(Drum roll please…)

…little known French actress Eva Green (The Dreamers, Kingdom of Heaven), who’ll play Vesper Lynd opposite the new 007, Daniel Craig — as well as recently cast villain Mads Mikkelsen — when Casino Royale hits theaters in November. Adding a dollop of critical clout to the flick, Jeffrey Wright is also joining the cast as stealthy CIA man Felix Leiter.

And thus ends weeks of breathless speculation in the James Bond casting sweepstakes. Now, let the inevitable post-announcement kudos/kvetching begin.

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