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Amid experiences that Aaron Taylor-Johnson has already been provided the position of James Bond by the franchise producers at EON, a surprising private backlash towards the actor sparked calls for for the following movie to be boycotted.

An insider claimed: “Bond is Aaron’s job, should he wish to accept it. The formal offer is on the table and they are waiting to hear back. As far as EON is concerned, Aaron is going to sign his contract in the coming days and they can start preparing for the big announcement.”

The star, who’s married to artist and film-maker Sam Taylor-Wood, might have the enthusiastic backing of two former 007s, however has simply come underneath aggressive fireplace for his ethnicity.

As quickly as No Time To Die revealed that it was truly time for Daniel Craig’s undercover agent to shuffle off the display screen (in thousands and thousands of tiny exploding items), rampant hypothesis began about who would take over.

Henry Cavill and James Norton had been duking it out as former favourites Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston pale away, however over the previous 12 months, Aaron Taylor-Johnson has emerged because the agency front-runner.

Last week, an unique report in The Sun introduced that the position was his for the taking. UK bookies had been fast to behave with Coral’s John Hill telling Express Online: “We have pulled the plug on our next James Bond betting to let the dust settle. If reports are to be believed, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who has been our favourite for the last 12 months, could be set to replace Daniel Craig.”

Hopes had been boosted by ringing endorsements from two of the elite membership who’ve performed the position themselves.

Pierce Brosnan informed The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1: “I think the man has the chops and the talent and the charisma to play Bond, very much so. I read the news about his possibilities of being a Bond so I would definitely tip my hat to the fellow. Be bold, go out there and have a great time. Just love it, just go for it. He can do it.”

And TMZ within the US posted an unique attributed to George Lazenby, who believes Taylor-Johnson, “can handle the stunts, and all the ladies who love a man in a tux.” He advises the actor “to be true to himself and reinvent the role to fit him.”

Personal tastes fluctuate, in fact, however the brand new backlash towards the 33-year-old Brit has nothing to do along with his performing means.

There had beforehand been a raging debate over whether or not the following James Bond needs to be performed by a Black actor. However, the sudden explosion of opposition to Taylor-Johnson is predicated on his Jewishness.

In the previous few days the hashtag #BoycottJamesBond has been broadly shared on X/Twitter, rooted in reactions to the present Israel-Palestine battle.

One indignant submit stated: “Really bad timing with Israel committing genocide in Gaza. Shame on you. I hope your company collapses.”

Another added: “I wont buy a ticket for any of its movies. Will boycott all of it. Bunch of killers.”

As for Taylor-Johnson, some had been shocked that an actor who has at all times pursued indie initiatives interspersed with blockbusters like Godzilla and Avengers: Age of Ultron, would tie himself to such a mainstream franchise involving appreciable dedication over a considerable interval.

Although he’s about to hit screens because the lead in Marvel’s Kraven The Hunter, a part of Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, the actor himself appeared to verify Bond was not on his want listing.

He informed Rolling Stone UK: “I don’t feel like I need to have a future drawn out for me. I feel like, whatever’s drawn out for me, I can f***in’ do better.”


The April/May concern of Rolling Stone UK is out now.