James Bond Director Calls Henry Cavill’s 007 Audition ‘Tremendous’

James Bond director Martin Campbell revealed that Henry Cavill‘s 007 audition was “tremendous” and that the The Witcher actor would’ve been Bond… had Daniel Craig not existed.

“He looked great in the audition,” said Campbell in a recent interview with The Express. “His acting was tremendous and look, if Daniel didn’t exist, Henry would have made an excellent Bond.”

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Cavill lost out on the role of 007 in 2006. The role went to Daniel Craig who made his debut as James Bond in Casino Royale. Despite being impressed by Cavill’s audition, Campbell said the deciding factor went down to age. Cavill was much younger than what the filmmaker was looking for. Cavill, who was 23 at the time, would have been the youngest Bond yet.

“He looked terrific, he was in great physical shape… very handsome, very chiselled. He just looked a little young at that time back then,” continued Campbell.

“It was ultimately down to, and this is what I’ve been told, it was just down to me and Daniel, and I was the younger option,” said Cavill in an interview with Josh Horowitz. “They obviously went with Daniel and I think it was an amazing choice to go with Daniel. I probably wasn’t ready at the time and I think Daniel did an incredible job over the past movies, so I’m happy they made that choice.”

It’s no secret that the franchise is in search of a new 007 following Craig’s outing in No Time To Die. Ironically, Cavill, who is now 40, will be too old for the role.

“By the time Daniel got to [No Time To Die], really he was at an age where one more would have been too old for him…I know with Pierce [Brosnan] he had to sign on to three when we did him. So that’s going to take, what, six years of your life maybe? I suspect Daniel [had] the same deal. And the next guy’s going to have to do that,” said the director.

“Henry’s 40, so by the time he’s done the third one he’s going to be 50 and anything beyond that’s two, three years per Bond.”

The search for the next 007 is still ongoing. Among the most commonly mentioned candidates are Regé-Jean Page, Tom Hardy and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.