Jack Huston is suddenly in the running to play James Bond… what??

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It feels like every few months, we get some stupid update on the James Bond situation. I wonder if Daniel Craig knew that he was opening up a can of worms when he talked about how he was completely “over” playing Bond? Probably. I still think Craig was A) ready to walk away and B) willing to come back if they paid even more money. So, his angst was part marketing tool (“this could be Daniel Craig’s last Bond movie!”) and part negotiating tactic. Still, I hoped that Spectre would be Craig’s last Bond movie because it sucked so hard and they ended it on a very “this could be final” note. The franchise is in desperate need of new blood, from smart screenwriters to different directors to… a new Bond. Unfortunately, that’s probably not going to happen.

The next James Bond film is slowly gearing up for production — even though Daniel Craig has yet to commit to playing 007 for a fifth and final time. Screenwriters Robert Wade and Neil Purvis have been contracted to write the story for the untitled film, known as Bond 25, I can exclusively reveal. They have contributed to several Bond pictures, including Skyfall and the last adventure, Spectre. Initially, the pair had been left out of that one — but Craig demanded they ‘refresh’ John Logan’s Spectre script. This time round, though, they’re the first to be hired.

But who is going to play Ian Fleming’s famous secret operative? Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have made it very clear to Craig that they would like him to return for Bond 25 but the truth is, he hasn’t decided yet — though I hear he’s keener to do it than not.

In any event, no camera will roll on Bond 25 until next autumn at the earliest; so there’s still time for further wooing, if necessary. Craig has completed two non-Bond films back-to-back — Kings and Logan Lucky — and he’s planning to lead an adaptation for television of Jonathan Franzen’s novel Purity. Assuming Craig relents and shoots Bond 25, who will follow him, in Bond 26?

Jack Huston, who played psychologically unstable Bruno Anthony in Strangers On A Train (another Broccoli production) on stage in London in back in 2013 is an actor favoured by the astute Bond producer. Huston was good as the disfigured hitman in Boardwalk; and I hear he’s terrific in forthcoming movie The Yellow Birds. He’s suave and would be a cross between Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan.

However, when I was in Los Angeles, an executive at a studio close to the Bond franchise told me that while Broccoli is keen on Huston, she is also ‘absolutely keen on having a black actor playing Bond’.

‘It’s just finding the actor,’ I was told, and then: ‘In fact, she doesn’t care what colour he is. Black, brown or white. She just wants a great actor.’ It wouldn’t be Idris Elba — he’s too established.

[From The Daily Mail]

I would not want it on my resume that I had anything to do with the Spectre script, because MY GOD the script was the worst part. The fact that Broccoli keeps hiring the same dudes to write the scripts even after they’ve f–ked up so badly is… concerning, to say the least. It’s also concerning that Broccoli has met with most actors from the ages of 30 to 50 and she thinks Jack Huston is the guy? Jack Huston is not the guy. He might be a perfectly nice dude and a talented actor, but he’s not the guy. Anyone who says he’s the guy is Jack Huston’s agent or publicist. As for Idris being “too established”… I’ve already made my peace with the fact that Big Driis will never play Bond. I also think that at this point, Idris is too good for the franchise.

Also: it’s funny to me that Tom Hiddleston’s name isn’t even mentioned at this point. The Glorious Tiddlebanging of 2016 really blew up in his face, eh?

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31 Responses to “Jack Huston is suddenly in the running to play James Bond… what??”

  1. LA Elle says:

    Jack Huston has the same problem as Hiddleston: He doesn’t ooze sex appeal. He’s too boyish and puppy dog, which isn’t bad, it’s just not right for Bond. Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig both have that intangible it factor that is so much of playing Bond.

    Also: I finally watched Crimson Peak, and that alone should have quashed Hiddleston’s chances of playing Bond. The script was horrible, but Hiddleston brought nothing to the role. Jessica Chastain, on the other hand, proved once again she could turn off-color limericks into Shakespeare.

  2. tealily says:

    I can’t see it, but I’ve only ever seen him in Boardwalk Empire. Is he suave? (Tom Hiddleston would be terrible for Bond, thank god we’ve moved on.)

  3. S says:

    I actually think Hiddleston would be a better choice than whats-his-name above, but then again I never thought Daniel Craig was even vaguely right for the part.

    Idris, of course, would be ah-may-zing, but another charming as heck Brit I think could do it would be Chiwetel Ejiofor, sexy as all get out, suave and can definitely do the wink, smile & smolder bit I think all the best Bonds have perfected.

  4. QQ says:

    This is Faptacular, he is delicious to me.. if not Idris.. I s’posse

  5. Rocio says:

    He’s handsome. I like him. He would make a nice Bond.

  6. Kiki says:

    Are you serious Jack Huston? What is wrong with these people? I want a man from the British Isles or part of the British Commonwealth to play the Queen Service’s 007. Jack Huston is an American, I don’t care if he disguised his British accent….. HE IS AN AMERICAN. I do not want AN AMERICAN to play my smooth, distinguised and very poise with a whole lot of roughness JAMES BOND. I will divorce the James Bond franchise if they hire AN AMERICAN.

    Idris Elba is too good for James Bond anyways, that I can agree.

  7. Nanny to the Rescue says:

    Hiddleston was not in the line for Bond even before Hiddleswift. He said so himself way back then.
    I’m happy the media finally gave up on reporting that.

    Now, Jack Huston … I liked him in Ben Hur (not the film itself), but I still don’t see him as manly enough. Sexy yes, but not that butch.

    Also, how is Idris too famous for Bond? He is great, but not such a househeld name yet. Give me Idris!

  8. Lila says:

    Nope.. he looks small and chubby

  9. mom2two says:

    Jack Huston was really good in Boardwalk Empire as Richard Harrow. There is no questioning his acting ability, I think. However, I don’t think he makes a good Bond.

    I’ve made my peace that Idris will not play Bond. What about Daniel Kaluuya from Get Out?

    To be fair, I think a lot of this Bond speculation comes from agents and not from the producers themselves.

  10. Janet R says:

    Idris is the only person I can even think of right now who could possibly play Bond. If we can’t have him then who?

  11. Lightpurple says:

    Daniel Craig is still under contract for one more Bond film.

    I love Jack Huston.

  12. Leah says:

    I saw a documentary about bond a while back. They never seem to cast a really big name.Daniel Craig was not a big name when he was cast. He was a sort of a working british actor in films and theatre. They are not going to cast Idris or Hiddles or anyone that comes with a lot of baggage attached. If its a black actor they will cast someone who isn’t necessarily on peoples radar right now.

  13. PippiLongdivision says:

    If this tired, trope-ish franchise is to continue, I reiterate my vote for Olivia Coleman as Bond. Also, Miranda Hart for Doctor Who. That is all.

    • LA Elle says:

      I adore Olivia (for me, she was the highlight of The Night Manager), but not for Bond. They would have to so change the role that it would turn off Bond fans, and I don’t see a lot of the people who would like her as a secret agent turning up for a historically sexist franchise.

      But yes, I would love to see more of her on my screen. She’s phenomenal.

  14. Chem says:

    YES, I like him but also Chiwetel is my favorite

  15. Alba says:

    He’s better looking than Hiddleston and not as annoyingly high profile with his life. So I think he’s a better fit.

    That’s all I got.

  16. Donna says:

    What about Tom Hardy. He’s English, handsome and quite the Bond type .

  17. Donna says:

    What about Tom Hardy. He’s English, handsome and could be quite the Bond type .

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