Michael Fassbender Talks Playing James Bond After Daniel Craig

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 10:00 pm,

One of the more entertaining aspects of X-Men: First Class is its obvious 1960s-era James Bond influence. Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, a Holocaust survivor on a quest for personal revenge, is heavily reminiscent of Sean Connery’s cool, charming-but-deadly version of Bond.

Recently, First Class director Matthew Vaughn offered up Michael Fassbender as a potential candidate for 007. So at the X-Men: First Class press conference today in New York, we asked Fassbender how he felt about the idea.

Check out what the esteemed actor (and fast-rising star) had to say below:

Screen Rant: There’s a lot of Sean Connery-style James Bond stuff going on in First Class and you seem very at home in that role. Once Daniel Craig’s tenure as Bond is over, would you be interested in taking over for him?

Lucas Till (the actor who plays Havoc): Yes, he would!

(Laughter from the cast)

Michael Fassbender: You know … I don’t know. I really don’t plan anything ever because it never seems to work. I’m just [like] – let’s just get this film out and see how this one does. And I’m sort of in the middle of doing [Ridley Scott’s Prometheus]. And, you know, Daniel [Craig] is doing a great job. We’ll see what happens. I’m very flattered that people are sort of making that link, but – I don’t know. We’ll see.

Despite Michael Fassbender’s reluctance to talk about playing Bond, his cast members – particularly Till – seemed incredibly keen on the idea. It’s worth noting that if Fassbender was absolutely not keen on the idea, he probably would have said so. Take that how you will.

Indeed, his combined work in both Inglourious Basterds and X-Men: First Class have established that Fassbender would be more than capable of following in the footsteps of Daniel Craig — not to mention Timothy Dalton, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, and even Sean Connery. Fassbender’s cool, he’s charming, and he can stay likable while ruthlessly assassinating bad guys in cold blood. Not many actors can pull that off.

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Fassbender as Magneto in ‘X-Men: First Class’

Courtesy of Bleeding Cool, here’s the Matthew Vaughn quote where he talks all things Bond, including the possibility of Fassbender playing 007:

“I was very keen to direct Bond. I don’t know if I am any more, to be blunt, now that I’ve done this. I really love Daniel [Craig], though, you know, it might be interesting if they one day decide to cast Fassbender as Bond, then maybe I’ll go ‘Hey!’”

That would be very interesting, indeed. Vaughn would probably have enough time to film a First Class sequel (Second Class? First Class: Semester 2?) before Bond 24 would even go into pre-production.

What are your thoughts? Would you like to see Michael Fassbender take over for Daniel Craig after he’s done with the Bond franchise, or do you have someone else in mind? Let us know in the comments.

X-Men: First Class hits theaters June 3rd, 2011. James Bond 23, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig, hits theaters November 9th, 2012.

SIDE NOTE: Be sure to stay tuned for more of our interviews with the cast of X-Men: First Class.

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Source: Bleeding Cool

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  1. Searched Michael Fassbender as Bond after seeing the mvoie because I instantly saw him as Bond and found this article… I did a digital manipulation of him as Bond to see how he’d look and I think he fits the role. If anyone sees this you all can check it out on my deviantart, lol http://trpbootan.deviantart.com/#/d3ibwgo

    • I agree with Fassbender as Bond. He looks… worried… in your mockup though.

    • I think the next Bond should be an American actor.

      • DJ Rom Bond cannot be American, because he is a British character.

  2. “…following in the footsteps of Daniel Craig — not to mention Timothy Dalton, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, and even Sean Connery.” Was Pierce Brosnan missed intentionally??? But in answer to the posted question, and having seen First Class I thought throughout it was reminiscent of a Bond movie, but with superheroes. Think Fassbender would be an excellent successor to Craig.


  4. I think Tom Hardy would be a good choice. Im sure you all watched him in inception.

    • I disagree…He’s a little too stocky, and reminds me more of a high school jock than James Bond. I think Bond has to look older, more mature looking, smart…not like he just walked straight out of an underwear photo shoot.

  5. Hell Yes!! Fassbender for Bond! That was exactly where my mind went when watching Fist Class. Daniel Craig is good but doesn’t quite have the charm IMO.

  6. It’s only fairly recently that I’ve become a HUGE fan of Mr. Fassbender’s work. He brings intensity, gravitas and charisma to all of the roles I’ve seen him play, and I’m quite impressed by his body of work, insofar.
    Given that, he’s still quite young (only 34?). It seems to me that anyone playing Bond is much more believable when they’re in their late 30s or early 40s. Maybe this has to do with my perception of the Bond persona…savvy, sophisticated and slightly jaded…which often comes with maturity (is it just me, or do male Brit/Euro actors seem to be able to handle more sophisticated roles earlier/better than their American counterparts?). Fassbender may have the acting chops to pull it off, especially in light of the fact that when production is ready to roll with a new Bond, he’ll likely be right around the age range mentioned above.
    However, the one aspect about Fassbender that may be hard to sell, however, is his stature…or rather lack thereof. IMDb’s bio of him gives his height at 6′. I would wager to guess that that is WITH HIS SHOES ON. And while I personally have nothing against guys that are less than 6′ tall, especially when they are as talented, charming and handsome as Mr. Fassbender, I believe it’s safe to say that I am not the only one who identifies the James Bond character as an ultimate alpha-male.
    With the exception of Daniel Craig (who also may not be quite 6′+, but at least able to bulk up admirably for the part), I believe all the other Bonds were OVER 6′ tall, which lent to the overall impression of predatory male…an absolute MUST for James Bond, in my opinion. Whether anyone agrees with me or not, it will be interesting to see who gets to be the next Bond.

    • You’re right about the height thing. I was surprised when I learned that the tallest of the Bonds was Dalton who I had always thought of as the shortest. I think he’s about 6’4″.

      That said, I think Fassbender has that intensity that lets gives him presence and would overcome any height issues. Besides 6′ is still tall.

  7. Yes, I do want to see Michael Fassbender as James Bond and fast!!!

  8. i would like to see fassbender as bond. and hardy as a bond like villian. create a brotherly rivalry but hardy ends up being an absolutely awful human being so bond does what a bonds gotta do. two of my top three favorite actors by the way. along with gary oldman. he would also be an epic bond villian.

    • Yes, yes and yes…

  9. Bond-right now perfect fit would be Michael Fassbender. if they want something more like a Daniel Craig then maybe Eric Bana would be a interesting choice and if looking for a future, (8-10years from now) this new kid playing superman Henry Cavill
    Bond Villains- Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, Javier Bardem, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Micheal Sheen, Christoph Waltz the list goes on. just someone mid age or a bit older and really good at acting or someone young and strong to kick bond’s ass and also with good acting skills
    Bond Girls- almost any hot good actress is fine

  10. He doesn’t have an edge. At least Brosnan had charm although he clearly lacked toughness. Craig looks Russian but I seem to have settled in with him as a viable Bond despite his Putin-like appearance. I love how Fassbender’s PR machine has festooned this article with responses as if there is this cadre of millions of fans just getting ready to run to the movies to see him as Bond. I seriously doubt it but you never know. I would however prefer a certifiable heterosexual to play the role since that is no longer the case with Superman.

    • I thought DANIEL CRAIG looked more of a Villain rather than BOND material. But I was proven wrong starting with CASINO ROYALE and so forth. Can’t wait to see SKYFALL.

  11. I would love him or tom hardy to do it, I don’t know if Daniel will want to any more than 2 after Sky-fall i will be surprised if he does, Michel Fassbender does after that pierce thing going for, he can act that is for sure. I will reserve my thought about Tom since I have yet to see him in a tux plus i think he (tom) might be the shortest bond considered. still wished Clive Owen had done at least one. oh well.

    • Yeah, I was rooting for Clive Owen too once I saw him in the BMW ads as The Driver. However, once I saw Casino Royale, Craig blew me away and, after Connery, he’s my man.

      Fassbender I can see easily see as Bond. That one scene in X-Men — you KNOW the one — sold me.

  12. The minute I saw his role in X-MEN first class…I kept thinking they should get this guy to play BOND someday. And I thought I was the only one. Glad there’s a cult following already. So till DANIEL CRAIG retires as BOND make mine FASSBENDER!

  13. christian bale as 007? I can see it. Yeah he’s got batman. But he’s done witht it right? can he do two franchise films? Harrison ford starred in Starwars and indiana Jones. and is one of the worlds greatest actors. Point is if he did take on 007, it’d be a good move, careerwise, most likely.

  14. the next bond must be a black
    or latino
    the white one is history
    romney has not gathered
    America is no longer the land of the white!

  15. what about colin farrell, i think he fits perfectly.

  16. Micheal Fassbender is a far better Choice can Deliver an Sean Connery Version of James Bond, so To Daniel Craig [Times up] tick tock, here’s Bond………James Bond [Gun Barrel Sequence with Micheal Fassbender] Daniel Craig did rather Good Bond but Micheal Fassbender would do a Great Bond………James Bond. as he is young enough to star in Sequels of James Bond. and make the role his own. for Bond Villains Mr Alan Rickman as Dr. Julius No with Aaron Eckheart as Professor Dent and as Matt Dillon as Mr. Jones,as Catherine Zeta Jones Dr. No’s photographer “Freelance”,Allies; Ralph Fiennes as M: The head of the British Secret Service,Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter, Edward Norton as John Strangways,Nicolas Hoult as Quarrel,Megan Fox as Miss Taro, Kirsten Bell as Mrs Trench,Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny, John Cleese as Major Boothroyd. this is just a cast idea for Dr No as nothing is confirmed however feel free to browse.

  17. Fassbinder would make a superb choice as a future James Bond.
    He has already established himself as a very fine actor(Inglorious…Eden Lake,Fish Tank),however his scene stealing performance as a vengeful Magento in the recent X-Men film certainly gives crediblity to a future Bond film, when Daniel Craig decides to leave.

  18. Yes!!!! Fassbender would make a great James Bond definitely! He’s charming, sexy ans very talented! Step away Craig Fassy is 007!

  19. YES!!!!!!!!!

  20. The speculation is interesting but I don’t think he would not take the role. The reason? He is very proud of his family connection to the Irish republican hero Michael Collins (who was once the most wanted man in the whole of the British empire and after whom he is named). His mother in particular would probably disown him for playing Bond, a globally recognised epitome of British military ruthlessness. Fassbender actually played Collins in a play called ‘Allegiance’ opposite the late Mel Smith as Churchill. Also, of course, he played Bobby Sands in ‘Hunger’ so I think it’s fair to say he would very probably politely turn down the role if it was offered.

  21. Apologies – in my opening sentence I meant to say “I don’t think he would take the role.” – Otherwise the rest of what I said doesn’t make sense!

  22. For what it’s worth, I think Henry Carvill would have been a great choice if he had been around in the 70′s or 80′s but I think Tom Hardy has more of a menacing edge and is more suited to how Bond has evolved for today’s audiences.

  23. Fassbender would be a great Bond! Not just because he ist half german, like me, he even is a fantastic actor and much better than urgh, Tom Hardy or whoever for playing Bond.

  24. About a Italian bond?

  25. How about Chris Pine or Chris Hemsworth

  26. Daniel Craig was great, but he’s looking too old to play Bond any more. It’s time for Fassbender to take over.

  27. Yeah i like him….but daniel craig is the best bond i have seen so far..i love 007 movie..but i hate brosnan bond movie because i don’t like his car that turn invisible… why did eva green dead in casino royale dis make my heart beat..in bond movies please add a little romantic that way ws love it…°°°FROM INDIA°°