Aaron Taylor-Johnson reportedly will be “formally offered” the role of James Bond

While the James Bond property is seeking to reboot at its new home of MGM Amazon, is it possible we have the next actor ready to take the role?

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The name’s Taylor-Johnson. Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The world awaits the announcement of the next James Bond actor after Daniel Craig’s incarnation would be conclusively laid to rest. The producers of the property were said to be looking for younger talent, so the actor can commit to multiple projects over a number of years. Michael G. Wilson, one of the producers said, “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.”

Well, perhaps wait no more. Although, you may have to as it has not been totally confirmed. However, People Magazine is reporting that according to the U.K. newspaper The Sun (so take that source as you will), Taylor-Johnson has been “formally offered” the role of James Bond 007 and is expected to sign the contract within the week. People reached out to Taylor-Johnson and the James Bond IP owners for comment. No follow-up was reported. However, an inside source tells The Sun, “Bond is Aaron’s job, should he wish to accept it. The formal offer is on the table and they are waiting to hear back. Aaron is going to sign his contract in the coming days and they can start preparing for the big announcement.”

Back in 2022, Esquire said that a credible source had told The Sun, “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 front-runners.” Rumors about his casting have been burning for a couple of years, but Taylor-Johnson didn’t seem to know for certain if he would be taking the role. When asked about it last summer, “As I’ve already told you, I have to go by the beat of my own drum. It’s my own path, what feels intuitive to me. I’ve never made a decision based on other people’s perspectives, or their judgments, or their expectations. You lose your f**king mind if you do that. Your sense of worth and soul is gone. You need to understand what is integral to you and what feels right, and you’ve got to stay on track with what’s present in front of you. Kraven is what’s in front of me.” As for whether he would be game to play the iconic secret agent, the actor once again played coy. “I just focus on the things I can have in my hands right now,” he said. “What’s in front of me right now.“

Source: People, The Sun

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E.J. is a News Editor at JoBlo, as well as a Video Editor, Writer, and Narrator for some of the movie retrospectives on our JoBlo Originals YouTube channel, including Reel Action, Revisited and some of the Top 10 lists. He is a graduate of the film program at Missouri Western State University with concentrations in performance, writing, editing and directing.