Showtime-MediumFormer James Bond actor Timothy Dalton is the latest casting announced for Penny Dreadful.

TV Line reports the actor will appear in Showtime’s forthcoming horror series which will feature origin stories for literary characters such as Frankenstein’s monster and Dorian Grey.

Dalton will play the character of Sir Malcolm; an African explorer on a deeply personal mission. Penny Dreadful is being helmed by Skyfall duo John Logan and Sam Mendes both of whom are expected to be involved with the 24th James Bond film which is currently untitled.

The term Penny Dreadful originates from the 19th century and was the term for a type of popular fiction published during the Victorian era. The ‘penny dreadfuls’ were typically enjoyed by the working classes and contained ‘lurid’ but popular stories – in some ways the serialised format of the novels were an early form of soap opera. The novels were a penny to buy, hence the term, with storylines spread over multiple editions.

The cast of Penny Dreadful also includes Billie Piper, Josh Hartnett, Rory Kinnear and Eva Green. The connections to James Bond go beyond Dalton and the abovementioned Mendes and Logan; both Green and Kinnear have appeared in the film franchise.

Timothy Dalton played James Bond in The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence To Kill (1989). Dalton’s other notable credits include Chuck and Doctor Who; he appeared in David Tennant’s last story as the 10th Doctor The End of Time in which Billie Piper briefly reprised her role of Rose Tyler.

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