Kingsman star Taron Egerton comments on whether there’s any truth to the rumors that he’s in the running to become the new James Bond. After Daniel Craig bid farewell to the role in 2021’s No Time To Die, it’s been unclear who will be the actor next to don the tuxedo and wield the character’s iconic Walther PPK. With Eggy in the Kingsman franchise not far off from a Bond-like superspy, Egerton has found himself among the many actors rumored to be taking on the role.
In a recent interview with Total Film (via Games Radar), Egerton confirms that he hasn’t been involved in any conversations regarding becoming the next 007. In fact, Egerton is confident that Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have already found their man, although he’s not basing that belief on any secret insider knowledge. Check out Egerton’s full comment below:
“Yeah. I mean, I think they’ve already got someone, and it’s not me. I mean, I’ve never been a part of the conversations. I’ve never met the Broccolis. They’ve never enquired about me. I’ve just never been one of the guys that they’re looking at. I just don’t think I’m the right person for that. I think there’s much, much, much better candidates for that role than me. But, you know, I’d be a very willing audience member. They’re brilliant films.”
Who Could Be The Next James Bond?
Egerton isn’t the only actor to cast doubt on his Bond casting chances, with frequent fan-cast Idris Elba also making clear that, even if he was being considered, it’s not a role that he’s entirely interested in. With Egerton and Elba firmly out of the running, there are still several interesting candidates who could be the next 007. The front-runner, at least at the moment, seems to be Tenet and Bullet Train actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Taylor-Johnson was first listed as a front-runner back in early January when a report revealed that the star had taken part in a fruitful meeting with the James Bond franchise producers. The actor eventually addressed this report several weeks ago, neither confirming nor denying the veracity of the claims or expounding on his potential interest in the role. Not long after Taylor-Johnson’s comments, Broccoli came forward and offered her own update on the casting process, revealing that it hasn’t even begun because the script for Bond 26 hasn’t been written yet.
Although Taylor-Johnson very well may have had a meeting with 007 franchise producers, his casting is definitely not yet a sure thing. In fact, there are a number of other actors, including Henry Cavill, Tom Hardy, and Regé-Jean Page, who are still considered possible candidates. It’s also possible, of course, that the next James Bond actor will be a total surprise and not one of the many names that have already been floated.
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Source: Total Film (via Games Radar)