Royal Casino Director Martin Campbell has revealed that Superman star Henry Cavill had a “huge” audition for the role of James Bond.
Cavill auditioned for the 2006 franchise reboot, which of course went to Daniel Craig. Craig went on to reprise his role in the next four films: Level of comfort (2009), Heavy rain (2012), the spectre (2015) and There’s no time to die (2021).
In a new interview, Campbell said Daily News that Cavill “looked great in the audition. His acting is awesome.
“And look, if Daniel didn’t exist, Henry would have made an excellent Bond. He looks amazing, he has a great body… very handsome, very stylish. He looked a bit young then.”
Cavill, 40, was about 22 at the time of audition while Craig, 55, was 38 in the 007 series reboot.
“The way they work with Bond, and it’s pretty amazing, is when they decide on the actors and you audition — in our case eight people — very democratically,” Campbell explains of the casting process. .
“You sit around a table, eight or nine of you. That’s myself and the producers, the casting director, etc. And you go through eight people and you raise your hand when talking to each one and in the end everyone has to be unanimous in their decision, if you get the point. I.
“Ironically,” said Campbell, Cavill may now be too old to be a secret agent for a second time after Craig retired with There is no time to die.
“At the time Daniel has arrived [No Time To Die]actually he is at an age where adding one more person would be too old for him,” said the director.
“I know with Pierce [Brosnan] he had to log on three when we did him. So that would take, what, six years of your life maybe? I doubt Daniel [had] same agreement. And the next person will have to do it.
“Henry is 40 years old, so when the third season is done he’ll be 50 and anything beyond that is two, three years for each Bond,” added Campbell. “He’s in good shape Henry, he’s a good guy. He did very well in the audition, but ironically he was too young.”
Cavill reprises DC’s Superman role in 2013 Steel man. He reprized his role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Alliance justice (2017) (and the director’s cut in 2021).
The search for the next 007 is currently underway. Casting director Debbie McWilliams recently dropped younger actors from the role because they “didn’t have the intellectual capacity” for the iconic role.
Among the most mentioned candidates are Bridgerton Page stars Regé-Jean, Tom Hardy and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
For a more detailed breakdown of the next Bond candidates, click here.