When the latest James Bond adventure Spectre hits theaters this fall, it will mark the fourth time Daniel Craig has played the iconic secret agent, following Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. Daniel Craig hinted in a recent interview that his days as Bond may be numbered, although he wouldn't confirm one way or another if Spectre will be his last performance as 007. If that does turn out to be true, it seems there may be another candidate lying in wait to replace him, none other than soccer star-turned-actor David Beckham.
A new report from Mirror.uk reveals that the 40-year-old David Beckham is "seriously considering" putting himself in contention for the role, after his fans suggested that he should be the next James Bond. He recently made his big-screen debut in Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. as a projectionist, and he will have a much bigger role in the director's next project, the King Arthur adventure Knights of the Round Table. Here's what the athlete/actor had to say about his role in Knights of the Round Table, where he plays a "grotesque knight with blackened teeth."
"I'm good friends with Guy Ritchie and trust him. He wouldn't put me in a film if he thought I was going to ruin it. I had 13 lines and I practiced a huge amount beforehand. Guy had someone come and rehearse with me and I did an hour of it every day. It was nerve-racking delivering the lines but I enjoyed it massively. Sport gets my heart beating faster. Acting is the same."
If it turns out that Daniel Craig is not coming back as Bond after Spectre, there will be others waiting in the wings as well. Hugh Jackman recently expressed his interest in playing 007, while Idris Elba has long been considered a fan favorite to take over the iconic role. It's worth noting that the Bond franchise's distribution rights will be up for grabs after Spectre, since Sony's deal with MGM expires after that movie.
With just two movie roles under his belt, do you think David Beckham has what it takes to become the next James Bond? Or would you prefer Hugh Jackman or Idris Elba playing the iconic spy? Daniel Craig reportedly has an open contract with Eon Productions and MGM, which allows him to play James Bond as long as he wishes. We'll have to wait and see if his run will continue after Spectre.