Next James Bond: A major Marvel star has admitted to having discussions with the 007 franchise about playing a younger Bond.
Following Daniel Craig’s departure in No Time To Die, speculation about the next James Bond is rife.
Now, a key member of the MCU has revealed that he spoke with the 007 franchise about playing a younger version of Ian Fleming’s 007 character.
The last round of James Bond auditions took place 17 years ago, with future Superman Henry Cavill losing out to Daniel Craig for the lead role in Martin Campbell’s Casino Royale.
After remaining as 007 for longer than even Sir Roger Moore, the invite-only secret test screenings are set to resume if they haven’t already.
Now, a major UK Marvel star has revealed how he pitched a younger version of the fictional MI6 spy to a Hollywood studio and the James Bond franchise.
Tom Holland, who plays Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, says his upcoming Uncharted treasure hunting adventure began as an idea for a Bond origins story.
“After or during Spider-Man 2 [Far From Home], I had a meeting with Sony to pitch this idea of a young Bond film that I’d come up with,” the 25-year-old told Total Film.
It was James Bond’s origin story.
It was illogical.
It was ineffective.
It was a young boy’s dream, and I don’t believe the Bond estate was particularly interested.
The prospect of a young Bond film sparked the notion that a Nathan Drake story could be told as an origin story rather than as an add-on to the games.
And that sparked a discussion.”
Drake is the Indiana Jones-style protagonist of the Uncharted video games, which will be adapted for the big screen on February 11 with Mark Wahlberg.
Holland’s desire to play Bond is no secret, as his Spider-Man Ned co-star Jacob Batalon told GQ last year: “He talks about being James Bond a lot.”
‘A great deal,’ says the narrator.
“I actually want to brush up on my James Bond knowledge, because Sony releases Spider-Man and Bond, and I keep telling them I’m the next 007 – as a joke,” Holland told Shortlist in 2017, around the time of his first Spider-Man movie.
But also as a serious, ‘C’mon guys, let’s get this done.’ If I keep casually dropping it into interviews, it’ll happen eventually.”
Then just do it.
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