Given how many times Daniel Craig seemingly almost walked away from the role over the years, the discussion about who will play James Bond next has been going on for at least half a decade.
From Michael Fassbender to Idris Elba to Aaron Taylor-Johnson, dozens of actors’ names have been tossed out in connection with the iconic role of 007 over the year.
Now that Craig has officially retired following 2021’s No Time To Die, though, the search for the next cinematic James Bond has begun in earnest, which has led to the casting director, Debbie McWilliams, making some interesting comments about who will play the character next, particularly when it comes to their age.
According to McWilliams, she doesn’t believe that “young” actors (likely younger than 30ish years old) have the “gravitas” required to play the legendary spy, at least so she told Radio Times.
“We did look at a lot of younger actors and I just don’t think they had the gravitas, they didn’t have the experience, they didn’t have the mental capacity to take it on, because it’s not just the part they’re taking on, it’s a massive responsibility,” McWilliams said.
McWilliams also claimed that she and Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli have yet to officially kick off their casting search, despite reports indicating that it will begin sometime this year.
“There’s no conversation being had at the moment. Barbara Broccoli has been heavily involved in other projects. You know, it’s not unusual for there to be quite a big gap between different Bonds, it has been known to have a five-year gap. So, no, nothing.”
Currently, the actors with the best betting odds to be cast as Bond are the aforementioned Taylor-Johnson — who recently starred alongside Brad Pitt in Bullet Train and will also be playing the titular Kraven The Hunter in the upcoming Spider-Man spinoff — and former Superman actor Henry Cavill.
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