Henry Cavill might just fulfil his fans’ James Bond wish, but not as agent 007; he’ll be the villain instead. Former Superman Henry Cavill is said to be in negotiations for taking the role of a James Bond villain. What this role would be is still up in the air.
The actor’s career hasn’t suffered after leaving Netflix’s The Witcher series and DC’s Superman. Other than officially gaining the rights to Warhammer 40K, the actor has four titles in his pipeline in various stages of production.
This year, he will star in an action espionage movie titled Argylle. The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare will follow in 2024. He will portray the role of Don Tillman in The Rosie Project and Ryan Enright in the video game Squadron 42.
It was during his stint on Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. that moviegoers found it easy to see him as the next James Bond. Why not? He’s British. He has the physique. He can be charming. And, he does action very well. However, the upcoming Argylle feature is already along the lines of a secret agent trope. Thus, fans thought that his chances of getting a hand at being Bond had depleted to none at all.
But the rumour surfacing about his potential to be a 007 villain is something that reignites interest to match him in the franchise.
Henry Cavill Could Be The Next Bond Villain
Giant Freakin Robot reports that The Witcher actor Henry Cavill is in talks to take the role of a Bond Villain. Considering we don’t even have news as to who the new James Bond will be and which book it will be based on (if any), it’s pretty much guesswork.
Most likely, the production is still in the very early stages of development and things are being worked out behind the scenes.
Many are wondering where the new James Bond story direction would go after Daniel Craig left the franchise. All we know right now is that Eon Productions is intent on rebooting the franchise. I doubt that they’ll be retelling anything from Craig’s films, wherein both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace are based on Ian Flemming’s original work. While Skyfall, Spectre and No Time To Die were all original films which continued Craig’s version of the agent.
It’s also possible that Eon Productions could do the same thing again, with some movies based on books and in between could tell something original.
Personally, I’d like to see them remake the films from Sean Connery and update the movies in which he starred. An example is Thunderball, where SPECTRE held the world for ransom as they threatened the launch of stolen nuclear weapons.
George Lazenby’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is another film that I want to see an update for. It was put behind every Bond film just because it’s a movie that is not acted by anyone famous. Sean Connery only became famous because of James Bond. But apparently, fans weren’t ready to move away from him at the time.
Recent reviews of the film have given it a more positive take, and some even consider it one of the best. Christopher Nolan, who is known for The Dark Knight Trilogy, considers it to be his favourite Bond film.
Henry Cavill In Talks To Be James Bond’s New Villain
It would be interesting to see Bond’s most famous villains fitting the current times. I’ve always wanted to see a more modern and intimidating version of Auric Goldfinger, originally played by Gert Frobe in the 1964 film. Every Bond fan remembers his line when Bond asked:
Do you expect me to talk?
And Goldfinger answered:
No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!
Can you imagine Henry Cavill as Auric Goldfinger saying those lines?
The viewers would definitely be entertained, but it would be daunting for the production to update the storyline to fit contemporary audiences. Given the global political landscape, especially the Ukrainian and Russian war, certain aspects of the James Bond franchise might be treading on thin ice if handled haphazardly.
Come to think of it, it may also be the reason why they are taking so long in the pre-production. Perhaps for the upcoming movies, they may be considering original storylines away from the ones that involve modern history.
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