Dwayne Johnson is keen about becoming the next James Bond! During an interview with Esquire, the 49-year-old Red Notice star discussed the potential of succeeding Daniel Craig as 007 after the latter’s successful run in No Time To Die.
The Rock said that his grandpa, Peter Maivia, was also a part of the franchise, although he was a Bond villain in You Only Live Twice, revealing his link to the character. “My grandfather [Peter Maivia] was a Bond villain in You Only Live Twice with Sean Connery. Very, very cool,” Johnson said. The movie was released in 1967 as a part of the James Bond saga.
“I would like to follow in his footsteps and be the next Bond. I don’t want to be a villain. Gotta be Bond,” he added. Johnson expressed his admiration for his grandfather’s accomplishments and stated that he aspired to follow in his footsteps. Johnson stated unequivocally that he does not want to portray a villain and instead desires to play the protagonist character.
Other actors who have portrayed Bond include George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan, in addition to Craig, who has had a successful tenure as Bond.
This time, rumours concerning Bond casting have appeared time and time again, notably in the run-up to the September release of No Time To Die. Tom Hardy, Sam Heughan, Regé Jean Page, Idris Elba, Richard Madden, Luke Evans, and Tom Hiddleston have all been linked to the project at one point or another. While some performers, such as Page and Heughan, have denied being approached for the part, others have yet to reveal anything good or bad.