Marvel Star Aaron Taylor-Johnson Rumored To Be Next James Bond
A teaser trailer starring Taylor-Johnson in the Bond movies’ iconic gun barrel sequence is rumored to drop early next year.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson may be making the jump from superhero to superspy if rumors that the Avengers actor will be the next James Bond turn out to be true.
Numerous internet reports have speculated that Taylor-Johnson will be Daniel Craig’s 007 successor, but the source of the rumor appears to be celebrity gossip outlet Deuxmoi, which on its own About page states, “[Deuxmoi publishes rumors & conjecture, not facts.”
“Aaron Taylor-Johnson is the next Bond. A mini trailer of him doing the famous bond shot is going to be released March/April 2023 to announce him as the new actor,” the source told Deuxmoi, presumably referring to the iconic “gun-barrel” sequence.
Taylor-Johnson is perhaps most famous for playing Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver in the Marvel Cinematic universe, as Fatherly notes. But his co-starring role in 2022’s Brad Pitt-led action comedy Bullet Train as a salty, slick-talking British assassin is certainly more Bond adjacent.
With rumor mills being the only source of Bond info, anything’s possible. As recently as October 2022, veteran James Bond producer Michael G. Wilson told Deadline that casting had not started for the new 007, ”no matter what others tell you.”
At 32 years old, Taylor-Johnson is at least in age ballpark of what Wilson and his team are looking for.
”We’ve tried looking at younger people in the past. But trying to visualize it doesn’t work. Remember, Bond’s already a veteran. He’s had some experience. He’s a person who has been through the wars, so to speak. He’s probably been in the SAS or something. He isn’t some kid out of high school that you can bring in and start off. That’s why it works for a thirty-something.”
If the next Bond actor absolutely has to be in their 30s, that would rule out many popular frontrunners for the role, including 45-year-old Tom Hardy, 50-year-old Idris Elba and Henry Cavill, who turns 40 in May of 2023. That would also dash 50-year-old Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s seemingly less likely hopes of becoming Bond.