A Bond Producer Says That The Next 007 Won’t Be A Youngin’
I still don’t know why producers are calling the longstanding James Bond franchise “spy movies,” because clearly, he’s a vampire. Think about it; he glamours the hell out of women whose panties hit the floor as soon as he speaks. He’s been around since the sixties and still looks just as young as he did back then, AND he can change his appearance at will since multiple actors have played him. I think this is a missed opportunity for them to usher in Bond’s supernatural years after Daniel Craig‘s departure. But whatever direction they go in they want everyone to know they will not be using a younger actor because with the franchise’s history it just wouldn’t work.
According to People if any young upstarts think they have a chance of snagging the coveted Bond role there’s one thing they need to do first; grow up. No seriously. Producer Michael G. Wilson explained he’s not looking for a baby-faced youngin’ trying to convince us he has the sophistication of unhooking a bra while disarming a bomb at the same time. That kind of finesse only comes with maturity. They’re looking for an actor in his 30s.
Longtime Bond producer Michael G. Wilson recently told Deadline that casting hasn’t started yet, but they won’t be considering young actors.
“We’ve tried looking at younger people in the past. But trying to visualize it doesn’t work,” he said. “Remember, Bond’s already a veteran. He’s had some experience. He’s a person who has been through the wars, so to speak. He’s probably been in the SAS or something.”
“He isn’t some kid out of high school that you can bring in and start off. That’s why it works for a 30-something,”
Soooo, who does that leave then? One actor who’s wanted the role for years is 39-year-old Henry Cavill, but since he’s already Superman that probably won’t happen. 45-year-old Tom Hardy is another one fans wouldn’t mind seeing. Well, unless that fan is Charlize Theron, who would probably impale Tom in the nuts with her stiletto if they were both cast in the next film together. 50-year-old Idris Elba has always been a fan favorite, but Idris let everyone know he’s way too old for all the jumping and running associated with the role. And then there’s 26-year-old Tom Holland, who tried pitching the idea of a younger Bond but the producers basically patted him on the head and said “Run along little Tommy before you miss your school bus.”
“I had a meeting after or during Spider-Man [Far From Home] with Sony to pitch this idea of a young Bond film that I’d come up with. It was the origin story of James Bond,” said Holland, 26. “It didn’t really make sense. It didn’t work. It was the dream of a young kid, and I don’t think the Bond estate were particularly interested.”
And also, you can breathe easier knowing that 28-year-old Harry Styles will absolutely not be taking over the Bond role and that’s a massive sigh of relief for everyone. And not just because of all the drama surrounding his latest film. Mainly because if he’s involved, he’ll find a way to turn it into a musical and nobody wants to hear him sing Watermelon Sugar during a car chase through the streets of Dubai.
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