Sorry, Michael Fassbender isn’t interested in playing James Bond.
Though the actor’s name has been in the running as a contender for character ever since Daniel Craig said he’d rather “slash [his] wrists” than play 007 again, Fassbender believes he’s not a good choice for the role. For starters, the Light Between Oceans star thinks he’s simply too old. (For the record: Fassbender, 39, is almost 10 years younger than Craig, 48.)
“To be honest, no,” he tells British GQ when asked if he’d ever consider the part. “As an acting role, I think Daniel has done such a cracking job in this age group … Look at me! I look about 50! No, I think the franchise needs something new.”
So, who does Fassbender believe should play the iconic spy? While he’s a fan of the secret agent, Fassbender says it shouldn’t be him.
“I just love Bond. Doesn’t everyone? I grew up with him. It’s always a fun conversation to have. But Bond should be someone in their early twenties,” he shares. When the interviewer suggest Ryan Gosling, the actor replies, “Sure, why not? I always thought Bond should be British, but let’s get an American in. Or maybe someone like Jack O’Connell would be good?”
Though nothing has been confirmed, word has it that Tom Hiddleston, Damian Lewis, and Idris Elba have all been considered as a potential replacement for Craig. While Fassbender’s name is also in the ring, he’s more open to the concept of James Bond being a women than anything else.
He muses, “Or even better, how about Jane Bond? A woman. One thing is for sure, it won’t be anyone on the bookies’ lists. It never is.”
However, Fassbender isn’t the only star to have suggested a female lead to front the beloved franchise. Quantico actress Priyanka Chopra also recently expressed interest in seeing Bond as a woman, telling Refinery 29, “Look. It’s a story about a British guy who happens to be a white dude. There’s nothing wrong with that, whoever came up with it. And not Jane. She should be James Bond, and she should be able to sell it. Why not?’”
May we suggest Alicia Vikander for the part? After all, she’s already the new Lara Croft.