We’ve already had one Australian James Bond with George Lazenby’s turn in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the sixth film in the Bond series, but is it time for another? Chris Hemsworth certainly thinks so!
In a new interview with Balance, Hemsworth has been chatting about the various characters he’s tackled over the years, including English race car driver James Hunt in Ron Howard’s Rush, which the actor thinks could make for a bit of a Bond audition tape.
“When we were shooting Rush someone had said that [I could be Bond] 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,” Hemsworth confirmed.
Hemsworth, who will be reprising the role of Thor in Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame this month, knows that snagging the part of Bond isn’t as simple as snapping his fingers and making it happen, though (is it too early for a jaunty Infinity War reference?).
“That’s up to so many elements and is way beyond myself; it’s not one you can pitch yourself on to either,” he mused. “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 on.”
It’ll be quite some time before there’s a new shortlist for the role of Bond. Things were definitely heating up a while ago when it didn’t look like Daniel Craig would return for Bond 25. He was eventually coaxed back to play the character again in Cary Fukunaga’s mysterious outing, which is due to start production imminently, but everyone from the likes of Idris Elba to Tom Hiddleston were favorites to be the iconic British spy before Craig signed on the dotted line once more.
Do you think Chris Hemsworth would make a good James Bond?