James Bond Producers Looking for a Younger Actor to Resurrect Franchise

While we await the news of which actor will be chosen to pick up the mantle of iconic spy James Bond, ITV’s LA Correspondent Ross King may have just revealed several details that will whittle down the list of prospective 007s. During a recent episode of Lorraine, King revealed that the producers behind the James Bond franchise are looking for a younger actor to resurrect the character, saying it will probably be “someone probably in their 30s.”

“The latest rumor – and in some ways part of this is very much true – which is, basically, the Bond producers are looking for a younger Bond. Someone probably in their 30s.”

According to King, they are looking for someone to carry the franchise for several movies once again (which comes as little surprise), and that, for some reason, they are also focussed on the potential actors’ height.

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“At the end of the day they want someone who will be Bond for the next three movies … For the franchise, they want someone who will carry it through the same way Daniel Craig did it. The other thing they’re saying is they have to be taller than 5’10.””

None of this is really a shock, as the James Bond franchise has largely been led by a single actor for several movies before being picked up by another actor. What is interesting however, is the specificity of a trilogy, and the comparison to Daniel Craig. Craig’s tenure as 007 was by the far the most interconnected in the franchise, with each of his movies being straight-up sequels. Will the James Bond series now follow this trend and craft a rebooted, but still connected, trilogy?

King reportedly went on to reveal that Outlander star Sam Heughan has been ruled out (the actor is 42). In fact, the age specification rules out many of the ongoing Bond-favorites. The likes of Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Hiddleston have left their 30s behind, with Henry Cavill and Aidan Turner right on the cusp.

Such favorites as James Norton, Regé-Jean Page, Richard Madden, and Henry Golding, however, could all still be in the running. That’s if anyone is even in the running right now.

Bond Producer Barabara Broccoli Says No One is the Running

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“Nobody’s in the running,” James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli recently stated to Deadline. “We’re working out where to go with him, we’re talking that through. There isn’t a script and we can’t come up with one until we decide how we’re going to approach the next film because, really, it’s a reinvention of Bond. We’re reinventing who he is and that takes time. I’d say that filming is at least two years away.”

Broccoli has also revealed that, while the plan is to create a “reinvention” of 007, Bond will remain a male character. “He can be of any color, but he is male,” she said. “I believe we should be creating new characters for women — strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”

The last audiences saw of James Bond was in last year’s No Time to Die, which acted as a fitting conclusion to Daniel Craig’s iteration of the iconic character.