it would be better if it was a mystery and someone not everyone is used to seeing. Give someone else a chance. Stop the nepotism that runs rampant throughout the entertainment industry – and every other industry for that matter. James Bond, a story that has existed for almost one century is on the verge of finding a new star for the movie franchise and everyone wants to know… who will it be? Let’s find out.
As per Radio Times, Former model Jamie Dornan (Roger Moore was also a model) has played a serial killer, a sex object, a henchman, a proud father (wow, one redeeming role) and – most recently – an amnesiac in the Australian outback for the BBC/HBO thriller The Tourist, which brought him new attention earlier this year.
Alongside a Golden Globe-nominated turn in Sir Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, it’s been a substantial 12 months for the Northern Irish actor… but does he think he could be the next James Bond, or the next lead singer for the band, U2. Jamie said he’s focusing on his show now that he’s not getting the James Bond gig.
Read on for 10 questions with Jamie Dornan, which originally appeared in Radio Times magazine:
The Tourist was a huge hit when it debuted on BBC One on New Year’s Day 2022. Were you surprised by the response?
I was really pleased by it. I thought people were either going to embrace the off-kilter weirdness of the show – the shifts between heavy drama and quirky comedy – or decide it wasn’t for them. Luckily there are a lot of weirdos out there who responded well to it.
For most of the series, we don’t really know who your character is. How much did you know?
I talked to [writers] Jack and Harry Williams, so I had a broad idea. But I didn’t see the script for episode 6 until we’d been out in Australia for a long time. So in a way I felt like I was on a journey with the audience in terms of what was being revealed about The Man. Which is helpful when you’re playing someone who has absolutely no recollection of who they are, or how they’ve found themselves in this position.
A second series is in the pipeline. What can you tell us about it?
It’s difficult to talk about without spoiling the ending of series 1, but all I’ll say is there’s an appetite for it. There are conversations about how you continue the story – is it set before or after what we’ve already seen? It’s definitely all up for discussion. I really like playing the character and I think there’s more to explore.
For more of the interview click on the link to Radio Times above.