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Jeffrey Wright Hints Felix Leiter May Not Return for 'Bond 23'

September 12, 2011 (7:24 am) GMT
After playing James Bond's trusted partner in the last two 007 movies, Wright admitted that he hasn't got the call to reprise his role for the latest Bond film.

James Bond may lose his trusted partner in the next film. , who has portrayed Felix Leiter in "" and "", recently hinted that he will not reprise the role in "Bond 23".

Speaking to Coming Soon at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival over the weekend, the actor, who also nabbed a part in 's "", revealed that he has not "gotten the call to return" to the upcoming 007 movie from director Sam Mendes. Nonetheless, Wright said that Leiter "may be on the periphery and mentioned in the film".

Currently in early phase of production, the new installment of the spy action film series has been rumored to be titled "Carte Blanche", which is likely taken from the latest James Bond novel by Jeffery Deaver. The storyline reportedly centers on the flamboyant agent who is on his mission on the outskirts of Novi Sad in Serbia, monitoring an Irishman called Niall Dunne.

will return to portray the lead character James Bond, while is set to reprise her role as Bond's superior, M. In addition to Craig and Dench, and are said to be cast as the villains. The movie is expected to hit U.S. theaters on November 9, 2012.

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