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Henry Cavill is "Public's Favourite James Bond Pick"

Hollywood actor Henry Cavill has been listed as the public's favourite actor to play the iconic role of James Bond.

OCTOBER 30th, 2020

Henry Cavill in Man From U.N.C.L.E. - © Warner Bros.


ith James Bond producers firmly denying rabid rumours that Tom Hardy had been cast as the next 007, a new public poll has found that Superman himself, Henry Cavill, has been named as their favourite actor to take over the iconic role from Daniel Craig.

The poll conducted by Digital Spy found Cavill was the most popular amongst readers, with Idris Elba coming in second place. Tom Hardy – who was strongly linked to the role earlier this year – rounded out the top three.

The trailer for No Time To Die - © MGM

The public’s choice was in agreement with science too, after an AI computer claimed that Henry was scientifically the best actor to bring James Bond to life. The computer cited that his facial structure and physical build perfectly matched the descriptions of Ian Fleming’s beloved spy.

Henry has already made his interest in playing the hotly-sought role before, telling GQ Magazine: “If Barbara [Broccoli, James Bond producer] and Mike [G Wilson, co-producer] were interested in that, I would absolutely jump at the opportunity.

“At this stage, it’s all up in the air. We’ll see what happens. But yes, I would love to play Bond, it would be very, very exciting.”

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Cavill has been considered for the role of James Bond. For 2006’s Casino Royale, director Martin Campbell publicly stated that the Jersey-native was his personal favourite pick to bring the suave spy to life. Yet the role eventually went to Daniel Craig after producers preferred the actor to Cavill.

Over the last few months, rumours of Craig’s replacement have grown more feverish with numerous names being considered for the coveted role. As well as Cavill, Tom Hardy and Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston and Richard Madden are two other names thrown into the race. Sam Heughen from Outlander and Michael Fassbender have also been touted as potential Bond’s, though Barbara Broccoli recently made it clear that no replacement had yet been chosen, or even considered.

Henry Cavill as Superman in Man Of Steel - © Warner Bros.

“I always say: you can only be in love with one person at a time,” she told Total Film. “Once the film’s come out, then some time will pass, and then we’ll have to get on to the business of the future. But for now, we just cannot think about anything beyond Daniel.”

If Henry was to become the next James Bond, the casting would provide the star one hell of a coveted CV. With iconic roles, such as Superman and Geralt of Rivia from Netflix’s hugely successful The Witcher series already under his belt, James Bond would be a formidable addition.

The casting would certainly make up for Cavill’s historic near misses when it comes to casting. Narrowly missing out on the role of Bond in 2006, Henry was also considered for the role of William Turner in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. He also was considered for an earlier interpretation of Superman, which was later cancelled, and Twilight author Stephanie Meyer has claimed that Cavill was the inspiration for her hugely popular vampire heartthrob Edward Cullen – a role which went on to make Robert Pattinson a global superstar.

The poll comes after the star was seen filming series two of The Witcher around Yorkshire and the Lake District, visiting the local tearooms for lunch. The next series is set to air next year, with filming initially postponed due to the pandemic.

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