Henry Cavill ‘born to play Bond’ says spy director claiming ‘the 007 people dont like me’

Henry Cavill still has his superman outfit in his closet

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Back in 2005, Daniel Craig was cast as the new James Bond in Casino Royale. The latest 007 had beaten a 22-year-old Henry Cavill in the auditions. At the time, the young actor remembered director Martin Campbell telling him he looked a bit chubby when testing for a scene of From Russia With Love in a towel.

Nevertheless, Cavill took this in his stride and worked hard on his diet and exercise regime.

Only a few years later he was cast as the new Superman in Man of Steel and shot to A-list fame.

Since then, the would-be Bond has played an American agent in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and spy villain in Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Next up he’s playing another spy in Argylle, based on a yet-to-be-released novel by debut author Elly Conway.

Argylle will be directed by Matthew Vaughn, who helmed the Kingsman spy movies which feature tons of Bond influences. In fact, his directorial debut was Layer Cake, which starred a pre-007 Craig.

His Kingsman prequel set during the First World War, The King’s Man, is about to hit cinemas and in one recent interview, the filmmaker said Cavill should be 007.

According to Collider, the 50-year-old shared: “Henry Cavill, that man was born to play Bond.

“When you see how he is in this film, I was just like, wow, this guy is everything you’d imagine Bond to have been, or be.”

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However, if Cavill is to become Bond, Vaughn doesn’t think he’ll be the one to direct the project.

He said candidly: “More important, I don’t think the Bond people would touch me with a stick. They don’t like me.

“You know, to be blunt. I love Bond. It’s obviously a huge influence on me. Argylle… just wait until you see Argylle.”

Nevertheless, the Superman star himself has responded positively to the idea of playing 007, saying he’d love to chat to the producers.

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Appearing on The Graham Norton Show earlier this month, Cavill said: “I would definitely have a conversation.

“From what I understand there are very early conversations happening at the top but there is no list as such.”

As it stands, the 38-year-old’s best odds of being the next Bond at the bookies are 5-1, with other frontrunners being Tom Hardy, Richard Madden, Regé-Jean Page, Jamie Bell, James Norton, Tom Hopper, Idris Elba and Sam Heughan.

Argylle is due to start production in 2022.


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