Playing James Bond is one of the most sought-after roles in Hollywood. It's a chance to dress dapper, drive fast cars, shoot guns and say the iconic line, "it's Bond, James Bond." Ever since Daniel Craig announced he would be saying goodbye to the character, the world has been anxiously waiting for the news of the next star. Considering the big boots that need to be filled, we imagine only the best of the best are being considered. According to the rumor mill, the man for the job is Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who has reportedly already signed on. Here's everything we know so far...
Talks of Johnson being the next Bond can be sourced back to the gossip channel Deuxmoi. The website, which self-claims to publish "rumors & conjecture, not facts," released a direct tip they had received on the matter. "Aaron Taylor-Johnson is the next Bond," the source teased. "A mini trailer of him doing the famous bond shot is going to be released March/April 2023 to announce him as the new actor." While no confirmation of this news has been released, we should acknowledge the channel's impressive track record in releasing tips that soon after proved to be true.
Taylor-Johnson's impressively vast resume means he has the skills to take on an iconic role such as this. Of course, he most famously portrays Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver in the Marvel Avengers franchise. This superhero role proves he has a knack for fast-paced action scenes, as favored by Bond. His most recent movie, Bullet Train, in which he played a sly and sophisticated British assassin, highlighted his superspy side.
In October 2022, James Bond producer Michael G. Wilson told Deadline that "no matter what others tell you," they had not yet begun the search for the next 007. "We've tried looking at younger people in the past. But trying to visualize it doesn't work. Remember, Bond's already a veteran. He's had some experience. He's a person who has been through the wars, so to speak. He's probably been in the SAS or something. He isn't some kid out of high school that you can bring in and start off. That's why it works for a thirty-something." Was Wilson telling the truth or just trying to throw us off our scent? Considering Aaron fits within this criteria, we're staying hopeful it's true. Stay tuned until we know more.