Q’s Ben Whishaw recenty reckoned that the James Bond franchise needs to be “renewed” in order for it to live on.
The star played tech wizard Q in the last three 007 movies including the most recent film No Time To Die. Speaking in a new interview with the Radio Times, he was asked how they can bring back 007 after Bond was killed and Daniel Craig exited the franchise.
“I was only contracted to do three films, and they’re done. How many films have they made – 25 or something? I think they have to keep renewing it if they want to keep going!” he said.
Richard Madden dropped some hints regarding James Bond. Since Daniel 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.
Many suggested that Henry Cavill, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, and Tom Hiddleston be among the several actors to play the role. 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. British actress Charlotte Kirk recently stated she is auditioning for a ‘deadly, brilliant, and complicated’ role in the new James Bond movie.
Previously, Whishaw cited Luke Evans and Bridgerton star Jonathan Bailey as “ideal” candidates for the part and said that he would like a gay actor to play the next 007.
“Of course, I would like to see that,” he told Attitude in 2021. “I really believe that we should be working towards a world where anyone can play anything and it would be really thrilling if it didn’t matter about someone’s sexuality to take on a role like this.”
“I think that would be real progress. But we’ll see, we’ll just see where we’re at. I’m amazed by how much has changed in the last five or six years, so we’ll see.”