Despite denials from inside Eon Productions, it is pretty much common knowledge out there that the search for a new 007 is already underway, albeit in the very early stages. Agents are jostling for position, lining up their clients, and ensuring they are in consideration for when shortlisting and screen testing starts later this year. One actor who hasn’t been shy about his desire to play James Bond is Tom Holland. So much so that he once met with Eon Productions about an idea for the role. Holland pitched Young Bond to the producers.


Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson will make the final decision, and at the time this happened they were in a deal with Sony as distributors of the Bond movies from Casino Royale through to Spectre.

Sony, of course, was the home of Spider-Man. At just 25 years old he had a different take on 007, and spoke to Total Film about it:

“I had a meeting, after or during ‘Spider-Man 2’ [‘Spider Man: Far From Home’], with Sony to pitch this idea of a young Bond film that I’d come up with. It was the origin story of James Bond. It didn’t really make sense. It didn’t work. It was the dream of a young kid, and I don’t think the Bond estate [was] particularly interested.”

He went on to say that even though the pitch failed, that eventually led to the idea forming around Uncharted and the approach they have taken there.

“The idea of a young Bond film sparked this idea, in turn, that you could do a Nathan Drake story as an origin story, rather than as an addition to the games. And that opened a conversation.”

Holland stars as a very early version of Nathan Drake opposite Mark Wahlberg as Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan in a movie that is planned for release on February 18th.


Young Bond as a concept has already been covered in literary form, with a well-received series of novels from Charlie Higson. These were period pieces telling the story of James Bond and his life from just after his parent’s death. These include his time at Eton and Fettes, living with his Aunt in Kent, and learning to ski and climb with Oberhauser in Switzerland.

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Source: Variety