Besides being English, what do Harry Potter and James Bond have in common? With a 15-movie difference and 40-year head-start, 007 seems like he has the major advantage, but now several castmembers have defected from the Ministry of Magic and are heading to MI6 with a quickness.
The U.K.'s Daily Mail reports that Brit Helen McCrory has joined the cast of MGM's 23rd James Bond feature. She played one bad motha', Narcissa Malfoy, in the final three "Harry Potter" movies in addition to having previously worked with new Bond director director Sam Mendes on several plays, with Daniel Craig in the little-seen 2008 film "Flashbacks of a Fool," and newly-cast Ralph Fiennes as ol' Voldy in the aforementioned fantasy franchise. Talk about being grandfathered in.
It also seems the frantic search for a suitably hot and dramatically gifted (okay, that second thing isn't that important) new Bond girl for Mr. Craig to bed in the latest adventure is finally over as French bombshell Bérénice Marlohe has landed the coveted part that will find her ogled by men the world over. This will be Marlohe's first English-language role, after only a handful of TV performances en francais, which she won after a final audition for producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson at Pinewood Studios this week.
The movie has most recently rumored to be called "Skyfall," not to be confused with the obscure Transformer or craptacular Eric Balfour sci-fi flick "Skyline." Whatever it's called, after months many of those rumored to be cast have finally been confirmed, including Fiennes, Ben Whishaw ("Bright Star," the upcoming "Cloud Atlas"), Javier Bardem as the heavy, and the lovely Miss Naomi Harris as a not-so-dowdy Miss Moneypenny.
Production will begin very soon on the flick. Ahh, so many Europeans, so little time...