Long before we saw Daniel Craig’s James Bond run come to a fiery end in 2021’s No Time to Die, there was speculation as to who would succeed him as suave spy. While that question remains officially unanswered, putative candidates for taking over Bond are frequently brought to the table, with one of the more recent examples being Bullet Train and Kraven the Hunter star Aaron Tayor-Johnson. Now, an actor from the hit Netflix show Emily has reportedly landed in Paris in the race to become the next James Bond.
Nearly two weeks after Emily in Paris Season 3 premiered for Netflix subscribers, Lucien Laviscount, who plays Alfie, the boyfriend of Lily Collins’ titular character on the show, is said to be directing producer Barbara Broccoli “envisioned ‘ co-own the James Bond franchise with her half-brother, Michael G. Wilson. According to The Chron, Broccoli and other producers are “keen to have an ethnic minority star play 007 so that the franchise reflects modern society”. Conversely, some executives are said to be “terrified” that Laviscount’s appearance on Celebrity Big Brother in 2011 might hurt his chances of being cast as Bond because the previous actors who were cast as the character “were higher”.
Given how often James Bond contestants get out of the woodwork, Lucien Laviscount’s chances of being one of cinema’s most beloved characters should be taken with a pinch of salt for the time being, assuming he’s actually considered for the role. With rumors back in August that someone in their 30s would be cast as the next James Bond, Lucien Laviscount, at exactly 30 at the time of this writing, fits that bill perfectly. Plus, there’s no denying that the actor would look fantastic in a tuxedo, a Bond fashion staple.
Aside from his time with Emily in Paris, where he started as a recurring player in season 2 and was upgraded to main cast the following season, Lucien Laviscount’s other notable credits include Coronation Street, Scream Queens, Snatch, Kathy Keene and Your Christmas Or my?. Given that Emily in Paris continues to do well on Netflix, even if Laviscount isn’t cast as James Bond, you’d think it’s only a matter of time before he’s landed a role in another franchise it in a managerial or supporting role.
Keep your eyes peeled to CinemaBlend for more James Bond news, even as Daniel Craig’s successor, be it Lucien Laviscount or anyone else, is officially announced. In the meantime, feel free to read our coverage of past James Bond films, including the two franchise entries Monica Bellucci auditioned for before Specter landed, as well as Denise Richards reprising her much-criticized Bond role in The World is not enough defended.