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“We’ve seen Cavill dominate Idris Elba in 007 bettings”: Henry Cavill Reportedly Spearheaded the Leaderboard for James Bond Role Due To His ‘Expertise in the Action Genre’

“We've seen Cavill dominate Idris Elba in 007 bettings”: Henry Cavill Reportedly Spearheaded the Leaderboard for James Bond Role Due To His 'Expertise in the Action Genre'

Henry Cavill keeps finding himself on a pedestal when it comes to the netizens of modern pop culture. Among the lineup in which the Brit’s name has been mentioned more times than one cares to keep count is the upcoming Bond film that has taken the world by storm. Bond 26 is set to witness the replacement of Daniel Craig, one of the most definitive 007s to date. Not only did the blond-haired, blue-eyed, and relatively shorter actor soar in the role (despite going against everything that 007 represents in terms of physicality), but he has made it exponentially difficult for anybody that comes after him to live up to the name and fill his shoes in the wake of No Time to Die.

Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Skyfall

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Henry Cavill Finds Himself in the 007 Betting Race Once More

At the very beginning of the 2022 Bond Odds that were being placed after Daniel Craig’s grand exit, Luther actor Idris Elba found himself standing at the forefront of the lineup. The coveted role soon began to be tossed around until it firmly landed on Henry Cavill. The 40-year-old Brit now finds himself leading the race against Elba with 2:1 odds stacked in his favor. In the meantime, the fans have been biting their nails and grabbing the edge of their seats as announcements might drop from Barbara Broccoli any day now.

Henry Cavill dominates the screen as American spy, Napolean Solo
Henry Cavill impresses the audience as the American spy, Napolean Solo

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However, realistically speaking, the Bond role that is likely to run for at least the next decade or so has come to find itself seeking an actor of color in their early to mid-30s. This puts Bridgerton actor, Regé-Jean Page in a highly preferable spot in the race. But despite all the critical odds stacked against him, the fans can’t seem to find themselves turning toward Cavill time and again.

The Hero Spotlight account, which delivered an in-depth and analytical look into the fan movement behind backing Henry Cavill as 007, claims that the audience has seen him perform extraordinarily well in spy and action-adventure roles including in projects like The Man From U.N.C.L.E.Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and The Witcher. These roles have not only put the actor on the map but made him a perfect casting for 007 for his “expertise in the action genre.” Sadly, however, Cavill is not exactly the one that fits the mold that Broccoli intends to fill in the coming saga of Bond’s history.

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in the spy action thriller, The Man From UNCLE
Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in the spy action thriller, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Also read: ‘He’s made it clear that nothing is off the table’: Henry Cavill Hellbent on Bagging James Bond Role after Being Fatshamed by Casino Royale Director Martin Campbell

Where is James Bond’s Place in the Modern Spy World?

A revolutionary era in television and filmmaking, the world of cinema today hoards treasures of immeasurable quality coming out in conveyor belts of production lineups – something that was very rare well until 20 years ago. With the advent of the new century, directors like Christopher Nolan, Denis Villeneuve, Zack Snyder, Quentin Tarantino, Sam Mendes, the Wachowskis, and Guy Ritchie, have delivered a macroscopic trove of films that are varying in genres, and each better than the last.

Regé-Jean Page
Regé-Jean Page is a likely 007 candidate

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Among these masterpieces now lie the 007 franchise which not only looks to usher in a new generation with an actor of color in the lead but incorporates a more progressive stance in the narrative. No longer will the audience cringe away at the sight of overt, unimpressive, and icky displays of macho misogyny but instead find relief in a story that doesn’t shy away from a Bond girl dismantling entire operations in stilettos while 007 lounges at the bar with his shaken vodka martini.

Source: Hero Spotlight

Written by Diya Majumdar

It's 2023 and Diya Majumdar's social life is defined by a 365-day binge-marathon of films and television shows. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, she now has more than 1000 published articles on Fandomwire, and her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema. She happens to be a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh, and hardly anything fascinates her more than painting exact replicas of all their troubled works – in oil, of course.