Henry Cavill to play 007?

With a UK release date of 26 October, the countdown has started for the next installment in the James Bond franchise Skyfall; however attention is now turning to Daniel Craig’s successor – if and when the actor decides to abandon the shaken-not-stirred martinis and achingly-beautiful femmes fatales.

One actor who many expect to slip into 007’s tuxedo is Henry Cavill – soon to be seen in Superman – Man of Steel.

Recently starring in the television drama The Tudors, Cavill is one of several actors also tipped to play Christian Grey in Universal’s forthcoming big screen adaptation of the E.L James best-seller, 50 Shades of Grey.

But will 2013 be Cavill’s year? Yes, according to Casino Royale director Martin Campbell.

In 2005, whilst casting for the role of James Bond, Campbell met both Cavill and Craig. After numerous meetings and auditions, nothing separated the two as lead contenders for the part. Deciding to take a few days to think before announcing his decision, Campbell watched Craig’s performance in the Matthew Vaughn 2004 crime thriller, Layer Cake. The director was blown away by Craig’s mesmerizing performance and the decision was made.

Campbell suggests that Cavill’s route to 007 could follow a similar path made by Pierce Brosnan. In 1987 Brosnan auditioned to play Bond in The Living Daylights. Still under contract for his role in hit U.S television series Remington Steele, Brosnan was unable to take the part and it was offered to Timothy Dalton – under the condition that when Dalton left the franchise, Brosnan would be re-considered. With Dalton only contracted for 3 films, leaving after License to Kill, Brosnan became the fifth actor to play the British spy in 1995’s Golden Eye.

Could history repeat itself? Cavill may currently lack the ‘weight’ of Daniel Craig and at 22 years old may be regarded as too young to play Bond, but in the years to come..? Who knows?

For the time being however all this remains just idle conjecture as Bond’s producers are keen for Craig to star in another five films and it seems Craig too is just as enamored with playing Britain’s most recognizable ‘secret’ agent.

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~ by cinemalicious on July 16, 2012.

One Response to “Henry Cavill to play 007?”

  1. Hell Yeah he will be Craig’s Successor after Craig leaves, he will be in his Early Thirtys.

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