Bearing out rumors spread by his taxi-cab driver father, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen appeared at a news conference Wednesday in the Czech Republic with the producers and leading actors of the forthcoming 007 movie Casino Royale, where it was announced that he had landed the role of the villain Le Chiffre. The role was played by Orson Welles in the 1967 spoof of the Ian Fleming book. The new film has already begun shooting, despite the fact that the so-called Bond Girl has not been selected yet. At the news conference, director Martin Campbell remarked that the choice had been narrowed down to "two or three" actresses.
The '12 Years A Slave' director will receive the accolade at the London Film Festival in October.
Critics from all over the world were asked to name the best movie of the past 16 years.