It’s no secret that the upcoming 007 flick, No Time To Die, is Daniel Craig’s last outing as the titular spy, meaning there’s a Bond sized-hole waiting to be filled by one plucky candidate.
Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy are all names in the hat, but according to many bookmakers, Bodyguard star Richard Madden is the frontrunner.
It’s not hard to see why; his performance in the acclaimed BBC series was lauded by critics and fans – hence why there’s a second season in development – while his somewhat stunted portrayal of Robb Stark in HBO’s fantasy epic Game Of Thrones was one of the most memorable of the first few seasons.
And according to 1917 star Dean-Charles Chapman – aka Tommen Baratheon – his former GoT co-star is the perfect man to fill Daniel Craig’s shoes.
Ahead of the release of Sam Mendes’ haunting WWI drama, we sat down with Dean-Charles Chapman where he discussed those Richard Madden rumours.
“Yeah! He’s [Madden] a pretty cool guy, isn’t he?
“He looks slick – I think he’d make a good James Bond.
“I was surprised to learn that he was going to be playing my brother [in 1917].
He doesn’t look anything like me. But then I saw him on screen and I thought: ‘Wow, you do look like me’.”
Dean and his co-star George Mackay also responded to whether they’d ever consider playing Bond.
Chapman said: “I’d take it in a flash! I f*cking love James Bond. We’ve talked about this…”
“You should be James Bond and I’ll be your villain,” replied Mackay.
“Yeah, I’ll just have to change my accent though”, responded Chapman.
Still, the gadgets and gizmos of Bond are a far cry from the perils of WWI – the setting for Sam Mendes’ gut-wrenching new blockbuster.
The upcoming film – already likened to a horror movie – sees Dean-Charles Chapman play young British World War I soldier Lance Corporal Blake. Alongside Lance Corporate Schofield (Mackay), the two must journey across enemy territory to deliver a message that could potentially save 1,600 of their fellow soldiers —Blake’s brother (Madden) being one of them.
Interestingly, Mendes originally created 1917 to appear as one continuous shot, a technique he adopted to ensure the film’s two soldiers remained at its centre, even amid the madness of northern France’s bloody battlefields.
It’s an intense effect; a little too intense at times – but that’s the point.
Of course, it remains to be seen if Richard Madden will don the iconic tux made famous by the likes of Roger Moore and Sean Connery.
However, you can see him navigate the horrors of WWI in 1917 when it arrives in UK cinemas on 10th January.
Check out the trailer here:
Images via Getty and Universal
Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens. You can contact Ben at [email protected] Twitter: @PulsfordBen / Instagram: @thebenmidlerFollow