If the future of the James Bond franchise lingers, Henry Cavill elaborates on whether he still wants the part. After first appearing on the big screen in the 1960s, bond franchise has had a handful of actors take on the role over the years, including Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and most recently Daniel Craig. Craig played a total of five bond movies before saying goodbye to the role with last year’s No time to diean explosive final entry that ended with the death of 007 for the first time in history.
After the release of No time to die, it’s unclear who will take on Bond’s next role. A number of names have long been considered frontrunners to take on the mantle of 007, with Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Tom Hiddleston, Richard Madden and Cavill among the most mentioned names. As fan called for Cavill to take on the role, the actor recently revealed that he was about to become Bond for Casino royale before the part finally went to Craig. Of bond Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson previously stated that the next iteration of the iconic British superspy will be a complete reinvention of the character, it’s unclear what Cavill’s chances are now for the role.
In a recent interview with Josh Horowitz on the Happy Sad Confused podcast (via CinemaBlend), Cavill discusses whether playing James Bond is something he’s still interested in. The actor is remarkably more in-demand than he was in the early 2000s when he first came out for 007, but he reveals that he’s definitely still interested in at least discussing the role. Watch Cavill’s full commentary below:
Yes. I’m pretty busy right now. I love those guys Barbara [Broccoli] and Mike [G. Wilson]. … Whether I qualify for the role or not, I don’t know. But it sure would be nice to have the conversation. And if I’m not, I just want to see what they do with them next, because I think they’re great.
Why Henry Cavill Shouldn’t Be The Next James Bond
In many ways, Cavill was the perfect candidate to become the next James Bond, but his career has evolved so much since he was first for the role that it may no longer be a good fit. Although he was a relative unknown in the early 2000s, the release of Man of Steel in 2013 and his continued appearances as Superman essentially brought him to worldwide fame and made him a household name. Now that Broccoli and Wilson have previously stated that they are looking for an actor who can essentially commit to the role for 10 years, it’s possible that including Bond would conflict with his ability to play Superman.
Cavill embodies many of the trappings that make up a more classic version of Bond, but Broccoli and Wilson’s desire to reinvent the franchise with James Bond 26 suggests a step away from some of the character’s more traditional elements. Reworking certain elements can mean the following bond movie will be better served by a lesser-known actor who has not yet been extensively cast in the role by fans. It remains to be seen how the James Bond franchise will continue to evolve and whether or not Cavill will be a part of it, but the actor doesn’t sound ready to rule out paying 007 just yet.
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