George Lazenby, ex-James Bond, gives thumbs up to Aaron Taylor-Johnson as next 007

    This comes after rumors surfaced that Taylor-Johnson was offered the role.

    George Lazenby (Source: X)

    George Lazenby (Source: X)

    Following rumors that Aaron Taylor-Johnson was offered the role of the next 007 agent, the Bullet Train star received backing from former James Bond actor George Lazenby, who played the iconic character in the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

    As per a recent TMZ report, Lazenby mentioned that Taylor-Johnson would be more than capable of handling the stunts and charming all the ladies who adore a man in a tux. Lazenby pointed out that Taylor-Johnson likely hasn't secured the role yet because, as he recalled from his own experience auditioning for Bond in the 1960s, there's typically a series of tests and auditions involved before landing such a coveted role.

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    Daniel Craig's Legacy as James Bond

    English actor Daniel Craig assumed the role of James Bond in 2006's Casino Royale, marking his debut as the iconic spy. He continued to portray Bond in subsequent films including 2008's Quantum of Solace, 2012's Skyfall, 2015's Spectre, and 2021's No Time to Die.

    Lazenby voiced his support for Taylor-Johnson in the role, emphasizing the importance of doing justice to the character. He advised the actor to stay true to himself and reimagine the role to suit his strengths. The iconic character of James Bond was introduced by Sean Connery in the 1962 film Dr. No, with Connery portraying Bond in four subsequent films.

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    James Bond Through the Ages

    After Connery, Lazenby took on the role in On Her Majesty's Secret Service before Connery returned to the James Bond universe in 1971 with Diamonds Are Forever. Other actors who have portrayed James Bond include Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan.

    Rumors of Taylor-Johnson being considered for the role surfaced in January 2023, following reports that producer Barbara Broccoli was impressed by a screen test featuring the actor. Taylor-Johnson's notable credits include Kick-Ass, Bullet Train, and Nowhere Boy.

    Reportedly, Eon Productions aims to commence filming the 26th Bond film later this year, with Taylor-Johnson being the preferred choice for the role, as per The Sun.