James Bond Actors Have To Replicate One Scene To Audition

Actors auditioning to play James Bond must reenact a love scene from 1963's From Russia with Love.

By Matthew Creith | Published

In the never-ending saga that is the search for the next British actor to play debonair spy James Bond, stories seem to come out almost hourly about who could possibly replace Daniel Craig in the next installment of the famous franchise. Familiar names like Regé-Jean Page, Henry Cavill, Richard Madden, Nicholas Hoult, Idris Elba, Tom Holland, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Tom Hardy, and even Colin Farrell have been thrown around in recent years, all concluding with the fact that no one knows for sure who will actually end up embodying 007 for his next global adventure. Regardless of who takes over from Daniel Craig as the next James Bond, it should be worth noting that anyone interested in auditioning for the role may have to end up replicating a famous bedroom scene that was first featured in From Russia With Love, bare torso and all.

According to a report by Deadline, any actors interested in walking into an audition to play James Bond have had to go through a rigorous process, often needing to showcase their talents and acting skills by replicating the bedroom scene in From Russia With Love, originally portrayed by Sean Connery and Daniela Bianchi.

This bit of behind-the-scenes movie trivia has been brought to the attention of moviegoers everywhere by producer Michael G. Wilson and the scene in question involves James Bond arriving to his room after an assassination to find a woman in his bed. The scene demonstrates the lead actor’s willingness to take off their shirt, handle a gun, and bring a sense of playfulness to a scene laced with sexuality and dry humor.

Casting decisions have not been made yet to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond after the actor portrayed 007 from 2006 to 2021, with the last being No Time to Die alongside Lea Seydoux, Academy Award-winner Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, and Christoph Waltz.

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Other famous faces that have taken on the role created by novelist Ian Fleming, and no doubt have been required to act out the bedroom scene in From Russia With Love, have included Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby, and Roger Moore. The character and Ian Fleming’s stories have typically been under the control of Eon Productions and MGM Home Entertainment prior to Amazon acquiring MGM recently.

With Amazon now in control of future installments of the James Bond franchise, which to date has produced 25 official movies under its belt, there is no concrete answer to how the character will be featured going forward. Some experts and fans believe that Amazon will take future films directly to streaming by producing and distributing the movies via Amazon Prime Video, although Amazon has yet to confirm this.

As theaters and audiences are preparing for a change in guard when it comes to Daniel Craig bowing out of playing the famous spy, opting to keep going with Rian Johnson’s Knives Out series of films instead, it will be interesting to see who ends up filling the suave shoes of the world’s most famous international spy.