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Dwayne Johnson ‘The Rock’ is determined to become the next Bond and reveals a secret about his grandfather and the Bond franchise.
In an interview with Esquire, the screen actor 49-year-old revealed that his father, Peter Maivia, played a villain in the 1967 Bond film You Only Live Twice.
Dwayne Johnson is eying being the new James Bond! In the interview for Esquire, the 49-year-old Red Notice actor talked about the possibility of replacing Daniel Craig as 007 after his successful role on No Time To Die.
With Craig performing his final scene playing Bond In No Time To Die, there’s been a constant debate about who will take over the highly sought-after part.
And Johnson has stated that he’d love to play the role of a British Secret Agent, precisely because he has a familial connection to the popular franchise.
Dwayne Johnson ‘The Rock’ Following His Footsteps
The wrestler-turned-actor added: “I would like to follow in his footsteps and be the next Bond. I’m not one to become a villain. It’s a must to play the role of Bond.”
When asked his thoughts on the upcoming Bond, He replied: “The answer to that is quite simple. There ought to be better roles for women and actors of different races.
The Rock revealed that his grandfather, Peter Maivia, was also part of the series, even though Peter Maivia was a Bond character on You Only Live Twice, making clear his connection with the Bond character. “My grandfather, Peter Maivia, was the Bond character on You Only Live Twice with Sean Connery. Absolutely amazing,” Johnson said. The film was released in 1967 as a piece of the James Bond saga.
“I want to be able to emulate the footsteps of James Bond and become” the next Bond. I do not want to become a villain. You have to become Bond,” he added. Johnson expressed admiration for his grandfather’s accomplishments and claimed that he would like to follow his path. Johnson said firmly that he doesn’t want to play a villain but prefers to be the role of the protagonist.
The other actors who have played Bond are George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan, and Craig, who has had an impressive run as Bond.
In an interview in September with the Radio Times in the U.K., Craig expressed his conviction in Bond staying as the person who was supposed for and improving the range of roles for women of color.
The debate about who should take on the title of an upcoming James Bond rages on; fans from around the world have their own ideas about who they’d like to play. Johnson might not get the opportunity to play the legendary James Bond, but his remarks indicate that he’s not afraid to enter his name in the ring and perhaps declare it to be a reality.
These days, rumors about Bond casting have frequently surfaced, especially in the build-up to the release in September of No Time To Die. Tom Hardy, Sam Heughan, Rege Jean Page, Idris Elba, Richard Madden, Luke Evans, and Tom Hiddleston have all been connected to the film at one time or at a different time. While some actors like Page and Heughan have claimed that they were not offered the role, other actors have not disclosed anything positive or negative.