When Sean Connery left the James Bond franchise after 1967’s You Only Live Twice, 29-year-old Australian model George Lazenby was tapped to replace him. Incredibly, he turned down a multi-picture deal after starring in his only film as Ian Fleming’s spy, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. This was on the advice of his agent, who thought the franchise was about to disappear. However, the 83-year-old is proud of his part in the Bond story and has shared who he wants to replace Daniel Craig.
Speaking to TMZ, Lazenby endorsed fellow “dapper Aussie guy” Liam Hemsworth, the brother of Marvel’s Thor star Chris Hemsworth. The former Bond believes the Hunger Games actor has an acting resume worthy of being the next 007, with the experience of dealing with media attention and scrutiny.
The 83-year-old added that the new Bond has to be “crazy enough, cocky enough, confident enough and ambitious enough to take on the role” as Craig and Connery are tough acts to follow. Liam isn’t quite as A-list as his Avengers star brother, who has a 50-to-1 odds of being the next Bond. But that tends to be a plus for 007’s upcoming contenders.
After three seasons of Netflix’s The Witcher, Henry Cavill stepped down from the lead role of Geralt and Liam replaced him. Just as Lazenby followed Connery, this may be the 32-year-old’s next big gig.
Meanwhile, Cavill, who came second to Craig in the Casino Royale auditions, was passed over as Superman despite a return being hinted at the end of Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam a couple of months ago. The 39-year-old may be gearing up to star in Warhammer, but he’s always expressed interest in finally doing Bond. Here are the latest odds for 007’s next favorites, who currently have none for Liam: Aaron Taylor-Johnson 5-4, Henry Cavill 6-4, Regé-Jean Page 3-1, James Norton 5-1, Tom Hardy 6-1.
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