Aaron Taylor-Johnson Addressed Rumors He’s The Next James Bond, And Here’s What He Had To Say

“I don’t feel like I need to have a future drawn out for me.”

It’s been a wild 24 hours for fans of Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Closeup of Aaron Taylor-Johnson on the red carpet

It was reported on Tuesday that the 33-year-old — best known for movies like Bullet Train, Tenet, and Kick-Ass — had been offered the role of James Bond, following in the footsteps of fellow Brit Daniel Craig, who departed the franchise in 2021 after starring in five films over 16 years.

Aaron with wavy hair in a leather jacket posing at an event

Beating out the likes of Theo James and Henry Cavill, Aaron has been a Bond front-runner for quite some time now. However, the reports of his casting were soon followed by conflicting claims that he hadn’t been offered the part.

Closeup of Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Now, with speculation taking hold of the internet, Rolling Stone UK has dropped a well-timed interview with the star, giving him a chance to comment on his potential future as 007.

Closeup of Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Asked directly about the longstanding Bond rumors, Aaron pointedly declined to comment, telling the journalist that he’s only at liberty to discuss the movies he’s currently promoting.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson onstage

After swerving the topic, he added: “I don’t feel like I need to have a future drawn out for me. I feel like: Whatever’s drawn out for me, I can fuckin’ do better.”

When discussing future 007 candidates back in 2022, Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson indicated that they were looking to cast someone in their 30s, citing that the job would be a “10-, 12-year commitment.”

Daniel Craig in a velvet tuxedo with bow tie at a movie premiere, with a Bond poster in the background

Based partly on this, Aaron has always been a favorite to take on the iconic role, and as a result, he’s carefully commented on the speculation numerous times.

Closeup of Aaron Taylor-Johnson

His new quotes closely echo those he gave when asked about the Bond rumors last summer, telling Esquire: “It's not really for me to say anything… I have to go by the beat of my own drum. It’s my own path, what feels intuitive to me.”

Closeup of Aaron Taylor-Johnson

After repeatedly failing to outright deny the rumors, he recently told Numéro magazine that he finds it “charming and wonderful” that so many people support the prospect of him being cast as Bond.

Closeup of Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Well, we’ll have to stay tuned! You can read Aaron’s full Rolling Stone interview here.

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