Michael Fassbender On Whether He'd Take Over The Role Of James Bond In Future

The actor who brought the villainous Magneto to life in X-Men: First Class addresses the buzz surrounding him taking over the James Bond franchise from Daniel Craig. Check out his comments in full here.

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By Josh Wilding - 11/27/2011
While doing the press rounds for X-Men: First Class, both director Matthew Vaughn and star Michael Fassbender discussed how the character of Magneto and the film itself were inspired by James Bond movies of the 1960's. A combination of this and his performance in the the film based on the Marvel comic book led to a lot of talk that the Irish actor would be the perfect replacement for Daniel Craig when he decides to walk away from playing the iconic character created by Ian Fleming in 1953. Talking to Total Film (via Digital Spy) here's what he had to say.

"I think Daniel is doing a great job and I don't think too far into the future. It's one step at a time right now. Of course, every guy knows the feeling of walking round the house singing the song to himself, walking around corners with an imaginary gun."

"Let's see what happens."


These comments echo what Fassbender recently said when quizzed about the chances of him playing RoboCop in the José Padilha helmed reboot. He'd consider it, but won't commit to anything right now. Fairly standard replies when an actor is posed with such questions. However, it's clear there's some level of interest here and it's hard to imagine the studios not picking up on this. How would you like to see the star of X-Men: First Class play the British spy? Sound off with your thoughts in the usual place.

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marvel72 - 11/27/2011, 3:00 PM
he'd be a good bond.
ironpool007 - 11/27/2011, 3:04 PM
I think he'd be the most logical choice. Of course, I still want Daniel Craig to do it for as long as can and wants to, but when he does go, Fassbender should be next in line.
dphoenix74 - 11/27/2011, 3:04 PM
He will be perfect for bond!!!
golden123 - 11/27/2011, 3:06 PM
Haven't all the Bonds been played by English actors. I would hate to see that broken since Bond is one of the most famous/popular/iconic british fictional characters.
balegirlbrazil - 11/27/2011, 3:11 PM
He was born to play Bond!
He needs to be the next Bond after Craig.
tanis - 11/27/2011, 3:12 PM
NO, all of the bonds havent been played by english actors. Connery - Scottish. Brosnan - Irish. Dalton - Welsh. Lazenby - Australian
jimoakley666 - 11/27/2011, 3:17 PM
tanis- Dude, tell me about it. Some dick-headed idiots think Wales, Scotland and Ireland are in England. As a Welsh man, the amount of Yanks I have to slap for coming out with that blunder...
Anthrax - 11/27/2011, 3:17 PM
go for it
TheDarkKnightWing - 11/27/2011, 3:18 PM
@ golden123

actually theres like only about 2 of them that are English actors. Even Connery is Scottish.
TheDarkKnightWing - 11/27/2011, 3:19 PM
It seems Ive gotten beaten to the arguement. oh well.
AlexDeLarge87 - 11/27/2011, 3:20 PM
He would be awesome in the role no doubt on that but i think after Craig they should leave Bond alone for a while and focus on Simon Templar aka The Saint or Modesty Blaise. I would like to see those in the big screen.
Mike would be great choice as The Saint and Gemma Arterton would great Modesty.

However if they decide to continue Bond after Craig i think it would be cool to see him return to the cold war area.
tanis - 11/27/2011, 3:21 PM
@jimoakley666 - same here man. being irish i get fed up listening to that shite too...
AC1 - 11/27/2011, 3:22 PM
Fassbender would be awesome as the next Bond, but I'd like Daniel Craig to stick around for a while longer. He's the actor that got me into Bond, I could never take all the impossible gadgets seriously in the older films.

@jimoakley666 I know what you mean, it gets really annoying when I say I live in Wales and people (mainly Americans but also Canadians and some others) ask "Is that in England?"
95 - 11/27/2011, 3:24 PM
I like Craig's Bond. He does gritty action well.
But Fassbender should defintely take over.
He can show rage [i.e. Magneto] but not end up being a too-serious mass-murdering Bond like Craig.
Optimus83 - 11/27/2011, 3:24 PM
Fassbender or Cavill, my two choices for New Bond after Graig. ...
tanis - 11/27/2011, 3:26 PM
@ zigggggy. irish mum. german dad. grew up in ireland from the age of 3. has an irish accent. how the frick is he german!?
tanis - 11/27/2011, 3:26 PM
+ he's an irish citizen!
Kyos - 11/27/2011, 3:36 PM
Definitely a sound choice for the next Bond, he'd be great!

Him, or maybe Cavill, but I'm not sure the world would survive the Bond/Superman combo of awesome.
leeholland - 11/27/2011, 3:37 PM
I wanted Christian Bale for Bond before Daniel Craig got the job.
jazzman - 11/27/2011, 3:42 PM
Michael Fassbender as James Bond would be great also maybe get Steve McQueen the director of Hunger and Shame to direct the movie both of them like to work to get all the time.
xXkryptoniteXx - 11/27/2011, 3:44 PM
Bring him in as the new James bond
tanis - 11/27/2011, 3:55 PM
@ziggy - he must be tellin lies in interviews cos he claims himself to be irish. + he speaks irish and english as well!
GUNSMITH - 11/27/2011, 4:00 PM
FASSY SHOULD DEFINITELY BE BOND DEFINITELY....CRAIG IS GOOD....BRUTAL. I DO MISS THE MORE DEBONAIR LADIES MAN GADGET CARRYING TYPE BOND, I MEAN THE NEW TAKE IS COOL, BUT I MISS THE OLD WAY..
GUNSMITH - 11/27/2011, 4:01 PM
jallanr - 11/27/2011, 4:07 PM
hed do great as Bond I think, after seeing his Magneto. Although I hope Craig stays around for a lil while longer

woo hoo!
elcaballerooscuro92 - 11/27/2011, 4:13 PM
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tanis - 11/27/2011, 4:14 PM
thats a pretty poor argument. he also speaks english and irish like hes been doin it all his life. if i become fluent in french by your logic do i become french!?
CherryBomb - 11/27/2011, 4:33 PM
Michael Fassbender is ....



FAP FAP FAP
pro346 - 11/27/2011, 4:35 PM
Do not disagree with @zigggy he knows everything about nothing....
pro346 - 11/27/2011, 4:39 PM
@ziggggy wank much
tanis - 11/27/2011, 4:39 PM
hes half german blood. half german ancestry/half irish. raised in ireland. went to an irish catholic school. most ppl with parents form both countiries can speak both languages of their parents. you obviously dont know irish mothers
mgeoff88 - 11/27/2011, 4:39 PM
I think he would make a great Bond. Henry Cavill would be another good choice IMO. But Cavill already stated he didn't think he was the right fit for Bond.

pro346 - 11/27/2011, 4:45 PM
@tanis so hes more irish than german!
superbatspiderman - 11/27/2011, 4:48 PM
My top choices for Bond are Fassbernder, Tom Hardy, Tom Hiddleston, Christian Bale, or Henry Cavill.
tanis - 11/27/2011, 4:49 PM
@pro346 - ur so right my friend!
AK47 - 11/27/2011, 5:03 PM
He should b the next Batman or even the next Joker, he'd b great in either role
mgeoff88 - 11/27/2011, 5:08 PM
@Zigggggy Why does it matter so much what Michael Fassbender's ancestry is? At one point Clint Eastwood was asked to play Bond and James Brolin even screen tested and was supposed to succeed Roger Moore.

Obviously, the casting directors didn't even think nationality was too important and were just looking at good actors to play the role.

I'm an American, and I think for Bond, they need to stick with actors over in the UK... The point I'm trying to make is no matter what his ancestry may be or is whatever, that shouldn't really matter. As long as he could play the role well.

The fact you're saying he won't be cast as James Bond because he's German is silly.



xNightwingx - 11/27/2011, 5:23 PM
@JimOakley. We just don't care. And you wouldn't slap anybody douche.
xNightwingx - 11/27/2011, 5:24 PM
By the way. What is the fascination with this guy. He was an okay Magneto. But Bond?!! F that!! Craig ftw and then someone else. Just not Fassbender.
HannibalKing - 11/27/2011, 5:51 PM
He'd be logical as he's really only been in one major movie which made healthy money (x-men: first class).
Becoming Bond would allow him to negociate for more money per movie.
But then that might be a problem when he steps into the role of Magneto for the third time. ;)
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