The collective minds behind the James Bond universe have taken note: Skyfall was a triumph. Critically revered and fiscally explosive, the 2012 movie marked a renewed enthusiasm for Agent 007. As such, it probably wouldn’t be too terrible an idea to take a few pages from the film’s book for the next go around for Bond. We’ve got Daniel Craig on board for at least another few Bond movies, so that’s a lock. Skyfall director Sam Mendes? Yes, even though he said he wouldn’t do another, he’s rumored to be returning for the next Bond adventure. And while it would be illogical to bring back the movie’s ill-fated villain Silva, played by Javier Bardem, Bond 24 might be doing the closest feasible thing: casting Bardem’s his wife, Penelope Cruz.
Yahoo UK reports from a source close to production that Cruz could be joining the cast as the next “Bond Girl,” a title at once belittling and celebrated. What is most encouraging about this move is Cruz’s age: at almost 40, she will be the oldest actress to take on a Bond girl role, hopefully expanding the nature of the position (often serving as little more than fresh faced eye candy and a source of sexual tension with the much older James Bond) to that of a more venerable character.
On the other hand, Cruz could easily pass for like, 28, so it’s not as though they’re really shifting gears all too rigorously.