EXCLUSIVE: ‘BEAUTY & THE BEAST’ STAR WANTS TO PLAY JAMES BOND
Friday, Apr 6, 2018
By James Desborough
He just wowed us as the Beast on the big screen, but British hunk Dan Stevens has his sights on uttering the immortal movie line: “Bond, James Bond.”
The Beauty And The Beast actor says he would be happy to become the next 007, as long as he can wear a pink suit.
Stevens, who shot to fame in Downton Abbey, would love to replace current Bond actor Daniel Craig, who is leaving after his 2019 farewell.
But the 35-year-old kept his cards close to his pink-suited chest at the season two launch of his hit FX show Legion in Los Angeles.
Asked if he was interested in taking over as MI6’s most famous agent, Stevens joked: “If it is going and they will have me then why not – If I am allowed to wear this suit?”
When asked if he would seriously be a contender, Dan chuckled: “We will have to see. Do you think they will keep on with it, do you think? Will they do more? We will see. All will be revealed in the fullness of time.”
The English actor already has a 007 link, having narrated the Bond audio book Casino Royale. And he feels one Bond role may not be enough: “Quite possibly. I am always game for another audio book?”
Stevens reached heart throb status playing Matthew Crawley on Downton and went on to woo Emma Watson as The Beast/ Prince in last year’s biggest film Beauty and the Beast.
Meanwhile his fanbase is definitely increasing thanks to his role on Legion.
Based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, Legion is the story of Dan Haller (Stevens), a man who believed he was schizophrenic only to discover that he may actually be the most powerful mutant in the world.
Stevens feels the creative team behind the FX series is the key to show’s success.
“We are blessed with an amazing cast – a very fun group of open minded, fantastic, playful actors, who just get stuck into one of the weirdest and wildest shows out there. It is just a big fun playground. The general reaction that I get (from fans) is: ‘I have no idea what is happening but I love it.’ And that for me is the best. It is a wild ride and we just want people to come along for it and we will take you on a trip.”