Rhys Ifans Signs On To Bond 23
Posted on Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:43 AM PDT

rifansbond23_071811_230.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) -The James Bond franchise is getting some new blood - Welsh actor Rhys Ifans has just signed on to the tentatively titled Bond 23.

The film is being directed by Sam Mendes and will star Daniel Craig as Bond for a third time.

Also returning to the franchise is Judi Dench as Bond's boss M. In addition, Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes have both been confirmed - though their roles haven't been fully disclosed yet - and Naomi Harris will play M's assistant Moneypenny.

Ifans is best known for his role as Hugh Grant's friend in Notting Hill. But the actor has worked with Craig before - the two starred in Enduring Love together, with Rhys playing Craig's character's stalker.