Despite the fact Matthew Vaughn has a lot going for him at the moment with his Kingsman universe only gaining steam and the recent release of Elton John biopic Rocketman, Vaughn has his sights set on his next project as he wants to direct the next James Bond movie…under one condition.

As well as revealing his original intentions for what he had planned for his own X-Men trilogy, Vaughn has also recently expressed interest in directing Bond 26, on the condition that Game of Thrones and Bodyguard alum Richard Madden is in the starring role.

Bond 25 is currently set to be Daniel Craig’s final turn as Agent 007 and the question every fan is asking themselves is who will be donning the suit next. With different factions of fans having their own ideas and hopes as to who they want to see cast in the role, from a race-bent casting like Idris Elba, to even potentially a female casting such as Gillian Anderson.

However, one of the more recent casting rumours to gather weight has been Game of Thrones and Bodyguard star Richard Madden. A choice which the director has taken great interest in the potential casting, to the point where he has expressed interest in directing Bond 26 if Madden is, in fact, his leading man.

While Madden himself has shot down these rumours, this could potentially be a red herring or simply the actor keeping his options open.

The as yet untitled 25th James Bond movie comes from the minds of director Cary Joji Fukunaga and writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Along with starring Daniel Craig in the titular role, the movie will also star returning cast members Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear and Léa Seydoux along with new cast members Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen and Rami Malek.

Bond 25 is scheduled for release in April 2020.

Matthew Vaughn and Richard Madden have recently worked together in their latest movie Rocketman, a biopic depicting the life of music legend Sir Elton John, starring Taron Egerton in the titular role with Madden portraying music manager John Reid, a role previously portrayed by fellow Game of Thrones alum Aiden Gillan in 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody depicting the life of Freddie Mercury and the rise of Queen.

Rocketman is currently released in theatres.

Do you think Matthew Vaughn is a good fit with directing Bond? Do you see Richard Madden as James Bond?