Brnice Marlohe, Helen McCrory and Ben Whishaw on for Bond 23?

According to the Daily Mail 's Baz Bamigboye, French actress Bérénice Marlohe is the new Bond girl, and Helen McCrory and Ben Whishaw will also be joining her in 007's latest adventure.

While the reports are unconfirmed, Bamigboye does have form in this area, announcing the likes of Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes previously.

Marlohe is hasn't really done anything yet that would have reached a wide international audience, which could benefit her when it comes to playing what's bound to be a mysterious, glamourous and unreadable figure.

According to the report, she impressed Sam Mendes at a screen test at Pinewood Studios.

McCrory and Whishaw's roles aren't clear yet. The former is probably best known for playing Narcissa Malfoy in a few Harry Potter s, and she was Cherie Blair in The Queen .

It's as easy to imagine her playing a top-level agent or someone altogether more sinister (she was originally tapped to play HP 's Bellatrix Lestrange before pregnancy got in the way).

Likewise, Whishaw would fit the role of a rookie agent as well as a weaselly villain.

Mendes' Bond 23, rumoured to be called Skyfall , is shaping up to be one of the classiest Bond outings yet.

Daniel Craig is returning as 007, Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem are lined up as the villains, and Naomie Harris will be Moneypenny.

And we only have to wait just over a year (26 October 2012, to be precise) to see it…

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.