Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the leading choice for the next James Bond, defies gravity with backward somersaults.
James Bond frontrunner Aaron Taylor-Johnson recently set social media ablaze by showcasing his skills as a stuntman. The clip, which serves to promote the annual Hollywood Issue of Vanity Fair, sees the actor attempt a backward somersault even though he’s not dressed for it. “The secret is there really isn’t any skill involved. It’s just innate belief in yourself,” he says.
Feeling a little nervous, he tries the backward somersault twice before calling time on the stunt. “Okay, that’s I think the best I can do for now,” Aaron Taylor-Johnson says. “I will now have a drink and see you later.” Dubbed as one of Vanity Fair’s dynamic dozen, the 32-year-old graces the cover alongside Selena Gomez, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Ana de Armas, and Jonathan Majors.
Keke Palmer, Aaron Julia Garner, Regé-Jean Page, Emma Corrin, Hoyeon, and Jeremy Allen White, complete the set of Hollywood’s stars of today and tomorrow. Along with sharing his “late-night party trick” with the publication, Aaron Taylor-Johnson also talked about those James Bond rumors. “It’s flattering,” he said about being touted as the next 007.
“You can have something really positive [written about you], but you can also have something really negative that can circulate,” Aaron Taylor-Johnson told Vanity Fair. Without giving anything away, the English actor added that it’s important to stay grounded. Because believing things people say about you will ultimately cause you to lose your mind.
Despite his modesty, Giant Freakin Robot exclusively reported that Aaron Taylor-Johnson is close to securing the James Bond role. According to our trusted and proven sources, the Marvel alum has had three meetings and a successful screen test with movie bosses. The Bullet Train star is just a few steps away serving on his majesty’s secret service.
If Aaron Taylor-Johnson does suit up as the super spy, he will be the seventh actor to take up the mantle. Since Daniel Craig’s tenure as James Bond ended, there has been rampant speculation about who will take on the role. Several names have been thrown around, including Idris Elba and Henry Cavill. Harry Styles and Tom Holland, and former Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page have also been mentioned.
With the certainty that a 26th film is inevitable, Aaron Taylor-Johnson seems like a good choice for the role. He checks all the physical requirements and is young enough to portray the character for a few years. Created by Ian Fleming in 1953, the James Bond series focuses on a fictional British Secret Service agent who appeared in twelve novels and two short-story collections.
Following the author’s death in 1964, eight other writers have written authorized James Bond novels. Over the years, the James Bond character has been adapted for television, radio, comic strips, video games, and film. No Time To Die featured Daniel Craig in his final role as 007. The 2021 movie received positive reviews, earning $774 million at the global box office.
The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning Best Original Song. While Aaron Taylor-Johnson hasn’t officially been cast as James Bond, it will be interesting to see his iteration of the character if given a chance.