One star of Avengers: Endgame — and rowdy dad — Chris Hemsworth is angling to play the next James Bond. Last week, Hemsworth told Balance that he considers an old project as his audition tape to play the next Bond. If this sounds far-fetched, it’s really not. Not only would Hemsworth be a great Bond, but this could also actually happen.
In the new interview, Hemsworth said filming the 2013 biopic Rush could be seen as a way to let Bond producers know he’d be great as 007. “Cool, if this is my audition tape, then great,” Hemsworth said. “I don’t think you’ll ever meet anyone who doesn’t want to have a crack at James Bond. I’d love to do it.”
Naysayers might point out that because Hemsworth is from Australia and James Bond is English that this casting wouldn’t make sense. But, in point of fact, half of the Bond actors aren’t “from England.” Sean Connery is Scottish, George Lazenby (like Hemsworth) is Australian, and Pierce Brosnan is Irish. Plus, the idea that a previous movie might serve as a kind of low-key audition tape for a future Bond actor has more than one precedent, including Daniel Craig.
The movie Layer Cake — in which Craig played an ethical drug dealer — is often cited as to why he got the part of Bond in 2006 for Casino Royale. Prior to that, Pierce Brosnan was tipped to play Bond, initially, because of his fame in the detective series Remington Steele. And of course, Roger Moore played the titular character in the spy drama The Saint before he was cast as Bond.
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Now, none of this means Hemsworth will play Bond, of course. At this point, there are nearly as many contenders for the next James Bond as there are 2020 presidential candidates. From Idris Elba to Cillian Murphy, and even Charlize Theron, the number of great actors who could become the next 007 is nearly limitless. Hemsworth would be an interesting choice, if only because he already seems to have the flippant sense of humor that makes Bond so popular.
But, for now, Daniel Craig has one more Bond movie left. The as-yet-untitled James Bond 25 hits theaters in April 2020.