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Jacob Mendez
Jacob Mendez

Taylor-Johnson the new Bond? What do fans and producers say?

According to the Daily Mail, Taylor-Johnson has not yet signed a contract, but a decision is expected to be made soon. The daily reports that the contract is to be finalized this week. “The offer is on the table and (producers) are waiting for his response,” reveals one of the sources. “According to Eon, Aaron will sign his contract in the coming days and then everyone will start preparing for the big announcement.”

The actor himself has not yet confirmed these reports, but he has not denied them either. “It's captivating and wonderful that people see me in this role. I take it as a great compliment,” he said in an interview for “Numero” magazine.

The Daily Mail reminds that Taylor-Johnson was the producers' favorite already in October 2023. According to the newspaper's sources, he is the first choice of Barbara Broccoli, who would like the new Bond to be associated with the role for at least 15 years. The actor was also supposed to take part in test photos, which confirmed the producers' choice.

It is worth noting that the casting for the new James Bond has not yet been officially confirmed by either Aaron Taylor-Johnson's representatives or Eon Productions.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is known for his roles in films such as the “Kick-Ass” dilogy, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, “Tenet” and “Nocturnal Animals”, for which he received a Golden Globe. His latest film, “Kraven the Hunter”, inspired by Spider-Man's opponent, is scheduled to hit theaters on August 30, 2024.

According to the Daily Mail, information about the casting of the new James Bond appeared just after the publication of the results of a survey conducted by Lottoland. Fans chose their dream actor to play the role of Agent 007, and Idris Elba took first place, winning as much as 17 percent of the votes. The next places were taken by Tom Hardy and Henry Cavill. Interestingly, some survey participants mentioned actresses such as Helen Mirren, Emily Blunt, Emilia Clarke and Lupita Nyong'o.

The survey also asked about the preferred director of the new Bond film. Christopher Nolan, winner of two Oscars for “Oppenheimer”, clearly won. Nolan often appears in speculation about a new Bond film and has expressed his interest in the series many times. Nevertheless, when rumors about his involvement appeared in October 2023, the director firmly denied them.

Elba's name has been mentioned in the context of the role of James Bond for years. What does the actor himself say about this? “I will not become the new James Bond. That's enough. I don't want to talk about it anymore,” he said in 2021 in an interview with “The Express”.

The 2021 film “No Time to Die” was Daniel Craig's fifth and last appearance as Agent 007. Even before the premiere, speculations about his successor began to circulate. In addition to Taylor-Johnson, Elba, Hardy and Cavill, Richard Madden and Tom Hiddleston were also mentioned among the potential candidates.

Recently, 31-year-old Lucien Laviscount, known from the series “Scream Queens” and “Emily in Paris”, and Cillian Murphy, recently awarded an Oscar for the main role in “Oppenheimer”, joined the group of contenders for the role of James Bond.

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