Could Aaron Taylor-Johnson be the next James Bond?
When it comes to movie roles, few are as shrouded in mystery, intrigue, and rumor as the decision behind who gets to don 007’s fancy tuxedo.
In fact, just this week, the internet was suddenly abuzz with new talk suggesting the Bullet Train star was the ultimate favorite in the ongoing race for 007, pitting him alongside former Iron Man Henry Cavill as the runners-up favorite. betting to inherit the role. from Daniel Craig, who hung PP7 on him with last year’s climactic No Time To Die.
If you’re one of the few who’s still not sure who this double-last name star who could very well become the world’s greatest secret agent is soon, fear not, we’ve got you covered.
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Like the master of Q gadgets, we’ve popped in from left field with some key tools to help you get up to speed on Taylor-Johnson and his key performances that have presented the 32-year-old as a suitable candidate to take on. Bond to his next action-packed chapter.
Nowhere Boy (2009)
Despite starring in a number of films before this one (you may have seen Taylor-Johnson in 2006’s The Illusionist and 2008’s Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging), it was 2009’s Nowhere Boy that proved to be the turning point. key in his early career. both professionally and personally.
As for the former, it saw him enter the musical mind of a teenage John Lennon, chronicling his early relationships, musical endeavors, and the key moments that set him on the path to becoming a Beatle.
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As for the latter, the film introduced him to its director, Sam Taylor-Wood (now Taylor-Johnson), whom he has been happily married to for the past 11 years. Meanwhile, the rave reviews received for his portrayal of Lennon helped establish him as someone to watch, proving that he had the dedication, depth and acting chops to help audiences lose themselves in a role, a quality that surely is needed. for any 007. contender.
Kick Ass (2010)
Hitting movie screens in 2008, punching, kicking and sweating, director Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of the bloody Kick-Ass comic series by Marc Millar and John Romita Jr. likely served as many people’s first introduction to Taylor-Johnson. .
In it, he plays a goofy teenager who takes it upon himself to become a real-life superhero. After losing his ability to feel pain after injuries sustained during an early exit, the eponymous Kick-Ass decides to go all out and take down a major crime lord with the help of Dark Knight-esque Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage). and his Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz), a foul-mouthed, backstabbing daughter.
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Despite sharing the screen with Cage in 1960s Batman Adam West and being surrounded by action-packed musical numbers, Taylor-Johnson manages to hold his own while displaying a solid ability to handle action scenes, an ability that without would certainly be useful. on a bond mission.
Pietro Maximoff (2014-2015)
There’s so much going on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that you’d be forgiven for temporarily forgetting that Taylor-Johnson was actually a part of it. First appearing in the 2014 costume thriller Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he played Pietro Maximoff, the on-screen sister of Wanda, aka the Scarlet Witch, and an incarnation of the super-speedy X-Man, Quicksilver.
He went on to play the character again in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and eventually turned it off during the battle for Sokovia, prompting a plot beat that heavily influenced Wanda’s future, particularly in the 2021 WandaVision series.
Speaking of which, it was in this show that Pietro got something of a renaissance as Dahmer’s Evan Peters reprized his version of the same character from 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, only to confuse things even more.
Combined with his kick-ass action credentials, it’s a wonder comic book movies haven’t used Taylor-Johnson more (he’s actually set to star in Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff Kraven The Hunter later this year). year), but if these Bond rumors turn out to be true, your spandex-free time may soon be in short supply.
There’s a lot we didn’t understand about Christopher Nolan’s time-bending, mind-bending principle, but one thing we’re pretty sure of is that it contained an appearance by Taylor-Johnson.
Set against the background of his broader film career to date and alongside his roles in 2014’s Godzilla and 2016’s drama Nocturnal Animals, his portrayal of military man Ives in this film arguably marks a further step towards more mature roles and Adult oriented, especially after early departures that could arguably be considered light teen fodder.
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Here, Taylor-Johnson is on hand to help the John David Washington Lead and his Robert Pattinson-like handler pull off a time heist known as the “Pincher Movement” that’s too complicated to adequately explain. While it’s all entertaining to watch, it’s hard not to feel like he was a bit underutilized, something he surely wouldn’t have to worry about if he becomes MI6’s latest undercover agent.
Bullet Train (2022)
With Bullet Train, Taylor-Johnson once again leans into the action starring opposite Brad Pitt in a mile-a-minute punch-up marathon set on a speeding locomotive. Pitt plays a distraught shipper who must fight his way through a series of shipboard assassins to recover a briefcase full of money.
Taylor-Johnson plays one such assassin and her time on the film is responsible for delivering one of its most impressive and fun bits. It’s a role that brings us up to speed on his career thus far, leaving him in a position where he’s clearly an expert and the owner of an enviable IMDb resume, albeit with the distinct feeling that he hasn’t found a role worthy of him. full talents yet.
As a young Brit looking sharp in a suit, Bond could trade all that for Taylor-Johnson. However, only time will tell if 007 is really in his future.