Actors under 30 can probably forget about becoming the new James Bond. At an event marking the 60th birthday of the first 007 film, producer Michael G. Wilson (80) ruled out, according to media reports, that a young actor would take on the iconic role.
Michael G. Wilson puts an end to speculation that the next 007 film could tell the development story of James Bond. Wilson's colleague Barbara Broccoli (62) recently at least announced that she wanted to "reinvent" the agent.
"We've tried looking at younger people in the past," Wilson said. But even imagining her as 007 didn't work. "You have to realize that Bond is already a veteran. He's got some experience." According to the producer, James Bond is not a "boy from high school". Therefore, the role is more suitable for a "mid-thirties".
What does this statement mean for the race to succeed Daniel Craig (54)? Not much. Because the most promising candidates are all in their mid-thirties or older. "Bridgerton" star Regé-Jean Page (34), "The Witcher" Henry Cavill (39), Aidan Turner (39, "Poldark") are traded up. If Wilson takes "thirties" literally, Tom Hardy (45), who is also favored, should have a hard time.
For an actor, however, Wilson's statement is definitely a setback: Tom Holland (26) introduced himself as Bond last year. The "Spider-Man" actor even pitched his idea of an origin story to the Bond makers. Without success.
Filming for the new 007 will probably not begin for another two years. Michael G. Wilson once again made it clear that a concrete casting had not yet started.
So far, only one actor was younger than 30 when he made his 007 debut. George Lazenby (83) was 29 during the filming of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969).