Harry Styles, the UK boy bander with a thin acting resume, has set his sights high in Hollywood. He says his dream job is to replace Daniel Craig and become the next James Bond. Really?
Craig, 51, has chiseled looks and a stern countenance, something Harry, at half Craig’s age, has yet to develop.
In fact Harry looks young for his age. That served him well while a member of the UK boy band One Direction. But James Bond?
Styles has appeared in two One Direction documentaries and a featurette on his life, but his only true acting rule was a bit part in the 2017 Christopher Nolan movie “Dunkirk.” If you blinked you might miss him.
Some critics thought Nolan cynically tapped Styles to draw younger viewers to a movie about an event that occurred during the dark days of World War II, 79 years ago.
When asked about the role in a Hits Radio interview Harry replied: “Yeah, I mean, who wouldn’t?”
Well, in that case, why not?
“I grew up watching those. You know, I loved him when I was a kid. So I think it’s kind of everyone’s dream a little bit, right?” he said.
That’s an interesting comment, well, since he is still, sort of a kid.
Harry was born in 1994, more than 40 years after the first Bond film aired starring Sean Connery.
Connery was a relative unknown before he took the role in 1962. The Bond films catapulted him to stardom, but he was always afraid of being typecast.
Connery turned down the role for “Casino Royale” in 1965 and British actor David Niven stepped into 007’s shoes. He was 57 at the time and played an elderly Bond.
Australian actor George Lazenby was chosen to play Bond in the 1969 film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” He was panned by critics and also disliked the character himself, even though he was nominated for a Golden Globe.
British actor Roger Moore won the role in 1972 for the film “Live and Let Die.” Connery had turned down the part.
Moore had a solid run as Bond, starring in seven spy films through 1985.
He was considered the most elegant and mannerly of the Bonds, with the voice and style of an English debonair country gentleman, according to film writer Andrew Spicer.
Timothy Dalton picked up the part in 1986, beating out Pierce Brosnan and actor Sam Neill.
Dalton was a trained Shakespearean actor and portrayed Bond exactly as he was described by Ian Fleming, who created the character in a series of books in the 1950s.
He debuted in 1987’s “The Living Daylights.” He also starred in 1989’s “Licence to Kill” before stepping away from the role.
Of note, Dalton was approached to play Bond while he was in his mid-20s (Harry’s age). He thought he was too young for the part.
Brosnan finally got his shot and signed a three picture deal with an option for a fourth in 1994. His first “GoldenEye” debuted in 1995.
He was seen by many as the quintessential James Bond in appearance and manner; displaying an air of coolness, elegance and a grace, according to one account.
He stay for all four pictures including 1997’s “Tomorrow Never Dies,” 1999’s “The World Is Not Enough” and 2002’s “Die Another Day.”
Brosnan left in 2004 after negotiations for a fifth Bond film fell through, opening the door to Daniel Craig.
Craig debuted in the 2006 film “Casino Royale,” a reboot of the earlier picture, amid much criticism that he was too bland, too blond and too short. He’s 5’10” tall.
Harry is a cool 6 feet.
Craig has starred in 2008’s “Quantum of Solace, 2012’s “Skyfall,” 2015’s “Spectre” and the soon-to-be released 2020 film “No Time to Die.”
He eventually won over critics, but now he’s talking about moving on.
In the short term, Harry is focused on his music career. Whether James Bond is in his future remains to be seen, but he has some tough acts to follow.