Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe is reportedly interested in a role in the upcoming 24th James Bond film, Huffington Post UK reports.
The 24-year-old Radcliffe has gone to great lengths to avoid being typecast by the Harry Potter franchise, appearing in The Woman In Black and Kill Your Darlings since the series concluded. Now it seems Radcliffe might have his eye on infiltrating another franchise, according to a source quoted by Yahoo Movies UK.
“Daniel thinks he would be an excellent villain in the Bond films,” the unnamed source said, before further revealing that Radcliffe has a particular affinity for the villains in the iconic spy series. “He feels he could appear as a modern bad guy, an evil mastermind who wants to take down MI5,” the source continued.
Alluding to the reality of Radcliffe’s physique not lending itself to fight scenes with current James Bond actor Daniel Craig, the source reportedly highlighted Radcliffe’s “broody acting,” saying it could “make him a menace.”
Fans of Radcliffe may have to wait a while to see him take on Daniel Craig as a Bond baddie though. As The Inquisitr previously reported, the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is expected to hit theaters in 2016, and art director Alan Gilmore has confirmed that Radcliffe, along with Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, will be returning to the Harry Potter fold.
In the meantime, Radcliffe is also slated to appear later this year opposite Zoe Kazan in What If, a romantic comedy that previously went by the title The F Word, according to Deadspin.
For his part, Radcliffe is apparently looking to Bond villains of the past, according to Yahoo‘s source, who further added that “like the old Bond films, he hopes the role may be recurring.” Radcliffe wouldn’t be the first villain to take multiple turns in the 50- year-old franchise, but such a move would place him alongside such classic Bond nemeses as the mechanical-mouthed Jaws, played by Richard Kiel, and the disfigured head of SPECTRE, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
The next installment in the Bond series, so far untitled, is scheduled to begin production this November, with an eye toward opening in October 2015. Daniel Craig will reprise his role as super-spy James Bond for the fourth time, and Director Sam Mendes will be returning as well, fresh off of his success with the last Bond film, Skyfall.
What do The Inquisitr’s readers think of the possibility that James Bond could someday be facing off against Daniel Radcliffe?