Bond 24 Role
Earlier this summer, a rumor broke that Sam Mendes’ James Bond 24 was looking to cast an “iconic henchman.” According to Latino-Review.com, former WWE Champion Dave Batista is set to star as Hinx, the main henchman in the next James Bond movie.
Hinx was described like this in a recent casting call:
“Ideally over 6’2?. Hinx is the main henchman/assassin. We are looking for an imposing extremely physically fit actor. He has several fights with Bond and will have to have stunt training. He has to drive. We are looking for someone very unusual, possibly from a sports background.”
According to Comingsoon.net, whoever wins the role,” reported MI-6 in the initial rumor, “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 goal is to find the next Jaws or Oddjob – a henchman so different to anything that has gone before that they will become instantly iconic in the film series.”
The same report suggested that the character was going by the name (or codename) Hinx behind the scenes, but that that name could potentially change prior to production.
Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are returning for the 24th Bond installment, which will again be directed by Skyfall helmer Mendes. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson will produce.
Still without an official title, Bond 24 is scheduled to hit theaters on November 6, 2015. Bond 24 will begin filming on December 6th.
Possible WrestleMania Return
Following the success of Batista’s film Guardians of the Galaxy, which has made over $314 million domestically since its release on August 1 and is one of the biggest hits of the year, it would be easy to understand why some fans would never expect to see him in the WWE ring again.
Throw in his age, his history of injuries and the fact that his return to WWE earlier this year wasn’t exactly warmly received by fans, and you could easily see the star deciding wrestling isn’t worth the hassle anymore.
However, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE officials are expecting the star to return around WrestleMania 31 for one last run and a possible program with old nemesis Triple H is apparently an option.
“It’s also expected Batista will be returning for a run toward WrestleMania, perhaps ending up as his farewell run, because he noted that at 45 (he’ll be 46 early next year), he knows his time is limited and was looking at doing a program with HHH for Mania as his farewell,” Wrestling Observer noted.
As noted, Batista’s babyface run in WWE in January and February didn’t live up to expectations. Would things be different if he came back as a good guy? Most likely, as he wouldn’t be the only returning part-timer. Also, keeping him away from the WWE championship would help.
For one thing, fans won’t resent him for trying to take Daniel Bryan’s lead babyface spot this time around. He might also benefit from the overwhelming popularity of Guardians of the Galaxy.
A potential feud with Triple H sounds promising too.
In other news, Batista has been pulled from this weekend’s Dallas Comic Con because of a scheduling conflict. Any fans who purchased photos or the Ultimate Package to meet the Guardians of the Galaxy star will be refunded soon.