Michael Fassbender: A woman should play Bond, not me

The name’s Bond, Jane Bond…

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Would Michael Fassbender like to play James Bond? “To be honest, no.”

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The German-Irish actor said that he thinks the franchise “needs something new”, and that a woman or a young actor like Jack O’Connell should take the role.

“It’s always a fun conversation to have. But Bond should be someone in their early 20s… I always thought Bond should be British, but let’s get an American in or maybe someone like Jack O’Connell would be good?” he told GQ.

“Or even better, how about Jane Bond? A woman. One thing is for sure, it won’t be anyone on the bookies’ lists. It never is.”

Fassbender also had a few ideas for the storyline…

“What about we start the film back in Sandhurst, Army training rather than on a yacht, or he’s in the Middle East on an op and gets thrown in the brig for insubordination?

“He’s going to get court-martialled… I have thought about it a lot,” he said. Move over, Ian Fleming.

The actor went on to praise Daniel Craig’s portrayal of Bond, saying he’d done “a cracking job”. Craig has played Bond in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre but is yet to sign for the next film, having previously said he’d rather slash his wrists than play Bond again.

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Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and James Norton are among those being tipped as his replacement, alongside Fassbender.