Aaron Taylor-Johnson emerges as James Bond frontrunner after meeting with producer went ‘very well’

Psychotic: Aaron Taylor-Johnson at the UK premiere of Nocturnal Animals (Dave Benett)
Psychotic: Aaron Taylor-Johnson at the UK premiere of Nocturnal Animals (Dave Benett)

Aaron Taylor-Johnson has met with 007 producers amid speculation he has become the favourite to become the next James Bond.

It was first reported in November that the 32-year-old had impressed producers after filming a “secret audition” following Daniel Craig’s exit from the franchise in 2021.

And now, a new report has confirmed that Taylor-Johnson did sit down with Barbara Broccoli and that their meeting “very well”.

Puck News’s Matthew Belloni said that sources told him the British star checks all the boxes – a “great actor” and “accomplished but not particularly famous” – but noted that his upcoming role in Marvel’s Kraven The Hunter and opposite Ryan Gosling in The Fall Guy could hinder his chances.

The Standard has contacted a rep for Taylor-Johnson and Broccoli for comment.

In December, The Sun alleged that he had filmed the secret agent’s memorable “gun-barrel teaser footage” seen in the films over the years.

Daniel Craig left the film franchise in 2021 after No Time To Die’s release (PA Media)
Daniel Craig left the film franchise in 2021 after No Time To Die’s release (PA Media)

At the time, a source told the publication: “Aaron has impressed bosses so much that he has filmed one of the franchise’s famous gun-barrel teaser scenes, something all the actors do.

“That move takes him a step closer to signing a deal. Bosses at the brand were really impressed with his unique blend of acting intensity and his impressive back catalogue of action films.”

The outlet also reported a month earlier that Taylor-Johnson was a hit with producers and particularly impressed Broccoli.

The film insider shared in November: “Aaron went for a screen test to be the next Bond in September, and producers and Barbara loved him. He is now one of the front-runners.”

The actor, who is married to Fifty Shades Of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson, 55, has appeared in the Kick-Ass movies, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Bullet Train, Nowhere Boy, and Godzilla.

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