While Daniel Craig has been saying for years how much he hates playing James Bond, recent comments about preferring to “slash [his] wrists” rather than don the tux a fifth time seem to point to him not fulfilling the last film in his five-movie contract.
Oddsmakers have been placing bets on everyone from Idris Elba to Tom Hiddleson as Craig’s successor, but it’s quite possible now that Luther and Loki could lose the role to Billy Elliot.
Jamie Bell, who’s spent the last few years delivering strong, modest performances in The Adventures of Tintin, Snowpiercer, and Fantastic Four, met recently with producer Barbara Broccoli (sherpherd of the 007 franchise) to discuss taking on the role of the secret agent created in 1952 by Ian Fleming.
Bell may seem like a strikingly young James Bond, but if he takes the role (assuming it’s even offered to him), he won’t be the youngest actor to play Bond.
Between needing a new director — Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes has said he won’t be returning — and the upcoming fight for the soon-up-for-grabs distribution rights to the series, the 25th Bond movie won’t hit screens until 2017 at the earliest. Bell will be 31 by then, a year older than George Lazenby was for the release of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969.
Funnily enough, Bell played Craig’s younger brother in the 2008 drama Defiance, so there would be a fittingness to Bell picking up the reigns from Craig, if discussions become firmer. The two also both worked on The Adventures of Tintin.