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While Daniel Craig will be returning for one more go-round as super spy James Bond, the 25th Bond film will almost certainly be the last for Craig, and just as certainly won't be the final James Bond movie. Many names have been thrown around as potential new James Bonds, and now Chris Hemsworth is adding his to the growing list. The actor is surprisingly open about the fact that he'd love to play James Bond.
While many might only know Hemsworth as Thor, a role that's certainly a far cry from James Bond, the actor previously played another ultra-suave Englishman when he portrayed race car driver James Hunt in Ron Howard's Rush. It was apparently first suggested to Hemsworth back then that if he could play Hunt, he could play Bond, and Hemsworth is all-in on on the idea. According to the actor...
When we were shooting Rush someone had said that and I thought, ‘Cool, if this is my audition tape, then great.’I don’t think you’ll ever meet anyone who doesn’t want to have a crack at James Bond. I’d love to do it.
Back before Daniel Craig had agreed to reprise his role as James Bond the question of who would take on the role was one of the most debated questions around. Everybody from Tom Hiddelston to Tom Hardy was suggested, and it seems several people were seriously considered as potential replacements.
Rush was a criminally under seen movie that saw Hemsworth as a Formula 1 race car driver. It may not be the perfect comparison to James Bond, but it's certainly closer to that than Hemsworth's role as Thor. It was one of the first films that showed the actor had more range than what the Marvel movies required him to show. A scene like the one below, could easily work if Hemsworth was playing a somewhat laid back version of James Bond.
But that’s up to so many elements and is way beyond myself; it’s not one you can pitch yourself on to either. It’s something that the community of Bond fans, Barbara Broccoli and the whole crew there agree on, and it has to be a very organic decision from them. There have been a lot of names thrown out there and a lot of brilliant people can tackle that one.
For what it's worth, Chris Hemsworth wouldn't be the first Australian to tackle the role of James Bond. George Lazenby, who played the role in a single film, was also Australian, so that precedent has already been set.
It will likely be years before a new James Bond is actually cast. No public decisions will be made until the newest film has been released and made its money, and maybe Daniel Craig can be talked into coming back yet again. If not, maybe Chris Hemsworth will find himself with an all new franchise.