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Benedict Cumberbatch to play James Bond’s villain

Benedict Cumberbatch in his breakthrough role, the BBC miniseries Sherlock.

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play James Bond’s villain in a film scheduled to be released in 2014.

The British actor, 36 – who only got his break in feature films last year in Tinker Sailor Soldier Spy after his role in the BBC miniseries Sherlock –  is expected to sign up for the next instalment of James Fleming’s franchise, which will see him star opposite current Bond, Daniel Craig.

Cumberbatch has moved quickly to become one of the UK’s biggest acting exports. He will portray Smaug the Dragon through voice and motion capture performance in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. He will also portray the antagonist in J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, which is scheduled to be released in May 2013.

A source told the Daily Express newspaper: “Benedict is considered perfect Bond villain material. Work on the next film will begin next year and the plan is for Benedict to be on board. He grew up watching Bond, so it would be a childhood ambition fulfilled. Playing a Bond villain is one of the plum roles in film history and he’d jump at the chance.”

Skyfall, the 23rd Bond movie, is released next month while the next instalment in cinema’s longest running franchise is due out in 2014. There are also plans for another Bond film in 2016.

It emerged last week that Skyfall stars Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Wishaw all have options to reprise their roles in the next motion picture.

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2 Responses to Benedict Cumberbatch to play James Bond’s villain

  1. Paul F Cockburn Reply

    September 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I’m curious about what you mean by Cumberbatch’s “break in films”, given that it was his role in the film Atonement (released in 2007), one of a dozen films he’d appeared in before Tinker, Tailor, which actually brought him to the attention of Sherlock’s co-execs Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue.

  2. vanessa gustomo Reply

    June 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    It would be an amazing Bond film if Benedict Cumberbatch potrays the villain. I’d rather watch him plays the villain than plays as Bond. Especially if Christopher Nollan will direct the Bond 24. I hope that really happens. Cumberbatch is a great villian in Star Trek Into Darkness.

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