BOND 24 Seeking a New, Iconic Henchman

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According to two sites, MI6 and 007 podcasters James Bond Radio, director Sam Mendes (Skyfall) is looking to bring back an iconic henchman in the next James Bond film.

This character is said to be in the same vein as Jaws (Richard Kiel) from The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, and Oddjob, who appeared in the 1964 installment Goldfinger and was played by Harold Sakata.

The report actually says that the physically imposing Bond villain will be his own new characters, and is completely different from anything that has come before him.

Here’s his working name and a description of the character:

Casting has begun for the main assassin, with the search specifically focussed on someone extremely physically fit and over 6′ 2″. Whoever wins the role will have several altercations with Daniel Craig’s 007 throughout the film and also a driving sequence. Former sports athletes will be under consideration along with anyone ‘very unusual’. The character has the working name of ‘Hinx’ (which may change before shooting starts) and is said to be between 30 and 45 years old… The goal is to find the next Jaws or Oddjob – a henchman so different to anything that has gone before that they will become instantly iconic in the film series.

The MI6 site is also reporting that shooting starts in December, and will run onto June both in Pinewood studios and on location.

Daniel Craig will be back as Bond, joined by returning stars Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as Q.

The currently untitled Bond 24 will be released in the UK and US on October 23, 2015 and November 6, 2015.

I don’t mind seeing iconic henchmen being brought back into the franchise. He’ll fit with the more serious tone of the new movies.