Daniel Craig, 47, will reprise his role as one of the most infamous spies this year in the October 26 release of his latest James Bond blockbuster, Spectre. There have also been speculations that the actor will quit the franchise after having done just four films. In a recent interview, Craig was not shy to state that he wanted to “move on” with his life.
And with all these rumors, there have been many guesses as to who will play the next James Bond. It seems one Hollywood hunk has already been eyeing the role and it is none other than Hugh Jackman.
The 46-year-old actor admitted to The Project that he would “seriously consider” playing the iconic role. What’s more, he even revealed that he had already been a potential Bond in the past. “I sort of have [been asked],” he said.
The Aussie actor continued to drop bombs as he confessed that he had been approached for the very role eight years ago, just prior to Craig being chosen as 007. Unfortunately however, the star did have prior commitments. Jackman was set to film X-Men 2 and said that at the time, he didn’t think it was right. In his defense, he also said, “It was not an easy one to give up.”
The award-winning star also said that if his good pal Daniel Craig did decide to step down on his own accord, only then would he consider taking over the character.
However, Craig has already openly stated to Esquire that he did not intend to do another film. “At this moment, no. I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit. But we’ll see,” confessed Craig on whether or not he would like to continue the role.
While former Bond star, Pierce Brosnan, backs the idea of a gay 007, he also admits wanting to see Idris Elba play the spy next. He told Details Magazine, “Let’s start with a great black actor being James Bond.”
If Jackman does take up the role, he wouldn’t be the first Australian to step into the spy’s shoes, as George Lazenby reprised the James Bond role in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Whether or not Hugh Jackman bags the role in the next installment of the 007 franchise, he’ll have his hands full with other projects, as the actor has just signed on to be the new global ambassador for Qantas, the biggest carrier airline in Australia. The Aussie actor has since released a statement expressing his excitement about teaming up with the brand: “Qantas has always had a vital role in promoting Australia as a tourism destination and I am looking forward to playing my part as we work together to showcase our amazing cities, landscapes, and experiences in the USA, Asia, and beyond.”
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“Qantas Announces Hugh Jackman as Global Ambassador,” Business Wire web site, September 7, 2015.