Marvel Actor Is Now A Fan Favourite To Replace Daniel Craig As James Bond

Aaron Taylor-Johnson has become a fan favourite to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond.
Credit: Alamy & MGM/Sony Pictures

A Marvel actor is now being touted as the fan favourite to replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond.

Craig, 54, retired from the iconic role after 2021’s No Time To Die and ever since, many names have been in the running.

Henry Cavill, Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, and Regé Jean-Page are just some of the stars linked to the 007 role. 

However, a new name has now entered the frame. 

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According to The Sun, Bullet Train star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, 32, took part in a top-secret screen test and wowed producer Barbara Broccoli.

This audition is believed to have taken place in September at the famous Pinewood Studios, which is synonymous with Bond films.

An insider told the outlet: “Aaron went for a screen test to be the next Bond in September and producers and Barbara loved him.

“He is now one of the frontrunners.”

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Taylor-Johnson is best known for his works in films such as Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2 and Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

He’s also set to star in the upcoming Spider-Man spinoff, Kraven The Hunter, in which he will play the role of the titular antihero.

Taylor Johnson’s breakthrough role was in 2009’s Nowhere Boy, which is a biopic about John Lennon.

The film was directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, 55, to who he eventually tied the knot in 2012. 

Aaron-Taylor Johnson in Bullet Train
Aaron Taylor-Johnson has emerged as a surprise favourite to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond. Credit: Sony

After hearing that Taylor-Johnson is in the running for James Bond, many of his fans have taken to Twitter and shared their excitement.

One wrote: “Rumour saying that Aaron Taylor-Johnson is a top choice to play the next James Bond… YES PLEASEEEEE.”

Another added: “Aaron Taylor-Johnson top choice for James Bond. Yes. Absolutely.”

While a third commented: “Superb choice, ATJ. He’s pretty much got it all. Committed, focused, ace actor.”

In agreement, a fourth said: “He would be a great Bond!”

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When it comes to casting the next James Bond, Broccoli and fellow producer Michael G Wilson have listed some conditions.

At the British Film Institute, the pair made it clear that young actors are out of the running.

Wilson explained (via Deadline): “Remember, Bond’s already a veteran, he’s had some experience.

“He’s a person who has been through the wars.

“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 30-something.”

With this preference in mind, Taylor-Johnson fits the description, as he is only 32 years old.

The producers have also said that they want a Bond who will be more sensitive.

Discussing the franchise with Variety, Broccoli said: “Bond is evolving just as men are evolving. I don’t know who’s evolving at a faster pace.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.