Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson reveals he wants to be next James Bond

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    Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson reveals he wants to be next James Bond… over 50 years after the wrestler’s grandfather was featured in You Only Live Twice


    Daniel Craig, 53, who first took on the mantle of 007 for the 2006 movie Casino Royale, has decided to bow out of the role after this year’s No Time To Die.

    And now action superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has just thrown his hat into the ring to be selected as the next James Bond.

    The Rock, 49, has revealed in Esquire that he would like to become part of the franchise to carry on a family tradition.

    Action superstar: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has just thrown his hat into the ring to be selected as the next James Bond

    Action superstar: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has just thrown his hat into the ring to be selected as the next James Bond

    Remember when: Dwayne's grandfather Peter Maivia was a pro wrestler from Samoa who appeared in a minor role in the 1967 Bond film You Only Live Twice

    Remember when: Dwayne’s grandfather Peter Maivia was a pro wrestler from Samoa who appeared in a minor role in the 1967 Bond film You Only Live Twice

    Dwayne’s grandfather Peter Maivia was a pro wrestler from Samoa who appeared in a minor role in the 1967 Bond film You Only Live Twice.

    With a screenplay by Roald Dahl, the movie featured Sean Connery in the lead and Peter as a muscle man for Teru Shimada’s main villain character Osato.

    ‘Yes, my grandfather was a Bond villain in You Only Live Twice with Sean Connery. Very, very cool,’ Dwayne said in an Esquire video.

    ‘And I would like to follow in his footsteps and be the next Bond. I don’t wanna be a villain. You gotta be Bond,’ he vamped.

    Classic: With a screenplay by Roald Dahl, the movie featured Sean Connery in the lead (pictured) and Peter as a muscle man for Teru Shimada's main villain character Osato

    Classic: With a screenplay by Roald Dahl, the movie featured Sean Connery in the lead (pictured) and Peter as a muscle man for Teru Shimada’s main villain character Osato

    Barbara Broccoli, who controls the franchise alongside her half-brother Michael G. Wilson as heirs to producer Cubby Broccoli, has confirmed Bond will stay a man.

    ‘He can be of any color, but he is male. I believe we should be creating new characters for women – strong female characters,’ she told Variety last year.

    ‘I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.’

    Traditionally Bond has been cast with actors who are not international A-listers prior to their involvement with the series. 

    End of the road: Daniel Craig, 53, who first took on the mantle of 007 for the 2006 movie Casino Royale, has decided to bow out of the role after this year's No Time To Die (pictured)

    End of the road: Daniel Craig, 53, who first took on the mantle of 007 for the 2006 movie Casino Royale, has decided to bow out of the role after this year’s No Time To Die (pictured)

    Two non-British actors have previously played 007 on the big screen – Australian George Lazenby and Irishman Pierce Brosnan.

    The character was created by former British spy Ian Fleming, who introduced him to the world in the 1952 novel Casino Royale.

    Ian died in 1964 – just three years after signing the film deal with Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzmann that has enabled his franchise to last till today.

    Late in life he privately confessed in a letter to his wife: ‘I’m getting so tired of that a** Bond,’ his stepdaughter told Joanna Lumley in a BBC documentary.

    Heartthrob: Two non-British actors have previously played 007 on the big screen - Australian George Lazenby and Irishman Pierce Brosnan (pictured)

    Heartthrob: Two non-British actors have previously played 007 on the big screen – Australian George Lazenby and Irishman Pierce Brosnan (pictured)

    Yet after his death the character became the longest-running franchise in Hollywood history, with Daniel the longest-serving Bond measured by years in the role. 

    With No Time To Die he has officially given his fifth performance as the secret agent – Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, SkyFall, Spectre and now his latest.

    As far as most Bond movies made he still ranks behind Sean Connery and Roger Moore who racked up seven films apiece as Ian Fleming’s character.

    Dashing: As far as most Bond movies made he still ranks behind Sean Connery and Roger Moore (pictured in Octopussy) who racked up seven films apiece as Ian Fleming's character

    Dashing: As far as most Bond movies made he still ranks behind Sean Connery and Roger Moore (pictured in Octopussy) who racked up seven films apiece as Ian Fleming’s character

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