As the iconic James Bond franchise looks towards its future following Daniel Craig's departure, speculation is rife about who will next don the suave spy's tuxedo. Among the names being tossed in the ring is Callum Turner, known for his roles in "The Boys in the Boat" and the upcoming World War II series "Masters of the Air."
In a recent interview, Turner, 33, addressed the rumors with a light-hearted quip about his mother's involvement.
“I think that's my mum. She just puts that out there. So when my odds get higher, it's all her putting the money on,” he joked. Despite the online buzz, Turner maintains that he's had no official talks about stepping into the role.
However, he expressed admiration for Barbara Broccoli, the franchise's esteemed producer, saying, “She makes incredible films. I'd love to work with her in any capacity”.
Other Contenders and a Legacy to Uphold
Turner isn't the only actor in the Bond conversation.
Jacob Elordi of "Euphoria" and "Saltburn" fame, along with Aaron Taylor-Johnson from "Bullet Train," are also contenders. Taylor-Johnson, when asked about the role earlier this year by Esquire, emphasized his desire to carve his own path, irrespective of external expectations or judgments.
The legacy left by Daniel Craig is a significant one. Craig revealed in a 2022 interview with U.K.’s The Times his thoughts after the Berlin premiere of "Casino Royale" in 2006. He recalled asking Broccoli about the number of Bond films he would do, hinting at an eventual dramatic exit for the character.
In a recent statement, Barbara Broccoli acknowledged the new direction the series must take. Speaking to The Guardian in October, she highlighted the significant emotional depth Craig brought to the character and the need for reinvention in the franchise's next chapter.
"Daniel gave us the ability to mine the emotional life of the character … and also the world was ready for it," she said. "I think these movies reflect the time they are in, and there’s a big, big road ahead reinventing it for the next chapter, and we haven’t even begun with that”.As the world eagerly awaits the announcement of the next James Bond, the debate continues. The role, steeped in cinematic history, requires not just a capable actor but someone who can redefine the character for a new era.