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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Wants To Be The Next James Bond

Hannah Blackiston

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Wants To Be The Next James Bond

Not happy with being one of the world's highest-grossing actors and the go-to action hero for Hollywood's biggest blockbusters, Dwayne Johnson also wants to put his mark on 007.

While The Rock is currently on the campaign trail for his new action-comedy Red Notice, which he stars alongside Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, he's been asked about the future of the James Bond franchise.

Speaking to Esquire, the actor said not only does he have his eyes on being cast as Bond, but he also has a surprising personal connection to the movies that make the pairing even more perfect.

Dwayne Johnson - WFPA / Alamy Stock Photo
Dwayne Johnson - WFPA / Alamy Stock Photo

"Yes, my grandfather was a Bond villain in You Only Live Twice with Sean Connery," he explained.

"It was very, very cool. And I would like to follow in his footsteps and be the next Bond. I don't wanna be a villain. Gotta be Bond."

Johnson is referring to his maternal grandfather Peter Maivia, a Samoan-American professional wrestler who played opposite the OG Bond, Sean Connery, in the fifth film of the series.

The role was the only acting credit Maivia ever chalked up and spent his time wrestling with the WWWF and NWA until his death in 1982.

He was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.

There is a lot of speculation about who will take over James Bond title now that Daniel Craig has exited with No Time To Die.

Danial Craig - PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / Alamy Stock Photo
Danial Craig - PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / Alamy Stock Photo

While Johnson was just talking about a hot topic, he would be breaking a lot of rules to play Bond.

To date, Bond has always been white and British, with the exception of Australian George Lazenby, who only played 007 in one movie.

Johnson is also about to turn 50, which would shorten his potential run in the role and he also has a significant history of other franchises and wrestling behind him which makes his profile almost too big.

Daniel Craig was Bond for 16 years and with the arrival of Lashana Lynch's character in No Time To Die, many are wondering whether Bond will ever make a comeback.

Tom Hardy has long been rumoured to take the title, but Game of Thrones' Tom Hopper has also seen his name thrown into the discussion, as has Richard Madden, James Norton, Idris Elba and Henry Cavill.

Featured Image Credit: AF archive / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Celebrity, The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, James Bond

Hannah Blackiston
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