Who will portray the most famous secret agent in the world in his next adventure? Recently we heard a claim that Daniel Craig had decided not to return as James Bond, despite a reported offer of close to $100 million for two more films.
Furthering that idea, according to Deadline, Craig is reportedly finalizing a deal to join Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, a thriller revolving around criminals who plot a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. That film is expected to start production this fall, with Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Channing Tatum, Riley Keough and Katherine Heigl tapped to star.
If Craig is done with the iconic role, who might be ready to step into James Bond’s shoes? Actresses Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Priyanka Chopra (Quantico, the upcoming Baywatch) have expressed their eagerness to become the next 007, while previous speculation has touted Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and Tom Hiddleston, among others.
But what if the producers have someone younger in mind? Earlier this week, U.K. newspaper The Sun claimed that Jamie Bell (Fantastic Four) had held “informal chats” with longtime Bond movie producer Barbara Broccoli. The same report claimed Tom Hiddleston and Aidan Turner were still under consideration. Deadline has now confirmed that informal conversations were held with Bell.
Bell is 30 years old, which may sound too young to play a sophisticated spy. After all, Craig was 37 when he was cast in 2005 for Casino Royale, Pierce Brosnan was 42 when he appeared as Bond for the first time in GoldenEye, Timothy Dalton was 41 when he first starred as 007 in The Living Daylights and Roger Moore was 45 when he debuted in the role in Live and Let Die.
Yet George Lazenby was 30 when his sole appearance as Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was released and Sean Connery was only 32 when Dr. No premiered in 1962, so Bell would certainly be in good, youthful company if he ends up with the role.
We’ll have to wait a while to see what happens. Currently, Bell can be seen as a spy in the TV series Turn: Washington’s Spies on AMC. Watch a clip below to see how he reacts under questioning.