Matthew Rhys recently added his name to the long list of British actors who, despite their best endeavours, would not bag the role of James Bond. The star of Perry Mason and The Americans told The Times of London that he managed to royally mess up his meeting with 007’s producers, back when they were looking for a replacement for Pierce Brosnan.
Since Craig’s departure, there has been much speculation of who will next take on the mantle of Britain’s most famous spy. Daniel Craig retired as 007 last year. It has been noted that the fans have been busy dream casting the role with actors of all types. It has been further noted that the favorites to bag the role include LGBTQ actors like Bridgerton’s Jonathan Bailey, singer Sam Smith, and Thor’s Tessa Thompson. However, popular actor Idris Elba is not willing to grab the role of James Bond.
Matthew Rhys opens up on James Bond audition
Rhys told the paper he was invited to their offices in the centre of London – “Very intimidating. We were just told to wear a dark suit and read Casino Royale.”
Rhys told The Times:
“I just remember going, ‘Ah.’ I was so not anticipating that question. And then I was like, is it a trick question? Are they waiting for people to go, ‘I wouldn’t do anything. He’s perfect’?”
And he didn’t think he should say,
“Oh, it’s been a bit one-note for a few decades, hasn’t it? I think we can drop the misogynistic jokes,” so he tried a joke. “I’d give him a limp. I said, ‘Limp?’ Nothing. ‘Eye patch?’ Nothing.”
Rhys laughed at the prospect of Daniel Craig following him in and answering the same question, “Gritty Reboot? Job done.”
Rhys has fortunately followed his own star, following his breakout part in Brothers and Sisters, and lead roles in Perry Mason and The Americans. The latter co-starred Keri Russell, his real-life partner, and the pair have teamed up again for Elizabeth Banks’ 2023 comic horror film Cocaine Bear.