Next James Bond: Casino Royale runner up Henry Cavill ‘pushing to replace Daniel Craig’

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In just five weeks time, assuming it’s not delayed again, No Time To Die will finally hit cinemas. The James Bond movie marks Daniel Craig’s fifth and final time playing 007. And as the 60th anniversary of the film franchise nears next year, fans have been speculating over who his replacement could be.

Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson are focused on Craig’s finale but eventually will have to start the auditions process once again.

The incumbent Bond famously beat a young Henry Cavill to the role in Casino Royale back in 2005. In fact, the muscly Superman star has since claimed that director Martin Campbell said he was a bit overweight at the time.

Nevertheless, Cavill is now allegedly very keen to have his chance at playing 007 next.

According to We Got This Covered’s sources, who correctly predicted that Anthony Mackie would star in Captain America 4 before being confirmed by industry outlets, Cavill is “pushing to land the gig next time it becomes available.”

At 38-years-old, Cavill is now the age Craig was when he started in the role. Although the Superman star’s A-list celebrity is a far cry from the little-known incumbent upon his announcement as the new 007 in 2005.

Cavill’s fame could be to his advantage or disadvantage depending on what the Bond producers want for the next reboot.

While he’s certainly had a lot of experience in the spy genre having starred in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible – Fallout and the upcoming Argylle.

Additionally, Cavill has a very classic Bond look with his dark hair and action man features, although for the next 007 the producers may want to introduce the first BAME actor in the role instead of going for what’s come before.

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Back in 2019, Express.co.uk spoke with Bond expert and author of Catching Bullets – Memoirs of a Bond Fan, Mark O’Connell, who pointed out that historically 007 actors were runners up at the auditions before eventually bagging the role for themselves.

Mark said: “Roger Moore was considered for Sean Connery’s Dr No, Timothy Dalton was looked at when he was just 21 in the era of George Lazenby’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and later Diamonds are Forever.

“They looked at everyone for Diamonds are Forever, as they were slightly panicking [after George Lazenby turned down more Bond films after just one outing].”

In the end, Connery was persuaded to return for one more outing before Roger Moore’s debut in Live and Let Die. While fans may remember Pierce Brosnan bagged the role for 1987’s The Living Daylights but was tied to a contract, so Timothy Dalton took over then – until the GoldenEye star had his moment in 1995.

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The Bond expert continued: “But yes it does bode well if you’ve been the runner up once, it does help. But it depends. Timothy Dalton didn’t become A-list in the way that Henry Cavill has.

“Although, saying that, Roger Moore did very well between his consideration point and his contract point.

“He was quite a bigger name choice for the role at the time. And they went with him because he was good box office; he was a telly face.

“That’s why I wonder if they’ll go slightly bigger casting now, this time around.”

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