Martin Campbell has revealed that Henry Cavill had a “great” audition to play the next James Bond.
Casino Royale said the Superman star “looked great” when he starred in the franchise’s 2006 reboot.
Despite giving the role to Daniel Craig, who would go on to appear in the next four films, Quantum of Solace (2009), Skyfall (2012), Specter (2015) and No Time to Die (2021), Martin stated that Henry “would have done a brilliant Bond.
He said Express of the day“You see, if it wasn’t for Danielle, Henry would be a great Bond. He looked great, he was in great physical shape… very handsome, very polished. He looked a bit young then.
Henry, now 40, would have aged about 22 years when he auditioned, while Daniel, now 55, would have been 38 to resume the 007 films.
‘Henry would have been a great Bond’: Martin Campbell revealed Henry Cavill (pictured) had a ‘great’ audition to play such James Bond
Hearing: The Casino Royale government said the Superman star ‘looked great’ when he appeared in the 2006 reboot of the franchise (pictured Martin Campbell in 2016)
The director described the audition process for Bond as “pretty awesome” as they had eight actors to choose from.
He said, “You sit around a table, eight or nine of you. It was me and the producers, the casting director, etc. And you go through eight people and you raise your hand, talking through each person, and in the end everyone has to agree on their decision , if you know what I mean.”
Martin went on to say that it’s now “ironic” that Henry might be too old to play 007 now, as he might have to signal “three films that take six years out of your life”.
The director added: “Henry’s 40, so by the time he finishes the third, he’ll be 50, and everything after that is two, three years as Bond,” added Campbell. “He’s in good shape Henry, he’s a good guy. He did really well in the audition but ironically he was too young.
Martin explained that Daniels “would have been too old” to do another film after leaving No Time To Die.
Despite not landing Bond, Henry played DC’s Superman in 2013’s Man of Steel and reprized the role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Justice League (2017) (and 2021’s Director’s Cut). .
The search for the next James Bond is currently underway, with casting director Debbie McWilliams recently revealing that they dominated younger actors because they “lacked the mental capacity” for a sustained role.
Bridgerton star Reggae Jean Page, Tom Hardy and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are among the most cited candidates.
Gushing: Despite giving the role to Daniel Craig, who went on to appear in the next four films, Quantum of Solace (2009), Skyfall (2012), Specter (2015) and No Time to Die (2021), Martin stated that Henry “would be have been great Bonds (Daniel Craig pictured in 2020)
Excerpt: The director said: “If it wasn’t for Daniel, Henry would be a great Bond. He looked great, he was in great physical condition… very handsome.