Albert Finney dead – Final movie role was James Bond smash Skyfall | Films | Entertainment

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His final movie role was James Bond smash hit Skyfall in 2012, in which he played Kincade. Directed by Sam Mendes, he went down a storm with fans – but interestingly, it was briefly considered that original 007 hero Sean Connery could play that part. Finney went on to more than make it his own.

“To me it becomes too… it would take you out of the movie [if Connery did the part],” Mendes told Huffington Post.

“Connery is Bond and he’s not going to come back as another character.

“It was a very brief flirtation with that thought, but it was never going to happen, because I thought it would distract”.

Finney’s performance as the character – who proved to be integral to the plot’s climax – was a triumph.

“Albert Finney brings warmth and gravitas to a key role in the home stretch,” Empire wrote in their review at the time.

Skyfall was itself something of a comeback for the actor, who had been resting since 2007 when the film came along at the turn of the decade.

His decision to film the 007 caper alongside The Bourne Legacy was seen as something of a curveball, given his CV packed with pictures such as American Beauty, Revolutionary Road, A Man of No Importance and Delivering Milo.

A family spokesperson today confirmed that the Hollywood great has died after a short illness, age 82.

Details of his death have not yet been revealed – but in 2011 it was revealed that he had kidney cancer.

Finney earned five Oscar nominations across his career; including Erin Brokovich alongside Julia Roberts in 2000.

Tributes have already begun pouring in on social media as people rush to pay tribute in their droves.

Finney was born in Lancashire in 1936; the son of a bookmaker.



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