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Taron Egerton Quells Rumors He’ll Be the Next James Bond

Actor Taron Egerton is dismissing rumors that he may be selected to play James Bond in the upcoming remake of the classic spy films. In a recent interview with Total Film, he claimed he’s not the “right person” for the job.

“I think they’ve already got someone, and it’s not me,” he declared forthrightly.

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“I’ve never been a part of the conversations. I’ve never met the Broccolis. They’ve never enquired about me. I’ve just never been one of the guys that they’re looking at. I just don’t think I’m the right person for that. I think there’s much, much, much better candidates for that role than me.”

Barbara Broccoli and her half-brother Michael G. Wilson are producers of the Bond franchise through Eon Productions. Meanwhile, Wilson told interviewers that no decision had yet been made on who to cast in the iconic role, saying only that it would not be a younger actor because the Bond character needed to be a “veteran” and not “some kid out of high school.

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The latest Bond role had been played by Daniel Craig, who most recently had appeared in No Time to Die. His retirement opened much speculation about how the Bond franchise might be “reinvented.” One potential choice, Idris Elba, has also dispelled rumors about replacing Craig in the role that had been originated by Sean Connery in the 1960s. Dwayne Johnson has also been mentioned for the part, but it’s been reported that co-producer Barbara Broccoli thinks he’s not “British” enough. Other actors who seem to be possible candidates include Henry Cavill and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Taron Egerton is known for his sterling performances in the Kingsman franchise, and is currently promoting his role in Black Bird, a series for Apple TV.

As of press time, it’s unclear when production will begin on the next installment in the Bond franchise.

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Edward Moran
Edward Moran
Edward Moran began his journalistic career many decades ago as a theater and cinema reviewer for Show Business and the New York Theater Review. More recently he contributed film reviews to and Movie Sleuth. His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as the Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, the Paris Review, and the Massachusetts Review. Moran also edited a memoir by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Christine Choy. He served as literary advisor to her film Hyam Plutzik: American Poet, which was the keynote film in the American Perspectives series at the 2007 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.


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