When it comes to speculative casting, you can find a lot of crossover for those named to fill the roles of both James Bond and Bruce Wayne.
Both epitomise a certain masculinity and have a capacity to serve as an avatar for male fantasy, both like the finer things in life, both are around the same age and sport a similar look, and both have their own demons – albeit reacting to them in very different ways.
Now, in a new interview with Deadline whilst promoting “Yesterday,” filmmaker Danny Boyle discussed his experience of briefly working (and then departing) the Bond franchise and then began to wax lyrically about who could take over the role of Bond after Daniel Craig’s departure.
He then says he just saw “High Life” starring Pattinson and says: “It was so bizarre because I was sitting there thinking: ‘Oh my God, they should get him to be the next Bond’… He must be in his 30s. How old was Connery? He’s ready now.”
Pattinson is instead focused on becoming the next Batman so him potentially playing Bond is highly unlikely. Boyle also spoke once again about why he and his collaborator John Hodge left “Bond 25” last year:
“I was with John and they didn’t really like what we were doing and so it’s far better to part company. What we were doing was good. But it was obviously not what they wanted. That’s ultimately what you learn. But you’ve got to go into that stuff optimistically. It’s like falling in love. You can’t go in guarded and trying to protect yourself. You have to be open-hearted and prepared to be hurt – and so what if you get a bit of bruising? You get well-paid and well looked after. So at the end of the day these are champagne problems.”
Boyle’s musical film “Yesterday” opens in cinemas on June 28th.