Fiennes said. “I love playing M, and I love being part of that franchise. But who knows? Things have to change. But I love working with Daniel. He’s a terrific Bond. I will treasure that experience.”
Fiennes is the fourth person to play M in an Eon Production 007 film. Bernard Lee portrayed the character in the first 11 movies, beginning with Dr. No (1962). His final performance as M was Moonraker (1979).
Robert Brown took over the M role following Lee’s death in 1981. He first appeared in the Bond series as “Admiral Hargreaves” in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), before taking on M for four films, the last being Licence to Kill (1989).
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Dench assumed the M role for the next eight Bond films, beginning with Pierce Brosnan’s 007 debut in GoldenEye (1995). Dench was cast in all four Brosnan 007 films and the first four with Craig. Her character appeared briefly via video cameo in Spectre.
In a Nov. 2019 interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Craig confirmed that he’s stepping away from the 007 role after No Time to Die. He’ll hold the title of being the longest-tenured Bond actor in history, with five 007 films on his resume.
No Time to Die is scheduled for an Oct. 8 release.
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