British actor Michael Sheen, who will be seen by millions this fall in “New Moon,” is reportedly in talks to join the James Bond franchise for yet another iconic role. According to an anonymous source, Sheen is up for the villainous part of Blofeld in the 23rd installment of the 007 series, which is currently being co-scripted by two-time Oscar-nominated writer Peter Morgan.
Morgan and Sheen have collaborated many times before, most memorably for “Frost/Nixon” and “The Queen,” in which he portrayed former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. It’s possible that this link between writer and actor has led to speculative rumors of Sheen’s interest and involvement in the Bond film, but we’re hoping that it’s true. Apparently Sheen has been a fan of the 007 series since his youth, so he is likely crossing his fingers, as well.
Though Sheen is a well-respected actor, he is no stranger to mainstream franchises. In addition to playing Tony Blair on more than one occasion, he’s had a recurring part as the werewolf Lucian in the “Underworld” movies. His role as the vampire Aro in “New Moon” may well carry over into the subsequent “Twilight” sequels.
The skinny actor doesn’t quite fit Ian Fleming’s original description of evil mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who is supposed to be a former muscle man who let himself go, physically. But the character has been previously portrayed by a mixed array of actors, including Donald Pleasance (“You Only Live Twice”), Telly Savalas (“On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”), Charles Gray (“Diamonds Are Forever”) and Max von Sydow (the unofficial Bond installment “Never Say Never Again”), so there’s certainly room for artistic license with the villain’s appearance.
After Mike Myers’ spoof of Blofeld in the form of Dr. Evil in the “Austin Powers” movies, it’s probably for the best that he’s not represented in the “Quantum of Solace” follow-up as a bald, facially scarred man costumed in a gray suit. He must still be accompanied by his trademark white cat though, regardless of how silly it might look.
Do you hope Michael Sheen plays the Bond villain? Should he go with the silly, cliché appearance of Blofeld, or should he play the character more straight and serious to fit with the tone of the Daniel Craig-starred installments?