Could Ryan Reynolds be the next James Bond?

Actor Ryan Reynolds attends WSJ Magazine 2021 Innovator Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 01, 2021 in New York City.
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Thanks to Daniel Craig wrapping up his stint as James Bond, expect “the next Bond” stories to increase exponentially.

The suggestion mill already started churning back in 2018, with the solid maybe of Idris Elba being the first black James Bond. Recently, word came that Tom Holland is itching for that prime franchise role, and now Ryan Reynolds has been pulled into the Bond vortex.

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E! reports that around the release of Craig’s last Bond adventure, “No Time to Die,” Reynolds told UK paper The Times, "I hear they're looking for a new Bond. Could you accept a Canadian sipping gin and tonic instead of a martini? If so, I'm interested."

And then bigshot media entrepreneur, Vincenzo Landino, tweeted, "if the Bond franchise is going to do something radical, this is my 007.”

Ok, just hold on everyone.

Anyone who has ever seen a Reynolds film or interview knows he is kidding 60% of the time. But just in case those funny Mint Mobile commercials don’t run in your area, Reynolds confirmed via tweet on Friday that he was once again joshing.

"I promise you, Reynolds said, “I was not even remotely serious here” -- alongside a gif that also read, "That's bait." Then to reiterate, under Landino’s tweet, Reynolds declared in the comments, “No, no, no.”

Anyway, Reynolds has already stated that he needs some rest -- something that definitely does not come around if you’re tabbed to be the next James Bond.

In an October interview, Reynolds said that after wrapping “Spirited” -- the Apple TV+'s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol -- he would need a little break from acting to spend some time with the family -- wife Blake Lively and their three daughters, James, 6, Inez, 5, and Betty, 2.

All that said, if the Bond role was offered to Reynolds, it would be intriguing.

After Craig’s intense, self-reflective run as Bond, the franchise might invite the kind of winking levity Reynolds brings to his work. Not to mention that nearly every actor ever has uttered at one point or another that they’d like to play James Bond.

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