Despite further delays that plague the 25th James Bond instalment, No Time To Die, the question of who will take on the helm after Daniel Craig is still ongoing. In 2019, Idris Elba was forced to continually shutdown speculations he would take on the spy role. Now, Harry Styles is in the spotlight after it was believed his management attended several meetings about the forthcoming films.
Previously described by the Daily Mail as “a new age British man…making him Bond would signal the franchise changing with the times,” the former One Direction star has had to set the record straight (at least for now). According to the publication, Styles representatives have now said any claims “aren’t even remotely true.” Though, we’d ideally likely to hear it straight from the artist himself.
During an interview with the UK’s Hits Radio late last year, Styles was asked if he’d say yes to front the iconic 007 character. “Yeah, I mean, who wouldn’t?” he replied. “I grew up watching those. You know, I loved him when I was a kid. So I think it’s kind of everyone’s dream a little bit, right?”
Fanatics of the franchise will likely not stop the rumour mill until a name has been officially confirmed. In addition to Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, and Henry Cavill have both been forward as well as The Batman star, Robert Pattinson. Former 007 director, Danny Boyle described an epiphany moment in 2019 and threw Pattinson’s name in the ring for the next James Bond.
At one point, it was suggested a female could even play the lead.
For now, we will have to wait. No Time To Die, the last film for Craig will now be released globally on April 2, 2021. And so the countdown begins.