From Superhero To ‘Argylle’ Super Spy? Henry Cavill Expresses Excitement For Next James Bond Movie

This interview has been edited for clarity.

His turn as Superman defined the DC Extended Universe, while his portrayal of Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher, and subsequent departure from the role, ignited fan fervour. So it’s not too much of a stretch that his legion of fans also want Henry Cavill to also join the ranks of the famed 00 Section, and be the next James Bond.

Not that the British actor needs to prove his mettle, having played American spy Napoleon Solo in 2015’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and as fantastical super spy Agent Argylle in Matthew Vaughn’s espionage comedy, Argylle

Breaking away from traditional spy film tropes, the movie introduces audiences to Elly Conway (Bryce Dallas Howard), a reclusive author whose best-selling espionage novels about secret agent Argylle suddenly begin to mirror real-life covert operations. The plot thickens as Conway, accompanied by a cat-allergic spy Aiden Wilde (Oscar-winner Sam Rockwell), finds herself racing across the globe. 

Enter Henry Cavill’s character, the enigmatic Agent Argylle, who embodies the perfect blend of charm and lethality. The British actor’s portrayal of Conway’s idealised spy has sparked fervent discussions about his potential as the next James Bond.

In an exclusive interview with Geek Culture, Cavill responded with a mix of intrigue and diplomacy when asked about the possibility of playing James Bond. 

“I have no idea what Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are thinking,” he admits, adding, “It’d be very exciting to be a part of, but watch this space. I wish them all the luck in the world regardless.” His open-minded stance reflects both his admiration for the Bond legacy and a willingness to explore new opportunities.

Howard, the ever-supportive co-star, will be the first in line if that ever happens though, especially since she can possibly see herself as a Bond girl opposite the Superman star.

“He better take the role [of James Bond]. I would love to see him as Bond. Oh my goodness. Yeah, I’d love to be a Bond girl opposite Henry, sure. Barbara, call me.”

Cavill’s brush with the Bond role dates back to 2006 when he auditioned for Casino Royale at the age of 22, ultimately losing the part to Daniel Craig. Martin Campbell, the film’s director, praised Cavill’s audition, remarking, “He looked great in the audition. His acting was tremendous. And look, if Daniel didn’t exist Henry would have made an excellent Bond. He looked terrific, he was in great physical shape… very handsome, very chiselled. He just looked a little young at that time back then.”

As the Bond franchise continues its search for a new star following Daniel Craig’s departure, Cavill’s name remains in the mix. His role in Argylle adds another layer to his diverse portfolio, demonstrating his versatility and appeal as a leading man in action-packed narratives. Whether he steps into the shoes of James Bond or continues to carve his unique path, Cavill’s journey in the spy genre is one to watch.

Argylle opens in cinemas on 1 February.