After Daniel Craig's emotional performance in No Time to Die, which concluded his 15-year tenure playing Bond, the search for the next actor to fill the role has already begun, with many pointing to names like Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, and of course, Henry Cavill. In a new interview with The Sunday Times, Cavill opened up about the possibility of joining the 007 franchise as the iconic spy, saying that there is definitely a chance since it's still unclear which direction the producers will take the character in.
"Time will tell," said Cavill. "You don't know which direction they want to take Bond in and so I like to say that everything's always on the table," added Henry, who has not seen the latest Bond film, No Time to Die, due to his busy schedule. While no announcement will officially be made just quite yet, according to long time Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, Cavill will be tapping into the spy genre once again (which he did in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Mission: Impossible - Fallout) in a feature from Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn titled Argylle. Based on the popular novel by Ellie Conway, Cavill will be playing the titular secret agent.
When asked about the similarities between Argylle and Bond, Cavill told , "It depends. We could be talking about Daniel's Bond, or whoever the next Bond is… They will probably be in their 30s or 40s—or early 40s," Cavill added. "Maybe they'll even go younger, like they were considering with me when it was down to me and Daniel." While Craig was cast in as the grittier James Bond, Cavill would find success later in his career starring as Superman in DC's Man of Steel.
While it will be no easier for Cavill to land the role as Bond today, as he will surely have some competition from other big names if he were to aggressively pursue it, Vaughn, who also directed Craig before he played Bond in 2004's Layer Cake, believes Cavill was destined to play Bond. "I needed someone born to play Bond—which Henry is—and then to nick him before Bond did," the filmmaker said of casting the actor in Argylle.
This isn't the first time that Cavill has openly shared his enthusiasm for playing Bond. According to reports, it was in an interview last year with GQ where Cavill said he "would absolutely jump at the opportunity" if it presented itself. But now with his success with The Witcher and filming Argllye, it will be interesting to see if Cavill finds enough time out of his schedule to become James Bond. And judging by his excitement for the character, it appears that he will.
For now, fans can catch Cavill in action in season 2 of The Witcher on Netflix.