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Henry Cavill’s Ongoing Desire to Play James Bond: Actor Sees Latest Film as a Promising Start

Henry Cavill's Ongoing Desire to Play James Bond: Actor Sees Latest Film as a Promising Start
Henry Cavill and James Bond

Henry Cavill, star of the upcoming film “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare,” continues to entertain the possibility of playing James Bond in the future, though he acknowledges potential age concerns. During an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, Cavill addressed his long-standing connection to the iconic 007 role, suggesting that while he might be considered too old at 40, the decision ultimately rests with the Bond producers, Barbara Broccoli and Mike Wilson.

Cavill remarked, “All I’ve got to go off is the rumors. The same information you have. Maybe I’m too old now. Maybe I’m not. It’s up to Barbara Broccoli and Mike Wilson, and we’ll see what their plans are.” When asked if his portrayal of Gus March-Phillipps in “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare” could bolster his Bond prospects, Cavill responded affirmatively, considering it a “good first step.”

Henry Cavill's Ongoing Desire to Play James Bond: Actor Sees Latest Film as a Promising Start

Henry Cavill and James Bond

Cavill’s character in “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare” is the real-life Gus March-Phillipps, a key figure in the British Army’s Special Air Service (SAS) and an inspiration for Ian Fleming’s creation of James Bond. Cavill explained, “I’m sure Ian Fleming wrote James Bond with a lot of stories, a lot of characters in mind, but as I understand it Gus March-Phillipps was one of the stronger influences.”

Cavill previously came close to becoming Bond in 2006, when he was a serious contender for the role in “Casino Royale” before losing out to Daniel Craig. Cavill has since become the face of the new action film series “Argylle,” which adopts a lighter approach to the spy genre, featuring Cavill as the titular agent opposite Bryce Dallas Howard’s Elly Conway.

Henry Cavill's Ongoing Desire to Play James Bond: Actor Sees Latest Film as a Promising Start

Henry Cavill and James Bond

Reports suggest that Aaron Taylor-Johnson, known for his roles in “The Fall Guy” and “Kraven the Hunter,” is the leading candidate to become the next Bond, though Taylor-Johnson has yet to confirm these rumors. Insiders claim the deal for him to take on the role is nearly finalized.

In “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare,” Cavill stars alongside Alan Ritchson, Eiza González, and Henry Golding. The film, directed by Guy Ritchie, follows the British Special Operations Executive (SOE), a covert organization formed during World War II by Winston Churchill to conduct espionage in Nazi-occupied Europe. The film’s first trailer, released in January, has garnered positive early reviews. “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare” is set to hit theaters on April 19.

Mona Sharma
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Mona is a film lover based in Chennai, India. She focuses on the South Indian film industry and enjoys sharing her thoughts on new releases. You can email her at [email protected].

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