While Bond 25 production is currently on hiatus as Daniel Craig is undergoing ankle surgery and recovering from an on-set injury during the shoot in Jamaica, there is still more hypothetical talk about Craig’s replacement for Bond 26. This upcoming film is expected to be the final outing in the Daniel Craig era.

During a chat with ScreenRant to promote his Elton John biopic Rocketman, producer Matthew Vaughn said that he would be interested in directing a Bond film with Rocketman’s Richard Madden in the role.

VAUGHN: “If Madden plays Bond, I’m maybe even interested in directing it.”

Madden has been rumored along with a revolving door of candidates suggested by British tabloids over the last couple of years. He’s made a big standout in his Netflix series The Bodyguard and reportedly landed a lead role in Marvel’s new franchise The Eternals.

This wouldn’t be the first time a director endorsed one of their actors to play James Bond, as Christopher Nolan endorsed Inception and Dunkirk actor Tom Hardy on the podcast HappySadConfused.

NOLAN: “He’d be amazing. He really would.”  

Christopher Nolan had been a fan-favorite to be the mastermind behind the newest incarnation of Bond once Daniel Craig steps down from the role, the director suggesting in the past he would only be interested if he could start it from scratch (something that Bond 26 would allow him to do). Then again, his current project Tenet is said to be a global spy blockbuster and could give him his own version of Bond.

The director of Bond 26 and the next 007 aren’t foregone conclusions, despite chatter that EON/MGM was attempting to get ready for the next incarnation. However, it doesn’t feel like they’ll wait too long to get things moving with Bond 25 set for release in April 2020.


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