In 2021, Daniel Craig stepped down from the role of James Bond after 15 years in the tuxedo. His fifth film, No Time To Die, ended his run as the iconic character with a brutal and emotional death, assuring fans that his time as a spy was over. Since then, all eyes have been on Bond’s bosses as to who would take his place. And the latest report says that a Marvel hero is at the forefront of casting.
A new report claims that former Quicksilver actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson is now at the forefront of the James Bond conversation.
The 32-year-old reportedly auditioned with Bond bosses two months ago, and talks have apparently continued with the British heartthrob.
Bond bosses Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson have been at the helm of the franchise since the early 1990s and are once again spearheading the search for the future of the world’s greatest spy.
Now, a source said of Taylor-Johnson: “Aaron went on a screen test to be the next Bond in September and the producers and Barbara loved it. Now he’s one of the favourites.” (via The Sun)
Taylor-Johnson would be a perfect replacement for Craig. Not only is he British, young and good looking, but he’s also no stranger to shooting action sequences on the big screen. Most recently, he appeared in Bullet Train as the assassin Tangerine opposite Brad Pitt. Before that, he fought for his life in the Kick-Ass film series, where he played the titular masked vigilante.
He first got his big break in 2009 when he played the iconic John Lennon, one of the founding members of The Beatles, in Nowhere Boy.
And, of course, he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron as one of the Maximoff twins, Pietro, aka Quicksilver. Since then, his death in the series has fueled much of the Scarlet Witch storylines in recent years.
Interestingly, Taylor-Johnson hasn’t been on Bond’s odds betting radar.
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Instead, the odds have suggested that the likes of Henry Cavill or Regé-Jean Page would take over the role Craig left last year. Last week the two stout Brits were Ladbrokes favourites, at powerful odds of 3/1 leading the pack. Neither actor has any major roles announced at the moment, so chances were good.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said at the time: “Everything is at stake at the forefront of the Bond stakes at the moment, with Henry Cavill and Regé-Jean Page 3/1 each to play 007 next.”
While the two Brits would make fantastic candidates, Cavill previously handled the audition process for Bond in 2005. He went up against Craig while 007 bosses were casting Casino Royale. Unfortunately, Cavill was deemed “too chubby” for the role. He later admitted that he “didn’t know how to train or diet”.
Meanwhile, Page said he was “flattered” to be considered for the role in the latest odds, but said it was nothing more than a “merit badge”.
Elsewhere in the Bond odds is James Norton of McMafia fame with mighty odds of 9/2. As well as Disney star Dan Stevens with 8/1.
Tom Hardy is one of the biggest stars on the list, scoring an incredible 5/1 on becoming the new Bond. He has been a fan-favorite choice for the role, but he himself confessed that he would not speak about it.
Until the official announcement, fans will have to watch No Time To Die on repeat on Amazon Prime Video.
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