Former Bond 25 director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) is doing press rounds for his current film Yesterday and spoke to TheGuardian, leading to his proposition to see Robert Pattinson potentially becoming the new James Bond after seeing him in Claire Denis’ High Life.

“And it was so bizarre, because I was sitting there thinking: ‘Oh my God, they should get him to be the next Bond.’” Isn’t Pattinson a bit too young for the role? “No, no,” he scoffs. “He must be in his 30s. How old was Connery? He’s ready now.”

Boyle left Bond 25 over creative differences and was replaced with Cary Joji Fukunaga, as filming is currently taking place at Pinewood Studios UK.

There had been rumblings for years now that EON and MGM were already putting together lists of possible new Bonds, which would lead into Bond 26 becoming the first installment of the next wave of Bond movies with a new actor. However, they haven’t made it official that Daniel Craig is completely finished with the role after Bond 25, as that won’t be cemented until announcing a new James Bond has been cast.

We can assume Daniel will be finished after this one but there was a bit of a skepticism that Craig would even want to come back to do Bond 25 in the first place but was able to be convinced to do one more before potentially stepping down.

I think there is a case to be made that with Robert getting to play a spy in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and given his age range, Robert might actually be a strong contender. Then again, whenever a British actor gets some heat on them they tend to have their names thrown around as a 007 contender by British press/tabloids.

The only thing the becomes an issue is that would his connection to the Batman role at Warner Bros. overshadow the Bond persona?

If you look at most of the actors that have played Bond over the years most of them haven’t had terribly huge franchise careers before landing the 007 gigs, a good number of former Bonds were best known for their television work at the time of their hirings and some were even more obscure than that.

Robert is currently shooting Nolan’s Tenet over the summer and is set to play Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves’ The Batman said to begin production during the first four months of 2020.


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