Bond 23 set to add Albert Finney to cast

Veteran apparently joined Daniel Craig and co for 'Skyfall' script-reading

Veteran actor Albert Finney is set to join the cast of the 23rd James Bond film, according to reports.

The 75-year-old recently joined the likes of Daniel Craig and Judi Dench for a script-reading session at Pinewood Studios with a view to playing a Foreign Office worker in the film, reports the Daily Mail.

The film – widely reported to be titled Skyfall after Sony registered a number of URLs with the name last month – is due to hit cinemas on October 26, 2012.

The cast already includes Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Helen McCrory, with Craig taking the lead role for the third time.

Earlier this week, it was reported that director Sam Mendes was planning to focus on drama and dialogue rather than the usual high-octane action scenes in a bid to win an Oscar for the film.

Mendes, known for dramas such as American Beauty and Road To Perdition, is thought to be planning “characterful performances”.

007 himself Craig has previously said he’d like to bring more “emotional depth” to the role.