There’s not a lot of information out there about the next installment of the James Bond franchise that’s expected to begin filming later in 2014, but a new report making the rounds may offer some clues about one of the characters Daniel Craig’s super-spy will brawl with in the movie.
According to MI6, the project is looking to cast an actor who can become the latest iconic henchman in the franchise that gave audiences memorable characters like the metal-mouthed Jaws (Richard Kiel — pictured above) and the hat-throwing Oddjob (Harold Sakata). The site offered up the following description of what the film is looking for in its next memorable foil for James Bond:
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.
While there’s no official confirmation of this casting call, it would certainly make sense for the franchise to take a step in that direction, as there hasn’t been a truly memorable henchmen-type character since Famke Janssen played Xenia Onatopp, a Russian assassin who killed men using her powerful thighs in 1995’s Goldeneye.
Sam Mendes, who directed 2012’s Skyfall, is directing the still-untitled next installment of the series, which is expected to hit theaters November 16, 2015.