For a man who claims to have no interest in playing James Bond, Michael Fassbender has certainly given the next installment in the 007 franchise a lot of thought.
“I think the franchise needs something new,” the 39-year-old actor tells British GQ, adding that he doesn’t want to follow in Daniel Craig’s footsteps as Bond: “As an acting role, I think Daniel has done such a cracking job in this age group.”
While he might not see himself in the role, Fassbender does have a few suggestions for where the next film should go.
“I have thought about it a lot. The film could start off in Sandhurst and how he became a ‘double 0’. M could walk in and say to him, ‘Bond, there’s a 00 project but it’s going to be totally off the book, black ops, and you’ve got to go into prison undetected,” he says.
“What about we start the film back in Sandhurst, army training, rather than on a yacht, or he’s in the Middle East on an op and gets thrown in the brig for insubordination. He’s going to get court-martialed…,” he says, adding, “I just love Bond. Doesn’t everyone? I grew up with him. It’s always a fun conversation to have.”
Fassbender seems to have put some thought into who should take on the iconic role of 007 should Craig not return for another film.
What about Ryan Gosling? “Sure, why not? I always thought Bond should be British, but let’s get an American in,” he says. “Or maybe someone like Jack O’Connell would be good?”
Fassbender would certainly win points from Emilia Clarke, Priyanka Chopra and Gillian Anderson, three ladies who have both said they’d love to take on a female Bond role.
“Or even better, how about Jane Bond? A woman,” he adds. “One thing is for sure, it won’t be anyone on the bookies’ lists. It never is.”