Benedict Cumberbatch Set to Play the Villain in the 24th JAMES BOND Movie?

Benedict Cumberbatch Set to Play the Villain in the 24th JAMES BOND Movie?

We're still roughly a month away from the release of Skyfall, but a recent report suggests that work on the next installment in the long-running franchise will begin next year, and that actor Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play the main antagonist. Click for more details.

Following the report that actor Daniel Craig has signed on to star as 007 in two more James Bond movies, Express UK's Day & Night reckon he will be joined by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), saying he has landed the role of the main antagonist in the planned 24th entry of the franchise.

"Benedict is considered perfect Bond villain material," the site reports. "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."

The actor has also once stated that he would jump at the chance of playing James Bond a few months back, and while no official confirmation has been issued by the studio regarding this matter, it certainly would be interesting to see Cumberbatch in such a role. What do you think of this? As usual, sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below.

The James Bond film series is a British series of spy films based on the fictional character of MI6 agent James Bond (code designation "007"), who originally appeared in a series of books by Ian Fleming. Earlier films were based on Fleming's novels and short stories, followed later by films with original storylines. It is one of the longest continually-running film series in history, having been in ongoing production from 1962 to the present. The latest entry of the franchise, Skyfall (starring Daniel Craig as James Bond), is set to be released on October 23, 2012.

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