British actor Toby Stephens will play the lead villain in the next James Bond movie.

The film, directed by Lee Tamahori ('Once Were Warriors', 'Along Came a Spider') begins shooting next week.

Stephens has appeared in such films as 'Space Cowboys' and 'Onegin'.

Movie paper The Hollywood Reporter quotes sources as saying that Stephens' character will have plastic surgery to elude Bond.

Before the operation, the character will be played by Rick Yune, who recently appeared as the gang boss in 'The Fast and The Furious'.