This is rather sad news to bring you, but it’s actually something that was suggested to us a while back. It’s being reported that the likes of Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender and Sam Heughan are all out of the running to be named the next James Bond. Why, you ask? It’s reportedly all because of some very script requirements that have been laid out by long-time Bond producers, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. According to The Express, the producers want to cast an actor in their 30s, which automatically rules out any of the main frontrunners in the betting markets to be the next Bond.
Hardy, Heughan, Elba, Fassbender… The list of actors who have been tied to the role that are over 40 is literally endless. They are all seemingly out of the running if this new requirement is actually true. Here’s what The Express had to say on the matter:
The latest rumor – and in some ways part of this is very much true – which is, basically, the Bond producers are looking for a younger Bond. Someone probably in their 30s. At the end of the day they want someone who will be Bond for the next three movies. For the franchise, they want someone who will carry it through the same way Daniel Craig did it.
Sam Heughan won’t be replacing Craig as James Bond
Some of the actors who just make it since they are still in their 30s are Henry Cavill (39), Regé-Jean Page (34) and Jonathan Bailey (34). They have all been tied to the role, and it seems as though fans would like to see any of them play the British secret agent.
I know that people were really hoping to see Sam Heughan play Bond, but it does seem as though he’s aged out of the role slightly, which is a shame because I think he would have been an excellent choice.
As for Cavill, he was very close to being cast as 007 before Daniel Craig got the gig. It was reportedly between Cavill and Craig, and the studio went with the latter. It’ll be very interesting to see him get the role a number of years later.
A similar thing happened with Pierce Brosnan. He was actually cast as Bond and was about to be announced. However, it didn’t work out because of a rather complicated contract he had for the series, Remington Steel.
The studio then was forced to cast Timothy Dalton in the role, and when his time as Bond came to an end, they went back to Brosnan, and he’s almost become synonymous with the role.
The Bond franchise is still in limbo
This all comes after Bond producer Barbara Broccoli gave an update on where the James Bond franchise is in the recasting process. She revealed that they are still very early on in the whole process for Bond 26.
We’re talking that through. There isn’t a script, and we can’t come up with one until we decide how we’re going to approach the next film because, really, it’s a reinvention of Bond. We’re reinventing who he is, and that takes time. I’d say that filming is at least two years away.
So, it seems as though the producers are still weighing up their options as far as the next James Bond’s concerned. Let’s just hope they pick the right person for the gig.
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