In just five weeks, assuming it doesn’t get delayed again, No Time To Die will finally hit theaters. The James Bond film marks Daniel Craig’s fifth and final time playing 007. And as the film franchise’s 60th anniversary approaches next year, fans are speculating about who his replacement could be.
Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson are focused on Craig’s final, but will eventually have to start the audition process over again.
The incumbent Bond famously beat a young Henry Cavill for the role in Casino Royale in 2005. In fact, the muscular Superman star has since claimed that director Martin Campbell said he was a little overweight at the time.
Nevertheless, Cavill would now very much like to have his chance to play 007 next.
According to We Got This Covered sources, who correctly predicted that Anthony Mackie would star in Captain America 4 before it was confirmed by the industry, Cavill is doing everything he can to land the gig the next time it becomes available.
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At 38, Cavill is now the age Craig was when he started in the role. Though the Superman star’s A-list celebrity is a long way from the little-known responsible of his announcement as the new 007 in 2005.
Cavill’s fame could be in its favor or against it, depending on what the Bond producers want for the next reboot.
Although he certainly has had a lot of experience in the spy genre with a starring role in The Man From UNCLE, Mission: Impossible – Fallout and the upcoming Argylle.
In addition, Cavill has a very classic Bond look with his dark hair and action man features, although for the next 007 the producers may want to introduce the first BAME actor in the role rather than going for what came before.
Henry Cavill today
In 2019, Express.co.uk spoke to Bond expert and author of Catching Bullets – Memoirs of a Bond Fan, Mark O’Connell, who pointed out that historically 007 actors came second in the auditions before finally getting the role for themselves put on hold. .
Mark said: “Roger Moore was considered for Sean Connery’s Dr No, Timothy Dalton was watched when he was just 21 in the era of George Lazenby’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and later Diamonds are Forever.
“They looked at everyone for Diamonds are Forever because they panicked a little bit [after George Lazenby turned down more Bond films after just one outing].”
Finally, Connery was persuaded to return one more time for Roger Moore’s debut in Live and Let Die. While fans may remember Pierce Brosnan taking on the role for 1987’s The Living Daylights, but stuck with a contract, Timothy Dalton then took over — until the GoldenEye star had his moment in 1995.
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The Bond expert continued: “But hey, it bodes well if you’ve been second once, it does help. But it depends. Timothy Dalton didn’t make the A-list like Henry Cavill.
Although Roger Moore, having said that, did very well between his consideration point and his contract point.
“He was a pretty bigger name choice for the role at the time. And they went with him because he was a good box-office guy; he was a television face.
“That’s why I wonder if they’re going to cast something bigger this time.”
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