Daniel Craig could be replaced as James Bond by Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
January 4, Washington [US]: The search for the next James Bond could be over.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who just replaced Daniel Craig as James Bond, is the front-runner, according to the New York Post.
According to a Daily Mail source quoted by the New York Post, Aaron met Barbara Broccoli, the producer of James Bond, and even discreetly tried out for the role last year. Daniel Craig first spoke publicly about leaving his position as James Bond behind around two weeks ago. In addition, the 54-year-old actor shared that he had spoken with franchise producer Barbara Broccoli about eliminating the character. According to a Variety article, when asked on BBC Radio 4's "Best of Today" podcast, Craig responded, "No, none at all."
"I had an incredibly fortunate 17 years of my life making this. I literally want to spend the next 20 years of my life trying to unhook it all and try and put it into a place because it was incredible. I left it where I wanted it to be. And that I was given the chance to do that with the last movie." According to Variety, a US-based news outlet, when Kearney said that Bond had been killed off, Craig said, "He's not really dead. I'm gone, but it says right at the end [of "No Time to Die"] that Bond will return, so he must return at some point."
When Kearney asked about the character's reimagining, Craig responded, "I don't know if it sounds disingenuous, I said to Barbara a long time ago, back in 2006, 'If I do all of these movies, and we get it right, can we kill him off,' and she said, 'Yes, you can.' And I was thinking about myself, about my postponed career and I was trying to think of how that would work and but I was also thinking about what they did with 'Casino Royale' - they had the chance to reset with that because they went back to the beginning. I thought you'll have a chance to reset it again. That kind seems to be like a good move."
In response to the ending of Skyfall, where Bond looks to be killed off on an island, "The British newspaper "The Times" quoted actor Daniel Craig as saying, "No Time to Die," "Real tragedy is when you have no other option. We needed to figure out a means to force his death. Because he had discovered what he was looking for, Bond was the happy he had ever been. He was only looking for love, just like everyone else on Earth."