Not surprised that the conversation has turned to Richard Madden considering the release of “Citadel.” I thought it might be a Bond audition. I agree that “Bodyguard” also serves in that capacity, but “Citadel,” whether it’s good or not, serves to keep him in the conversation as “Bodyguard” was 5 years ago.
The saddest thing about this „newscycle“ is the utter lack of the capacity to remember that only a short time ago Debbie Williams publicly stated that no casting has even begun.
But the Amazon-PR, desperate to drum up enthusiasm for their AI-generated (it really feels like it) mega-money-drain-show, will even be as unoriginal as its whole content by pretending Madden would be Bond material.
A nose, not a banana!
I made my own trials on midjourney, using Fleming descriptions as much as possible - and never explicitly mentioning James Bond to avoid that kind of “look alike”.
Huge Jason Isaacs vibes !
Looks more like the leading man for John Le Carre´s James Bond…
Looks like a right bastard… perfect👌
Looks like a young Vincent Cassel
Looks like HP Lovecraft… a bit scary
If Rebel Wilson is to be believed, she auditioned for a role in Bond 26 last year. Which if true, raises questions about the rest of the casting and how far along they are with a script.
Now let´s unpack that Variety article.
“Wilson explained that she had to clear some Bond-related jokes with the producers ahead of the awards, which put them in direct contact and ultimately led to an audition.”
- Could be true. EON saw her. Thought she was good enough to give her an audition, for whatever kind of role they thought of. Maybe in BOND 26. Maybe for other projects.
But Wilson´s press agent definitely made the right decision to allude to BOND.
“What was really cool was getting to audition for Bond,” said Wilson, who stressed that the role she went for wasn’t actually James Bond, but rather another character in the movie. The audition took place last year, though the star played coy about whether or not she landed the gig."
- Not for Bond himself? Hah, how funny. But, okay, rather another character in the movie. Mmh. Could be anything. Moneypenny, Q, some field agent. Some bit part. Or nothing. But the fact she played coy about landing the gig and still making it a headline in Variety now only proves one thing: she did NOT get anything there.
“The next instalment of the famous franchise is currently in script stage. Broccoli and Wilson last year told Variety that finding the new Bond is “not just about casting an actor for a film. It’s about a reinvention.” One frequently discussed frontrunner for the role is Aaron Taylor-Johnson.”
- Ummm, one frequently discussed frontrunner? Frequently discussed in tabloids and on the net, maybe. But dear Variety, did you forget about the casting director dismissing any such rumors?
Oh, forgot. You want clicks. And you got them. Congratulations.
Are suggesting that a trade that just reviewed a cameo in a certain superhero film are doing things just for click bait?!?
It’s encouraging that Bind is still click bait
I still remember when Variety and THR were actual trade papers.
I am that old.
I’m now doubtful we’ll get an announcement this year, so I’m ready for a whole lot more.
If they intend playing the Chris Nolan card, which I’m sure is tempting if only to move the conversation around Bond #7 away from Daniel Craig, July would be good. Allows Oppenheimer to also be press for Bond 26 which I could see Universal being pro as distribution on both. I seem to recall them timing Martin Campbells return for Casino Royale like that with (also Sony) The Legend of Zorro.
It would be helpful for EON if they intended to set Nolan for their reimagining.
I doubt that Nolan is still that interested.
„Oppenheimer“ seems to be his attempt at getting serious award attention, building on „Dunkirk“, moving further away from pulpier genre fare.
I think he’s going make use of his status to keep getting original projects far bigger budgets than they normally would. He might be intrigued by the opportunity for having a heavy hand in one of the rare “reinvention” stages, but I see that very well funded original works privilege being hard to step away from while you have it.
And let’s face it: taking on Bond now will be a double-edged sword. If you succeed, you did a great job (but hey, it’s Bond, it will be successful anyway, bro). If it tanks or even does just okay, you have failed (hey, it‘s Bond, why did you do this or that, bro? You’re not as good as you think you are.)
Hopefully this hasn’t been posted yet, but just stumbled across it. If he’s interested, and it sounds now like he might be after taking his name out of the running early in the Casino Royale process (rightfully so, I would agree with him), then EON needs to make this happen. With Amazon on board to make the films, there shouldn’t be these massive gaps between films, which would allow for them to cast an actor in his 40s for his first film.
I’m with you there. He’d be a great choice.