Rory Kinnear says Aaron Taylor-Johnson is unlikely to be the next James Bond

James Bond movie series actor Rory Kinnear has said that the person to play 007 after Daniel Craig won’t be a “leading” or “highlight” star like Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

The 44-year-old actor has appeared in four of the last Bond films, first appearing in Quantum Of Solace in 2008 as Bill Tanner, the chief of staff of MI6, and most recently in No Time to Die in 2021.

On The One Show, Kinnear was asked about the chances of 32-year-old Taylor-Johnson, who will play the next Bond role, after “a lot of noise” about the Kick-Ass and Bullet Train actor being nominated for the role.

Bullet Train gala screening – London

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who starred in Bullet Train and Kick-Ass (Jonathan Brady/PA)

She replied: “I always feel a little sorry for the people who are highlighted because that never tends to be them. They are very good at keeping the real person a secret.

Kinnear, who also gave up playing Bond himself, added: “Of course I would be interested to see who takes over, but that hasn’t tended to be a leader historically.”

Also known for his roles in Penny Dreadful and The Imitation Game, the actor will play Van boss Dave Fishwick in the upcoming Netflix movie Bank Of Dave.

Fishwick has been providing affordable loans since 2011 through Burnley Savings and Loans.

After interviewing the businessman for an “incredibly heartwarming and positive story,” Kinnear said he needed to ask for a “Dave exclusion zone” around the shooting.

He said: “(Fishwick) was incredibly excited about the whole thing, from who wouldn’t be when your life story is being made up by people.

“But it was pretty weird to have to talk to him and then go straight to make a tape because frankly I was playing him, but I was also playing my own version of him, sort of.

“So I had to request the creation of a Dave exclusion zone a few meters away.”

In a video message on the BBC show Fishwick said: “Thank you so much for playing with me, you look more like me than I do, your accent is great.

“I remember when we met, you first came to the front door of my house and knocked and said, ‘Dave, meet Dave,’ and I thought he’d do it for me.”

Fishwick founded the loan company in the wake of the financial collapse and in response to its impact on northern England.

Kinnear added: “It just makes banking a little smaller, and I think the main point is for other people to start doing the same at local banks and regional communities that serve the local community.”

Bank Of Dave is coming to Netflix on January 16.

Leave a Comment