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Ben Whishaw Wants Gay Actor To Replace Daniel Craig As New James Bond

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Ben Whishaw Wants Gay Actor To Replace Daniel Craig As New James Bond

James Bond's Ben Whishaw says that he'd like a gay actor to replace Daniel Craig as the new James Bond.

The British actor plays Q in the recent No Time To Die and has featured in the role since 2012's Skyfall.

When Whishaw was recently asked by Attitude about the idea of a gay man playing Bond, he said: "God, can you imagine? I mean, it would be quite an extraordinary thing.

"Of course I would like to see that."

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Credit: Universal Pictures
Credit: Universal Pictures

He added: "I really believe that we should be working towards a world where anyone can play anything and it would be really thrilling if it didn't matter about someone's sexuality to take on a role like this.

"I think that would be real progress. But we'll see, we'll see where we're at.

"I'm amazed by how much has changed just in the last five or six years, so we'll see."

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When questioned on who he'd like to fill the role, Whishaw pointed towards a couple of Hollywood's upcoming stars as potential replacements.

The Duchess of Cambridge meets Ben Whishaw upon her arrival for the World Premiere of No Time To Die. Credit: Alamy
The Duchess of Cambridge meets Ben Whishaw upon her arrival for the World Premiere of No Time To Die. Credit: Alamy

He gave his seal of approval to Beauty and the Beast actor Luke Evans and Bridgerton's breakout star Jonathan Bailey.

Whishaw went on to say: "I mean, they're both wonderful and they're both wonderful actors.

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"They're both actors who it seems would be really capable of doing it and would be ideal casting. And it would be thrilling to see either of them do it.

"I wonder if either of them would want to - because it's not just the demands of the role, but it's like the demands of being Bond in the world and what it symbolises and how it would change your life."

The British actor was also asked if he himself had ever been offered to play the Bond role.

Whishaw playing Q in No Time To Die. Credit: Alamy
Whishaw playing Q in No Time To Die. Credit: Alamy
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However, the 40-year-old said: "I think it was obvious to me that I am not Bond material, and I'm happily not so, like, I'm happy as Q.

"But I don't think I am [Bond material]. And I think that that's cool.

"I think it's important that there are a range of masculine or male identities; that we don't all have to be the Bond-type, you know?

"Having said that, maybe Bond is becoming more receptive now to being defined in a different way, but I don't know - I don't know how far you can take it, how far you can stretch it from its original identity as the kind of womanising character that he is and everything else that he is."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: TV and Film, James Bond

Anish Vij
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