Just before Daniel Craig became the latest actor to take on the role of James Bond, a number of stars were fighting to play the iconic character. Included in this line-up was Superman actor Henry Cavill, long before he donned the cape of the Kryptonian hero. Unfortunately, the audition involved him being told he was “too chubby”.
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Cavill recently explained: “I probably could have prepared better [for the Bond audition].
“I remember the director, Martin Campbell, saying: ‘Looking a little chubby there, Henry.’
“I didn’t know how to train or diet. And I’m glad Martin said something because I respond well to truth. It helps me get better.” (Via Men’s Health)
The star then confessed: “I know what it feels like to go from out of shape to in shape and [afterwards] I’ll look at myself like: ‘Man, well done.'”
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Cavill went on: “It’s not like I’m a golden god – I’m just proud of what I achieved. And then you can take your clothes off in front of your significant other, and they’re like: ‘Goddamn, you look great!’ Like: ‘Yes! I’m making other people happy.'”
Despite his disappointment at not getting the role of a lifetime in Casino Royale, the 38-year-old revealed he was eventually pleased he didn’t get the part.
Speaking on The Graham Norton show, he said: “Essentially, I got close to a bunch of stuff and didn’t get it.
“But, it’s funny that people think that’s a bad thing. In Hollywood – or in the acting industry – everyone’s trying to get a role and they’re not necessarily getting them.”
Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati said: “At a push, it’s just about a six-horse race to replace Daniel Craig as Bond, with Henry Cavill hanging on in there as one of the frontrunners for the gig.”
Cavill’s odds are impressive, but he has a long way to go to becoming a sure thing.
At the moment the top of the leaderboard is held by Netflix actor Regé-Jean Page.
The Bridgerton actor has a staggering 4/5, making him odds on claiming the role.
Page is followed closely by British heartthrob Tom Hardy, who is best known for appearing in the Venom series.
He has a staggering 3/1 on taking on the Bond role – however, his odds have continued to drop as the year continues.
They are followed by James Norton of McMafia fame, who still holds an impressive 4/1.
James Bond No Time To Die hits cinemas on September 30, 2021.