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Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. I love this rumor. I have no idea if this rumor is true or not. I will follow up on it as best I can in the days ahead, but I don’t have a lot of sources at EON Productions. It’s a pretty tight ship over there, all things considered. But if this rumor is true, this is awesome, awesome, awesome. And if this rumor isn’t true... well, fuck, it should be. We know that QUANTUM OF SOLACE picks up right where CASINO ROYALE left off. We’ve heard that it’s a globe-trotting affair in which Bond tries to track down the boss behind the events of the first film. The first time he comes face-to-face with that boss, it should be a big deal. It should be as big a moment as they can make it. Part of that’s going to be casting. Is this the scoop on the guy pulling the strings, the man behind the curtain in this film? We’ll see. Consider me curious now. And to the two people I do know at Pinewood/EON... come on. Cough it up. You are on freakin’ notice.

Hi Harry I met with a friend of mine recently, who is currently working on dismantling the sets of the new Bond movie at Pinewood, and will start soon on building the new sets when the crew return later in the year. Anyway he mentioned that Anatole Taubman and Daniel Craig have filmed a huge fight scene in an art gallery under renovation at the stage. But the big news that he leaked was that Al Pacino would be taking part in filming. I was a little shocked as the cast has been revealed aready, but he said Pacino would play the head of the terrorist group introduced in CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE. Al is said to come to Pinewood in April-May to film what is said to be a brief cameo. Thanks love the site, if you use this call me Mamlet
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  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST


    by greigy just wanted to say

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST


    by greigy just wanted to say

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:59 a.m. CST

    You just got your friend fired.

    by AndrewWanKenobi

    Way too much information, dude. You could have just said you had a friend working in the production. You're a dick.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Err lets hope he doesn't get fired..

    by bowtiehoon

    This site has a history of getting people fired keke..

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Woo haa!!

    by Varakor

    Actually Deniro being the bad guy would have made it the most awesomest of rumors, but Pacino is damn good too. I hope it pans out.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Pacino is a God!

    by Knuckleduster

    "Who? Who? What are you, a fuckin owl?"

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:07 a.m. CST

    You know who'd mindscrew everyone as the bad guy?

    by el_stupido

    The more I say this the more exciting and more stupid it sounds. I kinda move in both directions on it if you know what I mean... But when you wrote "if this rumor is true, this is awesome, awesome, awesome." I was thinking you know, big! Al Pacino would be... well the old guy's got a bit predictable in his old age. Great actor still but I was like... MEH. BUT YOU KNOW WHO'D RIP THIS REBOOT A NEW ARSEHOLE? Imagine if SEAN CONNERY came out of retirement and this time instead of playing the character he made famous played the ARCH VILLAN?!!!!!! It'd be like the Alpha and the Omega. It'd be so amazing to see him be ruthless. Not that it's going to happen. El Stupido

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:09 a.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    What, is he going to play the same character he does in every single movie? Great. I guess at least this time, if he's Blofeld, he won't have to wear his hairpiece.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:10 a.m. CST

    by MJohnson

    No, Mr. Bond...I expect you to say hello to my little friend....

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:11 a.m. CST

    I thought it was going to be Connery. Or LAZENBY!

    by Kubla_Khan

    Or Clive Owen. That would work. But Pacino, yeah, I'd buy that for a dollar.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:11 a.m. CST


    by 11dayempire

    ...I was hoping for Connery.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:12 a.m. CST


    by OBSD

    Pacino? Really? This guy's been a one-note for at least 15 years. Sure, he had range in the 70's &early 80's, but Godfather 2 was a looooong time ago, children. Now we've got a Bond villain who speaks REALLY LOUDLY AT THE END OF ALL OF HIS SENTENCES! Terrific.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:13 a.m. CST


    by Vesuvio

    First I was thinking about Sean Connery.. but anyway.. HOLY SHIT

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:14 a.m. CST


    by Vesuvio


  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Thought it would be Simon Pegg

    by wazza


  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:16 a.m. CST

    wow i could not care less

    by ampersand110

    I was watching Oceans 13 the other day and I realized how sad it is seeing Pachino in a movie these days, its the same damn role eccentric old guy in a suit. Unless its Al doing something new or gritty I just don't care, which sucks cause i was looking forward to this movie.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Diving Bond and the Butterfly

    by smallcheetah

    i thought it was going to be Mathieu Amalric

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:49 a.m. CST


    by newc0253

    you know it's true.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:53 a.m. CST

    No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die...

    by BadMrWonka

    because you got a GREAT ASS!!!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:53 a.m. CST

    I was fearing it would be Connery

    by I Dunno

    That would be so fucking lame and contrived. It would be almost as gay as when they remake an old TV show and they have the original actor play the new actor's dad. <p>Now Brosnan...that would be lame too but at least there'd be an element of him getting revenge for being fired after saving the franchise.</p>

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:55 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    This would be good, and a nice boost into the A-league for the Bond movies which usually have pretty uninspired casting for the bad guy.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7 a.m. CST

    I thought it would be Heather McCartney

    by HarryBlackPotter

    "Live and let die, bitch!"

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Connery played a Bond villain in The Avengers movie...

    by tonagan

    You remember, the one with Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman that everyone seemed to hate. By the way, are they ever going to release the 2-hour version of that movie?

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    I thought it was Connery as well . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . Pacino is the man, but I still was let down a bit after reading this gushing TalkBack title. I think they could make Connery work. The villains just sit around and brood and yell. Connery's not too old to do that. Hell, I'd have been more excited to hear it was Roger Moore than Pacino.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:18 a.m. CST


    by georges garvaren

    Just like Jonathan Pryce. Who cares if these fuckers can act? They simply bring too much baggage (of the public conscience kind) to a role that should be played by a fairly nameless actor with great foreign market appeal. Why do I have to tell EON how to do their job? Right, because they are dinks. No Pacino!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Al would be a bad choice, IMHO

    by ATARI

    Now if you could get Hans Gruber (aka Alan Rickman), you're talking golden!! <br> <br>

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:28 a.m. CST

    I still dream of seeing Stallone as a Bond villain

    by jack-torrance

    Sly would OWN as a Bond baddie! Don't deny it! You know I'm right!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST

    let's hope it is no likey

    by just pillow talk

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Yeah, that could be very fucking cool

    by photoboy

    I hope that means Pacino would get a bigger role in the next one, Tony Montana vs James Bond could make for an awesome showdown. If they can't get Pacino, they should use Timothy Dalton, I think he'd make an awesome Bond villain.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:52 a.m. CST


    by raw_bean

    Some of you guys really need to tone down the cynicism a little.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    This sounds like an awful idea...

    by JackIsLost

    Not because Al Pacino is bad but b/c it will totally throw the audience out of the film to have a huge star turn up for 30 seconds. On the other hand, maybe it would work if it was Al Gore...

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST


    by Motoko Kusanagi

    If this is true then QUANTUM OF SOLACE will fucking rock! I don't even need a fracking story! Just Craig, Pacino and some whoop-ass action!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST


    by newc0253

    and that's why he's evil.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST


    by Human Tornado

    So says Tony Manero! In true Bond fashion, Pacino should have a cool, double entendre name like, I dunno, John Scarface or something. Cuz you know he's not belgian enough to be Blofeld.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST

    I thought it would be William Shatner

    by Primus

    A pleasure... to... SEE you... Mr... BOND...

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Look, I know Pacino used to be really cool

    by dr sauch

    But now he's just an over-acting woman. Oh well, I've been wrong before. Maybe an actor who has done nothing in 20 years that suggests he's a good fit for the direction of the new, improved James Bond movies will be awesome.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST

    also, newc0253

    by dr sauch

    thats hilarious. i'd like to amend my post by saying that his role as satan was fucking awesome.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST

    I wonder...

    by StarskyandHushky

    ...if we get 'shouty out-door voice' Pacino, or 'quiet menacing look number 2' Pacino.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST


    by LegoKenobi

    please NO.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    nope, don't like it. Not a bit.

    by Lost Jarv

    although it is a better idea than Connery.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    This would be as bad as...

    by Mosquito March

    ...casting Cate Blanchett in an INDIANA JONES movie...whoah, wait a minute - they already did that? And she looks like Maude Lebowski?

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:21 a.m. CST


    by Tourist

    Al Pacino? Yeah, so fucking what? Is this going to be as cool as when he played the bad guy in Oceans 13? From the way you were carrying on, I thought it was going to be Sean Connery or Roger Moore or something. But no, some has been instead.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Great Pacino impression

    by jack-torrance

    This is a hilarious impression of Pacino asking a woman out on a date:

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST

    TONY MONTANA vs JAMES BOND!!!!!!!!!!!

    by travis-dane

    <p>YES!SAY GOOD NIGHT TO THE BAD GUY!<p>Thats cool news!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Al as a terrorist..."Al Qaeda"...

    by Chishu_Ryu

    Don't know how it plays into Bond lore or what was established in previous Bond flicks, but if Al plays a terrorist group boss w/Mideast origins, put a towel on his head and one of those beards, I could see it...give him some great could be right up there with Scarface...

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST

    No Mr. Bond you're out of order! M is out order!

    by SID 8.0

    The whole damn MI-6 is out order! This could be a classic in the making.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Daniel Day Lewis Would Be BIG NEWS

    by cowboyone

    Al Pacino is ... meh?

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Will he SHOUT every third WORD?

    by Merriman Lyon

    Because that's WHAT Pacino's acting METHOD has been FOR the last TEN years or so. IT'S what makes PACINO'S performances so ANNOYING!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Pacino bashers

    by Chishu_Ryu

    I think you're in too much of a "what have you done for me lately" mindset. The reason why none of you are casting directors is because you fail to see the possibilities. Pacino is a great character actor...and still has one of the best stares in the business...

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST

    If he plays it like Ricky Roma...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...from GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, we're in for a fucking treat.<P>"You stupid fucking cunt. You, Bond. I'm talking to you, shithead. You just cost me $6,000. Six thousand dollars, and one Cadillac. That's right. What are you going to do about it? What are you going to do about it, asshole? You're fucking shit. Where did you learn your trade, you stupid fucking cunt, you idiot? Who ever told you that you could work with men? Oh, I'm gonna have your job, shithead."

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Al Pacino? Bring the cheese!

    by Frank Black

    I thought that was the kind of ham-fisted, overacting we were trying to get away from with these films. It has been awhile since Pacino turned in a performance that wasn't a poor imitation of his past achievements. I agree with cowboyone that someone like Daniel Day Lewis would be exciting but Pacino scares me. 15 or 20 years ago this might have been awesome but I know people who have worked with him who say he is a step away from being a crazy, smelly homeless person so he can stay away from the Bond films.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST


    by Frank Black

    Oh, if he's a humanist then I take it back. I love humanists.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:07 a.m. CST

    LOL MNG....

    by just pillow talk

    I take back my previous comment on this news IF it played out like that.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST

    David Bowie

    by saintaugust

    Yeah, that's cool but when are they going to get David Bowie to play a Bond villian? He could even do the song for the credits...

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Thought it would be Clive Owen

    by Mullah Omar

    And we could start having the long list of almost-Bonds show up and antagonize Daniel Craig for the rest of his run as 007.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Its really Frank Calliendo.

    by BirdMcMonster

    I actually hope this is just a rumor, although his performance was pretty slick in Ocean's 13, despite it being a weak movie.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    This is definitely a rumor

    by Bot-Bot

    Cast was locked down. Case closed. Mathieu Amalric is the top baddie in this one. The Brits know far better than to get a known superstar American actor. It would go against everything the franchise has been doing with this new series. If you guys were in London, you'd know that this would be considered a joke.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST


    by 11dayempire

    Day-Lewis is a mentalist method actor, though. To play the role, he'd have to get in character by starting up an actual terrorist organisation and threaten to blow up Washington DC with a Space Laser.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:31 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Glengary Glen Ross = A Nuclear Bomb of a movie. So damned intense. Shit, if Alec Baldwin could bring that character into Quantum he'd make a fucking explosive villain too.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST

    "Because Vesper had a GREAT ASS!!"

    by uss cygnus

    "And your head was all the way up it, Mr. Bond! Hoo-Ah!!" "You have to answer for Oddjob, Carlo."

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:33 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    That could very well be the greatest Bond flick ever. I can't even fathom how great that would be.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Not a smart way to follow up on Children of Men.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Cue the Johnny Cash "Dawn Of The Dead" Opening Credits

    by uss cygnus

    The Man Comes Around....because when there is no more room in reboot hell...Michael Corleone will walk the Earth.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST


    by uss cygnus

    Golden Guns are for closers only.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:37 a.m. CST

    50 CENT.

    by dr.bulber

    how do you like THE PACINO now fuckrz.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    "Big Boy" Caprice in a Bond movie?

    by SpyGuy

    Shit, just bring Madonna back for another horrible opening credits song while you're at it. HOO-AHHHHH!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST

    I could have sworn you said "awesome, awesome,awesome"

    by cornponious

    Al Pacino in this movie doesn't seem all that interesting.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    "007, say hello to your little friend."

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Frank Caliendo would be big news.

    by Diagnostic


  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    If they want to reintroduce Spectre then

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Billy Zane would be a nice replacement for Telly Savallas or Donald Pleasance in the Blofeld role. He has the do, he has the charisma, and acting chops. It might even make me forget Invincible.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST

    will he have spray-on tan?

    by occula

    if somebody can say to him 'remember what you did in godfather? yeah, let's have some of that', then i'd be happy. i realize that was like a hundred years' ago worth of acting, but still. dig deep, mr. pacino, or you're just gonna get a bag of shit left on your front porch by some dissatisfied fan. has anybody ever done that? the bag of shit? it's a good one.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Damn, for a minute I thought they'd resurrected Stavro Blofeld

    by KillaKane

    Big Al's cool though, I imagine he'll be scene chewing his way through Pinewood on full tilt "HooooHaaaaaah! ;-)

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    put a cork in it, zane!

    by occula

    there is zane love on this site for sure.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    I did too KillaKane..

    by MRJONZ72

    I did too!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST

    No NO NO!!

    by Marillion

    Yes, Pachino is a "god", but in the last few years, he's become a characture figure.. He plays himself, chewing up scenery almost as bad as Connery does (dog!). He would be distracting and no where near as menacing as he should be.. Lazenby would be cool, if he still has any acting chops, but Connery would be purely stunt casting for the sake of stunt casting. How about Paul Newman? seriously... Even though he's 150, he still commands a presence on screen...

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    I Love Pacino but...

    by The Bandit

    I love Al Pacino, a lot, but I hope this is all bullshit b/c that would be terrible. Its not that Pacino is no good or cant bring the goods anymore, but hes all wrong for something like this (unless we actually never SEE him. Not like a "Number 1" kind of thing, but you get the idea) Having some big star would be out of place enough, but especially with Pacino it would take you right out of the movie and we'd lose that suspension of disbelief instantly. Itd take the believability of the movie right out, just wouldnt work. Al worked in say Oceans 13 b/c it was that sort of over the top universe where a character like that would work. I'd love to see Pacino have some great mind blowing work come out that reminds us why hes the man, but all we get now is Pacino doing his best Pacino. I think this would be a step back for the Bond franchise and the great feel for the movies theyve got now. Pacino has been and can be imposing, furious, scary and so on but he doesnt belong in this world. Daniel Day Lewis would be genius but I digress. I'm not an Al basher, I'd watch a 3rd Garfield movie if he was in it, but Bond needs to avoid him.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST


    by Osmosis Jones

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Zane is cool, he just needs to make better

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    choices than he has as of late.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST

    I think Heath Ledger would be the mindscrew

    by durhay

    talk about a spit take moment.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST

    enough of the PT Barnum bullshit

    by BobPalpatine

    I realize the setup can make a piece of news more thrilling, but I'm so tired of clicking on an article: "Guess who's directing Xmen 4" or "Look who died today" And then I have to read through Moriarity's or Harry's editorial (which rarely contains the piece of information the article is about) then I have to read through the entire email to find the name. From now on, just say: "Al Pacino" first, and then go into your rambling.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    The Big Bad Boss is Shang Tsung

    by messi

    Fool....I enslave souls.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    looking more forward to AUG 15

    by smallcheetah

    when the animated Star Wars Movie comes out

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    There's this chicken.

    by Embeedeuce

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    There's this chicken.

    by Embeedeuce

    Plays tic tac toe. Never loses! Just like you.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST

    So the new Bond film is going straight to DVD?

    by boyblue

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    From the Desk of Tony Stark:

    by Stark Industries

    Al would be great for a short Cameo. Come on, you know you’ll dig it. He could be ‘tied’ to a BIGGER Bond Villain such as: Auric Goldfinger ( James Gandolfini ), General Orlov – Octopussy (Viggo Mortensen), Scaramange - Man With the Golden Gun (Denzel Washington), Dr. No (Chow Yun Fat), Ernst Stavro Blofeld – You Only Live Twice (Tobin Bell) Felix (Dwyane Johnson), ‘M’ (Nina Hartley) Yes, THAT ‘Nina’. With a British Accent, Lowkey Approach, “I’m YOUR Friggn’ Boss./Dominatrix in the background/Don’t Fuck with Me” minimalist attitude, she would def be the ‘M’ not to mess with. Just think about it before you get in a twist.) These characters are ‘over the top’ and have the attitude to keep Bond jumping as well as be memorable and bigger than life. Ca’mon… you know these choices would be cool. We’ll not as cool as me, but it worked for my Father, so that’s the way we do it. Any problems that you may have with the above casting should be directed to my ‘Complaint Department’ Division Head: Iron Man. Have a good day. Peace. -Stark

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:34 a.m. CST

    My decision not pay to see this becomes more justified

    by Spandau Belly

    every day.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST


    by ninjatracksuit

    Brosnan would have been inspired, but you know - snowballs in hell and all that. Mads Mikkelsen was actually pretty great in CR...Amalric looks good too, he's got that weird Polanski vibe. And though I loved Le Chiffre's basically reserved nature, I'd would like to see another CRAZY Bond villain. Amalric looks like he could do that.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST

    ricky roma rules

    by reckni

    I really hope Pacino is in it. He is God, as long you forget about "Two For The Money."

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Vodka martinis are for closers!

    by Embeedeuce

    What's my name? You. Fuck you. That's my name.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST


    by djmusicK

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Don't SOLACE!!

    by IAmJack'sUserID

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Pacino would just be wrong

    by odysseus

    wrong, wrong, wrong.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST

    I'll Believe it when I see it


    Don't seem like this franchise would go with such obvious casting.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Simon Le Bon needs to be a James Bond villian

    by Alfred_Packer

    Now that's stunt casting!! He would be great, and it would add another 10 million in gross, in the UK at least.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Remember Connery in The Avengers?

    by Bill Clay

    NOT a good arch-villain.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:02 p.m. CST

    depends on what the plot is

    by mrbong

    let's face it, Pacino is slumming it these days (anyone actually get all the way through 88 minutes and declare it a classic?) and could do with a decent job. if it is a sensible, realistic villain that requires acting, nice one. if it is more OTT shit, then Pacino is just going to shout a very great deal. as for Simon le Bon, i agree with getting decent themes again - You Know My Name was OK, but the last really decent ones that you can still play today are View To A Kill and a-ha's Living Daylights.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Hmm, Pacino as Blofeld?

    by moviemaniac-7

    I dunno. Might be a good thing, but I hope Pacino goes for a more subtle villain this time.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Ernst Stavro Blofeld

    by riskebiz

    If the character were rebooted without all the stuff that makes him a cliche ... that would be the best news ever. Pacino playing a character with equity in the Bond genre like Blofeld would be awesome.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST


    by uss cygnus

    Show me "Christopher Walken!" *Flip* *DING!*DING!*DING!*

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:27 p.m. CST

    I would so totally dig Christopher Lee

    by PirateEmery

    Scaramanga to Head Villain of the Franchise? Yes...

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Total bullshit!

    by Zardoz

    There's no fucking way this is true, suckers!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Itll only be good if its Pacino not playing Pacino

    by blindambition238

    ... otherwise it'll just be another throwaway role for the guy and the Bond films.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST

    A Fistful of Mehness

    by ByTor

    As others have said, it's been a while since Pacino has given a nuanced performance, or, really, one that avoids scenery-chewing.<P>And am I the only one who finds it hilarious that someone thinks that casting Simon Le Bon would add to the box office take in the UK? Really? That's a sad reflection on the UK, if you ask me.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    I agree that it should be Christopher Lee

    by kirttrik

    Picino, who gives a shit, he's not british.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST

    it thought it would be..

    by Lanceloco

    Christian Bale, that would be pretty cool

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST

    As long as the director can make him ACT

    by performingmonkey

    If they just let him take over and be himself then it will fuck up the film. He needs to play a proper character for once.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Ocean's 13

    by Embeedeuce

    Pacino was a phone-it-in villain in that movie. "I know people who really know how to hurt." He was actually a better villain in The Recruit.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1 p.m. CST

    What a bunch of cunts.

    by C Legion

    Unbelievable that so many are moaning about the possibility of one of the greatest actors of all time playing a part in a corny, never been that good anyway, spy series. Sort your fucking heads out, it's only a Bond film.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1 p.m. CST


    by Embeedeuce funny if Pacino played the head of International Immobiliare.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST


    by christian66

    Would be awesome. Or at least as one of the bad guys.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST

    We're Taking Over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Pacino needs to bring the artistic emotion found in Devil's Advocate to this part. That is the ONLY way this will work......

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Yeah right.

    by MattmanReturns

    I'd love to be wrong... but yeah right.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Pacino can be great

    by Mattyboy122

    But I think this is all wrong. He's too big a name. It might strike someone as a rehash of Layer Cake, but it'd be nice to have Gambon in there. McKellen might be too campy, and poor Richard Harris is dead (but he could've been great a la Unforgiven). Ciaran Hinds would be good, but I donno if he'd be in a Bond flick. Same for Rutger Hauer.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:17 p.m. CST

    I thought it would be Christoper Walken

    by xtremist123

    Now THAT would be awesome!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:23 p.m. CST

    well good,

    by BigTexas42

    now frank caliendo can have some new fodder. <P><P>I EXPECT YOU TO HOO-AAH

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:26 p.m. CST

    There is a concept in popular culture...

    by Darth Macchio

    ...known as "becoming a 'caricature' of yourself". This is Pacino through and through. Hearing he's on a project no longer rings as a good thing to me. I still think Pacino's last amazing work was in "Heat" tho I'm sure others would disagree. Bringing him on board this movie would be like having him portray himself in the movie...a HUGE distraction (I cannot see Pacino and not think "Hey, it's Al Pacino" no matter what he's in now). Plus, as mentioned above, the screaming dialogue is way played out and I don't think his ego would allow full-on direction to get him out of his typical "Alpacino" mode. I didn't see him in O13 but I'd think that movie was a perfect vehicle for him (ensemble situational comedy)...not the multi-decade legacy of James Bond. Christopher Lee would kick ass tho he might be a bit too iconic presently for a bad guy (come on people, Saruman and Dooku and now another bad guy...arguably all in a row? He could do it supreme justice of course...but the poor guy needs a break from the arch-villain thing!). Not to mention, all "main bad guy" casting aside, doesn't this "new" Bond seem to be not in the same world as the "Giant hidden fortress secret underwater base, evil bad-guy bent on taking over/destroying/enslaving the world? Isn't that more the "Kenny G" James Bond ala Roger Moore (read: popcorn-y and unrealistic) versus "Coltrane" James Bond with Daniel Craig? (as in highly realistic and not at all popcorn-y even with big action?). Maybe it's just me.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:29 p.m. CST

    it should be Desmond Llewelyn

    by Kloipy

    that would be a real suprise

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST

    No! No! No!

    by MorpheusTheSandman

    The bad guy should be someone who isn't Al or Bob! Someone unknown. Al is too much Al!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    or Michael Gross as Burt Gummer

    by Kloipy

    he unleashes his horde of graboids on Craig

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Stark Industries has purchased the Bond franchise and recast...

    by Stark Industries

    From the Desk of Tony Stark: by Stark Industries Feb 13th, 2008 Al would be great for a short Cameo. Come on, you know you’ll dig it. He could be ‘tied’ to a BIGGER Bond Villain such as: Auric Goldfinger ( James Gandolfini ), General Orlov – Octopussy (Viggo Mortensen), Scaramange - Man With the Golden Gun (Denzel Washington), Dr. No (Chow Yun Fat), Ernst Stavro Blofeld – You Only Live Twice (Tobin Bell) Felix (Dwyane Johnson), ‘M’ (Nina Hartley) Yes, THAT ‘Nina’. With a British Accent, Lowkey Approach, “I’m YOUR Friggn’ Boss./Dominatrix in the background/Don’t Fuck with Me” minimalist attitude, she would def be the ‘M’ not to mess with. Just think about it before you get in a twist.) These characters are ‘over the top’ and have the attitude to keep Bond jumping as well as be memorable and bigger than life. Ca’mon… you know these choices would be cool. We’ll not as cool as me, but it worked for my Father, so that’s the way we do it. Any problems that you may have with the above casting should be directed to my ‘Complaint Department’ Division Head: Iron Man. Have a good day. Peace. -Stark

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:40 p.m. CST


    by ArcadianDS


  • Feb. 13, 2008, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Vern Troyer would be even sweeter...

    by Somerichs

    or Mike Myers...heh...

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 2:10 p.m. CST


    by Cobbio

    This isn't the best news, in my opinion. Al Pacino has made many great films in his time, but he's slumming lately, becoming a charicature of himself. I already know the exact expression, exact delivery, and exact posture he'll use to look threatening if this casting news is true. Seems hugely anti-climactic.<p> I'd rather see the lesser-known Anatole Taubman as Bond's nemesis. However, that's probably me being disingenuous. Here's hoping Marc Forster found something weird and distinctive for Pacino to latch on to as a Bond character.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST


    by vaudeville villain

    what? did he not own as one of, if not THE most hateful bastard to ever grace the screen? *ahem*

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST

    FIght scene in an art gallery?

    by skywalkerfamily

    Sounds like Moonraker. I bet everything gets totaled.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST


    by SebastianHaff

    I was hoping all that buildup was going to be for announcing Connery as the bad guy. I know it'd be gimmicky, but fuck man, it'd be a pretty sweet gimmick. Pacino's cool too though. No complaints.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 2:19 p.m. CST

    I thought it was David Bowie.

    by Yoda's Ball Sack

    That would be BIG news.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Will Farrell as the Baddie

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Hey if Ben Stiller can be JR Ewing anything is possible

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST

    But will he be SCREAAAAAAMING???

    by superduper3000

    James Bond vs The Screamer? Oh, it's on!! It can't be any worse than his appearance in Ocean's 13 (which was still fun, btw). <BR> <BR>

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Christopher Eccleston

    by Automaton Overlord

    should play Blofeld!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST


    by vaudeville villain

    ...or you're gonna lose. the point is - can you win or lose like a man?

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST


    by ironic_name

    get some of the old bond girls to be the villains

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:07 p.m. CST

    I'm Going Downtown & Talk to Q&M! I'm going to LEMKIN!

    by uss cygnus

    Oh, I'm going to have your job, shithead.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Roger Moore could have been the villian.

    by skywalkerfamily

    Or Dalton or Brosnan. That would have been a nice twist.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Ain't It Cool Invented Shit I Pass As News

    by Wonderboys

    That's should be the new name of this site, yeaarp!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST

    A Blofeld/SPECTRE reboot would be cool...

    by KillaKane

    sans the more overt Austin Powers schtick, (Neru suits, trapdoors and an infinite supply of disposable lackies) otherwise no one would take it seriously, but I'd expect to see a white pussy somewhere! (F'nar). It'd be cool to see some old skool JB baddies return.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    No Mr Bond, I expect joo to die...

    by smackfu


  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    No one was better than Pacino in the 70s/80s

    by Prossor

    Nicholson was close, De Niro? Scorsese held his hand. 1900 or The Last Tycoon? What bland 2-gear performances (and this is 70s when hes supposedly in his "prime"). Pacino was a FORCE OF NATURE. no matter the quality of some of his films, his performances were A fucking +. This should be interesting to see if he dissapears into his roll ala 70s/80s and not his yell-fest 90s mode.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:18 p.m. CST

    "If I wer the man I was 5 years ago, I'd take a FLAMETHROWER to

    by One-Eyed Willy

    If he is the one, he better step up to the plate, and be scary "Godfather II" intense. This Al-Pacino-playing-Al-Pacino characture he's been getting away with is old and lame

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Say Hellooo to my newer friend!!!!!!!!!

    by loc420

    Cue in Verne Troyer as Mini-Pacino, haha

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST


    by Mr.Slade

    too cool to be true

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    It would take away from Craig

    by skywalkerfamily

    Hire an unknown. The reason Mr. White worked well was that he was an actor you didn't know.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:30 p.m. CST


    by Tourist

    ...Should do the Bond theme.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    For Pacino, I hope so!

    by Judge Briggs

    He hasn't been in a good movie for a long time!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    by PedroM

    They made a offer he can´t refuse alright, because Gemma Arterton got A GREEEEAAAAT ASS! AND TITS!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Give it up guys, this is bullshit!

    by Bot-Bot

    Mathieu Almaric is the main bad guy. End of story. They're half-way through filming for chrissakes. This would be all over IMDB and the Hollywood Reporter.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:51 p.m. CST

    omg it's gonna be Christian Bale!

    by kafka07

    or Al Pacino, one of those two guys.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST

    I bet it's Michael Caine

    by skywalkerfamily

    He's sneaky.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST

    NO NO NO

    by coachaaron

    pacino is a shadow of his former self, this would only make him look worse... unless he really gets to go wild with this role.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:55 p.m. CST

    My post was retarded hahah but

    by loc420

    Fuck it, it should be Timothy Dalton or William Shatner as the main bad guy.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Al Pacino IS

    by skimn

    Dick Inyurfacha.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Bale would mess up Craig

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    But it ain't happening.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Matt Damon should be the boss

    by skywalkerfamily

    He makes sitting in a chair for 2 hours scary.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    Fock you Bond... Fock you! Shay hello to my leeeeeetle frend!<P> This casting is inspired. So long as he plays the whole part in the style of Scarface, I'm soooooooooo fucking there!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    This better not be true...


    The Bond franchise does not need Al "Hoohaa!" Pacino. Otherwise, it just becomes a vehicle for the actor do do a Hoohaa wacky performance. There's a real possibility that we could be getting a Pacino as Blofeld. The Austin Powers films proved that the character was a joke. I highly doubt(assuming that he IS actually playing Blofeld)that the star power of Pacino is going to help much in that matter. Could this soon lead to Pacino as Cobra Commander in GI JOE? COBRAAAA! HOO HAA!!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Coming soon...


    Scent of a Blofeld. HOO HAA!!!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    But we'll never see his face.

    by skywalkerfamily

    He'll just be sitting in a chair stroking his kitty.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST


    by the9points

    this had come as a surprise upon first viewing we'd have been blown. the fuck. away by it. now, not so much. lesson learnt? probably not.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Al Pacino? Maybe... but i'd prefer...

    by Yeti

    Charles Dance or Anthony Stewart Head as they play Evil! so very very well.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by la_sith


  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Frank Caliendo as Al Pacino in Quantum of Solace

    by messi

    Liar, Liar. Your pants....are on FIRE!!!!!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Great Ass!!!

    by finky089

    well, it was.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    I'm very Angry, Bond.

    by Embeedeuce

    You can ball my wife in her ex-husband's dead-tech post-modern bullshit house. But you do not get to watch my MOTHER FUCKING TV!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:01 p.m. CST


    by BrooseTheScharuk

    Pacino is an overrated blowhard. Then again, that might work for a Bond villain, if this were ten years ago and Bond was all about being tongue-in-cheek and larger-than-life and all that shit. I like the idea of the Bond villains always being these awesome actors from various parts of the world who don't have any recognition factor for North American audiences. If it has to be an American, it shouldn't be anyone any bigger than -- say -- Phillip Baker Hall. Better yet, get one of those clever Brits, with their tricky accent switching powers, like Tom Wilkinson. Al Pacino is just Al Pacino. I don't give a shit about fucking mega movie stars. Of course, I'm probably ranting on a bullshit story anyway, you were...

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    I thought it would be Telly Savalas :(

    by polyh3dron


  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Hope this isn't true.

    by I Hope You Die

    This kind of shit is all Al Pacino does these days. Pops up and plays Al Pacino so we can all go "OMIGOD IT'S AL PACINO IN SOME ROLE I DIDN'T EXPECT TO SEE HIM IN PLAYING THE SAME FUCKING CHARACTER HE ALWAYS PLAYS." Screw that. I think the big bad guy should be a CGI-version of 1960s Sean Connery who proceeds to lay out his plan to kill Bond and take his place. He then turns to the camera and says, in his thick Scottish accent, "That's right, in Dr. No, in From Russia with Love, in Goldfinger, in Thunderball... I was evil. How's that for a mindfuck?"

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Joe Peschi

    by otm shank

    No Mr. Bond, you said I was a threat. What am I here to threaten you? What the FUCK is so threatening about me?!?

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Lol Joe Pesci

    by skywalkerfamily

    Am I a clown to you, Mr. Bond? Do I amuse you?

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    I Hope You Die

    by Prossor

    that sounds... admittedly badass. of coures ANYHING Connery would do in the 60s would be badass. He could have been spinning around in the alps singing the hills are alive or cameoing in Good Bad Ugly... heck.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Indiana Jones Trailer up tomorrow...

    by idahomer

    Anyone know that? Premiers durring GMA tomorrow between 8-9 am.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Hayden Christensen

    by skywalkerfamily

    I hate you, Mr. Bond! You get everywhere! You're not smooth! You're rough!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Pacino? Please say no

    by tigana99

    If true, it's utterly depressing. Pacino has perfected the art of speaking his lines, every line, loudly. This is supposed to add gravitas and menace to his characters. Now, if he could re-learn speaking softly, as he did in Godfather 2, well, perhaps I could believe again.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Only if he's done up as Big Boy Caprice

    by skimn

    so he can deliver, "What's the matter, you bums forgotten how to kill people? Have you no sense of pride in what you do? No sense of duty, no sense of destiny? I'm looking for generals; what have I got? Foot soldiers! " A comic book villian fit Mr Pacino all too well in 1990.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    That would rock on so many levels

    by Kragmose

    Also, the art-gallery fight scene sounds like something I will look forward to. Much.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Alec Baldwin

    by irrelevntelefant

    "Coffee is for killers, Mr. Bond"

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    At least its not Dane Cook

    by irrelevntelefant

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:13 p.m. CST

    John Madden as "Q",

    by BillyPilgrim

    Ryan Seacrest as "Moneypenny" and Phil Specter as the Big Boss Baddy.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Quantum of Pacino!

    by skywalkerfamily

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:19 p.m. CST


    by kadayi

    Pacino is a caricature of himself these days, I don't like the idea of him hamming it up in the next film...

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Maybe it's an older version of the Scarface character

    by Logan_1973


  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Tim Dalton or even Wojer Moore


    would be better. Though it was gonna be Connery too but Pacino just did baddy boringly in Oceans 103 or whatever so get someone better suited! Get Brosnan!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST


    by thecheesegrommit

    Ok... wait for it....wait for it...Terry O'quinn! You know it's true. Genius! Shhh..... shhh!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:09 p.m. CST

    by thecheesegrommit


  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:12 p.m. CST

    It's a bad idea

    by Luscious.868

    I agree 100% with everyone who thins this isn't good news. As others have pointed out, he hasn't really "acted" in a movie in a long time and since he's so well known I think he'd only take people out of the movie. The only way I'd be for this is if they can get him to tone down his schtick and actually act.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Clueless People .............

    by jjgittes

    "all he does is play Al Pacino" - Angels in America and Merchant of Venice were only 4 years ago and were as good a back to back one-two punch as anyone has done in film in recent memory. You people are simply not worthy. Heck even in O13 he was a terrific, witty (and quite sly) addition to the ensemble. Yeah, he does crap but he rarely sucks in anything, he doesn't coast (he's working hard to entertain YOU dammit) - and here's the kicker : he's been flat out great at LEAST 6 times in the last 10 years (Donnie Brasco, The Insider, Chinese Coffee, Insomnia, and the aforementioned AiA, MOV); any other American actor in his age group got 6 great performances in the last 10 years? Yeah, exactly....

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Sean Connery should be the next Bond villian

    by GornPirate

    and Alex Trebek should be his second in command.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Matt Damon as bad guy with Sara Silverman as his squeeze

    by Uncapie

    "No, Mr. Bond...I FUCKED SARA SILVERMAN!" For those who've seen the Jimmy Kimmel Show.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:01 p.m. CST

    McCain should be the villain!

    by skywalkerfamily

    He's scary.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Do you expect me to talk?

    by SpencerTrilby

    No Mr Bond, I EXPECT YOU TO DIE! <p> I don't know what to think. He made perfectly clear in recent interviews that he doesn't give a shit about blockbusters: he just takes the money , laughs all the way to the bank and comes home reading scripts for smaller, better flicks (when he's in the mood of shooting one). <p> I sure hope it's just a cameo, so people will get used to the idea (not unlike Sam Jackson in Iron Man) and give him a decent part in Bond 23. At least it gives them 2 more years to write him a decent baddie part, and not a VIP cameo.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Scarface versus Bond?

    by Noir_LeBlanc

    Hell yeah!!!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:27 p.m. CST

    I still say it's total bullshit!

    by Zardoz

    and I hope it is, 'cause Pacino would be so very WRONG for this movie, or any Bond movie for that matter. Stop the insanity!

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Change that goddamn title

    by WolfmanNards

    I'm not gonna go to or talk about a movie called Quantum of Solace

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 12:20 a.m. CST


    by haggardatbest

    I was hoping for Eric the Midget.

  • get a thesaurus.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 12:52 a.m. CST

    I really

    by Series7

    Can't remember who the bad guy even was in James Bond, Martin Campbell returns?? Awwww who cares Marc Forster is going to poop out another boring film.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Al Pacino in all of his movies in the last decade:

    by Han Cholo

    Blank stare - "AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!" <p> Hopefully he'll play it calmly this time. I want to see him play a quiet person who remains calm even when the shit hits the fan.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 1:20 a.m. CST


    by Maniaq

    seriously tho - I see no reason to jump from "Al Pacino is doing a cameo" to "Al Pacino is the new Bond Villain" so easily... <p> To me cameo says some section chief type who fails and gets executed spectacularly. Not THE fucking MAN. Or maybe Felix Leiter's CIA chief doing the whole shouting at his subordinates bit - now THAT I can see Pacino doing a cameo more than the Big Cheese... <p> Really there are so many different ways this could be interpreted - and didn't this very site already confirm it was Almaric? <p> Just to throw this out there, you know who I think would make an excellent Bond Villain that everyone would LOVE to HATE? OK now your initial reaction to this might be a little adverse, but just let it settle in for a moment and then see how you feel about it - Tom Cruise <p> <p> think about it - all I'm saying

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 1:53 a.m. CST

    I'm over....

    by Brians Life

    ...the idea that simply injecting Al Pacino into a movie makes it better. That said, Casino Royale was a brilliant movie. Hopefully Pacino's portrayal of the big bad will be equally brilliant and not just another Pacino SNL caricature.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Who cares - he'll do any piece of shit for a paycheck these days

    by Doc_McCoy

    And even if this rumor is true, Pacino has had maybe two good performances in the last decade.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Christopher Nolan Theory

    by DC Films

    How's this: They make a Bond movie approx. every 2 years (that's the plan anyway. You could say the same about Nolan's Batman trilogy. So Nolan should be coming out of Batman 3 around the time Bond 23 goes into production. Nolan's already said he'd love to do a Bond movie one day and Eon would bend over backwards to get him. Well, the last good performance that Pacino put in was on the Nolan film, Insomnia. It was an understated turn - grizzled, dark and internal - showed that the guy's still got it in him with the right script and direction (just like DeNiro). Makes sense that Pacino would be tempted in if he thought he might get to work with Nolan again. And makes sense that Eon would trust Nolan to get a less derivated 'Sent of a Woman' performance out of Pacino. If they pair Pacino with the wrong set of hands we'll end up with a character indistinguishable from 'John Milton' in dull as dish-water 'Devil's Advocate'. With Haggis' Advocacy steering the franchise they wouldn't let this happen... would they?

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 3:43 a.m. CST

    2000s Pacino is doing better than 90s Pacino

    by Prossor

    Angels in America, Merchant of Venice, and he will be portraying Salvador Dali too. Maybe this villain role is part of that rebound. Same cant be said for DeNIro who will be playing yet another mobster in Frankie Machine.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 3:58 a.m. CST

    BTW, in my Bond movie...

    by DC Films

    Rutger Hauer is the villain - been saying so for years - and Michael Gambon as a ruthless, cantakorous M.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 5:20 a.m. CST

    Big boss...

    by Ghostball

    next time should be a woman - a antithesis of M, who controls a 007 antithesis. Any thoughts who should play 'em?

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 5:29 a.m. CST

    90s Pacino was pretty freakin' good too

    by jjgittes

    There is no "bad" period Pacino - he consistently gives great performances every year or 2 (although his last one is 2004 with Merchant of Venice, let's see what he does in 2007)......By the way his self financed "Salomaybe" looks pretty damn daring and exciting too and that's due out in see any other American actor doing anything like "Salomaybe"? If you're going to bust his chops for taking crap like "88 Minutes" and "two For the Money", you have to give the props when he does Shakespeare and Wilde on film too yanno? I'd really suggest some people go rent the Al Pacino : An Actor's Vision dvd set - 3 films Pacino financed with his own money "Local Stigmatic", "Chinese Coffee", "Looking For Richard".....all great pieces of acting - all from different stages of his career.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Hoping it was BLOFELD and SPECTRE ...

    by GCH888

    I was hoping the character itself was going to be BLOFELD and the criminal organisation was going to be revealed to be SPECTRE. Unlikely I know given the stalemate over the rights but I really would've liked to have seen a modern retelling of Bond going against SPECTRE.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 6:22 a.m. CST

    If this is so...

    by metaluna

    ... I think it'd be a great move. I can see him as Blofeld but not the cartoon figure from previous films, harder and real and I think that's why (if it's true that is) Pacino got a call. He would be truly scary as a Bond villain, the ultimate in fact. Another smart move by the producers I think. Can't wait to see it, silly title or no.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Yoda as the Bond villain.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Expect you to die I do Mr. Bond, yes hmmmmm.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Ving Rhames as the Bond villain.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I'm gonna get medieval on your ass Mr. Bond. Hey, actually this ain't a bad idea. Remake Live and Let Die with Ving.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Remake Live and Let Die with Ving.

    by ATARI

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!<br> <br> Hollywood, are you listening?<br>

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Mr Bond I"m sending the Wolf

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    You happy now? Sheeet negro, that's all you had to say.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    As long as Pacino dances

    by Abominable Snowcone

    it will be cool.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Billy Zane!

    by Stollentroll

    "You rule, Mr Bond!" - "No, YOU rule!"

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Larenzo Lamas

    by Nabster

    as the next bond villain. Pacino is a bloated scenery chewer.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 10 a.m. CST

    Pacino ended the 90's with a bang, though

    by SpencerTrilby

    Tony D'Amato rules.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST


    by FleshMachine

    most overrated "actor" ever!! he plays the SAME person in EVERY FILM!! watch godfather 3 aint michael corleone anymore...its al pacino.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST


    by Napolean Solo

    Say hello to my little cameo. ROTFFLMAO

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Jeff the Drunk as the villian

    by irrelevntelefant

    Niiiiiiiiiice, Mr. Bond. You fuggin fag! can you spare $500, I'm outta weed?

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Bigfoot (Mark Jr) as the villian

    by irrelevntelefant

    Mr Bond, it is.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by vaudeville villain

    *thumping chest* Bond TRIED to SCREW my WIFFFE!!!

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST

    I was thinking Stavro as well

    by XoanonTORN

    I was hoping for a major CHARACTER announcement..not actor rumor..Pacino rocks though..don't ever count him as an over actor...ever see Carlito's Way, Scarface or of course The Godfather? He's great

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Yummy Scenery

    by Palooka

    "I'll take a flamethrower to this franchise!!"

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST


    by BigTexas42

    It's right there in the title! SCOTT BAKULA as the big baddie! Sam vs. Q in a cool gadget showdown!

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST

    That's it!!! Joe Pesci as Bond Villain?

    by messi

    What's so fucking funny Mr Bond? huh? What's so fucking funny?

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 1:27 p.m. CST

    5 minutes of research will prove this false

    by Bot-Bot

    You guys don't dig very deep for your sources. That's how stupid rumors like this get on here. Subscribe to IMDB pro and in 2 seconds you'd learn the truth. Hell, even the behind the scenes videos interview THE MAIN VILLAIN. Learn how to use the bloody internet.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Hulk Hogan should be the baddie

    by JoeSixPack

    Hogan, Hulk Hogan, BROTHER!

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Andy Richter as the bad guy

    by skywalkerfamily

    He needs the work.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST


    by XoanonTORN

    Ah yes, IMDB...they've always been the go-to source for correct news...yes I'm being sarcastic. Who knows, this could be true..but if you know something we don't..why not share with the class?

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by astro1

    Terrible. Pacino hasn't been good in YEARS.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 6:40 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see Gary Oldman.

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    And if Oldman isn't available, cancel the project.<p> <p> Seriously, Pacino as the bad guy will suck. You might as well cast Woody Harrelson, Marlon Wayans, or Steven Seagal...

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Cause She's Got A "........GREAT ASS..."

    by skoobyx

    Worst acting moment in history.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Okay XoanonTorn, you got me.

    by Bot-Bot

    Some of us on the Talkback would rather stay anonymous.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Let me buy you a pack of gum and I'll show you how to chew it.

    by Det. John Kimble


  • Feb. 15, 2008, 11:39 p.m. CST

    by tikibars

    Whether Pacino plays the role or not, you all KNOW that Blofeld will be back in Quantum or in the film after that, at the latest. They need someone truly bad-as to play him. Pacino will do, if that can get him to commit to at least three films or so.

  • Feb. 16, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    mind leaving the door open so's my brother knows everything ok?

    by Prossor

    "suuuure no problem! no problem!" "so omar says you ok?" "yeah? good! Omar's ok!" "Ok." "Ok..... you got the money?" "You got the stuff?" "Sure i got the stuff! I don't have it right here NOW... i got it close by" "...i dont have the money either" "No?" "I got it close by too." "Ok.... want me to come out we do this again?" "Hahaha where you from Tony?" "WHAT THE FUCK DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE WHERE I FROM" "Cojo cojo... i just want to know who i do business with" "You wanna get to know me, whontchu start doing business with me and stop FUCKING around HECTOR" "Mira Antonio..." "whats the story?" [cue guns on Tony and Angel and chainsaw scene]

  • Feb. 22, 2008, 12:22 a.m. CST

    "Shay hello to da bad guy!"

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Feb. 22, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    "Ju 'ave a look in yo eye like ju haven't been focked in a jear,

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Feb. 22, 2008, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Meester Bond!"

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Feb. 22, 2008, 12:27 a.m. CST

    "Ju know wha' a hazza is, Meester Bond?"

    by MrMysteryGuest

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