Derby movie star Jack O’Connell should be the next James Bond, according to Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender.The 26-year-old Alvaston actor was suggested as a good candidate for the 007 role by Fassbender in a magazine interview. The 39-year-old X-Men actor was himself rumoured to be on a shortlist of actors in the running to take over from Daniel Craig, 48.But he told the December issue of British GQ that he was not up for the role. Asked whether he would sign up as Bond, the Irish-German star said: “To be honest, no.”
As an acting role, I think Daniel has done such a cracking job in this age group … I think the franchise needs something new.” Fassbender suggested that an actress should play “Jane Bond” or a young actor such as Unbroken star Jack O’Connell could take the famous character back to his roots.
Fassbender said: “It’s always a fun conversation to have. But Bond should be someone in their early 20s … I always thought Bond should be British but let’s get an American in or maybe someone like Jack O’Connell would be good. Or even better, how about Jane Bond? A woman. One thing is for sure, it won’t be anyone on the bookies’ lists. It never is.”
O’Connell – a former Saint Benedict Catholic School student – got his first big TV break in 2005 when he landed the role of Connor Yates in an episode of BBC television series Doctors. Subsequent TV roles included four episodes of The Bill, six episodes of The Runaway and 18 appearances in popular teen drama Skins.